Qualified private activity bonds are low-interest, tax-exempt loans that the government issues on behalf of companies initiating projects with a "public purpose." It's roughly the same process that cities and states use to fund things like roads, parks, and schools. Except these benefit for-profit o ... More >>
San Francisco police took a 30-year-old Livingston man into custody this afternoon after he had forced his way into a Chevron gas station and locked himself inside the clerk's office. Sgt. Michael Andraychak told us that at about 10:40 a.m., the man was at the gas station on the corner of Market a ... More >>
A small flash fire lashed out and was extinguished about 13 minutes before the Chevron Richmond Refinery 4 Crude Unit became enflamed on Aug. 6, the company said. In its official 30-day follow-up notification report released Wednesday, the company said an insulated pipe in the 4 Crude Unit was notic ... More >>
"If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood...If it's somethin' weird an it won't look good; Who ya gonna call?" Ghotsbusters? No. When heaps of smoke, ash, and fumes from the nearby Chevron Refinery enveloped their neighborhood, Richmond residents naturally called Attorney John Burris to le ... More >>
We already gave you the bad news today: Gas prices are ridiculously high, in part because of the Chevron fire last week. But there is some good news you can take in. Contrary to what you saw last Monday -- plumes of black smoke hanging in the air -- Chevron says you can go ahead and take a deep brea ... More >>
If you are one of those unfortunate Richmond residents who was burned (figuratively speaking) by the Chevron Refinery fire, you can start claiming your cash tomorrow. Chevron officials say they are opening up a Help Center at the Nevin Community Center at 9 a.m. sharp. "The claims process has ... More >>
As expected, hundreds of pissed-off Richmond residents flooded a Town Hall meeting last night where they were reportedly more raging than the black plumes of toxic smoke that blanketed the community Monday night. Residents have every right to be furious, and Chevron officials will be the first to ad ... More >>
This morning, a small secondary fire ignited near the controlled burn at the scene of Monday's Chevron Refinery, according to refinery officials. The secondary fire sparked around 11:15 a.m. near the initial fire location, however, firefighters acted quickly and extinguished it within minutes, and ... More >>
The good news is the Chevron fire is out and the order for East Bay folks to remain indoors has been lifted. The bad news is, there's a good chance gasoline prices are probably going to make us gag today.Chevron's 240,000-barrel-a-day refinery has reportedly closed down production units after the fi ... More >>
Another dirty scandal is plaguing Chevron, but this one has nothing to do with polluting the Amazon. A judge overturned a jury's $100,000 award to a former Chevron employee who had sued the oil and gas company for gossiping about his passion for prostitution.According to court documents filed in ... More >>
• You know how nobody in San Francisco has any style? Well, this weekend you can attempt to buy some! Vaute Couture is bringing its cute-ass wool-free winter coats of sexiness to a pop-up shop at VegNews' offices in the Mission! You'll get to try on Vaute's brand-new 2011 collection of smart ... More >>
Playing favorites?Environmental groups are going after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, worried that she's allowing Washington lobbyists close to her get away with building a massive oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.Friends of the Earth, a nonprofit with offices in Washington, D.C. and San Fr ... More >>
Secret weaponA surge in estimated valuation from sales of products such as the iPad has landed Apple at the top of a survey of the world's most valuable brands, displacing fellow Silicon Valley juggernaut Google.Financial-research company Millward Brown set the company's current brand value at $1 ... More >>
Gasholes are everywhere!Last week, we told SF Weekly readers about Safeway being accused of predatory pricing when selling fuel. Now gas stations are suing BP, accusing the oil giant of manipulating supplies for a bigger profit. In the class action lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco, the le ... More >>
Dihydrogen monoxide can kill within minutes of entering a victim's lungs.Last summer, San Francisco Chronicle citizen blogger Yobie Benjamin covered the waterfront, denouncing perceived failures in BP's oil-spill cleanup, including its penchant for using the then-controversial oil dispersant, Cor ... More >>
Why should preventing catastrophes be a secret?After the BP oil spill devastated the Gulf of Mexico, you would expect that a prominent oil company like Chevron would want consumers to trust its ability to prevent such blowouts. Yet the San Ramon oil company, is suing Scribd, a San Francisco docum ... More >>
Chevron's Richmond refineryChevron is facing serious criticism of its alleged efforts to evade state environmental laws and push through a proposed expansion of its oil refinery in Richmond. Faced with the opposition of environmental activists and some state legislators, is it a surprise that the ... More >>
Bouncer drinks to forget the oil leak at Kezar Bar & Grill.
It's called "Deepwater Horizon," in fact, and includes snippets of BP's Tony Hayward coldly muttering about, "I want my life back." Asked by his label for a statement on the work, East Bay artist TransFranciscCo (a/k/a Jim Strider), said: "I suppose I could write something ... but if you don't al ... More >>
It's about to get crazy up in this joint!Party at the gas station! Approximately 150 guests are confirmed to attend the "ARCO/BP Shut Down Party" on the corner of Fell Street and Divisadero Street at 5:30 p.m. Organized by a group of friends, this party is actually a three-pronged environmental p ... More >>
Dude don't compost.Burger King, Subway flout S.F.'s composting laws. [SF Appeal]Ghostbusters in the Mission! [Misison Mission]City technology: There are some glitches in the system. [Sweet Melissa]Irony Alert: Chevron Towers decorated with symbol of Global Warming. [SF Citizen]So, there's s ... More >>
...And grab a Big Gulp for Will Scarlet!In our experience, there's very little at a 7-11 worth threatening to kill or maim over -- you don't hear too many folks going on about life, liberty, and the pursuit of pemmican and sodas large enough to hide oversize cans of beer in when you go to the ballpa ... More >>
Barack Obama kicked off his presidency by limiting his administration's vulnerability to lobbyists. By May, however, it seemed clear that resourceful Democratic Party insiders would circumvent the limited ban. San Francisco's Amazon Watch has just denounced former Clinton Administration trade repres ... More >>
By John GeluardiThe Chevron Corporation has exposed its pestilent underbelly by hiring William J. Haynes II, a Department of Defense attorney who compiled lists of violent interrogation techniques for shadowy U.S. detention centers. Chevron hired Haynes on as its chief corporate council in April ... More >>
Enviros accuse local blogger of being on Chevron's payroll.
Big Oil, the rainforest, and sticky legal issues are stuck in a San Francisco courtroom
One energy executive claims a tidal system that meets the city's electric needs could be built in over 20 years, at a cost of $1.5 billion
Darkness descends at City Hall as supervisors argue ceaselessly over dogs and apartment size
Charged Atmosphere; Worst Deal of the Week
Chevron to Turks: Bay is pristine! GOP to pot doctor: Good job! Tenants to landlords: You're illegal! Potheads to supervisors: Like, wow -- a sanctuary!
How the state's contracts with crucial electric power providers actually encourage them to gouge us
Bay Area motorists pay the highest gas prices in the state
Major oil companies are gobbling up independent gas station operators, all in the name of greed
Danko Schön, Pho Free, Hot Seat, Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em, Out of the Hole
State advocate says S.F. utility padded rate hike request by $900 million
If you grind a live microphone to bits, or amplify a flamethrower, are you making music -- or an appalling spectacle called "noise"?
The S.F.-based utility embarks on a nationwide buying spree
The wind-power entrepreneurs at Kenetech have spent millionsin vain tosolve this avian mystery: Why have hundredsof raptors, including golden eagles, died alongside the windmills of Altamont Pass?