August 10 2018

Move-In for UC Berkeley Students is 8/13–8/14

The majority of UC Berkeley’s incoming undergraduate students will be moving into the residence halls on Tuesday, August 14.  A more limited number will move in the day before, Monday, August 13. Theye anticipate that roughly 5, 500 incoming undergraduates and their families will be making their way through the streets of Berkeley to their residence halls (to check in and unload belongings) on Tuesday, from 8AM to 8PM.  

UC Berkeley’s Move-In Team worked with the City of Berkeley (Transportation/Parking and Police Department)  to plan the logistics for August 13-14 in a manner that will minimize the impact on the adjacent neighborhoods--with a special emphasis on traffic management on the South Side. You can review the traffic circulation map for the majority of the residence halls on the South Side at the link below:

Golden Bear Orientation, a comprehensive week-long new student orientation, takes place from August 15–21.  For more information on the GBO, including schedules for planned activities please use the following link: 

Clark Kerr Campus Beach Volleyball Complex Community Open House

Monday, August 13, 2018, 6:30-8:00 pm, Simpson Center for Student Athlete High Performance, Cronk Room, Enter from Memorial Stadium Gate 4, Piedmont Avenue

We invite our neighbors to an open house to share background and planning details for an improved beach volleyball facility at Clark Kerr Campus. The proposed facility would replace existing beach volleyball courts at Clark Kerr Campus with a modern training and competition facility.

Representatives from UC Berkeley will be on-hand to engage with the community, to share information about this project, and to listen to your input. Light refreshments will be served. Inquiries: (510) 642-1173 or

Update on Traffic Circle Policy

As many of you know, the Department of Public Works announced guidelines regarding trees in our traffic circles last week. Since that time, the City has revised our plans and held a community meeting to discuss this policy. Like many of you, I do not favor a blanket policy that prohibits all trees in traffic circles. I would like to thank all of you who came to the meeting to voice your concerns and your willingness to work with the City to make sure our traffic circles are safe and beautiful. Berkeley has a rich tradition of community involvement in greening our city. I favor continuing that tradition. Berkeleyside recently published a story regarding the new policy which you can read here.

Coffee with a Cop on August 16

On August 16th from 6pm to 9pm, members of the Berkeley Police Department and members of University of California Police Department will be at Caffe Strada (2300 College Avenue) for “Coffee with a Cop.” Please join us to share concerns, ask questions and meet the people who keep our community safe.

Office Hours

My monthly office hours will be September 6, from 9:30-11am, at Espresso Roma on College at Ashby. As always, if you can’t make this time, please feel free to reach out and schedule an individual appointment!

A list of additional community events is below. 

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8 


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Music in the Park

Our Music in the Park concert series is continuing into the fall with Family Concerts!

Saturday, August 11, noon - 4:00pm: Jazz + R&B

Ohlone Park Baseball Field, Hearst & Sacramento Streets

Performances by Janice Maxie Reed & The Berkeley Jazz Collective, featuring Vincent Lars, saxophonist. Soloists include Dee Dee Simon, Derick Hughes and Omega Rey, accompanied by Levi Seacer Jr., and the Smash City Band.

Saturday, September 15, noon - 4:00pm: Hip Hop
Grove Park Ball Field Area, 1730 Oregon Street

This event is dedicated to the teens and will showcase up and coming new artists with a dance battle, rap performances by C5, Caleb, Kevin Allen (formerly known as Erk the Jerk), spoken word by Youth Speaks, a hip hop dance battle, karaoke, and much more!

Saturday, October 13, 10:00am - 4:00pm: Harvest Festival
Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street (at Hopkins)

Our annual Harvest Festival features a Food Expo, Garden Expo, Community Resources, food contests and demos, and a Kids' Zone with face painting, bounce house, balloon art, pumpkin and scarecrow making and much more! Stage performances by Spazmatics, Motor Dude Zydeco, and Tortilla Soup.

Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow and Indian Market