Tuesday Must Reads: Oakland Goes Green to Fight Crime; State to Nearly Triple the Number of Refinery Inspectors


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1. Oakland has begun to replace all 30,000 streetlights in the city with energy-efficient LED bulbs that also could help lower the city’s crime rate because they improve nighttime visibility, the Chron$ reports. The LED lights are 40 percent to 60 percent more efficient than traditional high-pressure sodium bulbs, and city staffers say the energy savings will not only finance the $14.4 million project, but also will save the city an additional $7.7 million over fifteen years. The city also will receive a $2.9 million rebate from PG&E. In addition, city leaders hope that better lighting will result in less crime on Oakland streets.

The Chevron refinery fire last August.
2. The state plans to triple the number of refinery inspectors in the wake of last year’s massive fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, SFGate reports. Under a budget bill sponsored by East Bay state Senator Loni Hancock, the number of inspectors would increase from the current seven to 22. In addition, another four inspectors would be hired with existing funds. However, the inspectors will still face a daunting task keeping track of 15 oil refineries and 1,600 other chemical plants statewide.

3. The Richmond City Council may decide tonight to green-light a lawsuit against Councilman Corky Boozé over badly his blighted property in the city, the CoCo Times reports. As the Express previously reported, property that Boozé operates an auto repair business on is basically a junkyard, choked with old car parts and hazardous materials. The councilman also has repeatedly failed to clean up the property after numerous city warnings.

4. Oakland A’s co-owner Lew Wolff said the incident Sunday in which locker-room showers at the Coliseum backed up with sewage following a baseball game is not an unusual occurrence at the aging facility, the Trib reports. However, Wolff said he does not plan to try to use the incident as leverage with Major League Baseball to move the team to San Jose.

5. And at least five lawsuits have been filed against the state’s Delta Plan, the SacBee$ reports. The plan established a framework for Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to build two giant water tunnels underneath the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.