Category: Critical Infrastructure

South Berkeley needs safer streets and more neighbors | Berkeleyside

“We envision a mixed-income transit village for the BART station with a thriving Flea Market, a greenway with parks and bike lanes, housing for all — especially our lowest-income residents — and slow streets made safe for our elders, children, drivers, transit users, pedestrians and bicyclists.

By narrowing Adeline Street to two lanes in front of Ashby BART station, Berkeley can build a public plaza for the Flea Market — a Berkeley institution that must be permanently preserved and strengthened. Narrowing Adeline Street from Ward to MLK will not only free up public community space at the BART station; it will also allow significant pedestrian and bicycle improvements along the entire corridor AND creation of a new.”

Read the full article here . . .

State of Being Report

Having found zero support in the tech field I’ve thought about driving and began researching what that life would be like for me and how to make that transition.

Just like my being in tech, my interest in trucking is viewed with side eye by everyone I meet queer or not.

Over the past year most answers to questions I ask are what anyone with half a brain and knows how to use Google search could do.

It is looking like this is for me, a career move, that if I take it at all, it will be once again something I do alone because I am perceived, as a Black Trans Lesbian, to be off, traveling outside my lane, even within LGBT communities I’ve known, be they East, West, North, South.

As most folks know, I am currently in Berkeley, California and after almost two years in the Bay Area I have never attracted a single friend or anyone offering anything beyond the most superficial assistance.

I haven’t found a way to pay for training other than predatory CDL Mills. I’m 62 year old and life has battered me too much to lose my social security health benefits without a viable replacement, while working my ass off driving for small coin mileage starting out.

I’ve heard Prime and it’s CDL Training has the largest number of Trans driver endorsements but haven’t found anything in the Northern Bay area with a good or any positive LGBT reviews.

My talking about IT, Commercial Maker Projects, Transsportation in general or Trucking in specific are non-starters for conversation among any members of the Bay Area LGBT communities I have met or reached out to.

My professional/political interests are Environmentalism, Feminism, Equal Justice, Equal Opportunity, Economic Democracy for Social Democracy.

If anyone is motivated to sincerely work at helping me make an informed decision about professional driving, you can find my full contact information somewhere on this site.

My specific trucking interest is in Class A, with X Endorsement (Tanker/HazMat) though I have long been studying Intermodal Systems as part of my tech startup’s focus.

Until when, I bid you all peace.


Exposing the Under the Table Business of Homelessness in San Francisco

Not much of an expose. The powers that be of San Francisco know very well it is unsustainable. They syphon off wealth and those benefiting are positioned so the inevitable systemic collapse has no meaningful effect on them.

I spent months pouring over records on the main library’s 4th floor and you eventually see recurring patterns going back generations. How can you claim to have housing crisis? A crisis suggests a singular event that logically could not have been predicted based on available knowledge of local conditions and historical precedents in similar environmental contexts across the nation.

Then there is the thriving, totally unregulated Air BnB-like underground housing market. Millions a month are generated in undeclared income by individuals who own or lease, then sublet rooms for anywhere from $1,300 to $3,000 for extended stay rooms, with variations like cohabitating rooms, time shared rooms, nightly, and hourly rooms.

There are low-cost rooms available ranging be $400 to $600 per month but of you are Black, Brown, even Asian in some cases the response is typically, “I’m sorry I didn’t realize my partner already rented the room.” I’ve personally been told that dozens of times a day about rooms that continued to be advertised. Nobody is letting that party end until it just absolutely collapses along with the rest of this insanity.

Poverty, Inc, which is what I thought the video was addressing is another matter entirely. As a systems analyst studied in environmental psychology, organization science, I can tell you that beaurocacies fixate on paper accounting are hiding something, a accountability. Most San Francisco social service agencies lie to clients telling then them HIPAA prevents then from communicating electronically with them and prevents having interagency communications, coordinated sharing of data

Precisely the type of Portability and Accountability that the state and federal regulation was designed to do.

Avoiding to efficient coordination of people and resources leaves a lot of wiggle room to suck wealth out of the system without a trace.

Nobody, absolutely no one is interested in making the system tighter, more effective, more efficient.

The system wastes insane amounts of resources on an objectively small number of homeless people by design.

When you have institutional Poverty Pimps, what possible motivation can you expect for anyone to remediate the very situation their livelihood depends on?

This is amanufactured crisis that cynically benefits a huge number of people.

San Francisco isn’t broken, it is working precisely as intended.

Trying to change this system of corruption that so many people high and low benefit from is akin to putting one’s fist against a sledgehammer.

The hammer of the oligarchs will obviously win that contest.

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