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Spare the air tonight

Original post made on Feb 3, 2009

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a winter "Spare the Air" alert today, banning residents and businesses from burning wood or manufactured fire logs.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 2:11 PM

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 3, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Which parts of the bay area were given "unhealthy" air quality ratings? I checked and the rating for pleasanton today was "moderate". Oakland was "unhealthy for sensitive groups".

Anyone have further info? It did honestly seem a bit hazy the last 1-2 days, although I don't know why. Were there any fires or other things going on to explain this?

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Posted by Hard to breathe
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Ok, we have a home in our neighborhood 6 houses down from mine. As soon as I step out the door and turn, I know right away they have their fireplace going. There's a white/grey cloud hanging around for a block in all directions of this house. I can't believe it's a healthy situation any time of day.

But they were burning on this Spare the Air day. Is there anything we can do to stop poorly burning fireplaces that pollute our neighborhoods? I love the smell of a good fire, but it's hard to even walk within 3 houses of this place it's so bad.

Just curious.

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Posted by judy
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm

In my opinion, this "spare the air" thing is a hoax. All the days are rated pretty much the same. If you go on the website, there are many spare the air days. It seems random to me. Just another example of government telling us what to do.

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Posted by smoke police
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm

You can tell on them.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 5, 2009 at 9:46 am

I was told by someone who I consider knowledgable in this area that the Bay Air Quality Management District has no authority regarding burning anything in a fireplace. There are no laws and there are no fines that can be given regarding fireplace burning. This is just another government dept that is searching for reasons for their jobs. I say get rid of a whole bunch of these agencies feeding off us. And never vote for a incumbent.

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Posted by Mr. Cheney
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I agree, we don't need more Government to tell us what to do or not do. If you have a problem with the smoke from someones chimney you need to tell them. communication is key. [Portion removed due to promoting a business]

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Dec 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm

At least one person is pushing back:

Web Link

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 1, 2014 at 10:46 am

Happy New Year Qwerty!

Web Link

Info: Pleasanton air quality.

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Posted by Libertarian
a resident of Danville
on Jan 2, 2014 at 9:52 am


Your friend is 100% correct and the BAAQMD is just another example of government waste and high salaries. It was created by Bay Area politicians and report to the board of supervisors. The head of BAAQMD, Jack Broadbent, worked for the EPA region 6 which has the real authority here. Scott Haggerty saw a power grab opportunity here and he went for it and they reported to Mr Corrupt (Haggerty). Huge office in San Francisco with a ton of staff and attorneys. Just complete waste. Remember this the next time elected officials want to raise taxes or say they did not have enough money. Vote Libertarian!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I must admit that I do appreciate many Libertarians.

It seems to me that so few Plutonians respect the need for clean air, that I'm curious how come it matters that there are "a ton of staff and attorneys" at a SF office?

Is your primary concern to take a shot at Scott Haggerty and delight in bit of mean spirited fun?

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