Dear Friends and Neighbors,
==Last Tuesday night, I introduced a resolution to the Berkeley City Council to immediately address the danger of fireworks and other bad behaviors on Grizzly Peak Blvd. I called for a collaborative approach of all agencies and jurisdictions involved in the Grizzly Peak lookouts. The item was passed unanimously by the Berkeley City Council.
==On Wednesday, the following day, I received an email asking me to attend a meeting on Thursday, hosted by Oakland City Administrator, Joe DeVries. When I logged on to the meeting, I was astonished. In attendance were representatives from East Bay Regional Parks, Oakland Police, Oakland Fire, Berkeley Police, UC Police, Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb, Lisa Jacobs, Laurie McWhorter, and me.
==Why was I astonished? Because within 48 hours of my resolution passing, and after talking directly with representatives of several of the jurisdictions involved, all the major players were at the table, cooperating, discussing the problem, proposing a short-term plan and some long-term solutions.
==For your information, I am including a summary of the action that was taken on Friday night, written by the Oakland Assistant Fire Marshall. A similar operation took place on Saturday night.
==I am also including an advisory message from the Kensington Police Department about illegal fireworks in the Grizzly Peak Area.
==The group will continue to meet on a regular basis for the foreseeable future.
==Thank you to all the residents who informed us of their concerns about this very dangerous situation. Your voices were heard and as a result, effective action is being taken.
==Please be safe and take care,