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Peninsula Group to Rally on Alameda Bridge

A Peninsula group says bridges are an example of our crumbling infrastructure, and suggests repair efforts would create jobs for this poor economy.

Call it a rally, call it a protest, call it a demonstration.  Whatever you'd like to call it, a planned gathering is scheduled for this Friday at a busy bridge overcrossing in San Mateo during the afternoon rush hour.

Standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street -- a loosely organized group of citizens unhappy with the economic ills of the country -- the Mid-Peninsula American Dream Council (MPADC) will call attention to a local issue: San Mateo County’s aging infrastructure, where they claim 74 bridges have been found to be structurally deficient.

The local Dream Council will stage a "Jobs Equal Safe Bridges Rally" from 4-5 p.m. on the heavily-traveled bridge, often a conduit for students from Aragon High School crossing to the south side of Highway 92.

The intent of the rally is to suggest that the country’s aging infrastructure is in desperate need of labor to provide necessary repairs and maintenance, and with many out of work, an emphasis on rebuilding infrastructure items like bridges would create jobs and help get the economy back on its feet.

According to the Dream Council, this particular bridge, built in 1963, has an average of 14,000 cars per day crossing over it. The Dream Council originally considered the bridge structurally deficifient, and chose the location for the rally based on that information. Subsequent to the announcement of the rally location, the Dream Council found that improvements were made to the deck following a 2008 inspection by CalTrans, and a subsequent inspection conducted in October 2010 removed the structurally deficient status. Police Chief Susan Manheimer and Assistant City Manager Matt Bronson confirmed the safety of the bridge for Patch.

MPADC describe themselves as "a local team of committed MoveOn members who organize in their community to build a base of active participants, develop leadership among MoveOn council members, and work in coordination with the national MoveOn Council network to win campaigns on issues that are important to MoveOn’s 5 million members."

Those who may be interested in attending are urged to visit the MPADC website and sign up.

So far, there have not been any specific Occupy Wall Street demonstrations on the Peninsula, but two local Facebook groups have been organized, one for the county, the other specific to Half Moon Bay. The Occupy Half Moon Bay group is planning a "meetup" outside their city hall on Oct. 22 at 12 noon.

Tim October 15, 2011 at 07:08 AM
I find it ironic that the same people complaining we need to spend money to repair our roads and bridged are the same ones that were cheering on the signing of AB131 so we can throw tax money (that could have went to things such as this) to give illegal alien children a college education so they can become educated but still unemployed illegal aliens. This state's priorities are so screwed up.
Tim October 15, 2011 at 07:14 AM
Moveon.org is a bunch of left-wing lunatics funded by George Soros. Here's some of their demands.... Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending "Freetrade" by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr. Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors. Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment. Demand four: Free college education. Demand five: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America's nuclear power plants. Demand six: Racial and gender equal rights amendment. Demand seven: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
Brash Brazen October 15, 2011 at 07:52 AM
How did illegal aliens become part of this conversation ? Why don't you backward,inbred,racist morons move to a state where the politicians share your abhorrent viewpoint. You could raise the IQ's of two states,this one by leaving & any Republican state by arriving. Your anger is only exceeded by your piosity & you're too ignorant to realize that the majority of Californians will never embrace the extreme right-wing rhetoric you spew. In a state where Meg Whitman spent $160 million dollars & got less votes than legalizing marijuana,your continual whining & complaining is pointless. Although the angrier & more upset you become can be remarkably amusing. As my father used to say "If your morals were as low as your scruples,you'd have to climb ten flights of stairs to kiss a snake's ass. I'd tell you how I really feel about you,but I'm renowned more for my restraint than my candor. Keep complaining,it's the only way we can tell how pissed off we're making you. Marijuana smoking liberals & their representatives are taking your hard earned money,giving it to illegal aliens & you can't strap on unloaded guns in public anymore. You self-righteous simpletons didn't have a very good week,did you ?
Anjessello October 15, 2011 at 11:08 PM
I passed by there yesterday, and there were a lot of people. One of the ladies said it was to fix the bridge and make jobs for Americans - repairing the American Dream. Since Senator Boehner's cry on TV "to follow the American Dream and every one deserves a Piece of The American Pie", everyone's been crying on TV, but I agree - Every one deserves a Piece of the American Pie - As long as they right fully earn it! One persons comments who I like on TV is a runner for President or something, Herman Cain. He says "If you aint rich, if you aint got millions, don't blame wall street or the economy - Blame Yourselves!"(Ha Ha) I was thinking,It's sounds funny but its sort of true. Most people who do not want to wake up early and function with the working environment choose not to by choice. Some don't like to function at all in society and become bums. It's just my opinion. But I think it's true, you have to earn a good living, but then every aspect about earning a good living kicks in. There was a protest in NY where a transient was on TV, explaining how he graduated from college, has loans to pay, no job and he is homeless! That's something to really complain about, either he did not have close family members that liked him or that's an example of Corporate Greed Kicking in. It's true, how come only some are able to be cherry picked to be hired and get away with it. People do need to speak up and find out.The Peninsula is a good place to start from San Francisco-MenloParkFindOut
Joe October 17, 2011 at 02:13 AM
I call it a bunch of losers with nothing better to do. call it occupy wall street.... these people need to occupy a job!

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