Omar Yacoubi 
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Re: “Berkeley To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

There are straws made from compostable plastic these days. I'm not sure how quickly they biodegrade if they become litter

Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 05/30/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

I'm excited for the development this can bring to the neighborhood! Of course we hope for more small local shops, but having an anchor like that as an attraction is a great start!

Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 03/24/2017 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Proposes Eliminating Parking Requirements for New Downtown Housing Developments

Great! Maybe we can redevelop some of these empty parking lots into new apartments and condos with affordable units.

Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 10/19/2015 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Friday Must Reads: Prosecutors Charge Man in Murder of Oakland Mom; California Has Just One Year of Water Supplies

I don't understand why we allow any outdoor watering at all during a drought. Our political system is failing us.

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Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 03/13/2015 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Berkeley Merchants Say a Moved Bus Stop Has Been Bad for Business

Yikes! Parking was already hard to come by even with those 5 spaces. Eliminating the bus stop would be a good idea to bring some sanity back to that situation.

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Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 03/10/2015 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Little Mokka Takes on Big Starbucks

I don't get the Starbucks hate—if you have a better local business, God bless, and you'll be fine. Competition is not a bad thing. Ashby & Telegraph is pretty tame as far as busy intersections go, and it should have better transit service anyway. If traffic becomes a problem, then maybe we can finally get bus rapid transit (BRT) built out to Berkeley :) But I don't see the Starbucks attracting any more traffic than Whole Foods already does.

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Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 06/16/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “AC Transit Made Right Choice to Finally Buy Local

I appreicate that, Justin. The brand-new Gillig I rode on the NL transbay had a much rougher time on Grand Ave than the Van Hools I rode before. Ashby is a relatively smooth street by comparison; I'm not sure why you experienced a rough ride there.

A heavy frame helps absorb the bumps for sure, but the suspension matters more when the bumps are bigger. On that front the new Gilligs absolutely fail. They are loud and rattling when they are brand-new. The New Flyers I've ridden are much smoother by comparison. Hop across the bay and try the new hybrids Muni got. They are simply a joy to ride.

Interestingly, Gillig did not bid for that hybrid contract, even though Gillig makes a hybrid of its own. It makes me wonder if they knew they'd be getting a bunch of business from this side of the bay.

Not sure about heavier = safer … in an accident you're not wearing a seatbelt anyway, so it seems to be due to inertia you'd actually benefit from having less mass around you as long as the frame is strong. Federal regulations were recently reformed in this country so that our trains can start using the lighter frames found in Europe, where operational safety is emphasized over crash survivability.

I'm fine with buying local, as long as the company tries. My main beef with the Gillig contract is that the buses we got have a 30-year-old exterior. East Bay residents deserve a more innovative and enjoyable transit experience than what they got (the hydrogen-based Van Hools come to mind, as an example of what might have been). And with global warming on the horizon, paying zero attention to fuel efficiency in new purchases strikes me as foolhardy.

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Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 06/13/2014 at 4:26 PM

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