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Third consecutive Spare the Air alert issued

Original post made on Jul 26, 2016

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a third consecutive Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy ozone accumulation forecasted.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 1:16 PM

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Posted by Smoke and Mirrors
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 26, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Certainly the fires in the south county are contributing to this. A brown wall of haze and smoke can be seen by anyone who looks to the south.

As for me, I have severe asthma and have to stay indoors on these days--with air conditioning and filtration. The filters are black and greasy after just two weeks--they are meant to go a month between changes, but that is not often enough in Palo Alto.

Wouldn't it be nice if some commuters were to be allowed to stay home on Spare the Air Days, on a rotating basis? Tele-commute instead?

Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 26, 2016 at 6:37 pm

If we had better public transit on the peninsula, we would use that instead of driving. Unfortunately, except for going to downtown San Francisco or downtown San Jose, public transit is unusable in Palo Alto. We should raise the gas tax and put that money into public transit, to improve our air quality as well as our quality of life.

Posted by Smoke and Mirrors
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 26, 2016 at 6:44 pm

It would really help if the city council, planning commission, et al would stop trying to turn Palo Alto into a business metropolis!

Palo Alto doesn't have enough square mileage for expansion. There are mountains on one side, the Bay on another. Such developments would've better off in SF, or San Jose, which needs and WANTS them!

The residents were here first, we and our children need to BREATHE!

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