Green City

Marching on Chevron

GREEN CITY: Activists from Global Exchange protest alleged human rights abuses and environmental devastation
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GREEN CITY Although the 250-seat Roxie Theater auditorium was filled to capacity for the Nov. 1 screening of the controversial film "The Yes Men Fix the World," the real action took place on the city's streets when audience members took the film's anticorporate message directly to an oil giant's door.Read more »

We want free parking!

GREEN CITY: Visceral reactions to extending parking meter hours
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GREEN CITY The strong visceral reactions to extending parking meter hours in San Francisco and Oakland present a difficult challenge to those who seek to have motorists pay for more of their societal impacts and help offset declining public transit resources.

When the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency held an Oct. Read more »

Billboards and blight

GREEN CITY: A tempting vision for revitalizing the mid-Market area -- but it comes at a flashy price
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GREEN CITY David Addington presents a tempting vision for revitalizing the seedy mid-Market area, a kind of something-for-nothing deal that helps the children, property owners, and residents of the Tenderloin and relieves that burden from the cash-strapped city government.

All we, as San Francisco voters, have to do is accept a few new billboards, which voters banned in 2002 by passing Proposition G. Well, actually, more than a few. More like a cacophony of flashy and interconnected electronic signs and large billboards on top of the area's 52 buildings. Read more »

Saving the bay

GREEN CITY: A four-part documentary series focuses a critical eye on the history of the Bay
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GREEN CITY When three women from the Berkeley Hills banded together in 1961 to halt monstrous development plans that would have filled in huge swaths of the San Francisco Bay, it became what some have characterized as the first-ever grassroots environmental campaign in the Bay Area.

Critics dismissed Catherine Kerr, Sylvia McLaughlin, and Esther Gulick as "enemies of progress, impractical idealists, do-gooders, posy pickers, eco-freaks, enviro-maniacs, little old ladies in tennis shoes, and even almond cookie revolutionaries," Gulick once told a crow Read more »

Environmental review, Inc.

Green City: The city planning controversy
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Michael Cohen, director of San Francisco's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, called us from the back of a taxi on a recent Thursday afternoon and complained that he was feeling "perplexed" by all the negative attention aimed at a plan his office helped design.

Perplexed? Read more »

The harshest cut

Sierra timber practices aren't front-page news anymore — but the brutal devastation of clear-cutting continues apace
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"I wake up at night at 3:30, hearing the logging trucks and knowing what's happening," Susan Robinson complains. "It makes me sick."

Robinson lives just off State Route 4 in Arnold, a Calaveras County community perched on the western slope of the Sierra.

For the past nine years, this feisty retiree has been clamoring to get Sierra Pacific Industries, California's leading timber company, to stop clear-cutting the forest. "I'm the daughter of a forester myself. I am not anti-logging," she told us. Read more »

Desperate measures?

GREEN CITY: Plans for the Bay's first desalinization plant inch forward -- but what about the energy costs?
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A proposal to open the first desalination plant on the San Francisco Bay inched forward Aug. Read more »

Protecting babies from fire and chemicals

"This nonprofit front is just one of the extraordinary efforts of the chemical companies to stop bills of this nature"
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GREEN CITY Profit-driven companies are fighting an expensive and underhanded battle to keep their toxic fire retardants in California's furniture.

Senate Bill 772, authored by Sen. Read more »

Mirant plant to close

The agreement also requires Mirant to pay the city $1 million
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GREEN CITY City Attorney Dennis Herrera's office struck a deal with Mirant Potrero LLC on Aug. 13 to shutter its polluting Potrero power plant no later than Dec. 31, 2010. Read more »

Sailing into the plastic vortex

Green City: Closing in on the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre

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GREEN CITY If a plastic soft drink bottle got tossed into the San Francisco Bay and swept out under the Golden Gate, it might end up in the massive junkyard-at-sea that swirls through a current known as the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.Read more »