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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

    Let’s clear the air

    Editor — Regarding Ines Colon’s article (Tower, Sept. 11) on B-quad air quality, my concern was this: after 10 minutes in B-256, my throat was constricting and students were rubbing their eyes.

    With the extraordinary teamwork of Vice President Lilia Celhay and Dean Chuen Chan, I was able to secure a place to resume class. Not one to let a little “cement dust” get in my way, I tried again to teach in the room until my student took out her inhaler.

    The room was not acceptable to teach in. I gave the pollutants the moniker “cement dust”; when I heard there would be testing, I asked (Peralta District Director of Risk Management) Gregory Valentine to tell me what would be tested. I was told “dust.”

    As anyone concerned with air quality in West Oakland knows, there are quite a variety of deadly pollutants that not only cause cancer but also inflame asthma.

    I strongly urge Colon to continue to research the air quality focusing on our border with I-880. Air pollutants combine exacerbating toxicity.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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