Berkeley Neighborhoods Council


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


BNC eNEWS, Issue 8, April 2014

Over the eight issues that the Berkeley Neighborhoods Council (BNC) has published, we've carried the message that what we are all about is uniting neighborhoods so that neighborhoods will have a stronger voice in City decision-making.  No matter what neighborhood we live in, we need to help each other — write letters, show up at meetings, send e-mails, and most importantly inform yourself and your neighbors by distributing 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 do us a favor, however, and let us know how many people (just the number please) you are forwarding this to.  We are trying to see if we achieving a wide distribution.  We think so, but would like to know for sure.

Also, we want to inform you that we have a new e-mail address so, 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.

In this issue…

  • What We're Thinking About:
    • The Neighborhood Preservation Forum is a go for June 7th.  Mark your calendars now.  This is an event no one should miss as we will be discussing what needs to be done to give neighborhoods a stronger voice, and we need your comments and participation to develop these actions.
    • Read about the City suing our own City Clerk and the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, and that the City hired outside attorneys to carry its lawsuit before the Council had even voted to take the matter to court!
  • Neighborhood News, Round and About:
    • There's got to be good news somewhere, and it's brought to us by the Save the Berkeley Post Office.
    • Sam Zell (possibly Berkeley's largest landlord) is in the news again.
    • Find out about Floor Area Ratios (FARs) and how they may result in ever taller buildings on Telegraph Avenue.
  • Neighborhood Forum:
    • While the Panoramic Hill Association negotiates with U.C.  regarding the construction of a parking structure under Maxwell Field, UC is planning on turning Memorial Stadium into Sproul Plaza East, 365 days a year.  Is the City or the campus worried about the traffic that will affect all neighborhoods, north and south of the Stadium?
    • There is a special request from neighbors on Solano Avenue regarding their fight to say NO to yet another drug store.
  • Featured Neighborhoods:  (no section in this issue)
    • The March of the Mini-Dorms continues but there isn't any news to report about 2133 Parker, or 2201-05 Blake Street.
    • The Council will discuss (unless it gets postponed…,again) Operating Standards for Mini-Dorms, Item 41 at their Council meeting of April 29, 2014.  The meeting starts at 7:00 pm, in Old City Hall, Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.  (See March issue for information)
    • At that same meeting, the Council is scheduled to discuss changes to the Second Response Ordinance.  This ordinance punishes frequent offenders that host loud parties.  The concept is that police would no longer be called to investigate the issues, it would be done by non-sworn staff.  A formula for disaster because non-sworn personnel don't have the authority or training to deal with immediate emergencies such as underage drinking and drug overdoses.
  • Outside Agencies that Affect Berkeley:  (no section in this issue)
    • Once again, the Good Government Commission has put off action on the subject of BNC's complaint.  BNC is seeking to ensure residents will know about and have the opportunity to comment on the proposals of outside agencies that affect Berkeley.
  • The Cultural Corner:
    • Read about the Berkeley tradition that is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this month.  You won't want to miss their offerings.
  • On the Neighborhood Food Prowl:
    • Find out where you can learn facts that will amaze your family and friends and wonderful things that you can give them to eat as well.
  • Let's Just Get It Fixed:  (no section this issue)
    • There just wasn't any news to report at this time.
  • Letters:
    • A proposed increase of over 24% for the one-time per week pick up of your 32 gallon garbage can is in the works.
    • There is also an initiative being circulated by the Berkeley Bayfront Coalition to control building heights in West Berkeley and approve an advisory measure to improve recycling in the whole City.

We hope you enjoy issue 8 of the BNC eNEWS.  We can't say enough times that we really 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