Welcome to The E’ville Eye News, a citizen-journalist powered news platform covering Emeryville and its surrounding neighborhoods. The E’ville Eye was founded in 2011 after Editor Rob Arias was robbed at gunpoint and was frustrated by his inability to alert neighbors to be more vigilant. There simply was no vehicle to communicate with an entire city. Technology finally caught up with our vision through the WordPress platform.

While the initial focus of the platform was public safety, we’ve branched out to include food & drink, development, business, history and more.


Rob is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E’ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob’s “day job” is as a creative professional.

Rob also manages The E’ville Eye’s social media accounts and is an officer with The Emeryville Historical Society.

Regular Contributors:


Bobby Lee (Transit)
A Bay Area native who’s lived in the Christie Core Neighborhood since 2010, Bobby enjoys exploring the far corners of our region, trying the newest restaurants in the area, or relaxing to 80’s era television sitcoms and game shows. For the past six years, he’s hosted a web video series called 2 Minute Finance teaching basic money management and consumer education.

Jordan Potier (Freelance Photojournalist)
Jordan is a 21-year-old Oakland Native and current Bay Street resident.

Jordan enjoys music, playing video games and of course photography. Jordan is on the autism spectrum and considers himself an ally of the LGBTQ+ community.

Donna Arkee

Freelance Contributor Donna Arkee is a Bay Area based artist, comedian, vintage sourcer and pigeon enthusiast. Iranian against their will and good judgement, they truly enjoy a cup of hot chai with a side of hot gossip. Despite having a Master’s in Women and Gender Studies from San Francisco State University, and two bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies from UC Riverside, they perpetually work retail and service jobs and can personally assure you that baristas do not care about what you order.

Past Contributors:

Joey Enos
Joey is an artist and historian who is a 5th generation East Bay Resident and resided in Emeryville for many years. His family has a long history in Emeryville and operated the Michel & Pelton Company off of Horton from 1929-1982. His great-grandmother was Earl Warren’s secretary when Emeryville was coined “The Rotten City.” Joey works as a Collections Manager for The National Pastime Museum. Follow Joey’s curated collection of Mudflat Art pics on Instagram @emeryville_mudflats.

Sarah Belle Lin
Sarah has been writing for the better part of her life. Now she is finishing her journalism minor at Cal, reporting for a community newspaper, and freelancing for local media outlets. Sarah has written stories on local government, education, transportation, homelessness, and climate change. Sarah aims to highlight POC narratives and is excited to contribute a fresh perspective to The E’ville Eye.

Nicole Gruen
Nicole Gruen is a top real estate agent at Coldwell Banker who specializes in the East Bay—especially in Emeryville where she lives. After working for 15+ years in Silicon Valley for companies like IBM, NVDIA, and Nestle, she transitioned to pursue real estate, which was a true passion for her. With her extensive knowledge of the East Bay markets, Nicole is a unique agent who combines her data-driven approach and people-first philosophy to help you buy, sell, and market homes with ease. For more information, visit her website: www.eastbayreal.com

Cindy Warner
Cindy lives in Emeryville after finding a 38 foot sailboat at Emery Cove two years ago. She learned to sail at Cal Sailing and covered the America’s Cup in SF. She grew up in the East Bay and finds the shoreline home. She has written on San Francisco Arts & Culture since January 2009, using her bicycle and public transportation to cover stories all over the SF Bay Area.

Christine Mason
Christine has been a Bay Street resident of Emeryville since 2011 where she lives with her husband and son. She’s a Real Estate Agent at Coldwell Banker. She is a board member at California Explorer Search & Rescue and a CERT instructor. She has a passion for the outdoors, rock climbing, hiking and camping.

Christopher Bennett
Christopher was born and raised in the north bay and now lives on the Emeryville/Oakland border in the Longfellow neighborhood with his wife and two cats (Sherlock and Watson). When he’s not writing, Chris works as an attorney who assist engineers and professional consultants navigate their contracts and related business issues.

Kerry Gluchowski
Kerry grew up in the East Bay, leaving only for college in Santa Barbara. She and her husband moved to Emeryville in 2013, eventually into her Great Grandmother’s condo in Pacific Park Plaza. Kerry is a trail runner, road cyclist, open water swimmer, and avid reader. She has a healthy obsession with her Chiweenie, Pickle McParty. (Instagram: @yellowfordays).


Leslie Kurland
Leslie grew up in a small town and loves the sense of community she has found in the East Bay. A resident of the Golden Gate neighborhood since 2013, Leslie can be found taking her French Bulldog on walks, finding new places to eat and drink or playing soccer. A marketer by trade, Leslie also enjoys traveling, reading and conducting home improvement projects.


Brenda Ton
A loyal East Bay native who’s lived in Emeryville since 2012. Brenda is a food writer with a passion for exploring the local food scene and learning about the culture of food. When her mind isn’t fixated on food, she’s enjoying a bike ride along the marina. She has a weakness for salty pig parts and ice cream. Check out her food blog Bites & Bourbon


Jaime Alfaro

Jaime graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 and has been living in Oakland for five years. Jaime will be focusing on covering developments in the dynamic West Oakland area.


Calvin Rouse
Originally hailing from Sacramento, Calvin is a nine-year chef who’s worked at Whole Foods, A Legendary Event, The Fifth Group and as a chef for Food Network’s “Good Eats”. Calvin has catered at four Superbowls for Taste of the NFL, Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, personal caterer for Coca Cola’s SVP of North American Sales and even appeared on an episode of “Good Eats” alongside of Alton Brown.


Jacqueline J.R. Hampton
Fiction writer and cat aficionado discovered Emeryville in the ’90s, loved it and stayed. Her most recent thriller, “Eidolon” (working title) is out to agents and she’s begun work on the second book in the series. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter.


William He
William is an aspiring urban planner with a Master’s Degree from San Jose State University. He wrote his thesis on the impact of redevelopment projects in Emeryville from the 1990’s to the present. His interests involve community planning, land uses, and urban design. William moved to Emeryville in 2011 and grew up in Oakland. On his spare time he enjoys traveling and photography.

Erin Lopez (Mommy Blogger)
Erin Lopez grew up in the Bay Area but has spent the last seven years in Emeryville. All of her major milestones have happened in our city, including getting engaged, married and becoming a parent to three babies (one furry mutt, Mox, and two kids, Izzi and Vinny). Her entire gang can often be found at her favorite local spot, Doyle-Hollis Park.


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  1. Hi rob,
    Not seeing much here…
    You still planning on loading more about the neighborhood in?
    Lots going on… Park ave competition, Sherman Williams build out, Pixar completion, … And what’s up with moving the e-ville down to the end of park? Was this only a rumor?
    – JVK

  2. Hey Joe and thanks for checking in! I’m scouring the web for new information but it’s not readily available. I also inquired with Jennifer West our city council person but have not heard back from her. I need to build some resources to get these questions answered that we all have. If you have any of your own, please pass them along!

  3. Thanks for all the support, Rob!
    Hope you can join us this week to celebrate:
    “Swing and Sway with Tuesday Blues at the Treff Café”
    AgeSong at Bayside Park’s Treff Café, 1440 40th St., Emeryville, CA 94608
    Tuesday, October 11 | 12:00PM
    Lunchtime. Music. Food. Community.
    Join us for a tasty snack on your lunch break!
    Questions? Ask for Jeff or Laura: (510)594-8800

  4. Hi Rob,
    I didn’t know it was you who was robbed close by. Thanks for starting this. I agree that the place is a small-ish community and support your efforts. Will write more later but just wanted to check in here and see what was happening.
    Mother of Another Fiona

  5. HI, Rob! Just found your blog via the Facebook page. Thanks for all your effort to connect our small city together. I live up in the “Christie Core” (Shellmound, Christie, 64th, etc.) five years now and I love it here. Keep letting us know how we can all pitch in and help you out.


    • Hello a.m.! I appreciate your kind words. Spread the word and contribute by commenting and helping get a good dialogue going. I’m always looking for stories, suggestions and contributions. If you do any writing (or know anybody that does), let me know!

  6. Thanks for posting the summer performance series info Rob! I’ve added the E’ville Eye to my promotions list to send you info, events and happenings from the Community Services Department of the City of Emeryville.

  7. Hello Rob, Ann Weber here. I would like to email you information about the upcoming National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6 so that you can make a flyer for us to post and invite our neighbors to participate. This is one of our events that the Park Avenue Advisory Council is sponsoring. I can’t find your email. Please send it to me at annweber2003@yahoo.com. Thank you and thank you for all the work that goes into the Blog. It’s fantastic. Best, Ann

  8. Hello Rob. I am loving E’ville Eye. I am the Managing Director of Sobekick Gym in Emeryville. We would love to invite you (and any E’ville eye-tes out to visit us anytime. We chose to open our first West Coast location right here in Emeryville (for obvious reasons) in May. It’s a beautiful location, but most importantly a great representation of the E’ville spirit. We are at 6460 Hollis. I look forward to meeting you sometime. This site is brilliant!~Robin Taylor

  9. Hi Rob,

    I think E’ville Eye is great! I have been teaching athletic arts to the Emeryville youth since 2001. I currently run a school in Emeryville that teaches Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian Martial Art & Dance). We would love to invite you and rest of the E’ville eyes to visit us for a short demo in hopes to promote the capoeira school and its importance and impact on culture, society, and multi-ethnic relations.
    This is is our website: http://capoeirabayarea.com/. We offer classes to youths and adults and through Capoeira we are spreading the importance of respect, discipline and development of one’s self-esteem . We are a very small school but we deeply believe in the good that we are doing in the community and want to continue spreading that positive energy.

    Here is a short video about our school and the importance and relevance of culture and history in the martial arts world.

    Please enjoy , let us know about your availability and thank you for your help.


    Professor Malandro


  10. Hi Rob, Thanks for your hard work keeping us all connected and informed. Just to let you and the Eville Community know, Sobekick Gym Emeryville supports any of you who have been effected by current government furloughs. If you or anyone you know have lost office gyms or ability to workout, you are invited to come here for FREE for the duration of your furlough. “What good is our strength, if we do not use it to lift others?”~[Jack Barnathan, NY Center for Strength.] We are here to keep us all strong!!!!Thank you~Robin Taylor, General Manager

  11. I think the “e” on “vigilante” turns it into a person seeking retribution rather than a person remaining “vigilant” and watching out for himself. But I could be wrong on this. I was not an English major…

    Keep up the good work, I’m a regular reader and get your email updates!

  12. Whilst walking down 45th Street, came across a set of keys- looked like car as well as home. They were right past Whoville, on the loading dock steps. Didn’t take a picture, but it was a set of 2 short black car keys and about 6 other keys. Good luck.

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