Early Plans for Second Transbay Tube Coming Into Focus

By Jordan Rosenfeld

Almost since the first Transbay Tube opened in 1974, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District has been eyeing a second transbay crossing as the population of the Bay Area has continued to swell. It can’t come too soon, either, as transportation demand is expected to exceed supply by 2030, according to a transit study done by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

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Reader Poll: How Prepared Are You For Retirement?

How prepared are you for retirement? If you’re like most Californians, you probably do not yet have enough saved and/or are realizing significant enough returns from your retirement investments to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Tell us about your situation and how you’re dealing with it. Also, give us your views on whether readers and/or the government should be doing more.

Tell us in our Survey Monkey Poll.

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In Case You Missed It (7/20/2018)

Here are the top development stories in Oakland for the week of July 20th, 2018

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Downtown Oakland Office Tower Finally Slated for Completion

By Jordan Rosenfeld

After a nine-year pause on construction, developer Shorenstein Properties has begun construction again on the first office tower in more than a decade in downtown Oakland.

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What You Told Us: What's Your Regular Exercise Regimen?

By Conduit Staff

Getting into shape and staying that way can be hard work—especially when you’re putting in 50-plus-hour weeks to get things done at work.

But for many of our survey-takers, getting in some sort of exercise is a daily imperative. One respondent said he plays racquetball at the downtown Oakland YMCA two or three times a week.

Another said: “I like to work out at Planet Fitness before noon. I would also like to join a walking group in that starts early in the morning.”

Sometimes, one respondent said, it’s not just about getting away from work for exercise. Other things can get in the way.

“I usually try to work out a couple times a week when I'm not too busy with home improvement projects. I'll head home after work, change, and hit the gym by 6 or 6:30 a.m. for a swim or yoga class or maybe some light weights.”

For yet others, keeping it simple is important: “Surfing, weight and climbing.” And there are those that just make us jealous—like this person (sheesh): “YMCA for light weights; half-hour of stretching and crunches; half-hour on the Stairmaster; swimming at the Tesmescal Masters three times a week; and, finally, walking two miles a day. Oh, and I’m 75.” (Showoff.)

We’re working up a sweat just thinking about all this exercise. Can we please get a towel?

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Map Update 6/22/2018

Below are proposed developments submitted to the Planning Department during the last week:

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What You Told Us: What Makes Summer Fun for You?

Question: Ah, it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. What do you and your family do to relax and enjoy the great weather? Do you go to the movies, concerts or amusement parks? How about a trip to the local ice cream parlor? Or take in a ballgame? We want to know what makes summer fun to you.

By Conduit Staff

While we all have our gripes, the great thing about living in the Bay Area in the summer is that there’s so much to do when the weather is so great.

Most of our readers said some of their most enjoyable summer activities include attending A’s or Giants games. Some like attending festivals, the beach, going on bike rides and attending outdoor movies. Others say they love river-running or just getting out in their kayaks and checking out the sights at the Port of Oakland.

For yet others, summer is the season for al fresco dining in one of Oakland trendy eateries. And no local dinner out is complete, of course, without a stop at Fenton’s for ice cream afterwards.

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In Case You Missed It 7/13/2018

Here are top development stories in Oakland during the week of July 13th, 2018

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Survey Monkey Question: What's Your Daily or Weekly Exercise Routine?

Are you one of these people who’s up with the sun each day heading to the gym or are you a dedicated weekend warrior with regular reservations at the golf course or the tennis club? Maybe you’re out the office door at precisely 5 p.m. in order to hit the gym before going home? Please tell us how and when you exercise.

Tell us in our Survey Monkey Poll.

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UA Plumbers and Steamfitters 342 Open Training Facility

Conduit Staff Reports

Late last month United Association (UA) Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 342 held a ribbon-cutting and opening ceremony for its new 28,000-square-foot training facility in Concord.

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