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December 4, 2013

In this issue:

A Note from Councilmember Capitelli
Downtown Tree Lighting
Toys for Tots
Shop Berkeley
Holiday Toy Drive
Snow? In Berkeley?
Santa on Solano Avenue
Youth Clipper Card
City Contacts and Resources

Holiday Greetings
From the District 5 Office

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What: Downtown Berkeley Tree Lighting Celebration
When: Friday, December 6th. 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza

Celebrate the holidays at the Downtown Berkeley Tree Lighting with family-friendly festivities! Enjoy fresh baked goods from Paris Baguette and Almare Gelato’s famous hot chocolate. Listen to live holiday music by Berkeley Community Chamber Singers and get a preview performance of Dance on Center’s Nutcracker. Kids can create holiday art with Habitot Children’s Museum (supplies donated by East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse).

There will even be a visit from Santa Claus, so bring a camera to take a picture with the whole family!

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The City of Berkeley Police and Fire Departments (BPD & BFD) are teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corp Foundation for the annual TOYS FOR TOTS Program. Each year toys are given to Berkeley children who might not otherwise receive any toys during the holidays. It is expected that members of BPD will give over 3000 new toys to youth during this year's event.

The goal of the program is to deliver a message of hope to youngsters whose families are in need and to support each of them in becoming responsible, productive community members and future leaders.

People wishing to support TOYS FOR TOTS are invited to drop off new unwrapped toys at any of the City of Berkeley Fire Stations and the Ronald Tsukamoto Public Safety Building.

For more information about Berkeley’s program, or to find out how to register as a qualifying family by December 14, go to Berkeley Police Department’s Toys for Tots.

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Buy Local Berkeley

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The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is collecting toys for the BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency) Children's Program daily through December 16th (drop off hours are 10-4 daily at their offices at 1834 University Avenue, Berkeley). New and gently used toys are welcome! On December 16th from 5 – 6 PM we will be saying "Thank you" to anyone who donated and will have coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to share.

The BOSS Children's Learning Center (CLC) is a specialized after-school program located on site at Ursula Sherman Village in West Berkeley. It provides daily after-school services and a nurturing place for the homeless children who live there, most of whom have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, family substance abuse, and other crises. The program’s goal is to address the children’s health and emotional needs, and begin working on behavioral issues, socialization, and academic progress.

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In Berkeley?

What: Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto.
When: Sunday, December 8. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Rain date Saturday, December 14)
Where: 1673 Shattuck Avenue.

Bring your boots and mittens! There will be pony rides, cider and cookies, craft making, a visit from the Snow Queen . . . and of course real snow.

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Youth Clipper Cards

Citing it as an unnecessary obstacle, the AC Transit Board of Directors has eliminated the requirement for a photo ID on the AC Transit Youth Clipper card. It means it is now easier for youths between the ages of five and 18 to get a Clipper Card-- and the discounts it offers-- without having to come to AC Transit headquarters to apply for one.

Instead, AC Transit youth riders may now apply for a Youth Clipper card by mail, email or fax, and then receive a registered Youth Clipper card in the mail. If they wish to obtain a Youth card the same day, they can still come to the Customer Service Center at 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland, Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

For complete details about the Clipper Card please visit Clipper Card, AC Transit, call Clipper Customer Service at 877-878-8883, or visit AC Transit’s Customer Service Centers, 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland.

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City Contacts and Resources

Listed below are important city phone numbers to keep close by:

Laurie Capitelli, District 5 Office


Tom Bates, Office of the Mayor


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


From a cell phone


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

On Line Service Center
or dial 311

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