Berkeley Neighborhoods Council


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BNC eNEWS, Issue 4, The Holiday Issue, November and December 2013

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  • What We're Thinking About:
    • What does “neighborliness” mean, in this Holiday season and beyond?
    • How you can help find the answer to both preserving our neighborhoods and providing for reasonable growth.
    • Redistricting:  Ignoring the neighborhoods and dividing students.
  • Neighborhood News, Round and About:

    How did this happen, Planning Department 0, Neighborhoods 2, and what does it all mean?
    • The Neighborhood vs. Axis Development's proposed micro-dorms at 2701 Shattuck, plus tips that your neighborhood can use when fighting a development that is detrimental.
    • And, the amazing story of how three neighborhoods united to win another victory at 3001 Telegraph
  • Amendments to the Demolition and Dwelling Unit Control Ordinance are on hold for the time being, and a rare bird (of a different kind) is sighted in Berkeley!  Read how you can hear its songs and calls, and how you can start a great new project providing sanctuary in your backyard.
  • The Neighborhood Forum:  In this Section there is more news about the oldest, continuing neighborhood association - the Claremont Elmwood Neighborhood Association (CENA).  Did you know that the opening of the Caldecott Tunnel's Fourth Bore is predicted to substantially increase traffic in the City's most traffic congested area, and that the work done by CENA brought $2 million to benefit Berkeley?
  • Can you guess how many parking spaces are needed at Memorial Stadium on game days?
  • Featured Neighborhoods:  Find out about how Mini-Dorms endanger a Victorian treasure.
  • Outside Agencies That Affect Berkeley:  Will Plan Bay Area really mean increased taxes and reduced California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements as claimed?  Read all about the fourth lawsuit that has been filed against the Plan.
  • The Cultural Corner:  Much as we don't want to do this, we regret to inform you that the Cultural Corner is temporarily empty for just this issue.  But, not to worry, this corner will be fully occupied in our next issue!
  • On the Neighborhood Food Prowl:  Find out about the Solano Avenue, Michelin Bib Gourmand winner, that is Zagat rated, and a long-time entry on the San Francisco Chronicle's 100 Best Restaurants in the Bay Area list.
  • Let's Just Get It Fixed:  There's not just a pot hole out there - it's a “pot hole zone” waiting to separate you from your bike.  We'll try to get it fixed!
  • Letters:  Every neighborhood faces the anguish of lost pets.  Here's one way that might help to bring lost pets back to their owners.

We hope you enjoy Issue 4, the Holiday Issue (November/December 2013) of the BNC eNEWS.  With this issue we send you, your family and neighbors warm, best wishes for the rest of this year and express our high hopes for all our neighborhoods in the year to come.