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City Council District 6
City Council District 6

    Having travelled to many cities and towns, I think that Berkeley is one of the better cities for walking.  Despite the challenges of the topography in the hills, one can enjoy the beautiful and interesting architecture, the lush vegetation, and unique garden art providing delightful surprises at many a turn.


    I recently photographed the sculptures above....all in the north Berkeley hills.  Can you identify the locations?  I am sure that I have missed many, so if you know of other garden art, please send me a photo and I will publish it in my next newsletter.


    Thanks to all of you who participated in the Open Town Hall Forum.  I found your responses to be extremely thoughtful and valuable.  I look forward to your future participation in this online public comment process.

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Councilmember Susan Wengraf

Newsletter #15
                              March, 2011
Included in this newsletter is information about:

shelterPlease help Berkeley's new animal shelter

    Former Berkeley resident Jeffrey Masson is the best-selling author of nine books about the emotional life of animals, including "Dogs Never Lie About Love", and "When Elephants Weep".

    All proceeds from this event will go directly to furnish the new Berkeley Animal Care facility that is currently under construction at Aquatic Park.  If you are unable to attend this exciting event but would like to contribute, please make your donation to:
Berkeley Animal Care Services
2013 Second St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
   Masson dog book

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taxDo you know where your tax dollar goes? 
Tax dollar

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crimeCrime is down in Berkeley!
Police Stop!

   The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Crime Analysis Unit recently completed their compilation of crime numbers for 2010.


    Overall, Part One (1) crime, which includes Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Theft, Auto Theft and Arson declined by 8.8%. This is the largest decrease in over a decade and is encouraging progress towards the BPD goal of a ten percent reduction.

    Looking at the categories of violent crime, which include Homicide, Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault, 2010 showed a 13% decrease. While Berkeley has historically had a significant number of robberies, the number of robberies in 2010 dropped 18% to a five year low. Property crime which is comprised of Burglary, Theft, Auto Theft, and Arson showed an 8% decrease in 2010. This drop was due to decreases in theft (down 9%) and auto theft (down 18%), also five year lows. Two crime categories did show increases:  aggravated assault increased by 2% and burglary rose 1%.

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suspectsWho are these suspects?

    The City of Berkeley Police Department presents "Who Are These Suspects", a web feature to showcase recent crimes where community members can assist our Detectives with information that may help solve a crime.  During investigations, BPD is able to get surveillance or other photographs of crime suspects, but the police 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 contact number listed with each case.


    On February 25, 2011, at about 9:30 a.m., the suspect in this surveillance picture stole a green 4 door 1997 Honda Civic from the Alta Bates Hospital garage.


    We need the community's support in identifying this suspect.  If you have any information regarding his identity, please call the BPD Property Crimes Detail/Auto Theft at (510) 981-5737


Stolen Auto

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immunizationWhooping Cough immunization now a requirement
Doctor shot

     Students in California entering grades 7 through 12 in the 2011-2012 school year are now required to be immunized with a pertussis booster called Tdap. The new requirement affects all students - current, new, and transfers - in public and private schools.


    Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. Fortunately, it is largely preventable by a readily available vaccine. Immunity to whooping cough wears off over time, so older students and adults may be susceptible if they haven't had a booster shot. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools, and communities including young infants for whom pertussis is most severe and sometimes fatal.


    The City of Berkeley's Public Health Division and Berkeley Unified School District are working together to get the word out to students and parents, so they can get immunized before school begins.


    If you do not have a regular doctor, the vaccine is offered at the City of Berkeley Public Health Clinic. Call 510-981-5350 or visit for clinic hours and related information.


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lionLocal resident writes about mountain lions 

Mountain lion  


  Berkeley hills resident Phila Rogers has written a wonderful piece about mountain lions.  I urge you all to read it here.


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Susan Wengraf
Berkeley City Council District 6
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