Digging On Caldecott Fourth Bore

Caltrans and their contracted workers are making steady progress on the Caldecott fourth bore, and daily progress doesn’t exactly make headlines anymore.  However digging has begun from the Oakland side, so we’re curious about the progress and schedule ahead.

The North Hills Community Association (NHCA) recently announced a special Town Hall Meeting about Caldecott Tunnel this Thursday evening — starting 8:00 pm, at Claremont Hotel’s Lanai II Room.  Construction status and safety issues will be presented by Ivy Morrison, who serves as Caltrans Caldecott Tunnel Project Public Information Officer.

All Montclarions are most welcomed to this Town Hall, whether you live in the northern reaches (north of Thornhill) served by NHCA or not.  After all, everyone’s impacted by the Fourth Bore activities over the next couple years.

But wait, there’s more.  If you are interested in local dog laws, then you’re also invited to attend the regular NHCA meeting beginning at 6:30 pm.  Public Safety Officer Trent Thompson will address “issues surrounding dangerous dogs, including new law proposals to the  City of Oakland, new enforcement policies and procedures within Animal  Control.”

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Oakland Dog Meets Goat

In Oakland, we do have a couple farm animals.  You need to know where to look, but city dogs can definitely meet a city goat or two.

Here’s some photographic proof.  Let’s start with this local dog who, like many around the hills, was out on a daily stroll.  The pooch was leashed and not running free, but still asked its human to visit Valley View’s billies.

Clearly the dog wanted to meet-and-greet the goats, and came right up to the fence surrounding them.  Here you see one goat who returned the favor and showed interest in this alien being.  While both are curious, the goat is a little wary and standing back.

We really enjoy the goats around here.  There are temporary “hired hands,” munching on the grass and preventing fires.  And there are permanent goat residents, which are a welcomed anachronism.