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Berkeley City CouncilCandidate for City Council, District 7

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Cecilia "Ces" Rosales

Small Business Owner
967 votes (34.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing - supply, affordability, and homelessness.
  • Safety concerns on off UC Campus, including issues of sexual assault and violence
  • Infrastructure maintenance, especially the conditions of roads and sidewalks



Profession:Graphic Designer / Social Justice Activist
Technical Support Administrator (part time), Paras and Associates (2015–current)
Graphics / Web Designer (part time), Self / ZesTop Design (2011–current)
Commissioner, Berkeley Health Commission — Appointed position (2018–current)
Delegate, Assembly District 15, CA Democratic Party — Appointed position (2016–2016)
Commissioner, Berkeley Health Commission — Appointed position (2012–2015)
Graphic Designer / Small Business owner (San Francisco), Self / Zestop Design (1990–2010)
Member for Assembly District 14, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2008–2010)


University of the Philippines BA, Communications (current)
University of British Columbia (Canada) Certificate, Creative Writing (1982)
Vancouver Vocational Institute (Vancouver, Canada) Certificate in Computer Programming (1981)
University of the Philippines Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication (1973)

Community Activities

Board Member, East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club (2017–current)
Board Member, East Bay Women's Political Alliance (2016–current)
Board Member, Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus (2018–current)
Organizer, National Night Out Block Party on Russell and Ellsworth Streets (2013–current)
Board Member, National Center for Lesbian RIghts (2009–2014)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Hon. Nancy Skinner, State Senator
  • Hon. Loni Hancock, CA State Senator (ret.)
  • Hon. Lori Droste, Berkeley Councilmember

Organizations (1)

  • City of Berkeley Public Employees Union, Loc. 1, AFSME

Elected Officials (4)

  • Hon. Linda Maio, Councilmember, Berkeley
  • Hon. Rob Bonta, Assemblymember, AD 18
  • Hon. Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland
  • Hon. Betty Yee, CA State Controller

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters, Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville, Voter Services Committee (5)

Why should students be involved in Berkeley City politics? What are the issues and problems that most affect students?
Answer from Cecilia "Ces" Rosales:

Issues and Problems that most affect students:

1) high tuition rates

2) very few affordable housing near campus (or even far from campus)

3) sexual assault and violence

4) vulnerability to property crimes - theft of cell phones and laptop computers

How can the City improve the business climate on Telegraph Avenue and help stores stay in business?
Answer from Cecilia "Ces" Rosales:

1) better coordination between the City and the business owners and merchants about their needs - including police policies

2) easier access to busines permits - including the one with Alameda County.

3) As a Councilmember, I will explore and advocate for a small business lease/rent control

Question 3

Do you support building student housing on Peoples’ Park? What are the impacts of the presence in Peoples’ Park and south campus and what can be done to reduce or mitigate the challenges associated with these?

No answer provided.
Question 4

What kinds of crimes are most committed in the campus vicinity? What can be done to reduce these crimes?

No answer provided.
Question 5

What will you do to improve the relationship between UCB and the City? How do you propose to reduce conflicts the arise from political protests on campus that spill over into the City streets?

No answer provided.

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