San Francisco police are warning residents of a scam where faux public utility workers are duping folks into letting them inside their homes and then robbing them. According to police, the first incident occurred Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. on the1400 block of Jackson Street. The suspect claimed to be a ... More >>
Supervisor David Chiu is really trying to make it easier for developers to install new on-site water treatment systems on properties with new legislation he plans on introducing today. The legislation would help developers, builders, and contractors cut right through the dreaded red tape, paperwork, ... More >>
Joe EskenaziDrained...We've written a few stories about how the city's Water Department was allowing fire hydrants to run free for hours here in Mission Bay in order to flush the water mains. While this is a fairly common practice, it's a bit odd for the city to send untold gallons of what one Wa ... More >>
Joe EskenaziWe can change! Last week, we wrote some stories about how the city was allowing thousands of gallons of "The best water in the world" to roar down the sewer while it flushed the water mains. Water Department employees, in order to combat built-up silt and any staleness in the water su ... More >>
Joe EskenaziJed's a millionaire! Conversation in the line for a chi-chi Mission Bay taqueria was dampened the other day when, a few yards off, a city water department employee hooked what appeared to be an oversize cow bell to the fire hydrant. Before anyone could make a "more cowbell" joke, a to ... More >>
The city of Pacifica may be up shit creek if it doesn't stop shitting up its creeks. The city faces $2.3 million fines for what the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board is calling "illegal discharges" during storms in January of 2008. A letter from the Board to the city and wast ... More >>
Does everyone want to live in Marin? The Center For Investigative Reporting, the Berkeley nonprofit that recently formed a team of sleuths to take up where downsized California newspapermen and women left off, came out slugging earlier this month. It published a scintillating piece demonstrating ... More >>
Rod SutterbyMr. Trout, siding with the plaintiffs...Anyone who's ever seen Show Boat knows that "Fish gotta swim." Also, "Birds gotta fly" and "I gotta love one man 'til I die." The first of these needs was addressed in a recent federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco by The Sierra Club and the Carme ... More >>
The San Francisco Police have arrested three suspects who have been posing as Water Department Personal to gain access to private homes. Once inside the home, one of the suspects would distract the resident while another searched the home for valuables. The three men are suspected of carrying out ... More >>
Because Bush deserves his own sewage plant.
The Giants' new stadium site is almost certainly seeping a stew of toxic chemicals into the bay. Why doesn't the government care?