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Councilmember Susan Wengraf

Newsletter #11
August, 2010

    Dear District 6 Neighbors and Friends,

    Welcome to my summer newsletter.  I have tried to include items that I think you will find helpful and interesting.  Putting the newsletter together takes a bit of work, so I am interested in your feedback.  I'd like to know if you think that I should continue producing this type of communication.  If there are specific topics that you would like to see covered, tell me about that, as well.

    I am here to listen to your views and to work with you to solve your problems.  You can contact me at 981-7160 or email me at: if you have questions, need assistance, or have ideas to share.
    Included in this newsletter is information about:
Fall Community Meeting - Mark your calendars!
    On Wednesday, October 13th, Districts 5 & 6 will host a community meeting at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, at 7pm.  Our program will include a presentation from Chief Debra Pryor on fire and earthquake safety, a discussion about the November ballot measures, and a brief explanation of ranked choice voting.  This is an opportunity for you to meet your council representatives and city staff and express your ideas and concerns as well as ask questions.
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Who Are These Suspects?
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    Berkeley Police Department has 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.

    If you recognize one of these suspects, call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (if you'd prefer to remain anonymous) or call the BPD number listed with each case.

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Stimulus Money for Energy Efficiency
    Starting in July, 2010, Berkeley will offer incentives for energy efficiency improvements. The ME2 cash incentives are provided through federal stimulus funds awarded to the city from the U.S. Department of Energy.

    Energy retrofits help you save money on your PG&E bill; improve building comfort, safety, and durability;  and reduce your carbon footprint!

    For more information click here.

Construction Projects
  Berryman Construction  
    Many of you may be curious about the construction going on at the Berryman Reservoir on Euclid just south of Codornices Park.  East Bay Municipal Utilities District is replacing the old reservoir with an earthquake resistant steel tank reservoir.  The demolition phase, the noisiest and dustiest part of the project, will be completed by mid-August. The earthen dam that formed the reservoir was built more than a century ago to provide drinking water and fire service to central Berkeley (including the downtown area and the University of California). When recent engineering studies showed that a major earthquake could seriously damage the dam, EBMUD drained the reservoir and began using a different reservoir in the Berkeley hills to meet water service needs in central Berkeley until Berryman Reservoir could be replaced.

    Work hours for this project are 7:30 am to 5:50 pm, Monday through Friday.  Codornices Park will remain open during construction.

     A little further towards the downtown, at Oxford and Hearst, the building that housed the State Department of Health Services was just demolished to make way for the Helios Energy Research Facility.  The alternative-energy project will move into the five-story Helios building to be constructed west of the central Berkeley campus.

 Public Health Demolition
    The Energy Biosciences Institute is expected to move into the new building in 2013. The property will be transformed into a modern, accessible space in keeping with the city of Berkeley's goals for downtown renewal.  Among other improvements, it will offer neighbors a public, park-like area on the south, as well as a wide pedestrian pathway along Walnut Street.

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Trim Your Vegetation
The Fire Fuel Chipper is Coming Again
     The City chipper program will begin their second pass through hill neighborhoods in August. Please take advantage of this program and cut back your vegetation.  Trimmings can be left at the street. The schedule can be found here.

Street Paving
 Bay View Paving 

     I hope you are using the newly paved streets in District 6.  With diminished funds available, Rose St., Scenic Ave., Bayview Pl., Hilgard Ave. and Middlefield Rd. were lucky to be included in this year's schedule.  Enjoy!

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Don Giovanni in the Park - Free!
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    New Bay Area opera company Open Opera brings free, professional opera to Bay Area parks, and uses public space to build community through the arts.  Bring a cushion and someone you love to listen to classical music under the oaks!  Admission is free.  Open Opera will mount four fully staged performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni at John Hinkle Park's historic amphitheater.  Saturday and Sunday performances will be on August 7-8 & 14-15 at 3 p.m.  (Please walk, bike or carpool as nearby parking is very limited.)

    For more information, go to their website, e-mail them or call  510-547-2471.

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Rebates for Recycling Refrigerators
    Replace your old refrigerator with an energy efficient model and you could save up to $250 in energy costs per year.

     It's easy to do:
  • Make sure your refrigerator is in working order.
  • Log onto or call 1-800-299-7573 to schedule a free pick up.
  • PG&E picks up your old refrigerator.
  • You receive a $35 rebate from PG&E.
  • Begin saving on your energy bill immediately.
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AC Transit Alert!
Youth Pass Available on Clipper Only!
    If your children use AC Transit to get to school or to get around town, please pay attention!

    This summer, AC Transit took another step in its transition from paper tickets to Clipper -- which was formerly known as TransLink-- the regional all-in-one transit card.  As of July 1, Youth 31-Day passes will be available only on personalized Clipper Youth cards.  Sales of paper (magnetic-strip) Youth 31-Day tickets ended as of June 30, and the tickets will not be accepted on the bus after the end of July.  For more detailed information click here.
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First Aid and CPR Classes
     The best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones is basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide life support in an emergency.  Half day classes in CPR and First Aid are available at Berkeley Adult School.  For more information click here.
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Susan Wengraf
Berkeley City Council District 6
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