May 11, 2018

Happy Mothers Day! The City will be hosting a lovely celebration at the Rose Garden on Saturday, details here.

Many of you attended a workshop I co-hosted last year on building Accessory Dwelling Units (also known as in-law units or backyard cottages), and I’m happy to say that next week Council will be discussing proposed changes to make building those units more streamlined and family-friendly. If you would like to provide your thoughts and opinions on ADUs, please utilize Berkeley Considersto do so or email

At our last work session, Council looked at the FY 2019 budget update and capital improvement projects. Several people made public comments expressing their desire to see more staffing and funding for transportation improvements, including safer crossings, traffic circle upgrades, protected bike lanes, etc. I couldn't agree more. I know several of you have applied for traffic calming measures on your streets, and even when those requests were successful, the start dates can be delayed because of the high demand for public works projects. I’m committed to making our streets safer and will continue to push for additional funding/staffing.   

I’m also continuing to keep up the pressure on Sutter Health to keep Alta Bates as a full service acute care hospital. On May 29th, I’ve authored a letter of support for Assemblymember Thurmond’s health facilities bill AB 2784 that mandates community notice before any hospital closures, and requires hospitals to seek the Attorney General’s written consent prior to closure.

My next office hours will be on June 7th, from 9:30-11am, at Espresso Roma on College at Ashby.

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8 

Important numbers for city services:

  • Sidewalk repairs, garbage pickup, tree pruning | 311 Service Center (3-1-1)
  • Transient-related issues | 311 Service Center (3-1-1)
  • Criminal activity in progress | Berkeley Police (9-1-1)
  • Non-emergencies (reporting suspicious activity or making an initial report) | Berkeley Police (510) 981-5900
  • Homeless Person in Distress (appears vulnerable, disruptive or concerning behavior) | HOTT (510) 981-5273
  • Sign up for emergency notifications on AC Alert  and crime prevention/updates on Nixle.

As Students Move Out, Keep Berkeley Clean

As Cal students move out for the summer, tenants and landlords can help keep our streets clean by planning ahead, using City of Berkeley services, and properly discarding of the items they no longer need.

Commissioner Spotlight

I’m pleased to introduce Juli Adhikari, my appointee to the Commission on the Status of Women.

Juli is currently a 4th-year undergraduate student studying Political Science and Gender & Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women for the City of Berkeley. Juli has truly enjoyed her time as a commissioner working on policies that bolster the lives of women in the City. The Commission has drafted recommendations on Paid Family Leave, Equal Pay, and inclusive reproductive healthcare. Juli always tries to bring the knowledge she’s learned in her various roles as a research assistant at Berkeley Law and high school teacher for the non-profit IGNITE National to serve the City. She is honored to be working for Berkeley's diverse population and wants to take the spirit of Berkeley with her as she pursues a future in law and public policy.