San Franciscans found yet another reason to protest PG&E.Yesterday, on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, OccupySF Environmental Justice Working Group, No Nukes Action and Greenaction for Health as well as Environmental Justice gathered in front of the Japanese Consulate ... More >>
Going, going, goneThe final word is in: after more than a decade of activism and negotiations, the Mirant Power Plant will be closing for good by the end of 2010. "There was really no need to have these dirty power plants continue to exist in San Francisco," City Attorney Dennis Herrera tol ... More >>
City clean power activists and politicos were split in their reactions to the outcome of a state power regulatory body meeting today in Folsom, as San Francisco's plans to shutter the Mirant power plant "irrevocably" by 2010 took something of a hit. While Cal-ISO -- the state body that determines ... More >>
Joe EskenaziCity Attorney Dennis Herrera delivers the big news, backed by (from left) PUC head Ed Harrington, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, and former Board of Supes President Aaron PeskinThe answer has been revealed to the "mystery settlement" announced yesterday by City Attorney Dennis Herrera ... More >>
When your whole government shuts down so that it can go to Washington D.C. and lobby for handouts, you know you've reached a point of no return. Economically it's a sign of total defeat, an acknowledgment that we are a zombie municipality that needs fresh infusions of federal blood just to go thr ... More >>
While the San Francisco Chronicle is busy fêting itself with daily retrospectives, journalists beyond the walls of 901 Mission are sounding a less complimentary note. In an editorial published last week, the weekly Carmel Pine Cone takes the Chron to task for its reporting on environmental question ... More >>
Does Gavin Newsom turn into Stalin when the moon is full? By Benjamin Wachs (This is State of the Citysode III: The Environment. Click here for Part II: Education, and Part 1: Health Care) 00:00 - Gavin begins philosophically. "I like to say that the world's consumption is the sum of all loc ... More >>
Why some "progressives" are putting energy into a bad idea.
The city's way of contracting out public works construction is broken so much so that companies are not bidding on important municipal projects and that could cost us billions
For Preventing the Homeless People of San Francisco From Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to the Public in an Energy-Efficient Manner
DISCUSSED IN THIS REVIEW: Cons, Scams & Grifts, 2001, Mysterious Press, Confidence, 2003, Lion's Gate Films What Should I Do With My Life?, 2002, Random House
When it comes to terrorism and U.S. atomic power plants, we may as well put Homer Simpson in charge
The plan to build a massive new power plant in San Francisco -- once thought inevitable -- hits a few snags
A deft film in which a southland legislator and lazy journalists rewrite history, blame Enron for the energy crisis, and leave Sacramento corruption untouched
How Kennedyesque is Gavin Newsom?
With many power plants scheduled to go down for repairs, a stretch of bad weather could spell trouble
And then there's developer Michael Strausz
Power Point;The Chronicle Chronicles;Outlawing Landlords and Other Amusements
Two major S.F. energy projects are in the works. Do we need both? The question isn't really being discussed.
Power to the People; A Love/Hate Relationship
Upcoming ballot proposals on public power could complicate the fight over the Potrero Hill plant.
If Gov. Davis has his way, California soon will have dozens of new power plants -- a lot of them in the wrong places, some of them unnecessary, and very, very few of them based on renewable energy
Opponents of the Potrero Hill power plant expansion could use a lesson in organization.
How the state's contracts with crucial electric power providers actually encourage them to gouge us
A small group wants to foist a municipal utility district on the city without evidence its version of "public power" will work. Demand evidence.
Is it smart to jump into the Bay Guardian's version of public power, without even studying whether it will save money?
Greedy out-of-state profiteers make easy targets, but the real villains of California's energy debacle are the ones under the state capitol dome.
Letters from January 10, 2001
Letters from October 4, 2000
Why a retreat from electricity deregulation is a victory for PG&E, and a loss for you and me
Competitors say delay in electric deregulation helps PG&E, other utility monopolies
The S.F.-based utility embarks on a nationwide buying spree