Mid October 2021 Newsletter

 

Mid-October 2021 District 8 Newsletter

Happy Halloween, everyone! The City Council's Fall Season is in full swing!
Old Berkeley City Hall Cupola

City Council Goings On

Last Tuesday, the City Council held a worksession on policing and public safety, where the council received detailed information from the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) on 2021 public safety trends. Some key takeaways:

  • Some crimes, like pedestrian robberies, are down in Berkeley, while other crimes like vehicle and catalytic converter thefts have risen significantly.
  • BPD continues to have a low rate for police use of force, and most instances involve lower level uses of force.
  • BPD is suffering from low staffing levels which is impacting operations and forcing overtime (see below for more information).
As you may recall, every city department had to freeze positions and defer spending in order to close our $40 million COVID-19 budget shortfall in 2020. During Tuesday’s discussion, several councilmembers, including myself, expressed a desire to unfreeze departmental positions in order to ensure adequate resources to meet community public safety needs and ensure BPD can close investigations.

If you want to learn a lot more about Berkeley policing, I highly recommend BPD's excellent and highly detailed presentation/full report.
 
An image of a parking restrictions sign with game day information

Football Game Day This Weekend

Some areas in the City have more stringent parking restrictions and fines on days UC Berkeley has home football games:

  • October 23
  • October 30
  • November 13
In particular, parking in portions of Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) Areas A, B, D, I, K, F, and G to the north and south of Cal Memorial Stadium is restricted to RPP permit holders ONLY from 8am to 11pm on football game days. Vehicles without a valid RPP permit in these areas will receive a $225 fine. On some streets closer to the stadium, even vehicles with a valid permit may be towed. Farther from the stadium, vehicles parked in violation of RPP restrictions in portions of Areas A, B, and D will be issued double parking fines on football game days. For a map of these restrictions and more information about UC Berkeley football game day parking restrictions, please click here.
 
 

Rollin' on the Atmospheric River

If the current forecast holds, it looks like the first atmospheric river rainstorm of the season will affect Berkeley between Saturday evening and Monday. The good news: This storm should greatly reduce Bay Area wildfire risks for the season. However: Because heavy rain and significant wind are possible, it is recommended that everyone check their gutters and roofs, and secure any loose outdoor items before the storm arrives. Visit this page to check on any power outages. If you see a downed power line STAY AWAY report it to PG&E right away: 1-800-743-5000

 

NO Russell St. Halloween Festivities This Year

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and the fact that vaccines for kids under 12 aren’t yet available, the neighborhood representatives have indicated that Halloween festivities on Russell Street will not occur this year. Please do NOT come to Russell Street unless you live there. Let’s all stay safe this year so COVID-19 hopefully won’t be haunting us in 2022, and we can bring our party back to life!

 

Get up to $3,000 to Strengthen Your Foundation
 
Sign up by December 1 to receive a grant of up to $3,000 for a seismic retrofit.  Earthquake Brace + Bolt is open to owner-occupied single-family residences and small multifamily buildings (1-4 units) in Berkeley and other eligible zip codes. Qualifying applicants will be entered into a lottery for the funding. For the first time, additional grant funds up to 100% of the seismic retrofit cost will also be available to income qualified households.  Sign up online or by calling (877) 232-4300
 
See the City of Berkeley's Seismic Safety Information and Programs for additional resources, including financing for commercial, multifamily and residential property owners.

 
Housing Element Update 1st Public Workshop

This coming Wednesday, the City will hold its first public workshop for the Housing Element update. The Housing Element update is Berkeley’s roadmap to providing enough housing and affordable housing to meet Berkeley’s local and regional needs so that workers, families, and everyone who makes Berkeley Berkeley has a place to call home. Sign up on the City’s Housing Element webpage to get more additional information and alerts!

Housing Element Workshop Info:

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
6:00 pm (no set end time)
Zoom Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81914352145

Meeting ID: 819 1435 2145

Dial-In: (699) 900-6833

 
Willard Park Clubhouse
Community Meeting


On Thursday, October 28th, the City will be holding another community meeting to discuss the Willard Park Clubhouse replacement project. Following a survey and months of discussion and community input, City staff are close to having a final design!
Willard Clubhouse
Community Meeting Info:

Thursday, October 28, 2021
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Zoom Link:
https://zoom.us/j/82304828529
Meeting ID: 823 0482 8529
Passcode: 693231
 
 
Office of Vice Mayor &
District 8 Councilmember Lori Droste

[email protected]    
(510) 981-7180
2180 Milvia Street, Fifth Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States


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