The Berkeley Activist's Calendar: Feb. 3-10

Kelly Hammargren, Sustainable Berkeley Coalition
Saturday February 02, 2019 - 10:11:00 PM

Worth Noting:

City Council Tuesday Presentation on Wildfire Safety Planning is a must attend – Consider: a wildfire in Wildcat Canyon could burn down Kensington in 8 minutes., Berkeley could go up in an hour. If you own a car, did you know always parking facing the street might save your life or your neighbors’ in an emergency evacuation? There are steps to take to reduce fire risk. (See note and links at the end of this email)

Thursday is the East Bay Electrification Expo: Fight Climate Change in a clean energy home. The expo is free and pre-registration is recommended to participate in workshops 

Sunday, February 3, 2019 

No city meetings or events found 

Monday, February 4, 2019 

Agenda Committee, Monday, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, 2180 Milvia, 6th Floor Redwood Conf Room, Agenda: Planning for February 19, City Council Meeting 6. MOU $250,000 explore viability of ferry service and public recreation pier at Berkeley Marina 8. Sewer Rehabilitation, 9.&10. Fill vacancies in Human Welfare and Community action Commission, 14. Density Bonus, 15.16.&21. Cannabis 17. a.&b. Living Wage 18. Standby Officiers 19. a.&b. Vacant Properties assessment, 20. a.&b. prohibition of investing City funds in weapons vs limiting to gun manufacturers, 22. Declaring Homelessness a Sate of Emergency, 23. Close loophole for avoiding mitigation fee thru property line manipulation, 24. Analysis Zoning code to expand #units on lot – missing middle 

Children, Youth and Recreation Commission, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 2800 Park St, Frances Albrier Community Center at San Pablo Park, Agenda: Community agency Grant Review 

Peace and Justice Commission, 7:00 pm – 2180 Milvia, 1st Floor Cypress Room , Agenda: 10. Local Hazard Mitigation Plan 

Personnel Board, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 2180 Milvia, 6th Floor Redwood Conference Room, Agenda: Revision Aquatics Coordinator Classification, Extension Provisional Senior Management Analyst, Extension Temporary Director of Health, Housing and Community Services 

Tax the Rich Rally, Mon, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Rain Cancels Top of Solano in front of the closed Oaks theater (soon to be a climbing gym), 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 

Berkeley City Council, - Worksession 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, 1231 Addison Street, BUSD Board Room, Presentations: 1. Pedestrian Master Plan, 2. Small Business Support, 3. Wildfire Safety Planning 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 

Ad-Hoc Subcommittee on Climate Emergency, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, 2180 Milvia, 6th Floor Redwood Conf Room, Agenda: TBA 

Board of Library Trustees, 6:30 pm, 1901 Russell St, Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library, 

Commission on Disability, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, 2939 Ellis, South Berkeley Senior Center, Agenda: 5. Service Animals, 7. IKE Smart City Kiosks disability access, 8. Co-op Community Living proposal, E-Scooter, 2019 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan 

Community Health Commission – Policy Subcommittee, 3:30 pm, 2801 Telegraph, Mudrakers Café, Agenda: Review of current legislative items 

Planning Commission, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 1947 Center Street, Agenda: 10. Green Affordable Housing Package referral – Reduce/eliminate parking requirement for developments with affordable units, 11. Hazard Mitigation Plan, 12. Student Housing Letter 

Thursday, February 7, 2019 

East Bay Electrification Expo, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 3075 Adeline, Ed Roberts Campus, Expo is free, Fight Climate Change with a Clean Energy Home, demonstrations, latest advances in water heaters, heating/cooling systems, induction cooktop 

Cannabis Commission, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 2180 Milvia St, 6th Floor, Agenda: B. Cooperatives/collectives, D. Equity 

Housing Advisory Commission, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 2939 Ellis St, South Berkeley Senior Center, Agenda: 7. 2001 Ashby Predevelopment Loan, 9. Community Development Block grant, 11. Smoking Ban Multifamily Housing, 12. Establish Protocol for the Bi-Annual Housing Policy Report, 13. Student District Density Bonus 

Landmarks Preservation Commission, 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm, 1947 Center St, Multipurpose Room, Basement, Agenda: 5. Hazard Mitigation Plan 

1440 Hawthorne Terrace – Landmark or Structure of Merit, Marsh House and Gardens 

1450 Hawthorne Terrace - Landmark or Structure of Merit, Sperry-McLaughlin House and Gardens 

2580 Bancroft Way – Final Design Fred Turner Building 

1414 Walnut – Structural Alteration Permit 

Public Works Commission, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 1326 Allston Way, Willow Room, City of Berkeley Corporation Yard , Agenda: Not Posted 

Soulful African American History Celebration, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 1730 Oregon St, Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Center, 

Friday, February 8 2019 

Berkeley City Reduced Services Day 

Saturday, February 9, 2019 

No city meetings or events found 

Sunday, February 10, 2019 

No city meetings or events found 



Before the Disaster and Fire Safety Commission began on January 23, 2019, Fire Chief Brannigan was asked to comment on the rumor that the Fire Chief for Kensington had stated if there was a fire in Wildcat Canyon, Kensington could burn down in 8 minutes. Chief Brannigan’s response, “that sounds about right” He went on to explain embers carried by the wind can start a new fire a mile away. With climate change, fires are burning hotter, faster and more unpredictably. 


The Dec 30, 2018 LA Times article “Here’s how Paradise ignored warnings and became a deathtrap” includes references to the 1991 Oakland Berkeley Hills Firestorm. 



To Check For Regional Meetings with Berkeley Council Appointees 


The meeting list is also posted on the Sustainable Berkeley Coalition website. 


When notices of meetings are found that are posted after Friday 5:00 pm they are added to the website schedule and preceded by LATE ENTRY