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About the Survey

May 4, 2009
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The Who, Where, and How of Resident SurveyIn response to readers’ questions, a description of the survey cited in the previous story is provided below: The survey was conducted jointly by the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), UNITE HERE Local 2850, and Residents United for a Livable Emeryville (RULE). The survey was conducted

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Residents Say Development Should Benefit Community

April 28, 2009
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Survey Shows Quality Jobs, Affordable Housing, and Investment in Education are Priorities for Residents The results of a new survey shows that Emeryville residents want development that includes community benefits. A majority (82 percent of more than 400 surveyed) do not support the current proposal for Bay Street Site B, which includes more high-end retail, a

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"No" on Emeryville Center for Community Life

April 16, 2009
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Edited version of email to residents from Council Member John Fricke (sent March 22, 2009).RE: The City Council’s plans for the Emeryville Center for Community Life (ECCL), described on the website designed exclusively to promote it, as a place where “schools, community services, arts, and recreation programs are integrated.” The price tag? More than $120

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Emeryville Vice-Mayor Ken Bukowski Censured

March 21, 2009
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Emeryville Vice-Mayor Ken Bukowski Censured

(l to r) Council members Ruth Atkin, Dick Kassis (mayor), Nora Davis, Ken Bukowski (vice-mayor), and John FrickeThe Two “No” Votes:Bukowski Cries “Revenge”;John Fricke Calls Censure “Toothless”__________________________________________________ Council Also Votes to Cut Public Comment Period from 5 minutes to 3 minutes by Brian Donahue and Tracy Schroth The Emeryville City Council last Tuesday voted 3-2 to officially censure

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Opinion

March 13, 2009
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Opinion

Where Is Center? by Joe ChambersWhere is the center of Emeryville? What constitutes a center? As my girlfriend, Luana, and I made our awkward walk home to 62nd and Hollis from Trader Joe’s, groceries in hand, we argued about exactly where the center of Emeryville lies. Unclear whether Emeryville’s main attraction, IKEA, constituted its center,

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Emeryville City Council Ratifies It’s January Ruling: The Woodfin Must Pay

March 9, 2009
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City Council is Unanimous in Ruling that Woodfin Owes Workers $200,000 in Back Wagesby Tracy Schroth Current and former Woodfin hotel workers are now one step closer to victory in their three-year fight for more than $200,000 in back wages. The Emeryville City Council voted last week to formally adopt written findings of fact in the

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Community Yoga Center Opening in Emeryville

February 18, 2009
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Square One Yoga Collective, a new studio offering low-cost yoga classes and community events, is opening March 1 in the Triangle Neighborhood of Emeryville. Katy Cryer, a neighborhood resident, is teaming up with 11 other Bay Area yoga teachers to make the transformative art of yoga available to everyone, regardless of income. At the

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City Manager Bans Distribution of News, Publications at City Hall

February 17, 2009
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Secret News Request Prompts Blanket Ban on “Outside Publications,” including Chamber Newsletter, Restaurant Flyers By Brian Donahue, Marc Albert, and Tracy Schroth A request by The Secret News to place printed copies of the Emeryville city news blog in City Hall – alongside the Chamber of Commerce newsletter, The Emeryville Connection — has triggered an all-out

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Respected Urban Planner Cites Bay Street Mall as Design Failure

February 12, 2009
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Bay Street mall design “really abysmal” says urban planner Daniel Iacofano of MIG, Inc. Below is an excerpt of an interview with Daniel Iacofano by The Inclusive City, a website that promotes the concept of “inclusive design”and Iacofano’s book about it, which he co-authored with Susan M. Goltsman. Iacofano and Goltsman co-founded the premier urban planning

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"We Must Grow – But Not at Any Cost"

February 10, 2009
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Letter to the Emeryville City Council(Reprint of letter sent to the City Council prior to its vote on Jan. 20 to demolish the historic brick building at 39th and Adeline Streets – designated as “architecturally significant” under the City’s own preservation ordinance. It is the third “architecturally significant” building the City Council has voted to

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