Rachel Sadon

Building the movement

UC student organizers work to broaden support for the March 4 Strike and Day of Action

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Frustrated by deep cuts to education spending and quality, momentum is building across California in support of the "Strike and Day of Action to Defend Public Education" on March 4.

Students, laborers, and faculty throughout the University of California system are trying to expand on last semester's organizing efforts by strengthening ties to groups from all tiers of the public education system. But questions linger about the best way to proceed and what exactly the event should look like.Read more »

Housing cars or people?

GREEN CITY: Supervisor Chiu introduces legislation that curtails evictions for garages
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GREEN CITY San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has introduced legislation that would curtail the ability of residential property owners in Telegraph Hill, North Beach, and Chinatown to evict tenants and replace them with garages.

The ordinance, which is currently being reviewed by staff before it is considered by the Planning Commission, seeks to prohibit the construction of garages in rental properties that have been the site of a no-fault eviction in the past decade. Read more »

Marching on Chevron

GREEN CITY: Activists from Global Exchange protest alleged human rights abuses and environmental devastation
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GREEN CITY Although the 250-seat Roxie Theater auditorium was filled to capacity for the Nov. 1 screening of the controversial film "The Yes Men Fix the World," the real action took place on the city's streets when audience members took the film's anticorporate message directly to an oil giant's door.Read more »

Turf war

Public-private partnership converts SF fields to artificial turf despite lingering environmental concerns
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The signs around Kimbell Playground in the Western Addition announce the field's closure for construction until April 2010. Although they detail the extensive renovations, there is no hint that controversy swirls around one particular aspect: replacing living grass with synthetic turf.

In 2004, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department issued an assessment of the city's recreation facilities that estimated the city needed 30 softball fields and 35 soccer fields to match demand from the city's players. Read more »