The members of Neighbors for Fire Safety wish to give public thanks to the Berkeley City Council for its 6-0 vote on July 16 in support of the new Hills Fire Station at 3000 Shasta Road.
Mayor Shirley Dean, Vice Mayor Shirek and councilmembers Breland, Hawley, Maio and Olds voted to uphold the Zoning Adjustments Board ruling on the variances and use permit for construction of the station. We applaud them for helping Berkeley to achieve this important life/safety goal.
At the meeting, a broad consensus of grassroots support was evident with many residents representing different Berkeley neighborhoods speaking in favor of the Fire Station. Compare that with the handful of comments from opponents.
In addition, hundreds of concerned residents had signed letters written to the Mayor and City Council indicating overwhelming community support for the project.
We hope that the next steps in the process can be achieved expeditiously so that construction can begin before another fire season is upon us.
Collin Murphy, Barbara Allen, Juliann Beckendorf, Trudy Washburn, and 23 other members of Neighbors for Fire Safety