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Community Voice

The City is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan to help establish a shared vision for El Cerrito’s future. So far, we’ve heard from many people about what is important to them and ideas about things that can be done to make El Cerrito an even better place. Read more about the Strategic Plan process and what we’ve heard at www.elcerritostrategicplan.org. In particular, the Summary of Themes and Ideas (PDF) document summarizes comments and feedback gathered from focus groups, events, the online survey and interviews with individual City Council members.

To help us better understand the community’s top priorities for the City to focus on over the next five-year period, please use this “Community Voice” page to elaborate on your ideas. With this new online tool, you can submit ideas categorized under broad topic areas and in turn other residents can comment on your ideas and vote them up or down. Try to be specific and include the following:

  • What specifically do you recommend as a major City goal?
  • Why is it important to you and the City?
  • How do you suggest that it might be accomplished?
  • In what ways should the City reduce/eliminate costs or increase revenues to fund your top priorities?

Your participation will help the City Council to develop meaningful goals and strategies for our community. (If you would prefer to not participate online, you are welcome to provide written comments to the City.)

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  1. Make El Cerrito public schools the FIRST choice of El Cerrito families

    WCCUSD is providing wonderful school facilities, and EC provides wonderful after-care, but local schools still struggle to attract local families, esp after 6th grade. Though the city has no formal...
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    Nov 26, 2012 by Mike Cunningham (29 points)

    6Votes Up 0Votes Down 2Comments

  2. Establish and promote an "open for business" mentality and policies

    Even in the best of economic times El Cerrito will have economic development challenges, because we're a very small, low-profile town, on the remote outer edge of the dynamic North...
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    Dec 2, 2012 by Mike Cunningham (29 points)

    6Votes Up 0Votes Down 0Comments

  3. Underground/bury overhead utility lines

    Yes, underground overhead utilities (electric, phone, cable), those omnipresent eyesores of dubious public safety. At present they are one of our more dominant cityscape features. One we try hard to...
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    Feb 13, 2013 by George Hutton (5 points)

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  4. el cerrito needs a new library

    our library serves a great many people and offers many events and opportunities for the community. it is, however, desperately in need of expansion and updating. new library systems and technology...
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    Nov 24, 2012 by nancy poulos (5 points)

    8Votes Up 0Votes Down 4Comments

  5. Adopt smokefree parks, smokefree doorways, and smokefree events policy in city.

    The vast majority of residents and visitors do not smoke. Many other cities in the Bay Area have adopted smokefree parks and public events and have created smokefree areas around doorways. These...
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    Jan 24, 2013 by Denice Dennis (22 points)

    1Votes Up 0Votes Down 0Comments

  6. Focus on multi-modal transportation for El Cerrito's future

    Complete streets are key in making a place where walking and biking is safe and convenient. Great Transit, parking management and careful parking policy is key in making a place that is for people...
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    Jan 22, 2013 by Erin Miller (5 points)

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  7. Intense Restaurant Recruitment

    As the resident survey confirmed, there is not too much diversity in the range of dining choices in EC. I would suggest that the city ED staff undertake an intensive restaurant recruitment. First,...
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    Nov 30, 2012 by Amalia Cunningham (27 points)

    6Votes Up 0Votes Down 2Comments

  8. More Hiking Trails at Hillside Nature Area

    Create more hiking trails at the Hillside Nature Area. Encourage more volunteers to work on improving the existing trails and build new ones with the City's help.

    Jan 1, 2013 by Ken & Molly Ong (14 points)

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  9. Adopt smokefree parks, public events, and doorways and reduce cigarette litter.

    Cigarette butts are the number one item going into the Bay and other waterways. Creating smokefree policies can assist in reducing the amount of litter going into the Bay, and create healthier air to...
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    Jan 24, 2013 by Denice Dennis (22 points)

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  10. Engage El Cerrito parents

    Engage El Cerrito parents with school age children on their expectations from school. Create a dialogue between the city, residents and the school district around the discovered expectations.

    Nov 24, 2012 by Todd Groves (7 points)

    4Votes Up 0Votes Down 3Comments

  11. Reduce Illegal tobacco sales to minors and reduce tobacco influences in the city.

    There are many communities in the state that have tobacco retailer licensing, which has been shown to reduce illegal tobacco sales to minors.

    Jan 24, 2013 by Denice Dennis (22 points)

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  12. Neighborhood Traffic Calming

    Scrap the new NTMP; it makes it harder for neighbors to work together on needed improvements; creates additional bureaucratic process; and wastes staff time (and residents'). Go back to old as-needed...
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    Nov 30, 2012 by Amalia Cunningham (27 points)

    1Votes Up 0Votes Down 0Comments

  13. Expedite completion of San Pablo plan and zoning

    San Pablo Ave has a wealth of vacant, underutilized, and blighted properties that, if appropriately developed, would provide much more tax revenue to the city, as well as improved businesses and...
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    Nov 26, 2012 by Mike Cunningham (29 points)

    5Votes Up 0Votes Down 0Comments

  14. Economic development on BOTH sides of San Pablo Ave

    San Pablo Ave is our Main Street and our primary commercial district (and opportunity) but it's basically an afterthought to Richmond. El Cerrito can propose to Richmond that EC be responsible for...
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    Nov 29, 2012 by Mike Cunningham (29 points)

    2Votes Up 0Votes Down 0Comments

  15. Getting citizens to mark up El Cerrito maps

    The Community Voice effort is a great way of sounding out the community. I've learned a lot about El Cerrito's citizenry just by reviewing the input and comments so far. Another way to get citizen...
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    Dec 17, 2012 by Steve Price (7 points)

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  16. Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing

    There are many options for creating healthier multi-unit housing for residents, including making all new MUH smokefree, and creating smokefree areas in existing areas.

    Jan 24, 2013 by Denice Dennis (22 points)

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  17. Rethink how revenue benefits from development is analyzed

    El Cerritans need to make sure the community doesn't fall into the familiar trap of assuming that the key to generating tax revenues is bringing in national retailers to occupy large plate single-use...
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    Nov 10, 2013 by Steve Price (7 points)

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  18. New

    LGBTI Family Center

    As an LGBTI-family with kid(s) we'd love to *not* have to go into the city for LGBTI-family events. Working in the city is enough time and money spent in SF; I 'd like my family to be able to spend...
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    Jul 22, 2014 by Risa Goodman (10 points)

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  19. New

    Turn the ugly, empty commercial lot on Central Ave into a park

    This lot, on Central Ave, is currently being used as a parking lot for trash, trucks, and taxis. The owner of this lot would get a nice tax break by donating it to El Cerrito. Which is way better than...
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    Jul 22, 2014 by Risa Goodman (10 points)

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