CANDIDATE STATEMENT of GREG LYMAN
My family has lived and owned a home in El Cerrito for 27 years and have served on the El Cerrito City Council for the past 7.5 years, currently as Mayor. During my time in office, we have reopened the Cerrito Theater, completed San Pablo Avenue improvements, repaved City streets, attracted new businesses, rebuilt the recycling center, banned plastic bags, enacted a non-smoking ordinance, joined Marin Clean Energy, passed the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan, raised the minimum wage, and ensured responsive city services, all while weathering tough economic times.
I have been an ECDC member for 8 years and on the Executive Board since 2010. Currently, I am the ECDC Treasurer and was the Executive Vice President. I previously served on El Cerrito’s Park and Recreation Commission and as President of the Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League. I have worked to increase the size of the Hillside Natural Area and create playing fields.
I hold a BS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and am a licensed California Professional Engineer. My career of 30+ years has been dedicated to protection and restoration of our natural environment, including creation of habitat for threatened and endangered species.
I am endorsed by current El Cerrito Council Members Abelson, Bridges, Friedman and Quinto, Congressman DeSaulnier, Assembly Member Thurmond, Supervisor Gioia, and State Senate candidate Skinner.
If reelected, I will continue to work on improving quality of life in El Cerrito, with emphasis on providing public safety and services, expanding pedestrian-friendly areas, attracting new shops and amenities and building a safe modern library. If reelected, I will continue to represent El Cerrito on regional boards. I would appreciate your vote for endorsement on August 27th and your vote on November 8th.
CANDIDATE STATEMENT of NICHOLAS ARZIO
I’m Nicholas Arzio and I’m running for El Cerrito City Council to promote inclusiveness at city hall and to represent the interests of the El Cerrito community when planning our regional role.
Here are a few of my goals:
1. Require affordable housing in all new multifamily residences.
2. Add bins where needed along the Ohlone Greenway and San Pablo Ave.
3. Keep police, fire, and public works departments properly staffed and equipped to serve El Cerrito well.
4. Promote practical methods to combat climate change locally.
5. Replace some vacant storefronts with modern office and lab space to attract professionals, scientists and software developers. This will, in turn, attract cafes and retail to the remaining storefronts.
I have the endorsement of Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, Former Assemblymember Sandre Swanson, Former El Cerrito Mayor Cathie Kosel, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, and many more.
I want the ECDC endorsement because I’m deeply involved with this club and the Democratic Party. I’m the former ECDC Executive Vice President, co-wrote our local minimum wage resolution and successfully campaigned for our municipal minimum wage. I’ve served on five DPCCC committees and attended/volunteered at countless DPCCC events. I attended two California Democratic Conventions and a meeting of the CADEM Executive Board and I’ve volunteered for numerous Democratic candidates.
I’m also deeply involved in the El Cerrito Community. I am currently the Chair of the El Cerrito Crime Prevention Committee, and a member of the El Cerrito NAACP, El Cerrito Historical Society, and Friends of Baxter Creek.
I humbly ask for your endorsement. Questions? Contact me:
CANDIDATE STATEMENT of PAUL FADELLI
I grew up here. Our kids grew up here too. They went to pre-school, camps, used the great recreational facilities, the parks, swim center and soccer fields, and we’ve always enjoyed the July 4th Festival. I owe a lot to El Cerrito. I want to give back to this great community and maintain a high quality of life for our residents.
My priorities: keep us safe from crime and fire danger, protect our parks and recreational facilities, enhance local business along San Pablo Avenue, grow a transit-friendly sustainable community, and encourage additional housing that can spur local business development.
We must also prioritize a new library! I will work to keep the city budget balanced and continue to encourage arts and cultural events. El Cerrito citizens must make sure their voice is heard in any regional efforts that impact our city, and I will do that.
I am new at being a candidate – but not new at being a public servant. I have worked in Congress and the State Capitol on behalf of progressive legislators and their constituents for over three decades.
I presently work for BART in charge of legislation to keep the system running and its riders safe. I am also a commissioner on the El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission.
I am endorsed by local firefighters, police, the Sierra Club, El Cerrito City Council Members Janet Abelson, Jan Bridges, Mark Friedman, and Gabriel Quinto.
I would be honored to have your vote. Learn more at www.fadelliforelcerrito.org.
CANDIDATE STATEMENT of ROCHELLE PARDUE-OKIMOTO
As your Councilmember, I will fight for a healthy, inclusive community.
I received my bachelor’s in nursing degree from Samuel Merritt/Saint Mary’s College. Currently, I practice nursing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Alta Bates Hospital. I’ve spent years advocating for healthcare access.
I will fight for the safety of our citizens. I will work with city, county and state leaders to ensure El Cerrito’s paramedics have access to full service, acute care hospitals in order to provide timely care.
While Vice Chair of the El Cerrito Human Relations Commission, I wrote a resolution to proclaim June 12th Loving Day in honor of the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage. I spearheaded the first Loving Day celebration in El Cerrito that took place in June 2016. I was also instrumental in creating the Not in Our Town Campaign, asserting our community values of tolerance and respect.
As the mother of two young boys, I will continue to build a community where all of our children are safe, respected, and nurtured.
Most importantly, I will listen to your needs in order to ensure a responsive government. Thank you for your support.
Endorsed by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, Supervisor John Gioia, Mayor Pro Tem Janet Abelson, Councilmember Jan Bridges, Councilmember Mark Friedman, Councilmember Gabriel Quinto, Sierra Club, El Cerrito Police Employee’s Association, Contra Costa Professional Firefighter’s Local 1230, and the California Nurses Association.