The Emeryville Newsletter (E-News)



New Emeryville Center of Community Life
Interactive Model

The Emeryville Center of Community Life now has a new interactive model online! Click here to take a virtual tour of our upcoming facilities.

Coffee with the City Manager: June 9

Coffee with the City Manager

In an effort to promote citizen engagement, City Manager Carolyn Lehr will be holding a series of open office hours called, “Coffee with the City Manager”. This is aimed at enabling conversations with residents and business to discuss topic of their choice. In addition to topics brought by the public, Carolyn will also provide updates on pending issues being discussed by City Council and a variety of other topics.

All “Coffee with the City Manager” events are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

The events will be held at the City Hall, 1333 Park Avenue from 9:00 – 10:00am.

East Bay Bike Share Takes Shape

Bike Share

Motivate and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) announced the proposed locations for the first set of bike share stations in the East Bay, a major milestone toward bringing bike share to the East Bay for the first time. Bike share will provide Emeryville, Oakland and Berkeley with an affordable and easy-to-use transportation network.

Emeryville is expected to receive a total of 10 stations as part of the expansion, with three coming in this first phase. These first station locations were selected through an extensive community engagement process that included over six months of public input into the system’s design. Feedback for the proposed locations was collected in over 70 briefings with community stakeholders and nine public workshops, and through an online station-suggestion portal that generated over 5,000 unique station location suggestions submitted by the public. Motivate has also coordinated closely with staff, elected officials and communities across these cities to identify where these first stations will go and will continue to do so over the next two phases of expansion in the East Bay.

The best bike share station locations are highly visible, close to bicycle facilities, co-located with other transportation connections, and/or close to local destinations like parks, commercial districts, or other major destinations that attract large numbers of Bay Area residents.

View proposed station locations for Emeryville, Oakland and Berkeley at

Stanford Avenue Park Getting a Fresh New Look

A few of your favorite parks in Emeryville are getting updated with some great new features! Here’s what you can look forward to this summer, including possible closures for refurbishment:

Stanford Avenue Park

The Stanford Avenue Park rehabilitation will retrofit the existing school-age structure while adding a few new fun elements. The existing preschool-age structure will be replaced with a brand new play structure. Both play areas will include new sets of swings. The existing rubber surfacing under both structures will also be replaced.

Park Closure: May 16 through June 17

Please note that park closure dates are subject to change due to weather conditions. Street parking will also be affected around the parks during construction. Temporary no parking signs will be posted 72 hours beforehand.

Emeryville Minimum Wage Increases July 1, 2016

The City of Emeryville’s Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance annual hourly wage increases for small and large businesses will take effect on Friday, July 1, 2016. As outlined in the Ordinance (EMC 5-37), the new hourly minimum wage rates will be as follows:


Small Businesses (≦55 Employees): $13.00/hr
Large Businesses (56+ Employees): $14.82/rr

The Emeryville City Council adopted an ordinance on June 2, 2015 that provides for higher citywide minimum wages and paid sick leave provisions than required by the State of California. The new law went into effect July 2, 2015.

The law’s three key provisions are:

  1. Establishes minimum wage rates to be paid to all employees working within Emeryville city limits:
    • Small businesses (55 or fewer employees):
      Current Rate: $12.25 per hour
      Effective 7/1/16: $13.00 per hour
    • Large businesses (56 or more employees):
      Current Rate: $14.44 per hour
      Effective 7/1/16: $14.82 per hour
  2. Requires Paid Sick Leave.
  3. Requires payment of service charges to Hospitality Workers.

The requirements for the paid sick leave and service charges remain the same. Updated resources and notices will be available soon. If you have any questions, please contact the Economic Development and Housing Division at or 510-596-4316.

For more information please visit the Minimum Wage Ordinance web page.


City Council/City Council as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency

The next regular City Council/City as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7. Meetings are broadcast live and rebroadcast on ETV: Channel 27 and can be viewed live and are archived on the City’s website. Finalized Council/Agency agendas and agenda reports are viewable/ can be downloaded through the City's website starting the Friday before the meeting.

Emeryville Oversight Board

The next Emeryville Oversight Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28. Meetings are broadcast live and rebroadcast on ETV: Channel 27 and can be viewed live and are archived on the City's website. The Emeryville Oversight Board is charged with determining which remaining financial obligations of the former Emeryville Redevelopment Agency are enforceable obligations under AB26x, the State law that eliminated all redevelopment agencies and requires that funds not needed to fulfill enforceable obligations are remitted to State and other regional/local regional taxing agencies. More information regarding the Emeryville Oversight Board can be found on the City's website.

Public Safety Alerts

The Emeryville Police Department and the Alameda County Fire Department (the ACFD provides fire services to Emeryville) are also encouraging residents to sign up for NIXLE, a nation-wide public safety alert system. Simply text any zip code to 888777 and receive real-time alerts and advisories from the City and other public agencies. This is a great way of keeping up with public safety alerts throughout the Bay Area and even travelling nation-wide just by entering the local zip code. There is no charge for registering but standard text messaging rates associated with your mobile phone service will apply. You can opt out anytime by texting “STOP” to 888777.

If you're texting a zip code to 888777 and using NIXLE for the first time, you can retrieve a temporary password to complete the registration process here. Completing the registration process will allow you to fully customize how messages reach you - whether by mobile phone, email, or over the web at - you decide!

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