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It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since our city experienced a wave of orchestrated looting in the wake of protests over the Minneapolis Police killing of George Floyd. Much of Emeryville remains pockmarked...

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Alameda County officials are reversing their plan to move the county to greater socialization and business activity citing a spike in hospitalizations and a rising rate of cases of the novel coronavirus. In-store retail and...

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The Planning Commission held two Study Sessions at their May 28th meeting, reviewing an update to the planned affordable apartment project at 3600 San Pablo Avenue (site of ECAP) as well as an update to...

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Following California Governor Newsom and Alameda County Health Department’s most recent COVID-19 directives, Bay Street Emeryville has reopened to the public offering in-store shopping and outdoor dining from select merchants. All stores and restaurants are...

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As retail and restaurants begin their phase of reopening, we’re slowly assessing the economic damage caused or escalated by this pandemic. Many of the businesses forced to close when the original shelter order was placed...

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As expected, Alameda County issued a new health order yesterday expanding the list of businesses allowed to reopen to include outdoor dining. Among the eating establishments that immediately announced participation will be the Public Market...

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As expected, Alameda County issued Health Officer Orders today to allow for the reopening of all retail and outdoor dining beginning Friday, June 19. This order also includes outdoor museums, limited religious and cultural services,...

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Yesterday, the cities of Emeryville and Oakland held a joint press conference announcing the completion of the year-long Family Matters Shelter for homeless families. Today, this temporary emergency shelter opens for shelter, on-site housing navigation...

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The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police officers has not only drawn further attention to police brutality within the black community, it’s provoked some soul-searching within the police community. Officers are...

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Alameda County announced the launch of a free COVID-19 Public testing site that will expand testing available at the West Oakland Health Center. Scheduled to open on Wednesday, June 3 this site located at 700...

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Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern declared a state of emergency and ordered the implementation of a countywide curfew today. The order was in response to the national wave of protests that have broken out over...

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After Friday’s Oakland protests descended into violence and looting, area residents braced for the possibility of another night of unrest. Some protesters apparently opted to shift their attention to neighboring Emeryville. But from the get...

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Emeryville City Council will vote to appoint Robert “Hank” Schreeder as Interim Chief Of Police at their June 2 meeting. Five-year Police Chief Jennifer Tejada announced her retirement after 25 years in policing back on...

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A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal trial judge’s ruling by a 2-1 vote today. They court ruled in favor of developers of a planned Oakland terminal project over...

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The Budget Advisory Committee and City Council were both recently presented with the bleak economic realities the city is facing. Emeryville, like many cities, has seen a sharp decline in revenues caused by the pandemic-induced...

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Emeryville Police Chief Jennifer Tejada formally announced her retirement from the EPD last week. In a letter to City Manager Christine Daniel, Tejada set her final day with the force as June 12. Tejada was...

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The State of California recently launched an online tool to help local community members find their nearest COVID-19 testing facility. Released to the public on May 17, the tool is also being used by California...

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Four stories aggregated from around the web in this month’s E’ville Biz digest. Clif Bar has appointed a new CEO to help their anticipated next stage of growth. Zymergen was recently tapped by the Chan...

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Four California Air National Guard fighter jets flew over the Bay Area this morning. The Flyovers were part of a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Air Force dubbed “America Strong” intended to honor health care...

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The March, 2020 Emeryville Crime Report saw 146 crimes reported (down from the 169 reported in February). Both property and violent crime data saw drops from the previous month. It was the third consecutive month...

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The Emeryville Planning Commission met through video conference for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak. The April 23 meeting lasted well over four hours, with a bulk of the time spent conducting a second...

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Alameda County and six other Bay Area Counties have officially announced an extension of the regional COVID-19 shelter order through May 31. They also announced an easing of certain operating restrictions for businesses that operate...

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The long-awaited episode of Bar Rescue featuring Marshawn Lynch-owned Emeryville bar & restaurant Rob Ben’s aired on Sunday. While locals will be disappointed that the bar was touted as being “in the heart of Oakland,”...

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Emery Unified has always been a tiny school district packed with heart and spunk. That much hasn’t changed. But just about everything around it has. On Mar. 16, the EUSD closed its two schools. It’s...

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