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Wild or exotic animals are regulated by County and State law and shall not be permitted without a conditional use permit.
All animal-related home businesses (e.g. kennels, animals breeding, animal daycare, or selling animal products) require a conditional use permit.
Residents who have or plan to keep one or more chickens or other fowl, beehives, pigs, goats, other livestock, or exotic/wild animals should contact the City about obtaining the proper permits for existing animals.
The City contracts with Contra Costa County Animal Services Department for animal control services. Call the County Animal Services Department at 925-335-8300 to report stray, loose, or injured animals, make a nuisance complaint or report animal cruelty.
If the graffiti is on your property, you are responsible to remove the graffiti in a timely manner. Property owners who have been tagged are encouraged to report the graffiti to the Police Department’s non-emergency dispatch line, 510-233-1214. If you can take pictures of graffiti before it is removed, this will assist the Police Department. Please be sure to note the location of the tagging and the date the pictures were taken.
Graffiti is a crime. If you witness a crime in progress (including tagging), or want to report suspicious activity, call the Police Department right away.
City Council agendas are posted at City Hall (10890 San Pablo Avenue), El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane), and at the El Cerrito Library (6510 Stockton Avenue). They are also available online. You can subscribe to the eAgenda by subscribing to the City Council Meetings & Agendas Calendar at our Subscribe page.
Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, the public may have access to a variety of documents held by the City. Written requests can be submitted to the City Clerk in person, by mail or by emailing the city clerk. Copy fees are $0.10 per standard size page. Oversize and bond documents are available at an additional cost.
The El Cerrito City Clerk's Office has been designated by the U.S. Department of State as a Passport Acceptance Facility. We accept applications for new passports and for minor's who need to renew. Adult renewals can be done by mail. Office hours are Monday - Thursday from 9:00 - 12:00. Visit the Department of State's website, Travel.State.Gov for more information, requirements and policies on passports.
A Charter City adopts a Charter, which is a document that outlines how a city is governed. Becoming a charter city allows voters to determine how their city government is organized and, with respect to municipal affairs, enact legislation different than that adopted by the state.
The power of home rule, granted by the California Constitution, makes available to charter cities a variety of tools to use to construct local policy and address local concerns. The voters of each charter city get to decide which tools to put in their tool box. With this Charter, El Cerrito will reclaim more local autonomy and expand the economic and fiscal independence of our City government to promote the health, safety, and welfare of all its residents. Therefore, we do hereby exercise the express right granted by the Constitution of the State of California to enact and adopt this Charter for the City of El Cerrito.
To become a charter city, a city must adopt a charter. There are two ways to adopt a charter:
In either case, the charter is not adopted by the city until it is ratified by a majority vote of the city's voters.23
League of California Cities. http://www.cacities.org/Resources-Documents/Resources-Section/Charter-Cities/Charter-Cities-A-Quick-Summary-for-the-Press-and-R.
21Cal. Gov’t Code § 34451.
22Cal. Gov’t Code § 34458.
23Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 34457, 34462.
On May 1, 2018, the Charter Committee recommended the draft Charter to the City Council. The City Council will hold public hearings on the Charter at the June 18 and June 19 Council meetings, and would then consider putting the Charter on the ballot in July for the voters to consider in November 2018.p>
A RPTT is a tax that is only paid upon the sale of property, and is traditionally split between the buyer and seller. Charter cities may adopt—with voter approval—a Real Property Transfer Tax at any rate.
The revenue could be used for: maintaining rapid 9-1-1 emergency response times; City parks, paths, and playfields; library programs for children, adults, and families; senior services; affordable housing; and long-term financial stability for the City and services.
No. Measure V asks voters to approve a Real Property Transfer Tax (RPTT). The RPTT is a one-time tax paid when property is sold or otherwise transferred in return for a payment to the owner. It’s not an ongoing, annual tax. If you own a home and don’t sell it, you won’t pay the tax. If you sell your home, Measure V allows you and the buyer to decide who should pay the tax. Measure V also rebates a portion of the tax to the seller or the buyer for making seismic upgrades or improvements that save water and electricity.
No. Measure V plainly states that the tax is calculated based on the amount paid as part of a sale or other transfer. If your home is transferred without any payment by the person or trust receiving it, there is no tax to pay. Measure V expressly exempts several transfers from the tax.
Like most of the City’s revenues, funds from Measure V are general in nature and can be used for all the services the City provides. Each year, during the public budget process, the City Council adopts a budget based on the priorities of the community, which regularly change. As part of the City’s general funds, Measure V revenues can be allocated based on changing needs and priorities for police, fire, recreation, economic development, infrastructure and many other services desired by our residents.
Yes. The City’s budget is balanced. Additional funds will now be available for increased disaster preparedness, police and fire prevention, parks, facilities and open space and recreation programs in amounts determined annually and publicly by the City Council to reflect community priorities and needs.
For better or worse, home values have gone up dramatically in El Cerrito and in neighboring cities such as Berkeley and Albany—both of which are also charter cities that have a real property transfer tax. The real estate agent who served on the Charter Committee said during public meetings that the tax had not hurt the market in either of those cities. There’s no evidence that a RPTT has hurt the real estate market in the area. For a median priced home in El Cerrito in 2018, the tax would only equal about 1% of the sale price. Long time El Cerrito homeowners currently and historically have enjoyed the steadily increasing equity of what they initially paid for the homes.
Measure V allows buyers and sellers of property to decide who will pay the tax. Traditionally, it is split between the buyer and the seller. As an incentive to make seismic upgrades and energy and water-saving improvements to property, it includes several potential rebates of the tax for either the seller or purchaser. Sellers or purchasers who pay the tax will be able to recover a portion of it for making specified improvements to property that reduce the risk of damage and injury in earthquakes, save water, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
There is no documented causal connection between charter city status and bankruptcy. There are very few instances of California cities filing for bankruptcy. Both charter cities and general law cities have used bankruptcy proceedings. The proposed El Cerrito Charter authorizes the City to use additional tools to raise revenue for important services but makes no changes to existing local law that would alter how the City spends its funds. The City is audited annually by an independent auditor and has a Financial Advisory Board of residents that looks at the City’s budget, audits, and financial policies. Additional revenues can help to build a reserve fund and long-term financial stability we need.
The Real Property Transfer Tax is a one-time tax paid when property is sold. It does not create a new annual expense for landlords. There is no documented connection between the Real Property Transfer Tax and the level of rents.
Yes. If the Real Property Transfer Tax had been in place in 2017, sales of commercial properties on San Pablo Avenue would have resulted in an additional $500,000 in revenue for the City. Those funds could have been used for disaster preparedness, police staffing, parks, senior services, and other important local services.
The City has been open—from the very first City Council meeting about the issue in November 2017—that the Real Property Transfer Tax would meaningfully increase revenue to support the community’s priorities for local services like disaster preparedness, police, fire, parks and open space, and senior services. Under current California law, only charter cities can collect a Real Property Transfer Tax.
In 2014, voters in the City of Emeryville similarly approved a limited charter that expanded their ability to raise revenue, including a RPTT. The proposed El Cerrito Charter leaves in place local law, other than to give the City more options for raising revenue and authorizing a RPTT. The City has explained this at every public meeting at which the proposed El Cerrito Charter and Measure V have been discussed. El Cerrito voters will decide whether they want additional revenue to meet their priorities for local services.
A Conflict of Interest Code is a set of rules and regulations adopted pursuant to the Political Reform Act. The Act requires all California cities to adopt and implement a Conflict of Interest Code.
Each Conflict of Interest Code designates positions required to file a Statement of Economic Interests - Form 700, and assigns disclosure categories specifying the types of interests to be reported. The Form 700 is a public document. In the City of El Cerrito, disclosure requirements for positions and commissions designated in the City’s Conflict of Interest Code are identified in Appendix A. Disclosure requirements are stated in Appendix B. City Councilmembers, the City Manager, City Attorney, City Treasurer and Planning Commissioners are required by state law to file at the highest level. The types of interests that must be disclosed depend upon the responsibilities of the designated position. The disclosure requirements may include the reporting of investments, business positions, interests in real property, income and other financial interests. The Political Reform Act contains specific provisions setting forth the circumstances under which employees and commissioners must disqualify themselves from making, participating in or influencing a governmental decision. The City Clerk administers the Conflict of Interest Code at the local level and notifies elected officials and each designated employee and commissioner of his or her filing obligation. State law requires cities to conduct a biennial review of the Conflict of Interest Code to ensure that designated positions and disclosure requirements are kept current. Codes and code revisions are adopted by City Council resolution.
The essential terms of a Conflict of Interest Code are found in the Code's main body, which includes such provisions as the manner of reporting financial interests, disqualification procedures, and other information. The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) recommends that agencies incorporate FPPC Regulation 18730 by reference because the information required to be in a code's main body is complex and may change over time. Regulation 18730 contains all the necessary provisions. The FPPC periodically amends this regulation to include legislative and regulatory changes. By incorporating FPPC Regulation 18730 by reference, the body of the code automatically stays in compliance with Political Reform Act Regulations.
B. Designated PositionsA Conflict of Interest Code must specifically list positions that make or participate in making decisions. Typically, positions that involve voting on matters, negotiating contracts, or making recommendations on purchases without substantive review must be included in the Code. Persons holding positions listed in Government Code Section 87200 are considered "statutory filers." Such persons, include the Mayor, City Councilmembers, the City Manager, the City Attorney, the City Treasurer, Planning Commissioners and persons who manage public investments.
C. Disclosure CategoriesThe primary purpose of the Conflict of Interest Code is the requirement to disclose types of financial interests, business positions and property that may be affected by the decision-making of persons holding designated positions. Each position designated in the Conflict of Interest Code is assigned a unique disclosure requirement.
For more information on this subject please review resources provided on the City’s website and the FPPC’s website.
An individual hired for a position not yet covered under an agency’s conflict-of-interest code must file the Form 700 if the individual serves in a position that makes or participates in making governmental decisions. These individuals must file under the agency’s broadest disclosure category until the code is amended to include the new position unless the agency has provided in writing a limited disclosure requirement.
By law, original Form 700s filed by the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, City Attorney, City Treasurer and Planning Commissioners are sent to the FPPC and copies are kept on file by the City Clerk. All other original forms are retained by the City Clerk.
El Cerrito City Clerk
Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) - http://www.fppc.ca.gov/ Information available from the FPPC website:
Other Resources California Attorney General's Pamphlet on Conflict of Interest Law.
There are two organizations that provide a variety of small business resources, the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center and the West Contra Costa Business Development Center.
Please contact Jennifer Peat in the Community Development Department if you are interested in locating or growing your business in El Cerrito at 510-215-4362 or email.
Yes, El Cerrito does have a property transfer tax. Information on Ordinance No. 2018-03, can be found here. Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, California Senate Bill 1186 requires cities to collect an additional $4 fee for a local business license. The additional state fee of $4 is imposed on any applicant for a local business license or equivalent instrument or permit, or renewal thereof, for purposes of increasing disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and developing educational resources for businesses to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws.
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Once you've chosen a tile from above, to focus on specific data such as a fund, department, or an expense type, use the menu on the left-side panel. The "show" and “broken down by” drop-downs allow you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph.
Hover over any area of the graph to see actual or budgeted amounts for that period; or, just scroll down to see a table with detailed information.
Data can be viewed in various ways - in the upper right-hand corner there are options for different graphs and tables. There are five graph types overall. In addition, there is a table below the graphs which allows you to zoom in on the detailed data selected.
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Starting July 1, 2016, the minimum wage is $11.60 per hour.
Starting January 1, 2017, the minimum wage will be $12.25 per hour.
Starting January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will be $13.60 per hour.
Starting January 1, 2019, the minimum wage will be $15.00 per hour.
Every January 1 thereafter, the minimum wage will be adjusted based on the prior year’s Consumer Price Index.
(4) Maintain payroll records for a period of three (3) years, including employee’s name, hours worked, pay rate, and service charges collected and distributed; Upon request, provide employee with a written copy of their records within ten (10) days(5) Permit access to work sites and records for authorized City representatives for the purpose of monitoring compliance with the Ordinance and investigating employee complaints.The Minimum Wage Ordinance prohibits retaliation or discrimination against any person seeking to enforce the rights provided by the Ordinance.
For example, the California Industrial Welfare Commission Order No. 4-2001 establishes wage requirements for workers who supply their own hand tools and equipment. These same requirements apply in El Cerrito, except that the El Cerrito minimum wage applies rather than the California minimum wage. For more details, read the Minimum Wage Regulations For Employees Using Their Own Tools & Equipment Handout
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"Fire resistant plants" is a relative term used to describe plants that are "more resistant" or "less resistant" than other plants to fire. Given enough heat, all vegetation will burn. Yet plants in fact differ in how fast they burn, how high a flame they produce and their ability to survive fire. Fire resistance is enhanced by higher amounts of moisture within twigs and foliage. Fire-resistant plants can lose this quality altogether if not properly maintained and irrigated. A partial list of fire resistant and highly flammable plants is available from Diablo Fire Safe Council and the El Cerrito Fire Department.