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    18 2014 April

    E’ville Biz Digest: AAA gets revamp, Oxgut creates with hoses & resident makes music with bike components

    Our compact city features quite a range of big, medium and small business establishments. Here are three that have made the news recently: New corporate headquarters for AAA A beautiful gallery of the recently redesigned AAA headquarters that occupy the top 4 floors of The...

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    15 2014 April

    City’s forecast on Capital Improvements narrowing down

    On the 1st of March, Emeryville’s Public Works and Economic Development team invited the community to a meeting on the Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2014-15 to 2018-19. The five-year plan reviewed the CIP process of identifying funding sources, establishing priorities, and selection of...

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    13 2014 April

    Parkside developer at center of tenant protection battle

    If Emeryville is ever going to reel in skyrocketing rents that are displacing not only low-income, but middle-class residents, they may want to keep tabs on whats happening across the bay in East Palo Alto (home to the other IKEA). Chicago-based Equity Residential, which in 2011...

Our compact city features quite a range of big, medium and small business establishments. Here are three that have made the news recently: New corporate headquarters for AAA A beautiful gallery of the recently redesigned AAA headquarters that occupy the top 4 floors of The Towers owned by LBA Realty. Architect & Interior Design company...

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On the 1st of March, Emeryville’s Public Works and Economic Development team invited the community to a meeting on the Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2014-15 to 2018-19. The five-year plan reviewed the CIP process of identifying funding sources, establishing priorities, and selection of projects. The new plan would be approximately $95 million dollars...

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If Emeryville is ever going to reel in skyrocketing rents that are displacing not only low-income, but middle-class residents, they may want to keep tabs on whats happening across the bay in East Palo Alto (home to the other IKEA). Chicago-based Equity Residential, which in 2011 acquired a portion of Archstone Enterprise LP and the pending...

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I guess it’s appropriate that the smallest city in the East Bay (and second smallest area-wise in the entire bay area after Belvedere) host the shortest Duathlon event. Typically the Shortest Triathlon Ever … the event will proceed as the shortest duathlon until the completion of the new ECCL facility swimming pool in 2015. Now in its 8th...

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I still regret never having taken the Scharffen Berger chocolate tour at their 7th & Heinz Ave West Berkeley factory (I get teary reminiscing about the mimosa’s and chocolate pancakes at the neighboring Café Cacao … sniff). The Hershey Company acquired Scharffen Berger in 2005 and shuttered the doors of this historic location soon after. Seasoned E’villains may...

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Spiking gas prices, traffic, pollution, parking, insurance, tickets, down-payments, monthly payments, maintenance … it’s no wonder that America’s love affair with the car is dying a slow, painful death. All of these expenses could easily add up to 15% of our monthly gross income. As the cost of living in the Bay Area continues to soar, something...

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Prosecutors March 27 charged an Emeryville man with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run in connection with a fatal motorcycle crash that claimed the life of a U.S. Marine. Alexander Yohn, 23, was initially arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest after the March 25 accident....

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Emeryville Man shot, killed in North Oakland

March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Harry Harris Oakland Tribune - A man killed in a drive-by shooting Friday evening outside a North Oakland liquor store was identified by police Saturday as Shamarr D. Owens, 27, of Emeryville. A 24-year-old Emeryville man who was also wounded in the shooting was in critical but stable condition, and is expected to recover....

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The revolving pop-up events “DISPLAY Emeryville” return to the Public Market tonight with the first of three scheduled monthly installations. “Toys, Tech & Innovation” will show the connection of playfulness in us all while highlighting local tech and toy companies in the Bay Area. Pop-ups are a relatively new phenomenon meant to take advantage of vacant...

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The “E’ville Voices” guest blogger series was created to net a broader range of voices about our city in flux and initiate dialogue through opinion & conversation. Joining our guest blogger series is Maria Climaco. Maria is a 4 year triangle neighborhood resident who’s son Aya was tragically murdered in Oakland 2013. Maria addresses the City of Oakland’s...

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Let’s get this out of the way. This is not an attack on renters but on policies that encourage rentals and discourage ownership. Policies that put renters at the mercy of corporations who are only concerned about their bottom-line and NOT the welfare of longtime residents. Decisions that have put the ownership of much of...

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By Harry Harris, Oakland Tribune — An 18-year-old suspected car thief was arrested Tuesday night after a wild mile-long chase when he rammed two police cars, briefly drove in the wrong lanes of traffic, and injured himself and two tourists in another car, police said....

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A small measure of justice for MiAndrew Rachel and his family was delivered on Friday when Godfrey Jamal Jackson (below) was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison for his murder. Jackson, initially charged in 2012, evaded police for several months before being apprehended on December 15th, 2012. Jackson’s lawyer had issued a not-guilty plea citing...

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Emeryville-based LED Bicycle light startup Revolights made a spirited appearance on the Entrepreneur panel reality show “Shark Tank” Friday March 7th on ABC. Their product is pretty awesome and it’s hard to imagine anyone who watches the demo video below not wanting one. Stanford University grad Kent Frankovich, represented Revolights on the show alone, but the company is...

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I’ll never forget it because it was literally the week I moved to Emeryville (My tenure here literally “started with a BANG” On Aug. 28, 2003, Daniel Andreas San Diego allegedly detonated two bombs at the Novartis Corporate office (then Chiron Corporation before they were acquired by the Switzerland based multinational pharmaceutical company). 10 years later, he’s still...

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As I’m finding out as a free agent in our complex Healthcare system, Emeryville and the surrounding areas have relatively few options outside of the major networks, forcing me and others I’m sure to neighboring cities in pursuit of care. Years ago, Kaiser unveiled a plan to move their Oakland facility to Emeryville at the site...

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The EPD has issued a Nixle advisory that one of the suspects in a string of armed robberies in North Oakland has been spotted in Emeryville at the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center (Home Depot). All three male suspects are believed to be ages 20 to 25 and driving this 2007 silver Dodge Nitro with California...

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E’ville Bites: Actual Cafe Bargain Bite Review

February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our E’ville Bites blogger Calvin Rouse has moved on (The casualty of an expired lease) but he left us a parting gift: A neighborhood spot review courtesy of his current gig as an employee of the SF Chronicle and proprietor of his own food blog, CookFoto (greener pastures indeed). We’ll miss Calvin, but we’ve lined...

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Emeryville rode the wave of redevelopment money for decades and it looked like this wave may never break. 3 years ago, instead of gently coasting to the shore, this “wave” came crashing over the city leaving us with a mouthful of sand. While the “Transit Center” was able to backdoor into a city subsidy by getting 4.2 million...

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A couple local Emeryville companies are making headlines in the business world: TubeMogul integrates the ability to buy video inventory in real-time across all devices, in multiple formats on one platform with ad serving, targeting, optimization and brand measurement, TubeMogul simplifies the delivery of video ads and maximizes the impact of every dollar spent. The world’s...

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By Erin Ivie, Bay Area News Group In the largest bust since a ban went into effect in July, more than two thousand pounds of shark fin were seized from a San Francisco fish vendor. Michael Kwong, owner of Kwong Yip Inc. at 1220 Howard Street in San Francisco, was cited Jan. 29 after investigators...

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Like most contentious development projects that are approved these days, they generally come down to a 3-2 vote. The long-awaited “EmeryStation West” or Emeryville Transit Center was no different. The agreement between The City of Emeryville, Wareham Development and CBS Corporation (Formerly Westinghouse Electric Company) was approved to move forward at the January 21st. Council Meeting...

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One of the ideas I’ve been “shopping around” to my neighbors and the city staff as a member of the Park Avenue District Advisory Committee is what I’ve coined “The Target Bullseye Dog run” named after the retail-stores’ white bull terrier mascot. The dilapidated, littered & tagged strip under the 40th St./Shellmound bridge sits adjacent to Target along...

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#EvilleSpots: Instagram Community Photo Gallery

February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

We’ve done Food, Pets & Art  … behold the latest Gallery with contributions from the @EvilleEye Instagram Community: #EvilleSpots! What are “EvilleSpots”? Architecture, landmarks, parks, trails, offices … places familiar with us “Evillians”. Let’s demonstrate to those that consider Emeryville one big shopping mall for the East Bay that there’s a lot more to our city than Bay Street...

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Mom and Guard Foil Attempted Emeryville Child Kidnapping By Brian Shields A 19-year old with a history of mental problems is in jail after allegedly trying to kidnap a seven-year old girl. The victim and her mother were leaving a Starbucks at the Powell Street Plaza Monday evening when witnesses say 19-year old Gabriel Weathersbee...

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Newly selected Mayor Jac Asher led off the inaugural city council meeting of 2014 with her State of the City address. “A just city” was a running theme throughout the speech as Asher looked to couple the Economic health of our city with the services we offer to children, the elderly and those being left...

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One of the main objectives of this site besides communicating happenings in the city is to hopefully bring some pride to living in Emeryville. Our neighbors in Berkeley and Oakland have their own “vibe” and it is something notably lacking in our town. Ex’pression College students Johnny Neira, Sarah LaMond, and Kenneth Macaraig of the Ex’pression...

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Imagine an Emeryville without the Emery Go-Round: A city who already has the second highest level of childhood Asthma in the state and some of the worst bottlenecks in the county and convert those 1.6 million annual riders to car-trips. The price of parking undoubtedly would spike because of supply & demand, the availability of...

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At the October 24th Planning Commission meeting, the Emeryville Transit Center development project or “EmeryStation West” was resurfaced. The resulting vote by the commission was a deadlock with two ayes, two noes, and two abstentions (Technically a “tie” vote is a “no” vote as a majority was not achieved). Commissioners Kuemmerle & Gunkel who voted against the project...

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Another Holiday season came and went for our town and the shopping “purge” safely behind us. I’ll have to admit that doing my own holiday shopping without having to set foot in a car or navigate the gridlock because of our proximity to retail makes it bearable. But with Black Friday comes another tradition that...

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