Rebecca Bowe

Hidden health care costs of Adachi’s pension reform measure

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New information about the health care costs associated with a pension reform measure backed by Public Defender Jeff Adachi suggests that the highest cost burden would fall to parents at the lowest end of the pay scale.

An analysis of the Adachi measure estimates that city employees with two or more dependents could face monthly healthcare cost increases of $220 a month, which would bring their total monthly contributions to $448, $765, or $1,630, depending on the health care plan. Dental care would bring those costs up an additional $82 per month.

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Celebrate popped 16

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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. invested some $45 million into a June ballot initiative known as Proposition 16, a change to the state constitution that would have impeded the creation of green municipal electricity programs by requiring a two-thirds majority vote at the ballot. Widely viewed as a bid to secure its lucrative monopoly by snuffing out competitors before they could get on their feet, the utility's bubble went pop when voters -- especially those from PG&E service territory -- rejected it.
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New debate surrounds New Mission Theater

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The New Mission Theater, a dilapidated landmark that sits on the 2500 block of Mission Street, has been vacant for years, but controversy surrounding its fate is alive as ever and will be discussed at this afternoon's July 29 City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees meeting. Read more »

Big Brother? Body cams, face-recognition apps, and liquid body armor

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The San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that several police departments in California are equipping officers with tiny cameras to wear while on duty. San Jose and Oakland police departments are reportedly testing out similar technology, and the so-called body cams are under consideration in Seattle too. Read more »

News of the weird on Mariposa

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This morning, we spotted a giant pile of fire extinguishers blocking a traffic lane on Mariposa Street near the off-ramp of North 280, around the corner from the Guardian office.

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Censored: calls for a revolution

Prison ban of communist newspaper raises activists' ire, sparks First Amendment questions

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

The publications that have been officially banned from California's state prisons are mostly pornographic, with two exceptions. The first is a periodical published by a white nationalist hate group, and the second is Revolution Newspaper — the self-styled "Voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party."Read more »

The cops are pissed (and so is the National Lawyers Guild)

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Below, a few noteworthy tidbits relating to the July 8 protests in Oakland and today's announcement that two Oakland City Council Members are being investigated by the Oakland police for standing in front of a police line.Read more »

Beyond the rage

What the Mehserle verdict says about how far we've come -- and how far we have to go

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

Downtown Oakland became supercharged with emotion in the hours following the July 8 announcement of the verdict in the trial of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. And in the days that followed, the city remained electrified as residents struggled to make sense of the verdict, the rioting that occurred in its wake, and the historic significance of these developments.Read more »

Protests turn to riots in wake of Mehserle verdict (VIDEO)

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In the hours following the announcement of that Johannes Mehserle had been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting Oscar Grant in the back on a BART platform on New Year's Eve 2009, downtown Oakland became a drama-filled scene that changed minute by minute.Read more »

Transit troubles

Fixing Muni is going about as smoothly as boarding a crowded bus with a bundle of groceries

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

Peggy da Silva is an avid cyclist, public transit advocate, and member of the San Francisco Transit Riders Union — a new organization made up of several hundred San Franciscans who want to see improvements to Muni.

Yet even she admits that when it comes to getting to work, it takes just 15 minutes by car or an hour if she opts to go by bus. "I am committed to transit and cycling" for environmental reasons, she said, but "it gets really frustrating" to wait for the bus or light rail cars to arrive.Read more »