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Cart Location Guide for Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste - To make our collection services more efficient, Berkeley is now using automated trucks on most collection routes. To allow the new equipment to operate efficiently, residents are being asked to place residential garbage, recycling and green waste carts in the gutter, with wheels against the curb. When that placement is not possible, or on street sweeping days, carts can be left on the parking strip.
Customers will soon receive a set-out guide in the mail that will notify them about the new service and cart location. To see pictures of the required placement (in the gutter, or in the gutter in front of the driveway) and alternatives view or download the full-color set-out guide here. [more...]
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Juried Art Show Celebration - The Berkeley community is invited to take a walk through all six floors of Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center and see the new public artwork on display. Thirty-two artists, who either live or work in Berkeley, were chosen to exhibit their work. To celebrate the new exhibition and give residents the opportunity to meet the artists, the City and the Civic Arts Commission are hosting a reception. [more...]
The artwork can also be seen online: www.CityofBerkeley.info/2012CivicCenterArt.
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On November 13, 2012 the City of Berkeley will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Community Agency funding. This RFP covers two-year funding for all housing services and social services proposals (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015). Proposals for community facilities improvements will also be submitted through this process.
City Board and Commissions, November 14-28
The City of Berkeley has more than 40 commissions, on which more than 350 residents volunteer as members. Members of boards and commissions provide an invaluable service to our City by advising the City Council on important policy matters. For more information, visit the City Clerk's web site.
Berkeley Police and Fire Department team up with US Marines for Toys For Tots
The tradition continues! The City of Berkeley Police and Fire Departments (BPD & BFD) are teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps Foundation TOYS FOR TOTS Program 2012, to give back to the community.
Each year toys are given to Berkeley children who might not otherwise receive any toys during the holidays. It is expected that members of BPD will give over 3000 new toys to youth during this year’s event.
Highlighted City of Berkeley Web Resources
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Election Information: It's election season, and the City Clerk has a wealth of interesting information available at www.CityofBerkeley.info/elections.
- The Ranked-Choice Voting page will enable you to learn more about how this method allows the voter to rank candidates in order of preference, and eliminates the need for run-off elections.
- The Election News page has the latest information about ballot measure and candidate information, as well as an extremely helpful voting FAQ.
- The 2012 Candidate Information page has the Roster of Candidate Activity (updated daily) and the candidate handbook.
Berkeley crime maps and information are off our wall and in your home. CrimeView Community provides a quick, easy-to-use, interactive means to review crime information in your neighborhood and across the City. It features map graphics, a variety of crimes and calls for service, and a search engine. For more information about these services, as well as tips about how to prevent crime, visit www.CityofBerkeley.info/police.
Open Government Ordinance: The Open Government Ordinance is a city ordinance that provides additional assurances that community members have access to public meetings and public documents (over and above what is already guaranteed by state law). Berkeley's ordinance covers four primary areas: the agenda process, conduct of meetings, access to records, and oversight. This page acts as a clearinghouse for the various documents and information guaranteed to citizens.
Download City Council meetings: Were you watching Glee intstead of the City Council on Tuesday? Don't worry-- you can now have both! Audio and video podcasts of City Council meetings are now available for 2010 and 2011.
Fire Prevention: For great information on how to reduce the fire danger in your home, visit the Fire Prevention page and learn about smoke detectors, fire protection presentations and inspections, vegetation management and more.
City Staff Directory: Did you know that you can find the email address and phone number for any City staff person?
Public Health Alerts: Stay informed about public health information about infectious disease occurrences in Berkeley by subscribing to this page.
Who Are These Suspects? Berkeley Police Department presents a new web feature to showcase recent crimes where community members can assist our Detectives with information. During some BPD investigations, we are able to get surveillance or other photographs of crime suspects, but we do not know who they are.
Adopt a Pet: Berkeley Animal Care Services has many dogs and cats available for adoption right now! Look at the animals online and come get your new pet today!
Subscription Services: Web visitors can subscribe directly to dozens of the City’s web pages, and be notified when those pages are updated. This service allows anyone with an email address to be notified when a media advisory is released, a new agenda is posted, a Request for Proposals is issued, and more.
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