City Manager's Update / October 24, 2023
This past weekend, I had the honor of attending a luncheon held by the El Cerrito Branch of the NAACP that honored several community members for their service. The theme was "Freedom: The Struggle Continues," and the event was a lovely way to highlight several amazing and inspiring people who work for our community every day.

I was especially proud that our El Cerrito Police Chief Paul Keith was honored with the Community Engagement Award. Chief Keith, a lifetime NAACP member, was recognized for his work in building relationships between the community and law enforcement. I was also proud that one of our El Cerrito Human Relations Commissioners Mina Wilson was also honored with an award, and we were all moved by a poem presented by El Cerrito's own Poet Laureate Eevelyn Mitchell. Also honored were Gerald Martin, Ismail J. Ramsey, Tamara Shiloh, Virgil Weekes, and Eric Zell, along with their families. I was inspired by all the honorees who shared their stories and provided so much hope and positivity. We are all better for their service to our community.

In a time when so many of us are overwhelmed by all that is going on in the world and it seems easy to succumb to negativity, it was wonderful to be reminded that even in the midst of the struggles that continue, there is hope and pride and inspiration that lives here in El Cerrito. I am grateful to the El Cerrito Branch of the NAACP for hosting this wonderful event that showed us how resilience, leadership, and service can make the world a better place for everyone.

As always, please take care of yourselves and each other.

Karen Pinkos
City Manager
City of El Cerrito
10890 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530