Claire Mullen

Consequences of inaction

How the breakdown in sunshine enforcement leads officials to destroy public documents and defy unwelcome inquiries

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The San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance, although it sounds bright and cheery, remains shrouded in a cloud of inaction. Meant to increase transparency in city government, it hasn't emerged from the bureaucratic fog since its establishment in 1994. Cases wait years to be heard and even blatant violations go unpunished, due to infighting and power disputes between the commissions that are supposed to enforce government compliance.Read more »

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FRIDAY 16

Justice begins with seeds

The California Biosafety Alliance hosts a two-day conference bringing together farmers, activists, and experts to discuss the threats of genetically modified foods. Speakers will discuss the corporate food model, how it impacts our lives and environment, and what people can do to change it. Dr. Vandana Shiva, activist and environmental justice leader, will be the keynote speaker.Read more »

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Crowded funds

CAREERS AND EDUCATION ISSUE: The ups and downs of entrepreneurship on Kickstarter

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CAREERS AND ED Regan Long and Sarah Fenson have been brewing beer in San Francisco for seven years. It's their passion, but they didn't think it could be their business until recently. Friends and family kept insisting that their beers were pub-worthy, so last year they began the first steps toward opening a brewery.Read more »

The foodie crackdown

Regulators shut down Underground Market, triggering debate over permits and food safety

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Yet another blow was dealt to the San Francisco's free-thinking food scene on June 11 when the final Underground Market was staged by ForageSF, at least for the time being. The market was shut down by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) in a clash between small-time food businesses and city officials over permitting and regulatory issues.

"I was ready for this for a while," ForageSF founder Iso Rabins told us. "I thought someone would show up eventually to say something about this, and now they have."Read more »

Shuttle wars at SFO

Giant company wants to squeeze out locals

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It's a misty morning at San Francisco International Airport, with the fog breaking into a slight drizzle. At the ground transportation area, travelers were repeatedly running in to each other in their head-down dash across packed taxi lanes.

The biggest bottleneck wasn't the cars, though; it was the confused populace staring up at multicolored, multiarrowed transportation-related signs. Taxi? No. Shuttle? Yes, but which shuttle — reserved, hotel, or shared-ride?Read more »