Neighborhood News Roundup

Hi Neighbors! The holiday lights are going up around the neighborhood making it look rather wintery out there, even through the fog. While you enjoy their glow, here’s some notes on neighborhood happenings:
– December CalJulia Potluck (Sat, Dec 17)
– South Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Fair (Thurs, Dec 8)
– Biofuel Oasis 8th Anniversary Party (Sat, Dec 3)
– Rabies Alert
– Update on 2951 Sacramento
– Online Resources
Saturday, December 17th
@ 2956 California Street
No meeting this month. Instead, swing by Zach, Sofia, Molly, & Clara’s house to share in good food, winter holiday cheer, and to continue the warm-fuzzy good-neighbor vibe that’s been brewing since this summer. Bring food to share. Kids are welcome!
We won’t be able to put out flyers this month, so please spread the word to your neighbors!
Thursday, December 8th,
@ South Berkeley Senior Center (Ellis and Ashby)
Sponsored by the South Berkeley Neighbors Group & Max Anderson:
Drop by anytime in a relaxed atmosphere for 5 or 10 minutes or more and get informed on………
>how to prepare yourself & all around you
>how to get further tips & training
>what to prepare [Go-Kits, Caches, etc.]
>how to make your family/household safe
All ages are welcome, families especially
Saturday, December 3rd
12:00pm – 5:00pm
@ Biofuel Oasis (Ashby and Sacramento)
One of our local businesses is celebrating on Saturday. If you haven’t sampled their products, this is a great time to see what else they sell (besides Biofuel). As they say:
“Celebrate another year of local, sustainable fuels with fun family activities, reduced prices on biodiesel, and taste tests of the great local honey that Biofuel Oasis offers.”
A bat infected with rabies was found in Berkeley this fall. This prompted a rash of warnings about interactions with wildlife, and how to protect our selves, our kids, and our pets. covered it pretty well with their article (link below), including reminders to vaccinate our pets, don’t mess with wildlife (dead or alive), and use common sense:
The majority of our meeting in November was spent discussing the property at the corner of Julia & Sacramento. We assembled committees that are steadily working on gathering information on the property and it’s history and will formulate a plan to move forward. Notes from that meeting will be available soon. In the mean time we’re waiting for the results of a public records request to the City regarding that property. Anyone interested in more information can contact me directly.
We’re lucky these days to have so many resources online, but sometimes it can be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for. The CalJulia website has a list of some of the most relevant links and phone numbers for our neighborhood. Check it out and let me know if you have any to add!
click on “Links & Phone Numbers“, above.
The most useful link I’ve found is the City’s Online Service Center.
On this site you can fill out a form to deal with most common neighborhood issues – such as reporting graffiti, illegal dumping, missed trash pickup, etc. Or, just as easily, you can call 311 (or 981-CITY) for the same services. I’ve found that reported illegally dumped items are picked up within a day, and graffiti is cleaned up within about a week.

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