June Update


Fire Danger

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 @ 7 PM
Northbrae Community Church
941 The Alameda, Berkeley

Presentations from:

  • Berkeley Fire
  • Berkeley Police
  • Berkeley Chief Resilience Officer
  • Moraga/Orinda Fire
  • East Bay Regional Parks
  • Sierra Club and Alliance Neighborhood

on what they are doing and how you and your community can be better prepared.

Hosted by Councilmembers Susan Wengraf, Laurie Capitelli and Lori Droste
For more information, call: Councilmember Susan Wengraf @ 510-981-7160

 May Council Meetings

At a May 17th special meeting, Berkeley City Council achieved unanimous consensus on most of our housing and homelessness action items. Please find more details here. I’m pleased to say that my workforce housing affordability proposal –co-sponsored by Councilmembers Laurie Capitelli and Darryl Moore–passed unanimously. Berkeley is having problems retaining and attracting median income earners. We need to be able to provide affordable housing for our teachers, librarians, and many others in our workforce.

On May 24th, City Council had a chance to review the reweighted range voting prioritization process that I introduced to Council. I am extremely excited that our city staff will now have a formal process in which to address the many pieces of legislation that City Council passes per year. I am also happy to report that Council rated two of pieces of legislation that I authored as the first priority (Green Affordable Housing Package) and the third priority (Neighborhood Preference). Click here for the full Council ratings.

At our last meeting on May 31, City Council voted to put the following items on the November ballot:

  • General obligation $100 million bond measure for improvements to existing city infrastructure and facilities (including sidewalks, storm drains, parks, streets, senior and recreation centers).
  • Increasing the business license tax on owners of five or more residential units from 1.081% to 2.880% to fund affordable housing.
  • Placing a charter amendment and ordinance measure to create a public campaign financing system.

City Council also voted to legalize and regulate short-term rentals.  Our goals in passing this proposal were to:

  • Generate City revenue through taxing short-term rental companies
  • Prevent long-term rental units from being displaced by short-term rentals
  • Preserve and protect neighborhood character and livability from nuisances
  • Provide alternative forms of lodging

There are many fine details in the proposal, so I encourage you to read the actual ordinance by clicking here

We have a lot of items on our June 14 City Council agenda so stay tuned for another newsletter later this week.

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

Check out my website: www.loridroste.com  

Need a street or sidewalk repair? Want to report illegal dumping? 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.

Other June Events

Common Ground: A Celebration of Our National Parks
May 20, 2016 - September 08, 2016, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Admission: Free
Location: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
For its 2016 juried show, the David Brower Center presents Common Ground: A Celebration of Our National Parks, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park System and our parks as seen through the eyes of Bay Area artists. Join us for a beer & wine reception, free and open to the public. Featured work of emerging and established artists, many of whom have exhibited at prestigious venues including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the de Young Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, The New York Hall of Science, Southern Exposure and diRosa Preserve. Opening Reception: Friday, May 20, 6:30-8:30pm. Free ($10 suggested donation).
View Website or call (510) 809-0900

Lawrence Hall of Science: Roller Coaster Engineers @ North Branch Library
Friday, June 10, 3:30-4:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: North Branch Library, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707
Custom-make a table-top marble roller coaster! Kids and families will design and test their coasters to keep their marble on track through all their loops, twists and turns. Participants will take home their projects. Ages 5-13. 
Lawrence Hall of Science Inventor’s Workshops are drop-in, hands-on, single station, engineering activities designed to engage families with children in grades K-8. Workshops are drop-in style programs, so that families can engage in the engineering challenge at their pace. 

Berkeley World Music Festival
Saturday & Sunday, June 11-12, 2016, Noon - 9 pm
Admission: Free
Location: Telegraph Ave. at  Haste St
Join us to celebrate Bay Area's multicultural tapestry in song, dance and craft. Talented musicians have prepared a wonderful party. Adding to the festivities are the local folks running colorful community and artisan booths. Upon arrival pick up a map & schedule at the info booth along Telegraph Ave., at Haste St near UC Berkeley. A wonderful mix of outdoor & intimate performances in or in front of Telegraph Ave cafes to Amoeba Music’s acclaimed concert in People’s Park with village arts ‘n activities await you.

Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews Block Party
Third Sundays, June through October, Noon-6:00 PM
Admission: Free
Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews block party is back this year – with Salsa Sundays featuring live salsa music along with a Drake’s Brewing outdoor beer garden, delicious food, outdoor seating and Games of Berkeley games pavilion. Celebrate summer vacation with friends and family at our free Sunday Fun Day celebration featuring local and internationally touring salsa bands in Downtown Berkeley, bringing the crowds to their feet for a sizzling afternoon dance party. For all those who don't know how to salsa dance, Ruth Caspary of Latin Connection Dance will teach a couple short basic salsa lessons before the bands go on, so that everyone can dance to the sizzling latin rhythms.

Annual Juneteenth Festival
Sunday, June 19th, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Admission: Free
Location: Adeline-Alcatraz corridor
The Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863, freed slaves from southern states in rebellion against the United States during the Civil War. News of the signing did not reach Galveston, Texas until June 19, 1865. On June 19th (shortened to JUNETEENTH), slaves flooded the streets, rejoicing in their newly discovered freedom. Barbecue smoke filled the air! Dancing feet pounded the ground and voices sung out. This day, JUNETEENTH, would forever commemorate African American freedom! Communities nationwide have adopted JUNETEENTH as an occasion to celebrate African American culture and traditions, and as an opportunity to acknowledge contributions African Americans have made to the fabric of America.Cultural events like JUNETEENTH, celebrate diversity, and unify our nation when we all celebrate together. The Berkeley Juneteenth Festival, held annually in June in south Berkeley’s five-block Alcatraz-Adeline corridor, is produced by Berkeley Juneteenth Association, Inc. (BJAI).

New Temporary Legislative Aide - Adrianna M. Hutchinson

Adrianna Hutchinson
An alumna of Mills College, Adrianna M. Hutchinson dedicates her career towards serving underrepresented communities and addressing issues of social justice through advocacy, empowerment, educational outreach, and community organizing. Adrianna M. Hutchinson has a Bachelor of Arts in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis and a Master’s degree in Public Policy. She has worked with cities, non-profits, school districts, and colleges and universities to identify and implement solutions to eliminate the expansive opportunity gap that institutional systems wrought with racism, classism, sexism, transphobia, and other –isms and phobias have created. Her love and desire to be an active social justice agent of change is what drives her both personally and professionally.