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January 24, 2011 
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In This Issue 
1) Coffee with Constituents
2) East Bay Green Job Corp is recruiting
3) 2012 Neighborhood Disaster Caches
4) Free Tax Prep!
Dear Neighbor,
Happy New Year, both Gregorian and Lunar!  I wish you all the best in 2012.  I've made a few New Year's resolutions, one of which is to have more face-to-face contact with my constituents, so I decided to begin a round of "coffees" to give residents an opportunity to sit down an chat...

Drinks with Darryl

Grab a cup of coffee, or another refreshing beverage, with your District 2 Councilmember.

In the New Year, I wanted to make myself available to District 2 residents to discuss various issues of interest or concern.  With such an intelligent and educated population in Berkeley, many of you undoubtedly have some fantastic ideas to improve our city.  I plan to make this a regular affair, so if you can't make this one, there will be one coming your way soon.  My inaugural "Coffee with Constituents" will be Saturday, February 11th at 2pm at Nina's Cafe, 2703 7th St, Ste 159 - 160 (between Pardee St & Carleton St) in the ActivSpace building.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

NOTE:  The "Coffee with Constituents" time and date has since changed.  The new time and date are:

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Place: Nina's Cafe, 2703 Seventh St. between Carleton and Pardee

          (in the ActivSpace Building) 

 

East Bay Green Job Corp

 

Know a young adult that is interested in participating in the green workforce, but isn't quite sure about the next steps?

  

The East Bay Green Job Corps (EBGJC) is recruiting participants for its Spring 2012 cohort.  EBGJC is a training and education program designed to help young adults get the skills to further their education and enter green careers.  EBGJC is a collaboration between Rising Sun Energy Center, Solar Richmond, and Berkeley City College.

 

During the 16-week program, participants:

  •         Learn job readiness and leadership skills
  •         Improve math and English skills
  •         Practice computer skills
  •         Participate in energy efficiency and solar internships
  •         Build eco-literacy and civic engagement
  •         Earn 10 units of college credit (non-transferable)
  •         Improve professional and customer service skills
  •         Earn a stipend

All EBGJC participants receive case management support, and work with staff to develop an individual plan that addresses their educational and career goals.  After completing the EBGJC program, participants can continue on to GED classes, community college certificate or degree programs, vocational training programs, union apprenticeships, or employment. 

 

Location: Mornings are at Berkeley City College in downtown Berkeley, afternoons are in Richmond

Dates: February 13-June 1, 2012

Times: Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Age 18-24
  • Resident of Berkeley, Richmond, or Oakland
  • Drivers license/State ID and Social Security Card
  • Low-income
  • 7th grade math/reading level (demonstrated through an assessment)
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Reliable transportation to get you to and from the program every day, on time (you will receive a bus pass)
  • Eligible for BOG Fee Waiver/financial aid
  • Consistent child care (if applicable)

Application Instructions:

Interested individuals should complete the attached application and return it to Rising Sun Energy Center or Solar Richmond. 

 

Informational flyer: http://www.cityofberkeley.info/uploadedFiles/Council_2/Level_3_-_General/EBGJC%20Informational%20Flyer.pdf

and the application: http://www.cityofberkeley.info/uploadedFiles/Council_2/Level_3_-_General/EBGJC%20Participant%20Application.pdf

 

Applicants must also attend an info and testing session on Monday, January 30 from 9:00am-noon at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St. in Downtown Berkeley.

 

For more information or to sign up for an info session, contact James Lancaster, Tamera Currington or Akeele Carter at (510)725-9428 or ebgjc@risingsunenergy.org

 

 

2012 Neighborhood Disaster Caches
Disaster CacheNeighborhood and community organizations who are prepared to be self-sufficient in a major disaster can now apply to get free containers stocked with emergency response equipment from the City of Berkeley.

 

The Office of Emergency Services now has applications available for the 2012 Community Emergency Supply Program application. Measure GG passed in November of 2008 provided funding for a limited number of emergency supply caches to be awarded to neighborhoods or community organizations that show a high degree of preparedness and organization. The Community Emergency Supply Program has been supporting neighborhood organizations with supplies and training since 2003. There are currently 62 City-awarded disaster equipment caches distributed throughout the city.

 

It is essential that every household, family, apartment tenant, neighborhood and community group be prepared to survive for five to seven days on their own, until utilities and services can be restored.  The disaster cache program aims to foster awareness and provides neighborhoods and community organizations a goal for a minimum level of readiness to attain.  No one is prepared until everyone is prepared.

 

The equipment that includes portable generators, fire suppression hoses and nozzles, disaster first aid kit, portable communication radios and other safety equipment.

 

Caches will be awarded based on several criteria, including geographical distribution across the City, the risk assessment of the neighborhood, and the level of neighborhood involvement in the Community Emergency Response Training program.

 

The 2012 Community Emergency Supply Program is accepting applications through May 25, 2012. Applications can be picked up at the Fire Department Administrative Offices at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 2nd Floor, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., or online on the Office of Emergency Services web page at http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=3920.

 

Residents with questions can also contact Khin Chin, in the Office of Emergency Services via email at kchin@cityofberkeley.info or phone, (510) 981-5506.

 

Make less than $49,000/year?  Come get your taxes done for free!

If you make less than $49,000/year you can get your taxes prepared for free.  Even if you don't need to file a tax return, you may qualify for cash back.  These IRS-certified tax preparers will see if you qualify for over $5,000 cash back from the Earned Income Tax Credit! 

 

In Berkeley there are 7 locations where you can take advantage of this service:

Center for Independent Living

3075 Adeline St. #100

(510) 841-4776

Open 01/18 to 04/14

By Appt. & Walk-in

Tuesday: 12pm to 4pm

American Sign Language

 

Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union

2001 Ashby Ave.

(510) 295-1657

Open 02/01 to 04/13

M-F: 10am to 3pm

By Appt. Only

Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog

 

ICS VITA

3269 Adeline St.

(510) 655-3552

Open 02/01 to 04/12

M&W: 4:30pm to 7pm

By Appt. 7 Walk-in

 

North Berkeley Senior Center

1901 Hearst St.

(510) 981-5190

Open 02/01 to 04/16

M&W: 12:30pm to 4:30pm

By Appt. & Walk-in

 

South Berkeley Public Library

1901 Russell St.

(510) 981-6260

Open 02/04 to 04/14

Sat: 12:45pm to 3:45pm

By Appt. & Walk-in

 

For more information or questions, call 2-1-1 or Assemblymember Nancy Skinner's District Office at (510) 286-1400

 


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

 

Darryl Moore
Berkeley City Council, District 2