Sarah Phelan

596 reasons not to make $150K in San Fran

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Here's something juicy: a PDF file that lists the 596 people who work for the City of San Francisco and earn over $150,000 a year.

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Imagine how many packets of Ramen you could buy if you made over $150K a year? Better yet, imagine what you could eat, instead?

This list was procured following Sup. Read more »

Buster's axed: City's top earners next?

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Anyway you cut it, the city budget deficit is going to be painful

Sup. Chris Daly failed to save Buster’s Place from the budgetary chopping board today—a quest Sup. Tom Ammiano deemed “a Sophie’s Choice,” since it involved disappropriating funds that had been earmarked for making the Board's Chambers wheelchair accessible.

“But I applaud Daly for trying to do an Immaculate Conception, a Hail Mary to make it work,” said Ammiano, as he joined Sups. Read more »

Hillary's "crush" on McCain...

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...is bound to cause a flap.

You got torched

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Reporting by SFBG intern Emma Rae Lierley and SFBG reporter Sarah Phelan

Amid a backdrop of increased bloodshed in Tibet, and an early morning March 20 arson attack on the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, Tibetan supporters gathered last Thursday outside City Hall for a candlelight vigil to protest San Francisco’s April 9 Olympic torch relay.

Inside City Hall, Mayor Gavin Newsom spoke to a semi-circle of news cameras, claiming that hosting the torch brings “pride” to many in the city, including San Francisco’s Chinese community, and stressing that the torch should be seen as a s Read more »

Moth Flap Heightens

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More big news on the Light Brown Apple Moth front:

California Certified Organic Farmers, one of the nation’’s oldest and largest third-party organic certifying agencies, has revoked its support of aerial spraying of organically approved pheromones.

CCOF took this decision due to what its Board of Directors describe as “potential human health and environmental concerns.”

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Instead, CCOF will support diversified ground integrated pest management approaches toward LBAM and is urgin Read more »

Moth Protest Rally and Hearing

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Opposition to the aerial spraying of Light Brown Apple Moth pheromones continues to grow.

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Hard on the heels of a report that claims the moth threat has been overstated comes the news that Sen. Read more »

Got moths? Read Dr. Harder's debunking report

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Dr Daniel Harder, one of the authors of the report into integrated pest management practices in New Zealand, told me that he was motivated to go to New Zealand to carry out research on the Light Brown Apple Moth, because he is the executive director of UC Santa Cruzs arboretum, which has over 10,000 species in its plant collections that are from New Zealand and Australia, and therefore wants to protect these collections.

"We have a long standing relationship with people in those countries and so we called t Read more »

Is the Moth Menace overstated?

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Last week, during my research into this week's Light Brown Apple Moth story, a couple of sources spoke off the record about research that they intimated will prove that the LBAM risk is overstated. Read more »

Affordable Housing Initiative on June ballot

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It's official. Read more »

Ryan Brooks plays Musical Chairs

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Yesterday, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced he was appointing Ryan Brooks to the Planning Commission.
That announcement necessarily meant that someone else on the Planning Commission was about to get bumped.

And today, the Planning Commission announced that the Mayor had accepted the resignation of Planning Commission President Dwight Alexander.

The latter move wasn’t entirely unexpected, given the shenanigans that occurred behind the scenes at the Planning Commission earlier this year.
And nor was the f Read more »