Summer Spare The Air Alert Issued For Memorial Day

May 24, 2020 15:24 pm · 58 comments

The first Spare the Air Alert of the year has been issued for Monday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The district said light winds, high temperatures and vehicle exhaust is expected to make the air quality unhealthy.

“As the shelter in place continues, even with reduced traffic on our roads, there is still enough tailpipe exhaust to allow smog to build up during this hot weather,” air district Executive Director Jack Broadbent said in an announcement. “Bay Area residents are concerned about their respiratory health more than ever and can protect themselves this Memorial Day by avoiding outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day, when air pollution levels are highest.”

The district said while fires for cooking are not prohibited during Spare the Air Alerts, you should “consider public health and be mindful of air quality on these days.”

Consider using a gas or propane barbecue rather than a wood or charcoal-fired cooking device, the district said.

The Wizard May 24, 2020 at 3:33 PM

Seems like people are getting back on the road. I hope they don’t cancel that jet fly over tomorrow.

Kirkwood May 24, 2020 at 8:47 PM

Don’t worry, they aren’t jets, they’re high end private planes. A large number of owners formed a club.
Trivia: Beechcraft Bonanzas used to be known among pilots as doctor killers.

Original G May 24, 2020 at 10:02 PM

Is that where term practicing physicians, came from ?

Rex Hotchkiss May 24, 2020 at 3:33 PM


Walter May 24, 2020 at 5:24 PM


Cellophane May 24, 2020 at 6:03 PM


chuckie the troll May 24, 2020 at 3:38 PM

On top of old Barbie, all covered with grease, I threw some rib eyes on, go call the police!

Ilovepopcorn May 24, 2020 at 8:14 PM

You have zero respect for others.

chuckie the troll May 24, 2020 at 9:34 PM

I have plenty of respect for others, just not for you.. I am more than tired of the nanny=state social/political national socialism I see/hear from the likes of you today. BTW- Those rib eyes turned our REALLY good.

Sam May 25, 2020 at 10:58 AM

I fire up the bbq to warm up my back yard at night, then I burn a couple quarts of used oil for the scent. Love that smell

Gebertx May 24, 2020 at 3:50 PM

Good luck w/ enforcement, someone has to ask, why ? no traffic, no industry operating, no air traffic, no landscape work, no construction … But, what the heck, lock us down, Forbid BBQ, outlaw lawn blowers, 20% unemployment … Utopia for for the BAAQMD and a select group

Sam May 24, 2020 at 4:22 PM

It will never be good enough until we are all gone. That is what they are saying to every single person. Humans are a virus to them.

ZZ May 24, 2020 at 4:06 PM

Are you kidding me? They really think the public is stupid…. maybe they are, look at all the sheep wearing their little masks believing it will protect them from a virus.

Puffandstuff May 24, 2020 at 4:45 PM

We are not all sheep’s that are wearing masks. We are forced to wear a mask if we want to go into a store, or watch our child receive their diploma and even sit in our cars and attend Mass.Otherwise we can’t be there.

Anon May 26, 2020 at 1:59 AM

Putting on a P100 or 95 rated mask with eye protection will reasonably protect you, in fact.

Juan May 24, 2020 at 4:14 PM

If you look at the online sites and apps that publish the weather stations around the bay…. there has been no reduction in air pollution during the shutdown.

Even nasa’s worldwide tracking data has shown no shift.

Sam May 24, 2020 at 4:19 PM

I’m personally surprised that they don’t show pollution going up. Corrupt to the core.

Chicken Little May 24, 2020 at 5:26 PM

I’m sure STA days make a HUGE difference, though.

Sam May 24, 2020 at 4:18 PM

This is not a joke. These guys seriously are overstepping their usefulness. Here this loud and clear. YOU HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO TELL FREE AMERICANS WHAT THEY CAN AND CAN NOT DO. YOU WILL NOT BAN ANYTHING ECXEPT YOURSELF FROM MAKING STATEMENTS. Any lawyers want to file a restraining order on these guys? They need a reality check.

Patriot May 24, 2020 at 4:18 PM

Hahaha !

Next, PG&E turns the power off. (Just got that warning yesterday)

No bbq, no July 4th fireworks, no power, no money, no work, no people (only facemasks), no law & order, no bail, no civil rights.

Congratulations Kalifornia, you just officially sh!t the bed.

Just me May 24, 2020 at 4:24 PM

Put a mask on the bbq, it will help as much as masks on people do.

DVC Student May 24, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Wait – I thought carbon emissions went down these last 2 months since the quarantine?

Sam May 24, 2020 at 5:28 PM

THIS is how they rule you.

Ilovepopcorn May 24, 2020 at 8:17 PM

So then you have permission to screw up my air? NOT

Sam May 24, 2020 at 9:47 PM

Yes popcorn. It’s not your air, wear your mask and stop being so selfish

Cyn May 24, 2020 at 4:32 PM

Jack Broadbent figured he better say something official during this little hot spell……after all, he does have a phony baloney job to protect.

Puffandstuff May 24, 2020 at 4:42 PM

What’s next? Don’t take a dump day?

S May 24, 2020 at 5:29 PM

Now “THAT’s” Funny!

ps: I still say The Banana Splits were better.

S May 24, 2020 at 5:21 PM

sad, sad, sad,…

not unusual for me to pull an all-niter smoking a 15 or 20 lbs brisket and the whole clan comes over… Settling on a 5 lbs that I’ll put on in the morning..

Hopefully this shelter mess is cleared by July…. I’ve got some nice olive wood drying for my pork ribs and shoulder.

for one who calls themselves PitMaster: I’m using plum wood tomorrow.

Carl May 24, 2020 at 5:54 PM

Sounds like you know what you are doing

chuckie the troll May 25, 2020 at 9:58 AM

I’ve never used Olive wood before. What’s it like?

S May 25, 2020 at 10:32 AM

I find it is kinda sweet, I swear sometimes I can smell a hint of ripe olive; but that could be in my mind. For me, I really like to use it with pork, its good with beef though. It seems to burn at about the same pace as other hard fruit woods and pretty hot, so for slow smoking it goes a long way.

Bob May 24, 2020 at 5:33 PM

Wonder how many fallen troops of conflicts past could have imagined Memorial Day restrictions like those we’re experiencing.

lovelace May 24, 2020 at 5:47 PM

Sorry bay area mac daddy, my pork ribs are already rubbed down. I am doin my thing tomorrow!

Concord Grape May 24, 2020 at 7:29 PM

Damn the Covid. I’m firing up my BBQ, beers on ice. Gonna enjoy the day and do my own tribute to our fallen heroes. Can we all take the day off from spewing hatred, playing the blame game impress with superior knowledge and just sit back?

Natalie May 24, 2020 at 11:53 PM

The reading comprehension of some people here is astoundingly terrible. Nothing is banned for Memorial Day. This is an advisory alert. It even says in the post that cooking outdoors isn’t prohibited.

All the alert is doing is asking people to be mindful of others, consider your options and think about how your actions might affect others. How is that tyranny?

The advisory alert is also to warn people with respiratory problems to limit their exposure outside.

The air was noticeably worse today, and will get worse tomorrow and the next day. The air will be bad for the duration of the heat wave. It’s a statement of fact.

Michael Langley May 25, 2020 at 8:10 AM

Natalie: Why be the voice of reason when the same old cast of characters have so much fun posting the same tripe over and over? I will admit it is refreshing to see a comment reacting logically and clearly to a news post without posturing and blather. I hope to see more of your posts before you tire of wading through the whining from the peanut gallery.

Cyn May 25, 2020 at 9:49 AM

@Michael Langley
You were doing fine until you started in with “the peanut gallery”. You are no better at NOT whining than anyone else.

Marrus May 25, 2020 at 10:17 AM

We are wise to the game now, Nat & Mike (the Peanut Gallery Curator). It starts with suggestions and ends in mom’s being arrested at parks. Why don’t you people go outside and smoke a fat steak?

Sam May 25, 2020 at 10:54 AM

I see Nate &Mike are here to let us know they are smarter then the rest of us dirt farmers. Like I said to your buddy popcorn. It’s not your air. If you don’t like the smell of barbecue, don’t be selfish just wear your mask

Natalie May 25, 2020 at 12:17 PM

Sam, are you “a farmer who earns a living by farming the land especially without the help of hired hands or tenants”? If not, then you aren’t a dirt farmer.

The issue isn’t the smell of BBQ, the issue is the particulate matter of the smoke itself. The order isn’t telling you not to BBQ. The order is just an advisory.

Sam May 25, 2020 at 1:53 PM

And I’m advising you to wear a mask. Why is it so hard for you to just do what’s best for yourself and slip on a mask. It’s for the good of everyone if you just wear a mask and let others do what they want. Extremely selfish of you advocating the control of others. The world does not revolve around you. Just wear a mask

Rollo Tomasi May 25, 2020 at 3:44 PM

“This is an advisory alert.”

Correct, and therefore not worthy of my attention.

Rollo Tomasi May 25, 2020 at 3:47 PM

@Michael Langley:

“Why be the voice of reason when the same old cast of characters have so much fun posting the same tripe over and over?”

It’s mostly for the entertainment provided by people like you and Natalie getting your panties in a twist.

nytemuvr May 25, 2020 at 4:10 PM

I just can’t stomach tripe, nasty stuff.

Sideline May 25, 2020 at 8:20 AM

Wait a minute here….I thought we did so well (being imprisoned in Contra Costa) and the air quality Here is better than ever?

Strad May 25, 2020 at 9:50 AM

Cut the BAAQMD budget instead of the Multipurpose Senior Services Program.

Marrus May 25, 2020 at 10:11 AM

These regulatory agencies are a joke now. Don’t forget: We outnumber them, the cops are not the enemy, and remember the names of people who pass these messed up laws and regulations.

LimeRidge Larry May 25, 2020 at 10:50 AM

I’m planning on burning an old tire just to spite the dictator Broadbent. Try and get me Jackie!

HappyPappy May 25, 2020 at 11:36 AM

First they came for the BBQ’s.
I didn’t have one, so why should I care.

Natalie May 25, 2020 at 12:03 PM

Comparing the Spare the Air advisory to the Holocaust. That’s a terrible analogy.

Besides, nobody is coming for your BBQ. Nobody is even saying not to BBQ today. It’s literally just an advisory, not an enforcement order. All it’s says is for us all to be aware the air is going to be bad today, and consider our options for what we decide to do today. That’s it.

Marrus May 26, 2020 at 7:53 AM

Happy Pappy is a legend.

The Wizard May 25, 2020 at 11:37 AM

Time to fire up my gas guzzling Cad and go on a road trip.

Michael Langley May 25, 2020 at 11:01 PM

To anybody concerned, my panties are boxers and are comfortably untwisted. FYI, I BBQ also. Additionally, when did I claim to be more intelligent than other posters? I was complimenting one poster for clarity and logic, not refering to my own modest level of intelligence. I am not curator of the Peanut Gallery, which was Buffalo Bob Smith who used the term for his audience. I now know that it is also a term from the theater for hecklers from the front row. In retrospect, you must agree the tone of many of the posts resemble heckling. That is an example of new learning for me. Finally, I have always used my real name while posting here or elsewhere because I am open to discussion and wish people to know who I am. I have no problem with others using clever handles to identify themselves, it is not my way. I do it so others can know that I am a real person. Easily labeled, let me add some more: US Army Veteran, former factory worker, first generation to graduate from college. Married with two grown daughters. Born in California over 70 years ago. One of six children. Spent some of my childhood in the segregated south. Became a teacher at 40 years and taught US History and AP Economics. I continue to educate myself because I believe knowledge helps us make good decisions. When I hear something that agrees or disagrees with my world view, I check sources to find the bias, left or right, before I accept, reject it or set it aside for further reflection. I am particularly concerned when people claim that something is unconstitutional without quoting the court decision making it so. I don’t compare any leader, no matter how odious, to Hitler or the Holocaust, since I lived in Germany for three years and visited Dachau more than once. Being poor is not synonymous with being ignorant. I have been both and was lucky enough to rectify the former and am working daily to diminish the latter. My note to Natalie was a compliment and confirmation of her views. Yes, they correspond with mine in this case. If I do reply directly to a posed question, feel free to dispute it with facts and you may educate me further.

To Do List May 26, 2020 at 7:51 AM

Hi Michael. I am late to this party but I will add my two cents. Its a bad idea to post under your own name, not because of you but because there are some very sick and angry people out there. Second cent, supreme court decisions are not necessarily right. The most difficult are many times decided 4 to 5 or 5 to 4 which means whatever politician appointed the previous couple of members decided it, not the wording of the constitution. The constitution was written by relatively simple people in simple words, and for the most part scholars who spent decades going over these words do not have a better opinion of what they mean than anyone else. Despite whatever court decision you can quote, you will not be able to convince me, for example, doing electronic strip searching of children at the airport doesn’t violate the illegal search wording.

mtzman May 27, 2020 at 7:57 AM

You are correct in that Supreme Court decisions are not always right, but in the words of Justice Jackson in Brown v. Allen, 344 U.S. 443, 540 (1953) (concurring), “We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final.”

Michael Langley May 27, 2020 at 12:09 AM

Thanks “To Do List” However, since Marbury v Madison, the Supreme Court has been the accepted body for deciding whether an action/ executive order/ law is unconstitutional. The court sometimes gets it wrong, Plessy v Ferguson. We then fight through the legislature to change the law. To challenge the constitutional right to call a apare the air day, our fine citizens can sue the local agency and try to have it settled in the court. The freedom riders, in my day, nonviolently broke the segregation laws to set up a court challenge.That is the proper way to create change. When I lived in New Mexico, I stopped “protesters” against the construction of a power plant fired at construction workers and threw molotov cocktails. That type of asserting individual rights is realy not the American way. Refusal to cooperate with strip searches as government over reach would be acceptable to me. I never understood why people didn’t wish Oliver North to openly admit why he did his deed and face the federal courts to decide the balance of legislative and executive powers. I was deployed to Honduras during that time and the foolishness I saw in misguided secret funds was one reason I decided to leave the service. In this forum., see little discourse and a lot of name calling and taunting trying to pass as entertainment.I just applaud those who attempt to have civil discussion.Anarchy is not a solution to improve our lives, and those who metaphorically flip off society are no different, in my mind, than the Weathermen, The Klan, The fake antifacists, and the self proclaimed militias.

To Do List May 27, 2020 at 9:37 AM

I agree there is tension here. It is a sign of the times. Politics used to mostly be in the politics section, but has spilled over into other sections due to the coronavirus/lockdown/election/(out of control)media circumstances. People are mad. And should be. You mention changing things you don’t like, but you forget you taught economics and the lessons about the lack of free information and search/time costs making the market inefficient. Just because someone is furious about the example above on unconstitutional airport searches does not mean they can spend five years of their lives going through the court system to fight it. As for using Marbury v Madison, you are defending the system with a tautology that they are right because they say they are.

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