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Public Works Department

The Public Works Department consists of two Divisions: the Engineering Division, which operates from City Hall, and the Operations + Environmental Services Division (OESD), which operates from the Recycling + Environmental Resource Center and the Corporation Yard. 

The mission of the Public Works Department is to plan, design, construct, and maintain public facilities and infrastructure that support the quality of life for the citizens of El Cerrito in a way that ensures an economically and environmentally sustainable future.  

Important Notice - Preparing for the Rainy Season and El Niño
Due to the climate phenomenom called El Niño, weather experts are predicting an unusually wet winter. For the City of El Cerrito, that means a greater likelihood for more intense rain storms, where the duration and volume of rain may be heavier than normal. During these events the City’s storm drain system will experience substantial flows and possible flooding. Read on to see how you can get ready for El Niño.

The City needs your cooperation and assistance to make sure that our storm drainage system functions properly and to minimize the risk of flooding.  Read on to see how you can help
in preparing for the rainy season.

Department Programs:

  • Capital Improvement Program (CIP) – assess needs, plan improvements, develop budgets, seek funding opportunities, oversee design and construction of public facilities and infrastructure
  • Clean Water Program – on-going management of the City’s Clean Water Program, including compliance with federal and state requirements for stormwater discharges, street sweeping trash load reduction, commercial inspection, new development and construction controls, and integrated pest management.
  • Engineering Permits – review plans, issue permits and perform inspections for work by private contractor, utilities and other agencies that affects the public right of way.
  • Land Development/Community Development Support – assist the Community Development Department by performing design review and inspection of private development, citywide planning and regional projects.
  • Maintenance Services –  on-going maintenance and repair of streets, sidewalks, traffic signs and signals, street lights, civic buildings, City trees, parks, playfields, open spaces, paths, trails, storm drains and creeks.
  • Solid Waste Management & Recycling  –  ongoing operation of the drop-off Recycling & Environmental Resources Center and City’s curbside recycling collection program, and management of various solid waste management programs.
  • Storm Drain Program – evaluate needs and plan for improvements to the storm drainage system per the City Storm Drain Master Plan.

Public Works Dept.
Yvetteh Ortiz
Public Works Director/City Engineer

Engineering Division
Melissa Tigbao
Manager/Senior Engineer

Encroachment Permits
& Street Improvement Requests

Paving, ADA, Traffic
City Hall
10890 San Pablo Avenue
Precilla Mandujano
Management Assistant
Saied Aminian
Engineering Technician

Operations + Environmental Services Division
Maria Sanders
OESD Manager

Recycling+Environmental Resource Center
Recycling and Solid Waste
7501 Schmidt Ln

Clean Water Program
Street Tree Maintenance
Stephen Prée
Environmental Programs Manager

General Maintenance
Streets, Sidewalks, Lights, Parks, Fields, Signs, Graffiti
Report Illicit Discharges to Storm Drains and Creeks

Lisa Ramos
Management Assistant

Afterhours Emergency Call-outs for Maintenance Concerns