First Spare the Air Day of the season tomorrow

Saturday has been declared the first Spare the Air day of the summer season, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Air quality is expected to be poor Saturday due to high temperatures and tailpipe exhaust, according to district officials. A high of 106 degrees is predicted in Pleasanton tomorrow.

"To help avoid unhealthy air quality this summer, we are asking residents to leave their car at home at least twice a week -- take transit, work from home, carpool or bike to work instead of driving alone," said Jack Broadbent, the district's executive officer.

Spare the Air alerts are issued when ozone pollution, also known as smog, is expected to reach unhealthy levels.

Ozone can cause throat irritation, congestion and chest pain, trigger asthma, inflame the lungs and worsen bronchitis and emphysema. It is especially harmful to young children, the elderly and those with respiratory and heart conditions.

There is no free transit available Saturday, and no wood burning bans are in place. Residents are advised to avoid outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day, and reduce ozone emissions by carpooling, taking transit, biking or walking.

Go to or for more information on commute alternatives.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Sad commentary on our way of life that we choose to live in a filthy atmosphere.


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Posted by Spare America Day
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 17, 2012 at 11:06 am

How about "Spare America" Day on Nov. 8 and vote Obama the hell out of office.

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Posted by Give me a break
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

to Spare America..
your comment has nothing to do with the article. Get over it already

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

Although not on the subject, "Spare America Day" has an excellent idea. Just saying!

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Does this ban extend to the new burger place the "Habit" located in the new Safeway center off of Bernal? Has anyone else witnessed the smoke pouring from that place during the lunch and evening rushes? I first thought the place was on fire then just realized it was just grill smoke. I would think this is a bigger threat than what individual homeowners may produce.

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