Industrial Preservation: it isn’t as simple as it sounds

Nancy Nadel speaks frequently about the need to preserve our industrial land and our industrial jobs. How she plans to do this isn’t exactly clear. So far, it seems like her approach mostly involves trying to stop developments that have overwhelming community support and offering no alternatives.

Anyway, do we want industrial in West Oakland or not? Nancy Nadel says yes when she’s talking about jobs, but no when she’s talking about air quality. People need jobs. They also need to breathe.

High levels of lead and other heavy metals were detected at Oakland’s McClymonds High School, according to tests performed by students there…particle fallout in a third story classroom found lead levels 17 to 54 times above what the U.S. government considers safe. Other potential toxins found in the classroom were mercury, manganese, nickel and arsenic.

The students suspect the pollutants were coming from industrial plants in the West Oakland neighborhood.

There is room in West Oakland for both housing and jobs. But finding the right balance is complicated, and is going to require serious thought and commitment from the City Council – it isn’t enough to be “forming a brainstorming group” after 12 years in office.

One thought on “Industrial Preservation: it isn’t as simple as it sounds

  1. voteforanyonebutNancy

    It the idea of more toxic industry in West Oakland wasn’t so dangerous, it would just be laughable!

    In less than four years of owning my home, the white paint on my walls has turned a dull gray. My ceiling fan has a thick black oily film that covers it and is impossible to remove. My window sills and screens are regularly covered with black soot. West Oakland has an asthma rate that is greatly dispoportionate to other rates in the bay area. There are “industrial jobs” in West Oakland that include burning paint. And Nancy wants more of these sorts of jobs and hazards here? That’s just insane!! Smart growth is about recognizing that “industry” has changed, and revenue generating opportunities must include retail and market-rate housing. I’ve been listening to her rhetoric on preserving industrial lands for a long time, but what the heck for? I have not seen a healthy industry move into West Oakland in the almost fouryears I’ve lived here – this is just plain ridiculous!