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Important City Council Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 16!

September 15, 2008
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Important City Council Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 16!

IT’S OUR CITYWE SHOULD HAVE A SAY IN HOW IT GETS DEVELOPED This Tuesday, September 16th at 7:15 pm, the City Council will be voting to extend the Exclusive Right to Negotiate (ERN) for Madison Marquette, the developer of the future Bay St Site B project. An ERN gives a developer the exclusive right

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Agitprop Stunt Spurs Park Action

September 15, 2008
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Agitprop Stunt Spurs Park Action

Mysterious Local Activist Slings Mud at City for Stalled Park Project by Marc Albert Who did it remains unclear. But after scores of flyers (pictured, left) were pinned to a fence around the future site of a park on Emeryville’s north side, City officials sprung into action. Within 10 days of the flyers being posted

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What the City Council Does Not Want You to Know

September 13, 2008
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What the City Council Does Not Want You to Know

A Letter from Council Member John Fricke (Sent to residents via email on Sept. 4, 2008) Dear Emeryville neighbors,Another large development project is moving toward city council approval. Informally referred to as “Site B,” the project would expand the Bay Street shopping mall to the north with a department store, a 30-story hotel, and a

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A Fresh Start: The Wesley Replacement Search

September 9, 2008
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A Fresh Start: The Wesley Replacement Search

by Brian Donahue Now that Stephan Wesley, Emeryville’s disgraced School Superintendent, has resigned after news broke of his faked resume, the critical question is how will a replacement supervisor be named? Despite attempts by Mayor Ken Bukowski to downplay the severity of Wesley’s offense, referring to a possible ‘rallying around’ Wesley by the School Board and City

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Welcome Anna Yates

September 6, 2008
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Welcome Anna Yates

by Sandra StewartTeachers and staff of Anna Yates Elementary School had a pleasant surprise last Tuesday when they were treated to lunch by Albert Repola, owner of Ruby’s Cafe. It was the final prep day at the school’s temporary location before the doors opened to hundreds of students. Principal Jag Lathan thanked Repola, owner of the

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Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

September 4, 2008
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Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

by Marc Albert After an unscrupulous grifter bankrupted the Emery Unified School District seven years ago, logic suggests the school board would do everything in its power not to be played like a bunch of small town rubes all over again. Well, logic is apparently in short supply. The San Francisco Chronicle says it

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Tree Law Won’t Stop Chain Saw

August 30, 2008
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Tree Law Won’t Stop Chain Saw

Can Emeryville Be As Tree-Friendly As Oakland Or Berkeley? By Brian Donahue A citizen-led drive against the incessant chopping of Emeryville’s trees led the City Council at its final August meeting to change course and strengthen the city’s tree ordinance. The Council ordered city staff to study ways to bolster the existing ordinance so it may be

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All This Development IS Good for You: Just Ask the City Council’s Pricey PR Expert

August 22, 2008
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$15,000 PowerPoint to “Hone in on Certain Messages” PROPAGANDA n. Any widespread or systematic dissemination or promotion of particular ideas, practices, etc. to further one’s own cause or to damage an opposing one. Often used disparagingly to connote deception or distortion. by Brian Donahue There has been a lot of talk in Emeryville lately about all the

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Public Market Development Plan Will Bring More Traffic, Few Benefits to Residents

August 19, 2008
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Public Market Development Plan Will Bring More Traffic, Few Benefits to Residents

Developer To Get $10 Million and Street Widening Residents Might Get a Park – in 20 Years by Reem Assil One of Emeryville’s biggest development proposals received a green light last month, when the City Council gave its approval to a major overhaul of the Emeryville Public Market site. The plan is for a sprawling mall

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One Family’s Saga: Our Eviction from the Woodfin Suites Hotel

August 17, 2008
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One Family’s Saga: Our Eviction from the Woodfin Suites Hotel

by Juanita Carroll Young My activism was born out of personal experience. You see, my 11-year-old daughter and I were evicted from the Woodfin Suites Hotel in Emeryville last year. We resided there for close to three years while waiting for our Emeryville condo to be repaired of a construction defect. In that time, we became

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