December 18 2017


Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

Need a street or sidewalk repair? Want to report illegal dumping?

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.

My next office hours: January 4th, 9:30am - 11am at Cafe Espresso Roma, College@Ashby Ave. No appointment necessary - just drop by.

Give Input on City Contracts with Companies Constructing the Border Wall 

Use the City of Berkeley's online forum to weigh in on whether the City Council should prohibit companies involved in the construction of a border wall from contracting with the City of Berkeley. The proposal, Item 22 on the December 19 agenda, would direct the City Manager to develop an ordinance prohibiting such contracts.

Registered users on Berkeley Considers - found at - can post their comments online with or without their name. Anyone can view registered comments. The goal of the forum is to broaden civic discourse in a constructive and civil manner.

In the process, the intention is to create a more informed community and provide Council with a broader array of voices. The platform is operated by Peak Democracy, which has used its software and services to broaden civic discourse around the country and Canada.

When registering, you will be asked for your name and home address. This confidential information is used only by Peak Democracy to identify statements from residents in and near Berkeley - so that users know which statements are from local residents. They will keep your information confidential, they do not accept advertising, and they will not share contact information, as noted in the company's Privacy Policy. Of course, community members can, at any time, mail the full council through one email

Berkeley Lab Conducting Emergency Drill 12/19

As the recent horrific North Bay fires demonstrated, the ability to safely evacuate an impacted area in a time-sensitive manner is critically important. To this end, the Lab’s Emergency Management Team will conduct a rapid mass evacuation drill on Tuesday, December 19, starting at 2:30 p.m.

With the scenario of an encroaching wildfire, this drill is designed to test how quickly we can evacuate and/or shelter in place at the Lab in a safe manner. The drill will also be used to identify potential issues that may hamper a rapid mass evacuation.  To learn more about the scope of the drill, you can read the two announcements about the drill on the Lab's "Today at Berkeley Lab" website here. The Lab's Emergency Management team has been in close communication about the drill with partners on campus and at the city.

Caroling in the Elmwood 12/19 and 12/21

Claudia from Your Basic Bird will host a celebratory gathering at 2901 College Ave (Your Basic Bird) at 5:30. At 6:00pm, caroling will begin in front of Sweet Dreams on the corner of College and Russell.

Berkeley Farmers Market Winter Crafts Fair

Saturday | December 23, 2017 | 10:00 am — 2:00 pm
Civic Center Park | 2151 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Holiday shopping can be rough, especially if you care about responsibly sourced goods and supporting your local economy. Have no fear! Shop local this year at the Ecology Center’s 26th Annual Winter Craft Fair and find sustainably made, hand-crafted, and beautiful gifts from Bay Area artisans.

For two Saturdays in December, Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market welcomes local artists, artisans, and crafters that are committed to using sustainable practices. Find upcycled messenger bags, gorgeous wooden bowls from sustainably harvested wood, nontoxic jewelry, wildcrafted and natural body products. Peruse gifts while getting your grocery shopping done at the Farmers’ Market and good music.

Remember to bring your reusable shopping bag. Or find a handmade one there!