The SFGate wrote a recent article about Family Fun in the Bay Area, including the following:
” On the topic of art, tonight Recology, better known as the San Francisco dump, is having an open house for its artists-in-residence who create art from recycled materials. Who knew? My kids and I attended the last event and enjoyed free hot dogs and spectacular sculptures. We especially had fun browsing the “free junk” area, featuring a collection of too-good-to-throw-away items found at the dump. We returned home with a set of retro TV trays and old records.”
Seriously? Recology’s PR folks are working overtime to hide the Green Rail destruction of Oakland. Sure we’ll go play in your trash art, but you need to help clean up our city, not run over us without so much as a hearing, public comment. Don’t sugar coat what you’re doing to Oakland by washing us with trash art.
The Green Train is coming.
A recent call to the City of San Francisco Planning Department revealed the following…
The Draft EIR should be released in the next 45 days. We’ll see if that EIR truly reflects the Environmental Impact this “green rail” is going to have on Oakland or if it just focuses on San Francisco and not the trash it is spreading through our town.
Check back often! We’ll post it as soon as it is out!
The BART trains are just a nuisance. On December 4, hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated from a train here in Oakland. A parking brake on one of the trains malfunctioned and deployed in the middle of a tunnel. The train then took off, several people were injured, the station was shut down, and fire fighters spent valuable tax payer money fighting a non-existent fire.
Tax payer dollars need to be spent updating the BART system not adding a switching stations for a trash company.
A recent article in the East Bay Express outlined the amazing program at New Highland Academy and RISE Community School in East Oakland. 98% of the children at these schools are eligible for assisted lunch. The school, like many schools, has an exorbitant amount of waste from the cafeteria each day. But now there is a really great program:
“During the last few weeks of school last spring, Food Shift piloted a food giveaway program at two schools. In just 5 weeks, volunteers collected 3,000 pounds of food and gave them away to 49 families. Parent volunteers gave away packaged burritos, chow mein, broccoli, beans, hamburgers, bagels, crackers, applesauce, cookies, whole fruits, and milk to families after school.”
49 families in our area are given food scraps from schools where 98% of the children are on the assisted lunch program. We all know that there are far more families that need assistances in our community, yet the city is going to spend a lot of money to overhaul the train depot for the benefit of a multi-million dollar corporation?
We need full bellies not full wallets.
Brakelights come on as Highway 101 southbound traffic grinds to a halt during commute hours on Thursday morning, Nov. 14, 2013, in Novato, Calif. Economic recovery may be adding cars to the roads. (Frankie Frost/Marin Independent Journal) Frankie Frost
Traffic is getting worse. A lot worse. We all know the economy is getting better in the area, thank goodness, but did we ever stop and think that the economy getting better means traffic will get EVEN WORSE.
A recent article in the Marin News touts just that theory. The article says commutes that took 30 minutes a year ago are taking twice that now. An hour to get to work, yikes. Californians spend nearly “62 hours a year in traffic” almost twice the national average.
So why are we going to spend money and time on this Green Rail when we should be spending money on expanding BART service, encouraging carpooling (65% of people still drive by themselves), and cleaning up the suburban traffic into San Fran instead of helping get their trash out.
On Friday BART went down. The trains worked fine… but the computers stopped working and, therefore, BART stopped working.
BART blamed a network server upgrade for the computer problem, which also delayed hundreds of passengers on Thursday night.
The planned upgrade was implemented on Thursday, but it later began affecting the performance of the computer system used to monitor train service, Trost said. The system eventually went offline. (source)
Why would we want a new train clogging up our lines when we can’t even get our current trains working. Now I’m not saying that the “green train” will share the lines with BART but I am saying if we can’t even get our BART trains to run smoothly, why would Oakland want to risk adding more rail nightmares to our area. Imagine if the “green train” went out and trains full of trash just sat there…
Winds blowing that stench towards our homes and houses.
There are over 10,000 illegal dumpings reported each year in Oakland. Take a look at this map:
All the blue dots are illegal dumpings in Oakland.
Ok so that’s one problem, here’s another: graffiti. The ContraCosta Times had an article about graffiti earlier in October. And there was this story on KGO in February.
Oakland has enough problems with trash: illegal dumping, buildings defaced with paint, blight, homelessness, the list goes on. The last thing we need is more trash in Oakland. We must stop this switching station and keep San Francisco’s trash out of Oakland and work on cleaning up our city not adding trash to it.
There was an article in the Sacremento Bee today about artists who take trash and turn it into art. ( http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/20/5835578/san-francisco-artists-turn-trash.html#storylink=cpy).
If there is a place for an artist to find treasure in the trash, it is the public disposal and recycling area operated by Recology, the company that handles trashing, collecting, recycling and composting in San Francisco and more than 100 other communities. The company opens its dump at the southern edge of the city to local artists chosen as part of its Artist in Residence program.
Is Recology going to pay artists to clean up the air from the diesel pollution? How about the 5600 tons of waste that San Francisco produces and are going to ship THROUGH Oakland?
Maybe Recology should spend more time cleaning up its own trash rather than spending it on “Artist in Residence” programs and “Green Trains” that are going to dump on Oakland.
Last week we talked to Brooke Levin, Interim Director of Oakland Public Works, about the proposed switching station here in Oakland. This is what she told us: ”That is not a good idea. I don’t see that project [the switching station for Green Rail] moving forward. You’d have to call Recology to get the status of the project.” Also, “there’s no proposed BART station there”
The front desk lady had never heard of the green rail switching station in Oakland either. Is Recology trying to sneak this project in without the proper authorities signing off? Is Recology trying to Dump on Oakland? We think so.
According to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment diesel contains more than 40 toxic air contaminants:
“Diesel exhaust is produced when an engine burns diesel fuel. It is a complex mixture of thousands of gases and fine particles (commonly known as soot) that contains more than 40 toxic air contaminants. These include many known or suspected cancer-causing substances, such as benzene, arsenic and formaldehyde. It also contains other harmful pollutants, including nitrogen oxides (a component of urban smog).”
“Diesel exhaust and many individual substances contained in it (including arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde and nickel) have the potential to contribute to mutations in cells that can lead to cancer. In fact, long-term exposure to diesel exhaust particles poses the highest cancer risk of any toxic air contaminant evaluated by OEHHA. ARB estimates that about 70 percent of the cancer risk that the average Californian faces from breathing toxic air pollutants stems from diesel exhaust particles.”
This proposed switching station will bring HUNDREDS of diesel fueled trucks across the bridge into Oakland. The trucks will then sit idling, spewing diesel exhaust into the air.