Monthly Archives: December 2009

Tweeting Oakland911; city disaster prep 411

If you want to know more about any emergencies in and around Oakland metro, tune into Oakland911 on twitter. News posts are supposed to cover only major emergencies, although we’ll throw in occasional minor happenings or preventative info during news droughts.

This is an unofficial account I started as a public service. Looking to add other admins shortly. Direct message or mention @Oakland911 in your posts to be retweeted if and when important news happens! Major 3+ alarm fires, riots, biggish quakes, nuclear attack, etc.

If you are interested in being part of any local solutions, you may want to enroll in the City’s CORE classes.

I’m really curious what City of Oakland’s disaster plans are for a major earthquake.  I haven’t confirmed this at all, but OPD HQ is supposedly retrofitted to implode instead of falling onto the surrounding streets, in a major quake. Likewise it is apparently officially condemned but I haven’t confirmed this either.

I was quoted in Forbes a while back talking up our region’s quake risk. The later a quake happens the worse off we may all be. I wouldn’t really count on city/state/fed/utility support and grocery store resupply right away, or even after a week. Recall Katrina, and how very broke our state/nation are. We’ll probably depend on each other. At the very least, we shouldn’t count on outside help. If SF is lucky, the new billion dollar eastern span of the Bay Bridge will remain standing to allow food supplies to enter that city.

In August I found by asking CCM Nadel (thanks!) that the city claims to have a 12-14 day supply of fuel for all vehicles including emergency vehicles. Something to think about. I believe that’s an OFD figure and it came back with no further detail.

Of course, thanks OFD/OPD and other first responders!


Oakland Tsunami Risk maps released

Oakland 2012 Update!

Check out the pair of tsunami inundataion maps for North/West O and East O be-low.

You’ll see that parts of 880 in East Oakland, the outer edges of Alameda, most of West Oakland, all of the Emeryville peninsula (old Seibel bldg, Chevy’s) would be flooded somewhat instantly with 11 foot waves.

Any people and buildings near 880 will basically be (french) toast.

If you live in the Alaskan Tsunami zone and this info bothers you, print out the handy maps provided by USGS scientists above and maybe invest in a floating vehicle. (rubber raft) Or a NOAA weather alert radio and a motorcycle.


Uptown Food update

There are plenty of places to eat in Uptown at all hours.

Corporate food at Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Subway (even inside 19th St. station during biz hours, underground) during “biz hours.”

Small indie shops and food carts like Hal’s Dogs, Catered to You, Fat Cat Cafe, donut shops, cafes every block(?), B Rest., Levende East, PBC, Chef Edwards (yum!), 24-hour Giant Burger, Lukas-Ozumo-Mua-Pican, Chinatown restaurants galore…

Well, some New Food is coming this Spring 2010 — tentative list.

  1. Bakesale Betty ][ across from Luka’s Taproom
  2. Pizza/Beer place on Telegraph by Flora/FOX
  3. Taqueria place run by the Flora folks, by Flora/FOX
  4. Ice Cream parlor near Somar — ask me for details

Some other new food has already arrived.

Check out:

  1. Sean’s fresh hand-rolled sushi at SomarBar Thursday thru Sunday eves
  2. Korean(?)-run taco truck — very occasionally posted up around UptownNightClub/FOX/vanCleef

Merry Christmas!


New Oakland blog!

Here’s a new Oakland blog worth checking out. Covers Oakland’s redevelopment, blight, environment — built and mental.

Fragmentary Evidence also features cool photos.

Thanks DC!

SF Weekly says “SF badly run city”

So if you thought Oakland had its share of corruption, surprise, so does SF.

At least according to the SF Weekly.

Singular problems, or structural dilemma? Among the choice money quotes:

“You can’t get San Francisco running efficiently, because that would require large numbers of unionized city workers to willingly admit their redundancy and wastefulness. Inefficiency pays their salaries. ‘It’s been going on for decades,’ Peskin says.”

“…San Francisco is shedding its middle-class population at double the state rate. The city, however, is not losing low-income people at nearly the state’s pace — and is gaining wealthy residents at far more than California’s overall rate. In short, we are replacing our middle class with a rich elite and a burgeoning underclass. Watkins’ research also reveals that San Francisco is going gray. The number of city residents between ages 45 and 64 has climbed, while the count of those aged 20 to 44 has dropped. The city, it seems, has become a target destination for the wealthy and retirees. These are not the people who want to make sacrifices now to shore up the city’s future.”

The above sounds just like London, Mumbai or… Cambodia.  What’s new? White flight has reversed, and cities like SF and Oakland are ground zero for the returnees. Meanwhile, the poor displaced are having to move out to outlying, cheaper areas such as San Leandro, Vallejo or Union City.

Weekly comments: Weatherization First; JLS Update

What Jack London Sq looks like today: 1989 SF Ferry Plaza

  • Oakland’s “Cali First” solar incentive funding program to begin June 2010
  • Jack London Square coming up roses… at snail’s pace. (perchance what they mean by ‘slow food’? 😉

KenO Reporting from Uptown…

I read today that City of Oakland has finally approved city-financed residential homeowner solar installation. Whoopee, we are finally up to par with City of Berkeley’s BerkeleyFIRST solar residential loan program.

I want to stress that while I love wind-solar-geothermal, these are not the cheapest energy programs available.  The cheapest home heating/cooling energy we have is Conservation.  That means, adding foam insulation with high R-values to apartment and SFH walls, roofs, caulking and taping leaky doorframes and electric outlets, and adding double-pane windows. (A prime candidate crying for implementation of this is the up-in-the-air Thai restaurant Sawooei in El Cerrito. Their slumlord won’t fix the front door which doesn’t shut all the way, right next to a gas-burning furnace heater, not to mention install 2-pane windowage. Comedy for energy nerds!)  The point is to avoid needing to use energy in the first place. Continue reading


I’ll post an update about OPD here in the next month or so as I confirm things I’ve been hearing. Cheers.