October 29, 2019

Update from PG&E

PG&E issued an “all-clear” for the 10/26 weather event yesterday, Oct. 28 and most of Berkeley has been reenergized.  There are still spot outages that remain to be energized. 

Currently, today’s 10/29 wind event is not anticipated to impact Berkeley. It may still, but PG&E has said it is unlikely and if it does impact Berkeley de-energization would not happen until this evening. 

Air quality in Berkeley is rated “moderate” at this time. However, conditions can change rapidly due to wind and other factors. Residents should check for updates at airnow.gov and take precautions based on their own health.

Keep up with updates on www.cityofberkeley.info/psps-updates and the City’s Twitter account, @CityofBerkeley. See resources on how to stay safe during an outage prompted by fire danger at www.cityofberkeley.info/psps. For UC Berkeley campus-related information, see https://news.berkeley.edu

Write BUSD If You Want Willard Pool Funding Included in Upcoming Ballot Measure

I have always believed that South Berkeley kids deserve a pool. In 2017, I asked our joint City-BUSD committee to look into how we can make this happen. We have reached a pivotal moment because the Berkeley Unified School District Board will be voting on the components of a 2020 Construction bond at its meeting on Nov. 6th. Now is the opportunity to voice your support for Willard Pool, community pools, and MLK Jr youth center. BUSD currently owns Willard building and site, West Campus pool, King pool, and MLK youth services center. The City operates them. Our staff indicates that we need approximately $29.4 million dollars for those facilities. Please join me in requesting that they allocate that funding, especially $11 million to restore Willard Pool and its associated building. If funded, the City would oversee ongoing operations and maintenance costs once the structures are rebuilt. You can include them all on one email: [email protected]

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

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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.