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City Council District 6
City Council District 6

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Councilmember Susan Wengraf 
Councilmember Susan Wengraf

Newsletter #14

December, 2010

top   Best wishes for a happy holiday season and a peaceful and healthy new year!
 Susan signature

Included in this newsletter is information about:

  1. Free parking
  2. Telegraph street fair
  3. Winter storms
  4. Police arrest robbery suspect
  5. AC Transit Clipper pass
  6. Berkeley awarded grant
  7. Office closure
parkingFree Parking at Meters in Berkeley

Berkeley meter maid    Berkeley parking meters will be taking two holidays this season: Saturday, December 18 and Friday December 24. 

    As part of a larger proposal to encourage business in Berkeley that Councilmembers Capitelli, Moore and I introduced,  the Berkeley City Council approved the suspension of parking meter operations for two major shopping days during the holiday season. All other parking restrictions (red, yellow and green zones) still apply.


    Please enjoy and shop locally!


fairTelegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair 2010

December 18-19, 23-24: 11:00am - 6:00pm   
Telegraph street fair   
 The Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair offers unique handcrafts by some of Northern California's finest artists.

    Shoppers can choose from a tremendous diversity of arts and crafts, including jewelry, beadwork, wirework, hats, candles, leather work, silk screened and tie-dyed clothing, and much more.
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stormsWinter Storms and Heavy Rains Expected

Clogged storm drain   The forecast for the next several days is for very heavy rains, with predictions of up to 7 inches.  If you see a storm drain that is clogged with leaves and not draining properly, please be a good neighbor and try to unclog it.  If you are unsuccessful, please call 311 or (510) 981-2489.

    If you need to augment water barriers on your property, you can pick up sand bags by calling Public Works Customer Service,

(510) 981-6620.

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policePolice Arrest Suspect in North Berkeley Robberies!

 Berkeley police number 

REMINDER: To call police in Berkeley from a mobile phone dial 981-5911

    The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) have made nine (9) arrests of robbery suspects citywide in recent days.  The Alameda County District Attorney has since charged one of the suspects with multiple counts of robbery and attempted robbery.  The BPD believes he is connected to the series of robberies in North Berkeley.

    All of the arrests were a result in part by a departmental focus that included crime analysis, increased communication and the use of additional BPD personnel to concentrate patrols in several areas of the city that were identified as locations where robberies have taken place.  There had been robberies occurring in South Berkeley and the South Campus area, in addition to those in North Berkeley.

    In late November, BPD identified a potential series of five (5) pedestrian armed robberies that occurred north of University Avenue.

    BPD is also reminding community members to employ some simple crime prevention measures such as walking with another in the evenings and not talking on cell phones or listening to devices such as MP3 players and iPods as they limit awareness.

    If anyone has any information regarding any crimes, please call the BPD Non-Emergency Dispatch Line at (510) 981-5900. For crimes in progress or crimes that have just happened, please call 911 or (510) 981-5911 from your cell phone.

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ACTransitAC Transit Goes to Paperless Tickets
Clipper card 
New Clipper Card

Using Paper Tickets for Local Fares Ends December 31
FREE Clipper Cards Still Available During The Transition

    Paper 10-Ride tickets and 31-Day local adult passes will no longer be accepted as fare payment starting January 1, 2011.  The paper tickets are being eliminated as part of the move to the Clipper card as the universal fare instrument for all Bay Area transit agencies.

 To help the transition, Clipper cards, which normally cost $5 each, are being made available for FREE to adult bus passengers.  The cards can then be "loaded" with value - including 31-Day passes - and used instead of the soon-to-be-eliminated paper tickets.

    AC Transit discontinued the sale of adult paper tickets for local fares on October 31, 2010, but passengers are allowed to continue to use the tickets until the end of this year.  Any unused adult paper ticket can be exchanged for a free adult Clipper card with the value of the unused paper ticket preloaded onto the card.  This can be done by visiting AC Transit's downtown Oakland ticket office at 1600 Franklin Street, which is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m or phone (510) 891-4706 for more information.


    Go to Clipper Card to find out more. To learn more about how to use the card riding AC Transit, go here.

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grantBerkeley Awarded Innovation Grant 

    The City of Berkeley has been awarded a $2 million "Innovation Grant" to implement a pilot program for dynamic pricing of parking spaces in the Southside and Elmwood districts, to manage non-resident parking in adjacent residential neighborhoods by enhancing parking enforcement, and to help reduce the number of auto trips in the city by implementing various transportation demand-management (TDM) strategies.

    For more information about the grant program and Berkeley's pilot click here.

happyOffice Closure

    City council offices will be closed for the holidays from December 23rd - January 3rd.  Once again, my warmest wishes for a happy and healthy new year!


New Years fireworks
Susan Wengraf
Berkeley City Council District 6
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