5th consecutive 'Spare the Air' day issued for today


A fifth consecutive Spare the Air alert has been issued by the Bay

Area Air Quality Management District for Friday because of continued unhealthy levels of ozone expected in the region.

Persistent high temperatures and light winds in inland parts of

the Bay Area combined with vehicle exhaust and smoke from the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County have prompted the multiple alerts in a row.

There have been 13 Spare the Air alerts in all this summer season because of unhealthy levels of ozone, otherwise known as smog, air district officials said.

"A string of Spare the Air alerts is a reminder that we need to

re-think how we commute to and from work," air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement. "Traffic congestion from so many solo drivers is a major contributor to smog here in the Bay Area and it's a problem we have the power to change."

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 29, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Summer time pare the air alerts are incapable of producing any useful result. The ongoing spare the air alerts during the summer months are pointless, inefficacious.

Motorists continue to drive, landscape workers continue to operate their gas fired, ozone polluting equipment, contractors continue to operate their black smoke belching diesel engines.

During the winter months, wood burning is banned. When spare the air alerts are issued during the winter months, there is tremendous cooperation through out the Bay Area towards reducing winter time wood burning during spare the air alerts.

So, why isn't Jack Broadbent doing something about these summer time polluters?

During the winter months, Jack Broadbent has seventy Toyota Prius running around, their drivers using binoculars spying and citing wood burners violating the wood burning rule during spare the air days.

So, Why isn't Jack Broadbent exercising the same punitive methods during the summer months for all of the polluters?

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Posted by Money
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 29, 2016 at 7:35 pm


Are you aware we pay Jack Broadbent over $400,000 per year for this service?

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Posted by local
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 29, 2016 at 10:18 pm

I thought you had to be wrong on his salary. Looked it up on Web Link and see you are right, his pay and benefits are over $400,000 and that was for 2014.

What I also don't understand is why there are 722 employees in the Bay Area Air Quality District. 22 of those employees make over $200K per year in salary/benefits. The total cost for the BAAQMD salary and benefits in 2014 was $43,847,162. The amount we paid out in pensions to retirees in 2014 for the agency was $10,495,641. Another outrageous number. All of this data is at the link above.

This sounds like another taxpayer ripoff. The more I see things like this, the more I will campaign against any tax increases. With government salaries and pensions like this, no wonder they keep cutting services and tell the taxpayers they need more money if we want the services.

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Posted by Money
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 30, 2016 at 10:25 am


It's even worse than you think. BAAQMD is a redundant organization (EPA region 6) covers this area. It is a political organization and reports to the Supervisors and in this case Scott Haggerty. Most of the 722 are In a union and have backgrounds with the Sierra Club and such. Management has no control over the workers and the workers have sued management many times. They perform no positive function but are guaranteed democratic votes. They actually alert environmental attorneys to engage in lawsuits against various companies. The whole thing is a scam.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

The BAAQMD is an unelected bureaucracy.
The bureaucracy that is the BAAQMD, sole function is to bleed the tax payer.

None of the decisions made at the BAAQMD are decisions made by elected officials.

The BAAQMD has a board of directors made up of local county superintendents, local city council members and local city mayors.

This is an attempt by the BAAQMD to falsely imply elected officials are the BAAQMD. The know nothings serving on the board of directors simply rubber stamp whatever is placed in front of them. This list of directors, does include Scot Haggarty and Nate Miley representing the cities of Alameda County.

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Posted by ordinary joe
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 30, 2016 at 9:31 pm

Uhhh...Democrat government officials authorized to grant pay increases (after increases after increases after increases) to fellow Democrat government officials. What could go wrong?

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 31, 2016 at 7:06 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

What could go wrong?

Another market melt down like we had in 2008!

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