Sarah Phelan

Don't Trash California

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By Sarah Phelan

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Slow is how I was feeling in all this heat, as I drove towards the Bay Bridge, direction San Francisco, and maybe it was because I was driving slowly, too, that I saw the huge illuminated "Don't Trash California" sign that's been newly installed on the approach to the toll gates.
Brought to us by Toll Roads, an Orange County and SoCal-based organization that has partnered with Caltrans, the sign is obviously intended to stop people trashing our state (at Read more »

BVHP referendum remains in legal limbo

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By Sarah Phelan
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This map shows just how huge the redevelopment project ( the yellow area) in Bayview Hunters Point has grown.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Patrick Mahoney heard arguments in the Bayview Hunters Point redevelopment referendum case—then told both sides to file briefs more focused on the narrower question: namely, which documents should signature gatherers have attached to their petitions last summer, as they tried to put the Redevelopment Agency’s plan for Bayview Read more »

David Arquette and the Republican's trippy Reagan fetish

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By Sarah Phelan
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When I saw David Arquette’s The Tripper at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, I was a tad grossed out.
The screening, which follows the classic Slasher Movie format, occurred three days after the Virginia Tech massacre, and I wasn’t in the mood for carnage. Read more »

When We Were Cars

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By Sarah Phelan

Somehow I assumed public transit would remain free for a week, after Sunday's meltdown. Silly me.
Never mind headlines about yesterday's commute, warning that "Monday was easy--but that won't last."
Today, we're back to paying for ferries, buses and BART--a move that will likely get commuters back into their car--and into traffic jams. Makes perfect (non) sense to me. Read more »

Artists put down paint brushes and pin Lennar down

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By Sarah Phelan

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Shipyard artist Lynn Rubenzer in her studio

So, the artists at Hunters Point Shipyard succeeded in getting their concerns mentioned in the "Conceptual Framework" for the Bayview Hunters Point redevelopment project, which is more than they had a week ago. Read more »

The Upside of the Downside of the Meltdown

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By Sarah Phelan
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My morning commute from the East Bay was exactly the same as it was before the MacArthur Maze meltdown. But then, I was traveling to San Francisco on a ferry. Read more »

Artists to Newsom-Lennar: Get specific

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By Sarah Jane Phelan
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Estrelle Akamine, shipyard artist and Spring Open Studio coordinator, at work in her Hunters Point Shipyard studio.

As the 49ers roll out the financial details behind their plan to relocate to Santa Clara, the artists at Hunters Point Shipyard are trying to work out what Mayor Gavin Newsom’s "with or without the 49er Read more »

Another Chance to Impeach on the Beach!

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By Sarah Jane Phelan

As Bush and his pit bull Cheney try to spin their way out of their lies about Iraq, and everything else for that matter.
San Francisco cabbie and writer Brad Newsham once again invites you to lie down and send a simple message about this administration to the world: “Impeach now!”
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Halloween on the Parking Lot (Pier)

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By Sarah Phelan

When Mayor Gavin Newsom and Sup. Bevan Dufty announced that they are thinking of holding Halloween at Pier 30-32 I was like, Pier Where? I walk along the Embarcadero on my way to work pretty much every day and I’ve never noticed a Pier 30 or a Pier 32, come to think of it. Today, I discovered why I couldn’t recall this elusive piece of pierdom: It’s actually a giant friggin' parking lot. Read more »

Halloween on the Pier

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By Sarah Phelan

Mayor Gavin Newsom and Sup. Bevan Dufty are apparently speaking again, or at least speaking together to other people. We say this because they just issued a press release saying that they've "asked the Port Director to explore the feasibility of having a no-alcohol entertainment event at Piers 30-32 for Wednesday, October 31, 2007." All of which is City goobledegook, which, roughly translated, means, 'We want to hold Halloween on the waterfront, but no, you won't be able to have a stiff drink to take the chilly edge off. '

Dang! Read more »