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City Manager's Updates

Periodic updates from El Cerrito City Manager Scott Hanin.

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Mar 27

Affordable Housing Strategy Workshops

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 3:52 PM by Suzanne Iarla

The City of El Cerrito Community Development Department is currently working with Strategic Economics, Inc. to develop an Affordable Housing Strategy. As part of the effort, two community workshops have been scheduled for residents and members of the public to learn more about affordable housing from industry experts, provide input and hear draft recommended affordable housing policies for El Cerrito.

The first workshop, Intro to Affordable Housing, will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 from 10 am - 12 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.

The second workshop, Affordable Housing Policy Recommendations, will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm in City Hall Council Chambers.

For more information about the Affordable Housing Strategy and upcoming community workshops, please visit the City website at or contact Community Development Analyst, Katherine Ahlquist at 215-4361.

Mar 27

Metro 510 (Creekside Walk) Update

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 3:51 PM by Suzanne Iarla

The interest list for the Creekside Walk apartments at the El Cerrito Plaza, now named Metro 510, has been closed and the affordable housing selection process will begin before the end of March 2017.

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Mar 27

Police Department - March 23, 2017 Update

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 3:48 PM by Suzanne Iarla

Home Invasion Robbery Investigation
In January, ECPD Officers investigated a home invasion style robbery during which the suspect confronted a homeowner and stole money through the threat of force. During the investigation, officers determined that the suspect lost his wallet, while fleeing the scene of the crime through a neighbor’s yard. Investigators obtained a warrant for the suspect’s arrest and the San Pablo Police Department arrested him in February. Detectives undertook a search warrant at the suspect’s house and located the sweatshirt he wore during the robbery. The District Attorney’s Office filed charges against the suspect.

Felony Assault
In January, a patron at Nation’s Hamburgers was assaulted by two suspects. During the attack, he was kicked in the head numerous times, resulting in him losing consciousness and suffering significant facial injuries. Through January and February, Investigators identified the suspects and obtained warrants for their arrest. An alert patrol team located one of the suspects walking by his apartment, in a neighborhood near Nation’s Restaurant, in January. The Alameda Police Department located the second suspect hiding in a vacant house in their jurisdiction, in February. The District Attorney is proceeding with criminal cases against both suspects.

Cold Case Work
The investigations unit has been working closely with the District Attorney’s Office and other agencies to bring closure to cold homicide cases. Investigators are reopening an investigation from 1975 to try to definitively solve a case of murder of a resident, linked to a suspect known to commit similar crimes. Investigators have also worked with criminalists to identify other possible items of evidence in a homicide case and a rape case from the early 2000’s. Investigators have been speaking with Dateline about the possibility of doing an episode that includes a review of a homicide from 2015 that occurred on Leneve Place. Investigators are working with the US Marshalls Service to locate the suspect in that homicide.

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