Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Your health and safety are my top priority. Today we received news of the first confirmed "community spread" COVID-19 case in Berkeley. What does this mean and why is it important?

Community spread means the source of the infection is unknown. The patient had not traveled or been in contact with anyone who was sick. So it is apparent that the COVID-19 virus is in our community.

That is why it is essential that you stay at home and if you go out, observe the social distancing standard of 6 feet of separation. Many people have emailed me describing situations in grocery stores and parks where social distancing is being ignored. PLEASE, follow the protocols .

All of us are at risk now. Although people over 60 are at greater risk of severe symptoms, epidemiologists are also seeing younger adults get very sick.

We are all facing major adjustments in our daily routines. Staying in the house for many days is a challenge. Being isolated from friends and family is really difficult. But the sacrifices that we make today will leave us all stronger and in better health tomorrow.
Please cooperate with the Executive Order and stay at home . For a comprehensive list of FAQs about the Shelter In Place, see here .

What will Berkeley be like when we come out of this nightmare? It's hard to say, but I do know that Berkeley's small businesses and restaurants, performance venues, and the artists and workers that make Berkeley so vibrant and special are all suffering financially. It is excruciatingly painful for me to hear their personal stories. The City is trying to help the most vulnerable as much as we can.

In that spirit the Mayor and City Council established a $3 million dollar Relief Fund and are launching a LIVE RELIEF FUND effort on Sunday, March 22 at 3pm, hosted by Mayor Arreguin and MC'd by author Michael Lewis. Please open your hearts and pockets and give generously to this fund to help our merchants, restaurateurs, performing artists, and vulnerable tenants. More information is here .

Also in this newsletter is some information about parking regulations and transit changes.
Please call 510 981-7160 with your questions. Although my staff and I are working from our respective homes, we are checking our office machine twice daily and will get back to you within 24 hours.

Take care and be well,
Susan Wengraf 
Berkeley Relief Fund
Please Join In
for a Live Online Launch of
The Berkeley Relief Fund

SUNDAY, MARCH 22 @ 3PM

Hosted by Mayor Arreguín &
Author Michael Lewis

The Berkeley City Council has set aside $3 million for emergency relief grants to small businesses, arts organizations and residential tenants hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We invite the community to match this amount in donations to support Berkeley organizations and individuals in need.
All donations are tax deductible. Funds will be used only for
COVID-19 emergency grants, managed by the City of Berkeley. Visit www.berkeleyrelieffund.org for more information.
Parking Enforcement
The City of Berkeley will not issue citations related to parking meters, time limited parking, school zones, or residential permit parking.

However, enforcement will continue for parking violations that impact public safety or impede access to essential services, including:

  • red curbs and fire hydrants
  • disabled parking blue zones
  • street sweeping
  • yellow zones in commercial areas
  • double parking
  • bus stops

Enforcement of prohibitions on parking in construction zones and driveways is by complaint only.

Street sweeping will continue as scheduled. Please adhere to parking rules for street sweeping.
BART Change to Hours
Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, BART will provide service Monday-Friday from 5am-9pm (currently service is 5am-midnight). Current weekday train frequency will remain.

Starting Saturday March 28, 2020, Saturday and Sunday service will be from 8am-9pm (currently Saturday service is 6am-midnight and Sunday is 8am-midnight). Current weekend train frequency will remain.
Emergency Notifications
AC Alert  will be Berkeley's primary emergency alerting system for the public. It is one of the tools the City of Berkeley uses to communicate emergency information and instructions to the community. AC Alert can send:
  • Voice alerts to phones
  • SMS text messages
  • Email
  • TTY/TDD messages
   Listed AT&T "land lines" are automatically included to receive voice messages from AC Alert for emergency warnings. Community members must  sign up  to receive voice or text alerts on cell phones, VoIP phones, unlisted phones, TTY/TDDs or through email.

   If you want to receive emergency alerts and updates,  sign up  for AC Alert.
311
  • Need a new refuse can?
  • Have a favorite pothole you want filled?
  • Want to report illegal dumping?

CALL 311
Susan Wengraf
Berkeley City Council District 6
(510) 981-7160