Councilmember Susan Wengraf
April Newsletter #88
April 4, 2021
Important Updates
==The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is progressing quickly.

==As of April 1, Alameda County and the City of Berkeley have opened up vaccine eligibility to all people ages 50+, regardless of medical condition and to 16+ with special medical conditions. See the state vaccine guidelines for details.

==It's important to understand that while you may be eligible to receive a vaccine, limited supply will determine how quickly you will be able to receive your shot. There will be a long backlog as demand will exceed supply.

==Sign up for notification of available appointments at many different places, as allocations of vaccine come from a variety of sources.

==A few appointments are available for April 8-9 here.

==Pharmacies that may be offering appointments for shots include:
==Pay attention to your email and act quickly when you receive a notification that you are eligible to make an appointment. 
==While you are waiting your turn to be vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands and follow public health orders.
Holocaust Remembrance Day Program
==I am writing to invite you to attend The City of Berkeley’s 18th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Program, honoring survivors and remembering all those who perished in the Holocaust.

==A central part of the program is a candle lighting ceremony in memory of loved ones who were murdered in the Holocaust.

The free program will take place
Thursday, April 8th, at 2PM.
Reserve your tickets now by clicking here.
Support for Solidarity against Anti-Asian Hate
==In support of people of Asian descent who have been increasingly subjected to violent, racist attacks, I introduced a resolution to the City Council on March 9th condemning Anti-Asian Hate and violence, that Council passed unanimously.

==Two weeks later, eight people were murdered in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian Americans. The anti-hate group Stop AAPI Hate has reported almost 4,000 incidents of anti-Asian hate incidents over the past 12 months. Most of the victims of these attacks have been elderly and women.
==We must stand united against the growing tide of anti-Asian hate that harms members of our community and threatens the foundation of our democracy.

==Let us celebrate our common humanity, stand against the violence and hateful rhetoric, and commit to keeping all members of our community safe.

==Please respond to this survey in order to gather critical  information about anti-Asian American hate in Berkeley, as well as to help us organize follow up actions.
==The area that I represent in Berkeley is home to two campuses of Zaytuna College, the first accredited Musilim liberal arts college in the United States.

==I want to send warmest wishes to all the Muslims in our district and across the Bay Area who are observing Ramadan.

==Ramadan is the holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal for Muslims worldwide, and is observed with fasting, increased prayer, and faithful intention.

==This holy time is also spent focusing on charitable work, increased time in spiritual worship, and donating money to feed those in need.

==Bay Area Muslims are a part of the fabric of our community and are recognized for their contributions, rich cultural heritage, and wide diversity that they bring to our community. This Ramadan, we are reminded that our freedom to worship benefits us all and should be celebrated.

==Let us come together and recognize that faith, good deeds, and diversity in worship is a beautiful thing.
This is an important new message from AC Alert

==Starting in April 15, 2021, AC Alert will no longer use text messaging or voice calls as a means of providing non-emergency notifications, such as red flag warnings and local traffic alerts.  Henceforth all non-emergency AC Alert notifications will be sent to subscribers via email and the Everbridge app only.

==These changes are being implemented due to recent increases in the fees associated with mass texting and voice calling, which have made it cost prohibitive to continue using them as a means of delivering non-emergency information to AC Alert subscribers. 
==These changes will not apply to emergency alerts. In the event of an emergency, AC Alert will continue to use all available contact paths in our efforts to alert those who may be impacted.
==If you want to receive non-emergency notifications from AC Alert, and you don’t have the Everbridge app and/or an email address attached to your AC Alert profile, please do the following:

  1. Login to your account by going to and ensure that your account has at least one email address listed on your profile. 
  2. Download the Everbridge app from your mobile device’s app store. Once you have downloaded the app, search “AC Alert” or “Alameda County” to be able to login to your account. Once you have logged in, you will receive these messages via the app.

To download the Everbridge App:
  • for Apple users please click here.
  • for Android users please click here.

==For tips on using the app or registering an email address, click here. Under “Resources” you will find these clickable links: “Other AC Alert Materials” and “How to Find AC Alert in the Everbridge App”.

If you would like to edit the way you receive these messages, please LOGIN to your account to manage your information
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Susan Wengraf
Berkeley City Council District 6
(510) 981-7160