Rebecca Bowe

Workin' at the car wash

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Worker advocates with La Raza Centro Legal and the San Francisco Day Labor Program are partnering with city officials for a creative approach to addressing the pervasive issue of wage theft: A worker-owned car wash. Read more »

Inside the V.I.P. cocktail party with Willie Brown

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The Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth hosted a V.I.P. reception just before a mayoral candidate forum held at UCSF Aug. 16, and former Mayor Willie Brown appeared to be the guest of honor. Although the theme of the event was technically "honoring San Francisco's mayors" -- former Mayor Frank Jordan was there, someone indicated that former Mayor Art Agnos was in the room, former Mayor Gavin Newsom was invited but didn't show, and Mayor Ed Lee was of course in attendence -- Brown seemed to be given more prominent recognition than any of the others. Read more »

BART officer information hacked and released

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UPDATE: See below for text of a conversation with an anonymous hacker who takes credit for hacking the BART police site.Read more »

So much for civility

Mayor's race gets interesting as barbs fly

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The San Francisco mayor's race went from a lackluster affair to a dynamic match as the Aug. 12 filing deadline drew near and two prominent city officials who had previously said they wouldn't run tossed their hats into the ring.Read more »

Advocates aim to change youth sentencing of life without parole

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Christian Bracamontes was 16 years old and had never been in trouble with the law when he made a decision that landed him in a California prison, serving out a sentence of life without parole.

He was part of a tagging crew, and he and a friend had gone down to a wash to hang out and do graffiti. When his friend showed him that he had a gun in his bag, he was surprised. A group of kids came down to the wash and offered to sell them weed, but they refused. Then his friend got an idea.  Read more »

It's official: Adachi's in the race (VIDEO)

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Public Defender Jeff Adachi filed to run for mayor of San Francisco on Aug. 12, the last possible day to enter the race.  Adachi said he'd decided to run in order to "make sure there's a voice in there that's talking about the fiscal realities of our city."Read more »

"Ed heads" deemed inappropriate at Lee support rally

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At a rally for Mayor Ed Lee at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center Aug. 11, many turned out to demonstrate their support for the mayoral candidate. But several were asked to alter their signs and appearance before the press event got underway. Read more »

Environmentalists: America's Cup not green enough

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A preliminary planning document for the America's Cup doesn't go far enough to protect San Francisco's natural environment, a coalition of environmental organizations has said. Read more »

Shelter from the storm

San Francisco strengthens protections for low-wage workers as the economy worsens

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Ms. Li has a petite build, but she's physically strong. Hauling around dish bins and boxes of produce weighing 50 pounds was part of her daily routine when she worked shifts lasting 12 hours a day, six days a week, at a San Francisco Chinatown eatery that later made headlines for its poor labor standards.Read more »

Ecological rewind

Environmentalists want to tear down O'Shaughnessy Dam and restore the Hetch Hetchy Valley, but does their plan hold water?

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Follow the trail from Yosemite National Park's Rancheria Falls up along dusty switchbacks and down through a canopy of pines and madrones for roughly three miles, and you will reach Tiltill Valley.Read more »