Melanie Ruiz

Finding the right dog walker

PETS ISSUE: Some tips from the pros
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If you wake up every morning and begin your day with a leisurely stroll to the park to spend time frolicking with your beloved pup and other pup friends, you're blessed. But if your schedule isn't so flexible — and you've got a little cash to spare — there's an easy way to keep your BFF (best furry friend) exercised, socialized, trained, and happy. Read more »

The truth about San Francisco's budget

Guess what? SF actually spends about what other big cities do

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"San Francisco," SF Weekly recently proclaimed, "is arguably the worst-run big city in America." That's a hell of a claim — the levels of corruption and mismanagement in urban America are legendary. But the Weekly's Benjamin Wachs and Joe Eskenazi set out to prove their case — with a series of mostly anecdotal points that looked at the usual targets: Nonprofits. Unions. And one senior Newsom administration staffer who pretty much everyone agrees was a horrible manager.Read more »

Cleaner air for Oakland -- but no one wants to pay for it

A raging battle over who should shoulder the overhaul of old, dirty trucks
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GREEN CITY On Jan. 1, the Port of Oakland and surrounding areas will get cleaner air — and as many as 1,000 truck drivers may lose their jobs.

That's when the port's Clean Truck Management Plan (CTMP) takes effect, setting strict requirements for trucks operating in the port. Read more »

After the peak

Task force urges city to prepare for the decline of fossil fuel production now
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To prepare for the inevitable decline in fossil fuel production, San Francisco's Peak Oil Preparedness Task Force (see "Running on Empty," 1/30/08) has concluded the city needs to rapidly implement the community choice aggregation and its related renewable energy projects, beef up "buy local" programs, convert unused land (including some park and golf course property) into public food gardens, and consider implementing city carbon, gas, vehicle, and fast food taxes.

The task force presented its findings, contained in a 125-page report, to the Board of Read more »