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A CleanPowerSF Official Has Some Alleged Dirty Dealings

Last year, SF Weekly reported that multiple nonprofits complained to the mayor's office that a PUC official warned against publicly questioning the CleanPowerSF program — if those nonprofits valued their PUC funding. Then, earlier this year, the Chronicle reported that…
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CleanPowerSF: Coercion Allegations Taint PUC Vote

The Board of Supervisors' adoption last week of the long-planned CleanPowerSF program was a major milestone for those who've toiled to break San Francisco of its addiction to PG&E. Advocates of the pricey renewable energy program spoke of a new,…
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News, The Snitch Coercion Allegations in Battle Over Shell Public Power Contract

Coercion Allegations in Battle Over Shell Public Power Contract

Multiple accusers claiming to be representatives of Public Utilities Commission-funded nonprofits have contacted Mayor Ed Lee's office, alleging they were threatened by PUC officials to not publicly question the proposed "clean power" deal with Shell -- at risk of losing their…
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News, The Snitch 'Mayor Mustache' In San Francisco?

'Mayor Mustache' In San Francisco?

First Mayor With Facial Hair Since 1944? *When Mayor Gavin Newsom suggested his successor during the San Francisco Giants World Series parade, he borrowed one of the team's catchphrases: "Fear the beard." Tightly wound progressives at the time thought this…
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News, The Snitch Just Kidding! S.F.'s Public Public-Power Efforts Back to Square One

Just Kidding! S.F.'s Public Public-Power Efforts Back to Square One

Anyone who follows local politics probably still has fresh memories of the jubilant declarations of public-power advocates after the June 8 election. That night, you'll recall, PG&E-backed Proposition 16 -- which would have made it more difficult for local governments…
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Power Surge: Program could raise your electric bills

While San Francisco has struggled in recent months with record budget deficits, public-transportation problems, and scandal over police officers' criminal backgrounds, a momentous program has been rolling out with little public debate. Whether you've heard of it or not, the…
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News, Matt Smith

Signs of Progress

Three months ago, over coffee at the cafe in City Hall's basement, Supervisor David Campos explained how he was trying to figure out whether a private contractor doing work for the city was "bid splitting," the practice of dividing a…
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News, The Snitch No Smoking: City Attorney Announces Settlement to Shut Mirant Potrero Power Plant 'Irrevocably' By 2010

No Smoking: City Attorney Announces Settlement to Shut Mirant Potrero Power Plant 'Irrevocably' By 2010

The answer has been revealed to the "mystery settlement" announced yesterday by City Attorney Dennis Herrera. And as soon as we saw Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and Public Utilities Commission head Ed Harrington in the City Hall elevator, we guessed it…
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News, Matt Smith

S.F.'s tasty tap water about to get a little murkier

We San Franciscans like to fancy ourselves unique, but most such claims don't hold water. We had 1960s counterculture movements, yes, but the thick of that action was at faraway events such as the Chicago Seven trial and the Stonewall…
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News, Dog Bites Dollars for Dentists

Dollars for Dentists

There's nothing Dog Bites loves more than an esoteric discussion at an obscure public meeting, which is why we got so riled up at a recent get-together of the Board of Supervisors' Government Audit and Oversight Committee (also known as…
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