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2 consecutive Spare The Air Days and no mention in PaloAltoOnline

Original post made by parent, Midtown, on Jun 8, 2014

Sunday and Monday have been declared Spare The Air Days due to unhealthy air pollution levels in the Bay Area. They are encouraging people to reduce their air pollution output to improve the health of our children and neighbors. There is no mention of this on PaloAltoOnline. Does this mean that the newspaper knows Palo Alto residents are too selfish to care? Or does it mean that the newspaper is incompetent about reporting important news?

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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Jun 8, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

It means you should check the website like hundreds of thousands of others do.

Being the barometer of who is and isn't incompetent, I'm sure you've already found and

As a fully competent commenter with your pulse on the news that matters, I'm sure you're also aware you can have spare the air texts sent directly to your phone. This would alleviate you of the horrific burden of having to deal with incompetent websites.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm

What would happen to the real estate market if word got out that our air was unbreathable?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm


Unfortunately, our "pulse" is our daughter's asthma. It started Thursday/Friday and you couldn't miss the pollution cloud over Palo Alto.

Airplanes are the worst offenders - they are flying closer and closer and more frequently every day.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 8, 2014 at 11:55 pm

You can often see and smell the air pollution (smoke and haze) coming from the restaurants in Town & County. There is no way to hide this and it is significant. My child has asthma, and has difficulty breathing around T&C and Paly.

I wonder why so many smoky food establishments were allowed to open their businesses right across from the University Stadium and High School?

We regulate vehicle emissions, fireplaces, cigarette smoking, and factories, but we allow the smoke from "third world" style of cooking to go unregulated.

These restaurants are not located on the outskirts of town.
This area (intersection) is highly impacted by traffic most of the afternoons and evenings.

The air pollution in developing countries is horribly dirty from daily cooking on wood stoves and charcoal.
The people in these countries often have no other choice of alternative fuel, but we do, and we have the technology to put filters in place.

Spare the air.

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Posted by really
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2014 at 9:49 am


Airplanes?? Thats just silly

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Posted by parent
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

I noticed that the Mountain View Voice publishes Spare The Air warnings. Is Palo Alto too shallow to care?

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