2015 Annual Neighborhood Council Meeting Update

 The 2015 annual meeting of the Greenbriar Neighborhood Council was held at the El Sobrante Library on Tuesday, Jan. 27th.     The guest speaker was Inspector Eric Munson from the Richmond Fire Department who informed us about the condition and use of the fire access roads in the neighborhood, the previous status of the weed abatement program as it pertained to the storm drain issue, and numerous other fine points of interest regarding our community.   Not only does he have an expertise in fire prevention, he is savvy on city government, sparking much debate--to the delight of all in attendance.  He will be a welcome guest at any future Neighborhood Council meeting!
    After a Power Point presentation on the neglected condition of the storm drains in the area by John Oster, Inspector Munson encouraged the council to continue in our pursuit of calling attention to the drain problem and to work with Wayne Madison, the head of Veolia, the drain and sewer management system currently used by the City of Richmond.  The Executive Board will be meeting with Wayne Madison on the storm drain issue in the near future.

    Will Plutte also had a Power Point presentation and by using a variety of maps illustrated how close the EBRP is coming in its quest to close the gap in the Bay Trail.  The gap exists due to the parcels of private properties near the Naphan Ranch.  We all hope this becomes a reality soon.

The Neighborhood Watch group for Kipling, Maison Way, & Garrison (KMG) also spoke at the meeting.  Discussion included the suggestion that although some had complained, sharing your email address as part of their list was safe.  

Storm Drain Update:
On Tuesday, February 10th, the Executive Board met with Wayne Madison of Veolia and it was agreed that progress on the cleaning of the storm drains in and around Greenbriar would begin on Tuesday, Feb. 17th. Updates to follow.

"Only share your primary email address with people you know."

 "Sharing your personal email address puts you at a greater risk to receive fraudulent emails."

Interestingly, if you enter (Do not share your personal email address) into the search box of your  browser, you will get 75, 300, 000 results!

  1.)  Keeping your personal email address private is a generally accepted principal in the universe of internet security.  Some think it is sacred information to be used only when absolutely necessary.
   At the meeting we were told of  "only one violation" of the Neighborhood Watch email list, which involved a person who advertised his own business.  It was not mentioned that Jack Etherington had his email account with ATT hacked.  For weeks afterward, my wife, myself and others who were on Jack's contacts list continued to receive email that appeared to come from Jack but was actually from a Canadian Pharmacy or some other unscrupulous entity.  Jack had a web based email client which can be more susceptible to attack than private accounts. But the bottom line is that when one person gets hacked, everyone in their contact list is hacked.  The more you give out your email address, the more susceptible to being hacked you are.  Fortunately for us, this was only a pharmaceutical ad company looking for new addresses and not a virus related hack.

   2.)  If you want neighbors to have your email address, by all means give it to them.  It is your neighbors who will watch your house when you are not there, not the neighbors who live several blocks away.  As the email list grows so must your trust that all members guard your address as carefully as you do.

  3.)  In this age of electronic mail, the telephone is still the #1 choice for communication in an emergency.  Even a text message is quicker and more reliable than an email.  Unnecessarily adding your personal email address to any list increases the chances of it being hacked.

Greenbriar Neighborhood Council never shares your email address with anyone.

John Oster
President of Greenbriar Neighborhood Council


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