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September 30, 2012
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Quote of the Moment:

“Bike lanes, trees, old houses with character, interesting neighborhoods all attract the types of people who, in turn, tend to enhance the community.  Livable neighborhoods that include the above attributes (and more) are always cited in the ‘best places to live’ surveys.  When the developers and their money are gone and huge housing complexes, busy streets,  and cookie cutter businesses remain, something has been lost that cannot be replaced and your town becomes yet another anonymous, impersonal cityscape.  Think about it before its too late to preserve your town’s character.”

~ Carla Ennis, Emeryville Resident

Saving the City’s Trees: Planning Commission Study Session Tonight

September 27, 2012
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Saving the City’s Trees: Planning Commission Study Session Tonight

A eucalyptus tree at 1258 Ocean Avenue. Calling all interested residents! There will be a study session during tonight’s Emeryville Planning Commission meeting to discuss the regulations and policies governing the

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Say Good-bye to Another Historic Building, and Lots and Lots of Trees

September 19, 2012
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This historic brick building at Powell and Doyle streets will be torn down (with the exception of the south and east outside walls, which will be preserved) to make room for "Parkside", an apartment/retail development. The developer, with the city's blessing, also plans to cut down more than 40 mature trees.

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No Deal for Madison Marquette

September 12, 2012
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No Deal for Madison Marquette

Not in City’s Best Interest to Rush Sale; MM’s Exclusive Right to Develop Land Near Bay St Mall Expires Sept. 30 In a closed session last week, the Emeryville City Council decided not to sell the four acres north of Bay Street Mall to developer Madison Marquette (MM), concluding it was “not in the city’s best interest”

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“Parkside” Developer Will Cut Trees in Violation of City Ordinance, Resident Says

August 30, 2012
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“Parkside” Developer Will Cut Trees in Violation of City Ordinance, Resident Says

33 of these trees will be removed to make way for a park, a parking lot, and an apartment/retail building. Below is a follow-up article by Adrian McGilly to a letter he sent yesterday to City Planning Director Charles Bryant. The letter, which was printed in The Secret News, asks the City to save some of

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Resident’s Plea to City Planning Dir. Charles Bryant: “Save Some of the Trees … That is all I am Asking”

August 30, 2012
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Resident’s Plea to City Planning Dir. Charles Bryant: “Save Some of the Trees … That is all I am Asking”

Below is a letter sent today to Emeryville Planning Director Charles Bryant from Adrian McGilly, who lives with his wife (Emeryville Mayor Jennifer West) and two daughters at Doyle Street Co-housing. McGilly, West, and their neighbor Judy Timmel appeared on KTVU news last night to protest the city’s plan to cut down 33 mature street

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Buy Local: Never Too Old! Find Your Inner Monkey at The Athletic PlayGround

August 14, 2012
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Buy Local: Never Too Old! Find Your Inner Monkey at The Athletic PlayGround

“I thought maybe I could get a little fitter, and do some cartwheels.” These were the modest ambitions of Zach Fischer, 27, when he joined Athletic PlayGround in Emeryville a few years ago.  But Fischer shocked himself. “I can do a backflip now. And that is something I never thought I could do. I thought I’d missed

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Two Emeryville Shootings Leave One Man Hospitalized

July 27, 2012
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Two Emeryville Shootings Leave One Man Hospitalized

By Sean Maher Contra Costa Times Posted:   07/27/2012 09:19:10 AM PDT EMERYVILLE — Police are searching for suspects in two unrelated reports of gunfire overnight, including a shooting that left one man hospitalized. In the first shooting, about 7:15 p.m. Thursday, police got several calls reporting gunshots near 63rd and Vallejo streets, about two blocks west of

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Seeing the Trees for the Forest

July 17, 2012
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Seeing the Trees for the Forest

If developers have their way, no tree that falls in Emeryville will ever make a sound. Those trees will go away quietly or accidentally or inadvertently, and, in many cases, illegally. But you can bet that if trees impede a developer’s cheaper, faster way to build a strip mall or condo high rise with faux

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Buy Local: Arizmendi Celebrates 9 Years with Community Appreciation Month

July 10, 2012
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Buy Local: Arizmendi Celebrates 9 Years with Community Appreciation Month

A message from Arizmendi: This month, we’re celebrating our 9th anniversary of being a small local-serving business in Emeryville. For almost a decade, Arizmendi has prided itself in staying true to its mission of being a just and democratic workplace that provides an invaluable service to our surrounding community.   We’ve strived

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