Leslie Smith 
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Re: “The Social Costs of Living in Wildfire-Prone Areas

So all communication will be cut off during a "planned" Black Out across 17 square miles of the Oakland Hills. AT&T landlines are designed to work in a power outage, but are being pulled out of the ground by AT&T with no replacement system. Cell Towers don't have battery backups to last more than one day. If there is actually a fire during a "planned" outage there will be no way to notify the people living in the fire area nor for the people living in the fire area to communicate regarding any emergency.

For the people who invested in under grounding their utilities it is particularly egregious because during high winds when the power is cut, PG&E is gleefully cutting power to the line that are underground and not affected by wind.

There has been zero coordination, zero logic. This is a manmade disaster. The suggestion to use short-wave radios on back up batteries is ridiculous. First, a short wave radio station that allows you to "call" out is about $700 and has no back up. Second, it requires someone on the other end to monitor 24 hours a day. Insanity. Satellite phones is the only reasonable solution, but very expensive.

People are not getting it that everything will be out--cell towers, street lights, traffic lights, schools, hospitals, everything.

Some people are loading their garages with tanks of gasoline for back up generators. Ive even heard that some people are arming to protect their property.

The whole scenario is so 1939, I can't believe I am living in California and not right in the middle of Trumplandia. Heads need to roll on this debacle.

Posted by Leslie Smith on 08/22/2018 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Oakland's Sweeping Plan for Parking

Complexity rarely produces positive results. Rather this free market approach to parking will just produce frustration and confusion and cost consumers and taxpayers money. Focus on moving Oakland forward instead of ridiculous ways to raise revenues.

Posted by Leslie Smith on 10/28/2015 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Is First Fridays Good for Art Galleries?

First Fridays and the Art Murmur are the best thing that has happened to Oakland. They are what has put Oakland on the positive map globally. We can't lose the energy that has taken years to create. So easy to lose, so hard to maintain.

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Posted by Leslie Smith on 07/05/2013 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Roscoe Ceramic Gallery

It is so hip, edgy, urban. Very well curated. Derik is the best.

Posted by Leslie Smith on 06/12/2013 at 5:07 PM

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