Amanda Witherell

Obama wins, but no SF results yet

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by Amanda Witherell

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Soon to be Assemblymember Tom Ammiano greeted by supporters at Campos for Supervisor headquarters

Up and down Valencia Street you could hear cheers echoing from bars and balconies when Florida flipped for Barack Obama. We have a new president.

But here in San Francisco, the new slate of supervisors is still pending. Outgoing supervisor Tom Ammiano just stopped by the David Campos headquarters at 24th and Mission Streets. Read more »

Guerrilla campaigning in District 1

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by Amanda Witherell

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Our SFBG email inbox contained these photos this morning, sent by "Subcomandante Marcos" who said they were a "guerrilla street response to your excellent story in this week's issue."

For those who missed it, here's the story.

And more photos from Marcos. Read more »

Yes on Prop H rally at PG&E's house

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by Amanda Witherell

Clean Energy Act supporters gathered in front of Pacific Gas & Electric corporate headquarters on Wed., Aug. Read more »

Downtown's planner

Former planning commissioner Sue Lee rakes in big bucks from developers with projects she voted to approve
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The battle for the district 1 supervisor's seat is being framed largely by politically conservative groups, funded by real estate and development, that are spending thousands of dollars supporting former planning commissioner Sue Lee over school board member Eric Mar.

An incestuous web of independent expenditure and political action committees have collectively spent enough against Mar to blow the $140,000 cap off the voluntary expenditure ceiling that all the candidates in that district agreed to.

The money's coming from the Building Owners and Managers Associati Read more »

Lunchtime fun tomorrow

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by Amanda Witherell

For all y’all who are roaming around the financial district tomorrow or need some diversion from the grind, swing by 77 Beale Street where clean energy activists are going to be installing three enormous wind turbines in front of PG&E’s headquarters. Read more »

Mayor’s power plant plan flawed

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by Amanda Witherell

Or, as Sup. Aaron Peskin put it one point during the dramatic Wed. Oct. Read more »

Artist's mural used by Clean Energy foes

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by Amanda Witherell

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Actually, this artist disagrees.

Once art is out in the public domain, it's fair game for all kinds of abuse, but we got the following message today from artist Chris Lux, who's perturbed that his mural served as a backdrop in a recent anti-Clean Energy Act advertisement.

Lux said:

"Recently a No on Prop H ad caught my eye. Read more »

Anniversary Issue: People's power

A sustainable energy system is well within San Francisco's reach
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Living in a city like San Francisco, it's pretty easy to advance your personal environmental prerogative. You can walk, ride your bike, or take public transportation almost anywhere you want to go. You can spurn the dominant consumer consciousness and buy used clothes and household goods at thrift stores. You can take short showers and drink clean Hetch Hetchy tap water instead of the bottled stuff. You can pick organic cornflakes over Kellogg's version. Read more »

Tell Obama and McCain to go to Poland

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by Amanda Witherell

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Send the prospective presidents a letter that says “get thee to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Poznan, Poland this December and talk to the rest of the world leaders, with or without preconditions, about rapidly reversing global carbon emissions.”

Or if you’re not feeling your in Read more »

Nevius: check your facts

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by Amanda Witherell

Last week SF Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius waded back into one of his pet issues, homelessness, in a piece on the SF Streets and Neighborhoods workgroup. Convened by Mayor Gavin Newsom, the group is tasked with coming up with a few ideas to improve the street safety for a couple pilot projects centered around downtown. Read more »