March 18, 2011

Public Comments on El Cerrito's Animal Ordinance

Per the City of El Cerrito's website:

The City Council will discuss proposed revisions to the Animals Ordinance at a study session on Monday, March 21, 2011. The Animals Ordinance is the local law related to keeping animals including chickens, other fowl, bees, goats, pigs and other animals in El Cerrito. The Council will hear comments from the public and will give staff direction as to how to proceed with changes to the Ordinance.

City Council Meeting
Monday, March 21, 2011
Starts at 7:30p.m.
El Cerrito City Hall - Council Chambers
10890 San Pablo Avenue

December 1, 2010

Upcoming Alternative Press Events in Berkeley

There are a couple interesting alternative book/zine events in Berkeley over the next two weekends:

September 28, 2010

2010 El Cerrito Art Show (Oct. 1-3)

The annual El Cerrito Art Show starts this upcoming Friday (October 1) and runs through the weekend. It features the work (photography, painting, printmaking, etc.) of Bay Area artists. I attended the opening reception last year and enjoyed it.

Dates: October 1-3, 2010
Location: El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito

September 26, 2010

El Cerrito's Carbon Footprint

On Tuesday, September 28, there is a Special Meeting of the Policy and Programs Subcommittee of El Cerrito's Environmental Quality Committee. Included will be a discussion of the City's Carbon Footprint & the Climate Action Plan. The agenda (available on the City's online calendar, here) says “Come hear about and discuss El Cerrito’s carbon footprint and its relationship to the Climate Action Plan."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
El Cerrito City Hall – Hillside (Second Floor) Conference Room
10890 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA

The West County Times has a related article in today's paper.

September 18, 2010

New El Cerrito News Website

There's a new website devoted to news and information in El Cerrito - it's called El Cerrito Patch. It can be found at

September 14, 2010

El Cerrito's Animal Ordinance

Recently, there was a community meeting at City Hall to discuss proposed revisions to the city's animal ordinance. This includes changes to the rules for keeping chickens, bees, and other animals - essentially allowing small-scale / hobby uses. More information can be found on the city's website here.

If you could not attend the meeting but have questions or comments on the proposed revisions to the ordinance related to keeping animals in El Cerrito, contact Planning Division Staff at (510) 215-4330.

August 23, 2010

New microbrewery in the former Eclectix space?

I noticed while cycling this weekend that a company called The Elevation 66 Brewing Company has applied for a new liquor license for the former Eclectix space on San Pablo Ave. Is there a microbrewery opening up soon? I'm hoping.

July 23, 2010

August Environmental Activities and Events in El Cerrito

Courtesy of the El Cerrito Environmental Services Division

Help El Cerrito Improve Our Recycling Center!
Come be involved in discussions about expanding the range of materials and reusables collected at the Recycling Center, and join the community conversation to create new guidelines that will help make this resource even more inviting and useful to all our residents!

El Cerrito needs your help in crafting principles, goals, and guidelines for community use of the Recycling Center, which will soon be rebuilt. Help us preserve the Center's value as a community asset while finding ways to make it an even more welcoming and useful place. Stakeholder input at these meetings will help inform City policy about programs and uses at the Recycling Center and will help guide the design of the new facility. All meetings held at El Cerrito City Hall Council Chambers @ 10890 San Pablo Avenue.

Saturday, July 31, 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday, August 26, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, September 14, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Each meeting will have a different topic and build upon the previous meeting while accommodating first-time attendees. Attend one or all three as your summer schedule allows. For more information, visit or contact us at or (510) 215-4354.

El Cerrito's National Night Out | Tuesday, August 3 | 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join with neighbors and friends to help make your neighborhood safer. Host or attend a block party as part of El Cerrito's Night Out, an award winning safety event co-sponsored by the City of El Cerrito Police Department and Crime Prevention Committee. When you register your National Night Out Block Party, you will receive a host kit, including information on crime prevention, City Resources and goodies to help make your block party a success! A police officer and other city representatives will visit every registered block party on Night Out (August 3, 2010). Contact the Crime Prevention Committee at (510) 215-4414 extension 30, or to register or for more information.

Cerrito Creek Work Party | Saturday, August 7 | 10 a.m. to Noon
Work party at Cerrito Creek north of Albany Hill. Varied tasks in this beautiful and historic spot. Weed, cut and dig thornless blackberries, pick up trash before winter rains, prepare for fall planting. All ages welcome -- snacks, gloves, and tools provided. Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave. (Internet maps 3299 Santa Clara Ave.) AC Transit 72 or 25, short walk from El Cerrito Plaza BART. For more information contact or call (510) 848-9358.

Cerrito Creek Gatherers' Walk | Sunday, August 8 | 10 a.m. to Noon
Gatherers' walk to discover and harvest wild edibles on Cerrito Creek. Meet at the north end of Talbot Ave. south edge of El Cerrito Plaza for a walk to discover some plants used by Native Americans, some edible weeds, and a delicious source of pies and jam! Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction; bring a container. Event is free, but numbers are limited and reservations required -- email or call (510) 848-9358.

Central Avenue Corridor Clean-up Event | Saturday, August 21 | 9 a.m. to Noon

Join El Cerrito's Green Team volunteers as they pick up trash and other debris from this important gateway to El Cerrito. For more information and to sign-up, click on the link below.


The El Cerrito Environmental Services Division
(510) 215-4350

June 12, 2010

El Cerrito's Budgetary Woes

The City of El Cerrito is cutting one development and two environmental staff positions. Service cuts and a sales tax increase are under discussion. Details here from the West County Times.

May 1, 2010

Tibetan Events at El Cerrito High School in May

The Tibetan Association of Northern California is hosting dignitaries in the Bay Area from May 24-26, 2010. At 7pm on May 26 there will be a public event and fundraiser at El Cerrito High School. Here is the schedule.