January 4, 2018

Happy New Year!

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are ready for an exciting 2018. There are several interesting events coming up in January and you can read about them below.

Alta Bates 

As I’ve discussed before, Sutter Health Alta Bates Hospital has begun moving, and is planning to move more, critical services to their Oakland hospital. While they plan to maintain the location for outpatient services, we are concerned about the loss of a full service acute care hospital that our community has relied on. To provide you more detail about the hospital’s planned closure, and to provide actionable steps you can take to let Sutter Health know how important Alta Bates is to our community, I invite you to attend a Community Forum to Save Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley. My office has worked closely with Mayor Jesse Arreguín, my fellow Councilmembers Hahn and Harrison, the California Nurses Association, and leaders of the surrounding communities to organize this forum.

Please save the date: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 11-1pm, Ed Roberts Campus 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley CA 94703. RSVP here.    

Earthquake Preparedness

Given the earthquake on Thursday morning, I encourage everyone to be prepared–see what the City of Berkeley recommends here.

City/UC Berkeley/ Student Relations Committee: Next Meeting is February 5th

In an effort to have ongoing dialogue with UC Berkeley about school and city relations, the City has formed a City/UC/Student Relations Committee. This committee consists of City Council Members elected from Districts 4, 6, 7, and 8, two representatives of UC Berkeley undergraduate students, two representatives of UC Berkeley graduate students, and two representatives of UC Berkeley.  The committee’s next meeting is on Monday, February 5, from 3:30 PM to 5 PM at UC Berkeley Senate Chambers, where there will be discussion and action on Group Living Accommodations and other items. The agenda has not yet been posted.

Community Town Hall on Accessory Dwelling Units

Have you thought about building a granny flat or in-law unit on your property? Berkeley has recently made it easier for homeowners to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on their properties, so come learn about a new housing solution that may fit in your budget. ADUs can be perfect for seniors who want to age in place, for creating housing for caregivers or extended family, or just earning a little extra cash. They are also a great tool to help communities build more affordable housing.

When: January 25, 6pm — 8pm, Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby St, BerkeleyRSVP or send questions to the panel at berkeley.adu@gmail.com

Seventh Annual Community Breakfast celebrating the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The event will include live music and awards for local students and one community organization, as we highlight achievements as well as work yet to be done to achieve Dr. King’s vision.Tickets are $25/ person and can be purchased at berkeleymlkjrday.org

When: Monday January 15, 2018, 8am to 10am; Registration begins at 7:30am, HS Lordships, Berkeley Marina



Lori Droste

Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8



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