Amanda Witherell

After the bubble

Eastern Neighborhoods Plan limps toward final approval as activists question its assumptions on housing and fear the mayor's veto pen
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Speculators will be able to sit on tracts of San Francisco land until the market improves. Development impact fees will be set too low to cover the costs of neighborhood improvements like parks, streets, and transit. Read more »

CA nuke plant on two fault lines

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by Amanda Witherell

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photo by Jim Zim
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Ahh, a Friday afternoon toast to science. PG&E announced today that its Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power plant is actually situated on two seismically sensitive faults, not just the one previously identified in the 1970s when the plant was sited and built. Read more »

Taxi merger

With big changes in store for taxicab regulation, drivers fear ulterior motives by city officials and industry executives
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A plan to merge the Taxi Commission with the Municipal Transportation Agency will be heard by the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 25. Most city officials and taxi industry bigwigs support the change, but some drivers fear it could signal the end of the semi-autonomous medallion system that has been in place for 30 years.Read more »

The American imagination

Rose Aguilar looks for change on Red Highways
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REVIEW If you're one of the 200,000 San Franciscans who voted for Barack Obama, maybe you're staring at that map of red and blue states wondering, "How could 56 million people vote for John McCain? Why is there still this incredible swath of crimson belting our country?"

Similar questions have been burning in the minds of liberals since the 2000 election. Read more »

Money is power

Green City: PG&E spent a record-breaking $10.3 million against Prop H -- more than $53 per vote
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GREEN CITY While the latest public power proposal was soundly defeated at the polls, the apparent failure of a pair of electricity generation initiatives backed by Mayor Gavin Newsom and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is fueling an existing plan to create more city-owned energy projects.

Proposition H, which would have moved the city toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 and allowed public power to help meet that goal, lost Nov. Read more »

My call with Rose Aguilar

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By Amanda Witherell

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Local KALW "Your Call" radio show host Rose Aguilar has written a fascinating account of her six-month road trip through four “red” states interviewing people about their lives and asking them why they vote the way they do. Read more »

Food + bikes = fun

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by Amanda Witherell

Are you in search of good food? Are you on your bike when you’re looking for it? Do you want to join a bunch of other people on bikes chasing down good food? Food justice activist Antonio Roman-Alcala will be leading a bike tour this Sunday, Nov. Read more »

Newsom laments Prop 8 win

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by Amanda Witherell

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Mayor Gavin Newsom in the Prop 8 spotlight. Photo by Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal

Mayor Gavin Newsom expressed equal awe over seeing an African American elected president of the United States and a ban on gay marriage in California. “First and foremost it was an extraordinary night last night…for the country…and for civil rights,” he said at a crowded city hall press conference on the day after the election. Read more »

Newsom's green words for Obama

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by Amanda Witherell

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photo courtesy of Green Guerrillas against Greenwash

Environmental news web site, Grist, tapped a short list of people perceived as environmentalists and asked them to "imagine they found themselves in an elevator with the president-elect -- giving them one minute of his undivided attention."

Top of their list: our Mayor Gavin Newsom. Read more »

Power possibilities

Green City: The city's energy policy is still uncertain
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By Amanda Witherell

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GREEN CITY San Francisco's energy future is in flux. On Nov. 4, voters decided the fate of Proposition H, a plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. Read more »