Capitelli is a Bay Area native and a 1963 graduate of Palo Alto High School.
He attended UC Berkeley, where he met his wife, Marilyn, and
graduated in 1967 with a degree in political science.
Laurie settled with his wife in Berkeley, and began a career at an
east bay high school teaching history.
Soon after his two children were born, Laurie changed careers, becoming a
real estate agent in a small, Berkeley firm, where he remains today as one
of the firm’s partners. In
1977 he and Marilyn bought their home in North Berkeley, and sent their
children, Sarah and Matt, to Berkeley public schools.
Laurie’s civic life in Berkeley includes service
on both the City’s Planning Commission and the Zoning Adjustments Board.
He is a founding and continuing board member of the Berkeley Public
Education. Before running for
City Council, Laurie served as the chair of the Mayor’s Task
Force on Development and the Permit Process.
“I want Berkeley to continue to be a city that
preserves its rich heritage, its architecture, and its cultural and economic
diversity. I want us to celebrate and defend the intellectual nature of
Berkeley. My priority as a councilmember
is to support and nurture our neighborhoods and the small commercial
districts that help define our community, maintaining the best of what we
have, while being flexible and creative in order to adapt to the future.”
In his spare time, Laurie plays poker, walks his dog Ube, and looks forward
to spending time with his first grandchild who was born June 18, 2007.