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Open Letter to the Emeryville City Council

November 24, 2009
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New Council Members Should Address Staff Salaries and Hiring Practices, Ken Bukowski Debacle(s) by Walt Watman While everyone has the right to speak up about what is most important to them, it seems to me that issues like the ones below, which I have raised before and which continue to be ignored by the City

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Ken Bukowski’s San Francisco Landlord Petitions Rent Board for Increase to Market Rate

November 13, 2009
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Building Manager Says Drug ParaphernaliaSeen in Bukowski’s Apartment by Tracy Schroth The manager of the San Francisco building where Emeryville City Council Member Ken Bukowski has had an apartment for the past 30 years said a petition has been filed with the city’s rent board to raise the rent to market rate. He did not specify

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New Results: Jennifer West and Kurt Brinkman Elected to the City Council

November 5, 2009
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New Results: Jennifer West and Kurt Brinkman Elected to the City Council

by Tracy Schroth The latest results: Jennifer West and Kurt Brinkman – not Frank Flores, who was four votes ahead of Brinkman in the preliminary count – have been elected to the Emeryville City Council. The new total includes all permanent absentee and provisional ballots. The new results were posted by the Alameda County Registrar of

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Jennifer West Wins City Council; Bd Ed Incumbents Retain their Seats

November 5, 2009
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Jennifer West Wins City Council; Bd Ed Incumbents Retain their Seats

by Tracy Schroth Jennifer West easily won one of two seats on the Emeryville City Council with a whopping 707 votes. It looks like Frank Flores won the second seat with 628 votes, narrowly beating Kurt Brinkman, who got 624 votes. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters is still listing the results as preliminary due to

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Does Seven-Time Emeryville Mayor, Councilman for 22 Years, Ken Bukowski, Even Live in Emeryville?

October 25, 2009
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Does Seven-Time Emeryville Mayor, Councilman for 22 Years, Ken Bukowski, Even Live in Emeryville?

      Beleaguered City Council Member Ken Bukowski Has Rent-Controlled Apartment in San Francisco’s Tenderloin; Drug Use, Other Illicit Activity Claimed by Close Relative   By Tracy Schroth The niece of Emeryville City Council Member Ken Bukowski said he lives in a rent-controlled, $300-a-month apartment in the Tenderloin, an apartment he has had for at least 20 years. “The first time

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Mass. Real Estate Trust Donated to Emeryville Chamber PAC

October 22, 2009
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Firm Donated More Than $12,000 in 2005 BY Brian Donahue A Massachusetts Real Estate Investment Trust has funneled thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce’s Political Action Committee (EMPAC), which then forwards the money to developer-backed candidates for public office in Emeryville, The Secret News has learned. A public records request revealed that

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Opinion

October 21, 2009
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Opinion

BY John Fricke Watch What the City Council DOES, Not What They SAY____________________ City Council Majority Overides Recommendations of General Plan Committee, Paves the Way for More Development, Higher Buildings, and Lots and Lots of Traffic The city council majority talks the talk of improving pedestrian and bicycle access, improving public transit, and improving the quality of

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Meet the Candidates for Emeryville City Council

October 15, 2009
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Meet the Candidates for Emeryville City Council

The information below is based on personal interviews with the candidates and is either quoted directly or paraphrased (in the first person), with the exception of information in parentheses. Council candidate Frank Flores declined to be interviewed for this story. Jennifer West(interviewed by Juanita Carroll Young) Who Age 40, married, two children: Clara, 8, and Fiona, 4 (pictured

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Meet the Candidates for Emeryville City Council

October 15, 2009
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Meet the Candidates for Emeryville City Council

Kurt Brinkman (interviewed by Tracy Schroth) Who Age, 56, divorced, two children: Heather, 29, and Ashley, 26; six grandchildren (with another on the way). Emeryville resident since 1995. Current address: 4375 Adeline Street (loft/apartment and business). Occupation: owner, Interactive Electronic Systems, Emeryville, an electrical contractor that installs fire alarm

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Vice-Mayor Ken Bukowski Guilty of Campaign Violations, Must Pay Fine

October 10, 2009
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Vice-Mayor Ken Bukowski Guilty of Campaign Violations, Must Pay Fine

The Oakland Tribune http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_13528594 Emeryville’s vice mayor fined $15,500for campaign violationsBy Cecily BurtOakland TribunePosted: 10/09/2009 05:57:35 PM PDTUpdated: 10/09/2009 07:52:15 PM PDT The State Fair Political Practices Commission voted unanimously Thursday to enforce a $15,500 fine against Emeryville Vice Mayor Ken Bukowski for campaign finance violations, including his personal use of campaign funds. The commission found that Bukowski failed

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