David Carini

Growing up

Increased density comes with transit and quality of life costs
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GREEN CITY Arguments about urban sprawl and the need to drastically improve transit services at the Transbay Terminal are driving plans for massive new skyscrapers in the SoMa District. Read more »

Blown coverage

The mainstream media loved the Iraq war
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Most major media outlets are cautious about the war in Iraq these days. Other than times like, say, the fifth anniversary, they don't cover the war every day, and when they do, they usually provide some sense of the war's enormous costs, as well as its unpopularity both here and abroad.

But that wasn't always the case. When George W. Bush beat the drums of war five years ago, most news organizations did little to question the president's rhetoric. Read more »

Building green in SF

The city considers rival plans to implement mandatory green design standards for new residential and commercial buildings
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GREEN CITY Wind turbines and solar panels may soon sprout on San Francisco rooftops as the city considers rival plans to implement mandatory green design standards for new residential and commercial buildings.

One ordinance proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom's Green Building Task Force would require new commercial construction of more than 5,000 square feet, residential buildings above 75 feet, and renovations to buildings of more than 25,000 square feet to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified by 2012, the second-highest desi Read more »

Money grows on trees

Although the state could save $13.3 million if several parks close, the governor hasn't calculated the loss in business tax revenue
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GREEN CITY A lone fisher casts his line off the wooden dock of Candlestick Point, his favorite spot and one at risk of closure from state budget cuts.

"The tide is too low today to catch anything, but supposedly there's halibut now after the rain," Ernesto Perez told the Guardian as he walked back to his car empty-handed, hoping to return later.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office has proposed closing 48 of the 278 state parks by July 2009 because of a projected $14.5 billion state deficit. Read more »