july 21 2015

Good Morning! 

I hope you're enjoying this incredible weather. City Council is currently on summer recess throughSeptember 14th, when our next City Council meeting is scheduled. Many of you wrote to me about an item on our last agenda, the undergrounding of utility wires, which is an important and large long-term project. I wanted to let you know that the item was postponed for discussion until our September meeting. 

Feedback Requested: Elmwood Commercial District Quotas

My office is revisiting the topic of retail quotas in the Elmwood Commercial District. The retail quotas were designed many years ago to ensure diversity in the merchant district by identifying an variety of stores in the district. Currently the Elmwood quotas permit 12 arts and crafts stores, 7 barber/beauty stores, 4 bookstores, 10 clothing/shoe stores,2 financial services stores, 2 photocopy stores, 3 carry out food stores, 7 quick service food stores, and 7 full service restaurants. My predecessor, Gordon Wozniak, previously proposed a change to the quota system and I want to keep those conversations going.

My goal in revisiting the quota system is to identify a simpler policy around commercial space in the Elmwood. I want to preserve the diversity of the stores currently in business, and at the same time be open to new businesses that might strengthen our community.

My office is seeking community feedback on what this new plan should look like. We want to hear from you: What are your favorite aspects of the Elmwood? What would you like to see more of in the Elmwood District? Please email ldroste@cityofberkeley.info with your feedback.

For more information on the quota system and its challenges, click here.

Office Hours - Evening Hours in August

My next office hours will be on August 11th6:30-8pm, at Cafe Espresso Roma at 2960 College Ave, Berkeley. No appointment is necessary. 

'Sundays on Telegraph' Returns July 19 - August 30, 2015

Come spend a Sunday afternoon this summer on Telegraph Avenue and enjoy a variety of music,crafts and other family-friendly activities. The popular Sundays on Telegraph event series goes from 12pm to 5pm every Sunday from July 19  through August 30. Read more here.

Lori Droste