2008 City of Berkeley Annual Report
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Calling for Help from Your Cell: Dial 981-5911

Did you know that if you call 9-1-1 from your cell phone, your call could be routed to the California Highway Patrol in Vallejo? For a faster response in an emergency, the Berkeley Police Department strongly recommends that you program
(510) 981-5911 into your cell phone for a direct connection to Berkeley’s Communications Center for a quicker response for fire, medical or police emergencies.

For non-emergency police matters, please call (510) 981-5900 from a cell or landline.

A Ride for the Whole Family

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Disabled residents are often dependent on buses, erratic paratransit schedules, and inaccessible rental cars to get around. Even short trips to the beach or wine country aren’t possible for many families and individuals, and customized vehicles can be extremely expensive.

But local travel is going to be a little easier now that the nation’s first wheelchair accessible car-share van has been added to Berkeley’s CityCarShare fleet.

The AccessMobile is a Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and from the front seats forward, it’s a standard van. In back, the rear door has a sturdy and easy-to-use ramp and room for two people in wheelchairs. The AccessMobile’s cost was split between the City and CityCarShare. Berkeley won a $25,000 prize from the National Organization on Disability in 2007, and CityCarShare matched that and contributed additional funds to make this experiment a successful one.

City CarShare

In 2004, Berkeley started retiring cars from its fleet in favor of sharing hybrid CityCarShare vehicles. The program is reducing fleet costs, air pollution, and the use of downtown parking spaces by City vehicles. When the cars aren’t reserved for City business, any CityCarShare member can use one. 

Oil Spill Volunteers Clean Up

Oil Spill Volunteers

On November 7, 2007, the Cosco Busan spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel into San Francisco Bay. As the wind and tides brought the oil to Berkeley’s shoreline, the City opened the emergency operations center to work on prevention and response. Health notices were posted, the City’s HazMat team started cleaning up the oil, and City staff from many other departments volunteered to protect the shoreline and the people and animals nearby.

In the next 10 days, more than 700 volunteers came to Berkeley to help, and more than 300 of them received the state HazMat training necessary to care for injured birds and clean up polluted oil.  Although the oil spill’s damage may not be known for years, the Berkeley Marina and shoreline are largely restored, thanks to the energy and commitment of the Berkeley community. 

(Photo : Patty Donald)