March 31, 2017

Happy Spring!


Weigh in on a new homeless proposal.
Last year, the Open Government Subcommittee (of which I am a member) asked Council to adopt an online platform which allows residents to provide input on Council action. As a result, we have a new online engagement program called Berkeley Considers. The first Council agenda item that you can weigh in on is Mayor Arreguín and Councilmember Hahn’s Pathways Project, which outlines a homeless tent-cabin village with navigation centers and a 1,000 homeless person plan, to address homelessness in Berkeley. You can read about the proposal in Berkeleyside or see the full details for yourself, and provide comments via the online platform here. Alternatively, you can feel free to provide comments to City Council at or

Recreational Equity and Health Care Facilities
I am happy to report that my referral to address recreational equity in South Berkeley, including but not limited to the re-opening of Willard Pool, passed unanimously on March 14. This is just a first step but nevertheless, I am excited. In addition, the amendment to our municipal code regulating changes to health care facilities also passed that night.

Security Camera Database
On Tuesday, Council also passed an item I co-sponsored with Councilmembers Susan Wengraf and Kriss Worthington to ask the City Manager for an update on a previous referral to create a voluntary database of security cameras to help police solve serious crimes.

Ashby Avenue Pedestrian, Bicyclist, and Traffic Improvements
I am also thrilled that Council approved the contract for intersection improvements at Ashby/Claremont and Ashby/Hillegass. We soon will have improved pedestrian and bicycling safety in our district!

Homeless Services
Paul Buddenhagen, Director of Health, Housing and Human Services also presented an overview of the City’s homeless services. I strongly suggest you check it out if you want to learn more about homeless services.

This is a partial list of agenda items for the upcoming April 4th City Council meeting that may interest you. You can see the full agenda here.

The traffic engineer’s report regarding sidewalk access will be discussed. It outlines various items that are exempt from regulation as well as items that are prohibited (i.e. items over 15 square feet, 5 foot horizontal, or 7 feet high).

Gender Pay Equity
An item I co-sponsored regarding gender pay equity is returning from the Commission on the Status of Women to Council for a vote. You can learn more here.

Council will be discussing the Pathways plan described in the first paragraph.

Library Appointments
There are also several items on the agenda related to the Board of Library Trustees Board. This is a complicated matter that was recently covered in Berkeleyside. In short, there is an item on the agenda to remove two board members, and two other items related to appointments to the board.

As always, I welcome your feedback. You can email me directly at or or email the City Clerk at if you would like your comments to be part of the supplemental communications to Council and part of the public record.

In place of my regular office hours, I will be holding this month's office hours with Mayor Jesse Arreguín at Cafe Roma on Sunday, April 9 at 11:00am. 

Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza at Willard Park | ALL AGES
Saturday, April 15th from 9:30am-1:00pm. $6/youth

You don’t want to miss the City of Berkeley’s annual Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza. The day will be filled with tons of fun activities, including a petting zoo, a visit with the Spring Bunny, spring-themed arts and crafts, an interactive kids carnival with fun prizes and Bunny Hop dance lessons! Youth participants will receive a basket to collect all their spring goodies. Youth ages 11+ can participate in a fun scavenger hunt for prizes! Call 981-5150 for more information. Pre-register online or register on-site day of event.

Egg Hunt times:
1 year old: 10:00am
2 years old: 10:20am
3 years old: 10:40am
4 years old: 11:00am
5-6 years old: 11:20am
7-8 years old: 11:40am
9-10 years old: 12:00pm
11+ years old: Scavenger Hunt (ongoing)

Measure T1 Workshop
There will be a T1 community meeting on Saturday, April 8 from 10:00-12:00 at Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library to seek community input on the T1 bond program to fund parks and City buildings. For more information, contact Roger MIller at 981-6704.


Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

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