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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Staff Now Says 'Back-Up Beepers Can't Be Disabled'- Who Could Have Known?

Back-Up Beepers at ECCL Morph From 
'Deal Breaker' to 'No Big Deal'

As it turns out, back-up beepers on heavy construction equipment can't be silenced to satisfy noise ordinance restrictions we found out at the June 21st City Council meeting.  Who could have known that?  Emeryville's city staff?  Could they have known?  Perhaps Turner Construction, were they in any position to know?  How about John Baker, our ECCL construction consultant representative, is this something we could expect him to know?   The answer is apparently no one could have known, regardless of all the public money being doled out to know this kind of thing.

The thing is Cal/OSHA doesn't permit back-up beepers to be disabled on construction equipment.  But nobody paid to know that in Emeryville knew that.  Perhaps they're not paid enough.

The Emeryville City Council is concerned about all the construction delays at the Center of 'Community' Life.  They're so concerned that they granted Turner Construction a waiver of our Noise Ordinance so they can work on Saturdays starting in April.  Construction however is loud and neighbors have a reasonable expectation of quiet least that's what City Hall said when the City Council passed our Noise Ordinance.
But not to worry, the new progressive City Council majority doesn't grant waivers willy nilly to developers like the previous Council did.  So this time they assured neighbors their reasonable expectations of quiet weekends will be taken seriously and so the Council required Turner to disable the loud back-up beepers on the heavy equipment being used.  All parties, the staff, Turner Construction and John Baker our construction consultant agreed this was the reasonable thing to do and so a contract disabling the back-up beepers was signed.

Oops!  Strike that!  The loud back-up beepers, a deal breaker at the April 5th Council meeting when the waiver was granted have now become no big deal they say.  By last Tuesday's meeting, concern over beepers had all changed.  Now Turner can beep away says our City Council and they still get their waiver.  What happened?  The City Council made no attempt to quantify the noise from back-up beepers, formerly determined by them to be excessive, citing instead the need to finish the ECCL project.

City Hall now holds that residents won't be told what constitutes a reasonable expectation of quiet weekends, however with regard to its imbroglio over back-up beepers at the Center of 'Community' Life, Councilwoman Jac Asher spoke for her colleagues, shifting blame to John Baker, our Turner Construction go-between working under contract ($1.2 million) with the City.

Ms Asher put it bluntly to Mr Baker, "Our staff takes the blame for being unaware of the OSHA regulations.  What I don't understand is why were you not aware of the OSHA regulations?  Isn't construction and management of construction projects what you do and what you're being paid for?"

John Baker's haltingly staccato response, unclear in its presentation, makes clear what's going on between the City of Emeryville, Turner Construction and Mr Baker himself as the ECCL construction struggles across the scheduled August finish line.  By way of an answer to Ms Asher's charge, he told the Council, "What, what occurred is when we, we started doing the Saturday work, there was some equipment that when, when, when, uh, Turner went to disable the back-up beepers, uh...we were not aware."
John Baker, Emeryville's Construction Consultant for ECCL
On the Job

"What, what... uh when, when, when, uh... we
were not aware" = $1.2 million

Friday, June 17, 2016

RULE Meeting

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The City of Emeryville Has Determined Colt AR-15 Assault Rifles Are NOT Assault Rifles

The AR-15, Weapon of Choice for Mass Shooters in America, is NOT an Assault Rifle Says Emeryville

News Analysis
Firepower on a truly epic scale;
The AR-15  can shoot through concrete block walls.
In order to stifle public debate and concern over Emeryville police now carrying assault rifles, the Chief of Police has determined that assault rifles are not assault rifles.  The City Council agrees with the Chief and the City of Emeryville has taken a lonely position among municipalities in their determination that Colt AR-15 rifles are not assault rifles.  The shooting of Yuvette Henderson by Emeryville police last year with an AR-15 has divided the community but unified the City of Emeryville; City Hall closing ranks with the Chief of Police.

Gun enthusiasts call the AR-15
'America's Gun'.
 When mass shooters in America wish to mete out epic carnage and pile up a huge body count in a few fleeting moments, the gun of choice is invariably the high powered Colt AR-15 assault rifle. That much everyone agrees upon.  The disagreements start when the word 'assault' is applied to this gun.  The State of California (who have banned the weapon) and police departments up and down the state acknowledge the lethal singularity of this weapon and they have designated the gun an assault rifle but the NRA and the City of Emeryville objects, insisting the AR-15 is nothing special...just a garden variety sporting rifle.
The City Manager Carolyn Lehr has made a contorted Nixonian finding to support Emeryville police carrying the weapon; in the hands of police, assault rifles are no longer assault rifles she told the Tattler yesterday.

The City of Emeryville and the City Council in their silence while their Chief of Police goes on a campaign in our town decrying the legislature of the State of California over the proper nomenclature have made it official by default: here in Emeryville, the AR-15 specifically is NOT an assault rifle.

Who disagrees with the City of Emeryville and the National Rifle Association?  Who says AR-15's ARE assault rifles?
  • The President of the United States
  • The Congress of the United States
  • The Legislature of the State of California
  • The Governor of the State of California
  • San Francisco Police Department 
  • Oakland Police Department
  • San Jose Police Department 
Manly perhaps but the AR-15 is just an average
sporting rifle says the City of Emeryville.
Fine for our police to carry they say.