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Monday, July 9, 2012

The Government Accountability Project

The Emeryville Government Accountability Project
Citizen Access

As part of the on-going effort to strengthen democratic institutions and citizen 
involvement in Emeryville, the Tattler will publish the telephone numbers of 
elected officials as they become known.  

For decades here politicians made their phone numbers public and would take 
calls from constituents.  Sadly, this tradition has been waning, and citizen access 
has eroded.  Meanwhile, developers and other corporate interests who would feed 
at the public trough routinely meet with the politicians and city staff in closed door 
We are dismayed to see this weakening of citizen access to the levers of power 
even while corporate access has never been stronger.  Accordingly, we now 
add the telephone number of newly appointed School Board member, 
John Affeldt to the list of numbers of Emeryville's elected officials.  Mr Affeldt, it 
should be noted, willingly provided this, his home telephone number to the Tattler.

Future would be politicians should take warning:  If you win office and try to 
keep your telephone number confidential, the Tattler will publish it if we can find it.
Here then is the newest contact-

John Affeldt, School Board Member:
(510) 547-7757*

Here is the list so far:
City Council
Nora Davis -  (510) 652-2199
Kurt Brinkman - (510) 774-1551*
Jennifer West - (510) 420-5795
Ruth Atkin - (510) 915-0167*
Jac Asher - (510) 333-8437  

School Board
Josh Simon -  (510) 601-1480
Melodi Dice - Unlisted
Joy Kent - (510) 922-1714
Miguel Dwin - (510) 381-2023* 
*unlisted but obtained by the Tattler

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