September 21, 2017

Great news! The City’s hardworking staff has completed renovations on the Willard Park playground. You can see a picture below.


As many of you know, Cal is preparing for a Free Speech Week from 9/24 - 9/27, which may include speaking appearances by Ann Coulter and Steve Bannon. The City is working closely with UC Police to ensure any protests during these events are peaceful. I would encourage you to sign up for Nixle alerts to get the latest updates and advisories from BPD. You can sign up for email alerts here, or text your zip code to 888777 for mobile alerts. 

Our next Council meeting is scheduled for October 3rd - you can find the full agenda here.

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.

Wine Walk in the Elmwood

Enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll in The Elmwood and sample over 70 wines!

Tickets are available in advance for $25 each and $30 on the day of the walk, Sept. 24 at the ticket table on the lawn next to Wells Fargo Bank on Ashby Ave. Here you will pick up your wine glass and program. The program has a map with the participating locations and information about the wines being poured.

For tickets, more information on wines, participating retailers and restaurants, transportation, parking suggestions and more, go to

All proceeds benefit beautification efforts right here in the Elmwood District.

Town Hall on Berkeley’s Paid Family Leave Proposal

The Commission on the Status of Women is hosting a town hall on Saturday, September 30 from 2-4 PMat the Tarea Hall Pittman South Berkeley Library featuring several panelists speaking about paid family leave. Read an East Bay Express article for more background here.

New Regulations for Short Term Rentals

A new City of Berkeley ordinance requires individuals who rent out any portion of their dwelling for lodging for less than 14 consecutive days to enroll with the City. Short-term rentals are often rented by property owners or tenants ("Hosts") through online platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO. Rentals done informally and without an online platform must still register with the City. The new online application and other resources are now available on our Short Term Rental page. Hosts must enroll no later thanOctober 31, 2017 to be in compliance with the City ordinance.

Movies in the Park

Here’s another reminder to join neighbors, bring friends, build community- watch some of your favorite movies under the stars!  The City of Berkeley's Recreation Division is hosting a FREE outdoor movie series on Friday nights in its beautiful parks, featuring some popular family films.  A large portable 20' x 12' inflatable movie screen and premium audio visual movie equipment for outdoor cinemas make Movies in the Park a spectacular event. It's not too late to catch one of our upcoming films: September 22nd, LEGO® Batman at Willard Park, 2730 Hillegass Ave., 7:30pm

Harvest Festival

Join us Saturday, October 14th, 201711 - 4pm at Cedar Rose Park for our final FREE Music in the Park Concert and the Harvest Festival.

Four Music in the Park concerts happen one Saturday a month in the afternoon from July – October, featuring different Bay Area bands and musicians. This event, combined with our Harvest Festival, will feature a Food Expo, Garden Expo, Community Resources, food contests and demos, and a Kids’ Zone with face painting, Hernan Cortez' Bubble Theater, bounce house, balloon art, pumpkin and scarecrow making and much more! Get your groove on with live music from Tortilla Soup, the Spazmatics and Motor Dude Zydeco. Bring blankets, umbrellas, lawn chairs, and sunscreen. Kick back and relax for an afternoon in the park at a family friendly event filled with fun, food, music and entertainment from local Berkeley musicians and Bay Area bands!

Cal Bears Football Season

View the full Cal Bears football season schedule here.Cal Athletics and other campus departments are working cooperatively with the City of Berkeley (Police, Fire, Transportation & Parking, and Waste Management) to ensure that game day needs of attendees and our neighbors are accounted for. Read more here.     

Commissioner Spotlight

I’m happy to introduce Jeff Vincent as my Planning Commissioner.

Jeff has lived in and around Berkeley for the past 16 years. He has lived in West Berkeley since 2005. Jeff moved to Berkeley in 2001 to pursue his PhD in City Planning at Cal where he focused on land use, community development, and public education policy. Prior to attending Cal, Jeff received his BA and Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Nebraska. Jeff is the Deputy Director for Cities + Schools at UC Berkeley where he looks at the role of the built environment in structuring success and equity for young people and families. Jeff is also the President of the Board of Directors of the Nia House Learning Center, a small non-profit Montessori preschool in West Berkeley that aims to make preschool accessible to all families, regardless of socioeconomic background. Jeff joined the Planning Commission with a strong interest in local democracy and political participation. He hopes to work on housing affordability issues and believes that Berkeley can, and should, accommodate additional housing across all income levels. In his free time, Jeff enjoys biking and going to the Berkeley Marina with his wife, Laurin, and their two children. Commissioner Vincent wants to help Berkeley remain a leader in the face of the housing crisis, and believes that the city can maintain its unique character while promoting new development that provides both market-rate and below-market- rate units.

 Jeff Vincent