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Looks like some diesel does have lead "in the wild" - but not a huge amount: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11944798
A ground breaking lead paint liability lawsuit was won by several Cali governments a couple years ago based on lead in paint that's a primary cause of childhood lead poisoning. The companies Kelly More, Du Pont, BP and others were supposed to fund remediation programs in the state to rid houses of lead paint.
So sad building owners of the past chose to use lead house paint in the Fruitvale area. Not like in the rest of oakland where they had the foresight to use only lead free paints.
I see no reason not to believe the findings in the study about lead based paint contamination. Think about it. The buildings in the Fruitvale neighborhood are old, the landlords are not investing in old paint removal and application of new paint, partly because the weather here does not demand constant repainting like in other parts of the country and partly because new buyers and renters just don't care about paint, since the housing market is what it is. Children do play in the dirt, and people do maintain home gardens just like I do in front or on the sides of the house. I'm one of these landlords myself, BTW. I own a single family home built in 1909. The paint is chipping and this article makes me think it's time to do something about it. I have studied the Port pollution problem, and was actively engaged in the process to develop the MAQIP (Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan) in 2008 together with Communities for Better Environment, Sierra Club, APEN and others. I believe the Port is improving its particulate emissions, especially with "cold ironing" of ships and improved emissions controls for trucks. Check this URL: http://www.portofoakland.com/community/env… Particulate Matter (PM) emissions are way down compared to 2005. Yes, the Port could and should do more. But let's not blame the lead poisoning on the Port just yet.
Boots Riley: this is categorically false. Diesel fuel contains no lead (see http://www.air-quality.org.uk/26.php).
Boots Riley - link, please? Lead was an added chemical in gasoline, and they stopped adding it in years back. Any lead content in gas will poison catalytic converters, and federally mandated converter lifespan rules were made more stringent some years back, along with greatly reducing sulfur content in diesel fuel for the same reasons.
Editors: Please fix the link to the 2012 report in the article- thanks!
A lot of the ships don't run in diesel, but use bunker oil, which is just a small step up from crude oil. It's the nastiest stuff ever, rich in lead and other heavy metals.
Ed Garrett- the EPA says that "Unleaded" fuel contains very little lead (5/100th of a gram per ??), but it still contains some. Diesel fuel, which is what Gary Patton was referring to contains more lead than unleaded.
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.
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.
Free inspections of your home in Oakland for lead: https://alamedaca.gov/uncategorized/news/2012/11/15/alameda-county-offers-free-home-lead-consultations
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Can anyone explain the difference between a crackdown and an uptick? Can a journalist pleaae focus on the gap betwwen mayoral rhetoric and actual numbers? We'll wait, hopefully indoors.
I was writing creatively and saying HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT those inspectors found in that den of finger-painting space cadet government cheese eaters, so be careful what you wish for before you demand release of information from the inspection. Who knows what kind of wierd fire hazards turned up...if the Ghost Ship is any indication with its mannequin hands reaching from the ceiling...pirate ship gang plank stairwell and let us not forget...
Condom chew toys.
As a Roadie, security, and member of the community most easily described as 'punk', nationwide, as well as part of the underground/outsider arts community, and having lived in similar places, roughly 35 years now- and having volunteered at Burnt Ramen in the past- I just want to say that places like this have long provided safe haven and a sense of family to people who may not get it anywhere else. And when people say that Burnt Ramen saved their lives, it's not an exaggeration; these places are put together by people for people who's eclectic personalities are drawn together. This isn't a 'scene' that people get into, or even a lifestyle we choose. That may sound phoney and pretentious to some, but it certainly isn't meant to- and my point is: I've seen too many lives lost to suicide and addiction and have witnessed first hand these little communities save people from that crap. The streets are rough, and many of us don't survive them. It's not for you to judge whether blow up dolls are art or not, or what's a visual joke. What's misunderstood is often persecuted throughout history. This is a case where an accident- a tragedy in Oakland happened, and now politicians are 'cleaning up' neighborhoods in the guise of safety. But this is a straight attack in the name of gentrification. We are not your enemies. In fact, in many instances, we are there where a cracked house, or shooting gallery could have been. Better than being homeless- which is where many will end up.
Conglomeration of blow up sex dolls? What on earth is Charles talking about?
But would you WANT those documents released? What on earth might be in those documents?
Um, Item #1, some kind of (this is hard to describe, see attached photo) conglomeration of blow up sex dolls with paint and attached ornaments, can't speculate about the artistic meaning but it is highly flammable and partially blocking the exit.
Item #2, piles of bedding, apparently waiting to be laundered, starting to grow black mold, health hazard.
Item #3...just see attached photo. Do not circulate photo, circulation of this photo may violate state laws.
And so forth and so forth.
Before you level criticism of information not being released, ask yourself if you really WANT what you're asking for?
Tom Butt says he wants to "make sure the building is safe and code-conforming".
These are not the same things, and neither of these goals required Butt to send code enforcement to summarily evict people from their home at Christmas.
The City of Richmond won't release documents detailing exactly why this building, which has been inhabited safely for many years, can no longer be inhabited. This makes Tom Butt's statements about his motives highly suspect.
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