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It's 'Spare the Air' day again in Pleasanton

Temperatures here could reach 97 degrees

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Friday in Pleasanton because of expected unhealthy pollution levels.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the alert, its seventh of the summer season, because of a combination of high temperatures, low winds and vehicle exhaust that is expected to cause unhealthy ozone pollution.

"Motor vehicles are the number one source of smog in the Bay Area, so going where you need to go without your car can make a big difference in

air quality all summer long," air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said.

The most recent Spare the Air alert was issued for last Friday because of similar hot weather and low winds, according to the air district.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

The spare the air alert does not apply to homeless camp fires. It does not matter that a homeless camp fire gets out of control and burns up a hillside and burns two dozen homes to the ground.

Why?

Because The BAAQMD "has no authority to stop homeless camp fires, and our staff are not authorized to enter encampments." So stated by the public information officer for BAAQMD.

The BAAQMD has authority to cite residents using a barbeque to cook food on a spare the air day.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Aug 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm

@Michael

Actually, I'm pretty sure that cooking food such as doing BBQ is permitted on spare-the-air days. In fact, I remember BBQ being specifically mentioned as an allowed activity.

As for homeless camp fires, the problem isn't that the camp fires are lit by people who are homeless. The problem is that these camp fires are set in areas which are not permitted for camp fire use by anyone for public fire safety reasons. Any air pollution from those unpermitted camp fires is a relatively minor issue compared to the public safety fire risk of those fires going out of control and burning down houses and killing people. It's really a matter for the police to shut those illegal camp fires down, not anyone from the BAAQMD.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 1, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)

The BAAQMD posts its policies online. There are procedures that responsible citizens may follow to file complaints. One can always contact the press to bring special attention to a fire risk. Private citizens also have a right to file complaints to the Police/Fire Departments.

Homeless people who live in encampments have rights. Please respect their legal rights.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

@Damon:

If charcoal or wood is used to barbeque, a citation will be issued. Gas fired BBQ is legal, as long as it is natural or propane.

It is not fair that occupied homeless camps are not monitored with the same scrutiny that occupied structures are monitored. If there is the law on the books, it needs to be enforced equally at all occupied sites. The homeless camps are established same as residential.

If homeless camps are burning on spare the air day, they need to be sited the same as everyone else. If that requires a police action, so be it.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm

AFTER THOUGHT:

Commercial wood fired pizza ovens are legal per the BAAQMD.


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Posted by Tom Joad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

[Removed because it was disrespectful to another poster and not necessary to further the conversation.]

Many of course would like to work their way out of their impoverishment, but while companies are making larger profits than ever before, they are not hiring on new workers, instead spreading the wealth around to managers and investors.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

There are established channels thru which to file complaints if you believe that you are be treated unfairly.

I don't always care if a policy is "unfair". If you're truly convinced that you are being treated unfairly, may I encourage to file a formal complaint with the appropriate authorities so you feel that you're being treated fairly.





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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

@Tom Joad:

I challenge you to take your argument to the heart and lung association.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Aug 1, 2014 at 7:32 pm

@Michael : "If charcoal or wood is used to barbeque, a citation will be issued. Gas fired BBQ is legal, as long as it is natural or propane."

My understanding is that charcoal grilling is allowed (although not encouraged) on spare-the-air days, and that they do not issue citations for that. However, in looking over the spare-the-air website just now, I couldn't find a clear statement of their policy on this in either direction.


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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 2, 2014 at 8:04 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

BBQd with mesquite wood last night. It was great and no one choked or died ( except the halibut we ate)!


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Posted by Tom F
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 2, 2014 at 8:14 am

I'm going to let all my vehicles idle away in my expansive driveway. Probably let my hose run water into the gutter while I'm at it.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 2, 2014 at 8:19 am

I am no fan of the BAAQMD.
I have a track record of taking them on and challenging them.
I burn wood during the winter months.
I purchased a highly efficient wood burning insert seven years ago.
The EPA allows 7 grams an hour particulate release. My wood burning
insert emits 1.26 grams an hour.
I could clean that up to zero particulate release with an after burner.
But, there is no incentive for me to do so.
Because, the BAAQMD prohibits all wood burning on spare the air days.
No matter, how clean I burn, or how clean I could burn.


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Posted by Tom Joad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2014 at 8:24 am

Yes, I'm with you, Michael, the incentive to contribute to cleaner air for the sake of our environment and the neighbors around us just isn't enough. I mean, what's with that? I want a tax cut, big time.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 2, 2014 at 8:28 am

Michael,

You seem like a knowledgeable and thorough individual. You should look into how the BAAQMD and how it came into existence. Jack Broadbent, his background, and his reporting relationship in the past to Scott Haggerty. Who they are funded, their salaries, and the number if staff there and their directed agenda. I think you find the results interesting.


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Posted by William Tell
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

A pro pro fires being started by homeless ones. Why do I have to pay taxes while these homeless can just sit around a campfire and not worry about the IRS? This is not fair.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 2, 2014 at 12:41 pm

There's nothing confusing about paying taxes. If you work, you pay taxes.

If you purchase something, you pay a tax. that's life...


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm

How else can Americans for Socialism sustain post offices and post roads if fellow Americans don't pay their fair share? If you don't participate in Socialism, you will go to jail. The feds will track you down and off to the pokie...i rest my case...


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Certainly, cholo, education is not one of them. Thanks for that display.


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Posted by Tom Joad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Three cheers for democratic socialism! Three cheers for the greatest socialist educational system in the world, as every young and budding intellectual on our planet desires to come and study here in the United States.

Tom Joad, BA summa cum laude; MA; Ph.D.


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a resident of Livermore
on Aug 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

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a resident of Livermore
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