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City partners with Clean Water Program for Bag Give Away at Pak ‘N Save

February 24, 2013
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City partners with Clean Water Program for Bag Give Away at Pak ‘N Save

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority’s single-use plastic bag ban went into effect on January 1, 2013.  In response, the Clean Water Program (www.cleanwaterprogram.org) provided stylish reusable bags for give-away events staged all around the County over the past couple weeks. At the Emeryville Pak N Save, the Friday before the Super Bowl, 230 of these reusable bags just about flew off our table.  To say the bags were well-received is an understatement! Chinook Book also donated 120 of their popular sustainable product coupon books to give away to customers (normally a $20 value!). Encouraging shoppers to use reusable bags is one way to reduce litter that harms wildlife, clogs storm drains and just looks bad.  Each year, the equivalent of 100,000 kitchen garbage bags worth of litter end up in our local waterways, including an estimated 1 million disposable plastic bags. In Alameda County storm water does not pass through a water treatment plant. This means that litter and other pollutants carried into the storm drain system by wind and water flow directly into creeks and the Bay, where they harm fish, marine mammals and birds.  Plastic bags and other lightweight plastic litter don’t biodegrade and are particularly hazardous

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Letter to the Editor: New City Manager Must Live in Town; Pay More Than Lip Service to Needs of Residents

February 4, 2013
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To the Editor (Re: Help the City Council Hire the Best City Manager, Jan. 30, 2013): For very understandable (and even laudable) reasons, the path Emeryville is on, has gotten out of balance. In the 1980′s and 1990′s, the town’s obvious and desperate need to renew itself (including the need for revenue to do this job), led to a decidedly pro-business stance which attracted new businesses, new revenues, a tax base, and many physical improvements. However, being “pro-business” has turned into a religion in Emeryville town management. All while the city, ironically, has (thanks to its tax-based financed physical improvements), become one of the most desirable, close-to-San Francisco places in which to life and/or work. Yet our present City Council majority (abetted by a similarly “religiously pro-business staff), has not noticed this huge shift: Namely, what we have achieved in the town NOW MAKES IT NOT ONLY UNNECESSARY, but an anachronistic “give away” to continue over-incentivizing developers and businesses to participate here. If we continue mentally living in the 1990′s, do not change this “religion” or bias, and keep on over-incentivizing business — developers and business will of course KEEP TAKING (and expecting) the over-generosity that is offered. SO, my

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Help the City Council Hire the Best City Manager – Fill Out the Resident Online Survey!

January 30, 2013
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The survey on the new City Manager is posted! Take 10 minutes to fill it out and help the City Council select the best candidate. The city’s future depends on it! Click here to go to the survey (the link to the survey is on the homepage of the City of Emeryville website).
The City Council expects to consider finalists in March and appoint a new City Manager by April. The current City Manager, Patrick O’Keeffe, is leaving April 19.
(To comment, or to read the comments of others, click on the headline to go to the story page, then scroll to the bottom.)

The Big Job of Choosing the Right City Manager

January 24, 2013
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The Big Job of Choosing the Right City Manager

Patrick O’Keeffe Retiring Emeryville City Manager Patrick O’Keeffe has resigned, effective April 19. O’Keeffe served as City Manager for the past 7 years. Before that, he was the city’s Economic Development and Housing Director under City Manager John Flores for 11 years. During his 18-year tenure with the city, O’Keeffe used his considerable autonomy, political influence, and hundreds of millions in redevelopment money to help transform rugged, industrial Emeryville into a modern hub of big box retail, biotech, and condo/apartment complexes. His principle role — what he knows how to do — is promote and manage development. Reviews of the city’s transformation – and O’Keeffe’s role in it – have been mixed. While the City Council theoretically makes the final call on development projects, anyone who knows Emeryville politics knows O’Keeffe is a key player. The Council largely depends on him (and other city staff) to inform and advise them. And he does, always in favor of big business and often at the expense of residents. Pedestrian and bicycle safety, open space, small business, historic buildings, and hundreds of old growth trees are sacrificed in the name of progress. Enormous tax breaks are given to billion-dollar corporations like Pixar, but

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Emeryville City Council to Consider Time Limits on Street Parking – Tonight, Tues., Jan. 15, 7:15 pm, City Hall

January 15, 2013
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Emeryville City Council to Consider Time Limits on Street Parking – Tonight, Tues., Jan. 15, 7:15 pm, City Hall

Come to the Meeting, Tell the City Council What You Think! The City Council Tuesday will consider limiting parking to two hours in some areas of North Emeryville. The new zoned parking is a possible first step in instituting paid street parking in town, including meters and residential permits. In order to allow for more parking turnover, the initial proposal calls for changing 140 unrestricted curbside parking spaces to short-term parking. The Council will vote on whether or not to create two-hour timed green zones along: the east side of Hollis between 65th and 66th streets the west side of Hollis between 65th and Ocean the south side of 62nd St. between Hollis and Horton the west side of Hollis between 62nd and 59th both sides of Paledeau between 59th and Stanford the south side of 59th St. between Paledeau and Horton the north side of Powell between Paledeau and Horton the north side of Stanford between Paledeau and Horton the east side of Doyle from Powell St. north to approximately mid-block For more information, click here. If you can’t make the meeting, send a message to City Council members here.  

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Emeryville Public Market Unveils First E. Bay Outdoor Exhibits from Exploratorium

January 11, 2013
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Emeryville Public Market Unveils First E. Bay Outdoor Exhibits from Exploratorium

Reprinted from Heraldonline.com Published: January 10, 2013   One of several Exploratorium exhibits at the Public Market in Emeryville ________________________________________________________ TMG Partners and the City of Emeryville welcome the public to discover the science of sustainability in eye opening new “Green Living Room” SAN FRANCISCO — Today, developer TMG Partners, in conjunction with the City of Emeryville, unveiled a unique place for Bay Area residents to play and learn as officials cut the ribbon on new permanent exhibits from the Exploratorium at the Public Market in Emeryville. Woven throughout the outdoor walkways and plazas of this popular shopping, dining and work destination, the Exploratorium’s hands-on science displays represent the world-renowned museum’s first outdoor presence in the East Bay. Public Market recently sold to City Center Realty Partners/Angelo Gordon who are working with TMG to continue to create a unique mixed-use community at Public Market. The Exploratorium’s exhibition is a key feature of the Public Market’s “Green Living Room,” an artful, interactive living park that will engage the Public Market’s 3,000+ daily visitors to discover how the latest in green design and management revitalized this private, mixed-use project. The Green Living Room was funded in part by a $1.35 Million California Catalyst

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Should Drivers Pay to Park on Emeryville Streets? Community Meeting on New City Parking Plan – 11 a.m. this Saturday

January 11, 2013
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Should Drivers Pay to Park on Emeryville Streets? Community Meeting on New City Parking Plan  – 11 a.m. this Saturday

Reprinted from the Emeryville Property Owners Association website Originally posted on December 20, 2012 The Emeryville Property Owners Association (EPOA) is holding a community meeting on the City’s Parking Implementation Plan 11 am, Saturday, January 12 at the Ralph Hawley School, 1275 61st Street, Emeryville. From 10-11 am, the EPOA will show a video of the City Council accepting the specific details of the Wilbur Smith Parking Plan on September 7, 2010. Approved, but NOT Implemented. At 11:15 am, Council Member Jennifer West will explain to the community why Emeryville should eliminate free street parking. Following her presentation, there will be an open community dialogue about the impact of the parking plan. Then, the EPOA will make a five minute closing statement to end the meeting at 12:30 pm. At the Transportation Committee meeting on December 11,  held at the Fire Station, about 30 people attended. Although about 28 particpants seemed to disagree with the Parking Plan, the Committee decided to move the first steps of the Parking Implementation Plan to the City Council for its consideration at its next meeting on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:15 pm. Please attend the community meeting on January 12th to express your concerns.

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Emeryville Police Chief Ken James Supports Bill Regulating Ammunition Sales

January 9, 2013
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Emeryville Police Chief Ken James Supports Bill Regulating Ammunition Sales

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner Unveils Bill Designed to “restrict the bullets that are ravaging our communities.” Reprinted from Berkeleyside January 7, 2013  by Berkeleyside Editors Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) today unveiled a bill to regulate the sale of ammunition, and said it was time buying bullets required the same scrutiny as buying guns. Skinner, D-Berkeley, held a news conference on Monday morning outside the Oakland state office building on the day Alameda County students returned to school after the winter break and in the wake of the Dec. 14 Newtown, CT, elementary school massacre. “Assembly Bill 48 aims to restrict the bullets that are ravaging our communities,” Skinner said in a statement. “Tragic but true, it is easier to buy ammo than to buy cold medicine, alcohol or tobacco. It’s time for buying deadly bullets to fall under the same controls as guns and Sudafed.” Emeryville Police Chief Ken James, who also serves as the chair of the California Police Chief’s Association Firearms Committee, said: “Like pseudoephedrine is the precursor to methamphetamine, bullets are the precursor to gun violence. If we can control the precursors, we may avert tragedies like the ones at Oikos University in Oakland, Aurora and Newtown.” AB 48 would establish

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City Agrees to Preserve 7 “Parkside” Trees

December 24, 2012
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City Agrees to Preserve 7 “Parkside” Trees

The City Council  voted unanimously on Dec. 4 (Council Member Jennifer West recused) to approve a new design of the soon-to-be-built Parkside Development on Stanford Avenue between Doyle and Hollis streets. The new design retains seven of the mature trees currently on the site along Stanford Avenue. There will be no moving or transplanting of the trees, as previously contemplated by the City Council. The new design, put forth by Public Works Director Maurice Kaufman, keeps the trees where they are, while doing away with 10 new street parking spaces that were going to be added to the north side of Stanford. I think the City made the right decision and the park will be a nicer space because of it. I and many others look forward to sitting in the shade of these 20-year-old Chinese Elms. I thank the city staff and the City Council for being open-minded and for valuing the preservation of mature trees. (To comment, or to read the comments of others, click on the headline to go to the story page, then scroll to the bottom.)

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City of Emeryville Artist Reception

December 10, 2012
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City of Emeryville Artist Reception

Join a celebration of the city’s public art program and the recent purchase of a new work by Emeryville artist Carl Hoard II entitled “Urban Transformation.” The piece was acquired by the city through the city sponsored “Purchase Award Program,” which was developed for the city of Emeryville’s Art in Public Places program. “Urban Transformation” is a digital enlargement containing three digital photo frames playing more than 700 unique images of urban graffiti. 5:30-7 pm, Wedensday, Dec. 12, Emeryville City Hall, 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville. RSVP is requested: aevans@emeryville.org, 510-598-4382.

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