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March 2th, 2012 
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In This Issue 
1) March Coffee with Constituents
2) South Library Branch Closure and Construction Kick-off
3) San Pablo Park Basketball Court Groundbreaking
4) Free Food Within Your Reach
7) Nationwide Recruitment for Berkeley Superintendent of Schools
6) Tax Incentives for West Berkeley Businesses
5) What Should the North Lawn Bowling Green Be?
Dear Neighbor,
I wanted to make sure that you were aware of these upcoming events and news.  Hope you find this useful.  

March Coffee with Constituents

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

Our first Coffee with Constituents was great.  A small group of residents discussing a multitude of issues.  I invited our Deputy Director of the Berkeley Public Library to discuss some of the library's projects, see below, of which residents should be aware.  I are planning another Coffee with Constituents for March.  This time during the weekend to accomodate people who cannot make it out during the work week.

Time: 2pm to 3pm

Date: Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Place: Mo Joe's Cafe, 2517 Sacramento St at Blake 

 

Again, 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.

 

 

South Library Branch Closure and Construction Kick-off

101010Beginning Monday, March 19th, the South Branch Library will be closed for approximately 15 months to allow for the construction of a new 8,700 square foot library.  To celebrate the beginning of construction for the new library a community event will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 2 to 5 pm, everyone is invited. Refreshments and entertainment are planned with a brief program at 3 p.m. The last open day for public service will be Saturday, March 17, 2012.

 

We extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone for their support of Measure FF and, since that time, participation in the public design and approval process which has brought us to this milestone.  The new library will be built following the demolition of the current facility. The replacement Library, designed by the San Francisco firm of Field Paoli Architects, will meet all current codes, provide adequate space for users of all ages and is designed to be warm and inviting; creating a welcoming civic presence and enhanced services to the community.  The Tool Lending Library will be part of the new space, with increased room for storage and an improved layout.

 

During the closure, patrons are encouraged to visit the remaining open library facilities. In addition, Library BranchVan service will begin on Monday, March 26th on Oregon Street, just west of Grant Street.  Check out the Library's Branch Construction Projects webpage or pick up a South Branch Temporary Closure Guide for more service information during the temporary closure that includes the BranchVan and children's storytime schedules.

 

The Tool Lending Library located at 1901 Russell Street is closed as of Friday, February 17 and will re-open in its temporary location, 2547 8th Street, beginning Tuesday March 20th.

 

The Library will continue to post project information and updates on its website at: berkeleypubliclibrary.org/branchimprovements and hopes to see you at the South Branch Library grand re-opening, anticipated in Spring 2013.

 

We look forward to bringing you a beautiful, current code compliant, seismically safe, fully accessible green building in the near future. The branch library improvement program is funded by Measure FF, passed by voters in November 2008.

 

For more information call 510-981-6195.

 

What:  Construction Kick-off for South Branch Library

When:  Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 2 to 5 pm

Where:  South Branch Library, 1901 Russell Street

 

 

SAN PABLO PARK BASKETBALL COURTS RENOVATIONS

Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Berkeley community is invited to celebrate the beginning of the San Pablo Park Basketball Courts Renovation Project. The renovation, funded by Measure WW, will allow for new paving, drainage and re-surfacing; new basketball poles, rims, nets and backboards; new energy-efficient lighting; new fencing; and new benches.

 

WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for San Pablo Park Basketball Courts Renovation Project

WHO: Berkeley Council Member Darryl Moore, City of Berkeley staff, community members

WHEN: Wednesday, March 7, 2012, from 12 - 1 p.m.

WHERE: San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street, Berkeley

 

Project funding is provided by a grant from the Measure WW bond measure, approved by Alameda and Contra Costa County voters in November, 2008, and a grant from the Community Development Block Grant program.

 

The basketball courts were dedicated to Mr. William "Bill" Rose in 1990. A new sign will be installed to commemorate the dedication.

 

 

Free Food Within Your Reach
Training on Food Resources at the Berkeley Community Health Commission
Empty Pantry
If you had a friend, neighbor or a patient who seemed to be having trouble getting enough food on the table, where could you send them?

Learn about:
*    Food Resources in Berkeley
*    Myths and Facts about Food Stamps
*    Where to get emergency food, hot meals, gardening groups, senior meals and other programs, share resources
*    Plan to take the message out to the community:

Leave with a complete packet including powerpoint, presentation plan and samples of all materials. Use them to share the information:
*    Teach a class or lead a discussion group
*    Present a talk at your church
*    Organize a talk at your senior or community organization, or simply
*    Share information with friends, family and neighbors

Who should attend: Berkeley Residents, Neighborhood organizers, WIC Program educators, Church Health Ministry members, Seniors Program staff, Outreach workers, Nurses and Medical providers, Social work program staff

This presentation will take place during the regularly scheduled Community Health Commission meeting and members of the public are invited to hear about local initiatives and programs to improve their homes.  This meeting is being held in wheel chair accessible site.  

Call to make a reservation or for information:
Tasha Tervalon, Commission Secretary at (510) 981-5347
Or Pam Speich, Commission Chair at (415) 342-1384


When: Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm
Where: South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street at Ashby

Refreshments will be provided


Nationwide Recruitment for Berkeley Superintendent of Schools
Forum for Community Input
As you may know, the Superintendent of Schools, William Huyett, will be retiring in June 30, 2012.  The Berkeley School Board has the critically important responsibility of selecting a new Superintendent and are embarking on a nationwide recruitment, but they need your help.  The School Board will be holding several community meetings with its consultant conducting the search to solicit input from the community about what they would like to see in the new Superintendent.  

2 community forums will be held at Rosa Parks Elementary, 920 Allston Way on March 10th.  One in the morning, 9:30 - 11 a.m., and a second forum with Spanish translation at 2-3:30 p.m.  There will be a third community forum on the evening of Tuesday, March 13th at Malcolm X School, 1731 Prince Street, at 7-8:30 p.m.
 
If you are unable to make either of these, there is an online survey available as well.  In English, https://survey-admin.ecragroup.com/index.php?sid=77184&lang=en, and Español, https://survey-admin.ecragroup.com/index.php?sid=93238&lang=es-MX

For more information about the recruitment process, please visit http://www.berkeleyschools.net/superintendent-search-2012/

 

Tax Incentives for West Berkeley Businesses

If you have a business in West Berkeley, you may be eligible for Enterprise Zone tax incentives.  Businesses in the Zone (both sides of San Pablo Ave. to the I-80 Freeway) from large manufacturers to small neighborhood restaurants can reduce their state taxes by taking advantage of the Enterprise Zone benefits for hiring eligible workers and for the purchase of eligible equipment.

 

Please join me, the City's Office of Economic Development and the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce for a free information seminar to help your business take full advantage of the tax credits.  There are still places available!  

     

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Time:  4:00pm - 5:30pm

Place:  Berkeley Bowl West, Community Room (above the café in separate building next to the store)

            920 Heinz Ave.

            Berkeley, CA  94710  

 

Please RSVP by emailing the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce at 

pollyarmstrong@berkeleychamber.com or by calling the office at 510-549-7999 

 

 

Free Pet Vaccination Clinic

March 25th from 9:30am-12:00 noon.  Registration ends at 11amImre
  • Dog and Cat Vaccines
  • Microchips for already "fixed" pets
  • Signup for free spay/neuter (appointments for later dates)
  • Pet food & supplies
PARKING LOT AT THE CORNER OF
2ND ST & ADDISON IN BERKELEY
*All dogs must be on leash & cats must be in carriers

Thanks to Dr. Jas Mattu at University Vet/Pet food donated by Alpha Pet.

Sponsored by PAW FUND www.pawfund.org DONATE AND HELP US TO DO MORE
 
CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION: (510) 390 3488 
 

 

What Should the North Lawn Bowling Green Be Turned Into?

 

The North Green is a parcel of City land that has served as a second lawn for the Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club for many years. In recent years, however, the North Green has not been needed for lawn bowling. I held a community meeting with Parks staff in mid-February to solicit ideas from the community for alternative uses of the space.  We got some really great feedback from attendees, but wanted to make sure that we have as much public input as possible, so we decided to hold another public meeting.  Please join us to discuss possible ideas for new uses of the North Green.

 

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Place: Green Room at the north side of the Corporation Yard, 1326 Allston Way 



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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