Rebecca Bowe

During America's Cup, clean-air program takes a step backward

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A $5 million clean-air program along the San Francisco waterfront will be temporarily halted to accommodate the America's Cup, prompting criticism from environmental advocates. Read more »

Rally planned to protest latest BART shooting

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Activists who swarmed transit stations in the wake of the fatal BART police shooting of Oscar Grant are planning to rally again next Monday, July 11 in response to a fatal July 3 BART police shooting in San Francisco's Civic Center Station.Read more »

Ghost Fleet wanderers

How three nighttime photographers snuck aboard the abandoned ships of Suisun Bay

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Scott Haefner, Stephen Freskos, and Jon Haeber aren't the types to stand out in a crowd. Haefner is a web developer, Freskos supervises projects for an engineering firm, and Haeber has a desk job at a company that helps businesses hit high on Google — three straight-laced Bay Area professionals who blend readily into the corporate world.

But everyone's got their thing — a way to break out of bounds, or scratch the itch of some incessant curiosity.Read more »

Smooth sailing for developers

America's Cup waterfront land giveaway has quietly expanded since the deal was approved — with Chiu's secret blessing

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It's a mad dash at San Francisco City Hall to put all the pieces together in preparation for the America's Cup, the prestigious regatta that will culminate in the summer of 2013 along the city's northern waterfront. But once that spectacle is over, the biggest impact of the event will be a massive, lasting, and quite lucrative transformation of the city's waterfront by a few powerful players, a deal that has been modified significantly since it was approved by the Board of Supervisors.Read more »

On the hook

SFPD's expensive war on small-time druggies

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Unique Roberts squared back her shoulders and recalled what it was like when she first moved to San Francisco from East Oakland more than a decade ago. A tall, 33-year-old African American transgender woman with piercing eyes and a charming smile despite gaps of missing teeth, Roberts said she performed as a showgirl at clubs like Harvey's and the Pendulum in the Castro. In those exciting days, "I fell in love with this boy, and he was an addict," she explained. "I thought that if I did it, it would keep our relationship together."Read more »

Saving Oakland libraries

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When I went to Oakland's Art Murmur a couple weeks ago, a funeral procession organized to call attention to the possible loss of Oakland public libraries wound its way through the streets. Read more »

Tonight: Freedom of information panel on press passes

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A few articles have been published over the past year or so about the availability of press passes in San Francisco, spurring a slew of questions: Who gets them? Why are they needed? What are the laws surrounding media access? And what are the rules governing the local process of issuing press badges, anyway? Read more »

Suhr: SFPD Tasers not a priority

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Asked on June 17 for an update on a San Francisco Police Department bid to research and implement the use of Tasers, Police Chief Greg Suhr indicated that it was on the back burner for now.

"I know that the Tasers and all were a huge discussion in prior administrations," Suhr said. "I think right now with everything else that we have going, and especially with budgetary constraints right now, that in all honesty we really haven't gotten to that yet." Read more »

Mehserle's free, but some protesters could still face jail time

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 Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant while he was lying face down on the Fruitvale station train platform on New Year's Day 2009, was released from a Los Angeles jail June 13 after serving a total of 365 days for his involuntary manslaughter conviction. He was sentenced to two years behind bars, but Judge Robert Perry granted him an early release due to credit for time served and good behavior. Read more »

Chiu's choice

The man who presided over the end of the Progressive Era at City Hall needs to decide whose side he's really on

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For 10 years — from 2000 to 2010 — progressives controlled the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It was a defining era in city politics, with the left-leaning board not only providing a check on the power of downtown-backed mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom but producing a long list of important reforms that, generally, sought to level the playing field between the haves and have-nots.Read more »