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February 6th, 2012 
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In This Issue 
1) Coffee with Constituents
2) What Should the 2nd Lawn Bowing Green Be Turned Into?
3) Burglary Series - Crime Prevention Tips
4) Yellowpages Opt-Out
5) Bay Bridge Closure for President's Day Weekend
Dear Neighbor,
I had a couple of news tidbits and I also just wanted to remind everyone of the change of date for my first Coffee with Constituents.

New Time and Date for 1st Coffee with Constituents

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

Unfortunately, a scheduling conflict arose that requires me to change the time and date of my first "Coffee with Constituents," originally scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, February 11th.

  

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) 

 

If you are unable to make it, don't fret. I will be having coffees on a regular basis at different times and locations so that everyone will be able to participate.  Hope to see you there.

 

What Should the 2nd Lawn Bowling Green Be Turned Into?
 
The Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club has decided to relinquish their lease on its second lawn bowling green.  Please join us to help us decide what community amenity this site could be converted.

 

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2012
Place: Green Room at the north side of the Corporation Yard, 1326 Allston Way 
Burglary Series - Crime Prevention Tips 

Over the past few weeks, there have been a series of robberies in Southwest Berkeley.  They seem to be occurring in the daytime and the majority have been committed via window pry or rear door kick.  The take is usually laptop computers or other electronics.

 

While the Berkeley Police Department has made arrests in relation to this series, please keep in mind that there may be other people committing burglaries. Here are some burglary prevention tips:

  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Keep electronics (computers, monitors) out of view from the outside
  • Keep a log of all serial numbers to electronic equipment and bicycles. A good place to keep this log is in a Draft email.
  • If you see suspicious activity, call the police
  • Create phone and email trees with your neighbors

For more crime prevention tips, please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=7056  

 
Annual Black History Month Event

ALL WELCOME

 

Celebrating and Honoring
African American Elders

 

Theme

"Pride, Respect, and Determination"

  

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012

Time: 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Place: South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street

 

FREE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE

  • A Soul Food Meal
  • Presentation and Community Discussion
  • Entertainment
  • Children Activities

For additional Information call: 981-5218

Wheelchair Accessible

 

 

YELLOWPAGES Opt-Out

Consumer Choice

 

Across Alameda County, Yellow Pages directories will soon be delivered and many residents may have already received theirs. 

  

Valley Yellow Pages' customer service offices may be contacted at (800) 350-8887 or vyp@MyYP.com with any delivery concerns.

 

For some, the Yellow Pages directory is a convenient tool that connects them with a multitude of services, but for others it is less useful.  I wanted to alert you to a relatively new service operated by the Yellow Pages industry called www.YellowPagesOptOut.com.  This site is a central component of our industry's source reduction and consumer choice initiative, and was developed in partnership between the Local Search Association and the Association of Directory Publishers.

 

Because deliveries are prepared far in advance, residents who opt-out now will still receive Valley's directory being delivered this month.  However, opting out now should prevent the delivery of subsequent directories delivered in Alameda County.

 

YellowPagesOptOut.com provides a convenient and secure option for your constituents to control the number of Yellow Pages telephone directories they receive -- or to stop directory delivery entirely.  It is a completely free service for consumers and is provided at no charge to municipalities.

 

The Internet-based tool is specifically designed to prevent directories from being delivered to anyone who doesn't want one while ensuring that they are delivered to the majority of consumers who continue to rely upon and use the print Yellow Pages to make purchases supporting local businesses.

 

Information gathered through the site will not be sold to third parties and will be used solely to update publishers' delivery information

 

Bay Bridge Closure for President's Day Weekend
As you begin making your plans for the President's Day weekend, I would like to alert you to the closure that will be taking place on the Bay Bridge in order for Caltrans to complete an essential step in the construction of the new Bay Bridge.

 

The WESTBOUND DECK of the Bay Bridge will be CLOSED to traffic beginning Friday, February 17th at 8:00 p.m. and will re-open on Tuesday, February 21st at 5:00 a.m.

 

Weather could delay the reopening of the westbound deck or postpone the closure to another weekend.

 

Motorists will not be able to drive on the upper deck towards San Francisco during this closure but the lower deck toward the East Bay will remain open.

 

PLEASE PLAN AHEAD:

 

  • Expect delays.
  • Allow extra time in your travel plans.
  • Use public transit.
  • Use alternate routes.
  • Use alternate bridges:

                        Golden Gate Bridge

                        Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

                        San Mateo-Hayward Bridge

                        Dumbarton Bridge

 

 

BART (BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT)

BART will run overnight service at select stations during the closure.

Stations on the El Cerrito - Dublin hourly service route are: El Cerrito del Norte, Berkeley, MacArthur, 12th Street, Coliseum, Bay Fair and
Dublin/Pleasanton.

 

Stations on the Concord - SFO hourly service route are: Concord, Walnut Creek, MacArthur, 12th Street, Embarcadero, Powell, 24th Street, Daly City and SFO

More information available at www.bart.gov

 

FERRY SERVICE


Alameda-Oakland Ferry, Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry and Vallejo Baylink Ferry will run additional ferries during the closure.

More information at www.eastbayferry.com and www.baylinkferry.com

 

AC TRANSIT


Transbay service will not operate over the bridge during the closure, but will maintain regular service in the East Bay by operating to and from West Oakland BART. Line 800 all-night buses will connect passengers with BART's special late-night service (except on Tuesday morning, 1am-4am) by operating to and from the 12th St. BART station in downtown Oakland. Visit www.actransit.org for details.

 

For the latest information on transportation alternatives, please visithttp://511.org/or call 511.

 

STAY INFORMED:

 

For updated closure information or to sign up for eAlerts, please visit: www.baybridgeinfo.org

 

QUESTIONS? 

 

Please contact:

 

Bay Bridge Public Information Office

311 Burma Road,

Oakland, CA,  94607

(510) 286-7167

 

Thank you for planning ahead for your holiday weekend travels.  I encourage you to share this information with your friends and family so that everyone will be prepared.

 

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

 

Darryl Moore
Berkeley City Council, District 2 
   
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