Rebecca Bowe

Threads of change

A fibershed activist wants us to consider our clothes

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GREEN ISSUE Planting indigo seedlings in a leaky greenhouse in the mist of a cold Marin County afternoon, Rebecca Burgess thinks about what she's going to wear. She's not a fashion model, or a clotheshorse, but she is on a yearlong quest to attire herself only in garments that were sourced and produced bio-regionally — or within a 150-mile radius of home — an area she calls her local fibershed.Read more »

Drawing a line in the toxic triangle

Advocates mount a regional push for environmental justice


GREEN ISSUE California is often viewed as being among the brightest shades of green. The Golden State's landmark climate-change legislation has proven magnetic for green-tech startups, while Northern California is defined in part by its longstanding love affair with natural foods and solar power. San Francisco boasts a well-used network of bike routes, a ban on plastic bags, mandated composting of kitchen scraps, and a host of urban agriculture projects.Read more »

Rent control is sticking point in Parkmerced debate


After a marathon debate at the March 29 Board of Supervisors meeting lasting several hours, a vote to certify the environmental impact report (EIR) for the masssive Parkmerced overhaul was pushed back until May 24. Read more »

The Parkmerced investors

As a massive residential project moves forward, tenants turn a wary eye toward Wall Street landlords


Parkmerced is one of the largest rental properties west of the Mississippi, and with more than 1,500 rent-controlled units, it's an important piece of the city's affordable-housing stock. Among the residents who live in the neighborhood-scale apartment complex are seniors, young families, and working-class San Franciscans, some of whom have called it home for decades.Read more »

Who really owns Parkmerced?


A major redevelopment proposal at the Parkmerced housing complex is scheduled to go before the Board of Supervisors on March 29. Under the plan, developers intend to bulldoze 1,538 rent-controlled units and replace them with new units, which they've promised will stay rent-controlled with the same monthly rates for existing tenants. It's a major overhaul which will nearly triple the number of units, transforming an entire San Francisco neighborhood, and it could take as long as three decades. So just who are the developers behind this plan? Read more »

Two East Bay rallies for clean energy


As a nuclear emergency continues to unfold in Japan, Bay Area grassroots organizations are trying to drum up support for incorporating clean energy into long-range local planning.

Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and other grassroots organizations have declared March 17 a "Green Day of Action," and they'll mark it with a rally before the City of Richmond's Planning Commission meeting to call for a meaningful plan for reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions. Read more »

SF health food stores selling out of potassium iodide **UPDATED**



OK, we've got some new information here, which is different from what the California Department of Public Health told us a little while ago: U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin told media she supports the idea of buying potassium iodide as a "precaution." Read more »

Local efforts to help Japan


Several prominent international charities are accepting donations for Japan's earthquake relief efforts, but many local organizations have stepped up to the plate too. Here's a roundup of Bay Area organizations we've found that have set up relief funds or are hosting benefits to help Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Ebisu, one of San Francisco's oldest Japanese restaurants, will donate some of its profits toward earthquake relief. Read more »

There are better ways to respond to Japan disaster


A disaster of epic proportions has devastated Japan, and the world continues to hold its breath as the threat of a nuclear meltdown continues. Yet CNBC's Larry Kudlow, speaking during a live broadcast about global markets on March 11, had this to say about the state of affairs: "The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that." Then he backpedaled, saying, "the human toll is a tragedy, we all know that." Read more »

Rec & Park begins HANC eviction before Board vote


Just as the Board of Supervisors was gearing up to vote at its Mar. 8 meeting on a resolution defending the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center against eviction from Golden Gate Park, Sup. Ross Mirkarimi noted that the Recreation & Parks Department had already filed an unlawful detainer against HANC, the first legal move in an eviction process. "I think that only escalates the matter, in what I believe is an unprincipled way," Mirkarimi said. Read more »