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Oakland Trotting Park was the host to many noteworthy Black jockeys around the turn of the 20th century. One of them was Jess “Long Shot” Conley who earned his moniker by riding horses with long...

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In 2016, a contingency of Australian Councils dubbed The Future Cities Collaborative, participated in an exchange program where they toured major metropolitan cities. Cities including Seattle, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia … as well as...

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Former Emeryville scientist Michael Houghton was among three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday. Houghton was honored for his efforts that led to the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus while an...

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Longtime Emeryville Councilmember Nora Davis sadly passed away this week. She was 92 years old. Davis was an absolute force in Emeryville politics during her 27 years on council presiding over its “Boomtown” era. An...

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The police killing of George Floyd has touched off a tidal wave of protests against police brutality and killing of unarmed Black people across the U.S. These protests have forced the country to confront our...

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Today, the Emeryville Peninsula is among the most vibrant and populated areas of our city. Runners, dog-walkers and cyclists traversing its trails, panoramic views, sailing and dining. About one-fifth of our city’s population resides at...

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Berkeley Farms, a staple of the dairy aisle of our local grocery stores for over a fifty years, sadly filed for bankruptcy last week. And while the future of California’s oldest, continuous milk processor is...

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A 2012 article by Chronicle writer Peter Hartlaub contained an impressive list of long-gone Bay Area landmarks. Among this list were two Emeryville icons: The fabled Mudflat Sculptures and the lesser celebrated Sherwin-Williams “Cover the...

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Kary Mullis, a chemist whose work with a pioneering Emeryville Biotech company awarded him a Nobel Prize, passed away last Wednesday at the age of 74. Mullis is credited with the groundbreaking invention of PCR...

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Emeryville Civic Center is once again proudly flying the pride flag for the month as we have for years. Additionally, the city is flying a second, less familiar flag consisting of a horizontal white stripe...

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Your next vacation could be literally steps away as Emeryville’s own Amtrak Station marks the beginning of the historic California Zephyr route. The trip is considered one of the most scenic rail trips in North...

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If you happen to be arrested or detained in Emeryville, you’ll likely be transported to an Oakland or County jail. The reasons are that the Emeryville Police Station no longer has a holding facility. They...

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If you’ve lived in Emeryville long enough, you’ve probably stumbled upon the monthly Porsche meetups on Harlan Street near the Pixar gate and wandered by to see what was going on. Chances are you were...

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When all is said and done, Ken Bukowski will go down as one of the most colorful characters our city has ever seen. A six term, 24 year Council member and five-time Mayor, plaques with...

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Golden Gate Key & Lock holds an impressive legacy that may have been overlooked by residents of Emeryville. The African-American owned business goes back 72 years and three generations. They have witnessed massive changes in...

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Jackie Robinson is generally credited with breaking the modern color line by being the first black player to play in the 20th Century. Robinson took the field for the Montreal Royals of the International league in...

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A UC Berkeley Medical student, a corpse, and an attempt to “reanimate” the dead with electricity in a rented Emeryville Warehouse. An E’ville urban legend that has never been proven … or disproven. In a letter...

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Sports Illustrated’s ‘Vault’ is an archive of articles curated by the editors of the legendary sports magazine that has been in circulation since 1954. Three articles have been republished online recently that touch on stories...

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Most of us know of The Townhouse’s historic role as “City Hall East” for the notorious ex-Chief of police John LaCoste. During this era spanning the 70’s and early 80’s, “Vernetti’s Townhouse” was more of...

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Wednesday marked a somber anniversary that may have been lost on most newer Oakland and Emeryville residents. 10 years ago, on August 2, 2007, 57-year-old Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey was gunned down in broad...

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East Bay Yesterday, a podcast “about history, but it’s not stuck in the past,” emerged last year and has gained the curiosity and admiration of local history buffs. Creator Liam O’Donoghue has quickly built a library of important stories cataloguing East Bay history....

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Emeryville Historical Society contributor Richard Ambro recently passed away at the age of 73. He resided in Emeryville’s Triangle neighborhood up until his sudden passing. To honor him, we have received permission from the Emeryville...

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For a city so rich in history, I’m often perplexed why Emeryville’s History is so buried. We have no museum, historical places are often unmarked and online resources are few. In fact, if you want to learn...

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His name is unforgettable, and so is his art. Mark Bulwinkle is the artist behind those whimsical steel plate silhouettes scattered around the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center. His “The Traffic Jam” pieces are arguably the lone bright spot...

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