How did Janet Abelson die? Former city of EL Cerrito CA mayor cause of death Explained

Janet Abelson cause of death
Janet Abelson, El Cerrito city mayor


Janet Abelson, former EL Cerrito city’s mayor passed away on January 26, 2023. Let’s see, how did the mayor die and Janet Abelson cause of death in detail.

How did Janet Abelson die?

Janet Abelson, council member of El Cerrito city sadly passed away at the age of 76. This sad news was announced by City of El Cerrito, CA by sharing the following statement on their social media page.

“It is with tremendous sadness that the City of El Cerrito announces the passing of long-time former City Council Member Janet Abelson. Janet passed peacefully on January 26, 2023. She was 76.

The El Cerrito City Council and the entire City staff team send their deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Janet Abelson. She is already truly missed. 

“Janet leaves a tremendous legacy in El Cerrito,” said Mayor Lisa Motoyama. “She is integral to the fabric of our City; her family is our family. We were all looking forward to see what she’d take on in her next life stage off the Council, and to not have that is difficult for all of us.

“We are all here to continue the work she started and to aspire to the level of dedication Janet has shown to serving the people of El Cerrito. On a personal note, Janet was the first person to ask me to run for City Council and it is because of her support that I am Mayor today. As Mayor, I have directed City staff to lower the flag to half staff in her honor.”

Who was Janet Abelson?

One of the most enduring political characters in the Bay Area, Janet was first elected to the El Cerrito City Council in 1999.

Janet served 23 years of dedicated public service. Janet has since served a total of five terms as mayor in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2017
She actively fought for several important causes, such as services for low-income citizens. Like, Student Bus Pass Program and championed underrepresented groups.

The 2014 San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan, her self-declared signature piece of legislation, continues to be crucial to shaping El Cerrito’s progressive future.

Janet Abelson, an El Cerrito resident since 1970, was committed to offering long-lasting solutions to improve her neighborhood.

Janet’s other roles:

In addition to the El Cerrito City Council, she also took part in organizations like West Contra Costa Transportation Authority Committee (Chair), the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (Chair).

She also acted as a East Bay Division, League of California Cities (Chair), Chamber of Commerce (Member), League of Women Voters (Vice President Membership).

She worked in Soroptimist International of El Cerrito (President), Bayside Council of Parent
Teacher Associations (Vice President), PTA of Harding and El Cerrito High School (Member), EL Cerrito High School Archiving Committee, and California walks (treasurer)

Janet Abelson Cause of death:

Former City of El Cerrito, CA Mayor, Janet Abelson passed away peacefully on January 26, 2023. 

Arrangements are pending and will be shared by the City once they are available.

Congressman John Garamendi shared a statement on the passing of Janet and that reads,

“Saddened to learn that former City of El Cerrito, CA Mayor, Janet Abelson, has passed away.

Janet was a leader for local transportation, equality, and disability rights. She was also a dear friend who will be missed by many. Her kindness, leadership, and passion for advocacy will always be remembered.”

Tributes flooded social media after the demise news of Janet broke out.

Condolences to Janet Abelson:

John Gioia posted,

We lost a great leader for transportation #equity, disability rights and supporting seniors.
Former City of El Cerrito, CA Mayor and Councilmember Janet Abelson has passed away.
I will always remember her energetic and passionate advocacy for those whose voice was not always heard. My condolences to the Abelson Family.

BART tweeted,

Janet Abelson was a long time BART partner. She cared deeply about transit and we cared deeply about her. Our Board of Directors and staff worked closely with her over the years and she was a tireless advocate for a safe and accessible BART system.

Rebecca Saltzman posted,

Saddened by the passing of Janet today. She served on the  El Cerrito Council for 23 years, retiring last month. She did so much for the city and for transit, including improving accessibility of BART. We often ran into each other on BART, as pictured in this photo from 2017.

Jesse Arreguin tweeted,

Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of longtime El Cerrito Councilmember Janet, a history making leader and champion for disabled access, transportation and for her El Cerrito constituents. My heart goes out to her colleagues, family and friends.

John Gioia tweeted,

We lost a great leader for transportation #equity, disability rights&supporting seniors. Former @cityofelcerrito
Mayor&Councilmember Janet Abelson has passed away. I will remember her energetic&passionate advocacy for those whose voice was not always heard. @CerritoChamber


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