August 12 2021

Please join Berkeley Police Chief Jen Louis and me at Willard Park to discuss neighborhood safety concerns and engage with our Community Services staff. This will be an in-person event - just stop by, no RSVP necessary. 

Thursday, September 9, 4-6pm at Willard Park

Willard Clubhouse Redesign - Provide Feedback in Person This Saturday or 8/19 on Zoom

Thank you to those of you who have already provided feedback regarding the redesign of Willard Clubhouse. Our Parks staff will be hosting one in-person meeting and one via zoom, details below. Please join us. 

Meeting #1 - In Person

Saturday, August 14, 2021, 10AM to 11:30AM, Willard Park, 2720 Hillegass Ave. 

Meeting #2 - Zoom

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 6:30 PM to 8PM Via Zoom Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92888454641  Meeting ID: 928 8845 4641 Passcode: 120995 Phone: +16699006833,,92888454641#

Let the City know about hazardous vegetation

The City’s Parks and Public Works staff are working to making our City more secure from the threat of wildfires. Help the City remove hazardous vegetation on City property/City Right of Ways. Call 311 or email [email protected] to report vegetation that needs to be removed.

Tools/workshops to help you make a fire workplan

Use our step-by-step guide to make a fire weather plan for your household ahead of time to address unpredictable and rapidly changing fire conditions - and use one of our upcoming workshops to ask questions and refine those plans.

Fire weather plans are even more important now as the severity and frequency of wildfires have increased. In addition, when the Berkeley Fire Department identifies rare days of "Extreme Fire Weather," the department advises that hills residents all have plans to leave early.  

Download our step-by-step guide to create your fire weather plan, which will help you:

  • Identify your trigger for leaving the hills
  • Decide where you will go
  • Identify evacuation routes.

Making plans to leave the hills during periods of "Extreme Fire Weather" puts you in the most control and is the best way to ensure your safety. Take control before a fire starts. 

Workshops: Fire Weather Planning

Our Office of Emergency Services has created workshops for you to join a group discussion on ways to improve your Household Fire Weather Plan. To prepare your plan, you can also use our Wildfire Preparedness page and Wildfire Readiness video series. Plan to come to one of our workshops with your plan completed. Register online to attend:

Wednesday, August 18, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Register online.

Thursday, August 26, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Register online.

Make your own Fire Weather plan

Making a fire weather plan is something each household can do on their own. We've created a step-by-step guide to help you. The plan will help you identify your trigger to leave, decide where you'll go and identify evacuation routes on foot and by car. 

Employers should encourage, use all tools available to have employees vaccinated 

The City of Berkeley's Health Officer strongly recommends that employers use all tools they have available to increase workplace COVID-19 vaccinations - actions the City plans to model by mandating vaccination for its more than 1,500 employees.   

Even as cases rise due to the highly-contagious Delta variant, the three rigorously-tested and FDA-authorized vaccines make people far less likely to get infected and also offer much greater protection against sickness, hospitalization, and death.

"Vaccines are already keeping workers, patrons and visitors safer and lowering the risk of outbreaks," said Dr. Lisa Hernandez, the City of Berkeley Health Officer. "Increasing vaccinations in any workplace will strengthen its ability to stay open and keep employees healthy. Mandating vaccination and verifying proof of vaccination in the workplace is a best practice and I recommend it."

Federal, state laws support employer mandates for COVID-19 health

Federal and state agencies overseeing workplace rights allow employers to mandate:    

  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • viral testing
  • protective equipment designed to reduce infection
  • asking symptom status
  • sending employees home when exhibiting COVID-19 status

Federal and state law provide very limited exemptions from vaccination such as those for medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.

For more information, see guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel. To verify vaccination, the City Health Officer recommends documenting COVID-19 vaccination through vaccine cards or the state's digital vaccine registry rather than self-attestation. 

COVID-19 poses particular workplace risks

Workplaces bring together people from a variety of different households often in an indoor setting, an environment that increases the urgency for vaccines.

An essential protection for all is a face covering, which is already required in indoor public settings and workplaces in Berkeley, the rest of Alameda County, and six other Bay Area counties.

In those cases where a vaccinated person gets infected with the Delta variant, vaccines strongly protect them from severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

State guidelines require an unvaccinated employee to quarantine for at least 10 days if exposed to someone who tested positive. By contrast, a fully vaccinated worker would not need to quarantine unless they have symptoms.

Resources

Sincerely,
Lori Droste
Berkeley Vice Mayor

www.LoriDroste.com


Want to request a City service? 

Use Berkeley's online 311 form (either through the General Request form or a specific topic) or call 311 from a landline, or 510-981-2489.  Please note that my office routes all the service requests we receive through this customer service center, so your request will be handled most efficiently by directly contacting 311. 

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Move-In for new UC Berkeley students is just around the corner (Message from UC Berkeley)

Our new students will Move In between Monday August 16th and Wednesday August 18th –check in on those days is from 10 AM to 7PM.  During this time, we anticipate that roughly 6,500-7000 incoming students and their families will be making their way through the streets of Berkeley to check in to their residence halls. 

The Move In for Continuing Students is by appointment, on August 22, between 10 AM and 6PM. We expect to check in 1200 continuing students that day.

All students living in campus housing, whether fully vaccinated or not, will be required to take a Move-In COVID-19 test prior to getting keys.  The testing will take place near our RecSports Facility on Bancroft Way between Dana and Ellsworth Street. 

Traffic Circulation/Management:

Our Move-In Team is working with the City of Berkeley’s Transportation/Parking Department to develop a traffic management plan that minimizes impact on the neighborhoods that are adjacent to the campus.  The plan places special emphasis on the South Side neighborhood that contains the majority of our Residence Halls.  

The Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) Program:

Once our new students have moved into their residences they will participate in the Golden Bear Orientation(GBO), a comprehensive week-long introduction to Cal.  For more information on the GBO, including schedules for planned activities please use the following link:

http://orientation.berkeley.edu/once-here/orientation