June 28 2021

Over the past few months, Council has been finalizing our City Budget. Today, Mayor Arreguin released his budget recommendations which you can read here. I’m happy to say that my budget request for a Willard Park Ambassador is included among his initial recommendations. If funded, this would allow for a Parks ambassador during daylight hours to help address safety concerns, build relationships with park users, and provide small maintenance support. The Budget and Finance Committee will discuss the Mayor’s proposal tomorrow morning, and then tomorrow evening, it will go before Council for approval. If you support this budget request, please email [email protected]

Willard Clubhouse Community Meeting - Thursday July 1st 6:30-8pm

Using Measure T1 funding, the City plans to update the Willard Park Clubhouse. The community input process began in 2019 and was postponed because of COVID-19. Now, City staff are restarting the planning process. At this meeting, they will gather feedback on the conceptual design of the Clubhouse. You can learn more about all Measure T1 projects here

Zoom info: https://zoom.us/j/98034178023 passcode 514046 

Phone info: +16699006833,,98034178023# Meeting ID: 980 3417 8023

Fourth of July Road Closures

The City of Berkeley, City of Oakland, East Bay Regional Parks, Moraga/Orinda Fire, Alameda County, CalFire, CalTrans and UC Berkeley are working together to mitigate fire risk throughout the City during the July 4th holiday. In response to significant regional concerns about fire safety and emergency vehicle access, Grizzly Peak Blvd between Skyline and Centennial Dr. will be closed to all thru automobile traffic along the following roads from 5:00am July 4th through 5:00am July 5th. Additionally, the following intersections will have electronic signage and personnel on hand to prevent thru traffic from entering:

  • Grizzly Peak / Centennial Dr
  • Grizzly Peak/ S Park Dr
  • Grizzly Peak/ Lomas Cantada
  • Grizzly Peak/ Claremont
  • Grizzly Peak/ Skyline

Please be safe!

Lori Droste
Berkeley Vice Mayor


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PG&E hosts online webinars throughout each year for anyone who is interested in learning more about our Community Wildfire Safety Program. These virtual gatherings allow community members to learn more about wildfire safety and emergency preparedness, meet with PG&E representatives, ask questions and share feedback.

Please join us at our Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo Counties Regional Wildfire Safety Seminar on July 8th. Details below:

7/8/21 6-7:30pm Wildfire Safety Regional Webinar - Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Join Webinar, Toll-Free Attendee Dial-In: 1-866-501-6088, Conference ID: 4449479

Customers may access the webinar up to 30 minutes before it starts. Participants who do not have access to the internet are highly encouraged to use the toll-free dial-in feature to listen to the presentation and hear from PG&E subject matter experts. For anyone who is not able to join a live webinar, our presentations and video recordings of past webinars available to the public. View past presentations.

BUSD 2020 Report

The 2020-21BUSD Community Report  is now available to the Berkeley community.  

It covers the arc of the 2020-21 school year, from distance learning to reopening for in-person learning, and highlights the spirit and resilience of our school community this year. Take a look, and see how our amazing students engaged in public service, created moving performances, and became emerging leaders during this challenging year.