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Re: “Oakland's Toxic Lead Contamination Isn't in the Water. It's in the Buildings and Dirt, and It's Bad.

While air quality is an issue, it is not currently a contributor to **lead** poisoning. Before lead was phased out as an additive in Gasoline, the statement was true, freeway traffic added significant lead to the environment and deposits from past leaded gas use persist in soils, cracks in building walls, etc. Industries have also contributed, but Diesel from current trucking is not a contributor. Ships use "Bunker Oil" that does have more heavy metal contaminants than Diesel for on-road vehicles.

New air pollution is important. However, do NOT diminish existing problems by marginalizing them with claims about other issues. Lead comes from lead. If not in fuel being burned, emissions will not contribute to lead poisoning. Oakland is dealing mostly with legacy pollution from old products put forward as safe at the time of use.

Posted by Ed Garrett on 12/29/2016 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

This review misses all of the nuance and depth of the movie in one fell swoop. But worse, it contains egregious spoilers that will absolutely spoil the viewing experience for anyone who dares to actually go ahead and watch it. Please, ignore this ham handed "review" and forget everything it says. Then go and watch the movie with an open mind. Shame on this reviewer.

Posted by Margot Geffen on 12/29/2016 at 4:56 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I empathize with many of the points that you raise in your article, Tigray, although I think you can still greet strangers on the street. Maybe moreso now.

Posted by Brian Dowey on 12/29/2016 at 4:38 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

To be more specific about the very much more diverse Asian population, it has gone from less than 3% to over 16%. I'm just toggling back and forth on my phone. I meant to include specific stats for all. You can go to the census for all the breakdown.

Posted by Danielle Thys on 12/29/2016 at 3:17 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I appreciate this article and as a lifelong Oakland resident for over a half century, would like to also point out that Oakland's population has actually become much more diverse since I was a kid. I was born in the mid 60's, when Oakland was more than 73% white. That number is now roughly 34%. So while the black population dropped by 25% from its spike in the 80's and 90's, I still see a very diverse, inclusive population thriving here. The Hispanic population has increased from 6% to over 25% in the same time period. And if you take a longer view, the black population has increased from 12% to 28% since my older siblings were born. The Asian population has also grown steadily. Change is inevitable, and it's sad to lose institutions you grew up thinking would last forever. But I would hope the focus would be on multiculturalism, diversity and inclusivity as we move forward together as residents of Oakland.

Posted by Danielle Thys on 12/29/2016 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Oakland's Toxic Lead Contamination Isn't in the Water. It's in the Buildings and Dirt, and It's Bad.

The problem with lead poisoning in the Fruitvale District is way bigger than chipping lead based paint on older buildings or even soils in the area that previously contained uses that utilized toxic materials. What the City of Oakland and the Port of Oakland don't want you to know is that the major and ongoing source of environmental pollution in this area is the Port itself. There is a prevailing southeast wind coming off the San Francisco bay that constantly blows toxic particulate matter from the operation of the Port and the truck traffic on I-880 directly into the Fruitvale district. Many, if not most of the large container ships and trucks moving through the Port on a daily basis are diesel fueled. The ships and trucks idle for hours and days in the bay and on Port property as they queue up to drop off and pick up shipping containers. Diesel and gasoline fueled engines both generate their highest levels of exhaust when idling. Everyone knows that I-880 northwest of the Fruitvale district is a constant choke point for traffic. When those big trucks sit in traffic, they also create toxic fumes that are carried by prevailing winds directly into this neighborhood.The air quality impacts along the I-880 corridor are so bad that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) identified the significance of this problem around 2005 and questioned whether any new housing should be built along this corridor. Since then, the city has adopted new procedures and language in their CEQA findings in order to "address" the problem. Additionally, over the last 10 years the Port has provided assistance, through EPA grants, to help operators that serve the Port to retrofit exhaust systems on diesel trucks to reduce emissions. At the end of the day, the Port of Oakland is the economic engine that drives the city. I don't know what the answer is, but it is clear that nobody in City Hall wants to talk about real environmental contamination that is created by Port operations. It is easy for Councilman Gallo to blame old lead paint for elevated levels of lead in the children. However, I believe that the real problem is the contaminated air that they breathe each and every day. Real leadership, which we seldom see from City Hall, requires you to go deeper than the obvious and publicly discuss what is really going on.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/29/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Oakland's Toxic Lead Contamination Isn't in the Water. It's in the Buildings and Dirt, and It's Bad.

Free inspections of your home in Oakland for lead:

Posted by Jessica Stewart on 12/29/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

I agree I'm women of color and racism is a global issue I agree with Ms. Dovr , Mr. Thompson ,it seems and it has been forgotten that is a personal responsibility ,,,,because immediately is turn into a racial issue,,it has happened to me also ,, the outcome would have been different if I would have been more responsible or own to it ,, I have bad experience with the amnesty I still can't get help 2 tickets and they suspension of my drivers license ,I witness racial discriminationi in all racial groups ,but Affrican Americans by far are more racist then other group they feel that's their right ,, yet no one can't say their own opinion ,because theyll be accused of been a racist and that's not political correct ,,so no one says anything about Affrican Americans is not political correct remember that ,,,but in turn Affrican American could say anything they want about any other group and it makes it ok to make jokes ,,,that's okay because everyone's is afraid or don't want to be accuse of been a racist ,,the trend is to be politically correct ,,,I experienced & witnessed how Affrican American victimized other none black & racism against other groups none black ,,,always everyone else are at fault of the slave trade ,,,,I yet you never hear of native Americans struggles or Latinos and by far they the most but its always Affrican American

Posted by jovita deleon on 12/29/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “The Most Inspiring Art in Oakland and the East Bay in 2016

One image. And how is that even shocking?

Posted by darrenj on 12/29/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by Oliver Sabine on 12/29/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Economics, not racism, are compelling people of color to move from Oakland to Antioch where I teach high school. If a group of people want to "invest" in a community, become a home owner, not just a loyal patron of the local Etrean/Ethiopian cafe.

People are buying homes in Oakland, whatever their complexions, and rightfully expecting clean streets, police services, and in return they are repairing properties that endured decades of renting.

They are being sold to young couples willing to invest in Oakland. If gentrification improves the quality of life and improves neighborhoods in my city, that's ok. There's no blame here.

The North Oakland neighborhood my grandfather grew up in were Irish and what he called "tough Norwegians". East Oakland was where Italians and Portuguese families lived. The snotty San Francisco socialites lived part-time in the Oakland hills. This idea that Oakland belongs to one group is pure rubbish . The city government has no bloody business trying to keep people from fleeing when the simple math suggests their renter status makes living here untenable.

I lived in subsidized housing once- family housing on a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. A small but comfortable Capehardt, two bedroom home with a car port and beautiful wood floors. My wife felt safe there when I was off defeating real and imagined enemies during the Cold War. When I received new orders I had to leave. Lesson learned: When you get a government benefit, a base home or a housing voucher, you don't own your own destiny.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 12/29/2016 at 7:53 AM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Even though I agree with the angrier voices expressing similar views as this article, I find your positive voice refreshing. It's so easy to shut out yelling, people get defensive (though by looking at the one negative comment it seems like some will be defensive no matter what). Even though we are angry, I'm hoping that with more voices like yours people will start to listen! Thank you for sharing your experience!

Posted by Sarah Feder on 12/29/2016 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Best Place to Take the Kids on a Hot Day

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Posted by Ian Santiago on 12/29/2016 at 2:43 AM

Re: “Lookout! Bookout! At Berkeley Public Library

Dr Drank, while a great possible alter-ego of Frank Portman, is sadly not correct. It's Dr. "Frank."

Posted by Christopher Appelgren on 12/28/2016 at 10:25 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

P.s people love cocaine way too much for oakland to gentrify completely.

Posted by Terrance Brown on 12/28/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

This is the fault of ousd. They did not train the youth for the next job market. Schools were more like jail training. Fuck this place. I hate oakland now. Been here my whole life D.E.O 9800. Just fucking misery everywhere. greedy uneducated dumb fucks got caught up on the housing market. Educated motherfuckers took yo house now you mad huh.Californians are the fakest motherfuckers on this earth. Doesnt help that berkshire Hathaway are buying houses in the oakland slums. They want you niggas out.

Posted by Terrance Brown on 12/28/2016 at 8:43 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I am a former East Bay resident who owned a home in Berkeley... price
$20,000 in 1972 ...price today approximately $ 762,000... enough said... even the optometrist that did a home visit at this location expressed concern about affordability... now in Denver and prices are rising there as well... lucky I was able to buy a foreclosure cash in Colorado and 90 percent of the people I have met here are from California or New York... Love California ... was born at the University of San FrNcisco and lived and worked in the Bay when it was affordable but If I were to decide to move back would be going to the areas like Palmdale to buy some land before it also gets less affordable.... but loving Colorado currently other than the winter weather... So sorry to see residents getting priced out in the Bay... Lucky I have family and kids there .. so I can visit with minor expenses... hope it does continue to build affordable housing so it can keep its diversity and culture... have family that own business there... hope they do not get priced out of their business locations.... Good luck to the Bay was saddened to see all the people sleeping under Bart and other locations last time I was on the Berkeley Marina... Good luck.

Posted by Darlene Price Watts on 12/28/2016 at 6:25 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

At Red... I'm not mad at "New Oakland". I love the energy in what ya'll call Uptown (LOL) et al. I chuckle at your comparisons to Brooklyn SMH. Oakland has always had a chip on her shoulder and would NEVER, EVER compare her self to another burg. However, What I DON'T like is that I'm looked down in disdain by someone newly arrived in the place where I grew up. I've lived or gone to school in just every part of Oakland from Elmhurst to Rockridge and in between in San Antonio, Grand Lake/ Trestle Glen, Laurel and others places in between. It amazes me that I get looks of disdain and fear as I walk down the many streets I've always walked down. Look. Change happens. I'm not mad at tech companies or what not. Just respect people. I and many of us were here when Oakland was an after thought. We volunteered to make the place better. Now others have gotten wind of her beauty. That's OK- just don't shut us out. If I come to patronize your Hipsterized taco spot cause I happen to be in the area, don't look down on me. I was going to drop major bread for a few tacos ($4 for ONE taco !!), but you made me feel so unwelcomed- ahem Xolo. This is not exclusive. This happens all over Oakland. This is unimaginable to me. So Red it's not the resentment of "New Oakland" in itself, it's the smug audacity they demonstrate in the way they treat folks who've been here for many decades.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 12/28/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

to those who perceive this as "reverse racism", i disagree. cultural shifts where a group of equal social status replaces another, can be difficult, but is not in and of itself immoral. cultural shifts where a more favored group (esp. economically better off) replaces a less favored group, is something to be fought. if the shift in oakland was from black to new, working class immigrants from asia or latin america, that would be, well, a thing. some losses, some gains, we can live wtih it. what we have now is a shift from poor and working class (and mostly colored), to wealthy, information workers (mostly white or asian). thats a real problem. you cant have a society where the worst off are constantly shunted around to lower and lower quality areas, like blacks and native americans are done. it destroys the soul of a nation to do that. whatever is done to the least of us, is done to Him (and im not even christian).

Posted by Mercurywoodrose on 12/28/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I work in oakland, and have been in all the neighborhoods. I see a lot of social fragmentation, poverty, ignorance, and historic violence. all of that is solveable. but, if its not solved, and the communities cannot come together to fight their common enemy, gentrification, then all of that culture and history, both the good and the ugly, will be swept away. its not good, but its approaching inevitable. I hope enough people wake up and fight this. no outside agency can possibly fight it if the people affected just let it happen.

Posted by Mercurywoodrose on 12/28/2016 at 2:52 PM

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