Councilmember Susan Wengraf  
Councilmember Susan Wengraf

Newsletter #20 


April, 2012

    Welcome to my Spring 2012 Newsletter!  I hope you are enjoying the fine weather after the dramatic thunderstorm we experienced last week.


    It seems that our part of town is plagued by increased property crime. I have received emails from constituents throughout the hills regarding car break-ins, car thefts and home burglaries.  I left a pair of muddy shoes and an umbrella on my porch and the next morning they were gone.  It seems there are people roaming around the hills looking for anything and everything that they can steal.


    What can we do about the crime? Let us be vigilant.  Leave nothing of value in your cars.  If you have a garage, park your vehicle in it.  Illuminate the exterior of your homes.  If street trees are obscuring street lights, call 311 and request that the trees be trimmed.  And please, call 981-5900 and report all crimes that have occurred.  It is important that the police have this data, not only to help catch the thief, but also because crime stats may influence the size and staffing of the police beat.


    I have been hearing concerns about Police staffing and also about Fire and Emergency response staffing levels and protocol. In response, I have requested that Chief Pryor and the Fire Marshall explain how the Fire Department functions and how Measure GG funds are being used. Please come prepared to ask any other questions you may have at a Town Hall on May 3rd at Northbrae Church (see announcement below). 


    The next few months are very busy.  I have included events of interest that are happening in the next few weeks that are open to the public and free.






  Included in this newsletter is information about:

  1. Women's suffrage 
  2. Holocaust Remembrance Day 
  3. BPD Meet & Greet 
  4. Fire & emergency response 
  5. Sudden Oak Death study 
  6. Important numbers 
suffrageCelebrate Women's Suffrage  in California 



When:  Wednesday, April 18, 2012. 12:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  See the Schedule for more details.


Where:  Berkeley City College atrium and auditorium, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley.  Everyone is invited to join in for this final event in Berkeley's eight-month celebration of the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in California.  Meet current and former elected women from Berkeley.  See a new film by Martha Wheelock, "California Women Win the Vote."  


What:  Celebrating Berkeley Elected Women, hosted by the League of Women Voters Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville and the Berkeley Historical Society


 The event will be free, open to all and wheelchair accessible.


Co-sponsors of the group include Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, Council Members Linda Maio and Susan Wengraf, Assembly Member Nancy Skinner, State Senator Loni Hancock, and Berkeley Community College President Betty Inclan.


Please see the schedule of events. For more information, contact the League of Women Voters, or the Berkeley Historical Society.  


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HRDHolocaust Remembrance Day in Berkeley  


The City of Berkeley will sponsor the 10th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event this year with special guests Robert Pave and Nelly Cesana as Survivor Honorees, and Marta Fuchs, author of the recently published book Legacy of Rescue: A Daughter's Tribute.  Musical performances by Cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak, Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, and Kol Hadov.  The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at 2121 Allston Way will host the event on Sunday, April 22 at 12 noon.


The theme, established by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., is "Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue." Observances of Holocaust Remembrance Day will take place across the country during the week of April 15-22nd with candle lightings, speakers and readings. Berkeley's program is honored to have the participation of two distinguished survivors this year.  

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BPD"Check In with Berkeley Police" from Byron White

The four Area Commanders in the City of Berkeley Police Department are participating in a series of informal community outreach gatherings at local restaurants, coffee shops, etc throughout the city.  Our hope is to have these informal gatherings a couple of times a month to have an open and continued dialogue with the community.  The informal gatherings do not have a specific focus and offer us all a chance to "check-in" with each other.


On Wednesday April 25th, the Area Commander for Area 1-Lieutenant Schofield will attend "Off the Grid" at Shattuck and Rose Street for an informal meeting with anyone who wishes to speak with us. We both plan to be there from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.


If you are unable to meet with us on April 25th, don't worry-this is just the first of many gatherings we are looking forward to having in the future.

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FireConcerned About Fire & Emergency Response?


Fire Chief Pryor

What:   Community Meeting on Fire Prevention and Emergency Response

When:  Thursday, May 3, 2012. 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Northbrae Community Church, Parlor Room. 941 The Alameda 


Please meet the Chief of the Berkeley Fire Department, Debra Pryor, and several other members of the Berkeley FIre Department for a community conversation about fire safety, emergency response, staffing and disaster preparedness in districts 5 & 6.  There will be plenty of time for questions

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SODSudden Oak Death  

What:    Volunteer Effort to Track Sudden Oak Death Infestation

When:   1:00p.m. Saturday, April 28 through Sunday April 29, 2012

Where: Training on UC Campus, various East Bay locations


Sudden Oak Death, the fungus-like water mold that is devastating Coast Live Oaks, is present in several parts of the Berkeley Hills and almost certainly made significant advances due to 2011's late spring rains.


Please sign up at to help with this year's "bioblitz" survey tracking the pathogen.  You can survey where you like, including your own back yard.  Organizers also are glad to suggest routes.  You can take a 1-hour training on the UC Berkeley campus or find other training sessions around the bay at UC Berkeley SODBLITZ information website.


After laboratory analysis, results are announced on the web and at public meetings in fall.


No cure for Sudden Oak Death has been found. But according to Dr. Matteo Garbelotto of UC Berkeley, who organizes the surveys throughout the Bay Area, "residents with confirmed local SOD infections in their neighborhood can in fact protect their trees from becoming infected rather inexpensively."


For more information on SOD generally, go to For information on the surveys, contact the Garbelotto lab at the UC Berkeley SODBLITZ information website.


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numbersImportant Numbers  


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                          911


From a cell phone                  981-5911


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




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Susan Wengraf
Berkeley City Council District 6
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