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News, The Snitch EPA Orders South Bay Metal Recycler to Stop Polluting San Francisco Bay

EPA Orders South Bay Metal Recycler to Stop Polluting San Francisco Bay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Sims Metal Management, a company that claims to be the largest recycler of metal and electronics in the world, to stop polluting San Francisco Bay with toxic chemicals.The EPA announced today that Sims…
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News, Matt Smith Rec and Parks chief Jared Blumenfeld dumps his boat to work on green issues

Rec and Parks chief Jared Blumenfeld dumps his boat to work on green issues

During the past year, former San Francisco Recreation and Parks chief Jared Blumenfeld has enjoyed the best of times: In January, he was appointed EPA administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands. And he has suffered the…
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News, The Snitch EPA Honcho Jared Blumenfeld Saddened to Ditch Polluting Boat

EPA Honcho Jared Blumenfeld Saddened to Ditch Polluting Boat

How I miss old Alexandra...​Jared Blumenfeld, San Francisco's former boss of both the Department of the Environment and Rec and Parks Department, was appointed in January as EPA administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Islands. Also during…
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News, The Snitch Garden-Variety Debate Continues: Public To Vent Tonight On Plan To Ding Out-of-Town Arboretum Visitors

Garden-Variety Debate Continues: Public To Vent Tonight On Plan To Ding Out-of-Town Arboretum Visitors

Last month we wrote about a debate among the tulips: In order to make up for a shortage of funds, Recreation and Park Department officials were proposing a $5 to $7 entry fee for  Strybing Arboretum. And yet, since the…
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Wall Street Journal Highlights How 86-Year-Old Badminton Fanatic Aced San Francisco

The comedian Alexei Sayle used to say that "you can't fight city hall -- but you can take a crap on the steps and run away." Well, he was wrong. You can do both, and Ed Leong is living…
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News, The Snitch Labor Groups, Babies, Very Old People, Supes Rally Against Rec & Park Cuts -- But Layoffs May Already Be Fait Accompli

Labor Groups, Babies, Very Old People, Supes Rally Against Rec & Park Cuts -- But Layoffs May Already Be Fait Accompli

Fashion-wise, children often make the best accessories. Far better than purple tchochkes -- but at today's SEIU City Hall rally on behalf of soon-to-be laid off San Francisco recreation directors, there were plenty of both. A succession of Recreation &…
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News, The Snitch Rec & Park Workers Terrified Over Looming Layoffs Amid New Hirings of $100K Managers -- and Ready to Rally

Rec & Park Workers Terrified Over Looming Layoffs Amid New Hirings of $100K Managers -- and Ready to Rally

You have to feel for Jared Blumenfeld. Taking over the city's Recreation and Parks Department -- especially on an interim basis -- is like being handed a feather duster and being asked to tidy the hotel suite after Mötley Crüe…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Finally Shitty Enough to Make Social Progress

San Francisco Finally Shitty Enough to Make Social Progress

Coming to a San Francisco park near you? It took a plummeting economy and disastrous wars in the Middle East to make America awful enough to rise up above centuries of racial strife with the election of Barack…
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S.F. park rangers want more power, guns

Marcus Santiago, a nine-year veteran of the San Francisco Park Rangers, a little-known corps tasked with guarding the property of the Department of Recreation and Parks, swings his white Ford Crown Victoria into the Polo Fields parking lot and slows…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bike-to-Park Day

Bike-to-Park Day

Jared Blumenfeld wants you to ride your bicycle to a park. No surprise there: Blumenfeld is the new director of the city’s Department of the Environment, and he's paid to say those sorts of things. But he’s doing us one…
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Unbroken Ground

When the city spends half a million dollars and nothing happens, does it make a sound? Yes, eventually. At the end of January, the controller's office emitted an agonized squawk over $479,219 in city funds given since 2001 to Literacy…
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The Tide Is High

Here's news to warm the hearts of wonky environmentalists: Tidal power in San Francisco has been declared officially feasible. And not only feasible, but also a damn good fit for the city's electrical needs and geographic circumstances — or at…
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Calendar, Halloween Hold On  a Minute!

Hold On a Minute!

It's my rule not to write columns based on my mail, because I write only 40 columns and a handful of cover stories annually, and within that limitation cannot possibly squeeze in all the bad deeds and selfish plots afoot…
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