Amanda Witherell

City Sued over Care not Cash, again

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by Amanda Witherell

Berkeley-based Disability Rights Advocates filed suit in US District Court today against the city of San Francisco for denying access to shelter beds for disabled homeless people. The suit alleges that Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Care not Cash program sets aside a certain amount of beds that are thus unavailable to disabled people who are banned from the program. Read more »

PG&E's blank check

Who is the utility buying off? Start with Newsom, Feinstein, and Willie Brown
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amanda@sfbg.com

For a complete list (2.35 MB) of everyone who signed on to a PG&E-paid ballot argument and a full list of all of the individuals, companies, and nonprofits that get PG&E money every year, click here (Excel).

It's Saturday morning, Aug. 23, and at the plumber's union hall on Market Street, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employees are leading a rally in opposition to San Francisco's Clean Energy Act. A table at the back of the room sags with urns of coffee and uneaten pastries. Read more »

Lights out on Labor Council endorsement

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by Amanda Witherell

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Graph from San Francisco Chronicle, July 26, 2007

Literally.

Last night while the San Francisco Labor Council was meeting to vote on endorsements for the November election, the power cut out.

“I immediately started chanting public power, public power,” said Robert Haaland, who was there on behalf of SEIU 1021. Read more »

People ride bikes

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by Amanda Witherell

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Record bike attendance at Outside Lands Friday night

I volunteered for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on Friday evening, valet parking bikes during the Outside Lands concert in Golden Gate Park. It was busy: Radiohead fans ride bikes. Read more »

PG&E pays for Newsom's party in Denver

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by Amanda Witherell

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Just in case you had any questions about our Mayor's relationship with private utility monopolies. And they co-opted Jenny Lewis!

Feed our elders well

"Good foods are not the privilege of people who have money"
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amanda@sfbg.com

GREEN CITY Conventional wisdom is that it costs more to eat well, but Alameda County Meals on Wheels has found real value in switching from processed foods to the kind of fresh, local, sustainable fare being touted at the upcoming Slow Food Nation conference, which begins Aug. Read more »

Marian Shelter closing, but not without fight

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Marian Residence for Women has been called a “model for shelter and transitional services for women,” yet it’s closing for good on August 31, adding another 60 beds to the 400+ that have been lost from the San Francisco's homeless shelter system since Mayor Gavin Newsom took office. Read more »

DCCC endorses....

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The newly elected progressive block of the local Democratic Party flexed their muscles during tonight's endorsements. It was a full house, with only Rep. Nancy Pelosi's seat empty. She neglected (perhaps purposefully) to send a proxy.

Many of the supervisors' measures passed -- including the Affordable Housing measure and the Clean Energy Act. All of the items put on the ballot by Mayor Gavin Newsom failed, despite a small consistent cabal following his centrist party line. Sen. Read more »

PG&E's Lie of the Week

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The mailer that arrived last week shows a bullet hole blown through a pile of money and urges voters to beware the Board of Supervisors' $4 billion takeover of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. It was paid for by the "Committee to Stop the Blank Check, a coalition of concerned consumers, small businesses, labor, community organizations and Pacific Gas and Electric Company." PG&E, needless to say, is picking up the check for the campaign.

Nowhere does the mailer specify the legislation it's attacking. Why not? Read more »

Sun protection failures

A new report casts a bad light on popular sunscreens
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amanda@sfbg.com

GREEN CITY Have you ever spent a day at the beach, dutifully slathering yourself with sunscreen — only to return home with the unmistakable prickle of a sunburn?

It's probably because your sunscreen isn't doing what it claims, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Washington, DC–based Environmental Working Group. Read more »