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September 12, 2011

In this issue:

A Note from Councilmember Capitelli
Coffee With The Councilmember
The University and the City: Ideas for Partnerships
The Fountain at The Circle: 100th Anniversary Celebration
Keeping the Fountain Beautiful
Defining a Neighborhood: The Thousand Oaks Urns
Run and Walk for Peace
Spice of Life: Celebrate North Shattuck
Community Emergency Response Team: Be a Berkeley CERT Leader
Area 1 Update: Property Crime Reminder
City Contacts and Resources

A Note From Councilmember Capitelli

Dear District 5 Neighbors,

With Labor Day behind us and Indian summer on our doorstep, it is clear that Berkeley is officially transitioning into a new season. To me, Berkeley feels particularly alive at the start of fall. I enjoy seeing parents and children walking and biking with great anticipation to the first day of school. I look forward to the wide variety of community fairs and celebrations that take advantage of the balmy weather.

Some of these community events will take on a more commemorative significance this year, as we recognize three centennial anniversaries, all of which will honor our rich, local architectural and political history:

  • 2011 is the 100th anniversary of the Thousand Oaks residential subdivision. To memorialize this centennial, on Saturday, September 10th, the community dedicated two beautiful cement urns that are exact copies of the original ones that graced the Thousand Oaks neighborhood when it was first developed.
  • 2011 also marks one hundred years of California women obtaining the right to vote. Our own League of Women Voters (Berkeley - Albany - Emeryville), also 100 years old this year, is honoring the anniversary this fall with a series of exhibits, speakers and tours. Check them out here.
  • And finally, the Fountain at the Circle at Marin Avenue - Berkeley's first public work of art - is also turning 100 this year. The Friends of the Fountain and Walk are hosting a centennial celebration on Sunday, October 16th.

Of course, the resumption of City Council meetings after summer recess also signals moving into fall - a fall full of many serious, pressing and sometimes conflicting issues to manage. As the Council works with city staff to move Berkeley forward through these issues, I always want to hear the opinions and questions of my District 5 constituents. Though I am not turning 100 years old this year, I would still like to invite you to join me at Café Roma, (across the street from Monterey Market) on Wednesday morning, September 21st at 8:30 a.m. If the discussions are productive, I will continue these meetings.

I hope to see you for coffee or at one of the many Berkeley community events this fall.


Laurie Capitelli
Berkeley City Council, District 5

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Coffee with the Councilmember

What: No Host "Café" and impromptu discussion with Councilmember Capitelli
When: Wednesday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Café Roma, 1549 Hopkins Street (across from Monterey Market)

I will be having coffee and will be available for questions, comments and suggestions. Please stop by.

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The University and the City: Ideas for Partnerships
Free Fall Speaker Series

What: First in a Series: "A Berkeley Student District"
When: Wednesday, September 21, 7 - 9 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St. Berkeley

The first in a series of panel discussions focusing on University/City issues, "A Berkeley Student District," will address the upcoming redistricting process and how best to involve UC Berkeley's student residents in municipal affairs. Should there be a student representative on the City Council? Should there be a Council district designed to primarily represent students? Panelists are: Bruce Cain, UC Berkeley Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Kriss Worthington, Berkeley City Councilmember, Joey Freeman, ASUC Vice President for External Affairs. They will be in conversation with Lance Knobel, Co-Founder of Berkeleyside.com.

Subsequent discussions will revolve around collaborating on sustainability efforts and making our arts and entertainment districts more attractive to students.

This series is sponsored by the Office of Mayor Tom Bates, Councilmembers Laurie Capitelli, Darryl Moore and Susan Wengraf, UC Berkeley Office of the Chancellor - Local and Government Community Relations, Berkeley City College, Associated Students of the University of California, Graduate Student Assembly, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Berkeley Association, Telegraph Business Improvement District, Livable Berkeley and Berkeleyside.

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The Fountain at The Circle:
100th Anniversary Celebration

What: 100th Anniversary Celebration for the Fountain at The Circle
When: Sunday, October 16, 2011. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: The Median between Los Angeles and Mendocino

Please join North Berkeley residents and fans of the fountain in celebrating one hundred years of the Fountain at the circle at Marin Avenue. The event will take place at the median between Mendocino and Los Angeles. (The roads will be closed during the festivities but the circle will be open). Enjoy light refreshments, brief comments by elected officials, and reminiscing about the 1994 - 1996 fountain renovation.

This anniversary also signals the next major phase of the renovation of the historic area: community fundraising for the balustrades along the Fountain Walk.

This event is sponsored by the City of Berkeley and the Council offices of Districts 5 (Capitelli) and 6 (Wengraf). Parking is limited - Please walk, bicycle or take public transportation if possible.

Sara Holmes, community volunteer coordinator of the fountain maintenance, adds the following:

"It has been 100 years since Berkeley was lobbying to be the Capital of California. The Fountain at The Circle was going to be the grand entrance to the Capital building, which was to be located on Indian Rock. Each of the seven streets that radiate out from The Circle is named after a county in California. The politicians opted to choose Sacramento over Berkeley.

"Berkeley is fortunate to have such a wonderful icon that was rebuilt by a non-profit group, Friends of the Fountain and Walk, and dedicated to the City of Berkeley in 1996. It is also a fact that the surrounding balustrades around The Circle and down Fountain Walk were built in 1911. As a result, many of them are broken and in need of repair. Some of them have been repaired and/or replaced over the years, but many more are in sad shape.

"What a great opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary, and at the same time raise money to allow the needed repairs to take place."

Read more (fountain news . . . )

Community members are invited to volunteer the day of the celebration. To volunteer and/or to find out information about the efforts to renovate the balustrades, please go to www.friendsofthefountainandwalk.org, check out the event flyer, or call Sara Holmes at 510-526-5347.

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Keeping the Fountain Beautiful

Saturday, August 6, 2011, I had the pleasure of rolling up my sleeves and working with a group of volunteers who love and preserve the Fountain at the Circle. You can see them the first Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. - in fact you are welcome to join them! Sara Holmes, the volunteer coordinator, is actively seeking new members (besides me) to become part of their community

I want to personally thank and recognize Sara and her colleagues, for maintaining this treasured icon of North Berkeley.

Pictured above, seated from left to right: Sara Holmes, Bob Young, Laurie Capitelli, Cynthia Wantland, Paddy Wolf, Karen Borst-Rothe, Robert Wantland. On lawn: Barbara Robben, David Hallsted.

Other volunteers who were not present are: Jonathan Hallsted, Benjamin Hallsted, Ann Hasse, John Buchanan, Bill Hamilton, Catherine Alden, Fran Block, Gaby Morris Martha Campbell, Malcolm Potts, Shobha Hiatt, Susan Whitman, Victor Fong, Kim Fong, Barbara Beatty and William Beatty.

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Defining a Neighborhood:
The Thousand Oaks Urns

Sunday, September 10, 2011 marked the completion of the first phase of the Thousand Oaks Urn Project. A collaborative effort of the Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association, the University of California, the City of Berkeley and many local volunteers and donors, the urns recall the vision of the original Thousand Oaks residential development celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year.

The first two urns were installed in August: one at the lower corner of Great Stoneface Park, and the second at the Triangle in the intersection of Yosemite and The Alameda. There are many people to thank, but certainly the weight of the project was gracefully carried by District 5 residents Trish Hawthorne and Elizabeth Sklut. Congratulations!

Project coordinators Elizabeth Sklut (third from left) and Trish Hawthorne (third from right) recognize and thank community members who donated to the project at the September 10, 2011 dedication. Pictured from left to right: Jim Duval; contractor, John Harris; neighbor, Alesia Connelly; architect, Elizabeth Sklut, Michael McCutcheon; contractor, Trish Hawthorne, Michael H. Casey; urn fabricator, and Sarita Camille Waite; sculptor. Photos courtesy of Suzanne Riess. Tax deductible donations are still needed to complete the project. Checks can be made out to Partners for Parks (the Urn Project's non-profit partner) and mailed to TONA at P.O. Box 7572, Berkeley, CA 94707.

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Run and Walk for Peace

What: 13th Annual United Nations Association Run and Walk for Peace
When: September 24, 9:00a.m. Start Time
Where: Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina

Join fellow walkers and runners to promote peace locally and worldwide in support of the United Nations International Day of Peace. Participants of the annual UNA-East Bay Run and Walk for Peace will raise funds for the United Nations Association, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and the United Nations World Food Program helping to feed millions of people left helpless and hungry by war and natural disasters.

This event is sponsored in part by the United Nations East Bay and the City of Berkeley.

Go to the Run for Peace for more information and on-line registration details. Pre-registration deadline is September 15. Donations to the event can be made here.

For more information regarding registering or donating, go to Active.com: 1-877-228-4881, or contact Suzanne Llewellyn (llewzanne@gmail.com or 925-935-6621)

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Spice of Life:
Celebrate North Shattuck

What: 9th Annual North Berkeley Spice of Life Festival
When: Saturday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Shattuck Avenue from Vine Street to Walnut Square

Sponsored by the North Shattuck Association, the 9th Annual Spice of Life Festival marks a return to the local celebration of the restaurants and businesses that made the Gourmet Ghetto world renowned.

On Vine Street, the Festival's Culinary Stage with cooking demonstrations and tastes by Bay Area chefs hosted by Kitchen on Fire Cooking School will be alongside Vintage Berkeley's wine tasting garden and local restaurant food booths. North on Shattuck Avenue, festival exhibitors will be joined by local musicians, street food vendors, art exhibits and activities, and a Saul's Deli hosted beer garden with local microbrews. Gourmet Ghetto businesses will host musicians, artists, and other entertainers for the day, and will also feature demonstrations, tours, tastings and more.

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Community Emergency Response Team:
Be a Berkeley CERT Leader

Are you passionate about Disaster Preparedness? Interested in helping to educate and prepare the larger community? Berkeley CERT is looking for community members to fulfill key volunteer CERT positions in order to expand and improve the Berkeley community's ability to respond to a major disaster.

CERT Volunteers will have the opportunity to:

  • Do outreach and education at community events.
  • Serve as a point of contact for CERT in Berkeley.
  • Deliver neighborhood preparedness training.
  • Assist in and facilitate disaster drills and exercises for the community.
  • Instruct CERT classes.
  • Continue educational and training opportunities in specialized topic areas.

CERT Volunteers will be trained by Berkeley Fire Department staff and core CERT Volunteer Instructors. For more information see the CERT Flyer. To register for the program, contact Khin Chin, Berkeley Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services at 510-981-5506.

Also, check out the NEW Schedule of CERT Classes on the web today!

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Area 1 Update: Property Crime Reminder

Property crime continues to be an area of great concern in North Berkeley. The good news, according to preliminary results of crimes statistics of the first six months of 2011, is that these crimes of opportunity are down in Berkeley. The bad news is that those who are victimized suffer no less.

In his latest Area 1 Update, our liaison to the Police Department, Officer Byron White, provides us with accounts of successful efforts by our police department to counter these thefts. He also reminds us to be ever vigilant in our home security efforts and lists the many ways we can prevent property crimes. For those who want a reminder about how to stay safe and secure, check out the prevention recommendations from my February 2009 community meeting on crime. If you would like to receive Office White's excellent reports directly, you can e-mail him at bwhite@cityofberkeley.info.

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City Contacts and Resources

Listed below are important city phone numbers to keep close by:

Laurie Capitelli, District 5 Office


Tom Bates, Office of the Mayor


Officer Byron White, BPD Area Coordinator for North Berkeley


Non-emergency (to report a past event or suspicious activity)


Emergency (to report a crime in process or an emergency)
from a landline


From a cell phone 


To report nonfunctioning street lamps, graffiti, missed garbage pick-ups

On Line Service Center
or dial 311

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