Melody Parker

Blocking the Port

A new lawsuit seeks to impede the Port of Oakland's ability to regulate dirty trucks
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GREEN CITY A lawsuit filed against the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports is impeding the Port of Oakland's ability to regulate dirty trucks.

In April, a U.S. Read more »

The polluting Port

Diesel exhaust from old idling vehicles has created a serious public health threat
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GREEN CITY Manuel Rivas is an independent truck driver working at and living near the Port of Oakland, where diesel exhaust from old idling vehicles has created a serious public health threat.

Officials have long talked about addressing the problem (see "ImPorting injustice," 7/17/07). Read more »

Biodiesel's leaps

With small- and large-scale infrastructure falling into place, the biofuels movement in San Francisco is gathering momentum
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GREEN CITY Biofuels, which decrease reliance on polluting and planet-cooking fossil fuels, made a couple of big advances in San Francisco in recent weeks.

Michele Swingers and Robin Gold seized the key market by opening Dogpatch Biofuels Station on Pennsylvania and 22nd streets. The youthful partners say it's the only station in San Francisco selling B100, or fuel made from 100 percent organic matter. Read more »

Strange bedfellows

Green City: San Francisco's bicycle community finds itself in an awfully strange position
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GREEN CITY San Francisco's bicycle community found itself in the strange position of encouraging Superior Court Judge Peter Busch — someone many cyclists revile for his strict enforcement of a far-reaching injunction against bike projects in the city — to reject a city-sponsored bike safety proposal during a Jan. 22 hearing. It was one more sign of the desperation bicyclists and city officials are feeling over the three-year-old ban on all things bike-related, from new lanes to simple sidewalk racks (see "Stationary biking," 5/16/07).Read more »