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News, Sucka Free City Carbon Tax Funds: S.F. Monies Are Sitting Around Unused

Carbon Tax Funds: S.F. Monies Are Sitting Around Unused

Mayor Gavin Newsom made history in late 2007 when he triumphantly declared that his city's departments would be the first in the nation to pay a local carbon tax for all official air travel. The levy, set two years later…
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News, Sucka Free City Green Facade: New SFPUC Building Masks an Eco-Unfriendly Truth

Green Facade: New SFPUC Building Masks an Eco-Unfriendly Truth

As you probably know from starry-eyed pieces in other papers, the city's 900-odd white-collar utility department workers begin moving into elaborately green new digs on Golden Gate Avenue this week. But any notion that the new eco-phallus near City Hall…
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News, The Snitch UV-Irradiated Water Doesn't Alarm San Francisco Alarmists

UV-Irradiated Water Doesn't Alarm San Francisco Alarmists

San Francisco's elected officials are worried that the radiation from cellphones will melt your brain. Our citizenry is certain that the radiation from PG&E Smart Meters will melt your brain. Our school board is terrified that irradiated meats will melt…
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News, The Snitch McClatchy Newspapers Renew Misleading Anti-Hetch Hetchy Crusade

McClatchy Newspapers Renew Misleading Anti-Hetch Hetchy Crusade

"Hetch Hetchy could go on ballot," declares a headline in today's Modesto Bee atop a story claiming the group Restore Hetch Hetchy is on the verge of putting a measure before San Francisco voters this November that, if successful, would…
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News, The Snitch City Dwellers Doused as Water Department Flushes Fire Hydrants

City Dwellers Doused as Water Department Flushes Fire Hydrants

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 cowbell to the fire hydrant. Before anyone…
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News, The Snitch Has Willie Brown Outfoxed the Board of Supervisors -- Again?

Has Willie Brown Outfoxed the Board of Supervisors -- Again?

Why was Willie Brown -- that's him on the left -- involved in sponsoring an Assembly bill the city's Board of Supervisors is madly hoping to derail?It probably wasn't really Mark Twain who said "Whiskey is for drinking;…
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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, The Snitch Your Water Rates May Be Going Up -- But the PUC Will Still Happily Give You a Cartoon Map of City Reservoirs For Free

Your Water Rates May Be Going Up -- But the PUC Will Still Happily Give You a Cartoon Map of City Reservoirs For Free

Sure, many of us harbor troubling notions about hikes in the water rates, or what Hetch Hetchy Valley looked like before we opted to make it our principal water source. But if you're a sucker for cartoons, maps, and have…
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News, The Snitch Water World -- San Francisco Style

Water World -- San Francisco Style

Believe it or not, San Francisco is flooded with underground sources of fresh, drinkable water. Much of it, however, is flushed away -- literally. By Joe Eskenazi “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” – Mark Twain…
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News, Matt Smith

A Bridge Too Costly

The nearly re-constructed Fourth St. Bridge — a piece of Dr. Frankensteinlike patchwork engineering whose design revolves around accommodating a huge, decorative fiberglass faux counterweight — is a potential death trap, says the co-owner of the company that re-built the…
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Letters to the Editor

Janet Reilly on the Issues The tone-changing thing ... have you run it by Jack Davis yet?: In a day and age when women in San Francisco government are under attack for being pregnant, I was shocked to read a…
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News, Matt Smith

The 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Public Relations

Publicists have a dreary and emotionally exhausting job. Daily, they must cold-call and suck up to journalists in attempts to forge relationships that are built, fundamentally, on dysfunction. In an ideal journalistic world, you see, publicists wouldn't exist. Journalists would…
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Letters to the Editor

Too Dam Negative A defense of Environmental Defense: I was pleased that Matt Smith is encouraging your readers to support restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park . It was disappointing, however, that he…
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News, Feature Big Dam Mess

Big Dam Mess

Following retirement from 35 years of work in the mutual fund industry, George A. Miller went to the library "to have some structure in my life," he says. And there he stayed. "After four years," he recalls, "I got kind…
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News, Feature Delusions of Power

Delusions of Power

Eighteen months ago, San Francisco's voters passed a measure to strengthen the city's Sunshine Ordinance, which requires that most city government meetings and records be open to the public. The proposition to amend the sunshine law had been endorsed by…
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Slap Shots

I, Too, Have a Dream Eleven score years ago, a township began on the dunes of Yerba Buena and the muddy shoreline of promise. It was a great beacon of hope to hundreds of immigrants who had been seared in…
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