September 5 2018

I’m frequently asked at neighborhood meetings what we can do to reduce crime in our communities. One step, which I worked with Councilmembers Wengraf and Worthington to promote, is to allow residents to register their security cameras with the City if they so choose. Doing so will let BPD know that you have a security camera which may assist them if a crime occurs in your vicinity. Please know that even if you register your camera, BPD will not be able to access any footage without your knowledge. More information is listed in the updates/announcements section below.

As part of an ongoing effort to work in partnership with the University, the City/UC/Student Relations Committee will meet on 9/24 to discuss amendments to the City’s Group Living Accommodation (GLA) Ordinance and more. Meeting details will be posted here.

City Council will be back in session on September 13th. Our agenda includes Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance updates, urban forestry requirementsproposed vehicle encampmentsBART plaza encampment enforcement, and regulations for cannabis distribution and cultivation.

Elmwood Wine Walk

Enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll in The Elmwood and sample over 70 wines! Sunday 1-5 pm, Sept. 23, 2018

Buy tickets online by September 15 at for only $25. After September 15, tickets will be available for $35. If we do not sell out, tickets will be available Sept. 23 at the ticket table on the lawn next to Wells Fargo Bank on Ashby Ave.

Sunday 1 PM, Sept. 23, 2018 - Bring your ticket and ID to one of the check-in locations: Anton Salon, McGuire Real Estate, or the table on the lawn next to Wells Fargo. (A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase at the latter location on the day of the event.) Pick up your wine glass and program. The program has a map with the participating locations and information about the wines being poured.

For more information on wines, participating retailers and restaurants, transportation, parking suggestions and more, go to 50% of the event’s net proceeds will be donated to Berkeley United in Literacy Development (BUILD). BUILD is one of the largest reading programs in the East Bay.

Save Alta Bates at the Solano Stroll, 9/9:

Let Sutter Health know we  want to keep Alta Bates in Berkeley, we’re going to have a booth at the Solano Stroll and march in a rally at 9am on September 9th. Meet at Fresno Ave. (between Solano Ave. and Marin Ave.) and wear red.

Office Hours

My monthly office hours will be tomorrow, September 6, from 9:30-11am, at Espresso Roma on College at Ashby. As always, if you can’t make this time, please feel free to reach out and schedule an individual appointment!

A list of additional community events is below. 

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

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As a result of a Council item I co-authored, the Berkeley Police Department's Security Camera Registry will help BPD know you have a security camera and you're willing to voluntarily share footage if we're investigating a crime.

While private security video systems may deter crime, they also serve to capture valuable evidence of which can be used to identify and apprehend suspects who have been recorded in the commission of their crime. Many residents and business owners currently operate security systems which could aid in criminal investigations, and we have had great success from community members who have supported investigations by providing us with footage from their security systems.

By registering your camera with the Department, you would enable officers to quickly identify cameras that could potentially aid in the apprehension of the suspect(s) responsible for the crime under investigation. This saves officers valuable time which they would otherwise spend going door-to-door attempting to locate security footage that could help identify a suspect.  

Registering your security camera information simply lets us know that you may be willing to share your camera’s footage. Registering does not provide the Berkeley Police Department with direct access to your camera. Registration is completely voluntary and free of charge. Your personal information will be kept confidential by the Police Department and will only be accessed by law enforcement personnel who are conducting an investigation. Registration may be withdrawn at any time.

The process for registering your camera is simple and only takes a few minutes to complete.  You will be asked to provide basic information on where your camera(s) are located. Once you have completed the registration process, a member of the Berkeley Police Department will follow up with you to confirm your registration.

The Berkeley Police Department is committed to fostering strong community-police relationships in order to prevent and reduce crime. We invite our community to register your security camera as part of our effort to safeguard Berkeley.  

Music in the Park

Our Music in the Park concert series is continuing into the fall with Family Concerts!

Saturday, September 15, noon - 4:00pm: Hip Hop
Grove Park Ball Field Area, 1730 Oregon Street

This event is dedicated to the teens and will showcase up and coming new artists with a dance battle, rap performances by C5, Caleb, Kevin Allen (formerly known as Erk the Jerk), spoken word by Youth Speaks, a hip hop dance battle, karaoke, and much more!

Saturday, October 13, 10:00am - 4:00pm: Harvest Festival
Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street (at Hopkins)

Our annual Harvest Festival features a Food Expo, Garden Expo, Community Resources, food contests and demos, and a Kids' Zone with face painting, bounce house, balloon art, pumpkin and scarecrow making and much more! Stage performances by Spazmatics, Motor Dude Zydeco, and Tortilla Soup.

Proposed Improvements to Levine Fricke Field - Community Open House

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6:30-8:00 pm, Simpson Center for Student Athlete High Performance, Cronk Room, Enter from Memorial Stadium Gate 4, Piedmont Avenue

UC Berkeley invites our neighbors to an open house to learn about proposed improvements to Levine-Fricke Field, located on Centennial Road in the Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area.

The University is committed to providing commensurate facilities for our men’s and women’s athletic teams, and this proposed project will significantly improve the existing competition and training facility for the Intercollegiate Athletics women’s softball team. The project includes substantial reconfiguration of the existing field to accommodate required NCAA field dimensions, to incorporate improved training facilities, and to add new spectator seating.

Representatives from the campus project team and Intercollegiate Athletics will be on-hand to share information about this project, answer questions and listen to your input. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to welcoming you.

Inquiries: (510) 643-4793 or


Forming Utility Undergrounding Districts (UUDs)

Please attend a meeting at 7:00pm on September 27 at Northbrae Community Church, 914 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707 to hear:

-An introduction to
-An overview of Berkeley’s undergrounding study and anticipated actions in the next year.
-The status of CPUC Electric Rule Review including the difference between 20A and 20B.
-How to successfully form an utility undergrounding district

Q and A will follow.