December 10, 2018

On Tuesday, December 11th before the City Council meeting, important stakeholders will host a press conference to support a Council item from Mayor Arreguin, Councilmember Harrison, Councilmember Hahn, and me. We have co-sponsored an item to direct the city manager to engage with Sutter Health to request a plan to retrofit and rebuild Alta Bates or sell the hospital to an operator who will maintain a full service, acute care hospital in Berkeley.

Join us at the press conference: 4:45pm, Tuesday, Dec. 11, on the steps of City Hall at 2180 Milvia St.

December 11 Council Meeting

2019-2023 Street Paving Plan

You can see the map of streets to be paved here, along with streets from FY2018 that were delayed (they are included below). The following District 8 streets will be paved:

  • College Ave. from Ashby Ave to the south city limit (around Alcatraz Ave.)
  • Forest Ave from College Ave to Claremont Blvd
  • Hillegass Ave. from Dwight Ave to Woolsey St.
  • Arden Rd. from Panoramic Way to end of street (FY 2018 carryover)
  • Canyon Rd. from Panoramic Way through the end of the street (FY 2018 carryover)
  • Mosswood Rd. from Panoramic Way through the end of the street (FY 2018 carryover)
  • Panoramic Way from Canyon Rd. to east city limit (FY 2018 carryover)

Single Use Disposable Foodware Ordinance

This item would mandate that compostable foodware containers be used for all to-go foods and it would add a 25 cent fee for any disposable cup used. The item also includes mini-grants to support implementation, and includes policies to accommodate special circumstances.   

Follow Up: Allowing Paid City Staff and Council Aides to serve on Commissions

Thanks to all of you who wrote to Council about your concerns with this item. It was withdrawn from the agenda so it is no longer under consideration.  

As always, you can provide commentary on these items and more by emailing  

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

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100% carbon-free and renewable options fight climate change

Berkeley residents and businesses now receive greener sources of electricity and have the option to get completely carbon-free power such as solar or wind.

The new electricity provider is East Bay Community Energy, an organization formed by Alameda County and cities within the county to provide cleaner and more local sources of electricity. PG&E continues to deliver electricity and gas, maintain the power lines, respond to outages, and provide billing.

Read more here

Christmas Caroling in the Elmwood - Mon. 12/17 and Thurs. 12/120

Please join us for the 26th Annual Christmas Caroling in the Elmwood. Stroll on College Ave. with neighbors and merchants. Hot cider and treats follow. Gather at 2901 College Ave at 6:00pm, in front of Sweet Dreams on the corner of College and Russell.

Song sheets provided (includes traditional and secular holiday seasonal lyrics). Carolers travel both sides of College Avenue, north and south of Ashby. Come to one caroling stroll or both, Monday and Thursday.

If you arrive late, look for us along the sidewalks from Russell to Webster. Singers of all abilities, families, children, and carolers of all ages welcome.