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Vice Mayor Ken Bukowski Dodges Censure Vote

February 10, 2009
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Vice Mayor Ken Bukowski Dodges Censure Vote

Bukowski Brings “Disrepute” to City,Says Council Member Ruth Atkinby Marc Albert and Tracy Schroth A resolution aimed at censuring embattled Vice Mayor Ken Bukowski ended up going nowhere when Council Member Ruth Atkin withdrew the resolution she had introduced at the City Council’s Jan. 20 meeting. The strongly worded resolution criticized Bukowski for bringing “disrepute” on

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Open Letter to the Emeryville City Council

February 9, 2009
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To Mayor Dick Kassis and members of the City Council: I heard that Mayor Kassis recently warned the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce about “outside forces.” Exactly who are these “forces”? I presume he means the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, and those of us who live in Emeryville and criticize the decisions of

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City Council Orders Woodfin to Pay Workers $200,000 in Back Wages

January 19, 2009
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by Brian Donahue Current and former Woodfin Suites Hotel workers, cheated out of $200,000 in wages by the company, won a major victory Thursday when the Emeryville City Council ordered the hotel to make good on its debt. The Council rejected Woodfin’s appeal of the city manager’s finding in 2006, ordering the hotel to pay

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Please Attend City Council Meeting to Oppose Demolition of Historic Brick Building

January 19, 2009
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Edited version of email to residents from Council Member John Fricke (sent Jan. 13 2008) On Tuesday, Jan. 20th, Barack Obama will begin restoring Lincoln’s promise of government for the people. But in Emeryville, Tuesday will mark yet another day when the City Council grants developers whatever they ask, with little concrete benefit to

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Comments From Our Readers

January 18, 2009
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We had a chance last year to significantly change the composition of the City Council, when 3 of the members were up for re-election. Why Emeryville residents did not do so is a mystery to me. I support any effort to make our council more accountable to the people who live here – not just

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To Ring in the New Year, Emeryville Poised to Drop the (Wrecking) Ball

January 13, 2009
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To Ring in the New Year, Emeryville Poised to Drop the (Wrecking) Ball

Two of Three Buildings Slated for Demolition Designated by City as “Architecturally Significant” by Tracy Schroth and Marc Albert City Hall is poised to issue a flurry of building demolition permits to ring in the new year, hastening the extinction of Emeryville’s architectural and cultural past — for a future filled with — you

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Channel 5 CBS News Reports on Emeryville’s Threatened Economy

December 23, 2008
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On the evening news last night: Emeryville Struggles As Shopping LagsEMERYVILLE (CBS 5) ― The economic downturn has spelled trouble for many Bay Area cities, but one of the hardest hit has been the shopping enclave of Emeryville. Click here for the story.

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Is Emeryville’s Retail Economy Sustainable? Check out today’s New York Times

December 22, 2008
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Is Emeryville’s Retail Economy Sustainable? Check out today’s New York Times

by Marc Albert A lengthy story on the front page of the business section of today’s New York Times suggests that Emeryville’s renaissance as a big box mecca may backfire — as worried consumers drastically cut spending. The story, A City That Shopped Till it Dropped chronicles the waning fortunes of local retailers and the repercussions

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Vice-Mayor’s Decision Not to Pay Tax Ranks Among "Worst Ideas of the Week" in SF Examiner

December 10, 2008
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Emeryville Deserves a Mayor “who strives for solutions, not one who stoops to excuses,” says Examiner Ken Bukowski’s failure to pay business taxes to the city of which he is now vice-mayor and formerly mayor has received a place among the San Francisco Examiner’s “Worst Ideas of the Week” for the week of Dec. 7, 2008. Here’s

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Taxpayers Foot Bill for Clean Up of Vice Mayor’s Property

December 2, 2008
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Taxpayers Foot Bill for Clean Up of Vice Mayor’s Property

by Brian Donahue After Emeryville’s vice mayor was cited for health code violations at his Doyle Street property due to excessive trash and other debris, and failed to clean it up, the city ordered crews to haul away the garbage – at taxpayers’ expense. An abatement order was issued in May, requiring immediate remediation of

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