ELECTION: Janet Abelson announces council re-election bid
Source: Committee to Elect Janet Abelson
Janet Abelson is running for re-election to the El Cerrito City Council
on November 5. As Mayor in 2002, Abelson has presided over the
revitalization of the Plaza, including plans for a parking garage and a
Trader Joe’s, restoration of the Cerrito Theater, expansion of library
services, and possible development of a new civic center.
Abelson and her husband Howard, a former El Cerrito Mayor, have owned a
home in El Cerrito since 1973. The youngest of their five children to
attend El Cerrito public schools is enrolled at Portola Middle School,
and Abelson has been honored as its Parent of the Year. She raised funds
for safe playground equipment at Harding School. Active in the PTA,
Abelson is currently the Legislative Chair of the PTA Bayside Council
serving West County Schools.
Abelson is an award-winning, nationally recognized expert on
transportation planning. She represents West County on the Contra Costa
County Transportation Authority and chairs the West Contra Costa
Transportation Advisory Committee, the Metropolitan Transportation
Commission Advisory Council, and the AC Transit Accessibility Advisory
Committee. As a community advocate, Abelson has promoted sidewalk curb
cuts and audible traffic signals, and raised funds toward special library
equipment for the sight-impaired.
Abelson has been an active environmentalist for many years. As a
Councilmember, she championed the restoration of creeks and city park
playground facilities. As Chair of the annual El Cerrito Earth Day
Celebration, Abelson coordinates the efforts of over 300 volunteers.
According to Abelson, “the efforts of citizen volunteers in beautifying
our city exemplifies the spirit that makes El Cerrito a special
The Soroptomist International Club of El Cerrito recently awarded Abelson
their Woman of Distinction.
Abelson’s priorities for her second term are to promote public safety,
enhance services, and emphasize fiscal responsibility. She will continue
high quality police and fire protection, maintain streets and sidewalks
in good repair, and solve traffic congestion and transportation problems.
Abelson will further improve park and recreation facilities and address
the shortage of play fields. She will ensure city funds and taxpayer
dollars are well managed, and will promote partnerships that facilitate
resource sharing and cooperative efforts.
Abelson has secured the early endorsement of many community members and
also of: the Sierra Club; Assembly Member Dion Aroner and Assembly
Candidate Loni Hancock; State Senator Tom Torlakson; County Supervisor
John Gioia; El Cerrito Council Members Mark Friedman and Letitia Moore;
School Board Members Glen Price, Pat Player, George Harris, and Karen
Fenton; East Bay Regional Parks Director Jean Siri; EBMUD Director David
Richardson; and AC Transit Directors Rebecca Kaplan and Joe Wallace.
If re-elected, Abelson promises: “I will continue to be a strong advocate
for improving the quality of life in El Cerrito.”
Run dates: 2002-08-01 - 2002-11-05