Berkeley Neighborhoods Council


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BNC eNEWS, Issue 3, October 2013

The Berkeley Neighborhoods Council (BNC) wants to share news and issues with all neighborhood groups in Berkeley, whether formally organized or just a few people.  We want the good news and the bad news about neighborhood projects, events, or any concerns that you want to share with other Berkeley neighborhoods so that we can effectively carry out the Statement of Purpose that appears on our website.  The Newsletter will continue to evolve and improve with your comments and suggestions.  In September you told us that there was no clear way to indicate that you wanted to subscribe to the eNEWS.  We are hereby advising our readers that if you want to subscribe you should e-mail us at and enter “subscribe” in the subject line.  If you want to unsubscribe, use that same e-mail address and enter “unsubscribe” in the subject line.

  • What We're Thinking About:
    • How can neighborhoods shape the future of Berkeley?
    • How do buildings grow from a max of 50' to 82' in height?
    • Does the redistricting process really matter?
  • Neighborhood News, Round and About:
    • Even YOU can help protect local businesses from big name franchises and their traffic impact!
    • How the new “micro-units” impact the neighborhoods and their residents.
    • A reader challenges BNC's position on the Amendments to the Demolition and Dwelling Unit Control Ordinance.
  • The Neighborhood Forum:  Learn about the oldest, continuing neighborhood association - the Claremont Elmwood Neighborhood Association (CENA) and their latest concern about the building of a 450 car garage topped by a playing field next to Memorial Stadium.
  • Outside Agencies That Affect Berkeley:  The future of our city can be determined by outside governmental forces.  Plan Bay Area is the biggest land use and transportation issue affecting our City in years.  Why didn't Berkeley residents know about it?
  • The Cultural Corner:  Discover a gem that inhabits a 100-year old building.
  • On the Neighborhood Food Prowl:  Another food adventure that is family friendly and moderately priced.
  • A Special Section, this time regarding food:  Find out how you can eat in Berkeley for under $40 per person at restaurants that have a Michelin award.
  • Let's Just Get It Fixed:  BNC needs to hear from you!
  • Neighborhood Watch Calendar:  Discover how you can still get your comments in about the Parks and Facilities that you are concerned about and how to effectively present your case to the Parks and Waterfront Commission.
  • Letters:  How one resident feels about inadequate notice regarding up-zoning in the Downtown.  Was the Council misled?  Will their decision negatively affect residents of the area?  What do you think?

We hope you enjoy Issue 3 of the BNC eNEWS.  Send us your thoughts and your news to  We want to hear from you.