July 5, 2018

Mark your calendars! Councilmembers Wengraf, Hahn, and I invite you to a Community Meeting on Firescaping and Fire Safety on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 @ 7 PM, Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. This meeting will cover: firescaping (landscape design and maintenance that reduces the vulnerability of your house and property to wildfire), evacuation routes, and vegetation management from East Bay Regional Parks and PG&E. I hope to see you there. 

On July 10th, I am introducing an item requesting that the City provides an annual homeless services report. This report will provide an overview and update of services and funding, locations, and a wide variety of other information. On a regular basis, constituents ask me about homelessness programs and funding and I believe these annual reports will be very informative to the public. The City of Berkeley opened a homeless navigation center last week and Council is considering putting a measure on the ballot to increase the transfer tax from 1.5% to 2.5% on properties that sell for over $1 million to pay for general municipal services, including homeless services.

Additionally, there are a few follow up items I have authored or co-sponsored on the 7/10 agenda. First of all, Councilmember Wengraf and I are following up on our previous commission work plan requests by asking staff to synthesize all commission work plans in one location. Second, Councilmembers Worthington, Wengraf and I are co-sponsoring an update to a referral Councilmember Wengraf and I put forward last year to establish a voluntary private resident security camera database to help Berkeley police solve crimes.

Finally, there are a few other items on the July 10, 2018 agenda that may interest you as well:

Please feel free to email council@cityofberkeley.info if you support or have any concerns with the aforementioned items.

Office Hours

My monthly office hours will be on July 12th, from 9:30-11am, at Espresso Roma on College at Ashby. Note that is not the first Thursday of the month which are my usual hours. As always, if you can’t make this time, please feel free to reach out and schedule an individual appointment!

A list of community events and announcements are below.  

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

Need a street or sidewalk repair? Want to request a City service?

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.

Sign up for emergency notifications on AC Alert  and crime prevention/updates on Nixle.  

Summer Reading Program 2018 and Library Events

Please check out the 2018 Summer Reading Program. If you are a kid ages (0-14), stop by any Berkeley public library to get a game card and sign up online atberkeleypubliclibrary.org/bplsummer. If you complete your game card, you will receive a prize (ice cream, books, bowling, a ride on the ferry…) while supplies last.

On Saturday, July 7th, the Magical Moonshine Theater’s acclaimed puppet company will present The Golden Armadillo at 4:00pm at the Claremont Library  Branch at 2940 Benvenue Avenue.

Also, on Wednesday, July 11 at 4:00pm at the West Branch library, you can see a traveling menagerie of lizards, salamanders, and other reptiles from East Bay Vivarium.

Magicians will be at both the Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch on Friday July 13 at 4:00 PM and the North Branch on Saturday, July 14th at 3:30.

On Monday, July 16th at 4:30, there will also be a Dance Party for 4-7 year olds in the community meeting room at the Central Library.

Give Input on Declaring Vacant Residential Buildings as a Nuisance 

Use the City of Berkeley's online forum to help Council decide whether to adopt an ordinance that would specify the time period after which vacant residential buildings can be declared an unlawful nuisance.

A vote on July 10 would adopt a first reading of an ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 12.92.

View and give input on this Berkeley Considers topic, which was selected by the Council Agenda Committee. Learn more by reading Item 28 on the July 10, 2018 Agenda.

Registered users on Berkeley Considers 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.


Berkeley, California (Monday, July 02, 2018) - Our summer of Friday night movies in Berkeley parks begins this week with the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which will be showing at Strawberry Creek Park.

Bring friends, join neighbors, and revel in some of the gems of Berkeley: our parks.

The free outdoor movie series will show six films on a large portable 20'x12' inflatable movie screen and premium audio visual movie equipment for outdoor cinemas.

Come out and join us on select Fridays through September:

July 6th, 8:45pm: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Strawberry Creek Park, 1260 Allston Way
July 27th, 8:30pm: Mulan, James Kenney Park, 1720 8th Street
August 10th, 8:15pm: Paddington 2, Codornices Park, 1201 Euclid Avenue
August 24th, 8:00pm: Coco, Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street
September 7th, 7:45pm: Lion King, San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street 
September 21st, 7:30pm: Kubo and the Two Strings, Willard Park, 2730 Hillegass Avenue

Enjoy all the fun of a drive in movie at your local park.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the movie begins. Bring blankets, sleeping bags, and/or low-back beach chairs with a maximum height of 9 inches off the ground, so the view of other patrons is not blocked. A flashlight or headlamp makes walking out at the end of the night easier. Limited street parking is available. This is an alcohol free event.