E’ville News Wire: City sues SEIU-UHW, Soba Ichi Opens in West Oakland, Emeryville Business sues Berkeley Bowl

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A few news stories aggregated from around the web relevant to Emeryville residents in this E’ville News Wire.

The long-awaited replacement to the shuttered Fusebox in West Oakland has finally opened. Soba Ichi, who are owned by the popular Ippuku yakitori in downtown Berkeley, opened for lunch on June 19th.

The City of Emeryville is reportedly suing the SEIU-UHW to prevent their attempt to file an “unconstitutional” ballot initiative that our City Attorney says violates due process rules and is preempted by state and federal laws according to this source. The ballot initiative looks to restrict patient expenses at Stanford’s hospitals and is moving forward in Palo Alto and Livermore.

The family business that has been in Emeryville for seventy years is suing The Berkeley Bowl grocery store for “misrepresentation and violating California business practices. ” Metalco, located on 67th, anodizes aluminum for the architectural, marine, military, electronics and automotive industries.



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Soba Noodle Restaurant From Ippuku Team Arrives in West Oakland

By Caleb Pershan

Soba Ichi, a soba noodle restaurant from the team behind beloved Berkeley izakaya Ippuku, will open after two long years in development on Tuesday, June 19. When it does, it won’t have much company: The West Oakland restaurant at 2311A Magnolia Street (in the former Fusebox space) will be one of just a handful in the US to make its own soba noodles from scratch. It’s opening with just lunch (and a limited quantity of noodles) to start and dinner to follow as the team gets more comfortable.

Read More on Eater SF →



Ballot measures aim to limit patient costs at Stanford hospitals in Palo Alto, Livermore

Union ends effort to land initiatives on November ballot in Redwood City, Pleasanton

By Kevin Kelly

A union that represents Stanford health care employees has qualified two November ballot measures asking voters to restrict patient expenses at the university’s hospitals in Palo Alto and Livermore.

Although SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West also initiated petition drives to qualify similar measures in Redwood City and Pleasanton where Stanford also operates hospitals, union spokesman Sean Wherley said it dropped those efforts partly because of costs. And in Emeryville, a similar drive ended when the city attorney there sued the union.

Read More on The Mercury News →



Berkeley Bowl seeks to expand, evict 70-year-old neighbor business. Lawsuit ensues

By Justin Phillips

There’s turmoil surrounding the East Bay growth of one of Berkeley’s most popular independent supermarkets.

According to a lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court in November, Berkeley Bowl is being sued by the owners of a 70-year-old, family-owned metal anodizing business in Emeryville called Metalco for breach of contract, misrepresentation and violating California business practices, among other actions. The suit stems from Berkeley Bowl’s 2017 purchase of 1475 67th St., Metalco’s place of business since 1946, for an unspecified project.

Read More on SF Gate →

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

1 Comment

  1. Has council member Ally Medina recused herself in dealing with this issue (lawsuit)? Medina is a rep for SEIU-UHW. Did the city council vote to proceed?

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