City Council District 6
City Council District 6

Councilmember Susan Wengraf

 

Councilmember Susan Wengraf

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            Newsletter #7

               September, 2009

 

      Included in this newsletter is information about:

     I wasn’t planning on sending out a newsletter quite so early in the Fall, but there are so many very important issues that may be of interest to you that I thought it best to get this information to you immediately. Please read on…..


AC TRANSIT PROPOSES REDUCING OR ELIMINATING SERVICE NEAR YOU!

       Do you or a family member rely on AC Transit bus service to get to work or school? Do you have people who work in your home as caregivers or housecleaners or babysitters who rely on the bus to get to work?

       AC Transit is proposing dramatic service reductions to the hills.  Line 7 along the Arlington  is proposed to be cut to once-an-hour on weekdays, every 40-minutes during rush hours, from the current every 30 minutes. 

       Line 67 along Spruce is proposed to be eliminated completely.

       Line 65 along Euclid  is set to be cut back to every 40 minutes, from the current 30 minutes.

       Although I am sympathetic to the $57 million gap in AC Transit’s budget, these reductions in service are not acceptable. I need your help to convince AC Transit to reconsider these proposed cuts.

       For more information, see the list of proposed changes, the schedule of community workshops, and how to comment on the AC Transit site.

       Please come and speak out at a meeting when AC Transit will hold a public workshop:

North Berkeley Senior Center (Hearst & MLK Way)
September 8th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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SOLANO POST OFFICE ON CHOPPING BLOCK!

       The Landscape Post Office on Solano Ave. is on the short list for Post Office closures. That will leave us with the North Shattuck (across from Andronico’s) and the Albany (at foot of Solano) as our neighborhood post office locations.

       You can protest the closure of the Landscape Station by writing to:

John Potter
Postmaster General
United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, D.C    20260

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 LIBRARY BRANCH RENOVATION

       The Berkeley Public Library invites the community to attend the first of many neighborhood meetings to discuss branch improvements.  Berkeley Public Library is embarking on program to renovate, expand and make structural, seismic and access improvements at its four branch libraries as well as the Tool Lending Library, including the restoration and refurbishment of historic features.  For updates on the branch projects, please check bulletin boards in any neighborhood branch location or online here.  To receive updates by email, please contact Alan Bern, Community Relations Librarian, alb2@ci.berkeley.ca.us.

       Schedule of neighborhood meetings:

South Branch
1901 Russell Street at MLK, Jr. Way
Thursday, September 17th
6:30 – 8:00 PM 

North Branch
1170 The Alameda at Hopkins
Wednesday, September 23rd
6:30 – 8:00 PM

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SUMMIT RESERVOIR MEETING

       EBMUD is planning to replace the Summit Reservoir.  It was originally built in 1898 and has gone through several transitions through the decades.   The Summit Reservoir is too large for the area it serves and that, combined with its age, creates operational, water quality, and maintenance challenges.  EBMUD studies have concluded that the most cost-effective solution is to replace the Summit Reservoir with smaller facilities.  The reservoir is located at Vassar Ave., Spruce St., Grizzly Peak Blvd. and Beloit Ave. in Berkeley and Kensington.

       Please join us at the Kensington Community Center on Thursday, September 24 for an informational meeting. Our engineers will be on hand to present the project and receive your input.  If you cannot attend or if you have additional questions, please contact Michelle Blackwell in Community Affairs at (510) 287-2053 or mblackwe@ebmud.com.

Summit Reservoir Replacement Project
Kensington Community Center
59 Arlington, Kensington, CA
Thursday, September 24, 2009
6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

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STIMULUS FUNDS TO HELP PAY FOR HOME ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS 

       Do you live in a drafty home?  Not only is your leaky home letting all your warm air out, it may also be letting dust and contaminants in!  The City of Berkeley is sponsoring FREE workshops to teach you how to protect and insulate your home to save energy, money, and improve the overall health, comfort and performance of your home. 

       Learn about how to:

  • Improve Comfort
  • Save Energy & Money
  • Improve Indoor Air Quality
  • Finance Energy Efficiency Retrofits
  • Take Advantage of Incentives and Rebates

       Come to a FREE workshop close to home:

Thursday October 22nd
Epworth Unified Methodist Church
1953 Hopkins St.
7-8:30pm

       To RSVP, call 510-981-7473 or email mschwartz@cityofberkeley.info or for more information, visit the City of Berkeley’s energy website.

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AGGRESSIVE DEER

       Every year, especially in spring and summer, I receive a few calls about deer acting aggressively towards pet dogs.  After consulting with our Animal Control Department, I learned the following:  If the deer is female, she is most likely protecting her fawns that may be hiding nearby.  This behavior is seasonal.  Keep your dogs on a short leash and avoid that area for a couple of weeks.  The deer will move on.

       For more information contact:

       Wildcare Solutions                            (415) 456 SAVE
       Department of Fish and Game        (707) 944 5500

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