june 5 2017

Many of you wrote to my office regarding proposed changes to Group Living Regulations put forth by Councilmember Worthington at our last meeting - thanks for your feedback. That item was postponed for a vote until September 12th, 2017. Our next Council meeting will be on June 13th, and our agendaincludes the FY 2018-19 proposed budget, and several items related to housing development.

For those of you interested in fire safety and crime prevention, I would encourage you to attend a community meeting with the Berkeley Police Department and the Berkeley Fire Department this Thursday, June 8th, at 7:15pm at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley.Council members Wengraf, Hahn, and I  have arranged for two panel discussions highlighting what you can do to be prepared and what actions the City is taking.

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Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

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.

City Moving Toward New Website
As many of you know, we have begun the process of upgrading our website, cityofberkeley.info. The upgrade will include a new look and feel, new navigation and site organization, new technology, and streamlined site content. The goal of this project is to create a website that is easy to use, supports our services, and saves time for both staff and our community.

As part of this process, we are implementing a web governance structure intended to create consistent standards for web content in what has so far been a very loose, anything-goes system. We are currently developing new guidelines and standards for web content, along with a set of tools and templates to help staff create high quality, effective pages.

Community Crew Day in the Elmwood
Community all Crew Day with the Ashby and Elmwood Ave neighborhood on July 20 2017. City staff will provide lunch, tools and supplies. Contact our office to join.

Berkeley World Music Festival 
The festival showcases Bay Area's dazzling world music scene. With 24 music acts, the weekend festival offers something for everyone!  Saturday June 10th, MLK Jr. Civic Center Park Noon - 6 pm. Sunday June 11th, Telegraph Ave. at  Haste St., Noon - 9 pmhttps://www.berkeleyworldmusic.org/