Welcome to The E’ville Eye Community News, a citizen-journalist powered news platform covering Emeryville and its surrounding neighborhoods. The idea for the E’ville Eye arrived in 2010 when Editor Rob Arias was robbed at gunpoint in the Park Avenue district neighborhood and was frustrated by his inability to alert neighbors to be more vigilant. There simply was no vehicle to communicate with our entire city. Technology caught up with our vision through the WordPress platform.
Emeryville is such a small community that we really feel an opportunity exists for individuals to make a difference. We’re hoping more of you are out there that have an interest in what’s happening in our city and want to be informed. Ultimately it will be up to us, the community, to drive the conversation and together we can get those in charge to listen to our collective voice.
We’re hoping to recruit contributors from all around Emeryville to represent and speak for our entire city. We will post relevant information about our neighborhood, spotlight new places and list upcoming events. If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute content to this site, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We strive to report facts and be as objective as possible but feel free to contact us if we’ve missed anything or you object to any of the content posted and we’ll do our best to set the record straight.
Rob is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue “Fiona” around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob’s “day job” is as a creative professional.
In addition to being the editor, Rob also manages The E’ville Eye’s social media accounts.
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.
Joey Enos (E’ville Archives)
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 (Real Estate Reports)
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 (Marina Reporter)
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 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 (Planning & Development)
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 (Health & Wellness)
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 Triangle/Golden Gate Neighborhood Reporter
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 (E’ville Bites)
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 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.
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 (Human Interest)
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 (Development)
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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