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News, The Snitch New Mandatory Water Restrictions Won't Apply to Washing Human Feces From Sidewalks

New Mandatory Water Restrictions Won't Apply to Washing Human Feces From Sidewalks

San Francisco residents won't have to take shorter showers yet, but such measures may be in the offing. California has apparently broken its drought record, with more than half the state reporting the most severe dryness on record since the…
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News, Sucka Free City High Water Mark: Using a Little Less Than a Whole Lot of Water Is Still a Lot of Water

High Water Mark: Using a Little Less Than a Whole Lot of Water Is Still a Lot of Water

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission asked you to use less water. And, lo, you're using less water. Statistics, toted by the PUC, bear this out. And yet, as with all things related to the drought and water use, things…
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SF Weekly Letters

Power Outage Those in charge of San Francisco's power can't flip a switch: San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission Juliet Ellis gets busted for contracting corruption; now this story shows the agency's energy policy incompetence ["Who Has the Power," Joe Eskenazi,…
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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, Sucka Free City

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, Feature Green Scheme

Green Scheme

On the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 12, consultant Paul Fenn stood in a hearing chamber before San Francisco's Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) — an obscure but influential panel that oversees the city's energy policy — trying to explain why…
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Calendar, Night&Day Burn Green Soiree

Burn Green Soiree

An eco-party with presenters who know more than a little bit about rain. Rosey Jencks, a watershed and stormwater planner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, discusses the new rules that allow homeowners to unhook their downspouts and use…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Politicos Continue War Dance

San Francisco Politicos Continue War Dance

By John Geluardi The ongoing political battle between Mayor Gavin Newsom and Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin claimed another casualty Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors voted to oust Public Utilities Commissioner Ryan Brooks, who was close to…
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News, The Apologist

Oh, Shit

Last week, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission launched a public awareness campaign to announce a three-decade plan for fixing the city's sewer system. According to officials, more than 70 percent of the city's 900 miles of underground sewers was…
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