October 25, 2019

Fire Safety- Prepare for potential power outage starting Saturday Oct. 26

PG&E has told Alameda County that, due to dry and windy weather conditions, it plans to shut off power on Saturday afternoon to 58,000 customers in the county, including portions of Berkeley stretching down from the hills.

PG&E says this outage may last for multiple days. You can specifically look up whether your address is affected by searching https://psps.ss.pge.com. You can also see a general map of the outage area, though all addresses shown in the shaded area will be affected. Please note that this is a dynamic and evolving situation, and PG&E may update their information over time.

Visit the City's website for a full list of resources in the event of what PG&E labels as a Public Safety Power Shutoff.  www.cityofberkeley.info/psps. The City will continue to post shutoff updates at cityofberkeley.info/pge-shutoff.

Air Quality Advisory

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is extending a Spare the Air Alert for smoke through today, Friday, October 25, for the entire region. The Air District is closely monitoring smoke impacts from the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County and the northern portion of the Bay Area is currently experiencing smoke impacts. Additional smoke impacts are expected to spread across the Bay Area starting this evening. 

Conditions may change so keep updated through AC Alert. Berkeleyside has been posting updates regarding fires and local power outages here. As always, please be safe and make sure you are prepared in the event of a fire evacuation or power shutoff.  

Come celebrate Halloween with some trick or treating in the Elmwood.

Saturday, October 26th from 12-5pm

Wear a costume & pick up your treat bag and map.  Pick up the map and bag at either The Cutting Edge Optical (2980 College Avenue) or Your Basic Bird (2940 College Avenue).

Treats available at over 30 businesses, fun for children and families.

Give Input On Traffic Enforcement and Bicycle Safety

Weigh in on whether the City Council referral to address traffic enforcement and bicycle safety. You can read more about the item here. Use Berkeley Considers to register your input. 

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.  

Mrs. Dalloway’s Benefit Weekend for Emerson School

Saturday, Nov. 9 - Monday, Nov. 11

Mrs. Dalloways will reimburse Emerson School for 17% of total purchases made by the school community from Nov. 9-11. Online sales are welcome-  support your school by visiting www.mrsdalloways.com. Please make sure to keep your receipts and turn them in to the school office no later than Friday, Nov. 15.  

Transition Berkeley & Cal Zero Waste - REPAIR CAFE!

Do you have BROKEN ITEMS you don't want to send to the landfill? Come to this gathering where community members help each other repair what’s broken!  All household items are welcome, including LAMPS, CLOTHING, TOYS, FURNITURE, ELECTRONICS, APPLIANCES, BICYCLES etc. BRING ONE ITEM PER PERSON. 

Date:  Saturday, November 2, 2019

Time:1:00-4:00 pm

Location: Berkeley Technology Academy, 2701 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, CA 94703 

Transportation: Public transportation encouraged. Accessible by AC Transit and walkable from Downtown Berkeley or Ashby BART. Bike parking and car parking available. ADA Accessible. Cost: FREE. Donations are greatly appreciated to cover costs and host future events!

Cafe: Refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring your own cup/utensils to reduce waste.

This event is FREE and intended to empower us to repair. It is not a free drop-off repair service.

There is no guarantee that your item will be fully repaired, but hopefully you will have a fun learning experience. Registering helps us manage the event and pre-registering your broken item could reduce your wait time. To register go to: www.transitionberkeley.org Questions? [email protected] This project is organized by Transition Berkeley and Cal Zero Waste and supported by UC Berkeley Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund and StopWaste.org.