Rebecca Bowe

Activists respond to sit-lie with handmade benches

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Sometime before 1 a.m. on April 11, a group of activists installed handmade benches at 10 different locations throughout San Francisco as a political statement against the city's sit-lie ordinance. The law, approved by voters last November, prohibits sitting or lying down on city sidewalks. Read more »

More on environmental justice in the Bay Area

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As part of our 2011 Green Issue, the Guardian is spotlighting several pollution-plagued areas throughout the region and the environmental justice campaigns aiming to improve public health for surrounding residents. Read more »

Mayoral staff member to direct America's Cup Organizing Committee

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The San Francisco Ethics Commission voted unanimously on March 14 to waive a pair of ethics rules in order to allow Kyri McClellan, a project manager in the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), to become executive director of the nonprofit America's Cup Organizing Committee (ACOC). The fundraising arm of the America's Cup effort, ACOC's role in bringing the world-famous sailing regatta to San Francisco is to secure corporate donations to offset city costs. Read more »

Threads of change

A fibershed activist wants us to consider our clothes

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rebeccab@sfbg.com ; caitlin@sfbg.com

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

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

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

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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

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

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?

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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

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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**

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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 »