Panoramic Hill Emergency Escape Routes

Safety issues of Panoramic Hill

City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD)

UC Berkeley Police Department (UCPD)

  • Emergency phone: 911
  • Cell phone to get emergency dispatch: (510) 642-3333
  • UC Berkeley Police non-emergency phone: (510) 642-6760 / 24 hours

City of Oakland Police Department (OPD)

  • Emergency phone: (510) 777-3211
  • Non-emergency phone: (510) 777-3333
  • Oakland residents are strongly urged to report any suspicious activities, persons, or vehicles to OPD’s problem-solving officer, Jo Balaoro at : . Due to budget cut-backs, the city is sorely lacking in police personnel. OPD currently has just a single full-time officer patrolling the entirety of Beat 13Y, which extends from Panoramic Hill to Redwood Rd.

One Response to Safety

  1. Nigel Guest says:

    Traffic on lower Panoramic Way – I’m sure you will all agree that it’s dangerous, and potentially hinders emergency vehicle access. The City has made it clear that they are not going to consider any major improvements – widening the street, or building a second, everyday-use access road. However, there are a few possible “quick fixes”. One of them is to consolidate the Oakland and Berkeley refuse/recycling services. Every Monday morning, 6 (yes Six) separate trucks come up and down Panoramic Way. Most of them can’t turn around the steep bends and reverse very slowly between them. If the Big One strikes on a Monday morning, we’re all cooked. I’ve written everybody – our Council Member, the whole Council, the Planning Commission .. with no result. For example. I suggested to our Council Member that he might propose a resolution to the Council, requiring the City’s Public Works Department to discuss consolidation of services with their Oakland counterparts. His reply was pure evasiveness, which I interpreted to mean: “Don’t you realize that would mean work on my part?” I seriously considered approaching a Council Member from another District, who would have proposed the resolution as a general public safety issue. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this matter?

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