In Case You Missed It 7/6/18

Here are top development stories in Oakland during the week of July 6th, 2018

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What You Told Us: Earthquake Preparedness

Reader Poll: As seismologists and first responders have drilled into our heads for years, California is well past due for the “Big One.” They tell us to have a full seven days’ worth of water and food on hand to survive the earthquake’s aftermath. Our Survey Monkey wants to know if you and your family (or your work colleagues, for that matter) are prepared to survive a full week without any help?

By Conduit Staff

As public safety experts acknowledge, most Californians remain largely unprepared to survive a week on their own without power or water or other utilities when the next major earthquake strikes.

Those findings were largely reflected by our survey respondents who said they were either “working on it” or “not fully” when they responded to the question of whether they were fully prepared to survive “the big one” when it hits California. Just two respondents answered “yes” that they were ready.

According to the California Office of Emergency Services, you should be prepared to be isolated and on your own for at least seven days and nights—that means storing three gallons of water per household member per day for a week. Having food, medicine, supplies and duplicates of key financial documents for that length of time is also advisable.

State officials also said that just 20 percent of California homeowners have purchased earthquake insurance. That percentage is the same for Golden State homeowners who have not structurally reinforced their homes.

Many websites and organizations have published checklists online to help you prepare. Sample disaster plans can make it easier for you to customize such a plan for your family, business, non-governmental agencies, schools, utilities, hospitals, governmental agencies, tribes and others. Information for preparing your home, business, family, pets, seniors, children, those with access and functional needs is available on the Cal OES website.

Contact your local emergency management office or your local American Red Cross chapter for more information.

The one thing for which Californians do get earthquake preparedness credit is having first aid kits, flashlights and batteries in their house. Authorities say these items can be found in about 80 percent of households in the state. That said, just 40 percent of Californians have made comprehensive family disaster and evacuation plans.

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Survey Monkey Question: What Makes Summer Fun for You?

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 an A’s game? We want to know what makes summer fun to you.

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Committee Debates How to Tackle Homelessness, Affordable Housing

By Michael Orion Powell

An Oakland City Council committee convened Tuesday to determine how best the city can use its publicly-owned lands to bring relief to the mounting needs for more affordable housing and of the homeless.

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In Case You Missed It 6/29/2018

Here are top development stories in Oakland during the week of June 25, 2018

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What You Told Us: #MeToo

Reader Poll: As the “Me, Too” campaign and other anti-sexual harassment go on, how are things going in your work environment—whether it be a construction site or an office setting? Do you feel your bosses “get it” and are doing everything they can to make the workplace safe for all employees?

By Conduit Staff

Despite the global social upheaval the world has witnessed on this issue recently, we here at The Oakland Conduit received only one response to this survey question, and unfortunately it’s not an upbeat one.

“No. Definitely not. I work as a server in a restaurant and the owners (men) are solely profit-driven,” said one commenter.

 

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Survey Monkey Question: Disaster Preparedness — At Work and Home

So as seismologists and first responders have drilled into our heads for years, California is well past due for the “Big One.” They tell us to have a full seven days’ worth of water and food on hand to survive the earthquake’s aftermath. Our Survey Monkey wants to know if you and your family (or, your work colleagues, for that matter) are prepared to survive a full week without any help?

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Union Apprentices Celebrate Training Completion at Ceremonies Saturday Night

From staff reports---

Apprentices with UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 342 of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties will celebrate their program completions at a ceremonial dinner to be held Saturday night in Concord. These men and women will celebrate the completion of five years of on-the-job and in-the-classroom training via the union's Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. During their training, the apprentices were paid for their work, meaning they are leaving it with zero debt. These men and women will be some of the next construction workers building homes and office towers in Oakland. 

The graduates include those who have trained to be plumbers, refrigerator and HVAC technicians, steamfitters and welders.

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Military Veterans Well Suited for Trades Careers

Local career options abound for returning veterans

By Jordan Rosenfeld

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Survey Monkey Question: In the Time of "Me Too", How are Things at Work?

As the “Me, Too” campaign and other anti-sexual harassment go on, how are things going in your work environment—whether it be a construction site or an office setting? Do you feel your bosses “get it” and are doing everything they can to make the workplace safe for all employees?

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