Sarah Phelan

The waiting wife

Jane Rice talks about life as a Bay Area-based wife of a solider in Iraq
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While Chief Warrant Officer 2 Shurd Rice pilots a helicopter over bloodbaths in Iraq, his wife, Jane, peers at crustaceans through a microscope in a Tiburon laboratory 7,500 miles away and tries not to think about what's happening to her husband.

"I worry more about Shurd's sanity than his safety," said Rice, a research technician, who recently learned her husband won't be home from Iraq until Halloween, thanks to a three-month extension of his tour of duty that he found out about on CNN.

"Just like that, they pull the finishing line away," Rice told the Guardia Read more »

On point

Is Newsom pitting artists and activists against athletes and developers at the Hunters Point Shipyard?
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April has been an exceptionally busy month for the artists at the Hunters Point Shipyard. In addition to dusting off work spaces in preparation for the upcoming Spring Open Studio, the 300-member colony is scrambling to track the implications of Mayor Gavin Newsom's ever-shifting effort to keep the 49ers in town, particularly as it affects the artists who have rented space at the base for 30 years.

Newsom's latest proposal involves building a football stadium in the shipyard rather than at Candlestick Point. Read more »

Who blinked?

Josh Wolf is out of the clink, but the debate about why he was freed continues
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Freelance journalist and blogger Josh Wolf has been free for more than a week, but the debate over why the federal government released him after 226 days in jail is only getting murkier.

First a US Attorney's Office press release April 3 claimed that Wolf "complied with the grand jury subpoena." Next a San Francisco Chronicle headline April 4 declared, "Blogger Freed after Giving Up Video." Then a Chronicle op-ed April 9 by the California First Amendment Coalition's executive director, Peter Scheer, claimed Wolf's case n Read more »

Politics Blog: the new Josh Wolf scandal

Free Josh Wolf from the media spin: Now that the jailed journalist is out, the war about why he was released begins
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Unanswered questions

Behind the Newsom-Lennar-Chronicle offensive on Hunters Point lie serious issues that are hard to ignore
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Bayview–Hunters Point resident Espanola Jackson says her phone rang off the hook after the San Francisco Chronicle printed her photo — but none of her concerns — under the headline "Residents Like Plan to Revitalize Area." It was part of the newspaper's extensive coverage of Mayor Gavin Newsom's plan to rebuild the community around a football stadium.

"People called to say, 'You need to sue the Chronicle,' " Jackson told the Guardian. Newsom wants to entrust Florida-based developer Lennar Corp. Read more »

Wolf freed!

Jailed journalist Josh Wolf set free after posting unedited video and getting assurance that he won’t have to testify against anarchist group
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After spending more than seven months in prison for refusing to give a federal grand jury video outtakes of a 2005 anarchist protest, freelance journalist and blogger Josh Wolf’s is today being released. Read more »

Dust still settling

Lawsuit accusing Lennar of racism and retaliation against whistle-blowers also reveals effort to deceive the community
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A racially charged lawsuit by a trio of Lennar Corp. employees accuses the developer of exploiting and endangering Bayview–Hunters Point residents. Read more »

The corporation that ate San Francisco

Lennar's failures at Hunters Point Shipyard highlight the risk of putting the Bay Area's prime real estate into the hands of profit-driven developers
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For the past decade, Florida-based megadeveloper Lennar Corp. Read more »

Sink or swim

For two decades, local climate change experts have been warning what rising sea levels would mean for the Bay Area. So why doesn't San Francisco even have a flood map?
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Click to view the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission subsidence map (PDF)

Will rising seas destroy San Francisco's sewers? Should condos South of Market be on stilts? Could the huge Coca-Cola bottle at the Giants' ballpark one day bubble with seawater? Read more »

The benefits of fiber

If wi-fi is a parasite looking for a wire, then municipal fiber is the perfect host
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Amsterdam is building a citywide fiber-to-the-premises system. So are Hong Kong, Milan, and Zurich. If San Francisco follows suit, it would be making a far-sighted, multifaceted investment: FTTP would boost our economy, attracting software companies, video production houses, and digital media shops. It would enhance public health, allowing surgeons to review the same materials from different locations. Municipal fiber would improve public safety, facilitating the mirroring and backup of vital data at remote, earthquake-safe locations. Read more »