November 6, 2019

I hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween. As we move into the November and December holiday season, City Council has four meetings remaining. You can see our agenda for 11/12 here

As you know, pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements are a priority of mine so I’m happy to report that as a Vision Zero City, staff presented a draft Action Plan last night outlining our goals, priorities, and plan to eliminate pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and major injuries in our community. 

Please note that office hours resume next month on December 9th from 8-10am at Cafe Espresso Roma on College Ave @ Ashby. 

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

Want to request a City service? 

Use Berkeley's online 311 form (either through the General Request form or a specific topic) or call 311 from a landline, or 510-981-2489. Please note that my office routes all the service requests we receive through this customer service center, so your request will be handled most efficiently by directly contacting 311. 

Sign up for emergency notifications on AC Alert  and crime prevention/updates on Nixle.  

Innovating for Gun Safety and Juvenile Justice for all of Alameda County

The League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany & Emeryville Alameda hosts County DA Nancy O'Malley to talk on her office's award winning research into gun safety and juvenile justice SUN. Nov. 17, 2-4 pm, at Berkeley Central Library. 

November 17 Workshop: Improve Home Air Quality, Comfort

Come to a free workshop to learn about how you can improve the air quality in your home while also saving energy, reducing utility bills and increasing comfort. Indoor air quality is typically two to five times worse than outdoor air quality and can worsen common illnesses such as allergies and asthma.

At our November 17 workshop, learn how to keep pollutants and allergens out of your home. We'll tell you about cash rebates and how you can get a state-selected energy advisor to help guide your home improvements and connect you to certified contractors.

Sunday, November 17, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave, Albany, 94706

Please RSVP online - space is limited. Hosted by the cities of Albany and Berkeley, BayREN, and the Ecology Center Read more at

How to Save the World with Local Politics: a Climate, Housing, and Street Safety Forum

Climate change, air pollution, traffic fatalities: these feel very big and unsolvable.

But they actually can be tackled at the local level. Forward-thinking citizens are needed to take charge. Come hear from our state elected representatives, who are leading on these issues, to find out what YOU can do to combat the big problems.

South Berkeley Now! and North Berkeley Now! -- the two neighborhood groups who are organizing for homes on the Ashby and North Berkeley BART parking lots -- are hosting a leadership forum on housing, climate and safe streets.

The forum will feature Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, moderated by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, founder of the Daily Kos. Expert panelists will provide background info on climate change and safe streets: Daniel Kammen is a Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and a former Science Envoy for the State Department. Barnali Ghosh is Vice Chair of the Berkeley Transportation Commission, Board member of TransForm, and founded the Berkeley South Asian Walking Tour.

Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 2019 6-8pm, Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St., Berkeley CA 94704


Find classes, activities and events for adults, kids and families using the 2019 Fall/Holiday Recreation Activity Guide, which lists affordable, fun and engaging recreation programs throughout Berkeley. 

There is something for everyone, whether it's swimming laps at the pool, breaking a sweat during one of our fitness classes, learning how to skateboard, or volunteering for a shoreline cleanup.

Visit, a page that's updated each season to keep you in the loop on all of the fun and exciting programs we are offering. Sign up for programs on our new Online Registration portal.

For children 0-5 year olds, the City offers a variety of infant, tot and pre-k programs, including our free Together Wee Play drop-in program, our popular Super Soccer Stars classes, and our Music Together classes, where you and your child can sing, dance, play and create music together!

To find a full list of Fall/Holiday 2019 programs, activity schedules, and participation fees, you can view the most recent edition of the Recreation Division Activity Guide.


Spread the word about the City of Berkeley's new crisis line that connects community members with an experienced mental health professional during mental health crises.

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and a ringing phone. Text reads: Daytime crisis line 510 981-5244, Mon
- Fri 11:30am-4pm. A service provided by City of Berkeley Mental

This new crisis line offers support, consultation, and resources with a call to (510) 981-5244, Monday through Friday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM. This new crisis line is a pilot program that leverages staffing within our Berkeley Mental Health Division to address a community identified need for additional metal health crisis response services. 

If you are experiencing uncomfortable thoughts or emotions, or challenges in your life, a trained counselor on the crisis line will be available to talk directly to you, connect you to the right resources, and determine if an immediate in-person evaluation for safety is needed.

The goals are to better support individuals with mental health concerns, provide early intervention for mental health crises, and decrease mental health-related calls to the Berkeley Police Department.

This new crisis line, a pilot program funded by the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, provides an expansion to Berkeley Mental Health's services. The crisis line program is a direct result of a needs assessment conducted by the Mental Health Division and community partners in 2016 to 2017. Having police officers who are skilled at working with people in crisis is important, so Berkeley Police train on de-escalation and crisis-intervention techniques. However, the assessment identified the need for more mental health crisis response services to be one more alternative to law enforcement.

Outside of the crisis line hours of operation, individuals in mental health crisis, their families, and community members can:

  • Come to the Berkeley Mental Health Clinic at 1521 University Avenue in Berkeley Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Call Berkeley Mental Health's Crisis, Assessment, and Triage team at (510) 981-5244  Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Call the Mobile Crisis Team every day 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM, by calling the police non-emergency number at (510) 981-5900 or by leaving a voicemail at (510) 981-5254
  • Call the 24-hour crisis line for immediate support through Crisis Support Services of Alameda County at 1-800-309-2131
  • Call the Alameda County ACCESS (Acute Crisis Care and Evaluation for Systemwide Services) Program for questions about mental health services and eligibility at 1-800-491-9099 Monday through Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM