Chris Albon

Newsom cuts poverty programs

The mayor is proposing significantly reduced resources for the poor, homeless, and drug addicted
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Mayor Gavin Newsom is publicly claiming to support the city's poor and homeless, but his budget would quietly cut 4 percent from the Department of Public Health's annual funding, eliminating key support services to the city's most vulnerable residents.

What the mayor calls his "back-to-basics budget" would double the number of outreach workers for his signature Homeless Connect program and establish a community court to punish "quality-of-life crimes" as they occur, but it also would cut substance-abuse and mental-health services, close homeless shelters, and eliminat Read more »

Small Business Awards 2007: Community Activist Award

Pet Camp
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When Mark Klaiman and Virginia Donohue opened Pet Camp, a kennel for cats and dogs, in 1997 in the Bayview, they wanted to do more than just make money housing pets.

"A lot of businesses drive in, do their work, and leave. They don't actually get involved in the community," says Klaiman, who with his wife, Donohue, worked for the Environmental Protection Agency prior to becoming an entrepreneur. Read more »

Draining the river

The SFPUC is looking for ways to suck more freshwater into the reservoirs
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This winter was the fourth driest rainy season on record, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the agency that owns the pipes running from the Sierras and controls the water supply for much of the Bay Area, is trying everything short of mandatory rationing to cut water use.

In press conferences and public statements, SFPUC officials are urging residents to take shorter showers and fix leaky faucets. Read more »

Superlist No. 826: Alcohol rehab

Residential treatment for broke drunks
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Drinking is a fun, legal, and socially acceptable form of recreation ... until things get ugly. For some people, rehab serves as an alibi for all the embarrassing and damaging mistakes they made while loaded. But many, for whatever reason, really are caught in the grip of a life-threatening addiction and feel like there's no way out. Being broke — whether you're homeless and panhandling or working part-time in a café and barely making the rent — certainly doesn't make getting sober easier. Read more »

Fighting the Monster

City supports boycott of company that outsourced 120 jobs
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On Valentine's Day, Yi Jun Huang, a smiling 65-year-old Chinese immigrant, walked into the Apple store near Union Square and handed the manager a large chocolate heart and a pink valentine as about 40 laid-off Monster Cable workers and their supporters rallied outside. Read more »