The Top Five E’ville Eye Stories of 2016

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Happy New Year E’villains! While I think most of us are glad that 2016 is behind us, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the stories that helped The E’ville Eye experience yet another year where we doubled our readership and saw us eclipse over half a million annual pageviews.

Thank you for your readership and support!


Among the over 200 stories we published this year, these were the top-five according to Google Analytics:

5). Rudy’s Can’t Fail founder Jeffery Bischoff addresses decision to temporarily reduce restaurant hours

Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe announced on Friday that it will temporarily suspend dinner and late night service at both its Emeryville and Oakland locations. The announcement, published on their website, touched off some concerns amid swirling rumors of the direction of the beloved establishment that helped put “E’ville” on the map.


4). Daytime shooting behind 7-Eleven on San Pablo leaves one critical

A shooting occurred approximately 5:05 p.m. at the Oaks Walk apartments behind 7-Eleven on San Pablo and 40th today. Shell casing markers could be seen near the disabled parking spot in front of the housing complex.


3). In-N-Out Burger to Powell St. Plaza Burger King Space?

In what could either be the greatest thing – or worst thing Emeryville has ever seen, the Powell Street Plaza shopping center may be getting an In-N-Out Burger. With the current closest location being Alameda, the convenience would be a welcome one for fans of the popular, California grown burger chain. But can the notoriously bottlenecked area of Christie and Shellmound handle the addition of vehicle traffic it is sure to bring?

2). Origins: First of a Three-part Series on the History of the Emeryville Mudflat Sculptures

Most people who have heard of the Emeryville Mudflat Sculptures know very little about them. If you have seen pictures of them, you are left with the question; “who made these things and why?” A random activity of sculptures, signs, and proclamations on the edge of a freeway in a pre-internet era didn’t lend itself to an abundant amount of information. The Emeryville Mudflats have always have been shaded in mystery. Their origin story is not widely known as the artists worked mostly anonymously.


1). City Sports Club set to open in North Oakland-Berkeley-Emeryville area of San Pablo Avenue


Construction has been progressing steadily on the renovated Marchant building that literally straddles the North Oakland-Berkeley-Emeryville border of San Pablo Avenue (ProTip: Locals prefer “Three Corners”, not “NOBE”). The building has attracted new tenants including an Amazon Fulfillment Center and TCHO Chocolates and the completion of the adjacent 98 residential unit Higby apartments has helped give the area some traction. Now City Sports Club will be opening a two-story, 44,000 sq. ft. health club that is expected to be completed by fall.


And a few of our favorites that we think deserve a second look:

Emery High Students stage campus walkout in protest of Trump Election


An estimated 200 Emery High students abruptly walked off campus at 10 a.m. this morning in an organized protest against the contentious election of Donald Trump. The students marched up 45th shouting “Not My President!” and other slogans while being cheered on by neighbors. “Their civil and peaceful protest warmed my mourning heart” noted resident Katy Wisniewski through social media.


A Path Forward for Emeryville Dog Park project as five year CIP adopted

Neighbors and dog advocates turned out in force at the May 17th City Council meeting to thrust the Oakland/Emeryville dog park project into the Capital Improvement Plan priority discussion. A project that had lingered in the CIP “unfunded” column for two years prior. A project that had failed to gain any substantial traction with a majority of our council despite fitting their designated priorities of improving public safety, adding to our stock of park/open space & improving our interconnectivity. A project that has challenged the city to look beyond its strict borders and look at the region and how we connect to neighboring cities.


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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.


    • They suddenly, and without notice, shut their doors in not only this location, but what appears to be chain-wide. Turns out they hadn’t been paying their rent OR their workers. I suspect there will be an interesting lawsuit very, very soon.

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