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October 4, 2011 
In This Issue 
1) City of Berkeley Annual Report
2) City Manager Retiring
3) Vehicle Booting Program for Scofflaw Enforcement
4) 311 Call Center and Online Service Center
5) Free Helmet Giveaway
6) Solar@Work - Low Cost Solar Leasing
7) Groundbreaking for Lifelong's West Berkeley Clinic
8) The University and The City Fall Panel Series
9) 20th Anniversary of the Hills Firestorm
10) "Living with & Understanding Diabetes"
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Berkeley Annual Report
City LogoThe City's Annual Report was mailed to every home and business in Berkeley. If you would like to see the interactive version, complete with links to City services, visit www.CityofBerkeley.info/annualreport.
 
Dear Neighbor,
Alot of interesting news and great events coming your way soon... 

City Manager, Phil Kamlarz, Announces Is Retiring

Phil KamlarzAfter 36 years of committed service, Phil Kamlarz is retiring from the City of Berkeley.  His last day on the job will be November 30th.  I've had the pleasure of working with Phil for the last 7 years and have been honored to work with such a sharp and adept City Manager.  He has been instrumental in steering us through some very choppy economic times, preserving our AA+ bond rating and last year he led negotiations with city workers on savings to alleviate our looming budget deficit.  Berkeley is faring much better than many other neighboring cities in the Bay Area, and much of the credit should go to Mr. Kamlarz.  It has been a real pleasure working with Mr. Kamlarz and we are sorry to see him leave, but he has left the City in very capable hands.  Mayor Bates has announced that he will be recommending the appointment of Deputy City Manager Christine Daniel as interim city manager, with an evaluation after six months for the permanent role.

Booting Program for Scofflaw Enforcement

Vehicle Boot

 

Earlier this year, Council approved a contract with Paylock Inc. to institute a "booting" program for scofflaw vehicles, those with five or more unpaid parking citations.  This program is a substitute to the current practice of impounding those vehicles.

 

The Police, Finance and Information Technology departments have been working for the last several years to prepare this program for implementation, and the work is now complete.  The actual practice of booting cars will begin in about two weeks.

 

We hope that by bringing attention to the program in advance, residents will take the opportunity to clear their outstanding citations.  Because current information about a vehicle's scofflaw status goes to the handheld computers of the Parking Enforcement Officers, residents can clear citations now, to avoid having their cars immobilized later.

 

Scofflaws currently account for almost $1.6 million in unpaid parking citations.  This program will improve our ability to enforce and collect on those citations.

 

More details information about the booting program will be posted to www.cityofberkeley.info/police, to concide with the public launch of the program.

 

 

311 Call Center and Online Service Center 
 
311 MashupThe City of Berkeley has been working for the last several years to improve the ways residents do business with the City. Two of the most visible improvements are the Online Service Center and the 311 Call Center.

The Online Service Center www.CityofBerkeley.info/onlineservicecenter is a great resource for those on the go. Use it day or night to look up City staff phone numbers, download maps, apply for jobs, pay parking tickets, schedule building inspections, report graffiti, broken sidewalks, potholes and more.

You can utilize the same services by calling the 311 Call Center. By calling (510) 981-CITY (2489) or "311", you can talk with Call Center staff and report missed garbage pickups, pay bills, make Public Works reports and more. The Call Center is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Not sure where to start? Call 981-CITY or email customerservice@cityofberkeley.info.
 
Free Helmet Giveaway
 
Helmet GiveawayGot a helmet?  Need one? The City of Berkeley's Injury Prevention Program is offering bicycle/multi-use helmets for Berkeley residents for FREE.

Pick-up your FREE helmet at City of Berkeley Public Health Division at 1947 Center Street, 2nd Floor.  Some sizes (large) are limited.  Offer available until supplies run out.  Office hours are from 9 am to 5 pm.

Limit one (1) per person and all parties receiving a helmet must be present.  No appointment necessary.

For more information, contact the Injury Prevention Program at 510-981-7676 or nxiong@cityofberkeley.info.

Do you need help with health care?  Do you need care while you are pregnant?  Please call Berkeley Public Health at 510-981-5300.  Berkeley Public Health can help with programs for low and middle income families.  (Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, CHDP, and WIC).
Solar@Work and the East Bay Green Corridor
 
Solar@WorkThe East Bay Green Corridor invites you to join an exciting new solar group purchasing program for Bay Area small businesses and commercial property owners called Solar@Work (a partnership with SF Environment).  This limited-time offer provides access to some of the lowest solar prices seen in the region for this building class.  Not only that, the more participants that join, the lower the price for the entire buying group.  
 
What makes the program unique is not only the 20% group discount offered to program participants, but also an integrated financing option.  Through the program's pre-negotiated solar lease option, participants can install solar for little to no money down and, for the first time, pay less for solar power than they pay for electricity from the grid.  

The Solar@Work enrollment window is open through October 2011. For more information visit www.solaratwork.net 
 
Groundbreaking for Lifelong's West Berkeley Family Practice 

Lifelong Logo

Less than 30 days...

Join the festivities
Eat, Drink, Celebrate 

Join LifeLong Medical Care in "breaking ground" for

a New Home for Health! at LifeLong West Berkeley

 

 

Thursday, October 20, 2011
5:00-7:00 PM
2031 Sixth Street, Berkeley
Enjoy a lively event to celebrate the clinic expansion! 
 
Can't Wait??? 

~ Be part of the celebration that will launch the transformation of this site into a bustling hub for continued high-quality, patient-centered care.

~ Tour the newly restored landmark portion of the building.
~ See the expansion up close and personal & discover why LifeLong West Berkeley is a premier option for family health in West Berkeley.

     

Don't miss this GROUNDBREAKING Celebration!

West Berkeley Family Practice

 
The University and The City:  Ideas for Partnership 
UandtheCityThe Fall Panel Series, launched in September 2011 and sponsored by City and University organizations, will explore issues that would benefit from greater collaboration among the academic and civic communities. The second and third panels will convene at Berkeley City College in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. With a student on every panel and business and community leaders joining the discussion, each panel is made up of representatives of the
diverse communities within our city.

   

Schedule 

 

The Environmentally Sustainable City

When: Wednesday, October 19 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Where: Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley, CA

 

How can the City and University collaborate on strategies for the future? How can both institutions cooperate on future plans around transportation, energy conservation, zero waste and housing?

Timothy Burroughs, Climate Action Coordinator, City of Berkeley
Lisa McNeilly, Director of Sustainability, UC Berkeley
Jason Trager, Environmental Sustainability Director, Graduate Student Assembly
Claire Evans, Lead Coordinator of the UC Berkeley Compost Alliance
In conversation with Jason Mark, Editor of the Earth Island Journal

 

Late Night in Berkeley

When: Wednesday, November 9 · 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Where: Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley, CA


It's 10pm ... Are you having fun? How can we improve our arts, food and entertainment districts?

Jim Peters, President, Responsible Hospitality Institute
David M. Mayeri, entertainment consultant and former COO of Bill Graham Presents
Noah Stern, former President of the Associated Students of the University of California
In conversation with Polly Armstrong, CEO of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

 

 

20th Anniversary of the Hills Firestorm Event 

Berkeley Fire DepartmentOn behalf of Fire Chief Debra Pryor and myself, I would like to invite you to join us in commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Berkeley-Oakland Hills Firestorm.
The cities of Berkeley and Oakland have planned a day of remembrance and preparedness commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Berkeley-Oakland Hills Firestorm.  The morning of Saturday, October 22 will be devoted to honoring the memory of those lost in 1991. 

 

The afternoon is devoted to planning for greater community preparedness. The Family Preparedness Fair at Lake Temescal will offer activities for the kids, lots of emergency vehicles to look at, and preparedness information so that all residents can develop an emergency plan for themselves and their families. The City of Berkeley's Community Emergency Response Team trailer will also be at the Lake for a special demonstration.

 

There will also be a special exhibit at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive of famed Bay Area photographer Richard Misrach photos taken just after the devastating fire. Visit www.CityofBerkeley.info/firestorm20 for more details on the exhibit and the event.

 

 

Healthy Living Workshop, "Living with & Understanding Diabetes"
Diabetes Workshop 
What: Healthy Living Workshop, "Living with & Understanding Diabetes"
Date: Saturday, October 15th, 2011 
Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Liberty Hill Baptist Church, 997 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710
 
Liberty Hill Baptist Church in collaboration with the Emerging Leaders Program at the Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr. Institute for Social Justice presents A Holistic Healthy Living Workshop, "Living with & Understanding Diabetes."
 
Health Focus

- Diabetes Education

- Diabetes & Nutrition

- Diabetes & Exercise

 

Keynote Speaker

Yvonne Cobbs, RN, PHN, ANP-C

CEO, Healthy Living Foundation

 

A Healthy Lunch Will Be Provided

 

***Limited Seating***

Pre-registration is required.

Please Call 510-848-355 by October 12th

 

Dr. Marvis V. Peoples, Pastor

Coordinated by: Rev. Keva McNeill, Emerging Leaders Program

 

 


Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions, concerns or comments.
 
Sincerely,

 

Darryl Moore
Berkeley City Council, District 2