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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.

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.

Posted by Christina Aanestad on 12/30/2016 at 12:17 PM

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

*SPOILER ALERTS - THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS THAT WILL RUIN THE MOVIE FOR YOU*. What a terrible review, btw..

Posted by Jason Finnegan on 12/30/2016 at 11:36 AM

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

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.

Posted by bill h on 12/30/2016 at 11:09 AM

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

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.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 12/30/2016 at 10:10 AM

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

Boots Riley: this is categorically false. Diesel fuel contains no lead (see http://www.air-quality.org.uk/26.php).

Posted by Joe Hankin on 12/30/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Lookout! Bookout! At Berkeley Public Library

The article didn't mention the library event on January 4, which is at the West Berkeley branch (1125 University Ave) with readings by Michelle Cruz Gonzalez and Cristy C. Road, 7 PM.

Posted by Kamala Parks on 12/30/2016 at 9:48 AM

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

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.

Posted by Edward Stewart on 12/30/2016 at 6:12 AM

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

I'm Caucasian and after over 30 years in Downtown Oakland in a rent controlled 500 square foot studio my wife of ten years and I are gone, living in a suburb of Atlanta in a new home of 2,400 square feet in an upscale suburban neighborhood. I would have liked to have stayed in California but the whole state is just too expensive for my retirement budget (or even my working days budget). Seeing all the homeless and bumy characters and those who drop trash on the streets despite trash cans nearby (seen to be mostly black people for some reason) and the vandals (seen as mostly white people) helped my decision to leave California. I'll miss my other family most of all, but I won't miss the many negatives like poor quality housing and neighborhoods on a working persons budget.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 12/30/2016 at 5:19 AM

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

Where's Royal Nonesuch Gallery ....... great work, remarkable new inspiring artists. I also agree this is a visual medium , it would be good to see more images.

Posted by Kevin Radley on 12/29/2016 at 11:01 PM

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

Editors: Please fix the link to the 2012 report in the article- thanks!

Posted by Melissa McElhatton Davis on 12/29/2016 at 10:38 PM

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

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.

Posted by Cyrus Wong-Weissman on 12/29/2016 at 9:35 PM

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

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.

Posted by Boots Riley on 12/29/2016 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Lookout! Bookout! At Berkeley Public Library

Also, do you mean "Gilman and Lookout! ephemera" not "Gillian and Lookout! ephemera"?

Posted by Tibble Tobe on 12/29/2016 at 8:45 PM

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

What an insensitive, careless, lazy, and inconsiderate review! If you are browsing DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW because it contains an unforgivable spoiler. Shame on this critic, and shame on his editor for letting it run like this.

Posted by Peter Goodman on 12/29/2016 at 8:45 PM

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

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