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Emeryville mayor driving in rain kills guard crossing street

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Emeryville mayor driving in rain kills guard crossing street

Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

Saturday, December 8, 2007

 

A vehicle driven by Emeryville's new mayor struck and killed a security guard crossing the street after the veteran city official left a community meeting about a proposed pedestrian and bicycle bridge nearby, police said Friday.

 

Mayor Ken Bukowski, 56, was driving his SUV in the rain about 9 p.m. Thursday on the 5300 block of Hollis Street when he hit Michael Smela, 56, of Oakley, a retired police officer working as a security guard for drugmaker Novartis, authorities said. Novartis has a plant nearby and was host of the meeting.

 

Bukowski, who had been traveling north on Hollis, stopped and was not cited pending the results of an investigation, said Ferdinand Suba, Emeryville police spokesman. Suba said the mayor had been traveling below the 35 mph speed limit.

 

No one else was in the SUV with the mayor. Bukowski was cooperative with police, said Suba, who did not know whether officers had tested the mayor for drugs or alcohol.

 

Smela was not in a crosswalk when he was trying to cross the street, Suba said. The guard, who was employed by AlliedBarton Security Services, was pronounced dead at Highland Hospital in Oakland.

 

"It's a tragic incident for every party involved," Suba said.

 

The mayor said Friday that the crash happened after he left the meeting to get public input about designs for a proposed pedestrian-bike bridge over the railroad tracks at 53rd Street that would lead to the Bay Street Emeryville shopping center. The bridge would be located several blocks from where the accident happened, city officials said.

 

Bukowski said his insurance company had told him not to discuss details of the crash. But he said, "I don't feel the accident will impair my ability to serve as the city's new mayor."

 

Smela was on duty when he was killed and had been working at Novartis for about a month, said his wife, Lynda Lopez-Smela. He retired last year from the San Francisco Community College District Police Department, which patrols City College of San Francisco.

 

Lopez-Smela was stunned to learn that it was the Emeryville mayor who had struck and killed her husband of nearly 10 years.

 

"I'm so numb that you could run me over with a Mack truck and I wouldn't feel it," she said.

 

Bukowski, a retired small businessman, was sworn in as mayor Tuesday after being selected for the post by fellow members of the City Council. Bukowski, a councilman since 1987, considers himself an advocate for bicyclists and pedestrians and often rides his bike to get around the city of 8,600 people.

 

Bukowski was convicted of a red-light violation last year and failed to appear in court for a second red-light violation in August, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. He was involved in a crash in San Francisco in January, DMV records show.

 

City officials were notified of Thursday night's crash in an e-mail sent by City Manager Patrick O'Keeffe. The other four council members also attended the meeting about the bridge.

 

Councilwoman Nora Davis said she had had left the community meeting a few minutes before the mayor and noted that "the visibility conditions were very poor."

 

"My concern and sympathy are with the survivors," she said.

 

Smela's wife said he enjoyed playing golf and loved history and his 11-year-old black Labrador, C.J.

 

"He'd give you the shirt off his back," she said of her husband. "He'd help you in any way." Policing was "in his blood," she said.

 

Timothy Zuniga, a former co-worker with the San Francisco community college police, said Smela had previously been a police officer and sheriff's deputy in San Francisco.

 

"He had a heart of gold," Zuniga said. "He was the kind of guy you could count on. You needed backup, he'd be there. He always had your back."

 

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It's funny, it's sad, it's news.

 

I live one town over from Emeryville, home of Pixar Studios and Steve Jobs' ridiculous exotic car collection.

 

Thursday was pretty wet, but it wasn't raining cats and dogs. Just thought I'd throw that in there.

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I guess this means you're def gonna get that pedestrian bridge now.

 

:lol:

 

Yeah, it's probably a shoo-in.

 

That area is right by a yard I used to go paint, and one of my old squats was just across the tracks from where they want to build that bridge. They tore everything down for a quarter-mile along that side of the track.

 

The Novartis complex is huge. It used to be called Chiron, which was the second large biotech campus in the Bay Area.

 

I'll bet some creepy shit goes on in that place.

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"Bukowski, a retired small businessman, was sworn in as mayor Tuesday after being selected for the post by fellow members of the City Council. Bukowski, a councilman since 1987, considers himself an advocate for bicyclists and pedestrians and often rides his bike to get around the city of 8,600 people.

 

Bukowski was convicted of a red-light violation last year and failed to appear in court for a second red-light violation in August, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. He was involved in a crash in San Francisco in January, DMV records show."

he should have been riding his bike.

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I like that his last name is Bukowski.

 

kbukowski120.jpg

 

Here's a picture of the mayor. He looks like Richard Nixon, doesn't he?

 

A born politician.

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Emeryville used to be a huge train town, but fell off in the 1950s. Then, Chiron and Pixar moved in...now there's an Ikea and a bunch of malls everywhere.

 

Oh, and TONS of condos. I don't know anybody who lives in the newer parts of E-ville, though.

 

You can still paint trains and tracksides there, but it's hot. Also, there's a hobo jungle where you can hop freights right behind the Ikea.

 

I lived in E-ville for a while. It's not too bad, but the cops get antsy because there's not a lot to do.

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you forgot how small emeryville is shai. Its only 1.2sq miles... so its not like the cops have a big area to police, I mean they drive to the end of the street than drive back to the end of the street...

 

Oh and I think it was part of some masonic conspiracy that the security gaurd stumbled upon and that is why the mayor deaded him....

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stonecutters_2.jpg

 

I think the Stonecutters did it.

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wait maybe its one of the initations to join the secret society... you got to dead a security gaurd... poor dude little did he know that he was going to get killed so that the new mayor of emeryville could drink the blood from vaginas of diease infested hookers who hang out on san pablo....

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he should have been riding his bike.

 

for real, here i am with no license but this rich white faggot politician is obviously a much more retarded driver and hes driving around nice and jolly.

 

 

i bet this fuck wont even have to pay a fine or do time. fuck political immunity.

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:lol:

 

Yeah, it's probably a shoo-in.

 

That area is right by a yard I used to go paint, and one of my old squats was just across the tracks from where they want to build that bridge. They tore everything down for a quarter-mile along that side of the track.

 

The Novartis complex is huge. It used to be called Chiron, which was the second large biotech campus in the Bay Area.

 

I'll bet some creepy shit goes on in that place.

 

squats?

you down with the crusty wrench fixer up bike carhart train hop brigade?

did you ever listen to nausea?

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wait maybe its one of the initations to join the secret society... you got to dead a security gaurd... poor dude little did he know that he was going to get killed so that the new mayor of emeryville could drink the blood from vaginas of diease infested hookers who hang out on san pablo....

 

san pablo?

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i've almost been hit crossing the street 30 times a year by taxi drivers. those guys are more dangerous then street gangs and currupt cops.

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oh

sorry

I just have this thing with posting that video at every available opportunity

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oh man I didn't even click the link since I am at school... and it was just some random link...

 

but I love that commercial... fuck yeah... you just got some props..

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san pablo?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMbsZU83ajc

 

No, but San Pablo Avenue goes through San Pablo.

 

One night, I got really drunk on Sparks and decided to walk to San Pablo Casino. It's about six miles away from where I stay...half a block from San Pablo Avenue.

 

Took about two and a half hours, and it started raining once I got to the casino. So, I hopped on the bus and went back. That took a half hour. On the walk, I saw a lot of hookers and crackheads, and even saw a crackhead fight just over the San Pablo city line. Got mean-mugged by a bunch of thugs.

 

San Pablo goes through some really nasty parts of town. Emeryville, however, is not one of them.

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