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Mayor Fadelli Reviews his Year in Office

December 9, 2021
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What a year it’s been!

It’s included a range of problems resulting from Covid-19 and its economic and social impacts; the constant threat of wildfires in the East Bay hills; racial tensions and debates on police accountability; an unstable economy; and El Cerrito making the top ten list of the State Auditor’s financially troubled cities in California. We were in a bad financial place in El Cerrito last January. We ended up better — but we still have a long way to go. 

When I was sworn in a year ago, I presented my 5 top priorities for 2021 that I would focus on. Some progress has been made. Let me give a brief update on the goals I mentioned:

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Let’s Prepare Now for Less Plastic Foodware

November 9, 2021
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El Cerrito passed its own new foodware ordinance on November 2nd. The El Cerrito ordinance prohibits one-use plastic foodware, educates businesses and consumers on compostable foodware that can go into our green waste bins, and encourages reusable foodware items. And for those with disabilities who rely on durable plastic straws, food providers will be required to keep plastic straws in stock for customers who request them.

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Back to the Avenue

August 20, 2021
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Now that El Cerrito has gotten through a tough budget year and we’ve hopefully seen progress on COVID-19, it’s time to finally turn our attention to the center and heart of our community — San Pablo Avenue — and begin assisting and enhancing our businesses and developments so we can improve our city and our long-term financial sustainability.

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Mayor Fadelli Statement – El Cerrito Passes a City Budget — JUNE 22 2021

June 26, 2021
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Last year, I said that when we get to passing a budget for the new Fiscal Year — I probably won’t have any friends left. Well, this is that time — when no one is completely happy.

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Councilmember’s Public Hours…

June 26, 2021
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Now that Governor Newsom has opened up the state from COVID-19 restrictions, I want to get back to scheduling regular monthly hours, so El Cerritans can drop by or schedule time to meet with me.

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EVEN IN TOUGH FISCAL TIMES KEEP SUPPORTING OUR LIBRARY

June 7, 2021
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I voted against the motion to cut library hours at the June 1 Council meeting.  I was very upset by the vote, and would support re-establishing the cut library hours from the budget. The financial situation in El Cerrito has presented many difficult decisions for Council members and staff.  In order to get to financial […]

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