July 21 2017

I hope you are having a great summer!  

Next week City Council meets for the final time before our summer recess, which lasts until September. There are several items on our agenda, but I wanted to highlight one in particular:

Several years ago, my predecessor Gordon Wozniak introduced a pilot program to double parking fees on football game days in neighborhoods nearby campus. Since then, I’ve heard from many neighbors that violations still occur. In response, I requested that the City assess even higher parking fees on game days. I’m pleased to report that next Tuesday, the Transportation Commission is recommending that fees be increased from $72 to $300 for illegal parking on game days in Residential Parking Permit zones A, B, and D. The Commission also recommends eliminating 2-hour parking on game days in those neighborhoods. You can read more about the item here. I believe the higher fees will deter more people from parking illegally in surrounding neighborhoods.

Every year the City of Berkeley does a Fire Fuel Chipper and Vegetation Debris pickup throughout certain neighborhoods in Berkeley. This is a great opportunity to clear excess vegetation around your house and reduce fire hazards. The City crew will be chipping branches and collecting bagged vegetation in some parts of District 8 from July 24 -28. To see a map of participating streets and get instructions on how to participate, read more here.

Note: Office hours for August are cancelled. Contact my office if you need to schedule an appointment.

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 

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Bike share comes to Berkeley

Berkeley now has a bike sharing system, allowing riders to take advantage of 120 bikes and 10 bike share stations designed for one-way trips.Berkeley's bikes and bike stations that launched today will be part of a larger network that will allow people to more easily connect to BART and AC Transit as well as other bike share stations in Oakland and Emeryville. 

When the system is complete in 2018, Berkeley will have 37 bike share stations and 400 bikes in our city's 10 square miles. The finished network of 7,000 bikes will include Emeryville (100 bikes), Oakland (850), San Francisco (4,500) and San Jose (1,000). See the map of current and future stations to see where you can travel to.

Commissioner Spotlight

I’m happy to introduce you to Ethel Murphy, my appointee to the Commission on Aging.

Ethel has continuously resided in Berkeley since 1980. She graduated from City College of New York and attended Cal as a visiting student for her final year of undergraduate coursework. She went on to UCLA for graduate work in Economics and to receive a masters in Library Science. After becoming involved in community organization and volunteer work during the Vietnam War, Ethel traveled abroad and returned to the United States for library positions in Iowa and Colorado and work for a major bank in Texas. In 1980, she returned to Berkeley and pursued a career with the Social Security Administration in Richmond. After retiring, Ethel returned to school, taking classes with the Berkeley Adult School and with UC Berkeley. Ethel is a passionate lifelong learner and is currently taking classes on documentary films, contemporary films, and short stories.

As a commissioner on the Commission on Aging, Ethel is determined to preserve adult education in the Berkeley community and has given testimony in Sacramento on the necessity of lifelong learner programs.  Alongside her work in the commission, Ethel enjoys playing bridge with her friends, volunteering with the North Berkeley Senior Center, volunteering with her synagogue and with the Jewish Community Center, and working with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity which advocates for immigrant rights. Commissioner Murphy aims to use her activist experience and passion for education to inform community members about the importance of ensuring that adult education remains accessible and available for those who strive to be lifelong learners.