Rebecca Bowe

"Flex" keeps marine scientists guessing

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I received a call last Friday from Nicole Catalano of Pacific Environment, an environmental nonprofit focusing on marine conservation. An endangered gray whale was headed for California, she told me, and I could follow its movements online. "We expect it to be in California either now, or any day now," Catalano said.

"Flex," as researchers have named him, is one of an estimated 120 western Pacific gray whales. The highly endangered species has fared much worse than the related eastern gray whale, which has an estimated population of around 20,000. Read more »

It's a sign: MUNI passsenger angst

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It's raining for the first time in weeks, and you know what that means. Somewhere in San Francisco, someone is standing on an outdoor MUNI platform and wondering why those stylish, clear sloping roofs fail so miserably when it comes to keeping the rain out. And while MUNI drivers should not take the blame for this and other transit-system flaws, we cannot help but feel the pain of the passenger who vented their frustration by leaving this bombastic complaint at the T-Third 20th Street station.

Dirty business

Lawsuit illuminates corruption and crackdowns in City Hall and implicates top officials. A Guardian special report

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The owner of a certified minority-owned business in San Francisco is suing the city, charging that his telecommunications company went belly up after city officials falsely accused him of participating in a fraudulent kickback scheme within the city's Department of Building Inspection (DBI).Read more »

Saving Lyon-Martin

A clinic specializing in care to uninsured LGBT patients is the latest in SF to face closure

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When word got out that the Lyon-Martin Health Services clinic faced imminent closure, Luette Chavez's cell phone started ringing off the hook. Her friends were going into panic mode.Read more »

Danny Glover, DCCC stand up for HANC

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The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center has gained some powerful allies in its ongoing fight against eviction.

A YouTube video posted over the weekend shows actor Danny Glover, a resident of the Haight, sitting in his car at the recycling center. If it were shut down, "I would be dismayed," Glover tells a staff member. He also says, "It would be a tragedy. It would be a great loss to this city." (Scroll down to watch.) Read more »

Community rallies to save Lyon-Martin

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Whoa, the effort to save the Lyon-Martin Health Services clinic is going gangbusters. Read more »

Getting free

Bay Area artists and musicians rally to free the hikers detained in Iran

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Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been held captive in Evin Prison in Tehran for more than 540 days, and their friends and supporters in the Bay Area have been mounting an extraordinary campaign pushing for their release.Read more »

CA Labor stats: Bay Area schools shed jobs, department stores hire

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A new set of labor market data released Jan. 21 by California's Employment Development Department reveals that unemployment in San Francisco was 9.2 percent in December 2010, compared with 12.3 percent for California and 9.1 percent for the nation during the same period.Read more »

Net neutrality: "The American Way"

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Media Alliance, an Oakland-based organization advocating for press freedom and media access, has teamed up with San Francisco-based Bad Monkey Studios to produce a quirky cartoon about net neutrality called "The Internet You Need."

The short film follows a December vote by the Federal Communications Commission approving a set of net neutrality rules. Read more »

SF's new political era

What Mayor Lee and a new board mean for the city

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You can argue about what the word "progressive" means, and you can argue about the process and the politics that put Ed Lee in the Mayor's Office. And you can talk forever about which group or faction has how much of a majority on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, but you have to admit: this city has just undergone a significant political realignment.Read more »