The column I write for the Alameda Journal (you can find all Journal articles online here), is this week about a woman who tried to get her neighbor’s illegal painting job stopped, and the trouble she had.
As you are likely aware, most paint manufactured before 1978 contains lead, which is damaging to humans, particularly developing brains. If you have your old house painted, you need to make sure that any paint that is sanded or scraped off is contained, captured and properly disposed of. Otherwise, it is dispersed in the environment, where it can cause harm to children or others. The column is called “What makes a good neighbor?”
For more info on lead and lead poisoning you can visit Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention. Their information hotline is 567-8280.