For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Grace Maguire, Assistant to the City Manager, (510) 981-7000

Friday, October 28 Reduced Services Day

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, October 25, 2005) - Berkeley’s City Council voted June 28, 2005 to continue a one day a month reduced services measure throughout the year to help balance the FY 2006 $8.9 million General Fund deficit.  City offices will be closed the fourth Friday of each month leading up to November, when it will observe its Thanksgiving Day holiday.  During December, certain City offices and services will be closed or curtailed during the week between December 26 and 30, 2005:

Friday, October 28, 2005
(Fourth Friday in November is an observed City holiday)
December 27 to December 30, 2005 (December 26 is an observed holiday)
Friday, January 27, 2006
(No reduced day in February)
Friday, March 24, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
Reduced Services:

During this time, services located at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Civic Center Building (2180 Milvia), the Finance Customer Service Center (1947 Center), and the Permit Service Center (2120 Milvia) will not be available. Except for the last week in December, a " Drop Box" will be  available between 8:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the lobby of 1947 Center Street to collect payments for citations, fees, and licenses, etc.

 Open and Available Services

The following services will be available during those days:

Police and Fire Departments

Senior Centers

Main and Branch Libraries

Animal Shelter

Public Works Transfer Station and Corporation Yard   

Health Clinic at 830 University Street (Partial Services)

Other county and local governments such as San Jose, San Carlos, Palo Alto, and Stanislaus and Los Angeles Counties have adopted similar temporary measures to balance their budgets.  Click here to view City service availability. Residents are advised to call ahead to determine whether the office providing a service you may desire will be open.