Berkeley Neighborhoods Council


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by creating a unified neighborhood voice
for promoting livability and resolving problems


BNC eNEWS, Issue 7, March 2014

BNC is all about uniting neighborhoods so that neighborhoods will have a stronger voice in City decision-making.  Once again we remind you that every one of us, no matter what neighborhood we live in, needs to help each other — write letters, show up at meetings, send e-mail, inform yourself and your neighbors by distributing this eNEWS.  When we do this, we have proven that neighborhoods can make a differenceLet's keep up the good work.

In making that difference, a key action is for everyone to distribute this eNEWS to as wide a readership as possible.  We ask that you forward this to your own e-mail list, and include this same request regarding forwarding.  Please remember:  if you want to subscribe directly to the BNC eNEWS, 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, but keep in mind that if you “unsubscribe,” while BNC won't send the eNEWS to you directly, you might continue to receive it because you are on a separate neighborhood or friend's list.

A Special Request — Help Save the Monarch Butterfly!

We know we made this same request last month.  We are repeating it because it is so important and Spring is here so now is the time to put in those plants that the Monarchs especially need.

Every once in awhile we put in a special tidbit, and in this issue, our special message is to ask you to join us to help save the Monarch Butterfly.  Scientists are concerned about the drastic decrease they are observing in the numbers of these wonderful creatures.  This decrease has been going on for some time and seems to be due to a number of reasons — destruction of forests in Mexico, the planting of genetically modified corn crops, building in the U.S., excessive use of pesticides, and the loss of milkweed -- the essential plant that the Monarchs feed on.  Among the efforts to reverse this trend include the planting of milkweed in backyards.  BNC urges everyone to join this effort.  There are several varieties of this plant, so be sure and check out whether the plant you are buying is native, drought resistant and appropriate for our area.  You can purchase seeds or seedlings.  Please check out our local plant nurseries or go online to  You can get all sorts of information about Monarchs at this site.  You can also click “Shop” to purchase a Monarch Waystation Seed Kit for $16.00, but be sure and get the Western one.

In this issue…

  • What We're Thinking About:
    • Here's what you can do to help make the Neighborhood Preservation Forum a Go.
    • Read about the mess the City is facing regarding the Redistricting Referendum, but is anybody really listening?
  • Neighborhood News, Round and About:
    • Cheers all around for a well-presented, beautifully coordinated effort by 4 neighborhoods united around the 3001 Telegraph issue, and read about the dissenting opinion of a ZAB Commissioner.
    • Drug Stores, Drug Stores and More Drug Stores, one of which is proposed for Solano Avenue.
  • Neighborhood Forum:
    • News about the Panoramic Hill Association negotiations with U.C.  regarding the construction of a parking structure under Maxwell Field.
  • Featured Neighborhoods:
    • The March of the Mini-Dorms continues.  Will the proposed operating regulations make affected neighborhoods livable again?
    • The Bad News, the Good News, the Good, Good News, and the ? News regarding the recently proposed Mini-Dorm project at 2610 Hillegass.
  • Outside Agencies that Affect Berkeley:
    • Will it be possible that BNC's complaint ensures that residents will hear about and have the opportunity to make timely comments regarding regional plans such as Plan Bay Area?
  • The Cultural Corner:
    • Read about the McGee-Spaulding Historic District and why the work done by this group is vitally important and should be an inspiration to all of us.
  • On the Neighborhood Food Prowl:
    • Find out where you can have your ice cream and eat it too without standing in a long line.
  • Let's Just Get It Fixed:
    • How neighborhoods to the east are supporting Berkeley on the western end of Ashby Avenue.
    • Good news about the safety of school children near their schools, but we're not so sure that more shouldn't be done around John Muir Elementary.
  • Calendar:
    • Important dates to know.

We hope you enjoy issue 7 of the BNC eNEWS.  We really do want to hear from you -- what you like, what you don't like, what you would like to have covered in our articles, whether we've missed any information or reported something that wasn't correct, and, of course, we want to receive any articles or letters that you would like to submit for publication.  Please send to