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January 8, 2014

EOC is easy as 1-2-3

Filed under: Alameda, City Council, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Did anyone else see the Google Maps car driving through Alameda the other day?   I was getting out of a car and turned my back so I wouldn’t end up like those people who show up in random street views.  But, you have to admit, Google Maps street view is super handy.  For example how else could I post a photo of this lot without having the schlep there myself if not for Google Maps:

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You may recognize it as the overflow U-Haul lot, but shortly it may become the Emergency Operations Center that was promised if voters passed Measure C — which the voters did not — but apparently it’s going to happen anyway.  Maybe with some of the resiliency money from the Rockefeller Foundation who knows.   We’ll be finding out more about the project at the end of this month so we can all speculate about how grand it will be and what sort of gold plating will be on the toilet seats.    I think, I’m not 100% sure about this though, the intent of this is to combine the EOC with a new fire station which would shut down the Fire Station on Grand which is really old anyway.

For those wondering about who owns that piece of land, apparently the City already owns this land and is currently leasing it to the U-haul business.  I’m not sure where the U-haul business will store all of their trucks once the City moves forward with the EOC.



  1. As a resident of this neighborhood, I welcome the new Emergency Operations Center. Alameda is a growing and thriving city and will require a greater and more coordinated emergency response to meet the needs of the city’s new residents and businesses.

    This emergency operations center, or EOC, is a central command and control facility. It will enhance our City’s emergency preparedness, emergency management, and disaster management functions. It will allow our Mayor and civic leaders to maintain a continuity of operations in an emergency situation, such as an earthquake, fire, tsunami, flood, or act of domestic terrorism. The EOC will be perfectly located in Central Alameda to respond to activities on the Marinas, South Shore, and Park Street. The EOC will provide a coordinated response among the various city agencies, such as police, fire, and EMTs. It will allow city leaders to plan for the eventuality of a disaster. This concept has been implemented in major cities all over the world and its implementation in Alameda is long overdue.

    I applaud our Mayor and city council for taking the positive steps to move forward with the EOC at this location. In addition, this U-Haul lot has presented serious issues (illegal dumping of furniture and auto parts, illegal metal recycling, substance abuse, car repairs at all hours of the night, squatters, people sleeping In cars, etc.) to the surrounding residents for years and changes need to be made to continue to attract new residents, developments, and legitimate businesses to this Central Alameda neighborhood.

    Thank you, Mayor Gilmore and the City of Alameda, for focusing on this area of Grand Street by introducing he EOC to our community.

    Comment by Bernice Wong — January 8, 2014 @ 9:16 am

  2. Bernice, how much were you paid [by the public safety unions?] to write THAT? Alameda has endured several disasters in the past, most notably the Loma Prieta. How has our lack of an EOC in the past been a problem?

    Comment by vigi — January 8, 2014 @ 10:40 am

  3. Vigi, I am a private citizen that lives two blocks away from the planned EOC cite. I posted my statement without the urging of any government or private entity. I was just so excited to receive the notification in the mail yesterday about the upcoming EOC planning meeting.

    Since you don’t work in the public safety field, I doubt you have any knowledge of the disasters that were averted by our men in blue, including APD, Alameda Fire, and Emergency Services. Although, if anything were to ever happen, I bet you’d be the first to complain that our city’s emergency response was not adequate.

    Comment by Bernice Wong — January 8, 2014 @ 11:11 am

  4. Cite=site

    Comment by Bernice Wong — January 8, 2014 @ 11:12 am

  5. it’s only 45 seconds every 140 years, but when Hayward fault breaks it will make Loma Prieta pale. Gas pressure surge incident as well. with all the wooden housing stock typically built 12 feet apart it would be great to have salt water pumps (3?) for post earthquake fire.

    Comment by MI — January 8, 2014 @ 11:58 am

  6. 5

    I fervently hope the EOC does have those pumps, they are long overdue. Not having them is extremely negligent of both the city and the FD.

    Comment by dave — January 8, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

  7. @MI – Thank you for the link to this article!

    Comment by Bernice Wong — January 8, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

  8. I’m very curious to know how they worked in Berkeley test which I think Ken Gutleben told me our fire department witnessed, but that may be incorrect. Berkeley is ALL uphill from the bay and distance to U.C. is about twice the width of the island which has water on both sides, so we are at 4X advantage over U.C. in terms of shortest distant from bay and strain on the pumps. Just like the back up generators AMP had at the Point, these units need to be primed and tweaked periodically and can’t just sit for years.

    Comment by MI — January 8, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

  9. You say “had” generators, is past tense intentional? Do they not have them any longer?

    Comment by dave — January 8, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

  10. @3= Bernice, how do you know so much about Vigi? [Not]. Apparently, Vigi does not work in the “public safety field”, altho she is a medical doctor, UCIrvine ’93. Vigi is a 3rd gen Alameda native, the back of whose 110 year old house on Grand Street fell apart after the Loma Prieta. We did not receive or need the help of public safety in 1989. Nor when the PGE step-down transformers failed & set houses afire.[thank you, MI] Most people advocating the EOC with great enthusiasm haven’t weathered a disaster here yet-at least we haven’t heard from them! After the way “public safety” handled the Raymond Zack & Lynne Spaulding tragedies, I am skeptical of future results. {oh, & then there was the house on Buckingham in Oakland that I was lucky to have stopped staying at before the 1991 Firestorm hit. If you want real public safety disaster tales, read the FEMA report of the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm. And yet homes were rebuilt on the same footprints without any post-disaster street widening. Just sayin’: these projects are tres expensive, I would like to see more acknowledgement that something-and what exactly-is being learned from past disasters…]

    Comment by vigi — January 8, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

  11. Vigi, Bernice doesn’t say she knows anything about you, however you ask her “how much were you paid by the public safety unions” how long has it been since you worked in the “public safety field?”

    Comment by John P. — January 8, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

  12. Only vigi is allowed to be snarky.

    Comment by Linda on Otis St. — January 8, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

  13. dave. You’d have to call AMP and ask about the one generator near the tubes which I think was extant before the energy scam which caused rolling back outs. But yes, after the conclusion of the energy supply gaming run by Eron and others, when the (2?) generators were acquired, AP$T got rid of them and part of the rational for selling them was that they cost a million a year to maintain. Not sure on the million, but it was significant, more than one might expect. Fire department will likely come up with it’s own figure to maintain them over and above current costs.

    Comment by MI — January 9, 2014 @ 9:40 am

  14. Not being snarky; just clear. What do those words “Public Safety” actually mean? Physicians have to manage whatever mess “Public Safety” dumps in our laps, as well as stitch “Public Safety” back together & set their bones. It was a doctor who first alerted “Public Safety” to Lynn Spalding’s body in the stairwell, & what did PS do? A crappy job & apparently because of union rules about overtime. I can think of many better ways to spend money on improving Public Safety besides new equipment. But what do I know? I’m just a physician. I couldn’t possibly be involved in “Public Safety”!
    Bernice, Linda, & John P., must have had really bad experiences with physicians to be so hostile to us.

    Comment by vigi — January 9, 2014 @ 11:27 am

  15. 15 @Vigi. I agree with you. Physicians provide a very important public safety role in our society. Without a doubt, physicians, like you, and organizations like the CDC serve to keep the public safe by increasing awareness of diseases and undertaking research of public health issues and epidemiology. I hope my comments did not make you feel as if your contributions to public safety were any less than our men and women serviing bravely on APD.

    As you referenced, I was also thinking of Raymond Zack when I first read about the new EOC. Some of the primary criticisms of the City of Alameda’s response (or lack thereof) was no coordination, no training, no moral authority (or policy), and no equipment. I am excited about the EOC because I believe it will address the coordination and equipment issues. The training issue has been addressed by the City and I am hoping (praying) that all public servants across the country learned a valuable moral lesson from that tragic event.

    So, let me honestly say thank you for your work as a physician and public servant (especially in this season of H1N1). Keep urging those flu shots.

    Also, since I am a few blocks away from the planned EOC site and you mentioned your house on Grand St. fell apart during the Loma Prieta quake, I am curious to learn more about your experience during this event (if you feel like sharing, I could send you my email address). Was your property located on northern Grand by the Marina or southern Grand by South Shore? Did your property have a soft first story? I have been concerned about my home’s earthquake preparedness ever since I moved to Alameda and I had to shop vigorously for home insurance.

    Comment by Bernice Wong — January 9, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

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