Monthly Archives: July 2010

City of Oakland conspicuously absent from the Great Race

How do City of Oakland employees get to work?

Many drive for sure. Many take transit. What’s the percentage?

Not that this is an accurate guage of any city staff’s commuting druthers, but check out who’s taking part in 511’s Great Race for Clean Air.

Most interestingly, our car-dependent 680 suburbs have the urban cores beat — at least in this chest thumping exercise.

oakland’s near-term future: more day to day engagement, green zones

will be similar to detroit. but also similar to portions of LA/LB near their ports.

why detroit:

city budgets are on involuntary diet-and-sauna programs. tax and property tax collections are sucking wind.  for our land, air, water and bodies this is a good thing here in gluttony-USA. means we’re buying less junk and hopefully eating less crap. cuz the full time job isn’t there, which means the healthcare isn’t there to catch our fat heart attacked and diabetic asses.

direct democracy or getting our hands dirty by taking on city “dutiesa’ ourselves is not bad. it’s a way of muddling through the greater depression/collapse. by gardening. by battening hatches. by improving our own hoods. people are managing their common spaces already: planting flowers in medians (40th st), painting “slow – kids at play” images and words on streets (28th or 29th  st @ MLK), coming together in cohousing throughout the city or otherwise tidily mingling.

citizens are becoming city staff by volunteering for projects listed above and events (oaklavia, oakland marathon, etc) — and these are not new developments except for the percentage of volunteers and decline of sheer numbers of city staff doing productive work becoming more evident each year. (public gardening? analyzing OPD crime stats and posting them online?)

meanwhile, more ex-city employees start raking in guaranteed six figure pensions including health benefits for their families –  retirement salaries for life. even for fired ‘deadwood.’

why green zones:

green zones are physically defended areas of importance. important to people with money and power/physical force. areas of the primary economy: water, food, security, true “necessities.” or housing stock for our empire’s most valued citizens.

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(Updated: j/k! somewhat-see comments.) Slowness of taking public transit to OAK airport from downtown OAK

How embarrassing!

According to Google Maps, a trip from downtown Oakland via train/bus to the airport takes 1 hour, 15 minutes.

By car, the same trip takes 19 minutes.

That is a 6 times difference, not the usual 2-3 times difference.

What a waste of time, eh? You could easily BART all the way to SFO in the same amount of time.

What a sorry state of affairs. I guess the Oakland “peoplemover” for 1/2 billion dollars would have saved us this joke of a ride.

To be fair, driving to OAK would require a 15-20 minute car drop-off and shuttle ride to the terminal.

Taking a taxi would be faster as well… but so would bicycling! (49 minutes.) When you can bicycle faster than public transit, something is wrong.

Hence, this Yelp review:

“This place kicks ass.  I’m never going to take that stupid AirBart shit piece of crap anymore.  $7/day online, right outside of the airport, I swear the shuttle drivers are high on speed everyday cuz these shuttles run back and forth every minute.  They don’t even wait for the shuttle to get full.  They get you on, get your shit on, and they’re off!  And then they drop you off AT YOUR CAR!!

5 big bright stars!”