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Chevron spinning out

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Yuck. Ecuadorian oil pit. All cleaned up, you say? Read more »

NY Times gets all anguished over opinions

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I thought this debate was pretty much over, but the Public Editor at the NY Times is all agitated now about the "line between analysis and opinion" in newspapers. Gee: A business or legal reporter with many years experience in the field dares to give an informed opinon about what's really going on. Read more »

Mirkarimi: Don't spray on me

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By David Carini

Opponents of the state’s plan to spray pesticides against the light brown apple moth gathered at City Hall today to support legislation introduced by Supervisor Mirkarimi. Mirkarimi’s bill urges the city attorney to find a legal method to stop the aerial spraying before it commences over San Francisco airspace on August 1.

“The spraying shouldn’t present more harm than good. Read more »

Mike Lacey = Marge Schott?

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We don't want to drag all this us vs. them stuff up again -- especially since, like, we won -- but something uncanny has occurred. Village Voice Media honcho/bully Mike Lacey has been in some mighty hot water since he chose to use the "n-word" in a speech to a roomful of journalists on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Read more »

Moth Spin continues

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Tiny moth, giant flap, aerial spraying of female pheromones begins soon.
"Everyone agrees, public should “rely on sound science” and shut the door on false information.”
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So states a recent California Department of Food and Agriculture press release, as the state seeks to allay public outcry in face of an impending deadline to begin aerial spray for the Light Brown Apple Moth.

The press release quotes California Association of Professional Sci Read more »

The price of the torch

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So Gavin Newsom's torch episode -- which disappointed almost everyone and pissed off a lot of us -- cost the city $600,000 plus. That's at a time when we're laying off city staff by the hundreds and closing critical services.

Six figures to give China a video postcard. Nicely done, Mr. Mayor.

How to hire more cops

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Rebecca Kaplan, who is one of my favorite politicians, is running for Oakland City Council -- and she has a great idea how to solve one of the city's most pressing problems.

See, Oakland can't hire enough cops. Read more »

Fong: False alarm on torch

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By Emma Lierley

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Chief of Police Heather Fong addressed the city’s decision to change the Olympic Torch route, claiming that it was a spontaneous decision and that there was no pre-planned contingency. Read more »

Migden pushes back against state's "can't confirm" LBAM related health claims

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State Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco/North Bay) released the following statement in response to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) study that was unable to find a link between aerial spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth and 650 reports of adverse health affects after last fall’s spraying in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties:

“OEHHA says that it was unable to confirm a link between spraying and adverse health effects because most health complaints did not contain enough information to determine the cause of symptoms. Read more »

Video: The great torch chase

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Video journalists Rhyen Coombs and Lisa Pickoff-White report from yesterday's Olympic torch rally and protest on participants' disappointment at the flame's last minute route change:

(For pics of the protest, Read more »