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Berkeley, California (Monday, September 17, 2007) - As part of the research and policy-making process for PCEI, the public is invited to discuss our goals for our shared public areas, as well as our commitment to protecting people’s civil rights and providing necessary services. 

Saturday, September 29, 2007

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue

The Public Commons for Everyone Initiative (PCEI) seeks to improve our City’s common areas for everyone who lives in, works in, or visits Berkeley.  Our parks, libraries, schools, cultural venues, and commercial districts are important gathering places for everyone, and the City wants to ensure that everyone feels welcome and safe.  Integral to that goal is ensuring that people have a safe place to sleep at night, that their civil rights are protected, and that those with physical, mental, or economic disabilities are cared for and have access to essential services.

The public is invited to attend the forum and give their input on the policy components recommended by the City Council, including:

  • Add more public bathrooms or expand the hours of existing bathrooms;
  • Expand supportive housing opportunities;
  • Develop services that help transition people towards meaningful work and educational activities;
  • Assess need for additional public seating;
  • Restrict smoking in commercial areas;
  • Plan superior diversion models, effective street outreach teams, and community monitoring;
  • Adopt laws regarding public urination and defecation, inappropriate street behavior, and determine fair and equitable enforcement options;
  • Increase the number of parking meters and parking meter fees to generate financial support for expanded and improved services created by PCEI.

Please get your voice heard at the meeting, and bring your friends and neighbors, too.  If you can’t make it to the meeting, please contact your City Council representative by email, phone, fax or regular mail.  You may also email Lauren Lempert at llempert@ci.berkeley.ca.us, or write to her at the City Manager’s Office, 2180 Milvia, Berkeley, CA 94704.

Visit http://CityofBerkeley.info/Manager/publiccommonsforeveryoneinitiative.htm for more information about the initiative.


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