News March 2018
Berkeley Considers – The City adopts Peak Democracy, an online civic engagement tool, for citizens to weigh-in on policy issues. Are we using it the right way?
Through the advocacy of Livable Berkeley and other civic organizations, the City launched Peak Democracy’s online civic engagement platform under the brand, Berkeley Considers. Over 150 cities in North America use this tool to hear from citizens on policy issues, budgeting and other critical local issues. Check out Peak Democracy’s website and see how other cities use this great citizen engagement tool, and compare that to how we use it in the City of Berkeley (link). We think it’s great that the City launched Berkeley Considers, but we want the City to use is for Berkeley’s most material issues. Email the Council with your ideas about what issues the City should post on Berkeley Considers, or other ways we might use Berkeley Considers to promote citizen engagement and better decision making. See More
North Berkeley BART Housing Proposal Triggers Hailstorm of Comments
A recent tweet by Mayor Jesse Arreguin noting that it’s time to build housing in the parking lot at North Berkeley BART, triggered a hailstorm of comments on NextDoor and Berkeleyside. EBFE (East Bay for Everyone, an active pro housing group) jumped in with comments and recommendations for what they believed to be the right direction for new housing on this BART parking lot, including a 30+ story high rise. Other commenters demonized anyone who wanted housing there. Livable Berkeley believes that near transit locations are the right places for dense, well-massed housing, and that it’s possible to integrate that housing into existing neighborhoods. Others agree. Check out this thoughtfully written opinion piece on Berkeleyside: Housing at North Berkeley BART Read More
Commute over the Water
Skip the traffic jams! Tideline Ferry now provides small ferry commuter service between Berkeley and San Francisco. Tideline departs from K dock in the Berkeley Marina and arrives at pier 1-1/2 in 20 minutes! Give this uncongested alternative to the Berkeley/San Francisco commute a try. Email the Council to support transportation alternatives. Read More
Ford GoBike in the East Bay
Bike sharing is taking off in the East Bay. Berkeley now has five locations for Ford GoBike, making it easier to take short trips and to get to BART. Email the council to support bike sharing. Read More
Speeding-Up Bike Travel to UC Berkeley – Safely
New bike and bus lanes are now complete on Bancroft Way, facilitating safe two- way bike transit along the edge of the UC campus. We’d like to see more bike friendly streets in Berkeley. Email the Council to articulate your support for bike friendly streets. Read More
Livable Berkeley Meet-Up
Have a drink and share some guacamole and chips.
Thursday, March 29
Livable Berkeley will be holding an informal get together at Comal in Downtown Berkeley. Meet members and learn more about our mission to make the Berkeley community more “livable” by promoting policies that create positive change in housing, transportation, environmental stewardship and more.
Creating a sustainable, equitable, and vibrant Berkeley requires many diverse perspectives. Livable Berkeley believes that through collaboration and teamwork, we can meet this challenge head-on. If you support our mission and are interested in becoming a member please visit our website or Facebook page. Thank you for your continued support in creating a more livable community.