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

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.)

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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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