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The next big thing

Submitted by on 1, March 28, 2008 – 7:43 amNo Comment

Once, in the not-so-distant past, the terrorists were our biggest enemy. But now, there’s a bigger, badder enemy on the horizon: Nature. According to an article in the Sun on Thursday, we can expect San Francisco Bay to rise over the next 92 years or so, swallowing much of the coast that surrounds it and two of the Bay Area’s three major airports. The main island won’t be greatly affected, according to maps on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s website; but if I’m comparing the picture in the Sun even remotely correctly to my map, it looks like we’ll be kissing the Chuck Corica golf course goodbye, and maybe some slivers of Bay Farm Island (to say nothing of Oakland International Airport). The water is considerately avoiding most of the populated areas and Harbor Bay Business Park, if I’m getting this right. Granted, it’s not like this is news: The folks at BCDC have been sounding the alarm for two decades about the Bay reclaiming all the areas we’ve filled in. I guess it’s a good thing we’re a seafaring town, and another that we’ll all be gone by the time this goes down.

Looking for a new reason to support our schools? According to Alameda County Public Health Director Dr. Anthony Iton, education is the biggest determiner of a person’s health and life expectancy. “Education is probably the single most important health policy in the state,” he told the Chronicle Thursday for a piece on a four-part PBS series on inequality and health. Ergo, we need to maintain the quality of our educational system to help our kids lead a long, healthy life. Oh, and all these trees are good, too. Trees help. You can get more info on the series here.

And before I forget … I neglected to mention that the city is hosting a design studio to give folks an opportunity to comment on draft plans for a hoped-for revitalization of Auto Row. The last day is today, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in conference room 360 at City Hall. An open house to showcase the plans will be held in the same place, from 6 to 8 p.m. April 17. The info is here.

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