Tuesday night’s Council meeting was long and contentious. I’d love to blog about many things that were discussed, but sadly don’t have the time for it. Instead, I offer you tweets on the BRT discussion.
But before I do, I want to thank everyone who spoke in support of BRT at the Council meeting. There were 45 speakers total, and most were supportive of BRT. I especially want to thank TransForm, and particularly Joel Ramos, who did a kick ass job organizing folks to attend and providing talking points. It was so inspiring to see so many people speak at a Council meeting for the first time. You all did a great job!
Thanks also to everyone who tweeted. If you’re not on Twitter yet, join already! You don’t even have to tweet. Just follow Oaklanders and you’ll see how easy it is to keep up with meetings, events, and local breaking news. Some regulars are featured below – Vsmoothe, dto510, das88, lotormatic, and me. MaxAllstadt and jawnie also regularly tweet Oakland meetings.
I’ll post some video of the discussion next week because some of the comments need to be seen and heard, as Twitter can only capture so much.
OaklandBecks OMG – Reid trying to shift items around to have BRT heard before Central Estuary Plan! Prob hoped advocates wouldn’t have arrived.
lotormatic 45 speakers on BRT – why does this worry me.
OaklandBecks Was it really worth it for Council to take off a week when it lead to this mtg from hell? We’ll be here all night at this rate.
OaklandBecks I think I’ve heard the presentation on BRT so many times now that I could probably give it with help of slides.
Vsmoothe BRT up. Crazy northgate lady speaking now. Big surprise, she’s against it. BRT is redundant b/c she can already take BART to SF.
Vsmoothe Why are Oaklanders so hell-bent on opposing any change to anything ever? Our citizenry is united against all progress. Depressing.
Vsmoothe Senior opposed to BRT: “Seniors don’t need BRT because we are not in a hurry to get anywhere.”
OaklandBecks Joel from TransForm refutes previous anti BRT arguments with map showing convenience of BRT to senior services.
Vsmoothe Joel Ramos of TransForm up now. Talks about extensive outreach, corrects inaccurate information about BRT. Great speech.
dto510 The head of the Slow Food Drive Fast association dramatically decried the possibility of putting people before cars!
lotormatic These commenters on BRT are making me reconsider a career in transportation planning
Vsmoothe Merchant: BRT will put us out of business. We blocked parking in front of our store for 30 minutes and store went completely empty.
Vsmoothe Terence Candell opposes BRT. Infringes on people’s right to walk across the street. Well, he won’t be getting my vote for Mayor.
dto510 CM Larry Reid is way pissed off about BRT and especially transit advocates. Something to do with the OAC perhaps?
Vsmoothe CM Reid repeatedly interrupts, insults, and attacks pro BRT speaker during his speech. Rudeness is shocking, even for Reid.
Vsmoothe CM Kaplan lists things she wants included in BRT project: repave entire street, pedestrian lighting, signalized crosswalks…
OaklandBecks Kaplan mentions that BRT will have service every 5 min. That is the kind of service I dream of.
Vsmoothe CM Kaplan, cont: emergency vehicle access, impact area hiring, preserve nice medians, new nice medians, etc.
Vsmoothe CM Reid: BRT will destroy East Oakland, ruin chance of retail in East Oakland ever.
OaklandBecks You know what else I dream of? Crossing Telegraph w/o fearing for my life. The BRT ped improvements will make that a reality.
OaklandBecks Reid – BRT will destoy East Oakland community. Oh, but the OAC will do no harm?
Vsmoothe CM Reid’s obnoxious self-righteousness is really off putting. Says transit advocates never take bus to his District. I do.
OaklandBecks Reid saying he wants vital retail in East Oakland. Um, BRT has increased retail vitality in every city.
dto510 I also take the bus to D7. i don’t think the enormous road capacity is good for the area.
lotormatic Reid says AC Transit should provide more frequent bus service instead of BRT. Um…
Vsmoothe Now CM Reid is just straight up making shit up. Claims AC Transit will eminent domain houses near BRT route.
OaklandBecks Reid says he’ll take us on tour of his district to prove us wrong. Strange, since he consistently refuses mtgs w transit advocates.
OaklandBecks De La Fuente thinks Oakland should look at all options, which is what staff and and advocates want.
das88 Why is CM Reid so upset? Is OAC on the agenda? Did he receive some secret tweets?
OaklandBecks Note – Reid has never attended the BRT interagency steering committee that he sits on.
OaklandBecks Staffer Bruce Williams explains that Oakland will get to weigh in again after EIR, AC Transit can’t move ahead w/o them.
Vsmoothe CM Kernighan to staff: Are you sure AC Transit does not have eminent domain power to take over our street? Answer is yes.
OaklandBecks Why does everything confuse Brunner? How does she not know what a locally preferred alternative is?
Vsmoothe Jesus. I know the Council doesn’t often deal w/transit, but it’s bizarre to watch them all be so flummoxed by the concept of an EIR.
Vsmoothe CM Kernighan: I don’t really think having buses on the main street is the same as building a freeway through your neighborhood.
Vsmoothe Jean Quan apparently did not bother to read or learn anything about BRT before the meeting. I suppose I should not be surprised.
Vsmoothe Staff tries to explain possible mitigations to CM Brunner, she talks like she didn’t hear one word.
OaklandBecks Kaplan proposed center boarding, which would save half the parking spots. Also, lost parking will be mitigated.
Vsmoothe CM Brunner: I support idea of transit, would like us to be like Portland. But transit seems to cause many problems.
OaklandBecks BRT locally preferred alternative passes unanimously. Yes, even Larry Reid voted for it.