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Meeting Tonight! Charting Emeryville’s Future

February 28, 2012
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Meeting Tonight! Charting Emeryville’s Future

Tell the City Council What You Would Like to See When: 5:30-8:30 pm, Tonight, Tues., Feb. 28 Where: Emeryville City Hall, 1333 Park Ave. What: Redevelopment is gone and we must set our shared priorities before the new two-year budget is drafted and adopted in June. Hear information from staff, share your ideas, and meet neighbors. Participate in the shaping of your city’s future. The agenda is available here. (From Council Member Jennifer West’s blog): To keep you informed on Redevelopment changes, there will be an Oversight Board. The Board will be established in the next month or so and will be in place by May 1, 2012. This body will be reviewing all decisions made by the City Council as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency as we wind down its affairs, including looking at all of the projects and “enforceable obligations” that are listed on our Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule (EOPS). The Oversight Board will have 7 members: the Mayor a person appointed by the County Superintendent of Schools, Sheila Jordan a person appointed by ACTransit a person appointed by the Peralta Community College District a member of the County Board of Supervisors a person appointed by the

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Emeryville Mayor Jennifer West – State of the City Address TONIGHT

February 7, 2012
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Emeryville Mayor Jennifer West – State of the City Address TONIGHT

  Mayor West’s State of the City Address 7:15 pm tonight, City Hall (City Manager, Patrick O’Keeffe, will also speak.) For those who can’t attend tonight’s meeting, the address will be televised (find the link on the city website) or on Emeryville TV, channel 27. As with all city council meetings, it will be reshown on Ch. 27 at other times as well, and will be archived on the City Council website. The City Council agenda for tonight’s meeting includes: Study Session on Proposals to contract out our Fire Services (starts at 6:30 pm) Discussion on the new LED street lights around town Design for the new park to be located next to Stanford Ave. between Hollis and Doyle (which includes a dog run in the plans) Appointment of a new Planning Commissioner Update from Ohana, a new non-profit that is working to support ECAP and other needs of the neediest in town Sustainable Communities Strategies update (this is the regional plan from MTC for transportation and land use going forward to address greenhouse gas emissions) All of these items are discussed in a bit more detail on Mayor West’s blog post here. She invites residents to come, listen and

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Attention Emeryville Seniors!

January 26, 2012
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Emeryville property owners 65 and older are exempt from the school parcel tax (Measure A) approved by voters in November 2007. The property must be the owners’ principal place of residence. To receive a Senior Exemption request form, contact: Superintendent of Schools Emery Unified School District 4727 San Pablo Avenue Emeryville, California 94608 Telephone:  (510) 601-4906 For tax year 2012, this request form must be submitted before July 1, 2012. The exemption must be requested and renewed each year.  You must provide proof of age and proof of ownership with the request form.

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Hostages Held Overnight in Botched Office Depot Robbery

September 10, 2011
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Hostages Held Overnight in Botched Office Depot Robbery

OAKLAND (CBS 5) – A suspect who held hostages overnight at an Emeryville office supply store in a botched attempt to rob the store was taken into custody Saturday morning, an Oakland police officer said. After police reviewed surveillance video from the store, an employee was also arrested for allegedly assisting the suspect with entering the store to commit the robbery, police spokeswoman Holly Joshi said. The 45-year-old suspect from Oakland held an unknown number of people hostage at an Office Depot at 3535 Hollis St. starting at 9:36 p.m. Police were in a standoff with the suspect for six and a half hours, Oakland police Officer Kevin McDonald said. Read more at CBS San Francisco

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Shirley Enomoto Quits Measure J Oversight Committee

September 8, 2011
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Shirley Enomoto Quits Measure J Oversight Committee

  Enomoto Questions Committee’s Role and Responsibility for Future Emeryville Center for Community Life (ECCL) Long-time Emeryville resident Shirley Enomoto said she had complained for months that the Measure J Citizen Oversight Committee (COC) lacked a clearly defined role and appeared to have little or no power, or respect, from the educators and city council members who  appointed it. To no avail. After getting no meaningful response to her concerns, Enomoto resigned from the Committee “with a heavy heart.” “It’s very obvious to me that the City/ Schools Committee still does not know or want to say what the role and responsibilites of the COC are,” Enomoto said in her resignation letter, which she submitted to COC Committee Chair Brian Carver. “They seem very reluctant to give any control to the COC and appear fearful that the Committee wants to “approve” expenditures rather than simply review them, which is one of the committee’s principal responsibilities.” Enomoto said that of the five meetings she attended, more focus, time and attention was given to community engagement than to expenditures. There were lots of refreshments, she said, but no meaningful action. Bottled water and pizza or sandwiches were always served, despite the meeting

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City Council Meeting Sept. 6: Sherwin Williams’ Request for Extended Work Hours

September 1, 2011
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City Council Meeting Sept. 6: Sherwin Williams’ Request for Extended Work Hours

The Emeryville City Council will consider Sherwin Williams’ request to extend its work hours at the Horton and 45th streets clean-up site to include Saturdays and evenings until 9 pm. Current hours are 7 am to 6 pm on weekdays. The clean up has been ongoing for 45 days and is expected to continue for at least another three months. Despite repeated requests from neighborhood residents, Sherwin Williams, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and Bay Area Air Quality Management (BAAQM) have so far refused to conduct testing of dust being generated by the clean-up. Soil at the site contains arsenic, lead, and benzene, among other toxins. Sherwin Williams now says it is working with DTSC to configure a dust sampling plan, but so far no sampling has been done. Several residents first complained of the dust three weeks ago, including a call to the BAAQM hotline. Mara Feeney, a public relations person hired by Sherwin William to address community concerns, said that they have problems with testing of the dust because “there is no ‘baseline’ data to use for scientific comparison.” Sherwin Williams has the same resources as any other multi-billion dollar corporation, with the very best

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Pixar’s Wall-E @ Studio One, Oakland

August 29, 2011
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At Dusk, Sept. 23 Studio One is very near E’ville–365 45th Street in Oakland!  Come see a screening of Pixar’s Wall-E.  All films screened in the Summer Movie series begin @ dusk.  Be sure to dress warm and bring a blanket.

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The Fantastic Mr. Fox @ Studio One, Oakland

August 29, 2011
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At dusk, Sept. 9th, Movies in the Courtyard @ Studio One in Oakland Studio One is very near E’ville–365 45th Street in Oakland!  Come see a screening of The Fantastic Mr. Fox.  On Sept. 23rd, Studio One will screen Pixar’s Wall-E.  All films screened in the Summer Movie series begin @ dusk.  Be sure to dress warm and bring a blanket.

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Is It Safe?

August 27, 2011
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Is It Safe?

Sherwin Williams asks for extended work hours (evenings, Saturdays), while refusing repeated requests for testing Sherwin Williams has spent the past 45 days cleaning up the mess it made during its heyday dacades ago, when it was busy “covering the world.” And it’s quite a mess. More than 8 acres of land at the corner of Sherwin and Horton streets in Emeryville is contaminated with arsenic, lead, and solvents like benzene. While the clean-up –- reportedly just one-third of the way done –- is good news, the bad news is the clean-up is generating dust – a dust that residents say is sticking to their cars, blowing into their open apartment windows, and leaving a layer of grit on their morning newspapers. “It’s a change I’ve noticed since the clean up started,” said nearby resident Archana Horsting, referring to the dust on her newspaper. “I feel like I need to wash my hands because I don’t know what it is.” Horsting, a long-time resident of the Emeryville Artists’ Cooperative (EAC) and Executive Director of the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, spoke at a recent meeting between EAC residents, and representatives of Sherwin-Williams (S-W) and the state Department of Toxic Substances

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Emeryville City Council Race: Here’s Who’s Running

August 17, 2011
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Emeryville City Council Race: Here’s Who’s Running

It’s official. Here are the candidates running for three City Council seats in November. Election Day is Nov. 8. Don’t forget to vote! More information on each candidate will be coming soon in The Secret News.         (From left: Jacqueline Asher, incumbents Nora Davis, Ken Bukowski, and Ruth Atkin, and Michael Webber). (Click on the photos, or the names below, to go to more information about each candidate. In the case of the incumbents, the information provided reflects each of the candidates’ “political philosophy” touted in their last election campaign(s), in 2007. Did their actions over the past four years reflect those philosophies?) New candidates Jacqueline Asher Mike Webber Incumbents Ken Bukowski Nora Davis Ruth Atkin (To comment on this story, or to see the comments of others, click on the headline to go to the story page, and then scroll to the bottom.)  

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