Rebecca Bowe

PG&E fast and loose on repairs, tight-lipped on info

Power company turns tail in the face of hard questions

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It was clear at several times during the Oct. 19 Senate committee hearing that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. had done a poor job of communicating with those affected by the pipeline explosion that brought catastrophe to San Bruno, a practice that is in keeping with its longstanding pattern of secrecy.Read more »

No good answers

PG&E sharply questioned at hearing on San Bruno explosion

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

There was lots of anger from victims and legislators but very few substantive answers from regulators or Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials during an Oct. 19 hearing at the state capitol on the Sept. 9 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people, injured at least 50 others, and destroyed 37 homes in San Bruno.Read more »

Danny Glover robo-calls for DeWitt Lacy

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My office phone rang this afternoon and it was none other than actor Danny Glover -- well, a recorded message from him anyway -- asking me to support DeWitt Lacy for supervisor in District 10. (The Guardian office is located in the district.)

“I worked in southeast San Francisco before I went into acting,” Glover’s message says. “Lacy has earned my support because he will put people first.” Read more »

Don't believe everything the government tells you

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So this is weird. I was poking around on the National Pipeline Safety Mapping System website today, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, looking for information relating to the San Bruno pipeline explosion. When I ran a search for gas pipeline operators in San Francisco, two different names cropped up: The first is a gas technician who works for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and the second, also listed as a PG&E contact, is local environmental justice advocate Francisco Da Costa. Wait, what? Read more »

The cheapest seats

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Of course the Guardian staff didn't have the dough for tickets to Game Five of the Giants and Phillies battale royale for the National League crown. But hey, the real party was outside the park -- so Caitlin Donohue (by land) and Rebecca Bowe (by sea) staked out where the real fans were hangin' -- and caught a little animalistic behavior and political fracas in the bargain. What more could you ask of a ball game? Game Six is on Sat/23 at 4:57 p.m.

Creative forces unite against Prop. 23

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Proposition 23, bankrolled by out-of-state oil interests, threatens to reverse California’s environmental progress by suspending its landmark climate change legislation,  Assembly Bill 32. Titled the Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32 would place enforceable limits on major polluters and spur the creation of green businesses. But if voters approve Prop. 23, progress on transitioning to clean energy could be stalled for decades. The Guardian published in-depth coverage of Prop. 23 in the Oct. 13 issue. Read more »

On the edge

44TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE: For foster youth, turning 18 means growing up fast

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

It's a strange and daunting time for anyone just starting out, but youth who age out of foster care are up against particularly harsh challenges.Read more »

More on the “whore” gaffe

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the campaign gaffe in which an unidentified female associate of Jerry Brown (possibly Brown’s wife) called his opponent Meg Whitman a “whore” during a conversation that neither realized was being recorded over voice mail. Read more »

Big Oil's false choice

The coalition to defeat Prop. 23 argues that addressing global warming creates jobs and saves the environment

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

Tapping into voters' economic insecurities at a time of record high unemployment rates, out-of-state oil interests say addressing global warming will cost California more jobs. But a broad coalition that includes environmentalists and top business groups argue that just the opposite is true, saying the economy will suffer if we suddenly kill the incentives now driving the clean energy industry, one business sector that actually grew during the recession.Read more »

Long-winded debate about the America’s Cup

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The prospect of San Francisco turning into an international enclave for billionaires and their custom-built super yachts in 2013 is either electrifying or nauseating, depending on one’s perspective. If San Francisco is selected as the venue for the 34th America’s Cup, the city’s downtown would be transformed into the “America’s Cup Village” during the prestigious match, and placed at the center of an international media spectacle. Read more »