A Note From Councilmember Capitelli
Dear District 5 Neighbors,
The increasingly short days of September not only signal the beginning of school, but also of immanent election campaigning, Indian summer, and a seasonal round of block parties and neighborhood potlucks. I am fortunate to be invited to many neighborhood events in District 5, and to have the opportunity to discuss local problems, concerns and upcoming legislative issues with concerned neighbors.
I asked one block organizer if there were any specific topics I should be prepared to discuss, and his response was, "Recycling theft, car/home burglaries, traffic control, shutting down Helios . . . who knows." In other words, he and his neighbors are concerned about personal and public safety, and the viability and live-ability of our fair City. These are certainly my priorities as your representative.
I look forward to having these conversations each year. It is up to all of us to envision the City we want and to share that vision with our neighbors. It is up to the City Council to listen and to prioritize our limited resources in order to keep it all moving in the right direction.
In that spirit . . .
The season's biggest block party is Sunday, September 12. I will be manning a booth at the Solano Stroll with Mayor Bates and members of our respective staffs. Please stop by. My staff and I will be asking folks to complete a short survey about Solano Avenue. Information form the survey will be used to inform me and the Solano Avenue Association about future amenities for the Avenue. You will also have the opportunity to take the survey on line. We'll send you the link soon.
Please read below about our next Community Meeting. Our special guest will be Fire Chief Deborah Pryor who will be talking about fire safety and disaster preparedness. The City staff will be on hand to explain our new candidate election procedure; Ranked Choice Voting.
Don't forget: November 2 is Election Day. District 5 residents will be facing state measures and candidates, several local measures and candidates for Rent Stabilization Board and School Board. (Mayor and Council districts 2, 3, 5, 6 are up in 2012.) Several very important local policy measures will be on the ballot including a plan for Downtown Berkeley and a revision of the 2008 approved citizen's initiative (Measure J) that allowed a certain number of medicinal cannabis dispensaries. At the October 13 community meeting, Councilmember Wengraf and I will give an overview of these important measures, and will answer questions. I hope you review these measures carefully, particularly within the context of public safety and economic opportunity.
I have been honored by my peers on the Council who have elected me to represent the City's interests on the newly formed Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC). A hybrid of the Alameda County Congestion Management Authority (ACCMA) and the Alameda County Transportation Authority (ACTA), ACTC is charged with reviewing and funding transportation and transit projects for Alameda County through the Measure B gasoline tax proceeds. I look forward to this challenge and to spearheading the approval and realization of important local projects.
So enjoy the upcoming warm weather. I hope to see you many of you at the Stroll or a neighborhood potluck. I'll bring the hot dish.
Berkeley City Council, District 5
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