Janna Brancolini

Reclaiming San Francisco -- from cars

The city's first ciclovia will open a car-free Embarcadero to cyclists
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GREEN CITY On Sunday, Aug. 31, the Mayor's Office and several community groups join forces to bring San Francisco into an international movement to increase physical activity, break down invisible borders, and make scenic space available to all during the city's first ciclovia.

More than 4.5 miles of streets will be closed to cars that day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Sunday Streets, the first of two ciclovias scheduled this summer. Read more »

Clean Energy Act makes ballot

It isn't the only charter amendment on the November ballot, but it's already shaping up to be the political lightning rod of this fall's election
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GREEN CITY The San Francisco Clean Energy Act isn't the only charter amendment on the November ballot, but it's already shaping up to be the political lightning rod of this fall's election.Read more »

Red ink stains green rhetoric

A state report encourages increased use of mass transit, but the governor's budget proposal denies the public transportation fund more than $1 billion. Plus: Transit Funding 101
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GREEN CITY Environmentalists are pondering the state's seemingly schizophrenic approach to fighting climate change after a recent state report encouraging increased use of mass transit came out at the same time that the governor's budget proposal denies the state's public transportation fund more than $1 billion.

The California Air Resource Board's June 26 Draft Scoping Plan to combat global warming, released pursuant to Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, is at least the second major report this year to recommend expand Read more »

Environmental shake up

The Big ONE Convergence 2008
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GREEN CITY Nothing mobilizes community action like a natural disaster. Read more »

Go directly to court

Supervisors reject funding for Mayor Newsom's Community Justice Center
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After nearly four hours of debate punctuated by boos and cheers from an impassioned audience, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Budget and Finance Committee decided May 14 not to release $500,000 in reserve funds for Mayor Gavin Newsom's proposed Community Justice Center.

The project, modeled after courts in Manhattan and Brooklyn and touted by Newsom for years, would be a tribunal for bringing in quality-of-life crime violators — usually the homeless or other street denizens — immediately after they're cited and, in theory, getting them right in Read more »