City Council District 5
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February 4, 2013

In this issue:

A Note from Councilmember Capitelli
Teachers and Students: BUSD Art Exhibit
Family Art Day
Be Prepared: CERT Citywide Exercise
Preparedness Goal for February 2013
Berkeley Main Post Office
MTC Summer Internships for High School Students
Berkeley Police Update
Buying Bullets Shouldn’t Be Easy
City Contacts and Resources

A Note From Councilmember Capitelli

Dear District 5 Neighbors,

I don’t know if any of you had a moment to see the Governor’s State of the State address last week. Though not an eloquent speaker, Governor Brown certainly conveyed an almost infectious love of California, portraying our home state as a place of beauty, tenacity and innovation. According to the governor, California has faced its immediate fiscal demons but needs to remain disciplined and prudent in order to return to its former greatness.

By Contrast, the City Council’s first meeting of 2013 was a bit more sobering. Berkeley has not fully recovered from the economic downturn. The budget shortfalls in the FY 2014 and FY 2015 Budget Forecast as presented by the City Manager clearly indicate that. On February 19 at the Council Worksession, the City Manager will present her staff’s report of Projections of Future Liabilities. Between the two documents, the City Council will have a comprehensive picture of the challenges ahead. I look forward to working with a small group of concerned Berkeley citizens and my colleagues to chart a responsible course for the future.

The City’s immediate economic situation will no doubt color the decisions the City Council will make about almost everything. But we cannot simply slash and burn. We have to simultaneously embrace what is beautiful, tenacious and innovative about Berkeley in order to restart our local economic engine.

To that extent, I am committed to the continued revitalization of the Downtown and our neighborhood commercial districts; to developing new public gathering spaces; to encouraging new business activity; to making it easier for small locally-owned businesses to come to Berkeley; to improving street access for bikes, pedestrians and transit.

In his speech, Governor Brown also emphasized how investment in education was critical to California’s future. Though the City Council does not oversee our public schools, the City does provide services and programs for young people. My goal is to evaluate and realign existing programs for the youngest among us, to insure that all children start school healthy and ready to learn. Success early in school is an indicator of success later in school – a prudent investment in their future and ours.


Laurie Capitelli
Berkeley City Council, District 5

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Teachers and Students
BUSD Art Exhibit

What: Berkeley Unified School District K – 8 Visual Art by Teachers and Students
When: February 9 to March 24, 2013
Where: Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St. Berkeley in Live Oak Park

Celebrate and honor Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) K-8 visual arts! This year the exhibition features the work of teachers and students side by side in an exploration of mentorship and relationship. Participating Berkeley schools include Berkeley Arts Magnet, Cragmont, Emerson, Jefferson, King, Le Conte, Longfellow, Oxford, Malcolm X, Washington, and Willard. Join us for this celebration of arts education in our community!

For more information go to the Berkeley Art Center.

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Family Art Day
at Berkeley Art Center

What: Drop-in Art-making Day. Free.
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013. 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St. Berkeley in Live Oak Park

Enjoy a range of art activities for all ages, led by BUSD teachers in Berkeley Art Center's beautiful gallery space and reception patio. Light snacks and beverages provided. Program offered free of charge to the general public, no reservations required, simply drop-in for a fun afternoon for the whole family!

The Berkeley Art Center sincerely thanks the Rotary Club of Berkeley for their support of this exhibition and its related programs.

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Be Prepared:
CERT Citywide Exercise

What: A simulated 6.9 earthquake on the Hayward Fault
When: Saturday, April 27, 2013. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Where: Your neighborhood

The Berkeley CERT Citywide Exercise this April provides residents an opportunity to work with the City and their neighbors to take next steps in emergency preparedness. Some folks may be editing supplies and testing equipment already stashed, while other groups may be in the beginning stages of sharing contact information. Everything and anything you do advances the community, and you, closer to preparedness.

We will continue to promote this event through the month of April. There are flyers and banners available for residents and neighborhoods interested in doing outreach.

Registration is open NOW and is available to everyone. You can find the REGISTRATION link going through the CERT Exercise web site.

Questions? See the CERT flyer or email the Office of Emergency Services.

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My Preparedness Goal for February 2013

Last month I invited you to join me in doing one easy disaster preparedness activity thing each month in preparation for the April 27, 2013 CERT Citywide Exercise.

My Preparedness Goal for February 2013

Buy one gallon of water and two cans of food for my emergency stash. Store it in a place that will most likely be accessible in a disaster. Do this once a month for the rest of the year. For those of you who already have water and canned food stashed, establish one time each year when you rotate stock. Some folks give the food and water away during holiday food drives and then start over in the New Year.

For more information, go to the City’s Office of Emergency Services.

Do a small thing. Do it again. Make it a habit.

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Berkeley Main Post Office
City Council Subcommittee Meeting

What: Meeting of the Berkeley City Council Subcommittee Re: Berkeley Main Post Office
When: Tuesday, February 12, 2013. 6:00 p.m.
Where: City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The Post Office Subcommittee of the Berkeley City Council will be meeting to hear public comments and discuss possible recommendations regarding the potential sale of the Berkeley Main Post Office by the United States Postal Service. For more information see the meeting agenda.

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MTC Summer Internships
for High School Students

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission 2013 High School Summer Internship Program is now open and accepting student applications online. Approximately 38 internships will be available throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The pay rate is $10.55 per hour. Each internship will last up to a maximum of 250 hours. Students may work full-time or part-time, for up to 10 weeks, between June 19 and August 30, 2013.

The purpose of the program is to:

  • Promote interest in transportation as a potential career;
  • Help students understand the role of transportation agencies in the community, county and region;
  • Provide skill-building and enrichment opportunities during all phases of the program; and
  • Provide assistance to our partner transportation agencies.

Interested tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students are invited to apply now.

For more information about the program and how to apply, go to MTC High School Internship Program.

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Berkeley Police Department Update

This month we received the first in “an occasional Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Newsletter focusing on crime trends and significant events occurring throughout the city.” The twelve-page, Neighborhood Update provides updates on local crime activities, best crime-prevention practices and resources for residents who want to track crime in their own neighborhoods.

For some time, District 5 residents have benefitted from regular Area Coordinator newsletters. The department has expanded the program in order to provide consistent information for all Berkeley residents.

To get a complete view of crimes happening in your neighborhood, visit BPD’s Crime View Community— or

If you wish to receive the BPD newsletter directly, please send an Email to

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Buying Bullets Shouldn’t Be Easy
Assembly Bill 48

“Today in California, it's easier to buy bullets than to buy alcohol, cigarettes or certain cold medicines. Sales of some cold medicines are reported to the Department of Justice but not ammunition sales. We expect to show ID to buy alcohol or tobacco, but there is no such requirement for bullets. Bullets, the very thing that makes a gun deadly, should not be easier to buy than alcohol or cigarettes”. Nancy Skinner

After the Newtown shootings in December, many of you have contacted this office about next steps in curbing gun violence. Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D – Assembly District 15) has recently introduced legislation that will regulate the sale of bullets in much the same way California already regulates the sale of guns.

She expects an uphill battle so she is reaching out to the community for support. If you are interested, please see AB 48 – Bulletproofing Communities.

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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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