Amanda Witherell

Setting standards

San Francisco's homeless shelters, overdue for basic necessities, may be about to change
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Toilet paper. First aid kits. Drinking water. Read more »

Car Feebates! Brilliant!

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The California State Assembly is expected to vote this week on a plan to give rebates to people who buy little, awesome, eco-happy cars and tax the folks with Napoleon complexes. Read more »

Pinball Machine

Toni Mirosevich trucks through unrestricted territory
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INTERVIEW Toni Mirosevich thinks imagination has a prominent place aboard the great ship of nonfiction, and she knows that vessel travels on waters as wide as an ocean. The Rooms We Make our Own, her first book of prose and poetry, was published in 1996 by Firebrand Books; most recently, she's authored a collection of creative nonfiction, Pink Harvest (Mid-List Press, 203 pages, $16). Read more »

Life of the party

Ralph Nader crashes the Green Party Convention
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GREEN CITY Amid the much-hyped speculation about whom Democratic and Republican party voters will choose as their respective presidential nominees this year, California members of the Green Party will vote for their representative Feb. 5.

Candidates Jared Ball, Kent Hesplay, Jesse Johnson Jr., Cynthia McKinney, and Kat Swift met for their only planned debate Jan. Read more »

Consolidating power

Proposal calls for most city permitting to be placed under a controversial new department head
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A proposal to consolidate some of the permitting functions of 10 city departments into one is currently floating through Mayor Gavin Newsom's administration as a result of his call to department heads for bold initiatives. It was developed by a department head who is receiving harsh criticism from his staff.

Isam Hasenin, the director of the Department of Building Inspection, originally unveiled the idea in a Dec. Read more »

Obama's House Tonight

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First of all, I"m still undecided. This is in no way an endorsement of my views or the Guardian's regarding the upcoming presidential election. That said, this evening after toiling away in the Guardian batcave I walked up the hill to Bloom's Saloon on 18th Street where the Potrero Hill Obama contingent gathered to watch the results eek in from New Hampshire.

It was something of a mad house. The bar was more packed than I've ever seen it. The music was off and CNN was turned up loud. Read more »

Inside Iraq

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The most recent issue of the New York Review of Books has a fascinating piece by Michael Massing on a blog run by Iraqi journalists that work for McClatchy Newspapers, one of the few outfits that has kept a Mideast bureau despite its fall into the black hole of massiv Read more »

One word: SIRENS!

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Dunno about you all, but I live pretty close to SF General hospital and I have got to say the sirens haven't quit since the early hours of today. Three cheers for all our emergency workers out there dealing with shit in this crappy weather. Heroic. I couldn't even face leaving the house today.

Nuclear fuel casks, safe and sturdy?

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This is in response to a comment from a reader assuring us of the safety of nuclear fuel casks. Sorry the video is a little soft and fuzzy, but you'll get the drift. Read more »

Yucca Mt. bitch deadline: Jan. 10

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Known as Snake Mountain to the Shoshone, the Dept. of Energy wants to choke it with nuclear waste

Sharpen your pencils, folks. Only one week left to tell the government what you think about the plan to bury 70,000 metric tons of radioactive waste in a leaky tunnel in the middle of a sacred mountain in Nevada. Read more »