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Clean Water Program Curbs Plastic Bag Pollution – Get Your Free Reusable Bag Friday at Pac N’ Save!

January 27, 2013
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Clean Water Program Curbs Plastic Bag Pollution – Get Your Free Reusable Bag Friday at Pac N’ Save!

Pick Up A Free Reusable Bag, Friday Feb 1, 3-5 pm, Pac N’ Save Foods In support of the countywide reusable bag ordinance that went into effect Jan. 1, Alameda County’s Clean Water Program will give away reusable bags on Friday in front of Pac N’ Save, San Pablo Avenue at 40th Street, 3 pm to 5 pm. The ordinance prohibits stores that sell packaged food or alcohol from giving away single-use bags at checkout, and requires them to charge a minimum of 10 cents per paper or reusable bag, as an incentive for shoppers to bring their own reusable bags to the store. 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. So get your reusable bag and pledge to bring it to the store, doing your part to keep our creeks and the Bay clean and

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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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