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City Council District 6
City Council District 6

Councilmember Susan Wengraf

 Councilmember Susan Wengraf

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Newsletter #1

February, 2009



Dear Constituent, 

     This e-newsletter will be the first of many communications from my office to you during my term as your representative on the City Council. Please let me know what you think about this letter and send me your ideas and feedback. I welcome your input.  I am particularly interested in knowing how frequently you would like to receive this newsletter, and the kinds of information you would like to see included.

   Included in this newsletter is information about:

1. Public Safety and Crime Workshop on Thursday, February 5th 

        In response to concerns about public safety issues and crime in North Berkeley, I will be co-sponsoring a workshop with Councilmember Laurie Capitelli. Our police area coordinator, Officer Pierantoni, will lead the meeting. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the measures that Berkeley Police are taking to deal with your safety and for you to ask questions.  Please mark your calendars:

When:  7:00pm February 5, 2009 
Where: Northbrae Community Church at 941 The Alameda.

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2. Learn How to Reduce your Carbon Footprint on Wednesday, January 28th 

Sponsored by the City of Berkeley, The Ecology Center and The Energy commission. 

  • Find out how your lifestyle practices and household systems impact greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Discover how you can significantly reduce your household and community emissions.
  • Receive information for implementing energy efficient and renewable energy options in your home or apartment.

When: 7:00pm, Wednesday, January 28th 
Where: Hillside Club at 2286 Cedar St. (at Arch) 

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3. Preparing for a Disaster 

     I am committed to helping every neighborhood in District 6 prepare for the possibility of an earthquake or wildfire. If your neighborhood is not yet organized, the City of Berkeley offers terrific classes and provides materials to help you get started. The Office of Emergency Services website is a  great place to begin. Visit:  If you need additional help, please call my office at 981-7160.

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4.  Winter Spare the Air Alerts 

     The Spare the Air Program was created to protect public health and to educate the public about pollution and how to prevent it.  Wood burning in fireplaces and woodstoves is a significant contributor to particulate matter air pollution in the Bay Area. This winter it will be illegal to burn wood, pellets or manufactured fire logs when a Spare the Air Alert is issued.

     Please visit the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's website,, for more information and to learn how to sign up for automatic email or telephone Spare the Air Alerts.

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5. Best Gas Prices

Gas prices are climbing up again. To locate Berkeley gas stations that offer the best prices go to

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6. Update on Construction Projects

For current information on construction projects throughout Berkeley please check out:

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7. Shop Local

    Our economy is hurting and our local retail stores are feeling the pinch. Please join me in shopping locally and supporting our Berkeley businesses. Rather than using the internet or driving to another city to purchase a book, consider calling your favorite Berkeley bookstore and asking them to order it for you. They can usually get it for you within a few days.

    Also, The Shattuck Cinema has recently made a huge investment and renovated their downtown theatres with new leather seats with rockers and wide arms. They are even putting couches and comfy foot rests in one theatre. Check it out.

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   I am  currently in the process of building my email list so that I can reach as many residents as possible. If you know someone who you think would like to receive future communications from me, please feel free to forward this to them and send me their email address.

     If you would like to be removed from this list, please reply to: with 'Remove' in the subject line, or call my office at 981-7160.

     Thank you for trusting me to represent you and my very best wishes for a healthy and happy new year! 

Susan Wengraf 
Berkeley City Council, District 6 
2180 Milvia Street 
Berkeley, CA 94704 

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