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Vote “no” on everything

All this year's candidates are unopposed incumbents, which is lame. It's a sign of an unhealthy democracy that we don't even have a choice....

Mayor Lee supports PG&E’s monopoly

September 25, 2013
After watching Mayor Ed Lee and his appointees subvert the launch of CleanPowerSF and support PG&E's illegal monopoly control of local energy users --...

LAFCo should launch CleanPowerSF

OPINION Last month, the Mayor's Office and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) — largely at the mayor's behest — refused to launch CleanPowerSF,...

Is Art Torres helping PG&E, helping his son’s political career, or both?

September 18, 2013
As I’ve been reporting on how CleanPowerSF is being blocked by Mayor Ed Lee and his political appointees on the San Francisco Public...

Challenge Mayor Lee and his lies

EDITORIAL In the long history of San Francisco political corruption caused by Pacific Gas & Electric's willingness to do and spend whatever it takes...

Power struggle

Mayor Lee misrepresents CleanPowerSF in defending his appointees' effort to kill it

Mayor Lee distorts reality in defending CleanPowerSF obstruction by his appointees

September 11, 2013
Mayor Ed Lee yesterday answered a series of five questions from the Board of Supervisors about CleanPowerSF, the renewable energy program it approved last...

Supervisors to grill Mayor Lee over CleanPowerSF sabotage

September 6, 2013
Mayor Ed Lee will be on the hot seat for his unqualified support of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and his related opposition to...

Fizzling energy

Political stalemate impedes green power program

Protect local power and control

EDITORIAL There's a growing stench of political corruption — or, at the very least, hidden agendas aimed at subverting popular will in favor of...

Backward on climate

August 14, 2013
After a hearing lasting several hours on Tue/13, members of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission voted down a motion to approve electricity rates...

PG&E union spreads lies about CleanPowerSF

August 12, 2013
San Francisco’s municipal power agency is gearing up to launch one of the most climate-friendly alternative energy programs in the country, but the forces...

Power struggles

Activists say Labor Council's opposition to CleanPowerSF could be a blessing in disguise

San Onofre, RIP (no more nukes)

"No news is good news" went right out the window last Friday. San Onofre's nuclear power plant has announced it will close permanently.After failed...

Key CleanPowerSF facts matter more than myriad details

It’s great to see our colleagues down the hall at the Examiner and SF Weekly covering the evolving details of CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s plan...

PG&E can’t survive solar energy

May 22, 2013
Years ago, in the middle of the boom in nuclear power plants, we used to say, only half in jest, the private utilities would...

Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill Of The Lord God Oil

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, I take a brutal boot-camp type class at the Hollywood YMCA here in LA. 45 minutes of sheer...

Why the PG&E settlement is lame

One of the factors that the state regulators took into account when they decided how much PG&E should be fined for the San Bruno...

Why PG&E will never support solar

One of the most important stories on the future of the country's electricity supply has been largely ignored by the major media outlets. My...

City-owned electricity generation works

April 24, 2013
I remember years ago a loser of a supervisor named Bill Maher tried to make a lame joke in opposition to a public-power measure....

Indicator city

If cutting edge San Francisco can't meet the challenge of climate change and related environmental issues, are we all doomed?

Dirty war over clean power

City program attacked by PG&E allies — and enviros

Campaign to ban bottled water sales in national parks targets GGNRA

UPDATED A national campaign to ban the sale of disposal plastic water and soda bottles in our national parks – which is being actively...

PG&E union turns to Change.org to attack renewable energy program

January 30, 2013
As the issue of climate change heats up again on the national stage, a local program seeking to provide San Franciscans with the option...