Rebecca Bowe

The long wait for sleep

The Fair Shelter Initiative could reduce endless waiting times at homeless shelters

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Rodney Palmer is 52, and he uses a cane because he has a bad hip. Walking is painful for the homeless native San Franciscan, but to reserve a bed at a shelter, he's got to get up early and cover a lot of ground. "I get up at 4 a.m. and go to Glide" in hopes of getting a long-term shelter bed, he told the Guardian. "By the time I get there, there's people sleeping on the ground."Read more »

Benefit tomorrow (Wed./13) for hikers imprisoned in Iran

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Shane Bauer, a Bay Area photojournalist, will spend his 29th birthday in Iran's Evin Prison on July 13. Read more »

Big solar, little solar

Which renewable technology holds the key for a sunnier (and more democratic) energy future?

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At a business conference this past May hosted by Wired Magazine, Bill Gates, the billionaire chair of Microsoft and an influential philanthropist, offered his two cents on solar energy. "If you're going for cuteness," he told Wired, "the stuff in the home is the place to go. It's really kind of cool to have solar panels on your roof. But if you're really interested in the energy problem, it's those big things in the desert."Read more »

BART service disruptions as protesters call for transit police to be disbanded (video)

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Rush hour on the BART system in downtown San Francisco was royally screwed up for several hours July 11, and for protesters who paced along station platforms chanting "No justice, no peace!" and engaging in verbal clashes with transit cops, that was the point. The group, after all, is called No Justice, No BART, and they were there to pressure the agency in the wake of a BART police shooting. Read more »

One month to read a 1,600-page DEIR on the America's Cup: Ready, set, go!

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Members of the public will have a chance to offer feedback on the massive draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the America's Cup at the Planning Commision on August 11 -- one month from the date of the DEIR release, July 11. Anyone interested in weighing in on far-reaching plans for the Northern Waterfront during the world-famous sailing matches in 2012, 2013, and beyond ought to download the report now and start diving in. To absorb the whole thing, you'd have to read 53 pages a day. Read more »

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 »