Berkeley Neighborhoods Council
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Welcome to BNC eNEWS, Issue 17, August and a Bit of September 2015
Summer supposedly left after Labor Day, but it's pretty hard to tell with record heat holding off the wondrous fog that is the signature of our Mediterranean Climate. Even with the heat, the continuing drought, and all the meetings that are being held on various development projects, we find that the chorus is growing.
Thanks to all who are expressing their concerns about gentrification, protecting our City and its neighborhoods from over-building, preserving our architectural heritage, helping our small businesses, and improving the environment. You have been and continue to be — and there is just one word for it — AWESOME! But we have lots of work left to do — so here are some dates to remember:
September 9, 16, 23 and 30, Wednesdays, starting at noon
Walking tours of the Shattuck Cinema Theaters and the proposed Harold Way project site. Tours start in the Shattuck Cinemas lobby and include individual theaters and other areas. The tour is one hour, includes stairs, inclines and walking at a moderate pace. Anyone needing special accommodation for accessibility and/or moderation of pace, should contact Save Shattuck Cinemas by email email@example.com or call 510 325-1218 and a special tour will be arranged that covers the same area at a slower walking pace and/or includes elevators instead of stairs. Please arrive a little early. Viewing the theaters, artwork and murals needs to be completed with all participants leaving the cinemas and lobby area before the theaters open for movie goers. RSVP is appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org, but not required.
Note: Landmark Theatres, Shattuck Cinemas has taken a neutral position on the proposed Harold Way project. Landmark Theatres, CEO Ted Mundorff, has stated they are happy to stay in the current theaters or to get new theaters if the space and terms work for Landmark.
September 12, 2015, Saturday, 10:00 am — 12:00 noon
BNC Regular Meeting, Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Avenue. Be a part of BNC so your voice will help guide our decisions.
September 16, 2015, Wednesday, 7:00 pm — 10:00 pm South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street
BNC Third Forum, “A Changing Berkeley” — Presentations on the air quality in West Berkeley and beyond, about housing and development on Telegraph Avenue, the planning for the Adeline Corridor, and what's happening about affordability.
September 29, 2015, Tuesday, probably 6:00 pm — 7:00 pm 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, City Council Chambers
Council workshop on amending operating standards for Mini-Dorms, and including Group Living Accommodations in those standards. (See the Featured Neighborhoods article in this Issue.)
September 30, 2015, Wednesday, 7:00 pm 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, City Council Chambers
ZAB will hold a meeting with just one subject, 2211 Harold Way, on the agenda. They may take action regarding the permits required for this project.
December 15, 2015, Tuesday, 7:00 pm 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, City Council Chambers
This is the date tentatively scheduled for the City Council to hear the anticipated appeal of the ZAB decision by either proponents or opponents of the 2211 Harold Way project.
What's in this issue:
We are happy to report that our readership is growing with each edition, both within and outside of Berkeley. We even received an e-mail from Texas this last month — a city official there was researching a rental housing safety program and saw our remarks about how Berkeley's program could be strengthened. While growing, we continue to seek your help in spreading the eNEWS by forwarding this issue to everyone in your neighborhood and to your personal e-mail list. Ask each one you send it to, to do the same thing. Spread the BNC eNEWS:
Please let us know how we're doing — the good and the bad. We want to make a difference and we need to know if we are missing something, or stated something incorrectly. Send comments, suggestions AND articles to the same e-mail address above, and best wishes to all!