May 18, 2019

Measles Case

A measles case has been confirmed in Berkeley. Anyone who visited the Berkeley Bowl on 2020 Oregon Street on Tuesday May 7 from 3pm to 5pm should look for the first stage of symptoms: runny nose, red eyes, cough and fever.  Symptoms start to emerge 7 to 21 days after exposure. The next stage of measles symptoms involves a rash that typically appears on the face and spreads down the body. If you develop these symptoms, call your doctor right away. It is important to call ahead to any medical facility and to tell them that you may have been exposed to measles, so they can take measures to protect other patients and visitors. If you or your family have not already been vaccinated, vaccines are available at the City’s health clinic.

Game Day Parking

At our last Council meeting, I’m pleased to say that we voted to increase parking fines on Cal football game days to deter illegal parking and incentivize visitors to use alternative modes of transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many of you have requested increased fines to deter illegal parking, and I’m happy to report that changes are underway. In certain areas surrounding campus, fines will increase substantially (to $225) for non-RPP permit holders.

Crime and Safety

Although violent and property crime decreased in 2018, I always am concerned for the safety of Berkeley residents. In particular, I was extremely concerned about the murder of a man in People’s Park. I have been engaged in conversations with the University about the safety of People’s Park.

On the city’s end, the City Manager and Police Chief are focused on hiring officers, dispatchers and community service officers to get staffing levels back up. I continue to be supportive of these efforts. This is important if we want Berkeley to have specialized units like a violent crime suppression team, bike patrol, investigative resources or a robust traffic enforcement unit.

These recruitment efforts are paying off.

The City of Berkeley would love to hire locally. If you know a friend or family member who you think would be a great addition, link them to BPD’s Recruitment team. The BPD team would love to to talk to prospects, arrange tours and ride-alongs, and can be reached at (510)981-5813, or[email protected]. Let’s help our Department find outstanding folks to serve our community!

Council Agenda

At our next Council meeting, we will be discussing the FY2020-21 budget and looking at citywide economic indicators. Compiled by our Office of Economic Development, the report shows that Berkeley’s economy was healthy throughout 2018, but latest trends such as decreased sales tax revenue and increased office vacancies indicate slow or flattening growth. Unemployment rates remain low, construction continues to increase, and housing prices remain high. Retail in commercial districts (by square footage) continues to decline as those spaces are being used for additional uses such as offices and  personal services.

You can view the full 5/28 agenda here. Please feel free to email me at[email protected] with any questions. You can also provide feedback to the entire Council by emailing [email protected]

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

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Reminder: Community Fire Safety Meeting May 21st

May 21st, 7-9:30pm, Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda

Please join Council members Wengraf, Droste, and Hahn for a in-depth presentation and discussion about fire safety in Berkeley. A panel of speakers will discuss Berkeley’s evacuation, vegetation management, partnerships with UC Berkeley, East Bay Regional Parks, and the Moraga-Orinda Fire District.

Wildfire Evacuation

May 25, 2019 - 2:00pm-3:00pm, Claremont Branch Library

Learn about the wildfire threat in Berkeley, what to do to prepare, and when and how to evacuate. Please call 510-981-6280 for more information