Within hours of the United States military's invasion of Iraq, San Franciscans of a certain political bent went on the offensive against one of the city's home-grown businesses: the Bechtel Group Inc. The public heat only intensified with news that the engineering and construction firm had been included in the handful of companies chosen in secret to bid on the government's reconstruction efforts in Iraq -- and subsequently won the job. And as late as two weeks ago, 43 people were arrested protesting in front of Bechtel's headquarters near Beale and... More >>>