September 30 2021

The City Council has returned from its summer recess and I’m excited to share some of the items we’ve been working on.

City Council Back In Action 💪

electric bicycles

At our most recent meeting this past Tuesday, we passed the first reading of an enabling ordinance for Berkeley’s electric micromobility program. This program is similar to existing car-share programs—except it’s for shared electric bikes (e-bikes), scooters, and disabled-accessible vehicles. The program will establish rules, permitting requirements, and procedures for companies to get shared electric vehicles on Berkeley streets, with a focus on equity, accessibility, and keeping our sidewalks clear. The program is new, so we’ll be learning as we go, but this is a big win for mobility and climate-friendly alternatives to driving!

At our September 21st worksession, the Council received a presentation from planning staff on the City’s Housing Element update. The Housing Element is Berkeley’s roadmap to providing enough housing and affordable housing to meet Berkeley’s local and regional needs so that workers, families, and everyone who makes Berkeley Berkeley has a place to call home. The process is just getting started and there will be many opportunities for you to make your voice heard. Sign up on the City’s Housing Element webpage to get more information and get involved.

Help Decide the Future Shape of District 8—Literally!

City of Berkeley Council Districts

Come to a virtual meeting at 1pm on Saturday, October 2, where you can learn how to help shape new City Council district boundaries and even submit your own maps on paper or using online tools.

The City's eight Council boundaries are re-drawn every ten years using updated Census figures, but, for the first time in Berkeley, they'll be drawn by an independent commission rather than elected officials.

Using public input, the Independent Redistricting Commission will draw eight districts with roughly the same number of people. They'll look to keep communities with similar social and economic interests together. Read the City of Berkeley’s official announcement to learn more!

Phone: (669) 900-9128; Meeting ID: 876 0578 8482

This IS a Drill — Oct. 8-9 Citywide Virtual Drill: Leaving for Extreme Fire Weather, Evacuating for a Firestorm

On October 8th and 9th the City will be conducting citywide virtual drill exercises for all residents to simulate an extreme fire weather warning (Oct 8th) and destructive wildfire (Oct 9th). This exercise will help you and your family learn about how the City warns us about upcoming fire risks and alerts us to urgent evacuation orders. Take this opportunity to dust off your emergency and evacuation plans and make sure your household is prepared for the peak of fire season!

Escape From the Hills on Sunday October 17

In the event of a particularly dangerous and fast-moving fire, knowing how to quickly escape on foot can be essential if roads are blocked by downed trees, abandoned cars, or emergency response vehicles. To help you learn how to escape safely and quickly, Berkeley Path Wanderers are organizing an evacuation exercise to coincide with the upcoming 30th anniversary of the 1991 Tunnel Fire. On Sunday October 17, their volunteers will lead a series of walks to familiarize neighbors with walking options for escaping the hills in case of a fire or other emergency. Two of the walks are in District 8, one in Panoramic Hill and another in the Claremont Hills near the Oakland border. Check out the details and RSVP on the Path Wanderers’ website.

Football Game Day Parking Restrictions

Picture of a parking restrictions sign regarding Cal Football

Game Days

Some areas in the City have more stringent parking restrictions and fines on the four days that UC Berkeley has home football games. These days are:

  • October 2
  • October 23
  • October 30
  • November 13

In particular, parking in portions of Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) Areas A, B, D, I, K, F, and G to the north and south of Cal Memorial Stadium is restricted to RPP permit holders ONLY from 8am to 11pm on football game days. Vehicles without a valid RPP permit in these areas will receive a $225 fine. On some streets closer to the stadium, even vehicles with a valid permit may be towed. Farther from the stadium, vehicles parked in violation of RPP restrictions in portions of Areas A, B, and D will be issued double parking fines on football game days. For a map of these restrictions and more information about UC Berkeley football game day parking restrictions, please click here

Russell Street Halloween Festivities Postponed This Year 🎃🚫😥

Spooky and adorable carved pumpkins

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and the fact that vaccines for kids under 12 aren’t yet available, the neighborhood representatives have indicated that Halloween festivities on Russell Street will not occur this year. Let’s all stay safe this year so COVID-19 hopefully won’t be haunting us in 2022, and we can bring our party back to life!

Ride Electric at the Berkeley Farmers' Market

Ride Electric Logo with ocons of electric bike and car

Saturday, October 2, 11am – 3pm

Civic Center Park, 1940 Allston Way

  • Test drive new & used Electric Vehicles (EVs)
  • Find eBikes for commutes, recreation and hauling kids & cargo
  • Talk to local EV drivers and eBike riders
  • Learn about credits, rebates, grants and loans
  • Enjoy lunch at the farmers' market – earn market tokens for EV test rides
  • Masks required

Learn more and register to attend the event.

Interested in showcasing your EV or eBike? Please register as an EV or eBike owner and complete the EventBrite survey.

Please reach out to my office if you have any questions about any of these announcements or events, or if you have any other questions or issues you'd like to share. It is a privilege to serve you and District 8 and I hope you have a happy, healthy start to autumn!


Lori Droste
Berkeley Vice Mayor


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