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Friday, July 1, 2011

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 routinely meet with politicians and city staff in closed door sessions. 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  Accordingly, we now add the unpublished telephone number of city council member Ruth Atkin to the list of published numbers of Emeryville's elected officials.
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-

Ruth Atkin, City Council Member:
(510) 915-0167

Here is the list so far:
City Council
Nora Davis -  (510) 652-2199
Ken Bukowski -  (510) 305-0000
Kurt Brinkman - Unlisted
Jennifer West - (510) 420-5795

School Board
Josh Simon -  (510) 601-1480
Cheryl Webb - (510) 654-6012*
Melodi Dice - Unlisted
Pat Hooper - (510) 384-7882*
Miguel Dwin - (510) 381-2023* 
*unlisted but obtained by the Tattler


  1. I've had Ruth's number for years. It's not a secret. All you have to do is ask her for it.

  2. Coiuncil member Ruth Atkin's telephone number is unlisted. She may have given you this number but she was unwilling to give it out to other constituents. Now, it's moot though, isn't it?

  3. Ruth used to have a listed number, I know because I 411'ed it a few years ago. Now it's not listed anymore..I checked it. I don't know just who is going to call here from the Tattler, nobody probably. If she wants to keep her number private that's her concern. But still it's nice to know they are making themselves available to us, or used to.