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The new owners of Bay Street appear to be taking the recent high-profile incidents with public safety seriously. CenterCal, who acquired the property this past spring, have announced a series of improvements including some physical...

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Several off-ramps along I-580 in Emeryville & Oakland were closed late Friday evening after a fatal collision, according to the California Highway Patrol. The collision, involving three vehicles, occurred in the West MacArthur underpass near...

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The Emeryville Police Dept. has posted two recent alerts via their Nixle account including a fatal motorcycle crash near IKEA and a carjacking in the Bay Street Parking garage. The carjacking was the second robbery...

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Four more closings to announce since our last report in April (one temporary). In positive news, West Oakland’s thriving Horn Barbecue is adding two new food options and Emeryville has a new Mediterranean-inspired delivery-only option....

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Alameda County rescinded its local Shelter-in-Place order on Tuesday to fully align with California’s Beyond the Blueprint framework. This action eliminates physical distancing requirements, capacity limits on businesses and relaxes mask mandates. This new order...

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Richmond police are investigating a shooting Wednesday that left a 37-year-old Emeryville man dead and more than 40 shell casings at the scene. Officers responded at about 12:25 p.m. Wednesday to an activation of its...

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Some North Oakland neighbors are organizing to push back on a project that has already been approved by The City of Oakland. They claim the permitting of the 35 stall “Ghost Kitchen” business CloudKitchens at...

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A flurry of business activity continues across Emeryville amid the pandemic’s gradual downturn. Covid has helped intensify the demand for life science space and developers are in a “race” to satisfy this. Emeryville has quite...

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Soul Slice, a fledgling pizza chain that uses a unique biscuit crust, has announced its intent to open at the former Noodle Theory Provisions space on San Pablo Avenue in North Oakland. The space has...

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Senior Emeryville pedestrian activists are celebrating a victory after securing approval and funding for a new mid-block crossing along San Pablo Avenue. More convenient access from the eastern-side of San Pablo Avenue to nearby amenities...

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Emeryville City Councilmember Christian Patz surprised his fellow councilmembers at the May 4th meeting by announcing that he will be stepping down from his position. Patz provided that he would be moving from the area...

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San Francisco Business Times reporter Laura Waxmann is reporting that the sale of the Bay Street Emeryville shopping center may be close to being finalized. The shopping center is currently owned by global real estate...

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Emeryville City Council held interviews to fill two vacant Planning Commission seats at the March 16th meeting. Six candidates were vying for the open positions. On the surface, the process yielded two reasonably qualified candidates...

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Emeryville & West Oakland were once again the target of mass-looting under the cover of unrelated protest activity. This time, local police agencies were able to contain the efforts according to an EPD Nixle alert....

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A Federal Judge has issued a temporary order preventing the City of Emeryville from clearing the Ashby/Shellmound homeless encampment. Clearing of the encampment had been scheduled to occur on Monday, April 19th to accommodate construction...

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A few local business stories aggregated across the interwebz in this months’ E’ville Biz digest. The long-anticipated “Nady” site housing project on Shellmound may soon be breaking ground after securing a new construction loan. A...

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Alameda County opened COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and up over the weekend. Alameda is the fourth Bay Area county to do so ahead of the state’s April 15 deadline joining Contra Costa,...

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Some business updates to report around Emeryville including two additional retail closures. In addition, the MedMen cannabis dispensary on San Pablo Avenue originally permitted in 2017 has finally opened. American Eagle Outfitters – Closed Bay...

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The BioMed Realty “Emeryville Center of Innovation” project received approval from the City to expand its flagship Emeryville Center of Innovation campus. Plans for the 12-acre campus include 910,000 square feet of new Class A...

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Christie Avenue and other familiar streets could soon be a thing of the past if council approves a resolution at Tuesday’s upcoming council meeting. The plan calls to slowly phase out all Pioneering and “Rotten...

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Alameda and Santa Cruz counties joined San Mateo, Santa Clara and Marin by moving into the “orange” COVID-19 pandemic reopening tier on Tuesday. This allows cities in these counties to increase indoor capacities for already...

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A small measure of justice was served in Emeryville over the past couple weeks. At last weeks’ Emery School Board Meeting, the district read and approved an official apology to late, former Emery High teacher...

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Local East Bay school districts, under growing pressure from parents and politicians, have slowly been announcing their reopening plans. Oakland Unified will begin reopening schools beginning March 30, Berkeley Unified reached an agreement to reopen...

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The first Planning Commission meeting of 2021 had an understandably slim agenda, as much business had been wrapped up before the holiday break. The meeting began with the unexpected resignation of Commissioner Miguel Guerrero who...

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