September 19, 2016

I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer. I wanted to update you on a few issues specifically concerning our district:

Street Rehabilitation in District 8

As you may know, the City is rehabilitating Derby Street funded in part by the Measure B and Measure BB sales tax. We have been working with City Staff to address traffic problems and other concerns brought to our attention by neighbors, and we thank you for your patience during construction. For more information, you can view the City Traffic Control Plan and the Street Rehabilitation FY2016 (#B3).

EBMUD Work on Panoramic Hill

EBMUD will be replacing pipelines in the Panoramic Hill neighborhood in several phases and has a scheduled helicopter delivery of piping on September 21 from 10am to 2pm. The helicopter will not fly over any homes. There will be approximately seven trips. Expect helicopter-related noise and minor traffic delays as crews move the pipes from the drop-off zone to the top of the hill. Read more here.

Details: EBMUD has scheduled a helicopter to airlift approximately 2,500 feet of pipe to the upper Panoramic Hill neighborhood. Bundled pipe will be delivered by truck to Fernwald Road, where the helicopter will pick up the pipe bundles and lift them to the intersection of Panoramic Way and Dwight Way. This is the first of two planned helicopter deliveries. A second delivery will occur later this year.  

CA Nurses Association Town Hall on Alta Bates Closure

As you know, Sutter Health announced its intention to cease emergency services at its Alta Bates Campus by 2030. I’ve met with hospital leadership several times to convey community concerns, and co-sponsored an item with Laurie Capitelli, Susan Wengraf, and Darryl Moore that has tasked the Community Health Commission and Disaster and Fire Safety Commission with examining the impacts of the move. I also co-sponsored a resolution with Council Members  Worthington, Capitelli, and Moore opposing the closure of Alta Bates. As a result, the Mayor is working on establishing a regional subcommittee with important stakeholders to determine what the City can do to ensure that our citizens have access to emergency services and quality health care. The CA Nurses Association is hosting a town hall for community discussion on this issue. Details: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Ed Roberts Campus -- Atrium, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703.For more information, contact Anita Gridley at CNA/NNU,

Office update: Kerry Birnbach, my Legislative Aide, has returned from maternity leave. Many thanks to Adrianna Hutchinson for covering in her place!

Coming up at City Council….

Mid-Year 2016 Crime Report: At our September 20 special work session, Berkeley Police will provide a mid-year crime report to Council for discussion. Read the report here. At our regular Council meeting we will be discussing the approval of two additional medical cannabis dispensaries and City financial reserve policies. You can view the full agenda here.

On September 27, Council will discuss a Southside pilot project recommended from the City’s Transportation Commission intended to demonstrate and evaluate dedicated bike and transit lanes.

Many of you who have attended Council meetings have expressed frustration at the long wait times and unknown schedule of Council items when you hoped to speak to a specific item. I share those frustrations. At our last meeting, Council voted to schedule a work session dedicated to examine meeting procedures to make them more efficient and effective. Council will have a work session to review potential policies such as requiring speaker cards, agendizing the meeting with time estimates for each item, adjusting public comment speaking opportunities, limiting the number of Council items that can be referred per meeting or per year, etc. to make Council meetings more efficient and accessible to all members of the public.

As always, I am happy to discuss these or other issues at my office hours (first Thursday mornings at Cafe Roma, at College Ave at Ashby, from 9:30-11am) or by appointment (email me to set up a time). It’s my honor to serve as your elected Councilmember.

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

Need a street or sidewalk repair? Want to report illegal dumping?

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.

Movies in the Park!

On September 30, 2016, “Up” will be showing at Willard Park at 2730 Hillegass from 7:30-10:00. Clickhere for more information, or contact Cecilia Booker at 510-981-5158.

Downtown Bart Plaza Renovations

Construction begins soon on the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza renovation, one in a series of projects to make it easier for people to travel to and around the downtown and campus area. Read more here.    

Heart 2 Heart Job and Education Fair

There will be a job and education fair for those over the age of 14 on 9/24 from 11:00 AM - 2:00PM at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Center, 1730 Oregon Street.