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Kids on bikes

San Francisco is seeing increased cycling ridership, yet children are being largely left behind

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news@sfbg.com

To meet San Francisco's policy goal of having 20 percent of all vehicle trips made by bicycle by the year 2020, advocates and officials say the city will need to make cycling more attractive to the young and old, from age 8 to 80. But there are some built-in challenges to getting more school children on bikes, even if there has been some recent progress, as demonstrated during the Bike to School Day in April.Read more »

Cash not care

Downtown groups are spending big money and making telling alliances in this election

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sarah@sfbg.com

With the general election just days away, campaign disclosure reports show that downtown interests are spending huge amounts of money to create a more conservative San Francisco Board of Supervisors and to pass Proposition B, Public Defender Jeff Adachi's effort to make city workers pay more for their pensions and health insurance.Read more »

The Mitchell sister

Can a woman's touch at the top help change San Francisco's sex industry?

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sarah@sfbg.com

Porn heiress Meta Jane Mitchell Johnson is running a little late when I arrive at the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater, the adult entertainment establishment her father Jim Mitchell and uncle Artie Mitchell founded on the edge of the Tenderloin, just blocks from City Hall, July 4, 1969.Read more »

Democratizing the streets

Streets of San Francisco: An unprecedented political consensus on rethinking roadways is belied by nasty clashes over how to pay for it

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steve@sbg.com

It's hard to keep up with all the changes occurring on the streets of San Francisco, where an evolving view of who and what roadways are for cuts across ideological lines. The car is no longer king, dethroned by buses, bikes, pedestrians, and a movement to reclaim the streets as essential public spaces.Read more »

LAST DAY TO VOTE! OUR 2010 BEST OF THE BAY READERS POLL

Be a local hero! Share your knowledge of everything outstanding in the Bay Area. Vote now!

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It's that time again! In 1974 we blazed a trail by being the first paper to present “best of” awards. Every year since then we’ve given Best of the Bay recognition to the people, places, and things that make the Bay Area great. Read more »

Tenant Torment

Renters left hanging as city convenes for holidays and Newsom heads for Hawaii

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Mayor Gavin Newsom's mid-December decision to announce — on YouTube — that he planned to introduce legislation to protect San Francisco renters from foreclosure-related evictions has outraged tenants rights organizations.

They say Newsom is trying to undermine a much stronger bill by Sup. John Avalos that would give thousands of tenants in newer buildings the same protections as tenants in buildings constructed before 1979.Read more »

PG&E attack mailer puts City Hall on defensive

Green City: SF officials are investigating whether PG&E broke the law with these misleading mailers

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GREEN CITY On a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. conference call in late October, with top PG&E executives and analysts from Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and other prominent investment firms on the line, PG&E president Chris Johns explained how a company-sponsored ballot initiative could save millions of dollars for the utility.Read more »

Choosing fear over kids

Only the U.S. and Somalia have refused to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

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As a global treaty designed to protect children around the world celebrated its 20th anniversary last month, the United States found itself in the sole company of Somalia as one of just two countries that still has not implemented the most widely ratified human rights treaty in recorded history.Read more »

The Candlestick farce

Two commissions reject logic and common sense to promote Newsom's stadium agenda
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No one was really surprised when commissioners for the Redevelopment Agency and Planning Department voted last week to only give the public a Scrooge-like 15 days to review a six-volume, 4,400-page draft environmental impact report for Lennar Corp.'s massive 700-acre Candlestick Point redevelopment project.Read more »

The human right to water

Corporate conference conveys concern, but activists decry the exploitation of dwindling fresh water supplies
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rebeccab@sfbg.com

At a recent San Francisco conference in a plush downtown hotel packed with big-business representatives, venture capitalists, and public relations practitioners, some insiders from high-profile multinational beverage corporations spoke about the moments they realized how crucial water is as a resource.

For Harry Ott, who formerly worked for the Coca-Cola Company, the epiphany struck in 1998 when he arrived at a Coke bottling plant in Darussalam, Tanzania for a routine inspection.

"When we walked into the plant ... Read more »