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Re: “Jean Quan’s Transition Team

Max, that logic writ large is what the Republicans use to oppose action on global warming.

I'm well aware of Oakland's resource limitations. I think it's a mistake to approach things as a zero-sum game, however. The point is to find synergies, for example when the waste collection/processing contracts come up for renewal. In that case it will involve rocking the boat with both a major campaign contributor and the Teamsters, and looking at that transition team I'm not seeing a crowd prone to engaging in such thinking. Another big one is to re-examine the city's relationship with the Port to get the latter to compensate the residents of the city for the major environmental harm that's done by its operations. I doubt that's going to happen either.

On a different level, ceasing to rubber stamp cooked Environmental Impact Reports would bne a positive step, which could be easily enabled by switching control of the consultant contracts and work from the developers to the city. How, for example, do you suppose the developers of these large projects right next to 880 (Oak-to-9th in particular) get away with not building fine particulate air filtration into their projects? It's only Chinatown, Jake.

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/08/2010 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Jean Quan’s Transition Team

So any degree of insult is OK so long as it doesn't cross one of those other lines. Interesting.

Max, I'm well aware that there are far nastier places on the internet. SFGate isn't even especially high on that list.

The difficulty is that some readers will get offended by that sort of gratuitous remark and stop reading the comments. But it's obviously the Express's choice as to what standard they will have.

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/08/2010 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Jean Quan’s Transition Team

So, Bob, comments that are personally nasty in the extreme are OK here?

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/07/2010 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Tuesday Must Read: Appeals Court Poised to Reinstate Gay Marriage; Legislature Blows Off Schwarzenegger

Bob, I believe an appellate ruling only has binding effect in its own region, i.e. not the nation. That said, this region is huge.

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/07/2010 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Jean Quan’s Transition Team

How unpleasant, Lawngun. Reported.

Also I see that the site won't accept embedded links. More on the new study here:…

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/06/2010 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Jean Quan’s Transition Team

Looking at the Ella Baker Center's own statement of campaigns, one sees that the environment is part of the mix, but nothing like their top priority (and Imani's own bio includes *nothing* environmental). And that's the environmental pick of the litter on Jean's list? As for the rest, I think you'd have a hard time coming up with anything like a strong record for any of them. FYI I don't think enviro group leadership positions per se are a very good guide. I'm sure a lot of these folks have have had a degree of environmental involvement as part of a mix of issues, but the point is that there doesn't seem be anyone for whom it's *the* top priority. Such people aren't that hard to find; e.g. folks associated with the Pacific Institute.

As for Jean herself, there's some nice rhetoric on her campaign site, but I don't think it's an accident that "A Greener Oakland" was listed last of five priorities. The two personal experiences I've had with her -- hills herbicide spraying and the Waste Management Authority compost facility -- convinced me that she's no environmentalist.

But please do point to the person on the list who you think has the strongest environmental record (and give some details).

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/06/2010 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Jean Quan’s Transition Team

Yep, nary a one environmentalist. In the meantime, another brick is added to the wall of research showing that just breathing the air in this town is dangerous, especially if you're a kid in the flats:

"Exposure to polluted air early in life led to an accumulation of abdominal fat and insulin resistance in mice even if they ate a normal diet, according to new research.

"Animals exposed to the fine-particulate air pollution had larger and more fat cells in their abdominal area and higher blood sugar levels than did animals eating the same diet but breathing clean air.

"Researchers exposed the mice to the polluted air for six hours a day, five days a week for 10 weeks beginning when the animals were 3 weeks old. This time frame roughly matches the toddler years to late adolescence in humans.

"The exposure levels for the animals subjected to polluted air resemble the fine-particulate pollution that can be found in urban areas in the United States."

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/06/2010 at 9:35 AM

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