Rebecca Bowe

Creative protesters attend Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference


A long line formed outside Moscone West on the morning of June 6 as attendees of Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference prepared to be wowed by an unveiling of the company's latest technology. A giant Apple logo was projected on the building above the scene as the crowd inched toward the entrance of the convention center, many clutching coffee cups and gazing at iPhones or iPads as they waited. Read more »

HANC gets a new eviction notice


The City and County of San Francisco voluntarily dismissed an eviction notice it had issued to the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center, but then the Recreation & Parks Department promptly sent a new one with a deadline of June 30. Read more »

Awaiting consensus

The long-anticipated compromise pension reform plan still has a couple of key critics


Mayor Ed Lee's pension reform proposal was unveiled May 24 with support from some of those who helped develop it, including investment banker Warren Hellman, Rebecca Rhine from the Municipal Executives Association, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce head Steve Falk, and San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson.Read more »

SEIU 1021 withholds support for newly unveiled pension proposal


San Francisco’s largest labor union, Service Employees International Union 1021, is not on board with a proposed charter amendment that would reform the city’s pension system for public employees.Read more »

The secret life of Michael Peevey

California's top energy regulator rolls with power company executives behind the scenes


Inside a legislative hearing room at the state capitol, things were beginning to get uncomfortable. Roughly five weeks had passed since a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline explosion killed eight and leveled an entire San Bruno neighborhood, and this California Senate committee hearing was an early attempt to get answers.Read more »

Environmentalists rappel off Richmond Bridge to protest Chevron


This morning, May 23, activists from Amazon Watch and the Rainforest Action Network rappelled off the Richmond Bridge and unfurled a 50 foot banner which read: “Chevron Guilty: Clean Up Amazon.”

Anchored to the bridge deck, three brave souls dangled airborne above the bay alongside the banner, within view of an oil tanker. The banner drop was carried out to draw attention to Chevron’s environmental contamination in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. Read more »

Fear the beard

Can an employer get away with firing someone for having facial hair?


Christopher Hanson, a 38-year-old single father who lives in Albany, doesn't have one of those scraggly, runaway beards that one might associate with jam bands or train hopping. He keeps his goatee neat and trimmed, sometimes using scissors to clip back the mustache. Yet Hanson says he got fired last month because his facial hair was deemed a violation of his company's employee appearance policy. Now, he's fighting back.Read more »

Civil Grand Jury report rips Parkmerced plan


One week before the massive Parkmerced redevelopment project is slated to go before the Board of Supervisors for a second shot at approval, the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury has issued a scathing critique of the plan in a report titled "The Parkmerced Vision: Government-by-Developer." The assessment charges that the project's development agreement fails to guarantee adequate rent-control protections for current tenants whose homes will be razed and replaced with new units as part of the ambitious, 20-to-30 year overhaul. Read more »

Peabody coal company threatens to sue over getting punked

(0), the website that allows users to create petitions for social change, received a legal threat from Peabody Energy after Coal Kills Kids (CKK) -- a group that partnered with the Yes Men to unveil a faux Peabody charity initiative earlier this week -- continued the hoax with a mock petition. Read more »

City's local power program will be greener, but not so local, at first


The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is in negotiations with Shell Energy North America to purchase power for a new version the city's community-choice aggregation (CCA) program that will be smaller -- but greener -- than what city officials had originally envisioned. Read more »