Amanda Witherell

Get yer bike on: Gas-Free Fridays start tomorrow

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By Amanda Witherell

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I've become a happier person since I sold my Jetta and started traveling almost exclusively by bicycle. Every time I've driven a car in San Francisco the experience has left me frustrated, annoyed, and feeling like I didn't get where I was going any faster than I would have on my bicycle. Read more »

Fundraiser tonight for local foods program

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by Amanda Witherell

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For anyone looking to squeeze in a little extra fun before taking in the Biden-Palin throwdown, Bay Area Community Services is hosting a fundraiser in Oakland tonight. Read more »

Schwarzenegger snubs Harvey Milk

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by Amanda Witherell

hm.jpg Today Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have designated May 22 as Harvey Milk day. Read more »

Project Censored

The top 10 stories the US news media missed in the past year
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amanda@sfbg.com

The daily dispatches and nightly newscasts of the mainstream media regularly cover terrorism, but rarely discuss how the fear of attacks is used to manipulate the public and set policy. That's the common thread of many unreported stories last year, according to an analysis by Project Censored.

Since 1976, Sonoma State University has released an annual survey of the top 25 stories the mainstream media failed to report or reported poorly. Read more »

Bill McKibben and Cake step it up for Prop H

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by Amanda Witherell

Bill McKibben has sent us a message supporting Prop H. Read more »

What are safe streets?

Mayoral task force looks for ways to protect people in San Francisco — from the homeless
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amanda@sfbg.com

The San Francisco Streets and Neighborhoods workgroup, convened by Mayor Gavin Newsom, sat down to its seventh meeting Sept. 9 "to analyze and understand the key issues impacting safety on our streets and formulate recommendations for needed improvement with the goal of creating a safe environment on our streets for everyone."

Some of the top dogs on public safety were at the table, including Police Chief Heather Fong, fire department Capt. Read more »

PG&E desperate, so desperate to keep Marin customers

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by Amanda Witherell

PG&E is so desperate to stave off any threat of public power they'll proffer a 100 percent renewable energy pilot program to Marin county. And all we get is a bunch of Asian kids paid off by PG&E to spread No on H propaganda. Where's the love? Read more »

Cleaner and cheaper

The Clean Energy Act could mean lower carbon emissions — and lower electric bills
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>>Click here for our chart explaining how San Francisco can take over PG&E's system -- and wind up with $214 million a year in extra revenue. (PDF)

>>Click here for a comparison of public power and investor-owned utilities on rates and renewable energy. Read more »

Get paid $100, if you're not too liberal

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by Amanda Witherell

After we ran an article on the remarkable coincidences between opponents of the Clean Energy Act and people who take money from PG&E, reader J.J. Hollingsworth sent the following anecdote. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Read more »

Unaffordable nation

Will people pay more for slow food?
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amanda@sfbg.com

GREEN CITY Bay Area author Michael Pollan opened the first event of Slow Food Nation by pointing out that food prices have risen more than 80 percent in the past three years. Read more »