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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tribune Reports On Election

Re-Printed from the Oakland Tribune:

Election delivers newcomer to 

Emeryville City Council

By Angela Woodall
Oakland Tribune
Updated: 11/09/2011 02:47:55 PM PST

EMERYVILE -- The balance and tenor of the Emeryville City Council shifted 
Tuesday night with the election of newcomer Jacqueline Asher and the 
defeat of 24-year member Ken Bukowski.
Asher is a UC Berkeley lecturer in the Department of Gender and Women's 
Studies, a mother of two and a political newcomer who moved to Emeryville 
four years ago. She decided to run for one of three open at-large City Council 
seats after the city considered turning over management of its municipally-run 
daycare, the Emeryville Child Development Center, which Asher's daughter 
attended. She lobbied against the decision and helped find budget solutions 
that allowed Emeryville to keep the center public.

Bukowski is a veteran council member whose tenure ended Tuesday night, 
overshadowed by charges of improprieties and drug use.
He helped transform Emeryville into a big-box retail destination and magnet 
for firms such as Pixar Studios. Asher's platform, in contrast, leaned heavily 
on making Emeryville more family friendly and other quality of life issues, 
such as providing before and after school care for children in the district.
Incumbents Nora Davis, a council member for 24 years, and Ruth Atkin, a 
council member since 1999, defended their seats for another four-year 
term. Emeryville council members are paid $10,134 per year for their 
part-time service.

Asher's fellow first-time candidate Michael Webber lost his bid for a council seat.

The Council
will have to grapple with an ongoing recession.
"Budget issues are going to be tough," Atkin said by telephone shortly after the 
polls closed at 8 p.m.
Turnout -- projected to be about 30 percent in Alameda County -- was low 
but not unexpected for a local election in an odd year.

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