Berkeley Neighborhoods Council
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Berkeley Neighborhoods Council eNEWS Issue 14, December 2014 through January 2015
Well, it's hard to believe, but here's Issue #14. In spite of the fact that some members of our City Council say that BNC should be ignored, we have survived, and our subscribers are growing. We are a group of volunteers — no one is paid anything — who meet openly once a month. Agendas and meeting announcements are sent out in advance of each meeting and in our discussions, we try to find a consensus. Every BNC eNEWS issue can be found our Archive Section.
So, check us out and please know that like the proverbial pesky gnats, or whatever it was that ate the elephant, one bite at a time, we are not going away. The single, most essential principal that drives us is the belief that strong Neighborhoods are the backbone of a great and livable City. Growth and change can be difficult, but it must and will occur, and neighborhoods working together can find solutions to the issues that will inevitably occur. Clearly this will work only if neighborhoods unite and participate. Your future, our future, everyone's future is up to You. So, we ask you to:
Before we tell you about what's in this eNEWS, we post an important announcement from the City of Berkeley Health Department as follows:
Message about Measles Outbreak from City of Berkeley's Health Officer
Published: January 27, 2015
The City of Berkeley's Health Officer urges vaccination against measles due to a statewide outbreak that has reached Alameda County. If your child has not received the recommended two doses of the MMR vaccine, they are at risk of contracting measles — which can have severe consequences including hospitalization and death. If there is a measles outbreak in your school, Public Health will direct all unvaccinated children to stay home from school for at least 21 days, the length of the incubation period.
Measles is highly infectious: 90 percent of those without immunity who share a living space with someone with measles will contract it. People contract the virus through airborne particles that can linger in the air for up to two hours.
Vaccination is very effective: two doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine provides measles immunity to 99% of those vaccinated. A single dose protects 95% of those vaccinated.
If your child develops a fever and rash, do not send him or her to school. Telephone your health care provider and arrange to have your child evaluated.
For questions and concerns, or vaccination resources please contact Berkeley Public Health at (510) 981-5300.
Make sure your family is up to date with MMR vaccinations. If your child has not had 2 doses of MMR, see your health care provider as soon as possible for vaccination against measles.
Now, in this issue, read about…
We are amazed by:
We are wondering where all this leads to in the future. What will Berkeley be like in the next few years? Certainly the answer to that question is that it won't look or be like it is today. We'd like for all our neighborhoods to have a voice in that vision.
Did you know that:
The zoning permits have been approved to demolish the Grocery Outlet at Fourth and University and replace it with a mixed use 152 unit, 5-story building rising above the University Avenue overpass. There is still hope that a moderately priced grocery story won't disappear entirely from West Berkeley, and you can help.
The March of the Mini-Dorms goes on and on and on with appeals regarding the landmarked Bartlett Houses at 2201-05 Blake Street, 2401 Warring in the heart of student housing, and regarding an apartment house at 2601 Hillegass. The appeal decision concerning Blake Street has not yet come down, but in comments made by Council Members about “unintended consequences,” we wonder whether there may be a weakening of the City's Mini-Dorm Ordinance in the offing?
Also a court decision has been issued regarding the 17-bedroom Mini-Dorm at 2133 Parker. Every residential neighborhood from R1 through R3 needs to be aware of the Mini-Dorm issue and to keep it firmly in sight.
A bill sponsored by a Democrat and a Republican, SCA 1, is being pondered by our State Legislators. Will our Senator, Assembly Member, City Council, and you support the bill that could impact all University of California financial matters?
Here's your rare opportunity to know and use correctly the 2014 Word of the Year and compare it to those from the past five years. Information that as far as we know, only BNC has put together in one place!
Learn about a neighborhood restaurant that is a pizza place that caters to children and families, but also a sophisticated food destination. One, where you don't have to park a mile away from the front door!
BNC posts a truly important letter regarding air quality problems from West Berkeley industrial plants. You need to know about what came next and what the Council is doing about it. You also need to find out about efforts to increase participation in the grass roots East Bay Community Solar Project.
So, that's our 14th Issue. Remember we are always open to your comments. corrections and suggestions for future issues. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with this issue, we send you best wishes for Chinese New Year, the Year of the Goat (Sheep). Chinese New Year is a 15 day celebration that starts on the first date of the first month within the Chinese calendar, February 19, 2015 this year, and ends on the date of the full moon.