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Monday, January 4, 2010

Click It and Fix It!

The New York Times has a story today about a local advocacy Web site called SeeClickFix.com that encourages folks to post complaints about issues that occur in their neighborhoods like graffiti or pot holes. The idea is the site will communicate with the appropriate agency on your behalf. I am not sure it is wise to depend on this site, which was started as a volunteer project (it has since raised investment money). But if you log your complaint and call one of the numbers for listed on the Harrioak.com sidebar, you are likely to get some action. (You can invite the city worker to respond to the complaint on the site, as soon as the problem is fixed!)

To start us off, I made a note about the styrofoam peanuts that were blanketing Oakland Avenue this morning. They apparently got dumped during routine garbage pickup. Unfortunately they are not only dirtying the street, they are rapidly being swept toward the storm drains that empty directly into Lake Merritt. I stuffed my pockets full of the foam peanuts this morning on the way to work, but I didn't have time to pick up them all. If other folks chip in, we can all help keep Lake Merritt clean and healthy.

Many mailing/packing facilities will accept and reuse styrofoam peanuts. You can also call Plastic Loose Fill Council at 1-800-828-2214 or visit StopWaste.org.


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