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Councilmember Susan Wengraf   
Councilmember Susan Wengraf

Newsletter #52


September, 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

    Fall is here and political campaigns are in full swing. Exercising you right to vote is particularly important this year. If you have any doubts about whether or not you are registered to vote, you can find out by following the links at the bottom of this newsletter.

    I have written about several programs that benefit our climate change goals: solar installations at a discount, disposal of hazardous waste, and a prototype green house in our neighborhood.
Please take a moment to check out the information, which I think you will find relevant and useful. For example, I am exploring the advantages of the "Solar Shares" program because the lease on my electric vehicle is up soon and the discounts on a new leased EV seem favorable using this offer.

    The Crime Report presents a good picture, but remember that this is only through June, 2016. In our hills neighborhood, residents have reported car break-ins, mail and package thefts, and home burglaries. With many residents installing security cameras, we are getting excellent images of the perpetrators and video of how they operate. The police department is collecting all of these photos and videos and analyzing the information. I have confidence that these criminals will be caught. Reporting each incident is crucial to the way the Police Department allocates its resources, so please take the time to report even minor offenses.

    Let's not make it easy for these criminals. Please do not leave anything of value in your car. Make sure your doors and windows are locked when you leave home or at night. If you are going out of town make arrangements for your mail to be collected by a neighbor or put a hold on delivery with the USPS. Feeling safe in our community is essential to the quality of life that we all expect. Your safety is my number one priority.

My best,

Susan Wengraf
Included in this newsletter is information about:
coyotesWarning: Coyotes

    Cat owners be warned! There are packs of coyotes coming down from Tilden in the middle of the night, hunting for felines. If you have a cat, please make sure it stays indoors or in a protected outdoor area at night. A resident with security cameras recently sent me these photos.

2 Coyotes
crimeCrime Report
Crime report   
 The City Council has requested semi-annual crime reports on Part One crime, which includes: homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny and arson.

    You can read the most recent report here. It compares data for January through June of 2016 with stats from 2012 through 2015.

wasteHazardous Waste Drop Off
Hazardous waste

Register Online to Reserve a Time

    On Sunday October 2, residents can dispose of household hazardous waste at Golden Gate Fields in Albany.   Register online for a drop off appointment time between 9am and 1pm. Identification is required. The event, which is being coordinated by in partnership with the City of Berkeley Zero Waste Division, is open only to Alameda County residents

    To speed up the drop-off, fill out the  Waste Delivery Form which will be emailed to you and bring it with you to the drop-off location, which is accessed only from the Buchanan Street Off-Ramp from Interstate 80.

    If you cannot make the one-day event, find a drop-off location that's convenient to you.

What's OK to bring:
  • Paint: Stain, Shellac, Solvents, Thinners, Additives, Oil Paint, Latex Paint
  • Auto: Fuel, Waxes, Batteries, Additives, Motor Oil, Oil Filters, Antifreeze
  • Garden: Sprays, Fertilizers, Ant Traps, Pesticides, Herbicides, Rat Poison, Gopher Bait
  • Adhesives: Putty, Caulk, Epoxy, Mortar, Stucco, Uncured Cement Powder, Wood Glue
  • Electronics:  Televisions, Computers, Telephones, Stereo Equipment, Microwaves, Thermostats, Ballasts for Fluorescent Lamps, Digital Clocks, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, Cathode Ray Tubes
  • Miscellaneous: Fluorescent Bulbs, Household Batteries, Needles & Other Sharps, Most Prescription Medicine & Drugs including Controlled Substances, Acids & Caustics, Bleach & Cleaners, Photo Chemicals, Pool Chemicals, Propane
Items that require special packaging:

    Needles & Other Sharps - must be packaged in FDA-approved sharps disposal containers that are made with puncture and leak-resistant plastic.

    Medicine & Drugs - old, expired or unneeded prescription and non-prescription drugs and controlled substances. Pills should be poured out into Ziploc bags (it protects your privacy and lowers our cost). It's OK to mix all your pills in one bag (except for controlled substances - leave them in the original containers with the drug name visible). Liquids and creams: leave in their original container and secure caps/lids, black out any personally identifying information.

What's NOT OK to bring:

    Explosives, radioactives, most compressed gases. Asbestos, railroad ties or treated wood. For disposal options search Recycle Where? or call Altamont Landfill (925) 449-6349.

    Questions? Call 800-606-6606.
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greenGreen Open House
    Want to make your home more comfortable, healthier, and safer while receiving up to $6,500 in energy efficiency rebates? Attend this free green open house on 10/2 in Berkeley to learn how the owners qualified for $3,572 in energy efficiency rebates!

Green open house
    Experts from Ultimate Home Performance & StopWaste will lead tours highlighting the home improvements and show attendees how a home energy audit is conducted.

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sunSunShares Solar & Electric Car Discounts
Solar rooftop  
    The City of Berkeley has teamed up with the nonprofit BC3 (Business Council on Climate Change) and other Bay Area cities and organizations to launch an exciting new solar and electric vehicle group-purchasing (bulk buy) program for homeowners.

    Called "Bay Area SunShares", the program pools the buying power of individual participants to get more competitive pricing from solar companies and electric vehicle dealerships, making going green easier and more affordable than ever for residents.

    Bay Area SunShares is a limited-time opportunity that launches in August and runs until early November! In addition, the federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit is still available, providing an additional incentive of up to 30% off the installed cost of the PV system. This tax credit has been extended to December 31, 2021.

    So, take the challenge and sign up with Bay Area SunShares beginning August 10, 2016 through November 4, 2016 to receive a no cost, no obligation solar site evaluation, a discount code for participating electric vehicle dealerships, and more information.

voteRegister to Vote!
I want U 2 vote

Click on the links below for information about voter registration.



Susan Wengraf
Berkeley City Council District 6
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