11/12/09: Happy Birthday Bay Bridge

on November 12, 2009

Good Morning People of Oakland.

Any locals been around long enough to remember this date in 1936? It was a special day in Bay Area history that’s made more poignant given recent news. For it was today, lo those 73 years ago, that the now much-maligned Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge opened to vehicular traffic. Happy Anniversary, Bay Bridge! Why is Oakland North the only one noticing it’s your b-day?

Let’s riff on that a bit.

The Trib reports this morning on the bridge’s possible closure and a proposal to set up red lights on the S curve.

McSweeney’s and the Public Press have been collaborating on a humongous investigation of the bridge retrofit project. We’re looking forward to reading that in the McSweeney’s newspaper project, due out in a couple weeks.

Enough bridge talk.

An Oakland Police officer under federal investigation for his involvement in a drug-related death in 2000 has returned to work.

O.N. reported on a fake bank robbery in downtown Oakland yesterday when NBC and its crew filmed the TV show “Trauma.” You don’t see a helicopter on 21st Street every day!

We also have an interactive Veterans Day piece to share with you. Our own Shannon Service visited those who served our country on the USS Hornet yesterday. Enjoy.

Oakland is bidding to become one of up to 12 hosts for the 2018 World Cup.

Alameda county has declared a state of emergency as swine flu continues to spread.

The proposal to convert rental units to condominiums fell flat, but not without a bit of controversy at an Oakland City Council subcommittee meeting earlier this week. Thomas Gorman reports.

That’s it for now. Check back later for more fresh stories on Oakland North.

Photo by Basil D Soufi
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