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In the wake of the October 17, 1989, Loma Prieta Earthquake, Caltrans commissioned an oral history project to document the personal and professional experiences of Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State's damaged transportation system. At the time of the earthquake Arnold Joe was a Maintenance Supervisor at the Caltrans San Leandro Maintenance Yard. When the earthquake happened he was at his home in Danville, CA, and after the earthquake, he drove to his yard in San Leandro. After he arrived, Joe learned that the Cypress Structure had collapsed and he was asked to manage the San Leandro Yard, to get equipment and workers to the damaged structure. There also was no power, and there were problems with the emergency generator until it was fixed. Joe also sent out Caltrans employees to check on structures to see if they were safe. Joe was involved in procuring 1,000 feet of Maxi Cones for the visit of President H.W. Bush to the Cypress Structure. He had 24 hours to get the Maxi Cones having to call the manufacturer and the military to do an airlift from Southern California to Oakland to have them arrive on time. Joe had his maintenance workers also build a ramp for the President's car at the Cypress as well.
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Earthquakes--California--Loma Prieta Loma Prieta Earthquake, Calif., 1989
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