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November 23, 2008
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Comment re: Emeryville City Council to Developers: The Laws We Make, We’ll Break for You: This seems to be a ongoing theme from the city council. It seems John Fricke is the only one not in the back pocket of developers. Why can’t the other council members stand up and represent the people who actually elected

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Emeryville City Council to Developers: The Laws We Make, We’ll Break for You

November 21, 2008
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Emeryville City Council to Developers: The Laws We Make, We’ll Break for You

Developers Get to Make Noise, Chop Down Trees, Demolish Historic Buildings, and Exceed Height Limits – Despite Laws That Say They Can’t Here’s a list of the laws recently ignored by the City Council majority (edited excerpt from Nov. 19 email to residents from Council Member John Fricke): Significant commercial structures shall be preservedOrdinance adopted by the

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Ken Bukowski Tax Story Hits Front Page of East Bay Express

November 20, 2008
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Ken Bukowski Tax Story Hits Front Page of East Bay Express

East Bay Express Calls Mayor’s Explanation of Financial Hardship “Suspicious.” The latest issue of the East Bay Express features Mayor Ken Bukowski’s failure to pay Emeryville business taxes for the past four years. The article also reports that Bukowski is being sued by the widow of a man he accidentally hit and killed while driving his SUV

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Channel 7 Picks Up Secret News Story About Emeryville Mayor

November 12, 2008
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Channel 7 Picks Up Secret News Story About Emeryville Mayor

Channel 7 Reports Mayor Failed to Pay Business Tax One of the top stories on Channel 7 ABC News at 6 p.m. last night was Mayor Ken Bukowski’s failure to pay business tax on his Emeryville rental units. The story was first broken by The Secret News on October 20. The text and link to the video

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Immigrant Housekeepers Continue Fight for Back Wages at Woodfin Hotel

November 6, 2008
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Immigrant Housekeepers Continue Fight for Back Wages at Woodfin Hotel

March for Woodfin Hotel Workers’ Back WagesMonday, Nov. 17 at 5 pm Join the march from the Woodfin Hotel at 5800 Shellmound, Emeryville to Emeryville City Hall (1333 Park St., Emeryville). by Reem Assil It’s been close to three years since Woodfin owner Sam Hardage refused to pay about $200,000 in back wages to dozens

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"Stop The Noise" Say Residents Near Anna Yates Construction

October 27, 2008
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"Stop The Noise" Say Residents Near Anna Yates Construction

Residents Protest City Council’s Refusal to Hear Their Concerns; City Manager Grants Contractor Waiver of Noise Ordinance to Work Saturdays by Brian Donahue and Marc Albert After officials refused to hear their grievances, a group of residents living near Anna Yates Elementary School took to the streets Saturday morning, protesting the city’s decision to waive its noise ordinance

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Emeryville Mayor Failed to Pay Business Tax for Four Years; Also Owes $1,700 in Property Taxes and Fines

October 20, 2008
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Emeryville Mayor Failed to Pay Business Tax for Four Years; Also Owes $1,700 in Property Taxes and Fines

By Tracy Schroth, Marc Albert and Brian Donahue Emeryville Mayor Ken Bukowski owes at least $2,000 in business and property taxes and the fines continue to stack up. The City sent Bukowski a certified letter several months ago demanding that he obtain a business license and pay the business tax on his Doyle Street rental property, which

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Emeryville’s $70 Million "Bailout"

October 17, 2008
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Emeryville’s $70 Million "Bailout"

Subsidies to Developers Will Cost $7,000 per Resident — Three Times that of the Federal Bailout Edited version of Council Member John Fricke’s Letter to Emeryville Residents(sent via email on Sept. 28, 2008) The Bush Administration’s $700 billion bailout of Wall Street has been characterized as the largest government bailout of private enterprise in U.S. history. The

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Council Disregards Residents’ Concerns about Bay Street Development

September 25, 2008
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Council Disregards Residents’ Concerns about Bay Street Development

by Sandra Stewart and Reem Assil About 20 residents and workers packed Emeryville City Hall for the Sept. 16th City Council meeting to urge the Council to guarantee more community benefits out of the future (Site B) Bay Street project. The project is an extension of the Bay Street Mall on Shellmound Street. The developer, Madison

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Footage from 9/16 City Council Meeting

September 24, 2008
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