The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the new clean-energy charter amendment. It’s a long-overdue measure that would give San Francisco control of its own energy future and set aggressive mandates for sifting to renewable resources for electricity.
The measure is sponsored by Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Aaron Peskin, and includes the following:
1. A mandate that 51% of the city’s electricity is generated from renewable resources by 2017, 75% by 2030, and 100% by 2040. Read more »
Lots of talk and some interesting action at the Harvey Milk LGBT Club meeting last night. Marc Salomon, Robert Haaland and I gave a presentation on the meaning of the June election, and what November’s going to be about, and I passed along my thoughts about the tremendous potential for a broad progressive coalition this fall.
But mostly, the discussion involved the Democratic County Central Committee.
See, in June, thanks to a well-organized slate effort, the progressives won enough seats to hold something close to a working majority on the DCCC. Read more »
PG&E spent almost $2 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2008, according to an Associated Press report today. Last year they spent just under $4 million, which means they're pacing to spend double that this year. Read more »
It's taken long enough, but the San Francisco Chronicle has finally figured out the biggest story in town, a story that's been the single most important part of the city's political and social landscape for more than a decade: Housing prices are ">driving the middle class out of town.
There's lots of handwringing and comments from people like Roberta Achtenberg:
"It's not very healthy for the city's social fabric or the city's economy," said Roberta Achtenberg, an economic de Read more »