Amanda Witherell

Cleaning the sour lake

Natives of oil-polluted Ecuador call out Chevron
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Pablo Fajardo, Humberto Piaguaje, and Guillermo Grefa - three natives of Ecuador - recently made a visit to the Bay Area, but not as mere tourists.

"I've come here to inform you, San Francisco, so that you here might know what Chevron does outside the borders of the United States," Fajardo said at a press conference outside City Hall. "They are contributing to the destruction of humanity on a global level."

Fajardo is one of the lead litigators in a 14-year-old civil action lawsuit against Texaco (which was purchased by the Chevron Corp. Read more »

Disapproving Characterization

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by Amanda Witherell

We just got this letter from Matt Dorsey. He didn't like the way we talked about the city attorney's office and their love/hate relationship with metadata. Sorry Matt! Read more »

Green Guerrillas Out of the Cage Tonight

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by Amanda Witherell

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The Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash will be cavorting in front of PG&E headquarters this evening at 6:15. The street theatre will be honoring 6.6 million lives devastated by the Chernobyl explosion, 21 years ago today. Read more »

Meta-wha...?

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by Amanda Witherell

The city attorney's office in San Francisco has strongly advised against releasing public documents that may contain metadata, (except when it serves their own purposes, like getting to the bottom of how the 49ers move to Santa Clara slipped right by them.)

The House of Representatives doesn't seem to have a problem with it though, as Rep. John Conyers, Jr. Read more »

Death of fun, the sequel

NIMBY assault! Crackdown on nightlife and outdoor events continues, even as the backlash gains strength
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Fun - in the form of fairs, festivals, bars, art in the parks, and the freedom to occasionally drink alcohol in public places - is under attack in San Francisco.Read more »

Small Business Awards 2007: Cooperative Award

Woodshanti Cooperative
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Down near the dead end of Palou Avenue, beside the old Hunters Point Shipyard, whose claim to infamy is being the city's sole Superfund site still rife with toxic waste and radioactive material, there's a woodworking shop that goes against the grain.

Woodshanti, a worker-owned cooperative of custom-furniture builders, strives to be as peaceful as its Hindi-inspired name suggests - "not a negative but a positive part of the ecology," cofounder Shawn Berry says. Read more »

MORE RENEWABLE THAN YOU

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by Amanda Witherell

Oakland is destroying us at the green game. All told, California is doing pretty well though, thanks to AB 32, but keep an eye on Oregon. Portland's shooting for 100 percent renewable by 2010. How's our evergreen Gavin going to compete with that? Read more »

IT'S CCA TIME!

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By Amanda Witherell

Ever since the California State Assembly passed AB 117 in 2002 legalizing “Community Choice Aggregation” (CCA) public power advocates have been eagerly awaiting the day San Francisco would get the legislative ball rolling and start divorce proceedings with it’s current electricity provider, Pacific Gas and Electric.

That ball got a big push from Sups. Read more »

Green isn't PG&E

The private utility is trying to sell itself as an ecofriendly company. Here's the truth
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You've seen the ads, lime colored and screaming from the sides of Muni buses, papered to the walls of BART stations, popping up on local news Web sites. "Let's green this city," they proclaim in a chummy, we're-all-in-this-together way. Like any good ad campaign, these broadsides, brought to you by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., are designed to snap your eco-consciousness into thinking, "Hell yeah! Read more »

Pandora Needs Help

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by Amanda Witherell

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We just got a letter from Tim Westergren, one of the founders of Pandora, the supercool website that builds you a radio station by tracing the musical genes of song or musician you like and connecting it to others with similar aural DNA. Read more »