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Get paid $100, if you’re not too liberal

September 4, 2008
by Amanda Witherell After we ran an article on the remarkable coincidences between opponents of the Clean Energy Act and people who take money from...

Unaffordable nation

Will people pay more for slow food?

City Sued over Care not Cash, again

by Amanda Witherell Berkeley-based Disability Rights Advocates filed suit in US District Court today against the city of San Francisco for denying access to shelter...

PG&E’s blank check

Who is the utility buying off? Start with Newsom, Feinstein, and Willie Brown

Lights out on Labor Council endorsement

by Amanda Witherell Graph from San Francisco Chronicle, July 26, 2007 Literally. Last night while the San Francisco Labor Council was meeting to vote on endorsements...

People ride bikes

August 25, 2008
by Amanda Witherell Record bike attendance at Outside Lands Friday night I volunteered for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on Friday evening, valet parking bikes during...

PG&E pays for Newsom’s party in Denver

by Amanda Witherell Just in case you had any questions about our Mayor's relationship with private utility monopolies. And they co-opted Jenny Lewis!

Feed our elders well

"Good foods are not the privilege of people who have money"

Marian Shelter closing, but not without fight

Marian Residence for Women has been called a “model for shelter and transitional services for women,” yet it’s closing for good on August 31,...

DCCC endorses….

The newly elected progressive block of the local Democratic Party flexed their muscles during tonight's endorsements. It was a full house, with only Rep....

PG&E’s Lie of the Week

The mailer that arrived last week shows a bullet hole blown through a pile of money and urges voters to beware the Board of...

Sun protection failures

A new report casts a bad light on popular sunscreens

PG&E grantees: Revealed

By popular demand, here's some highlights from PG&E's 2007 charitable giving. If you want to see the complete list, look at pages 58-90 of...

Who is (and isn’t) taking cash from PG&E

Besides dumping millions of dollars on influencing the outcomes of elections, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. also doles out a lot of cash to...

My bike accident: The city’s fault?

That was my first thought, sprawled on the pavement in the middle of a northbound lane on Van Ness Avenue: is this the city’s...

PG&E’s PUC appointee

The Rules Committee of the Board of Supervisors voted Monday to forward the appointment of Nora Vargas to the SF Public Utilities Commission, without...

New appointees coming to a PUC near you

Mayor Gavin Newsom has made his recommendations for the five seats on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, up for grabs after voters passed...

Death of teen immigrant farm worker nets $260K fine

Earlier this month we reported on Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez, a 17-year-old immigrant farm worker whose heat-related death sparked a public outcry against Trader...

Bucking off Chuck

Death of 17-year-old pregnant farm worker incites campaign against Trader Joe's

The dirty fight over clean power

PG&E works to thwart a renewable public power measure

Clean Energy Act excites supervisors

At today’s Rules Committee, Supervisors Bevan Dufty, Tom Ammiano, and Chris Daly, all expressed enthusiasm for San Francisco’s Clean Energy Act. Daly and Ammiano...

LIT: Beautiful photography exposes crude reality

photo by Lou Dematteis Crude Reflections opens with pastoral scenes of a rainforest lagoon and the looming roots of a giant ceiba tree. Indigenous Ecuadorians...

Yum! Local food party!

June 25, 2008
Munchies from Chez Panisse, Millenium, and Serpentine. Cubes of jack and cheddar from Spring Hill Cheese Company. Maybe a glass of sangiovese from Long...