Sarah Phelan

Dust storm continues

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The dust is still settling after a contentious Board of Supervisors hearing July 31 about public health problems allegedly related to the 1,500-unit condo complex that Lennar Corp. is building on Parcel A of the Hunters Point Shipyard. Read more »

Dust devils

A storm continues to swirl around toxic dust on Hunters Point
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A year has passed since Lennar Corp. Read more »

Of people and plastics

The World Without Us
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GREEN CITY Alan Weisman's book The World Without Us begins with a funny but humbling exploration of what would happen to New York City if humans were gone, wiped out by a virus or a wizard who perfected a way to sterilize our sperm. Read more »

Contemputf8g Wolf

Police Commission revives discussion of why the cops federalized an investigation that denied a journalist's rights
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Months after local videographer and blogger Josh Wolf was released from federal prison — where his seven-month stay was the longest in history for an American journalist for refusing to turn over unpublished materials to criminal prosecutors — the San Francisco Police Commission finally has decided to analyze the incident. Read more »

Tweeking the tidelands

Tweeking the tidelands: Migden's attempt to amend coastal law triggers a classic land-use battle
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With the furor over her erratic driving incident still lingering and a primary challenge from Assemblymember Mark Leno starting to get nasty, state senator Carole Migden is now wading into another potentially pungent political pool.

This time around, the battle involves the state's laws governing coastal land use, the Port of San Francisco's revenue needs, and the competing interests of folks who live along, work near, or simply like to relax and recreate along the city's bayside waterfront.

Migden's Senate Bill 815 would make three major changes to the anci Read more »

Citizen planning

Western SoMa task force gathers community input as it seeks to become a grassroots success story
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The Eastern Neighborhoods Plan has become a high-stakes battleground involving anxious developers stalled by a temporary building moratorium, progressives who want more affordable housing, concerns about dwindling light-industrial spaces and an exodus of African American residents, environmental justice, and a list of other issues that are central to this sprawling section of the city.

But the folks in the neighborhood known as Western SoMa are just happy that they're no longer a part of that mess. Read more »

Budget blowback

After some high-profile distractions, supervisors start reversing Newsom's spending cuts
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People's Budget Coalition member Esther Morales says she's angry that the media obsessed over Sup. Read more »

The budget's opening battle

Sparks fly from the Newsom/Daly budget battle
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Mayor Gavin Newsom and Sup. Chris Daly have been engaged in a high-profile clash over city budget priorities in recent weeks. Newsom appeared to win the latest battle when he galvanized an unlikely coalition and Daly clashed with some of his progressive allies, prompting Board of Supervisors president Aaron Peskin to remove Daly on June 15 as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.

"This is not about personality, and it shouldn't be about the mayor's race. Read more »

Ghostbusters

Can the city really kill Halloween in the Castro?
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Entertainment commissioner Audrey Joseph is, by her own assessment, a tough cookie. She successfully beat back a developer's efforts to close her old SoMa nightclub. She attended her first Halloween in the Castro as a windup doll. And when skinheads targeted the famously gay Halloween event in the late 1980s, Joseph helped form the Gay Guards. But for all that, she is the first to admit that her latest gig — which involves helping Sup. Read more »

Selling wi-fi

Newsom campaign markets Google-EarthLink deal as a boon to poor people of color
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Just before a Board of Supervisors committee finally considered Mayor Gavin Newsom's controversial free wireless Internet plan May 14, supporters of the mayor staged a rally on the steps of City Hall. Read more »