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900 Parking Spaces, 3X the Height Limit, $8 Million Taxpayer Subsidy

August 16, 2009
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(Edited email from Council Member John Fricke to Emeryville residents Aug. 14)One prime example of the City Council majority’s genuflection to developers is the ‘Transit Center’ (proposed for the lot just north of Emeryville’s train station). At the upcoming Council meeting August 18, the Council majority will likely support a project that will: Exacerbate traffic congestion Vastly exceed

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Emeryville Resident Town Hall Meeting Big Success

July 31, 2009
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Emeryville Resident Town Hall Meeting Big Success

Check out news coverage of Emeryville’s Town Hall Meeting last Tuesday, July 28: Beyond Chron:

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Letter from Council Member John Fricke

July 25, 2009
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Letter from Council Member John Fricke

(Unedited text of email sent by John Fricke to Emeryville residents Saturday, July 25). Dear Emeryville neighbors, Residents United for a Liveable Emeryville, a resident organization, is sponsoring a community meeting to discuss the future development of the land adjacent to the Bay Street shopping mall: Tuesday, July 28th, 6 p.m. Emeryville Senior Center 4321 Salem Street The city

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Will the "City of Shopping Malls" be a Good place to Live and Work, too?

July 24, 2009
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Will the "City of Shopping Malls" be a Good place to Live and Work, too?

by Reem Assil In light of requested $47 million taxpayer subsidy, report shows how new Bay Street development can create good jobs and livable communities With state and local budget crises looming and the economy struggling to recover, a report released this week shows residents and workers in Emeryville want a say in how

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Federal Stimulus Money Funds Internships in Emeryville

July 19, 2009
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Federal Stimulus Money Funds Internships in Emeryville

by Margaret Leonard An Oakland 15-year-old and an Emeryville yoga teacher are among the first to take advantage of President Barack Obama’s Economic Stimulus Plan. One wanted a job and the other wanted to hire a young local person to give her new connections to the community. Both got what they wanted. Chakesha Thompson has just started her summer

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John Fricke Won’t Seek Second Term

July 18, 2009
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John Fricke Won’t Seek Second Term

The Bad News: Fricke Will Not Seek Re-election to City Council The Good News: New Park, New Cafe, and New Berkeley Bowl Open (Email message sent to residents by John Fricke on July 1, 2009) Dear Emeryville neighbors, The play structure at the new park at 61st and Doyle streets is open! (The newly-planted grass will need additional

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Semifreddi’s Leaving Emeryville After 20 Years

July 15, 2009
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Semifreddi’s Leaving Emeryville After 20 Years

Beloved Family Bakery Displaced by Pixar Forced to Leave Town Despite City Promises By Brian Donahue and Tracy Schroth Sometime before Oct. 31, the final tray of baguettes will be pulled from the oven and another Emeryville business and its 125 jobs will vanish in the name of “progress.” Semifreddi’s, one of the Bay Area’s leading

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Opinion

July 5, 2009
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Big Business Needs to Pay Their Share by Scott Donahue Our city must raise more money to support the general fund because sales tax revenuehas severely declined. Where is this money going to come from? Every city has a business license tax and every business in Emeryville earning more than $5,000 in gross receipts must pay this

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City Council Grants Rich Developer $2.5 Million in Taxpayer Money, Angrily Dismisses Residents’ Complaints

May 23, 2009
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by Juanita Carroll Young and Tracy Schroth The City Council Tuesday approved the $2.5 million taxpayer subsidy to Wareham Development to build a 58-foot office building on the corner of Hollis and Powell streets, next to the Elevation 22 residential complex. Council member John Fricke voted against. Vice Mayor Ken Bukowski abstained from the discussion and

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City Council Poised to Grant $2.5 Million in Taxpayer Money to Wealthy Developer

May 15, 2009
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Edited version of email message from Council Member John Fricke, sent to residents Thursday, May 14 At the upcoming City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 20, the Council is poised to grant $2.5 million in taxpayer money to a developer (Wareham Development) to construct a 58-foot office building on the northeast corner of Hollis and Powell

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