August 1 2018

Summer is in full swing, and I wanted to share some exciting announcements and events. I’ve highlighted two events that I think are particularly important to our district - an open house about Clark Kerr Campus construction, and an upcoming information session on undergrounding utility wires. Additional events, including National Night Out details, are listed in the announcements section. I hope to see you in the neighborhood.

Hillegass Crosswalk Grand Opening!

I am beyond thrilled to announce that we have worked with the various regional agencies and have pushed up the grand unveiling of the Hillegass pedestrian and bicycle crossing!!  If all goes as planned, it will be activated on 8/9/18. Our office has been working on a weekly basis for years to try and coordinate the various agencies to implement this device to save lives. As you know, this has been a journey but pedestrian and bicycling safety has been a top priority of mine since taking office. Just this year, Council rated the Vision Zero legislation I authored to eliminate all traffic deaths and injuries as Berkeley’s number one priority this year.

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

Forming Utility Undergrounding Districts (UUDs)

Please attend a meeting on September 27 at Northbrae Community Church, 914 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707 to hear:

  • An introduction to
  • An overview of Berkeley’s undergrounding study and anticipated actions in the next year.
  • The status of CPUC Electric Rule Review including the difference between 20A and 20B.
  • How to successfully form an utility undergrounding district

Q and A will follow.

Traffic Circles

City staff are taking on more maintenance of traffic circles to ensure visibility at these intersections. Staff has emphasized that they want to continue community involvement and each traffic circle will be evaluated on an individual basis. Community involvement in our parks is paramount to me and I want to continue that partnership. If you are interested in participating in the process to work with the City on maintaining traffic circles, please

Office Hours

My monthly office hours will be tomorrow August 2nd, 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

Need a street or sidewalk repair? 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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National Night Out - August 7th

National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen our community by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local public safety and city officials.

How do you participate? Organize or attend an event in your neighborhood to gather and get to know one another. The size of the groups range greatly with some as little as only a few neighbors to some where 100 people or more come out. These groups gather for potlucks, BBQ's, ice cream socials, or just a meet and greet.

City of Berkeley staff, Berkeley Fire Department staff, and Berkeley Police staff will be out roaming the neighborhoods of Berkeley and will stop by to say hello.Become a part of your community and join us for National Night Out 2018! Find an event near you and get more information at


August 10th, 8:15pm: Paddington 2, Codornices Park, 1201 Euclid Avenue
August 24th, 8:00pm: Coco, Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street
September 7th, 7:45pm: Lion King, San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street 
September 21st, 7:30pm: Kubo and the Two Strings, Willard Park, 2730 Hillegass Avenue

Enjoy all the fun of a drive in movie at your local park. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the movie begins. Bring blankets, sleeping bags, and/or low-back beach chairs with a maximum height of 9 inches off the ground, so the view of other patrons is not blocked. A flashlight or headlamp makes walking out at the end of the night easier. Limited street parking is available. This is an alcohol free event.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Family Concerts

Aug 11, Ohlone Park, 12:00pm-4:00pm


Help the City of Berkeley better prepare for disasters such as earthquakes, wildfires, and climate change by filling out a short questionnaire.Your anonymous feedback will help us to better share information and science about disaster risk. It will also help inform the City's current and future disaster readiness programs. The questionnaire will be available until September 30, 2018 on the Berkeley Considers platform. It is a first step in our update to the 2014 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. The updated plan will evaluate potential disasters and use the latest science to create a list of projects that could protect Berkeley when the next disaster strikes.

The effort to update the mitigation plan is led by the City's Office of Emergency Services, which coordinates a suite of programs to build disaster resilience in Berkeley. Visit the Berkeley Ready website to create a disaster plan, sign up for Community Emergency Response Team Training, and sign up to receive emergency alerts.

The City, its partners, and individuals throughout Berkeley have been working together for years to make Berkeley safer in disasters. The Local Hazard Mitigation Plan continues this work and will be better informed when you share your concerns. We appreciate your feedback.