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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 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. 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...

    Nov 24, 2012 by njp (5 points)

    8Votes Up 0Votes Down 5Comments

  2. 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...

    Jan 24, 2013 by Denice Dennis (22 points)

    1Votes Up 0Votes Down 0Comments

  3. 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...

    Dec 17, 2012 by Steve Price (7 points)

    0Votes Up 0Votes Down 0Comments

  4. 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...

    Jul 22, 2014 by Risa Goodman (40 points)

    1Votes Up 0Votes Down 1Comments


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