Happy Ending for Former Emeryville Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky

Published On May 13, 2016 | By Rob Arias | Arts & Culture, In the Neighborhood, Neighbor Spotlight

One year ago, Emeryville Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky begrudgingly left Emeryville after having her rent raised nearly 40% by a former Emeryville Planning Commissioner. Happily, she and her husband Jered and 5-year-old son Jack landed in Point Richmond at a small cabin-like house in Point Richmond. “This,” notes Kobrinsky in the SF Gate article, “is our dream house.”


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Photo: Vivian Johnson, SF Chronicle

A potter and a poet create dream home in Point Richmond

By Sydney Pfaff

It could have been another Bay Area renter’s tragedy. Last year, husband and wife Jered Nelson and Sarah Kobrinsky were informed by their Emeryville landlord that the rent would rise 40 percent. So with their 5-year-old, Jack, they went out into the treacherous market — and found a happy ending.

The happy was a small house in Point Richmond, built by an architect for himself. Jay Betts had grown up in the East Bay and attended Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. After graduating, he made his way back up north and started working for an architectural firm in Marin. He began looking for property to buy and soon found himself a small lot on a hill in Point Richmond. The selling price was $5,500. (Yes, it was the ’70s.).

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About The Author

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.

2 Responses to Happy Ending for Former Emeryville Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky

  1. Andre' Carpiaux says:

    This is a song for glory, I might as well whistle at the East bay shore seashore nothing to alleviate the plight of the homeless. It was set for a $ 2 500 ,o reward but it ended up at $ 3 000,o taken from the general funds meaning my tax levee from the assessor’s office. I think Mrs Ruth Atkin the originator of that holly Hot Air should re-imburse the City’s general fund and pay for her own glory, record shows she earns over $ 150 K form her health job in Contra Costa County plus that of all the money received from all those meetings participations
    Artist investing time, financial expanses for materials and often outside specialized labors are not rewarded in any kind of fashions. Down with lip services, enough of those using their privileged position to promote their own personal feeling at the expenses of those who have nothing to share but stark facts of life such as the homeless.
    There is just so much the workingman can take as insult added to injury.
    Please do not blame them.

    Andre’ Carpiaux

  2. Nonesuch says:

    I know her. She doesn’t deserve to be happy.

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