March 23, 2015

Councilmember Lori Droste Newsletter – March Update

March 23, 2014

It's been a busy month! At our last Council meeting, I supported two referrals, which would 1) dedicate one percent of construction project costs on development projects to go to public arts, and 2) strengthen policies related to street behavior on commercial sidewalks. Council also discussed sewage rate increases. Last week I spoke with students at John Muir Elementary as part of Berkeley College and Career Day. I also had a great meeting with the Elmwood Merchants Association.

Our next Berkeley City Council meeting will be on March 24th, and the agenda is available here. We have a packed agenda which includes new rules regarding accessory dwelling units and group living accommodations/mini-dorms. 

I'd also like to highlight some important items for discussion at our April 7th meeting: we'll be addressing a statewide bill tightening California's vaccination requirements and hearing public comments on community benefit requirements for tall buildings in the downtown area. As always, your feedback is welcome. 

Here are a few updates and announcements:

Office hours

This month's office hours will be altered from the usual first Thursday of the month due to a busy schedule. I’ll be at Espresso Roma Cafe, 2960 College Ave, on Friday, April 10th from 9:30am - 11am if you want to stop by to talk. No appointment necessary.

Bicycle Safety Tips
The Berkeley Police Department has compiled a list of bicycle theft prevention tips. I encourage you to check them out and get your bike registered. Read more here.

Commissioner Spotlight
I’m thrilled to introduce Karen Chapple as my recent appointment on the Planning Commission.

Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Berkeley resident. She serves as Interim Director of the Institute for Urban & Regional Development, specializing in housing, community and economic development, as well as regional planning. Prior to academia, Karen spent ten years as a practicing planner in economic development, land use, and transportation in New York and San Francisco. Karen recently published a book, Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions (Routlege 2014),  that explores the future of developing sustainable cities.


Lori Droste

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