Politics Blog

City sues ExxonMobil

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440 Jefferson St. to Exxon: "Clean me!"

Man...city attorney Dennis Herrera is on a roll these days. Gay marriage out of the way, he’s now moved on to the largest corporation in the world. Hot.

The city is suing ExxonMobil for its “defiant refusal to address environmental damage caused by decades of disposal and release of hazardous petroleum products on property owned by the Port of San Francisco in the City's Fisherman's Wharf area,” according to a press release. Read more »

Moth Spray stopped! Sterile moths, instead, in urban areas

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Visceral images, like the one posted above, helped build public awareness of and opposition to the aerial spraying of synthetic moth pheromones over urban areas like San Francisco. Read more »

Towards Carfree Cities: Spreading the word

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Steven T. Jones reports from the Toward Carfree Cities conference in Portland

My head and two notebooks are filled with alarming indicators of the need for more people to go carfree and with innovative ideas for making that happen. Read more »

Three, Two, One, Boom!

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It's too brilliant a day to be inside working. You feel like blowing up something up. But don't want to go postal.
So, live vicariously and watch yesterday's implosion of half of the boiler building at the former PG&E power plant in Hunters Point, brought to us courtesy of Kristine Enea. Boom!

Bust in Western Addition murder

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San Francisco police just announced that they made an arrest in the March 20 shooting death of Marquise Washington on Turk Street in the Western Addition. They caught the 23-year-old suspect, Ronnie Louvier, in a Sacramento apartment complex yesterday with help from the capitol city's sheriff's department. Read more »

Let's change the bike laws

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Should bicyclists be allowed to treat stop signs as “yields” and stop lights like stop signs? Tomorrow, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Bicycle working group will be pondering the question.

Idaho, recognizing the law of momentum is just as important as the vehicle traffic code, already adopted this practice back in 1982. Read more »

Budget Battle bumps up against Gay Marriage

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Bridal Money bags are sexy, budget documents ain't.

As LGBT couples were praising Mayor Gavin Newsom for making legally wedded bliss a reality in their lifetimes, a parallel community inside City Hall was criticizing the Mayor for making potentially fatal cuts to public health programs, many of which have served San Francisco’s LGBT community for decades.

Unfortunate Read more »

Obama contingent can't campaign at Pride

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By Mara Math

An official contingent of Barack Obama supporters will be marching in the Pride Parade next weekend -- but they've been told not to wear campaign buttons or t-shirts and not to carry campaign signs.

An internal email from Rebecca Prozan, a member of Obama’s national LGBT leadership committee, went out June 15th asking participants in the Obama contingent at this year's parade to "refrain from wearing campaign-related materials in the march . . . Read more »

Humanize humanity! Theatre of the Oppressed workshop

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A two-day Theatre of the Oppressed workshop is coming to the Bay Area in July. It's open to anyone interested in learning how to use theatre as a way to get people to understand and care about social, environmental, and political justice issues. It's been used in prisons, schools, war zones, rural villages, and urban streets. Read more »

Towards Carfree Cities: “We’re not doing enough”

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Steven T. Jones reports from the Towards Carfree Cities conference in Portland
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“We’re not doing enough,” Gil Peñalosa told the Towards Carfree Cities conference during his keynote speech yesterday. Read more »