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January 25, 2010

In this issue:

Day of Service: Rescheduled
Berkeley's New Chief of Police
Strawberry Creek at Center Street
Envisioning Downtown Public Spaces
The Pedestrian Master Plan: Final Planning Process
Daytime Burglary Suspect Identified, Still at Large

Day of Service: Rescheduled

What: 2nd Annual North Berkeley Litter Clean-up Event. NEW DATE!
When: Sunday, January 31, 2010, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 
Where: Meet at Henry between Cedar and Vine

Originally scheduled for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the 2nd Annual North Berkeley Litter Clean-up (rained out on January 18) has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 31. Volunteers will divide into teams, meet new & old neighbors, and pick up litter in the area bounded by Sacramento, University, Hopkins, & Spruce. Volunteers will provide the bags & gloves at the organizing site (Henry between Cedar & Vine).

Last year's event had about 150 participants, so to speed things up on the event day, participants can sign up for a team in advance here.

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Berkeley's New Chief of Police

What: The Swearing-In Ceremony of Michael K. Meehan as Berkeley's Chief of Police
When: January 28, 2010 2:00 p.m.
Where: Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

This Ceremony is open to the public. Please RSVP to Thelma Brown @ 510-981-5700 or tbrown@CityofBerkeley.info.

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Strawberry Creek at Center Street

What: A Presentation by Walter Hood and Associates
When: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The David Brower Center, Goldman Theater. 2150 Allston way, Berkeley

A pedestrian plaza for downtown Berkeley is currently called for by all versions of the Downtown Area Plan. This free event will be an in depth community presentation regarding The Strawberry Creek Plaza proposal by Walter Hood, landscape architect and urbanist.

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Envisioning Public Spaces

What: Downtown Street and Open Space Open House
When: Saturday, February 6, 10:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.
Where: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue at MLK

A "Street & Open Space Improvement Plan" (SOSIP) is being developed to enhance Berkeley's Downtown. The SOSIP will develop schematic designs, design guidelines, and a financing strategy for improvements that will help make Downtown more pedestrian-friendly, bike-friendly, livable, and attractive.

At the Open House, community members will consider and comment on opportunities for:

  • public plazas, outdoor dining, community gardens, and other amenities;
  • wider sidewalks and increased landscaping;
  • new bike lanes and facilities;
  • new street trees where they are now missing; and
  • enhancing the ecology of watersheds connected to Downtown

Community members are also encouraged to attend future meetings on the SOSIP, where opportunities for public comment will be provided. As it becomes available, information and meetings for the SOSIP will be posted at this page, or contact Matt Taecker, Principal Planner for the Downtown, at mtaecker@ci.berkeley.ca.us or call 510-981-7487

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The Pedestrian Master Plan:
Final Planning Process

What: Subcommittee of the Transportation Commission
When: January 27, 2009 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue, Workshop B, 1st Floor

The Pedestrian Subcommittee of the Berkeley Transportation Commission will hold a meeting to hear a presentation on the final draft of the Berkeley Pedestrian Master Plan and receive comments on the environmental document for that plan, a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Comments on the MND are being taken until 5 p.m. on February 11, 2011.

Due to the large number of invitees, RSVPs are requested but not required. Please RSVP to Eric Anderson at eanderson@cityofberkeley.info

If you are not able to attend this meeting, the Pedestrian Plan and Mitigated Negative Declaration will be agendized at two subsequent meetings:

What: Berkeley Transportation Commission Meeting
When: February 4, 2010; 7:00 p.m.
Where: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue

What: Berkeley City Council Meeting
When: March 23, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

The Mitigated Negative Declaration and the Final Draft Pedestrian Plan are also available for download on the City's website here

Please direct all comments and questions on the MND to: Eric Anderson, Associate Planner, City of Berkeley Dept. of Public Works, (510) 981-7062 or eanderson@ci.berkeley.ca.us.

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Daytime Burglary Suspect Identified,
Still at Large

Berkeley Police are asking the community's assistance in determining the whereabouts of a North Berkeley burglary suspect. Garland Keith Callum Jr. of Berkeley, CA and Demetrius Carroll of Rodeo were identified from a home security camera video tape on September 30, 2009. Mr. Carroll was arrested in Berkeley on October 30, 2009. Mr. Callum is still at large.

If you know the whereabouts of Callum or have additional information about these crimes, please contact the Berkeley Property Crimes Detail (510) 981-5737. If you were the victim or witness to a similar crime, or the victim of a crime that has just occurred or is in progress, please immediately report it to the BPD Dispatch at (510) 981-5900 or, from your cell phone, at (510) 981-5911

For more detailed information, including photographs of the suspects, go the Berkeley Police Department Press release.

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