Francesca M. Austin 
Member since Nov 11, 2010

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Moved here with my small family for work in late 2008 - after a whole life on the east coast. Love it and want to… More »

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    New groups geared toward getting tourists, the black community, and everyone else to experience Oakland on two wheels.
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Re: “Mobility and Equity

I have watched the scooter onslaught of Oakland since the morning after the first 500 were unceremoniously dumped on the street. I spent much of the past year and a half recuperating from double knee replacement requiring me to walk slowly and carefully with a hiking stick. Never did I think sidewalks could become more dangerous than they already were from thoughtless speeding bicyclists. Was I wrong!! Im better now and I walk a LOT. I have observed danger to pedestrians (disabled or not) from inexperienced, thoughtless, speeding and/or well under the age of 18 riders on the sidewalks is way worse than from bicycles or skateboards. If scooters are in bike lanes, rare except for commuters, they often speed through red lights endangering pedestrians in crosswalks not to mention their non-helmeted selves at 20 mph. Never have I seen any enforcement by anyone from the scooter companies. The only enforcement is from an occasional pedestrian yelling or muttering This is a sidewalk not a bike lane. Ive been in one other city - Austin Tx - where the scooter riders seemed better behaved. Oakland has not gotten it together in any way shape or form with enforcement or regulation of scooter use. And frankly my expectations in this regard are LOW.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 07/22/2019 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Professional Polluters

This illegal dumping must be stopped. It should not be as difficult to prosecute or for citizens to report as it has been. Obviously large scale dumping is more serious but multiple instances of smaller scale dumping both mounts up and amounts to the same polluting crime sooner or later. Glad this slime ball was caught.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 01/17/2019 at 9:44 AM

Re: “As Kneaded Bakery Prepares for Grand Opening

Fascinating and I'm amazed there are not more comments. Plan to go there this week or next.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 11/17/2018 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Updated: Tony Thurmond Wins State Schools Chief Contest

Great job Mr. Thurmond. The best person does sometimes win!! A little good news with all the bad news in California this week. Yay!!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 11/16/2018 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Updated: Tony Thurmond Wins State Schools Chief Contest

Great news hearing this with all the mostly bad news this week. Way to go Tony Thurmond. Nice to see the best person for the job WIN!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 11/16/2018 at 9:26 PM

Re: “A Harbinger of an Immigration Crackdown?

This is discouraging and a terrible outcome for many contributors to the community we value.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/28/2018 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Homeless Resident Organizes 'Green Teams' to Clean the City

I've become friendly with a Lake Merritt city worker who I won't name. He told me last year that they have just a few staff members to keep up with all the landscaping clean up and garbage clean up required in the green area surrounding the lake - and they cannot keep up as they are staffed. Perhaps more staff was added over the past year - I don't know. I do know that current staffing needs help. Other cities pay homeless, or residents of various social programs to clean up trash and garbage. Other cities provide large, specifically marked recycling and trash bins in city parks. In Berlin, Germany where I stayed for several weeks, uniformed crews (dozens of people) can been seen doing this in huge parks early each morning. Plus there are dumpsters AND recycling bins, rather than small trash cans, here and there where they can dump the trash. Provide a dumpster in our Oakland parks, particularly after events - guests and homeless using our parks try to dispose of trash in or near cans but the cans are too small. The bottom line is I am in favor of willing homeless helping to clean up, and yes, getting a stipend to do this necessary chore.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 06/28/2018 at 11:42 AM

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