Newsom & Dellums promise “the nation’s largest urban area collaboration”… or with your $30 million, at least the most expensive

Forget that free WiFi folks … we’ve got something better in the pipeline to appease ye voting types…we’re talking actual working walkie talkies and stuff like that.

Huh? What’s that?
Oakland’s Ron Dellums shows off the Bay Area’s current emergency communications system he & Gavin Newsom intend to string together with $30 million in tax money they found laying around.

Apparently, moving radio waves & data between Oakland and SF is just a dream right now, but someday we may even be able to transmit communications all the way to Sacramento and San Jose. This of course requires building a special “emergency” system capable of true cross bay communications, and Dellums & Newsom, by golly, are just the sort of high tech, get things done political masterminds to take credit for this modern miracle possibly happening in your lifetime.

The two Bay Area big city mayor’s are excitedly announcing their 5 year plans to create communication between their once far off towns and add that getting a hold of over $30 million in federal dough would be a real good start.

I kid ye not, yesterday using the pretext of Sept 11th as a mighty powerful day to announce their grand plans, Oakland’s zombie grandfather dude, I mean, uh mayor, Ron Dellums and his devious youthful cross bay rival Newsom issued a joint press release.

The intriguing title was San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums Launch Regional Initiative to Connect Bay Area Public Safety Agencies

Just what is a regional initiative you ask?

Well first of all… it’s not just any initiative, it’s part of a “Super Urban Security Initiative

Second of all it’s also “strategic”

Third of all it pays ” tribute to the fallen”

So don’t go making fun of it either…

Apparently the busy twosome, Newsom & Dellums have been hard at work behind the logistical scenes, and can now promise an actual “initiative” to create a working Oakland to SF gov’t emergency radio communications network that starts at the low, low introductory price of just over $30 Million!

The current system of two cans connected by string is considered outmoded by the guy who sells Motorola Razr accessories at the mall.sfcans.gif

One gets the feeling that not since the telegraph has a communications breakthrough of this magnitude happened, and it’s nice to know that Bay Area emergency responders stand to benefit from the advancements in technology that might make this crazy dream a reality. Perhaps in another 5 years, whomever is mayor then might get to announce the invention of Cable Television, or Microwave Popcorn. One day it is believed, if things keep moving forward, man may even walk on the moon and Charlton Heston will awaken to find himself on a Planet of The Apes ( which is actually Earth !). Carnac predicts as well that Marky Mark will likely leave his Funky Bunch and then sign on to do a remake..

Well for those who were busy yesterday and somehow overlooked this stunning news, I’ll just let ya get at it yourself. It’s got some especially powerful & appropriate Mayoral quotes lauding their own joint decision making prowess. I proudly present this unaltered and largely unprecedented dual press release in it’s entirety after the jump…

Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Contact: Mayor’s Newsom’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131
Paul Rose, Press Secretary for Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, 510-388-6721



“Bay Area Interoperable Communications Initiative” enables first responders to communicate on same frequencies during a major disaster

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 11, 2007 – Today San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums announced the nation’s largest urban area collaboration to streamline communications between first responders.

“Today, as we mark the sixth anniversary of 9/11, the best way we can pay tribute to the fallen is by giving our first responders the tools to handle a major disaster,” said Newsom. “By connecting our first responders, we are ensuring that we will be better prepared for future disasters — natural or man-made.”

“As we remember the tragic events of 9/11, the images are still clear in our hearts and minds,” said Dellums. “As heart-wrenching as that day was, we’ve all accepted the challenge to learn from it. This initiative provides our first responders with the ability to communicate with other cities and counties across the Bay Area, further improving upon the way our emergency officials can respond.”

The mayors said that the scarcity of radio frequencies has hindered the ability of public safety agencies to communicate with one another – an issue known as interoperability. Many jurisdictions use different or incompatible systems and equipment that create a significant barrier to effective communication during critical events or disasters. These problems were highlighted in New York City during 9/11. The Oakland firestorm and the Loma Prieta earthquake brought the same challenges to the Bay Area.

Over the past year, through the leadership of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose and the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Marin and Santa Clara – along with support from the Bay Area Super Urban Security Initiative (SUASI) – Bay Area jurisdictions formed an alliance, the Bay Area Interoperable Communications Initiative, that has produced a plan to streamline and connect the Bay Area’s first responders.

“Disasters don’t recognize city or county borders,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “By working together as a region, our firefighters, police officers and medical personnel can respond more quickly in times of crisis.”


Key Elements of the plan:

· Construction of a regional, shared communications network to provide voice and data interoperability between the Bay Area and into the Sacramento area. Funded by federal grants, completion is expected within one year.

· Implementation of a standards-based communications network utilizing new 700MHz public safety voice channels (available in 2009) in the urban areas, and VHF in the rural areas. This innovative hybrid design will provide seamless roaming and interoperability capability all on the same network.

Target Timeline for Completion of the Initiative

Five-year strategic planning process is currently underway. Project implementation began in 2006 and will continue to occur in phases. Dependent on funding, estimated completion at the end of 2010.

Funding Sources

$15M: PSIC Grant (Public Safety Interoperable Communications) for Bay Area

$17.5M: SUASI (Super Urban Area Security Initiative), which includes:

o 2006 – $6.5M

o 2007 – $11.5M

o 2008-2010 – to be determined


1 Comment so far

  1. SF Taxi Driver (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    I got an idea, when disaster strikes turn on the television. News crews get the shots and the story. In the old days news reporters listened to police scanners to hear where the action was. Now the cops should watch tv, the news crews are on it man! Mayor Zombie and Mayor GQ should just buy some high def tv’s. At the end of the day isn’t this $30 mill just gonna result in another big room that looks like a Vegas Sports Book but is understaffed?

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