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.