Rebecca Bowe

Mayor Gavin Newsom directs wind power energy to the Guardian!

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By Rebecca Bowe

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Photo courtesy Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal

Here’s the scoop: The San Francisco Bay Guardian will get 50 megawatts of wind power, courtesy of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Don’t get excited -- the mayor was only kidding. Read more »

LAFCo and SFPUC joint meeting: The clock is ticking

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By Rebecca Bowe

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In the next few years, San Francisco residents will have the opportunity to switch to electricity that is publicly owned, more environmentally friendly, and either the same price or cheaper than power supplied by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. -- if all goes according to plan. Read more »

Energy efficiency gets a boost, but foxes still guard the hen house

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By Rebecca Bowe

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a $3.1 billion budget yesterday for statewide energy efficiency programs that will be in place until 2012. California’s powerful investor-owned utilities --- Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company -- are in charge of implementing the programs, while the funding is derived from ratepayers. Read more »

MisterMayor? Is anybody home?

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By Rebecca Bowe

Video by Sarah Phelan

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Environmental review, Inc.

Green City: The city planning controversy
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Michael Cohen, director of San Francisco's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, called us from the back of a taxi on a recent Thursday afternoon and complained that he was feeling "perplexed" by all the negative attention aimed at a plan his office helped design.

Perplexed? Read more »

Update on effort to close Potrero power plant

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By Rebecca Bowe

The California Independent System Operator (ISO), a quasi-governmental body that oversees the state’s electric grid, held a hearing about San Francisco’s Mirant Potrero Power Plant on Friday to decide whether the polluting facility should be required to stay in operation through next year.

The hearing came about a month after City Attorney Dennis Herrera struck a deal with Mirant to shutter the entire plant by the end of 2010. Read more »

11 hours to go, and no agreement on water plan

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By Rebecca Bowe

whiskey water.jpg Mark Twain said that whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fightin'. Which one do you think Sacramento lawmakers will be thirsty for by the time they adjourn?

The California Legislature is scheduled to adjourn at midnight tonight, but many items on its to-do list have yet to be checked off. Read more »

Census report shows more Americans lack health care coverage

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By Rebecca Bowe

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Some commentators were greatly reassured by President Barack Obama’s speech on health care reform yesterday, while others thought he spent too much energy answering to Republican critics. Read more »

Lawns to highrises

Radical redevelopment for Parkmerced raises the question: What do we do with the suburbs?
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When Aaron Goodman walks the grounds at Parkmerced, a sprawling apartment complex spanning about 116 acres in southwestern San Francisco, he picks up on details that might escape the notice of a casual observer. Read more »

Public power fights back

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By Rebecca Bowe

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Which would you rather have: $11.6 million in cash, or a pile of Monopoly money?

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. stands to lose 40,000 meters to a public power district, which says it can deliver electricity service that’s cheaper, more reliable, and more accountable to ratepayers than what the private utility offers. Read more »