Spare the Air Alert Issued for Monday in the Bay Area

September 25, 2016 16:49 pm · 8 comments

A Spare the Air Alert is in effect Monday, September 26, for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution are forecast to be unhealthy. High levels of ozone pollution are harmful to breathe, especially for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions.

Exhaust from vehicles on Bay Area roads accounts for more than half of the air pollution in the region. Bay Area residents are asked to drive less to reduce smog and improve air quality in the region. Residents are also encouraged to consider an all-electric vehicle as their next vehicle purchase to help reduce the amount of gas powered vehicles that contribute to unhealthy smog.

Change your daily commute by carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit, biking or walking instead of driving alone. Doing this will help reduce pollution levels and health concerns when temperatures are high. To learn how to change your commute online, visit

To find out how your company could help you save money on your commute by offering commuter benefits, visit

This AirAlert is provided by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Thank you for doing your part to Spare the Air!

Dr. Jellyfinger September 25, 2016 at 5:31 PM

Well….. I’ve promised to do a BBQ for the Hillary Pass Out Party (we’re betting on it to happen at the debate Monday)….. but my guys won’t settle for anything cooked without making a butt load of smoke so…. I guess I’ll have to do it “spare the air day” or not.

We could eliminate BBQ Beans tho…. that would cut down on the farting.
That helps, right? Sure… why not just forget the beans… and the beer! Beer promotes farting too… I can send an electric car around to pick up my pals & drive them here! We will make it a “no smoking” event as well… in fact, why don’t we require each guest to be castrated before the party? Declare it a “NO TESTICLES ZONE” while we’re at it?!!!

Geez! Will it ever be enough for you people?!!!!

Gosh September 25, 2016 at 5:35 PM

When winds blowing out of the west drop below 6 mph for more than 12 hours and especially if winds blow from the east there are STA days.

Has the Bay Area reached it’s people limit?

Lizzie September 25, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Very still, no wind, but a beautiful blue sky, from where I post this in Clayton. So what do we wish for? Blustery winds? To clear up the air quality and enhance the chance of fires? IM SO CONFUSED.. The Bay Area has reached the people limit, yet a 7 story complex may be built in downtown Concord. AND NOTHING IS BEING DONE TO IMPROVE OUR ROADS. It only took me 35 minutes to get down YVR from Clayton today. Forgot about the Walnut Festival, but wanted to get to Crown Beach in Alameda before noon. What a gorgeous day around the Bay…..

TK September 25, 2016 at 7:41 PM

It would take me about 75 minutes to get to the office using public transit.

Driving solo takes me 20 minutes….. You do the math.

Elwood September 25, 2016 at 8:41 PM

A beautiful day in the Diablo valley today. Hardly any haze at all. Mt. Diablo stood out in stark relief.

Spare the Air? From what? How do you improve on perfection?

chuckie the troll September 25, 2016 at 9:35 PM

I’ll be sure to set the BBQ on stun, however, the Tri Tip must go on.

THE BLACK KNIGHT September 26, 2016 at 12:10 AM

Lizzie #3,

The planned 5-story and 7-story apartments in Downtown Concord are just the beginning. The Concord City Council has already adopted a plan to house 22,000 people in the Downtown Concord area. The plan includes adding at least 3,000 more housing units to Downtown Concord over the next decade, and an additional 3,000-4,000 housing units in the Downtown Area over the following decade, the 12,500 housing units planned for the CNWS, an unknown number of housing units for USCG property, as many more Seeno in-fill housing units as possible, and as many secondary housing units as possible. State, County, Local, and the unelected and unaccountable Regional Government Agencies have absolutely no interest in improving our roadways as they want to make it difficult for citizens to travel by car and park a car, as they are attempting to force citizens out of their cars and into public transportation. It will only get worse, as there is no way it will get any better.

Mama September 26, 2016 at 6:40 AM

The air is craopy so get out there and walk it out. Smh. Ban driving on these days.

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