We've come to know Alex Bledsoe over the last six months and support her dedication to telling the story of lead contamination in Oakland. We share purpose in membership with the Oakland Get the Lead Out Coalition activities which includes speaking with people about their stories. SmartOakland's mission is to ensure everyone is informed and safe from lead poisoning exposure in their homes and while we use data we champion every media channel contributing to this mission.


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Reuters reported that 3,000 communities in the United States have higher rates of lead poisoning than Flint, Mich.

The Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland reported the highest lead poisoning levels in the Bay Area, at over 7%.


A forthcoming documentary, explores the history of lead poisoning in Oakland, investigating the correlation between socioeconomic status and access to equitable housing and healthcare.

The film highlights the history of “legacy lead,” methods of exposure, stories of affected families, and efforts to eradicate contamination.