Emeryville State of The City Address by Mayor Kurt Brinkman & City Manager Pat O’Keeffe

The meeting was an annual Chamber of Commerce Event. It was well attended. This event will go down in history as a sign of the present times, as we approach a brand new era in Emeryville. The Emeryville Chamber has acted as a voice of public relations for the City, and NOT as a voice for property and  business owners. The City pays the Chamber of Commerce $25,000 each year for business outreach, and provides free office space…(see “about EPOA” bottom of page)

Mayor Kurt Brinkman in the photo below.

A great public relations speech. several key issues mentioned.

  • The new General Plan,- no explanation of how that benefits business and property owners. nor the fact most property owners were not at the table, and don’t understand all of the new regulations which were imposed..
  • No mention  for business people to complete the on-line survey for input on selection  the new city manager. A new City Manager is the next President of Emeryville. City Manager Survey
  • Mayor responded about the need to replace infrastructure and overhead wires. The City tried to force 18 unwilling property owners to pay an $8.3 million assessment against their will, and without prior knowledge. It’s up to PG&E to make sure they are safe.
  • the EPOA is sponsoring a new ballot measure to make sure affected parties are duly notified in advance. Emeryville Public Notice and Accountability Measure

Property and business owners will have a new place in city government. The end of redevelopment City’s power of eminent domain and the threat of condemnation stripped property owners of their rights. The city forced property owners to comply with city regulations. Tax measures have been approved by voters without any notice to property owners. At the heart of everything is the fairness of process. WE look for a new era of uniting business people and residents, and to explore the common benefits to be achieved for the whole community.

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