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Stuff we talked about on the KOIT More Music Morning Show this AM:
‘Looking forward to chilly nights this winter in front of a roaring fire in the fireplace at home? Well you may have to settle for a DVD of that fire. If the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (you know, the folks that brought us Spare the Air Days) has its’ way, it’ll be illegal to use residential fireplaces on nights with poor air quality. They estimate that there may be up to twenty such nights a year. By the way, there are already similar fire bans in Mill Valley, Sacramento County, and parts of the San Joaquin Valley. In fact, last year, neighbor ratted out neighbor in the San Joaquin Valley, where the first fine is 50 bucks. Subsequent fines can go up to a grand. In Mill Valley you’ll get dinged $150 for a first-time violation. In some parts of the state you can skip the fine by attending, and I’m not making this up, a two hour “residential wood-burning compliance school.” Insert your fave traffic school joke here. Sheesh.
Oh, before I forget, which I’m doing more and more lately, here’s today’s election day trivia question:
Q: What year was the first national election held on the same date in every state?
A: 1848, when old Zach Taylor was elected to the White House.
Heads up: A section of Howard Street in San Francisco will be closed again this year, in order to accommodate another one of Larry Ellison’s little block parties. Howard between Third and Fourth Streets will be closed starting 8p Thursday 11/8, and won’t reopen until 6a on November 17. Oracle’s big OpenWorld conference will already occupy all three halls of the Moscone Complex. Apparently that’s not enough space for the 45,000 people planning to attend, so they’ll need to set up tents on Howard. Temporary street striping and detour signs will help drivers in the area. The whole thing went pretty smoothly last year, the first year they closed Howard. They’re gestimating that the whole deal will bring in about 80 million dollars into San Francisco.
The beavers of Martinez are fast becoming a tourist attraction. A clan of the semiaquatic herbivorous rodents, including two parents, and two youngsters, have become so popular that they’re drawing crowds of school kids to the shores of Alhambra creek to watch the beavers build their dam, which is progressing quite nicely. Perhaps too nicely. Since last winter, the dam has grown from three to six feet in height. The problem: The creek is part of a flood control plan. Nearby homeowners are concerned, and understadably so, that if the dam isn’t removed, the winter rains might bring flooding to the area. Sure, the quick fix would be to tear down the dam and remove the beavers. But beavers are territorial, so they’d probably be back, and in full construction mode again. The Martinez City Council is mulling over a recommendation to remove the dam and humanely, to steal a favorite Tony Soprano term, “depredate” the critters. I say give the beavers at least a couple of chances to stay away before taking such drastic measures. As Councilman Mark Ross said “It’s hard to believe that the hometown of John Muir can’t come up with a better way than killing the beavers.” Hear hear.