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Calpine says Russell City Energy Center is a go

By Eric Kurhi
Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 9:33 am in Alameda County, Business, Development, Energy, Environment, Hayward, Health, Schools.

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UPDATE: Here is the story.

The EPA rejected all appeals regarding the federal air permit issued in February by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Calpine representatives say that was the final hurdle for the 600-megawatt facility near the Hayward shoreline; spoke briefly with opponents, who said there may be other ways to block it.

Working on a story for tomorrow, but find the Calpine release after the jump. Curious quote from Kim Huggett, the new president and CEO of Hayward’s Chamber of Commerce about how the power plant will “be a magnet for bringing new business to Hayward.”

Russell City Energy Center on Track for Construction

following Decision by Federal Environmental Appeals Board

 

Gov. Schwarzenegger Commends Developers of First Major Power Plant

Subject to Federal Greenhouse Gas Emissions Limit

 

(HAYWARD, Calif.) – November 18, 2010 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today cleared the way for a federal air permit to allow Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) through its project subsidiary to build the 600-megawatt Russell City Energy Center in Hayward, California.  The EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) denied all remaining appeals of the federal air permit issued February 4 by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) for the project. The Russell City Energy Center previously received its Notice to Proceed from the California Energy Commission (CEC) on August 26.

 

“The Russell City Energy Center will set a new standard for highly efficient natural gas-fired power plants that will reliably meet our nation’s power needs while dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jack Fusco, president and chief executive officer of Calpine.  “We are pleased by today’s decision and look forward to beginning construction which in turn will bring significant economic benefit to the City of Hayward and the broader Bay Area.”

 

“Just as California is serving as a model for the rest of the nation in enacting ambitious policies to reduce our emissions and grow our green economy, projects like this one are also leading the way in the transition toward a cleaner, more sustainable future,” said California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  “I want to congratulate Calpine on this project which will not only help us meet our energy needs while producing fewer emissions, but will also create jobs when we need them the most.”

 

The BAAQMD considered significant public input from community and environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, before issuing Russell City’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit (PSD), the first of its kind to impose limits on a power plant’s emissions of greenhouse gases.  

 

“New cleaner burning power plants will allow the phase out of dirtier, less efficient power plants,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the BAAQMD. “The Russell City Energy Center will have very tight emission limits and be the first in the country to limit greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

Calpine, through its project subsidiary, agreed to include these unprecedented limits on pollutants linked to global warming in the permit more than a year before such limits will be required by the EPA.  Greenhouse gas limits will be required in air quality permits for similar projects beginning in January 2011.

 

“All the parties that worked so constructively to make this happen – including Calpine, the CEC and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, as well as the local governments, unions and environmental organizations – should be commended for their successful collaboration.  The Russell City project demonstrates that the proven and powerful tool of the federal Clean Air Act can be applied to help reduce dangerous global warming pollution,” said California Air Resources Chairman Mary D. Nichols.  “These federal Clean Air Act rules offer a common-sense, cost-effective tool to ensure that owners of the new industrial facilities that will be with us for decades invest in the cleanest technologies possible now.”

 

“Carbon emissions have clearly emerged as a critical indicator of environmental performance for power plants, and we commend Calpine for acknowledging as much by securing the first plant-specific mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions,” said Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council. “We look forward to the not-too-distant day when all power plants will operate under greenhouse gas performance standards.”

 

Under development since 2001, the Russell City plant will use the most advanced emissions control technology available today for a natural gas-fired power plant.  It will be designed to operate in a way that produces 50 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the most advanced coal-fired plants and 25 percent fewer than the standard set by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  The facility is expected to play a critical role in meeting the Bay Area’s power needs as older, emissions-intensive plants shut down and in supporting the growing integration of new renewable projects in California.

 

“Bringing Russell City Energy Center online is good for Hayward and better for the environment,” said Hayward City Councilmember Bill Quirk.  “The alternative to the electricity produced by Russell City is importing coal-generated power from out of state.  Coal produces nearly twice the greenhouse gases and ten times more pollution than natural gas.”
In addition to protecting air quality, the plant will conserve water resources by using reclaimed wastewater from the City of Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility for all cooling and boiler makeup.  This environmentally responsible process will prevent up to four million gallons of wastewater from being discharged into San Francisco Bay each day.

 

“The Russell City Energy Center will be a magnet for bringing new business to Hayward, as well as assuring the supply of power for existing businesses,” said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce.  “The project is expected to generate millions of dollars in benefits, including tax revenue, job creation and contributions to our community that will improve the quality of life for Hayward residents.”

 

The plant will generate approximately $30 million initially in one-time tax revenue, followed by recurring property tax revenues of more than $5 million annually to help fund local government services. 

 

“We are looking forward to constructing the Russell City Energy Center project and putting people back to work in the Bay Area,” said Andreas Cluver, secretary-treasurer of the Alameda County Building Trades Council.  “Building this efficient, natural gas power plant means 650 union construction jobs in Hayward at a time we need it most.”

 

In addition, the Russell City Energy Company LLC (RCEC) will donate $10 million to help build a new library for Hayward.  RCEC also reached an agreement in June with the East Bay Regional Park District that finalized the details of approximately $1.6 million in contributions of land and funds for conservation and improvements to the Hayward Regional Shoreline.

 

Pacific Gas & Electric will purchase the full output of electricity from Russell City and will supply natural gas to the plant under an amended power purchase agreement approved by the CPUC in September 2010.  The agreement was supported by the Department of Ratepayer Advocates, the Utility Reform Network and California Unions for Reliable Energy.

 

The Russell City project is jointly owned by Calpine Corporation, which holds a 65 percent equity interest and serves as development manager, and an affiliate of GE Energy Financial Services, which holds a 35 percent equity interest. The plant is expected to begin commercial operation in June 2013.

 

About Calpine

 

Founded in 1984, Calpine Corporation is a major U.S. power company, currently capable of delivering nearly 29,000 megawatts of clean, cost-effective, reliable and fuel-efficient power from its 93 operating plants to customers and communities in 21 U.S. states and Canada.  Calpine Corporation is committed to helping meet the needs of an economy that demands more and cleaner sources of electricity.  Calpine owns, leases and operates low-carbon, natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants.  Using advanced technologies, Calpine generates power in a reliable and environmentally responsible manner for the customers and communities it serves.  Please visit our website at www.calpine.com for more information.

 

Forward-Looking Information

 

In addition to historical information, this release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Words such as “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “may,” “will” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Such statements include, among others, those concerning expected financial performance and strategic and operational plans, as well as assumptions, expectations, predictions, intentions or beliefs about future events. You are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that a number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Please see the risks identified in this release or in Calpine’s reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the risk factors identified in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.  These filings are available by visiting the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.gov or Calpine’s website at www.calpine.com. Actual results or developments may differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, and Calpine undertakes no obligation to update any such statements.

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  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Cough chough..Wheeze Wheeze..sniff sniff =(

  • qodrn

    AHAA! Cal Pine is going to give the new library fund $10 million. You think that alone would be enough to build a new building…

  • Michael Moore

    Elected officials who expouse the Green Initiatives for the city of Hayward as well as Alameda County should be ashamed of themselves for not resisting Russell City. To require homeowners and busineses to be green and to allow Russell City to be built is the ultimate sell out to big business. Shame on all who support Russell City.

  • Sherry Blair

    How many times have we or people we know in Hayward felt that there is no use in fighting city hall? We play the “aint it awful game” all the time. (not to say that people haven’t tried)

    Yet, right now, there is someone who is still in there feeling hope and making noise. Why don’t we support Rob? See:

    http://yosemite.epa.gov/OA/EAB_WEB_Docket.nsf/Dockets/PSD+10-01_PSD+10-02_PSD+10-03_PSD+10-04_PSD+10-05_PSD+10-12_PSD+10-13

  • Monica Ruiz

    I agree with everyone. This is very disappointing news.

  • John W. Kyle

    All

    All:

    Moving forward on the Power plant is being celebrated in hiring hall of our various construction/electrical worker Unions. Much to the joy of their creditors …..

    So the nay sayer types who caused loss of sales tax generated by predicted even before departure of Auto Dealers on Mission, by their thoughtless but successful opposition to 238 bypass…. expected to prevail in all their beefs? Fat Chance! Cal pine unlike some voters in Hayward… worked hard on this project.

    Funny how those opposed to Cal Pine’s success are worried as expressed by ‘cough cough’ types choosing that form of expression in opposition, are often seen as heavy smokers. Perhaps that fella from HAPA has a few oxygen generators ( in the form of redwood trees), can come to rescue of HAPA TYPES SUFFERING WITH EXHAUST FUMES GENERATED BY INCREASINGLY HEAVY AUTO TRAFFIC ON MISSION BLVD.

    Sales of air conditioning equipment in Highlands and above will rise on the economic charts gloriously! Don’t forget to tighten up the apertures of horse barns along Fairview near Picea Court ! Horses are suffering from cold which will require indoor heat at the barn!

  • qodrn

    Silly question: Where exactly is the power plant to be built? I know Russell City, but that is a big area.
    Thanks.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr. kyle,
    For your information; asthmatics, and others with lung disease have not developed these conditions due to their heavy smoking…you just can’t help putting in your digs can you????

    Qodrn:
    I am not sure. The placement of the site was changed early on. I hope somebody else can answer that question for all of us.

  • Michael Moore

    The power plant will be on 19 acres along Depot Road and Enterprize Avenue. The area is zoned for heavy industry and is west of most residents. Most of us will be downwind of any incidents that occur.

    Calpine and General Electric own the plant, 75/25 respectively. There are no requirements for local hiring of labor. My unerstanding is that most labor contracts have already been granted. Groundbreaking will be soon.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Thanks for the info Mr. Moore.

  • http://www.powergenworldwide.com Monica Ruiz

    The power plant rendition is on this web site.

  • Monica Ruiz
  • Monica Ruiz

    Oh well the website address didn’t show up.

  • Monica Ruiz

    Nevermind.

  • John W. Kyle

    Mrs Larry Booth.

    Too Late, I quit smoking in early 1980′s when after a major wedding event, I woke up in the middle of the night…. half terrorized by the sound of angel feathers fallping in the bedroom…. waiting to transport me.. a bit too early?

    Some of us took the advice and quit smoking others raised their picket signs and attempted to halt the power plant sorely needed for aurconditiong devices in San Joaquin Vally where kids fail to attend school…. not because of smokimg pot or shiiting up with drugs…. but because of diesel engines which supply the ‘demon tobacco’ to the ‘cough caugh types who fail to stop polluting local air.

    You staste that those who smoke are not responsible for lung illness….. funny, every time I visit a doctor at Kaiser…. they standard questio9n is…. do you smoke ??…. and my answer is… not now, hell no, I quit years ago.

    You can thank me for the victory in battle over Hayward Airport as well as the defeat of the second power generatiomn plant at Corner of Depot Rd and Clawiter and the useful adjustment to ground ops involving jet fumes once flowing through the Longwood School grounds on it’s path to your home.

    So, if you are bothered by what you consider to be ‘digs’, go ahead, no further effort will come from me to effect change in yout ‘cough cough’ condition!

  • Michael Moore

    Prester John, did you advise the Pope on the new RC prophylactic policy while you were solving the Human Genome and organizing the defeat of the second Russell City proposal? Did you also invent Esperanto and the United Nations? Did you translate Linear B into Mayan and write the first computer language in simple English which you called BASIC?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    oh My God John Kyle,
    I was referring to young children what is the matter with you?????????? Can you not just allow somebody to make a comment without preaching of your life? I did not in any way state that I would be a victim of any power plant you fool. I am concerned about innocent children you idiot. You would be the last person that I would ever want assistance from now or ever. GET OVER YOURSELF AND YOUR ABSOLUTE HATRED OF ME.

  • John W. Kyle

    Mr. Moore;

    Your obsession with the faults of others is pretty sad.

    Now, if you intend to see the Church into obscurity within 20 years, as you indicated at earlier scribble….. hadn’t you better attend to that rather than bother with me? Hells bells, there is nothing I can do to advise you about obsessions with the faults of others?

    Good night, start sleeping in a sober condition rather than tight!

  • John W. Kyle

    Ms. Ms Kathy fault finder:

    I had asthma at a very early age; Medical Doctor had my mother writing down, on a daily precise basis basis all my activities from morning yill noght….. since his list of the scratched skin slatherd with reserch based viles of whatever, indicated cats fur and get this, a visit to the theater under conditions where Saturday afternoon kid type movies were olayed….. he observed kids running up and down carpeted aisles between rows of seats. Dust got me started and I was much better unbrtil a need for housing near a bu8s stop so that my widowed Mother could work to provide fore three. Asthma returned due to depression era autos meeding ring jobs…. belched must smoke so had to rewside at Grandparents home on a partially enclosed rear porch which due to fresh air brought by prevailing winds plus much excercise riding bike to deliver SF Examiner in the hills above Dimond and Laurel districts brougt respite as did diospatch from home to a boys svhool in Watsonville wher fresh sea air helped immensely…… all went well until drafted into The Army…. long get your money’s worth Pall Mall cigarettes became a habit for 30 + years…. quit cold turkey…… too late to avoic emphysema. However cessation of the smoke habit brought me to recently passed 80th Birthday.

    Reflecting on thast experience and personnally annoyed with jet fimes emanating from Hayward Airport brought me into the world of activism. Noise pronlem greatly reduced as was fouled air caused by expended jet fuel emanating from aircraft awaiting permission to leave runway 28L up through approach pattern to Oakland Airport.

    Fortunatel your life of cough – cough is not heard this far west of your site. So ‘cough cough’, put your self at ease… I do know about asthma etc. It was for that reason that I fought successfully for denial of the permit for the powere generating plant at Depot Rd and Clawaiter where no less than 10 very short height smoke stacks were to allow exhaust plumes, with rapid exhaust flow would not have only fouled the air but the exhaust plumes, directkly under the approach pattern to Oakland’s main runway would have seen creation of high turbulence hazards to flight usually at 2,000 feet at that point but often seen at lower height.

    And now lady, go ahead and find much material in this scribble, by which you think to annoy me. Have at it, it keeps you busy…… seniors, such as yourself need to be kept busy ! right?

  • Michael Moore

    Prester John, did you show Father Serra how to convert the heathen, give the gold to John Marshall, walk on the moon and provide the three miracles needed for beatification? Clearly we can count on you to get there first, spend more time, save more money, make more friends, have a better time and get an award to boot for your modesty. Have you paid in enough cash yet to the diocese to purchase salvation? Thought so.

  • John W. Kyle

    Moore;

    Are you atheistic ? Look about you,…. how many of the Mother Theresa types do you see walking about? Does that mean we should all give up on the idea of personal effort directed towards salvation, just because you might have done so ?

    Do you propose removing mention orf God from the pledge of allegiance? In your mindset, do you imagine that happening?

    My own concept of hell is that of a personal, eternal existence, spent suffering an extremely personal sense of loss at not having tried harder to seek perfection.

    Perfection may just pass you by if you continue raking the leaves and turning over the rocks looking for faults of others! Especially since you seem to enjoy that sort of activity.

    Or, are you really determined to follow a path of self aggrandizement on a short, narrow, unrewarding and risky path in life?

    You remind me of the presence of a mechanic in the motor pool of the unit in which I served when drafted into the Army.

    That poor fellow, a white man, had talent as a mechanic, practically without any formal education, raised in the state of Mississippi who some saw as amusing for his incredible use of foul language so creative, broad in scope that some fools actually admired and encouraged him..

    Looking about for a mis-placed tool, he would complain that the supply of such was so short, that it reminded him of the existent number of Mississippi Republican Homosexuals.

    Asking for help as he repaired a brake light he would press the brake pedal and loudly wanted to know if any one saw a whore house advertisement at the back of the vehicle.

    The last I saw of him, he was a drooling, tobacco chewing, foul mouthed, toothless alcholic that the Army was processing for discharge with one of those ‘convenience of the Army’ type discharges that never aid a job search. None gathered to wave goodbye !

    May I suggest that you be careful not to wind up in a similar condition, living a life of little purpose and very few, if any, friends?

  • Monica Ruiz

    Pet Parade downtown Hayward.
    December 4. 2010

  • Monica Ruiz

    Light Up the Season
    Downtown Hayward
    December 2,2010

  • Monica Ruiz

    Grand Opening
    Kokyo Buffet
    Downtown Hayward
    Upstairs
    Next to the theater
    Delicious

  • Monica Ruiz

    Hayward Arts Council – “Holiday Members Show”
    When: October 14 – December 17; Thursday – Saturday 10 pm to 4 pm
    Where: Green Shutter Gallery, 22654 Main St, Hayward

  • Monica Ruiz

    Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

    Want a say in how the library works for you? Help plan teen events, choose books, music and movies, and more! We also ofer community service time for participation in TAG. Open to grades 7-12. For more information contact Rob Spitzel at 510-293-5065, or email rob.spitzel@hayward-ca.gov

    December 1, 2010
    4 pm
    Weekes Branch

  • Michael Moore

    Saw Harry Potter and the buffet at Kogyo. Both were fine.

  • Michael Moore

    Prester John, not sure where you find all this stuff that no one commented on. I shall not. I am pleased that the RC church has you.

  • John W. Kyle

    M oore.

    Sources found in Books! It’s called education.

    I am pleased that you are pleased. Can you imagine how pleased I am that I had the opportunity for education…. for which I thank God!

    One more tip. Your observation that one must comment only on that whiich is found in another contribution to the blog….?

    Fella, you are a wonderful source of confused infiormation….in boxing worlod parlance, .. ‘you lead with your chin!’

    Now, go ahead, give us a snappy rejoinder

  • Michael Moore

    Prester John, you might want to thank FDR and the Congress as well. When I boxed, we had folks like you to spar with, we called them chumps and dopes.

  • Monica Ruiz

    Want a say in how the library works for you? Help plan teen events, choose books, music and movies, and more! We also ofer community service time for participation in TAG. Open to grades 7-12. For more information contact Rob Spitzel at 510-293-5065, or email rob.spitzel@hayward-ca.gov

  • Monica Ruiz

    Every winter, McConaghy House is transformed for the Christmas holiday. This year, the house will be decked out in patriotic ornaments and decorations. The house will be decorated from Saturday, November 27 to Sunday, December 19.

    Stop by for Christmas Crafts at McConaghy on Saturday, December 11. Part of the Second Saturday series of children’s programs.

    Public Hours:
    Saturdays, 10am – 4pm
    Sundays, 1-4pm

    Admission:
    $5 adults
    $3 seniors/students
    FREE for HAHS members
    FREE for children under 10

    McConaghy House is located at 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, next to Kennedy Park in Hayward.

  • Monica Ruiz

    COYOTE HILLS REGIONAL PARK: Make nature-themed gift cards and stocking stuffers; enjoy hot, spiced apple cider and some delicious, handmade treats; or participate in an insider’s tour of our facility and its exhibits. Watch wildlife videos and join in exhibit-based scavenger hunts. Special prizes for children who complete the scavenger hunt! All participants will be entered into raffles at noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm. Unique gift items will be on sale in our Visitor Center. Parking fees apply where charged. Disabled accessible. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. For information, call (510) 544-3220.

  • John W. Kyle

    MR. MOORE

    yOU REVEAL TOO MUCH OF YOURSELF IN #30 ABOVE.

    You boxed? In the ring? Well, you apparently took a blow too many!

  • Michael Moore

    Prester John, too much hate. Do go placidly into this good night. But do go.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    HAPPY TURKEY DAY TO ALL.

    Especially to you John Kyle. I hope that your day is filled with love and laughter and that you have a wonderful time.

  • qodrn

    goble, goble everyone

  • qodrn

    If this plant is green and more efficient than what we have (provided they close one of what we have) could this power plant be a good thing?

  • John W. Kyle

    Qodrn

    Ie will use natuaral gas and the re-processed water from the nearby seage facility serving Hayward. I expect that the metyhane gas emanayting from the Sewage palnt processes will some day also be recaptured if that thought has not altready been provcessed.

    tHE WATER FROM THE SEAGE PALNT IS DRINKABLE… BUT WYHO Wants to yhook up? It has beeb suggested for resue as water for landscale purposes but I do not beloive that is now practical assuming that the power plane can use it all,
    Any metrhane esxaping from the seage treatment process can also be re-ctcled.

    It would be well if no prescirption drugs and DRUG are not flushed into that system.

    A large very old power plant spewing the wrong stuff in exhaaust fumes was recentl torn down in San Francisco that item used unacceptable fuel types…….. Cal-Pine had contracted to sell it’s power to manufacturers in the Antioch area, whether that remains to them as an option as customer, remains unseen…. however I think it is a mute point and that if no one else needs it, P.G. $ vE. will figure inbtio the picture.
    Another neat thing…. Cal Pine is able to hook up to the power lines running through Hayward… this no further need to build anither lengthy eye sore.

    10 or 20 years from hnow, NO ONE will rember the efforts of the onbstructionists in our midst. Let ‘em spend their money on the 1,000 unit housing complex that their leader dreams of for placement on the old Quarry above Mission between Carlos Bee and Highlands Streets network. Remember that as the 1,000 units with only 300 car spaces project which will aid a small on site convenience store (selling groceries ?) with a collection of what type citizenry …. from where? Seems tha I remrmber he had a waiting list……. probably old hippies from every where but Hayward ? Some of us will gather and release whip snakes on that site should HE resurrecrt his fantasy for another round of controversy!

  • John W. Kyle

    All:

    Subscribers of Daily Review:
    In Today’s edition, at the top of each and every page, with the exception of The Front Page, the name “DAILY REVIEW” has been removed. (The ‘D’ problem is solved once and for all ?)

    Rush out…. buy anothet copy……. in year 2050 you will be the proud owner of historic fish wrap…. assuming of course the paper does not deteriorate. Preserve value… store it in a container with helium as the only preservative.

    Speaking of deterioration….. Hayward news is non-exitent, even squibs of the really important stuff, such as items from the Police Blotter have disappeared.

    Oh well, the good news is that HUSD problems are not being re-hased over and over again.

    There is a cure for that last thought….. more later!

  • John W. Kyle

    Eric Kurhi:

    Are you to cover Hayward in future? From desk in Oakland or San Jose? Fremont’s Argus on your turf or, are personnel lost there also?

    Local billiong and pay window to remnain for folk unable to cope with checking accounts in paying by mail? How come I got a billing asking me to pay by mail in an envelope with a Los Angeles Adrress? Were jibes exported in that Department too?
    I see no mention of the San Mateo operation or the Marin County paper. Are they closed or part of the ANG group in some other fashion than identity with Tribune, SF Chronicle and Contra Costa Times?

    If still on the payroll, why the silence on Demise of ‘Daily Review?

    Where is the Print Press operation to be located?

    Frankly, I resent having to pay Easte Mamnagement for having to haul away advertisements from furniture stores foisting schlock from a little store in City of Santa Clara !

    On that subject, where is HAPA when they might have a good cause available, ( for a change)

  • qodrn

    Daily Review is still on the front page, they do a wrap around the BANG stuff that is local, but the other stuff in the paper has been BANG for a long time. What I don’t understand is why Eric works for the Oakland Tribune and why new Cris does not talk to us.

  • Michael Moore

    Qodrn, I suspect that the management of BANG desire comments in general directed out of the BLOG mode and into the comments or opinions to the stories themselves. Based on the quality of the comments in Hayword, I think that BANG management just wants to ignore the posters to Hayword. I cannot say that I blame them much.

  • Eric Kurhi

    Online stories have one of three affiliations, with either the CCTimes, Tribune or Merc. Review stories get a Trib affiliation. Don’t read too much into that.

    I can’t speak to why Chris doesn’t blog, except to say blogging is optional. Really, we’re short staffed over here and it’s not thought of as the best use of time. So it’s up to the individual reporter to interact via a blog, if they want to, if they have a chance to do it.

  • Tammy Artis

    If this power plant is so wonderful, why aren’t they building it in Blackhawk? Oh, they don’t have to worry about thir children crossing the train tracks to get to school either. The people of Hayward need to stand up and stop this powerplant. It is just another example of how children from lower income families are being treated as if they have lss value as human beings.

  • John W. Kyle

    Tammy dearest,

    BUILD A POWER PLANT AT BLACKHAWK ? My goodness, did your parents vote for Mr. Wallace in the elections of 1948 ? Your tone causes reminiscence of ‘left wing’ political thought which met it’s end many years back.

    Place the power generating plant in Black Hawk? Did mommy and daddy put you up to some ‘self expression’ without regard for criticism?

    1.) The present location offers exceptional opportunity to make use of the recycled water emanating from Hayward’s sewage plant. Or would you prefer to see that effluent dumped into S.F. Bay waters? Perhaps you would prefer seeing it mixed into your drink water faucets?

    2.) Do you overlook the excellent opportunity to feed the new electric power into the closely located, existent power lines? That opportunity alone has attraction in offering reduced costs of supplying the much needed power, if we are all to continue enjoyment of being able to ‘turn on’ the all important TV or computer game sets.

    3.) After a long expensive struggle, much delayed by thoughtless folk, at additional expense to all, including low income folk, the ‘approvals’ have been gained and much crying will not delay the project!

    4.) Where were you with your comments at earlier date?

    5.) What have railroads to do with this situation? Perhaps you were thinking of denying electric power to BART or electric powered controls at RR Crossings?

    Perhaps, if you bring this response to attention of mom or dad, they will avoid putting you into another embarrassing situation.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr.Kyle,
    Sometimes you take posting words too literally. I think Ms. Artis was simply making a statement of her opinions regarding how it appears that communities that have less affluent members seem to end up as the “perfect place” to put power plants and other questionable industries. I got what she meant and it certainly wasn’t referring to what you concluded. Why must you be so snide to almost every person who posts an opinion?

  • Monica Ruiz

    Tammy, I like your comment.

  • John W. Kyle

    bOOTH.

    SNIDE? Do YOU KNOW THE DEFINITION OF THE WORD.? People such as yourselrf, contribute to the deteruioration of the public’s i9nterest ih government. A fact that seems to get lost in your own narrow mind.

    Frankly, I tgink I did the lass a fovor the result of which may cause her to reflect a bit more….. ’tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool than it is to speak up and remove all doubt! ( an observation made by Abraham Lincoln… which may not have been passed along at which ever law school you claim to have attended.

  • Michael Moore

    Prester John, once again you disgrace the language with your insipid typing, missepllings and faulty scholarship. At best your comment on silence has been assigned as an unattributed maxim granted variously to Albert Einstein, George Eliot, Silvan Engle, Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain. If you chose to engage in discourse, please apply a modicum of English skills, grammar and syntax or the language of your choice. What you proffer now is an affront to sentient beings.