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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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RULE Meeting Saturday

December 11, 2012
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Mayor Jennifer West will present her parking proposal for the N. Hollis district at the next RULE meeting, Sat., Dec. 15 at 10 am;  5514 Doyle St., common room, first floor.  Come and listen, and give your input.

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Meeting to Discuss 2-Hour Parking in North Hollis District

December 10, 2012
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Emeryville is considering installing new 2-hour parking zones in the North Hollis District. Meeting December 11, 9:00 AM in the Community Room of Fire Station 35 at 6303 Hollis Street Emeryville CA. More Information.

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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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