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Berkeley, Emeryville pull out stops for lab campus

August 10, 2011
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by Doug Oakley Contra Costa Times August 9, 2011 Berkeley and Emeryville officials wooed representatives from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory on Monday, in hopes the institution will choose their cities to build a second campus for 800 scientists. The meeting in Emeryville was the last of six held over the past three weeks that included Oakland, Richmond and Albany as possible sites for a new lab facility. At each meeting, cities tried to show why their sites are the best. When the process is over and the second campus is finished in 2016, 800 scientists will go to work in 500,000 square feet of labs and offices, a size that could grow to 2 million square feet over time. Landing the lab in any of the six proposed sites would be a boon for jobs and spending. Monday night’s proposal by Wareham Development was actually three in one: One alternative in Berkeley would house the lab on an 18-acre site just north of Ashby Avenue and Seventh Street; a second option would be located in Emeryville at Emery Station near the Amtrak Station; and a third would use both sites. On hand to hear the proposals were lab Director Paul Alivisatos

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Richard Misrach: A focus on the after-story

August 6, 2011
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Richard Misrach: A focus on the after-story

Reprinted from Richard Misrach: A focus on the after-story August 1, 2011 1:00 pm by Tracey Taylor Richard Misrach in his Emeryville studio where he has worked since 1976. Photo: Tracey Taylor  Richard Misrach is nothing if not patient. When, in 1997, the renowned photographer moved into a home in the Berkeley hills and decided to capture his new view of the Golden Gate Bridge, he didn’t just take a few dozen shots and leave it at that. Rather, over the course of three years, he shot hundreds and hundreds of photographs. The result was Golden Gate , 85 beautiful meditations on the iconic bridge seen through the seasons from a single vantage point on his front porch. Similarly, when Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Misrach took his time before making the journey to New Orleans to document it. He waited until October, after the turmoil and drama had abated, to capture images of a post-storm calm that were no less dramatic. But the most striking evidence of Misrach’s self-discipline must surely be his decision to wait 20 years before revealing the fruits of one of his major photographic projects. It is only now that

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25th Annual Emeryville Arts Exhibition

August 6, 2011
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25th Annual Emeryville Arts Exhibition

Reception: Friday September 30, 2011 6-9 p.m. Show Dates: October 1-23, 2011

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More Than 100 People Attend Vigil for Slain Emeryville Student

August 6, 2011
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More than 100 students and faculty attended a vigil at Emeryville Secondary School Monday night for slain 16-year-old student Najon Jackson, according to Emery Unified School District Superintendent Debbra Lindo.

Jackson, who would have been a junior at the school this fall, was killed in a shooting in the 9300 block of Sunnyside Street in East Oakland at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, according to Oakland police. They say they do not yet know the motive for the slaying.

Jackson’s family members, who also participated in the vigil, asked the news media to respect their privacy and not attend, Lindo said.

School board president Miguel Dwin said the fact that so many students attended the hastily organized vigil at a time when school is not in session shows how popular Jackson was.

“He was a cheery, bubbly kind of kid, and everyone liked him,” Dwin said.

Lindo said she did not personally know Jackson because she has only been in her new post for three weeks but said she’s been told that “he was a bright student who had a promising future ahead of him.”

Lindo said Jackson was interested in engineering, liked sports and was planning to try out for the varsity football team this fall.

She said most students knew Jackson because he had been attending Emeryville schools since kindergarten even though he lived in Oakland, as he was an inter-district transfer student.

“Our hearts go out to his family, and our students are really affected by this,” Lindo said.

She said counselors and psychologists were on hand at the school tonight to provide “social and emotional support” to students who are coping with Jackson’s death.

The school “is a place where students can gather and be with caring adults during this difficult time,” Lindo said.

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In Contest For Berkeley Lab Campus, It’s Not the Lab That Counts

August 5, 2011
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Emeryville Councilwoman Ruth Atkin Relents, City Attorney Ballot Initiative to Go Forward

July 28, 2011
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Emeryville Councilwoman Ruth Atkin Relents, City Attorney Ballot Initiative to Go Forward

(Reprinted from the Emeryville Tattler) by Brian Donahue Nora Davis and Kurt Brinkman holdout to the end Barraged with calls and e-mails from constituents, councilwoman Ruth Atkin finally relented today and agreed to permit a November ballot initiative to eliminate the position of Emeryville City Attorney to move forward.  Ms. Atkin’s change of heart marked the culmination of a week of high drama in the City Attorney election fight that started with a solid wall of opposition among her colleagues but ultimately withered, leaving Ms Atkin as the swing vote and exposed to the resident’s wrath. The initiative began last April as a petition to replace the City Attorney with subcontracted legal work for the city, mostly as a cost cutting measure, by council member Ken Bukowski.  Mr Bukowski submitted the signatures to the County Registrar of Voters for certification and it was announced on Friday that the election could move forward if the city council OK’ed the County certification in time.  Problems arose when the rest of the council demurred on a required August 2nd certification meeting, citing long held vacation plans, regardless of council protocol permitting voting by telephone.  Failure to meet on August 2nd would sink the

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Emeryville Security and Safety Workshop: Theft, Fire, and Earthquakes

July 19, 2011
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An Emeryville Security and Safety Event is being presented by Emery Bay Village on Sunday, July 24th from 1-3pm at the EBV Clubhouse located in Emery Bay Village off 53rd Street between Hollis Street and San Pablo Avenue. There will be representatives from Emeryville Fire and Police to speak about safety issues related to theft, fire, and disasters. Participants will receive packets of information on safety as well as phone and web resources. There will be safety demonstrations and free fingerprinting kits for kids. Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes donated by local businesses. This event is open to the public.

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Community Meeting: Emeryville’s Economic Development Plan

July 19, 2011
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The City of Emeryville is finalizing its Economic Development Strategy, a “workplan” that is supposed to capitalize on the strengths of the city’s current economic development efforts, address weaknesses, and pursue innovative ways to support and expand the city’s economic base. City residents are invited to discuss the plan and share their ideas. When: Tuesday, July 26 Where: Emeryville Council Chambers, City Hall 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville  

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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 publicized and thus go unnoticed, often by those most directly affected. ________________________________________________ Here is the employment contract for City Attorney Mike Biddle. This document is public record. A petition to put an initiative on the November ballot to eliminate the position of City Attorney (specifically Mike Biddle) is being circulated.  Signers must live and be registered to vote in Emeryville. Several residents are collecting signatures. City Council Member Ken Bukowski is leading the charge. The rationale is that a city as small as Emeryville does not need a city attorney, particularly one whose annual cost to the city exceeds $275,000 and who contracts out the bulk of the city’s legal work anyway. If you are interested in signing the petition, contact Scott Donahue at (510) 435-1861; Joan Strasser at (510) 653-3174; or Ken Bukowski at (510) 305-0000. We have also included the city staff’s analysis of the cost

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Public Comment Period: Novartis Permit Application, Air Pollution From Cleaning Solvents

June 29, 2011
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All residential and business neighbors located within 1,000 of Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Inc., 4560 Horton St. in Emeryville have 30 days – until July 22 – to submit public comment regarding Novartis permit for an increase in amount of solvent cleaning solutions used at the facility. The solvent is used to clean surfaces for development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products and includes isopropyl alcohol and ethanol. Novartis has requested an increase from 225 gallons per year to 350 gallons at Building 4. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District “has detemined that toxic air contaminant emissions from the source are within acceptable levels and that the project will comply with applicable air pollution control requirements.” Thus, the District plans to issue the requested permit to Novartis. Copies of the applicable staff report(s) are available here or by calling the District at 415-749-5059. To submit comments, residents can call and leave a message at the above phone number, email, or write a letter: Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Inc. Public Notice Response BAAQMD Engineering Division 939 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94109 Attn: Pamela Leong pleong@baaqmd.gov Public comment period ends on July 22, 2011.    

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