Bay Area Air Quality Management District

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Bike Share Isn't All the East Bay Needs

    The expansion of the Bay Area Bike Share was approved by the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Commission yesterday afternoon. Like any committee meeting there were plenty of different opinions, but ultimately, it seems everybody is for bike share. So $8.7 million will go into developing the East ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Bike Share Must Go Corporate, Supervisor Scott Wiener Says

    Supervisor Scott Wiener recently announced plans to make the Bay Area bike sharing program worth the ride. Curious about how he planned to expand the program so that more people could get more places, I called Wiener to explain. Last week, at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting, Wiener c ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2013
  • News

    June 26, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Muni Exempted from Requirements to Create Plan to Cease Idling Buses for Hours

    Update: Read Muni internal directive regarding idling of hundreds of buses for hours. Last week, SF Weekly revealed that, in gross violation of state law, Muni idles its diesel buses for hours in the morning before sending them out to pick up riders. This was, indeed, a violation of the law. But it ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Bike Sharing Is Finally Coming to the Bay Area -- Kind Of.

    The Bike Share Stations are Coming So bike sharing is coming to the Bay Area, albeit in a modest way. If you don't hate cyclists like the Wall Street Journal, then you're probably glad that San Francisco is catching up to other world-class cities like Paris, New York, and Chattanooga, when it come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Pollution Report: San Francisco Can Breathe Easy. No, Really, It Can!

    If walking the hills of San Francisco to get to your parked car leaves you totally breathless, well, sadly, it's you, not the city. The American Lung Association this morning released its latest air report, showing that San Francisco has some pretty damn clean air. Not only did we "pass" our annual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Nancy Pelosi Didn't Help S.F. Restaurants Get Health Care Reform Waivers

    Republicans are just paranoid​Washington Republicans say they're shocked --  shocked that San Francisco restaurants obtained healthcare reform waivers handed out last month by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. They've even spun a conspiracy theory that says Congresswoman Na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Duraflame Burned in Court

    You! Put it out! ​Last month, SF Weekly reported on just what happens if you light a fire on a Spare the Air Day: They ask you not to. Then, if you're busted a second time, you're out $400. And while the Bay Area Air Quality Management District uses the term "wood fires," there's a broad variety o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    What's the Punishment For Burning Wood on Spare the Air Day?

    You are so busted​Today, for those who care to know, is a Spare the Air Day. In communicating this news, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District used terms such as "illegal" when describing the burning of wood -- and noted that locals "must" not do so. As that vocabulary would imply, this isn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    San Francycle: How SF's Impending Bikeshare Will Work

    ​Bikesharing: crazy, right? The expense, the hills, the repairs, the theft -- it seems like it would never, in a million years, work. Except it does, in plenty of cities from Montreal to Budapest to Washington, D.C. And it's getting a little embarrassing that San Francisco isn't one of them. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Spare the Air Day -- No Barbecuing, Please

    It's not grilling weather after all​It took the waning and passing of summer for summer weather to arrive in San Francisco. And with hot weather comes Spare the Air Days. You don't get free rides on public transit anymore on Spare the Air days. In fact, all you get for free these days is advice. L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Bay Area Recyclers Spew Toxins, Enviros Say

    ​Automobile recycling, billed as a "green" industry, is actually a poorly regulated polluter that produces dangerous toxic waste, according to a new report by an East Bay environmental group."It's not as bad as third-world computer scrapping, but it's close," said Denny Larson, who runs a nonprofi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Spare the Air Day No Longer Gets You a Free Ride

    HarvimalhiGuess what? You still have to pay for this, no matter how hot and filthy it gets.​Aside from people dressing sexy, what advantages are there for us on blazing hot days with crappy air conditions? "Spare the Air Days" used to get you a free ride on Bay Area public transportation; you coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Spare the Air Today -- No Wood Fires!

    Spare what's left of the air...​The year's first "Spare the Air Day" warning has been issued for Monday. Sorry, you won't get a free ride on public transit -- unless you're unethical. But you are encouraged to avoid driving if possible (on this very short warning), not dawdle needlessly out of doo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    EPA Spanks Lennar With Fines For Dust (But In Arizona, Not Hunters Point)

    Oops, they did it again. Lennar, the company that drew activist hellfire for failing to control dust in Bayview during the early stages of its construction at the Hunters Point Shipyard, is now facing fines for similar dust violations in Arizona. The company will have to pay the Environmental Prot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Ultimatum: If You Want To Breathe, Cut Your Emissions Thursday

    Not the preferred method of transportation on Thursday​If you don't want to contribute to noxious ground-level ozone pollution that will suffocate (or at least irritate the lungs) of your fellow man, leave your car at home on Thursday.Yeah, yeah, you say you've been dealt enough guilt for driving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Official Explanation for Fecal Stench That Enveloped S.F. on Friday -- Beats the Hell Out of Us!

    ​While no journalist likes to get beaten to the punch on a story, we were actually glad to read other writers' online postings about the freshly laid fertilizer smell choking San Franciscans on Friday. Strolling from our Mission Bay office to a SOMA watering hole, we repeatedly checked our jacket. ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2009

    The Man Who Cried Dust

    Christopher Muhammad's fight with Lennar over toxic dust has resulted in a restraining order against him, an accusation that he's a shakedown artist, and grudging respect from his rivals.

©2014 SF Weekly, LP, All rights reserved.