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thorn July 24, 2014 at 05:02 PM
>> posted on the New Hyde Park Patch<< haha that explains it// he used the wordRead More&quot;al bany&quot; on new hyde park patch, Albany NY= is too big a city for patch, there isnt one- so this got bumped to us.. oops
thorn July 24, 2014 at 05:04 PM
wait/ no, i dont even see the word Albany in here... wtf... did the title change? // weird//
dorthy manser July 24, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Typical Patch troll bait.
Red Light Camera July 19, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Thank you Kathryn Javandel for that clarification but lets not lose sight of the big picture. JUST Read MoreBECAUSE there are no cameras where you live DOESN'T MEAN that you're not a target to be victimized by the DRL camera industry. (California has more cameras than most states and has the highest fines per incident). OUR MISSION is to inform people who care AND to give them the tools to FIGHT BACK.
Red Light Camera July 19, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Hi Kathryn Javandel, Great comments. We would love to talk to both you and your husband. RE:Read MoreTHREE SECOND RULE: a) Most drivers do not know this b) Because it's not always the same drivers are mystified to perceive what the standard is c) Even if it was always 3 seconds, humans do not perceive time differently (or not at all). Ask your husband to read our article and focus on our analogy 4) IDENTIFYING THE SAFETY FLAW: Forcing drivers to guess at the critical stop or go decision point.. // The law fails to give drivers the information that is necessary and reasonable to make safer decisions. Because yellow lights are all timed differently and because drivers must guess how much time *and distance* is necessary to either stop or go safely: Americans are all HELPLESS to obey the law!// &bull; THE LAWS OF CALCULUS DICTATE: An equation containing only variables is unsolvable. The driver&rsquo;s decision to stop or go at the onset of the yellow light is a formula that is unsolvable because it has no constants. For several reasons (Including &ldquo;Time flies when you&rsquo;re having fun&rdquo;) the human perception of time must always be considered a variable. Pure time solutions (such as yellow lights) violate the first law of calculus. // &bull; THE LAWS OF PHYSICS DICTATE: The information of both TIME and DISTANCE are required for drivers to make responsible decisions at yellow traffic lights. Traffic intersection designs do not give drivers the necessary &ldquo;safe stopping distance&rdquo; information needed to make safer choices. The FinnLine solves this issue
Red Light Camera July 19, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Hi Kathryn Javandel, Great comments. We would love to talk to both you and your husband. RE: THREERead MoreS ECOND RULE: a) Most drivers do not know this b) Because it's not always the same drivers are mystified to perceive what the standard is c) Even if it was always 3 seconds, humans all perceive time differently (or not at all). // Ask your husband to read our article and focus on our analogy 4) IDENTIFYING THE SAFETY FLAW: Forcing drivers to guess at the critical stop or go decision point.. // The law fails to give drivers the information that is necessary and reasonable to make safer decisions. Because yellow lights are all timed differently and because drivers must guess how much time *and distance* is necessary to either stop or go safely: Americans are all HELPLESS to obey the law!// &bull; THE LAWS OF CALCULUS DICTATE: An equation containing only variables is unsolvable. The driver&rsquo;s decision to stop or go at the onset of the yellow light is a formula that is unsolvable because it has no constants. For several reasons (Including &ldquo;Time flies when you&rsquo;re having fun&rdquo;) the human perception of time must always be considered a variable. Pure time solutions (such as yellow lights) violate the first law of calculus. // &bull; THE LAWS OF PHYSICS DICTATE: The information of both TIME and DISTANCE are required for drivers to make responsible decisions at yellow traffic lights. Traffic intersection designs do not give drivers the necessary &ldquo;safe stopping distance&rdquo; information needed to make safer choices. The FinnLine solves this issue
Senior A. Titude July 11, 2014 at 11:54 AM
I'm sorry about your/your son's experience. Been there. It doesn't help now, but just know yourRead Moreson will grow up and find a positive path in life. Fight for him, and if it doesn't work, look beyond it as a momentary glitch. In the grand scheme of things, they can't take away how special he is.
Adrienne Saltzberg July 20, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Thanks for taking the time Senior, much appreciated. I do know what you mean but can't help feelRead Moresad . Since this incident, my son has decided that he is &quot;not good at art&quot; because &quot;I was kicked out of art camp&quot;. Working really hard to rebuild his confidence in that arena but he has a mental block. I find this tragic since he once loved art. Hard to believe an &quot;art center&quot; could stifle the creativity of a young child. If they only knew how damaging their actions are. Sickens me that these individuals are working with children. The other thing that really gets me is that the city donates $375,000 per year to their facility. Not a very charitable vibe from a place that relies on the help of others to maintain its facility.
Caryl O'Keefe July 05, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Albany's law requires dogs to be under control rather than leashed, see section 10-1 of the code at Read Morehttp://clerkshq.com/default.ashx?clientsite=albany-ca. There's a duty to report a dog bite of a person, or of another dog, to the police within a few days. That appears to be for the risk of rabies. I wish it said the owners of the uncontrolled dogs had to pay the vet bills for injured dogs and people.
Senior A. Titude July 05, 2014 at 05:37 PM
The problem with "under control" is most people think it's good enough if their dog obeys Read Moreafter the 15th command. For a while I carried a stick when we walked but it got to be a hassle. Would have been better used on the owners, anyway.
Robert Cheasty July 06, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Sorry to hear about the attack. In the State of California the owners of a dog that attacks aRead Moreperson or another dog is responsible for the harm the aggressor dog causes. That would include liability for medical and vet bills and for the injuries themselves. The owner has strict liability for harm caused.
Autumn Johnson July 03, 2014 at 12:00 PM
@Dave, We are launching a new platform soon and hopefully all of those annoying kind of things will Read Morebe long gone! Fingers crossed for all of us!
Autumn Johnson July 03, 2014 at 12:00 PM
@Dave, We are launching a new platform soon and hopefully all of those annoying kinds of glitchesRead Morewi ll be long gone! Fingers crossed for all of us!
concerned educator June 26, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Let's start a pick up your butts campaign have children tell their parents to 1. not smoke inRead Morefront of them and 2 pick up their butts 3. we should have &quot;cigarette butt free&quot; zones by schools and bus stops, etc
Brian Parsley June 24, 2014 at 06:12 PM
I think the Albany they are speaking of is Albany, NY not Albany, CA.
Northforker June 24, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Sorry, you are correct. I guess people in California even know that the politicians in NY areRead MoreCorru pt!
montymarket July 12, 2014 at 01:11 AM
The above is from Robert Zweben's blog on Patch.
montymarket July 12, 2014 at 01:16 AM
I found the following on former City Attorney Robert Zweben's blog on Patch. He doesn't nameRead Morenames: In November 1977, a recall election unseated two young City Council members. The recall of a third member failed. ... &quot;The Council in the early 70s was primarily representative of the older generation. A land scandal involving the City Council and one of its members, in particular, concerning the approval of the Gateview project, occurred in 1972. &quot;In 1974, two young council members swept into office. In 1976 another non-old timer was elected. &quot;By 1977, there was a push back by the older generation. The two recalled council members were replaced in a special election held in February 1978 to fill the remaining two months of the recalled council members&rsquo; terms. &quot;The two newly elected council members had to run again for election in the April 1978 election ....&quot;
Marsha Skinner July 12, 2014 at 10:45 PM
So, kind of... Zweben's commentary is more accurate, and, I notice doesn't reference the Village,Read Morew hich was the part that really had me asking &quot;WHAT...?&quot; See page 120 of the Images of America book about Albany for a photo of the pre-recall City Council, and a brief note about the recall . Joyce Jackson was the mayor at the time, and was the third person targeted in the recall campaign. She retained her seat in a pretty close vote. Pat Griffin and his wife Tish were our neighbors. ( They lived on Sonoma ) I've reflected, and think he was still finishing his PhD at the time, while working at the Richmond Field Station. Mike Gleason had lived in Albany for some time. A field of eight candidates came out hoping to fill the seats, including Robert Good, who was later elected to Council. The group which had pushed for the recall endorsed two candidates, Bill Lewis, then President of Albany Little League, and Lou George, a business owner, and they were elected to serve the remaining six weeks of Gleason and Griffin's terms.
David Sanger June 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM
The San Pablo Avenue site has been live since December. The Solano Avenue Oaks Theater site alsoRead Morewen t live late last year. The Solano Avenue Sunnyside cafe site (opposite Safeway) is under construction.
Dave June 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM
There's so much "advertise on the patch" on my screen I can't even click on my updates.Read MoreI' ll just watch the patch crumble.
Kirsten Schwartz June 20, 2014 at 02:00 PM
OMG, dorthy, thanks! I can breathe again. !
Amy Smolens June 29, 2014 at 02:37 AM
@Autumn, it would be helpful if some of the blatant out-of-region advertisements and articles could Read Morebe pulled or deleted when we flag them. This one, for example, which pertains to Albany, NY http://albany.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/albany-corruption . Thanks.
Gary Matalucci June 18, 2014 at 02:56 AM
I couldn't disagree more Kristin. No more enabling, we can plainly see what that has achieved.
Sopa Pedra June 21, 2014 at 06:31 PM
So, too bad the residents are no longer there to keep an eye on the place. Now there just seems toRead Moreb e a lot of crank and wankers from town in the bushes whenever I am out there. One of them seems to have left a five gallon bucket of needles behind. Maybe it was one of you?
Laney Russell June 21, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Piss off, sock puppet.
Rochelle Nason June 15, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Thanks thorn, as usual you make important points. If you will allow me to critique the campers'Read Moreth e lawyers one more time: both Katherine Cody and Phyl Lewis/Amber Whitson should have been emphatically advised by the civil lawyers in the cases of Cody v. Albany and Whitson v. Albany to steer clear of drugs on the Bulb. It was 100% predictable that campers out there would experience a higher level of contact with law enforcement following Albany's policy changes with respect to enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance. If the lawyers had knowledge, or reason to suspect, that their clients were dealing as well as using heroin/meth on the Bulb, then fighting for their 'right' to continue their activities in that location was a terrible mistake. It is bad enough that Osha, the kids at the EBCLC, and the radical idealogues at the Homeless Action Center would do something so stupid. But it is downright appalling that a major law firm like Kilpatrick &amp; Townsend would so endanger its own vulnerable clients. They call their suit 'historic', claim it as a victory, and even gave themselves awards for being so helpful to the campers, trying to make themselves look good to their paying corporate clientele . . . personally I think they should at least help poor KC and Phyl with their legal defense expenses, this was surely not a great outcome from their perspective.
Rochelle Nason June 15, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Thanks thorn, as usual you make important points. If you will allow me to critique the campers'Read Morelawy ers one more time: both Katherine Cody and Phyl Lewis/Amber Whitson should have been emphatically advised by the civil lawyers in the cases of Cody v. Albany and Whitson v. Albany to steer clear of drugs on the Bulb. It was 100% predictable that campers out there would experience a higher level of contact with law enforcement following Albany's policy changes with respect to enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance. If the lawyers had knowledge, or reason to suspect, that their clients were dealing as well as using heroin/meth on the Bulb, then fighting for their 'right' to continue their activities in that location was a terrible mistake. It is bad enough that Osha, the kids at the EBCLC, and the radical idealogues at the Homeless Action Center would do make such a mistake. But it is downright appalling that a major law firm like Kilpatrick &amp; Townsend would so endanger its own vulnerable clients. That firm calls their suit 'historic', claims it as a victory, and even gave themselves awards for being so helpful to the campers, trying to make themselves look good to their paying corporate clientele . . . personally I think they should at least help poor KC and Phyl with their legal defense expenses. This was surely not a great outcome from the perspective of the clients who were chosen by the lawyers as the symbols of this misguided fight.
doris June 16, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Well, Amber, so much for the nice, clean Bulb and its nice clean residents. We shall miss you.
Brian Parker June 08, 2014 at 07:47 PM
Hard to follow all of the accusations in your post. The City of Albany posts records of all itRead Morecheck s paid on line and I wasn't able to find any payments made to the Mayor of Richmond, Gayle McGlaughlin. I also checked her Statement of Economic Interests that she is required to file listing properties she owns in Richmond (at least). No record of her being a landlord. Loved your open ended accusation &quot;Why do the Albany Park and the Richmond Mayor share names?&quot; Answer = McGlaughlin is a very common name! Please post some evidence before you throw around accusations like this.
Dina Noh June 08, 2014 at 09:14 PM
I hear you Brian. I don't have any evidence to present but the testimonials from other residentsRead Moreand things I have seen myself as a resident. I have seen two contracts one presented to me when I moved in provided by BFHP with the promise of a year free. Only to have them rescind that offer after 3 months and demand $800 for a room in a 3 bedroom house. When they demanded rent they presented me with anotger contract with my signature printed on it as if Photoshoped. In this house the hot water doesn't work, none of the outlets in the house are GFCI, the lights above the sink in the kitchen don't work, same with the light and fan above the stove. There is only one two prong outlet per room which leads me to believe the wiring is from the old days. You did NOT address my question of why this situation of substandard housing in CC County is being rented by the City of Albany and then subleased to former bulb residents.
Dina Noh June 09, 2014 at 02:13 AM
I have addressed your concerns regarding the mayor by altering the title and deleting one sentenceRead Moreo f my post. Hardly seems to be relative to the greater subject matter but I value your need for accuracy. Now, are you ready to address the bulk of my concerns?
Cindy B. June 11, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Glad to report that the City Council listened to Albany residents and rescinded their action toRead Moreinst all digital billboard. They voted unanimously to accept City Staff's new proposal of a smaller (15,100 sf) maintenance building without the digital billboard. The height is also reduced to 2 stories. They also agreed to restore the zoning ordinance back to prohibiting digital billboard. We would like to thank the city councilmen who listened to Albany residents. Truly democracy in action.
Laney Russell June 11, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Good job, Cindy B!
dorthy manser June 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM
That's great news!
Alan Eckert June 09, 2014 at 01:41 AM
It is probably part of the Active Transportation Plan implementation. There are plans for any roads Read Morein Albany working in the Traffic and Safety Commission.
Ken McCroskey June 26, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Cross walks at Pamona and Washington will be on the agenda tonight at the Traffic and SafetyRead MoreCommiss ion (7-10, City Hall).
Albany Denizen June 06, 2014 at 01:36 PM
No clue, but I would like to make a plea again for speed bumps in the 900 block of Cornell andRead MoreTalbo t. Imagine if this had been during school hours ...
Caryl O'Keefe June 06, 2014 at 02:15 PM
We drove west on Portland from Masonic to Cornell Tuesday about 10pm, and saw numerous BerkeleyRead Morepoli ce cars, motionless but with lights on, apparently blocking south-bound access to streets including Cornell. Maybe this was a continuation of the 9:32 event?
Mandy Smith June 06, 2014 at 02:32 PM
They sped past my home on Washington and the car crashed into another car around Cornell andRead MoreTalbot. I looked down the street and saw people coming out of their homes to try to help, and then they started running away from the scene, so my guess is the driver jumped out and started to flee (I was a couple blocks away so couldn't see exactly what happened). After that cop cars were driving around the blocks for about 30 minutes, I assume they were looking for the driver. That's all I know.
Brian Parker June 05, 2014 at 01:35 AM
It's great that the staff is now recommending a reduction in the project size and saving AlbanyRead Moretaxp ayers $1 million dollars. Further investing a portion of the city reserves in this project does not affect the overall financial position of the City. Total Assets will remain the same. Instead $1 Million in cash (Current Assets) will now be recorded on the books as a Long Term Asset. The City is not spending the money to support ongoing operations but investing the money in a long lived asset that the City sees as having a 50+ year life. As for the thought that the billboard revenue is being lost, that revenue was always unlikely to be realized. Hoped for some by some, but unlikely to be built as it is inconsistent with predominant community values.
sassybaygal June 05, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Does anyone know at what point in the evening this topic will come up at the Council meeting? WeRead Morehav e a night class and would like to be able to attend both the class and the Council meeting. Hopefully, they won't overlap.
Caryl O'Keefe June 05, 2014 at 06:52 PM
Hi sassybaygal, no way to know for certain but I'd guess the topic will start about 7:45. Could be Read Morea bit earlier if there are few comments at &quot;Good of the City&quot; and Consent Calendar. Could be later if there are many comments on either or both of those. If you want to give Council comments but can't get there for this topic, you can email (by Sunday would be appreciated) cityhall@albanyca.org. Such comments will become part of the public record including your email address and name.
Dee June 02, 2014 at 04:07 PM
There is an old saying about "cutting off your nose to spite your face". My mother usedRead Moret o use it and it comes to mind here when I read these comments. It is not just MY VIEW that will be tarnished but ALL VIEWS. Even is ones particular home doesn't have a bay view, the view from hilltops, roads and other open spaces will be affected. Rationalizing another pollution because of an existing one again makes no sense at all. And revenue-generation by a City must be in the best interest of the whole community that the city serves and not just the interests of the City government or some influential part of it. It should not cause harm. The City actually CHANGED the rules last Fall so that it could do this thing and did its best to keep it all quiet and &quot;under the radar&quot;. There should not be two cities divided by Albany Hill. There should be one Albany! One community. One &quot;Urban Village By The Bay&quot; that we all live in and share. Attend the City Council meeting on Mon. JUNE 9th at 7:30 at 1000 San Pablo and speak. Hopefully you will tell them to say NO to Digital Billboards now and in the future.
Dave June 02, 2014 at 11:02 PM
Dee, I really don't want to have to look at the billboard either, what chaps my backside is whenRead Morepeo ple throw out endangering protected species to get their point across. Especially when they obviously don't have a clue about what their trying to protect.
Ellen Hershey June 03, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Visual impacts including light pollution are impacts that certainly are recognized as legitimateRead Morecon cerns by the California Environmental Quality Act. I'm not an environmental law attorney but I've participated as a citizen in three CEQA reviews of proposed development projects in my neighborhood. It's perfectly legitimate to protest a proposed project because it will ruin a view or produce unwanted glare from nighttime lights.
Tony May 30, 2014 at 04:11 AM
The odd things is that someone dear to me was saying how crapy the hot tubs are just this week,Read MoreThei r issue is the pricing. A while back you could do 30 min vs the whole hour and for 2 people and the lack of it being clean is a lot. Let us know if the health dep comes out and if they take a sample of the water what the out come is. I tend to stick to out side tub. less freakyness goes on and they clean it more often.
Taree Lyn May 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM
It has gotten expensive and the staff is a bit funkier than in the old days and Tim (the owner) isRead Mored ifficult sometimes. But I have been going there frequently for a dozen years and never had an issue with cleanliness. The tubs are just old but fine. And there is no place else with tubs that deep or with such great jets. Without it Id be in trouble with my back. So while I dont doubt your experience, mine has been different.
sassybaygal June 02, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Sorry to hear about this. Staph infections are painful and so scary. Usually, the hot tub water isRead Moreh ot enough to kill bacteria, but it may not have been, in your case. We, too, have been going to the Albany hot tubs for something like 30 years, always using the outside ones, and have never caught so much as a foot fungus. It has become more expensive, and we don't go as often now that we are older, but we never got the feeling things weren't clean, just a bit run down sometimes.
Dina Noh June 08, 2014 at 03:24 PM
You did really did yourself in this time Amber. Lmao. Hypocrisy is no match for Karma!
Dina Noh June 08, 2014 at 03:45 PM
If anyone would like to discuss the issue please refer to the original post.
Mr Eous June 08, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Amber, to put it bluntly, your posts now exist only for my amusement.
Cindy B. May 21, 2014 at 08:16 PM
Did the city even do an environmental impact report ?
Brian Parker May 22, 2014 at 03:10 AM
The City of Albany proposed public works center is vastly over sized which increases the price. The Read Morebuilding is being designed to provide indoor parking of all of the City's 7 public works vehicles. We don't do that with police cars nor do I with my car. PG&amp;E parks all of their vehicles outside in their Bay area service centers, as do the Cities of Alameda, Piedmont, Berkeley, Moraga, Fairfield, Stege Sanitary District (El Cerrito),and AT&amp;T. We need some office space, a repair bay and adequate inside storage. The City has been planning to build 20,000 sq ft of space for 13 employees use. Half of these employees are out in the field in the day time working (Public Works right?). If we were in Lake Tahoe we would need to worry about indoor parking to keep the snow off the equipment, in the desert to keep the high UV off, but not in Albany. The price of the too large building drove the need for revenue from a big ugly sign. We can afford to pay for all the building we need with existing funds.
Brian Parker May 22, 2014 at 03:11 AM
The City of Albany proposed public works center is vastly over sized which increases the price. The Read Morebuilding is being designed to provide indoor parking of all of the City's 7 public works vehicles. We don't do that with police cars nor do I with my car. PG&amp;E parks all of their vehicles outside in their Bay area service centers, as do the Cities of Alameda, Piedmont, Berkeley, Moraga, Fairfield, Richmond, Stege Sanitary District (El Cerrito),and AT&amp;T. We need some office space, a repair bay and adequate inside storage. The City has been planning to build 20,000 sq ft of space for 13 employees use. Half of these employees are out in the field in the day time working (Public Works right?). If we were in Lake Tahoe we would need to worry about indoor parking to keep the snow off the equipment, in the desert to keep the high UV off, but not in Albany. The price of the too large building drove the need for revenue from a big ugly sign. We can afford to pay for all the building we need with existing funds.
Senior A. Titude May 21, 2014 at 03:52 PM
From what I've read on Berkelyside and Nextdoor, we have primarily pushed the problem to the Gilman Read Moreoverpass. I agree that it's a win for those who got housed, however, and wish this had been more wide-spread.
thorn May 21, 2014 at 04:34 PM
>>Twenty-two formerly homeless people have been housed.<< wow, that is pretty good.
Amy Smolens May 21, 2014 at 05:36 PM
and they even have beds, furniture and housewares, thanks to Francesco Papalia's ongoing effortsRead Morefir st detailed here on Patch: http://albany.patch.com/groups/volunteering/p/appeal-for-help-furnishing-home-found-for-albany-bulb-residents They are put into houses that are essentially empty (they may have a refrigerator, but that's it.) If any of you have things to donate for future efforts please contact Francesco.
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