Sather Gate at UC Berkeley

Sather Gate at UC Berkeley (photo by Louis Cuneo)

Telegraph's Organizations

The organizations around Telegraph Avenue are varied. The openness of the area is manifested by groups and agencies geared towards giving free treatments, services, or supplying people's needs.

Berkeley City govenment has a multitude of services that can easily be accessed by residents or visitors. Churches offer help, guidance and care. The campus offers many helpful services to its students.



City Officials and Offices

Mayor Tom Bates
2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel. 510.981.7100 FAX 510.981.7199
Office Hours: M - F 9 A.M - 5 P.M.

Councilman Kriss Worthington
City of Berkeley
2180 Milvia Street
Berkeley, California 94704
510.981.7170 FAX: 510. 981.7177

City Manager Phil Kamlarz
2180 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Office Hours: M - F 9 A.M - 5 P.M.

Police Department
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Office Hours: M - F 9 A.M - 5 P.M.
Berkeley Police Department

Fire Department
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Office Hours: M - F 9 A.M - 5 P.M.

City of Berkeley web site

City of Berkeley News page
City of Berkeley News

Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
2125 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
510.644.6128, TDD: 510.644.6915
Berkeley Rent Board

Berkeley Health & Human Services
2180 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Office Hours: M - F 9 A.M - 5 P.M.
Berkeley Health and Human Services

The place to call to find out about mental health services, senior programs, Worksource One-Stop Career Center & YouthWorks Employment Program

Berkeley Housing Department
2180 Milvia Stree
Berkeley, CA 94704
Office Hours: M - F 9 A.M - 5 P.M.
Berkeley Housing

Offers rental relocation information and financial help for low income tenants

Berkeley Parks, Recreation and Waterfront
2180 Milvia Street, Third Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
510.981.6700 FAX: 510.981.6710
Berkeley Parks & Marina

Berkeley Public Library
2121 Alston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Berkeley Public Works
2180 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Berkeley Public Works

For all maintenance issues (e.g. potholes, tree trimming, street lighting), refuse collection issues (e.g. fees, skipped pickups), recycling, & sewers.

Berkeley Transportation Office
1947 Center St., 3rd Floor
Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Transportation

A resouce covering bicycling, walking and parking in Berkeley. It has the maps & information for all of the modes of transportation and parking.

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Government Officials & Agencies


President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
202.456.1111 (comments)
202.456.1414 (switchboard)
FAX: 202.456.2461

US Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

US Senator Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Congresswoman Barbara Lee
1301 Clay Street
Suite 1000 North
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510.763.0370
Fax: 510.763.6538
426 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515*
Phone: 202.225.2661
Fax: 202.225.9817

Senator Loni Hancock
District 9
1515 Clay Street
Suite 2202
Oakland, CA 94612
510. 286.1333
300 S. Spring Street
Suite 8501
Los Angeles, CA 90013
State Capitol
Room 205
Sacramento, CA 94248-0001
916. 651.4009

Assembly Member Nancy Skinner
District 14
State Capitol Rm. 4126
Sacramento, CA 94249-0014
Phone: 916.319.2014
Fax: 916.319.2114
712 El Cerrito Plaza
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 272-6695 Phone: 510.559.1406
Fax: 510.559.1478

Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
District 5
1221 Oak St., Suite 536
Oakland, CA 94612
tel. 519.272.6695
fax: 510.271.5151

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Recycling Groups


Ecology Center
2nd & Gillman
Berkeley CA

The Ecology Center is the operator of City of Berkeley’s curb-side recycling, Farmer’s Market, & Environmental Book Store. They provide plastic bins that can be filled with your recycling and pick them up on weekly designated days . Call them and they will deliver the bins to you and tell you when your pick-up days are.

Alameda County Resource Center
620 Page St.
Berkeley CA

The Alameda Cty. Resource Center accepts electronic waste. There is a small fee to assure that the electronics you entrust to ACCRC for recycling are treated safely, correctly and responsibly. They recycle anything that you can plug into a power outlet - a computer, VCR, television, copy machine, and even your microwave and toaster, but not your large appliances such as a washing machine or refrigerator. They will even come to your house to pick it up if you call 528-4052.

Community Conservation Center
669 Gilman Street (corner of 2nd Street)
Berkeley , CA 94710
Buy Back: Tues-Sun 9:00 - 4:00PM
Drop-off donations: Mon-Sun 8:30-4PM

A great site that has information about where to recycle everything — toxic elements, fluorescent tubes, paint, anti-freeze & automotive oil, plant debris, refrigerators, etc. One of the most helpful sites around.

Social Service Agencies


Berkeley Food & Housing Project
2362 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA  94704
Phone: 510.649.4965 Fax: 510.649.4982email:

Referral for people who need goods, services or money

Homeless Outreach Team
2640 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Mobile Crisis Team
Berkeley Homeless Info

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Neighborhood Groups


Willard Neighborhood Association

The “new” Website! — The Willard Neighborhood website iis back and is better than ever — As George Beier, president of the Willard Neighborhood Association says,

" Nothing like a recession to give one a little extra time! I’ve beefed up the website. The point of the site is to track LOCAL issues, events, businesses, you name it! If you have an article you’d like to publish – send me an email! Perhaps you own a local business or are an artist –I’ll put a free “ad” up for you. Perhaps you’ve heard about a crime in your neighborhood that didn’t make the papers? Or maybe you’ve lost your cat? I’ll pretty much post anything, or show you how you can do it yourself. I’ll also be posting what happens at the steering committee so you all can follow some of the issues that we’re tracking on a neighborhood level. Check it out

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Housing Groups


Berkeley Town House

The first senior housing cooperative in the country! BTH is owned by its occupants. Residents must generally be at least 55 years old. Other restrictions: no smoking or dogs (except service dogs). It does not provide central medical, nursing, nutritional, laundering, or housekeeping services.

The amenities include: library, dining room, common kitchen, lounge, multimedia room, roof deck, patio, garden, laundry room, underground garage, storage rooms. Many apartments have views and some have been recently remodeled. The community members include humanists, social scientists, engineers, statisticians, artists, authors, librarians, mental health professionals, political activists, and more. Activities include movie screenings, musical performances, discussion groups, gardening, a newsletter, and this website -

Ten minutes by foot from the University of California, Berkeley campus, which is rich with seminars, conferences, performances, and exhibits. Also within walking distance are the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Rep, Berkeley Bowl Marketplace, multi-ethnic restaurants, & BART

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Spiritual Organizations & Groups


American Baptist Seminary of the West
2606 Dwight Way
President: Dr. Keith A. Russell

Berkeley Buddhist Church
2121 Channing Way
Minister Rev. David Matsumoto
FAX: 841.1435
Phone: 841.1356

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center
2288 Fulton St
Berkeley, CA 94704

The First Baptist Church
2345 Channing Way

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way
FAX 848.8207

First Presbyterian Church
2407 Dana Street

St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave.

St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Church
2543 Durant Ave.

Vedanta Society of Berkeley
2455 Bowditch Street
Phone: 848.8862
Office hours:9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sunday

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Other Groups & Agencies



Health Care


Alta Bates Medical Center
Ashby Campus
2450 Ashby Avenue
Herrick Campus
2001 Dwight Way

Berkeley Free Clinic
2339 Durant Ave.
Appointments 800.6.CLINIC
Information and Referrals 548.2570
Medical Section 548.8411
Dental Section 548.2745
Peer Counseling Collective 548.2744
HIV Prevention Services 548.4811
Gay Men's Health Collection 644.0425

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UC Berkeley, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, is located at the foot of Telegraph Ave. Students from all over the world attend, adding to the richness and diversity of the surrounding community.The neighborhoods bordering Telegraph are where many of these students live. The area is dotted with huge domitories and dining halls, co-ops, rooming houses and apartment complexes that cater to students. Cafes, restaurants and shops are also close to the university, ensuring that the students do not have to go very far to meet most of their daily needs.

UC has an excellent web site that can guide the students to the services they need at UC is within walking distance of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and AC Transit networks with the campus, providing numerous bus lines to and from the surrounding neighborhoods and cities. UC also provides a shuttle service to the campus from various areas in the city. A wonderful web site for complete transit information can be found at

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Center For Independent Living
CIL Berkeley
3075 Adeline St, Ste 100
Berkeley, CA 94703
Voice: 841.4776
TDD: 848.310
Fax: 841.6168

Home At Last Animal Rescue
P.O. Box 2261
Berkeley, CA 94702-0261
Phone: 510.237.1625

If you love animals, this site is worth checking out.

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Berkeley Radio Stations


KALX Radio 90.7 FM Berkeley
University of California
26 Barrows Hall #5650
DJ Studio Phone 642.KALX
Office Phone 642.1111

KPFA 94.1 FM
1929 M L King Jr Way
Phone 848.6767
fax 848.3812
studio 848.4425
Office hours M-F, 9-5

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Newspapers Serving Berkeley


Berkeley Daily Planet
2076 University Avenue
Phone: 841.5600
Fax: 841.5695

The Daily Californian
Berkeley, CA

The Oakland Tribune
P.O. Box 28884
Oakland, CA 94604
Main Switchboard 208.6300
News 208.6450

The San Francisco Chronicle
901 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103-2988

San Jose Mercury News
3890 Mowry Ave.
Fremont, CA 94538
Fax 510.790.7883

Berkeley Voice
5707 Redwood Road
Oakland, CA 94619


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