Rebecca Bowe

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

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***UPDATE***

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

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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

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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

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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 »

For safety's sake

Gaps in PG&E pipeline info could carry implications for land-use decisions

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

A federal investigative hearing on the deadly Sept. 9, 2010 San Bruno explosion triggered by the rupture of a high-pressure Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline was all about getting answers — but it has also sparked new questions.Read more »

Board to vote on resolution opposing HANC eviction

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Last week, Mayor Ed Lee met for around 45 minutes with Ed Dunn and Jim Rhoads of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center, Melanie Nutter of the Department of the Environment, and some others who have been in discussions over HANC's pending eviction from Golden Gate Park.

"The mayor wanted us to consider alternatives to the site we're in," Rhoads told the Guardian after the meeting. He noted that ideas had been floated about relocating HANC to a parcel owned by the Port of San Francisco in District 10, or creating a mobile recycling unit. Read more »

Newsom's fancy gift, trip to China

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The Chronicle's got a story today about how Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's personal investments and earnings, documented in an economic disclosure form released by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), make him a lot richer than his boss, Gov. Jerry Brown.

The form also discloses travel payments and gifts Newsom received in 2010, which makes for some interesting reading. For one, San Francisco's former mayor evidently received a very expensive pen (made by Louis Vuitton and valued at $398) last year from this guy. Read more »

Sorry, Chuck, it's not over yet

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A Saturday editorial by the Chronicle's C.W. (Chuck) Nevius suggested that the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center would face final closure this coming Friday, March 4, because the Recreation & Park Department had issued a notice stating that the lease would be terminated on that date. Read more »

Tasers vs. talk

Mental health advocates worry that Tasers could undermine SFPD's de-escalation training

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

At a Feb. 23 Police Commission hearing, San Francisco interim Police Chief Jeff Godown told the civilian oversight board he wanted to investigate Tasers as a less-lethal weapon for San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officers. Speaking to a room crammed full of community advocates who had turned out to rail against the idea, Godown seemed to try to preemptively address a concern that opponents were sure to raise during public comment.Read more »

Messages to the next police chief

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While researching Tasers in the wake of last week's police commission hearing, I came upon an online series published while the city of San Jose was considering candidates for police chief. Created by Silicon Valley De-Bug as part of an effort with San Jose's Coalition for Justice and Accountability, the project featured the messages of people who wished to share their personal stories with the next top cop. Read more »