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E-VILLE LEAKS: Nice Work If You Can Get It (City Attorney Mike Biddle’s Generous Employment Contract)

July 8, 2011
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E-VILLE LEAKS: Nice Work If You Can Get It (City Attorney Mike Biddle’s Generous Employment Contract)

The Secret News introduces: E-VILLE LEAKS This section will feature verbatim reports, memos, and other city documents that we believe contain important and useful information. Please let us know if you have a document to share. If you wish to remain anonymous, that’s fine. Many of these are public documents, but are deliberately not

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Banjos in Bulk: Guitar Center to Replace Borders Books at Public Market

June 17, 2011
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Banjos in Bulk: Guitar Center to Replace Borders Books at Public Market

Thursday, June 16, 2011 San Franicsco Business Times, by Blanca Torres Guitar Center, a musical equipment retailer, plans to move into a space formerly occupied by Borders Books in Emeryville’s Public Market. The store has signed a lease for 18,000 square feet at 5800 Shellmound St. with landlord TMG Partners. Work is expected to start on the build-out

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Should Big Business in Emeryville Pay Their Fair Share?

May 16, 2011
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Should Big Business in Emeryville Pay Their Fair Share?

For years, the City Council has given the city’s biggest businesses the biggest tax breaks. Residents and small business owners in town have begun to ask why. On Tuesday, the City Council will decide whether to put an initiative on the November ballot asking voters to decide whether the city’s multi-billion dollar businesses should pay what

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Japanese Pharmeceutical Giant Moves US Headquarters to Emeryville

May 7, 2011
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Japanese Pharmeceutical Giant Moves US Headquarters to Emeryville

Santen Inc., a subsidiary of Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Osaka, Japan, has announced that its U.S. corporate headquarters, currently located in Napa, CA, will relocate to 2100 Powell in Emeryville in early July. “In the preparation of our new strategic plan we can see that there will be substantial expansion of the organization and we could

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Court Rejects Woodfin Demand

April 4, 2010
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By Marc Albert A California appeals court rejected a demand by the Woodfin Suites Hotel that Emeryville taxpayers pay the hotel’s growing legal fees. The hotel company, owned and operated by Sam Hardage, a Republican Party activist from San Diego, has fought the city’s living wage ordinance for hotel workers since before it was codified. The ordinance, Measure

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Gun ‘Nuts’ Reload for Showdown Tuesday

April 4, 2010
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Gun ‘Nuts’ Reload for Showdown Tuesday

By Brian Donahue They’re Going To Have Every Council Member Removed High noon will come at precisely 7:15 P.M. Tuesday. That’s when the final showdown is scheduled in an epic battle pitting the National Rifle Association, an organization devoted to preserving one of our Constitutionally guaranteed rights, versus the Emeryville city council, a

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Argentine Barbecue Comes to Emeryville

March 25, 2010
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Argentine Barbecue Comes to Emeryville

Blogs (Reprinted from SF Weekly Blog “Sfoodie”) Argentine Asador Primo’s Parilla Fires Up Grill in Emeryville

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OPINION

March 11, 2010
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OPINION

It’s Only Money, Honey (You Got It, I Want It) By Liz Altieri “The Proposed Budget is premised on the long-term budget philosophy of the City Council and Redevelopment Agency. This budget philosophy includes the following major principles, which are elaborated below: … Current year expenditures should be supported by current year revenues. One time revenues

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A Long-Term Solution to Emeryville’s Budget Shortfall

March 5, 2010
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Modest Increase in City’s Business License Tax CapCould Close Projected Budget Shortfalls for Next Two Years By Brian W. Carver BackgroundIn a memorandum dated March 2, 2010 from the Emeryville Finance Department entitled “Budget Planning Discussions FY 2010-11 and FY 2011-12,” (hereinafter, “Budget Planning Memo”) a preliminary estimate of the budget gap was provided as follows: “The projected

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Message to Residents from Emeryville Council Member Jennifer West: Public Input and Community Participation

February 15, 2010
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Message to Residents from Emeryville Council Member Jennifer West: Public Input and Community Participation

West Seeks Community Input/Participation in Transit Center Public Hearing, I-80 Pedestrian-Bike Bridge Workshop, ECCL, “Shortest Triathlon”, and Cooperative Grocery Dear Emeryville neighbors, This is my second letter to you since taking office in November 2009. My purpose in writing you is to inform

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