Hugo Chavez is dead, but Venezuelan food lives on at Pica Pica Maize Kitchen, the second S.F. spot for Carácas cuisine. And it's far less polarizing than inflammatory anti-American rhetoric. In fact, it's delicious. If you can find it, that is. The nondescript Castro location is hidden in plain si ... More >>
If you were outdoors enjoying the unusually warm weather in the Bay Area last night, perhaps you experienced the other surprise: that really loud, bright boom that everyone is talking about (on the Internet, of course). Being that we are all eagerly awaiting the Orionid shower, which is happening th ... More >>
People have been flooding Chevron with claims after the Aug. 6 refinery fire, enough so that the oil company yesterday opened a second help center where burned residents (not literally) can go demand money. Here's what we know: The new claims center is located at North Richmond Community Heritage Se ... More >>
Gas prices across the nation increased 18 cents over the past two weeks, with fuel costs hitting hardest in California, particularly in San Francisco, where prices peaked at $4.06 per gallon. California prices increased 23 cents, which means the average driver is shelling out $3.99 per gallon for re ... More >>
Update (9:45 p.m.): BART officials say all stations have been reopened except for Richmond.Update (9:35 p.m.): News outlets are reporting that tons of people are flooding emergency rooms complaining of breathing problems. Update (9:17 p.m.): Chevron officials just held a short news conference, sayin ... More >>
PG&E is starting to feel some unwanted pressure over its gas pipelines. The company is being asked to be much more transparent following a federal directive requiring all utilities to maintain and report instances of pressure surges along their gas pipelines. That might be a tall order for ... More >>
As Billy Beane taught us, you probably can't trust your instincts without cold hard statistics to back them up. So for anyone who suspected that gasoline prices might be rising with Icarusian ferver, your intuitions have been vindicated. On Monday AAA released their monthly report on America's f ... More >>
You think that looks like a real Chevron ad? We agree. An apparent Chevron ad campaign decrying the oil giant's years of polluting Third World locales and pledging to change its ways was the spitting image of the real thing. But Scrooge-like changes of heart are only for the movies. The San Ramon ... More >>
No longer so menacingSo much for the titans of the petroleum industry using their profits to bend voters and politicians to their will. It turns out the out-of-state oil companies behind the campaign to pass Proposition 23 -- the ballot initiative that would suspend California's landmark 2006 law ... More >>
That's not maple syrupCorporate Ethics International, a rabble-rousing San Francisco environmental nonprofit, on Thursday launched a campaign urging a boycott of Alberta in protest of the Canadian province's oil sands petroleum extraction project. The group has erected a billboard in Seattle comp ... More >>
You see? You see who's benefiting?The Deep Water Horizon's ongoing ruination of the Gulf Coast is one of the worst accidents in the history of humanity. But wait! Some people -- as some people always do -- aren't willing to concede this was an accident. This was ... a conspiracy! Here's five that ... More >>
Arthur MillerNow there's a guy who never imbibed female fertility drugs. Say Hey!Yesterday's revelation that Manny Ramirez -- arguably the greatest right-handed hitter in a generation -- tested positive for artificial testosterone from a female fertility drug was a worldview-altering event. I did no ... More >>
Daniel KramerT. Boone PickensAs Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens hits San Francisco tonight in his ongoing tour promoting a curtailing of foreign oil imports and a bolstering of domestic clean energy (in which he is invested to the gills), a long, strange article about Pickens' long, strange trip h ... More >>
If a neighborhood group has its way, it may be a while before you see a scene such as this in San FranciscoA Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood group last week filed suit against the city planning department alleging San Francisco trampled environmental laws when it exempted a proposed biodiesel pla ... More >>
The city's master plan for cleaner energy is fraught with risk. And, like it or not, you're already signed up.
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Leaders should ignore the temptation to over-regulate energy policy and let competition reign
The only quiz in the world that will tell you if you're an apologist for the Bush administration's Hurricane Katrina response
Unless there's been a Newsom/Getty/bin Laden/Bush plot of some kind, how could voters support Care Not Cash?
A deft film in which a southland legislator and lazy journalists rewrite history, blame Enron for the energy crisis, and leave Sacramento corruption untouched
The Western Pacific gray whale, once thought extinct, clings to life in a remote Siberian sea. Biologists fear their research is serving as cover for massive oil drilling that could wipe out this lost tribe once and for all.
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.
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Or, why we love Barry Bonds, even when he's a royal Jerk
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The proposed Bayview-Hunters Point energy plant sparks a fight
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