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Clean energy and better infrastructure: a great combination

OPINION Achieving a more sustainable San Francisco means a city running on clean power. It also means maintaining our infrastructure to keep San Francisco...

Clean Power SF still moving forward

news@sfbg.com Dec. 19 marked the 100th anniversary of the Raker Act, federal legislation that specifically called for San Francisco to directly distribute the water and...

A century after the Raker Act, San Franciscans are still illegally denied public power

December 19, 2013
The San Francisco Examiner has a good story on today’s 100th anniversary of the signing of the Raker Act, federal legislation that allowed San...

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...

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...

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....

Public broadband works; why not here?

February 28, 2013
There's a fascinating new map that the Institute for Local Self Reliance has put together that shows how 342 communities around the United States...

Editor’s notes

We've got to make the push to public power if we care about our environment's future

The missing element of the Renewable Energy study

December 3, 2012
Since San Francisco's Local Agency Formation Commission is meeting Dec. 7 to talk about renewable energy, I went and read the 100-page report of...

So-called DV group doing PG&E’s dirty work

November 3, 2012
Any pretense that the group called San Francisco Women for for Responsibility and an Accountable Supervisor is anything more than a downtown sham vanished...

Man for the moment?

John Rizzo's calm demeanor and steady progressivism may be the antidote to the sordid D5 supervisorial race

The Mirkarimi vote: Will there be some profiles of courage?

October 8, 2012
(See the postscript for the Chronicle's shameful crucifixion coverage of Mirkarimi and a timely, newsworthy oped it refused to run by Mirkarimi's former girl...

Endorsements 2012: San Francisco propositions

Yes (sigh) on Prop B. And vote hell yes to deny corporations personhood -- that'd be Prop G

Endorsements 2012: San Francisco races

Rizzo and Selby for D5 supervisor. Our top choice in D1 is Eric Mar

Impertinent questions for the PG&E 3 supervisors

October 2, 2012
Note: The Guardian and I were delighted, after fighting PG&E since 1969 to enforce the public power mandates of the federal Raker Act,  to...

Stop the presses: CleanPowerSF 8, PG&E 3

September 18, 2012
Sometimes, the good guys (and gals) win.And so, after the Guardian started the public power movement in 1969  with the pioneering Joe Neilands expose...

Historic, veto-proof vote launches CleanPowerSF

September 18, 2012
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today cast an historic vote that was more than a decade in the making, approving the CleanPowerSF program...

The historic PG&E/clean energy vote today

September 17, 2012
And so, after a Guardian campaign that started in 1969 to kick PG&E out of City Hall and bring the city’s own Hetch Hetchy...

Committee approves CleanPowerSF over downtown opposition

September 12, 2012
The question of whether San Francisco creates a renewable energy program that offers an alternative to Pacific Gas & Electric got its first major...

PG&E union mounts attack on Clean Power SF

September 11, 2012
The union that represents PG&E workers -- and has opposed every single public-power initiative in modern San Francisco history -- just launched an attack...

Approve clean power SF

The plan's got flaws, but it's all we've got

The SFPUC’s cool new building

September 3, 2012
I finallly got a tour of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's cool new building at 525 Golden Gate. It's about as green as...

Parting gift

Harrington finally brings CleanPowerSF to City Hall, hoping his SFPUC legacy will be a city that produces its own renewable energy