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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of AlbanyCandidate for City Council

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Erik Giesen-Fields

3,203 votes (16.61%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Make Albany's streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian pathways safer for all of Albany's residents.
  • Develop and implement preservation and maintence strategies for Albany's parks, open spaces, and waterfront.
  • Stronger implementation of Albany's Climate Action Plan and Active Transportation Plan, as well as developing strategies to address affordable housing.



Profession:Attorney & Architect
Planning & Zoning Commissioner, Albany, California Planning & Zoning Commission — Appointed position (2014–current)


University of California, Hastings College of the Law Juris Doctor (2014)
University of Minnesota, School of Architecture Master of Architecture (2002)
University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts Bachelor of Arts (1999)


I've lived in North Albany for more than seven years with my family and I currently work at an Oakland-based architecture firm.  As both an attorney at law and a licensed architect, I have a knowledge of real property law, municipal law, architecture, green building and urban planning, and a deep passion for local politics, community-building and government.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Green Party of Alameda County

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (4)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Answer from Erik Giesen-Fields:

I would like to: (1) ensure that Albany’s streets and pedestrian pathways are as safe as possible; (2) ensure that Albany meets its Climate Action Plan goals to reduce greenhouse gas emission; (3) maintain Albany’s fiscal health and budget surplus; (4) develop an active strategy to preserve and maintain Albany’s waterfront, open spaces, and parks; (5) address affordable housing with a comprehensive approach tailored to Albany; (5) continue to implement Albany’s Active Transportation Plan; and (6) support Albany's schools, police, and fire department.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?
Answer from Erik Giesen-Fields:

To continue Albany’s prosperity infrastructure maintenance and development, affordable housing, and the affects due to Albany’s changing demographics needs to be addressed.  Albany’s sidewalks need to be improved to ensure that all of Albany’s residents can navigate the city.  More street lights need to be installed to improve community safety.  A comprehensive and holistic approach is needed to address affordable housing in Albany.  Albany’s demographics are changing and the concerns of both the new families moving to the city as well as the longtime residents of Albany should be addressed.

How do you plan to balance the regional Planned Bay Area (ABAG/MTC) goals of Priority Development Areas (PDAs) with local needs of property owners, traffic/parking/congestion problems, and other local concerns?
Answer from Erik Giesen-Fields:

To balance the regional Planned Bay Area (PBA) goals and local goals there needs to be a healthy dialogue with the community about what PBA is proposing and how it will impact our community.  Community outreach and involvement about affordable housing, Albany's rental market, and parking is another necessary process to make sure that local conditons and needs are understood and considered.  By involving the cummunity we can tailor our individual policies and measures to address the concerns of Albany's property owners, landlords, renters, business owners, and parking issues.  Albany's Climate Action Plan and Active Transportation Plan are two ways that Albany can work to reduce greenhouse gas emmissions and our dependance on individual car ownership, both PBA goals.  ABAG provides development strategies, resources, and funding that could potentially benefit Solano Ave. and San Pablo Ave. which are both Priority Development Areas.

Considering the disintegration of local infrastructure, how can the city upgrade to meet the current regulatory requirements for clean air and for clean water discharge into the Bay?
Answer from Erik Giesen-Fields:

Support for Albany’s existing plan to replace and improve the sewer infrastructure is essential.  While the actual repairs are important it’s also important to make sure that Albany’s infrastructure system will be able to meet the future needs as the city grows and develops.

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