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Re: “High-Speed Rail Is Definitely Green

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Posted by Patrick Penticoff on 08/09/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Benicia Oil-by-Rail Battle Hinges on Legal Controversy

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Posted by Editor on 04/14/2016 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Benicia Oil-by-Rail Battle Hinges on Legal Controversy

Mr. Thompson sounds like a cowboy!

Posted by James R Monroe on 04/14/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Benicia Oil-by-Rail Battle Hinges on Legal Controversy

Maybe Valero should simply find a location where it can do business without people who throw up barriers. Valero could tear the entire refinery down, bulldoze the land and sell if off for another one of Benicia's residential projects that drain the city's treasury to support schools, fire protection, sewage, water, and policing. All the refinery taxes paid to that city would be gone. College student Jaime Gonzalez could then graduate and get a job at McDonald's.

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 04/13/2016 at 5:42 PM

Re: “What's Killing the Baby Sea Lions?

Was just at the beach in Monterey and witnessed pups washed up and near death. Heart breaking to say the least. Called numbers posted on signs for help. Hours later no one ever came.

Posted by Michelle Duhr-Kara on 04/13/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

Eucalyptus and acacias are often cut back with the intent of reducing fire risk or improving the view. However, they are very tenacious and will quickly resprout thicker than before than before unless actively deterred.
Shortly after moving to the East Bay hills in 1996, we completely removed the eucalyptus trees surrounding our house and replaced them with redwoods. The redwoods are now 20 to 30 feet high, and volunteer oaks and bay trees are starting to sprout around them.

Posted by Mitchell Craig on 04/04/2016 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Fish Fight

I'm surprised by this article. It seems clear that commercial fisherman are using the recreational loophole to get around fishing regulations. What's the problem with making sure that everyone is playing by the same rules?

Posted by David D. on 02/27/2016 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Fish Fight

The week after I saw herring run on January this year, my local farmer's market in Fremomt had a stand selling herring. With more than 6 huge coolers, $2.5 per pound, three pounds for $6. My estimate each cooler store at least 100 pound. I think both commercial and recreational fishing need to bw regulated to insure the hering stock not to be wiped out.

Posted by Lisa Kau on 02/24/2016 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Coastal Peril

It is too bad that you did not take the time to develop the other argument that may favor change. Historically the commission staff has tried very hard to lead the commission not just advise it.A perfect example of that was the approval of the desalinization plant in San Diego County. Staff .The staff fought it at every step and the commission nevertheless narrowly approved it. Now that plant is part of the solution to our drought problem . We need a commission staff that has a broad view of California's needs not just zealously opposing every proposal to do something in the coastal zone.
The commission members should be able to make policy not the staff. That is the real issue.
P.s. Yes there is a real issue with the lack of diversity in the commission staff.
Oh yes how about commission staff fighting with the State Department of parks over attempts to manage parking.

Posted by ed gerber on 02/10/2016 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Proposed Dam Sparks Government Fight

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Posted by Editor on 02/04/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Crude-By-Rail Projects Face Key Votes

Having worked 35 years as a railroad conductor on freight trains, I find it amusing to suddenly find the public 'up in arms' over the proposed transit of oil trains through the Bay Area. For a decade or more, 80 tank cars come in weekly full of volitile ethanol and are transported daily around the Bay to mix with gasoline and keep our CA air clean. Really dangerous cars of chlorine have been transported throughout the Bay Area for decades that are off-loaded safely to make bleach, swimming pool cleaners and added to our drinking water so we don't get biological diseases. There are five refineries producing all kinds of dangerous by-products of crude oil like liquid petroleum gas, anhydrous ammonia and all are transported throughout the Bay Area in hundreds of rail cars daily with rarely an incident. Suddenly heavy crude oil on a train is a problem? Ignorance is bliss, I guess.
Brian Lewis,
Richmond, CA

Posted by boxcarcowboy on 02/02/2016 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Keystone 2.0

Our children and residents are already experiencing rates of respiratory illness at double the average national rate.
We must begin investing in new, cleaner sources- not continue to dig for finite resources which become more and more polluting. Why are we not investing in more solar, wind and tide energy harvesting?

Posted by Kim Thelen on 12/14/2015 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Keystone 2.0

Sadly, a proposed project in Vallejo for a new deep water marine terminal at the outlet of the Napa River is another battle point. Vallejo residents are fighting to keep the project from being approved and poisoning the city. http://www.freshairvallejo.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/NoCementVallejo/ https://www.change.org/p/vallejo-city-council-and-planning-division-please-help-stop-vallejo-from-cementing-a-toxic-future

Posted by Boudicca Hot-toddy Todi on 12/13/2015 at 9:40 PM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

As sad as it might seem, sometimes removing trees is the best option in order to keep people safe. It's definitely a factor you have to consider when looking at the lifestyle you live. I'm glad they found a middle ground between finding how to make the area more safe, without necessarily taking out all the trees as a whole. http://www.MMLtreeservice.com

Posted by Tyler Bond on 11/11/2015 at 6:28 PM

Re: “New Oakland Park to be a Giant Wooden Deck

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Posted by Editor on 10/20/2015 at 12:32 PM

Re: “New Oakland Park to be a Giant Wooden Deck

It should have a promenade along the water with benches and trees and lighting and the rest should be green open space wth sidewalk dotted with street trees on the street side. Kids need places to run and play. Families need places to sit in the sun and picnic while enjoying the bay view. A well lit and designed promenade invites people to walk, skate, walk their dogs etc. every day of the week. Think Marina Green, muscle beach, Huntington Beach. Wood along the waterfront is not realistic and would be too expensive to maintain over the years in that large amount. I have seen promenades interspersed with rectangular planting areas of trees and shrubs surrounded by seating that were beautiful. Huntington Beach has designs of whales and fish etched into their cement promenade.
avillarant@aol.com

Posted by Allison Villarante on 10/16/2015 at 9:47 PM

Re: “New Oakland Park to be a Giant Wooden Deck

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Posted by Editor on 10/15/2015 at 3:40 PM

Re: “New Oakland Park to be a Giant Wooden Deck

I miss when people couldn't type up a bunch of rambling, uninformed thoughts and post it below the article I just read.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 10/15/2015 at 9:12 AM

Re: “New Oakland Park to be a Giant Wooden Deck

Mike, where is the city going to get the great amount of funds needed to make it a park, especially a highly accessible park?

What the Bay Area really needs most is more housing to address the acute housing shortage. That is the reason the housing prices are so high. And if most of the housing at this new location will be high cost, so what, that will take the price pressure off of all available housing in the area as the well-to-do will abandon existing housing for this site. Let them have their big boardwalk. The site was awful before and no one went there. In the future I can bicycle there, it will be a great bike destination. The handicapped can take East Bay paratransit service to get there or a taxi.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 10/15/2015 at 8:35 AM

Re: “New Oakland Park to be a Giant Wooden Deck

To Gary Patton
You're right, of course, and the public already decided what it wanted. We learned when the project was first proposed that a ten-year-long city-wide open consultation process determined that the entire Oak to Ninth area should be open space park, as per Cali state requirements that waterfront be recreational or water-based industrial. Never residential. Perata pushed an exception through the state legislature allowing Oakland and Signature Development to build residential there, in direct opposition to the city-wide decision to make it parkland.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 10/14/2015 at 11:08 PM

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