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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.
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.
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 Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.
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.
Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) - http://www.fppc.ca.gov/Information available from the FPPC website:
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.
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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