Council Member Dona Spring
Dona Spring (1953-2008): Dona Spring passed away on Sunday, July 13th from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. Services are pending. Her staff is maintaining her office. For more information, please visit the announcement from the City Manager at: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/PressReleaseMain.aspx?id=23468
Council District 4
years of Community Service
Neighborhood and Tenant Organizer
Advocate for Seniors, Disabled, Youth and
Health Care Reform
Dona Spring--Positive Leadership
Increasing municipal services in our neighborhoods with more street lighting, tree trimming, sidewalk and street repair.
A Champion for Our Parks and Recreation facilities:
Dona helped obtain funding for Ohlone Park improvements like additional children's play equipment and a mural to commemorate Ohlone Indians. She is trying to get additional recreational opportunities at our waterfront.
More Affordable Housing: Dona's advocacy is for federal loans for tenants to purchase their units and for loans for lower income people to make home repairs. She has created educational and assistance programs for tenants. Dona is working to prevent the loss of long-time tenants and small businesses.
Protecting the Environment
Protecting our soil, air and water from toxic pollution has been a life time commitment for Dona. She has spent years working for accountability from the University and the city in the use and reduction of toxins. Dona's leadership is reducing the flow of heavy metals into the storm drains.
Improving Public Safety:
Voted for additional police officers--Dona wants to apply for federal funds for increasing safety personnel and programs.
Restricting the Sale of Fortified Liquor: Dona has worked with business owners for a more responsible sales of fortified alcohol products. A number of liquor owners have agreed not to sell these after 8pm. (Thanks to Fred's Market on University Ave. for giving up the sale of cheap fortifieds whose main purpose is to get people drunk.)
De-tox and Rehab facilities: Dona will continue to lobby for medical treatment and services to reverse the downward spiral of drug and alcohol addiction. Essential to this effort is the funding for the creation of several detox facilities in the East Bay area. Without such facilities, we will be deprived of a critical component needed to help reduce homelessness, aggressive behavior, addiction-driven panhandling and crimes associated with drug and alcohol addiction.
Dona Spring, Berkeley City Council member
November 1992 - November 2006
She can be contacted at:
Phone: (510) 981-7140