“Laurie has spent over 35 years building bridges in our community - bridges that benefit our public schools, our small businesses, and our neighborhoods. He is invaluable on the City Council.” ~ Loni Hancock, California State Senate, District 9
We endorse Laurie Capitelli:
It has been an honor to serve as your District 5 City Councilmember. Thank you for the opportunity. I look forward to your support in continuing our work.
Berkeley is a unique and amazing city. Like you, I love Berkeley's neighborhoods, its beautiful parks, vibrant shopping districts, exciting arts and culture, distinctive architecture—and, most of all, the residents whose imagination, energy and spirit have made "Berkeley" synonymous around the world as a place of hope and possibility. It is no wonder that last year our Northbrae neighborhood was voted one of the nation's 10 best neighborhoods by the American Planning Association.
I have been blessed to both live and own a small business in North Berkeley for nearly 40 years. It's where my wife and I have raised our two children—and now get to spend time with our two granddaughters!
Serving as your Councilmember for the past eight years has allowed me to give back some of that good fortune to our community, to help protect Berkeley's character and unique values, while also preparing our city to face the challenges that lie ahead.
As your Councilmember, I have worked with residents and business owners to improve our parks, renovate our library, make our streets safer for pedestrians and school kids, and establish green programs to reduce waste, conserve water and clean our air. Together we envisioned a thriving Solano Avenue that, with streamlined zoning, café seating and upcoming street improvements, will continue to be the commercial heart of North Berkeley. It has also been my priority to preserve funding for police and fire services, resulting in an overall reduction of crime in our city.
In the years ahead, I look forward to continuing the revitalization of our commercial districts, sustaining the fiscal health of our city and maintaining an environment that is safe, healthy and nurturing for all the citizens of Berkeley.
Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your Councilmember. I look forward to working together in the future.