Month: December 2016

The Oakland Fruitvale SF Bay Area Lead Problem – Councilmember Abel Guillen Gives Update

The Oakland Fruitvale SF Bay Area Lead Problem – Councilmember Abel Guillen Gives Update

The Oakland lead poisoning problem that a Reuters report pointed to, is based on an analysis of data who’s overall spread is so incomplete that it points to a much larger problem that’s both regional and national in scope.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, The Oakland Fruitvale District is pointed to as the seat of a problem where the city is said to have greater lead levels than found in the water in Flint, Michigan. But an actual read of the Reuters data map (http://ift.tt/2hquJmB) shows that adjacent areas of Oakland where home design and age is similar, like the San Antonio District, have no data – in fact all other census tracts in Oakland dont’ have information attached to them in the Reuters map.

Beyond Oakland, San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point and Daily City area census tracts form what is best to call a ‘zone of concern’ (this blogger’s term) twice the size of The Oakland Fruitvale District. And the problem doesn’t stop there: looking at the map, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, San Jose, Hayward, and Stockton have census tract areas that form more ‘zones of concern’ – and incomplete data collection, because “no data” messages are replete.

In other words, and to repeat the basic message, to say this is an Oakland Fruitvale problem wildly diminishes the truth. We have to ask why the whole of East Oakland, and the Oakland Hills both north and south, don’t have data? With that, still, we have the Fruitvale lead issue, and with that, this statement by Oakland District Two Councilmember Abel Guillen, posted on Facebook this morning:

Most of you have probably read troubling stories this week about a report that found high levels of exposure to lead among many Fruitvale residents. I have had inquiries from a number of Council District 2 residents concerned about similar health risks in their neighborhoods. I want to give you a quick update. We spoke with staff at the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and we will be meeting together soon to deal with problem properties in my district. The County has $2.9 million in federal HUD Hazard Control funds to spend on residential lead-abatement projects.
Working with County health officials, I will help coordinate the identification of potential properties for these grants in District 2 #OakD2 #Oakland and recruit 100 families to receive this financial support to clean up their buildings in the next year.

We are also seeking to get more complete and accurate information about the exposure levels and how to best remediate the source of the potential health impacts moving forward. County officials have indicated that the data in the Reuters news story is four years old (and exposure levels may have gone down in the intervening years), and they are working on researching and clarifying the current situation.
Also, EBMUD reports that Oakland’s water is NOT lead-contaminated. http://ift.tt/2hFcxuA
While the health dangers are real, this is not a Flint, Michigan, situation. From what we know, the source is principally soil contamination and lead from paint used in older buildings.
I will keep you posted on new scientific information as it arises and local efforts to help eliminate these health risks.

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf faces another test… – East Bay Times

East Bay TimesOAKLAND — Even before December’s horrific Ghost Ship fire, 2016 had been a trying year for Oakland and its mayor, Libby Schaaf. An affordable housing crisis. A police department roiled by a teen sexual abuse scandal. A revolving door of police chiefs. and more …read more From:: Libby Schaaf Oakland News By Google […]

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A Cultural Observation Of Twerking By A White Woman

A Cultural Observation Of Twerking By A White Woman

This lady at the Louisville vs Indiana game showed her twerking chops to the World on CBS Television. What is fascinating is that the white guys around her act like they don’t see her. Now if they were black men, they would be cheering her on. Something to consider the next time you see a woman getting down at a basketball game. via IFTTT

Man fatally shot in East Oakland – East Bay Times

Man fatally shot in East OaklandEast Bay TimesOAKLAND — A 24-year-old Oakland man was shot to death Friday afternoon, the 87th homicide investigated by Oakland police this year. The shooting happened at 4:18 p.m. in the area of 77th and Garfield avenues in East Oakland. The victim was driving … and more …read more From:: […]

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CES 2017 Features Zennie62 Partnering With Oakland Post, Sigma Technologies Global

CES 2017 Features Zennie62 Partnering With Oakland Post, Sigma Technologies Global

CES 2017 features Zennie62Media’s 8th straight year covering the World’s largest consumer tech-driven convention in Las Vegas. Over that time, Zennie Abraham’s Zennie62 YouTube Channel has posted more CES Las Vegas-related video-blogs than any other single person or media outlet. This year, Zennie62 is joined by two sponsor partners: The Oakland Post and Sigma Technologies Global.

The Oakland Post, founded in 1963, is the first large African American newspaper established on the West Coast. Today, the Post News Group, which houses The Oakland Post, is the largest African American weekly newspaper in Northern California. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area communities of Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Marin, South County, and San Francisco, the weekly Post newspapers reports and advances the issues and events impacting those identified communities.

Zennie Abraham will post many times during CES 2017 from the Oakland Post website, augmenting his Zennie62 blog, YouTube channel, and network of 96 blogs, 15 of which seat his YouTube videos and content exported from Zennie62.com.

In turn, the Zennie62.com blog, or Zennie62blog.com, one of the most read blogs at CES annually, will be the seat for an exciting media technology project. And this is where Sigma Technologies Global comes in.

The technology Zennie Abraham is bringing to CES 2017 for demonstration is such that YouTube videos that are already automatically embedded in Zennie62blog.com, will be enhanced by Sigma Technologies Global speech-to-text technology, and in a special way. The text from the video will be printed out on the blog – you won’t have to go to the Zennie62 YouTube video page to read text, let alone try and find it, thus leaving the blog page!

Moreover, the Sigma Technologies Global system is such that advertisements will appear depending on the keyword in the text produced as a result of the video’s audio – thus giving the blog a new revenue generation area!

The demo will show what’s next for Zennie62 – and we’re seeking investors for our project. If you have an interest in what we’re doing and are a tech investor or vendor who may have a complementary technology or platform, even if you’re not at CES 2017, send an email to zennie@zennie62.com

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Aisha Tyler, Octavia Spencer, Charles Barkley On Long CES 2017 Celebrities List

Aisha Tyler, Octavia Spencer, Charles Barkley On Long CES 2017 Celebrities List

CES 2017 (Jan. 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. And Zennie62.com – Zennie62Media – Zennie Abraham’s 8th straight year as a credentialed blogger) has more celebrities than even listed in the press release sent by the Consumer Technology Association. For example, on Jan. 4th, 2017, 2:15 PM, politician and activist Ralph Nader will be at LVCC North Hall, N258, talking “Navigating Risk throughout the Mobility Ecosystem” – but really giving his thoughts about Donald Trump to the press.

Then, Randi Zuckerberg will host a “Meaningful Connections Chat” at LVCC, Central Hall, Booth 16244, on Jan. 6, 2017, 3:30 PM.

John McAfee, the security tech celeb who ran a quiet campaign for President, will be at the Everykey Booth at Sands Hall Booth G 51101, date to be announced.

Then, Aisha Tyler, the actor, director, author and comedian will serve as the CES Ambassador. Ms. Tyler will speak during the Best 2017 Tech Trends conference session and will be interviewed by Janko Roettgers , senior Silicon Valley correspondent at Variety. The session will take place Friday, Jan. 6 at the ARIA, Level 1, Bristlecone 10.

Carnival Corp. President and CEO Arnold Donald will be onstage during his keynote address, including “In Living Color” star and comedian Tommy Davidson and YouTube Celebrity Andrea Feczko. The two host Vacation Creation Saturday mornings on The CW.

Other celebrities joining Donald onstage are Jeff Corwin, Emmy award-winning host of Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin; Jeff Garcia, host of The Voyager and Matthew Biancaniello , former cocktail chef for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Library Bar and host of the upcoming FYI/A&E show Good Spirits premiering Feb. 2017.

HGTV’s “Property Brothers” Drew and Jonathan Scott will speak on the panel Consumer Expectations of Smart Technology about the latest trends in today’s smart home at 11:30 AM Thursday, Jan. 5 in the LVCC, North Hall, Room N261.

Actress Octavia Spencer and “Hidden Figures” Director Ted Melfi will speak during the SuperSession The Power of Hidden Figures with a group of diverse role models within the STEM field. Brought to you by IBM and hosted by Soledad O’Brien, the session will take place in the LVCC, North Hall, Room N257 at 11:30 AM Friday, Jan. 6.

Actor, Author and Humorist Nick Offerman will join American Greetings Executive Director of Marketing Alex Ho to unveil a #DeviceLikeNoOther in LVCC, Central Plaza, CP-5.

Sports technology will be prominent throughout CES 2017. USA Gold Olympic Swimmer Nathan Adrian will discuss motion tracking technology with BMW in Sports Tech’s session Recap from Rio at 1 PM Jan. 6 at the Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4501.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon will join the Microsoft team during How Sports Utilizes Big Data to discuss the growing focus to enhance fan engagements digitally at 2:15 PM Jan. 6 at the Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4501.

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun will look at how sports properties best leverage innovation and technology to meet the ever-changing habits of next generation sports fans on the panel Targeting and Engaging the Next Generation of Fans 9:30 AM Friday, Jan. 6 in the Sands, Level 2, Hall D, Booth #45045.

Sports Business Innovation presented by Turner Sports will host three days of thought leadership panels and tech-driven brand activations with leading business executives, investors and celebrity personalities. In one session, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NCAA President Mark Emmert, WNBA Player Sue Bird and NBA Analyst Grant Hill will discuss ways technology is driving the ever-changing landscape of sport on the panel The New Era of League Innovation moderated by “Inside the NBA on TNT” Host Ernie Johnson Jr. at 9 AM Thursday, Jan. 5.

TNT’s “Inside the NBA” studio team – host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal – will anchor a special live NBA on TNT telecast from CES 4-9 PM Thursday, Jan. 5 in the Sands, Level 2, Hall D, Booth #45045.

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Man shot dead in Oakland – SFGate

Man shot dead in OaklandSFGateA man was shot to death in an Oakland neighborhood Friday afternoon, police said. Officers responded to a call about 4:20 p.m. reporting a shooting at a residential area on the 7700 block of Garfield Avenue, said Oakland Police Officer John O’Reilly.Man fatally shot in East OaklandEast Bay Times all 2 […]

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Ronda Rousey Robbed In UFC 207 TKO Loss To Amanda Nunes 48 Seconds

Ronda Rousey Robbed In UFC 207 TKO Loss To Amanda Nunes 48 Seconds

Yes. Ronda Rousey was robbed of a victory by not being allowed to finish the UFC 207 fight against Amanda Nunes. The fight was called after just 48 seconds. Why not let her finish? She did not hit the ground. She should have been given a choice to go or no go. Then if it was obvious she could not go again, then call it – but Ronda Rousey should have been given another chance. via IFTTT