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Monitor Notes: Role Play, Howard Terminal, Diesel Generators.


Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.


In Case You Missed It: Healing the Hood

Growing up as the child of Filipino and Toisan immigrants near Los Angeles, Bernadette Lim never saw a doctor. “We didn’t trust them, it was not a place we wanted to go,” recalls Lim, who is now a doctor herself. Instead, her family relied on Vicks Vaporub, traditional treatments and soup.

But then her mom got so sick she had to be hospitalized — and her treatment confirmed the family’s worst fears about the medical establishment. The hospital used terminology they didn’t understand due to the language barrier, and performed procedures without their complete knowledge of the risks and benefits. “There was no fully informed consent,” Lim says.

Read more from Robin Meadows at the Bay Area Monitor.


Save Cerulean Port City
July 20th, 12-4pm

The Mycelium Youth Network is pioneering inventive ways to enage youth in conversations about climate change adaptation. One of their most potent tools is live action role play. Unlike the caricature presented to fuel the 80s Satanic Panic, Mycelium’s role play events inspire youth to be “collaborative visionaries and solution seekers for environmental justice.”

Three teams will be guided through a 1.5 hour-long campaign, which will feature team-building challenges and storytelling puzzles as participants work to gather evidence and expose the secrets of a center of the evil manufacturing plant.

Sign up to join the adventure here.


Oakland A’s Howard Terminal Plan Moves Forward

 In an important step for building climate-conscious housing and keeping the Oakland A’s in Oakland, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Comission (BCDC) voted 23-2 in favor of the A’s request to remove Howard Terminal’s 56 acres from port designation. The project aims to build 3,000 homes adjacent to a new, privately financed ballpark for the A’s.

While this BCDC vote allows the project to move forward, it does not make it a reality. The future of the site is dependent upon an Oakland City Council Vote that has yet to set a date, and there are multiple voices, including the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, that oppose the project. Objections revolve around the port’s future and the long-term viability of building residences on landfill.

The Greenbelt Alliance’s Climate SMART Development Endorsement Program has conceptually endorsed the project.


Air District Targets Diesel Generators

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has cracked down on unpermitted use of diesel generators at a marijuana production facility in Oakland.

“The Air District has taken decisive action to stop unpermitted and harmful diesel emissions from Green Sage’s generators in a community already disproportionately impacted by air pollution,” said Veronica Eady, senior deputy executive officer of policy and equity at the Air District. “The public deserves assurance that facilities will be held accountable for air quality violations and this abatement order is a win for public health and the local community.”

Read the full press release here.


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