March 4, 2015


Councilmember Lori Droste

District 8 Newsletter, March Update


Dear Neighbor,

I'm pleased to share that I cosponsored and authored two items that passed on consent at our last City Council meeting. 

  • · The first item refers the City Manager to extend the expiration of business licenses during the renewal process to prevent work from stalling as renewal paperwork is completed. 
  • · I also cosponsored an item referring the Disaster and Fire Safety Commission to establish a pilot disaster training program and cache program specifically targeting multi-unit residential buildings, to help them prepare in case of emergencies.

Our next Berkeley City Council meeting will be on March 10th, and the agenda is available here. We'll be finalizing our actions on commercial and residential energy ordinances that will require residential energy audits at point of sale only. (This is a modified version from the original proposal, which would have required all residential homes to undergo an energy audit every ten years). As always, your feedback is welcome. 

Here are a few updates and announcements:

Possible Measles Exposure in Berkeley - Reminder to Vaccinate

An adult with measles visited La Mediterranee restaurant in Berkeley on the evening of Friday February 20, meaning that patrons during that time should monitor themselves for symptoms until March 13. Members of the community who have questions or concerns can contact Berkeley Public Health at 981-5300 or publichealth@cityofberkeley.

Budget Update 

At our last City Council meeting there was a Special Session for a FY 2015 Mid-Year Budget Update and Projection of Future Liabilities. Many of you have expressed interest in our budget process so I encourage you to look over these materials. The city will have several more information sessions (starting at 5:30pm before Council meetings) regarding our budget. These are open to the public:

March 17th - Sewer Fees 
March 24th - Capital Improvements and Infrastructure
May 12th - FY 2016 & FY2017 Proposed Biennial Budget and Public Hearing #1
May 26th - Proposed Fee Increases and Public Hearing #2
June 9th - Council Recommendations on Budget
June 23rd - Council Discussion on Budget Recommendations 
June 30th - Adopt FY2016 & FY2017 Biennial Budget

Office hours

Come introduce yourself! I’ll be at Espresso Roma Cafe, 2960 College Ave, on the first Thursday of every month from 9:30am - 11am, starting on March 5th if you want to stop by to talk. No appointment necessary.

Volunteer for Berkeley's College and Career Day 

BCCD is part of the 2020 Vision for Berkeley’s Children and Youth initiative that aims to eliminate the achievement gap in our schools. Berkeley College and Career Day is a city-wide event and will be held on Thursday March 12, 2015. Our goal is to engage 10,000 students throughout the City and our schools and get them thinking about their future careers. We are inviting professionals, students and community members to share their educational and professional path with Berkeley students. Your presentations will provide an influential experience in helping the students think about their future educational and professional goals. 

If you have any questions about the event or would like to get more detailed information, please contact Sbeydeh Viveros-Walton, Senior Aide to the Mayor at or at 510.981.7101

Community Meeting on Willard Play Area

Please join Berkeley Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront in a community discussion about the future Willard Play Area. Saturday March 21st, 10 - 11:30am at Willard Park Clubhouse,2730 Hillegass Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705. For more information, contact Wanda Williams at  

Commissioner Spotlight

I’m thrilled to introduce Paul Degenkolb as my recent appointment on the Disaster and Fire Safety Commission.


Paul Degenkolb is a Bay Area native, current D8 resident, and Cal Berkeley alum. After completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley, he worked for the Naval Aviation Depot in Alameda, California where he designed and retrofitted aircraft. He was also responsible for handling safety concerns related to the aircraft. He is currently the Director of Information Management for Degenkolb Engineers, where his job includes corporate disaster planning.  Paul is excited to contribute to the disaster and fire commission by improving existing processes and procedures required to respond to a disaster/fire in our community.

Lori Droste

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