dec 20

Happy holidays, from my family to yours. Don't forget to support our local Elmwood businesses this holiday season. If your looking for ways to give back to the community, you can find suggestions here.


Office Hours: A quick note about office hours: my January office hours are cancelled. You can contact my office for an appointment, or come to the next office hours on February 7th, Cafe Espresso Roma, 9:30-11am. 

City Auditor Survey: Our new City Auditor, Jenny Wong, is asking Berkeley residents to complete a survey about your questions/concerns regarding the city. You can complete the survey here.  

Holiday trees: If possible, cut up your holiday tree to fit in your green cart for your normal weekly compost collection. If that is not possible, you can place your holiday tree at the curb on your normal collection day during the month of January. Trees left at the curb must be cut to a maximum of 4 feet tall. Trees left at the curb may be picked-up by a separate truck, during the week they are set out. If we do not service your tree during the week it was set-out, call 311 to report a holiday tree at the curb. 

You may also choose to drop your holiday tree off at the City’s Transfer Station (1201 2nd St.) at no charge during the month of January. Businesses and residents who normally don’t have compost collection can call 311 (or 510-981-7270) to schedule a tree pick-up at the curb. After January you can cut up your tree to fit in your plant debris cart, or you can bring it to the Berkeley Transfer Station for the minimum compost fee of $23.   

  • Please remove: all lights, decorations, tinsel, plastic bags and plastic tree stands.
  • We will collect flocked trees, but they are not compostable, so please avoid flocking.

UC Berkeley's New Academic Strategic Plan: Read the newly released academic strategic plan here.

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8