PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff

We've confirmed the most customers have power restored in El Cerrito and Kensington.

Updated 10/10/19 at 4:21 p.m.


PSPS Update: PG&E issues weather ‘All Clear’ for safety Inspections, restoration efforts to begin in many areas.  Power in El Cerrito appears to be back on. We will confirm that shortly.

Updated 10/10/19 at 3:55 p.m.

About 700 are without power in El Cerrito. Restoration in Contra Costa is projected to begin between 12 noon and 2 pm today. The process could take a few hours to several days. This is an "estimated" beginning of restoration.

The map below is a picture of the outage map at Please check there for more current updates. 

Updated 10/10/19 at 1:59 p.m.

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Charging stations

To support residents with no electrical power, the City has opened charging stations for small devices at the following locations during business hours:

• El Cerrito Community Center Skylight Room, 7007 Moeser Lane  - until 6 p.m. today
• El Cerrito City Hall Lobby, 10890 San Pablo Ave. - until 6 p.m. today

Please do not bring pets, unless certified service animals. The sites are not equipped to accommodate food.

Updated 10/10/19 at 10:43 a.m.

PG&E has started shutting off power in communities across Northern California due to escalated fire risk due to high winds and dry conditions. El Cerrito is in stage two of the shut-off schedule, which is scheduled to start at 8 PM tonight (10/9). PG&E expects about 840 customers to be affected by the outage. Updated 10/9/19 at 2:29 p.m.


El Cerrito Public Safety has made deployment plans for the Public Safety Power Shutoff. The Police and Fire Departments have increased staffing to provide additional resources to affected areas and to ensure that our community remains safe. The Police and Fire Departments will remain open for business during the power shutoff. Please take the time to check in with your neighbors before and during the outage.


To support customers in areas affected by the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff, PG&E will open community resource centers in several locations beginning Wednesday at 8 a.m. The centers will remain open during the daylight hours only.

Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging, and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 people will be available at the facilities.

Merritt College LOT B - Leona St., Oakland 94508

Location: Bishop Ranch Parking Lot - 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon 94583


The County Employment & Human Services department is setting up charging stations for community members during the PG&E power shutoff. These charging stations are available in the lobbies of these locations from 8 am to 5 pm at:

  1. 1305 Macdonald, Richmond
  2. 151 Linus Pauling, Hercules


  • Plan for your family and pet's needs
  • Treat intersections as all-way stops, if traffic lights are out.
  • Have enough water and non-perishable food. Conserve water.
  • Take an inventory of the items you use that rely on electricity.
  • People with electric security gates should lock them "open" while power is still on to ensure they can get in and out when it is not. Also, make sure you can get your vehicle out of the garage.
  • Keep gas tanks full
  • Talk to your family and neighbors and share your plan


  • PG&E says that the power outage will not affect gas service. There is no need to shut off the gas.
  • Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) facilities, including Contra Costa Regional Medical and county health centers, will not be impacted by the outage. CCHS will continue to provide services during the outage.
  • BART spokesperson says trains will be operating during the power shutoff in our County.
  • Schools – For a list of school closures in El Cerrito, go to West Contra Costa Unified School District.
  • Find out what you can do now in Preparing for a Power Outage in (English PDF) and (Spanish PDF).

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Update your contact information at or by calling 1-866-743- 6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a PSPS.

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City of El Cerrito Recreation program status
Pacific Gas & Electric find out if your home is affected by the shutoffs
West Contra Costa Unified School District - In El Cerrito, Madera Elementary school will be affected.
National Weather Service
East Bay Regional Park District
East Bay Municipal Utility District
California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (Cal FIRE)

The City office is trying to stay up on the latest power outage information. Don't hesitate to reach out to see if we can help you or direct you to someone who can. or (510) 215-4318

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