San Francisco

SAN DIEGO RANKS LAST FOR BUILDING WEALTH

 

By Ed Barrena

November 9, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego is the worst major metropolitan area to build wealth, according to a report by financial website Bankrate.com.  The findings may not be entirely surprising to residents of San Diego, where rent and mortgages continue to climb and wages remain fairly stagnant.

COURT REVOKES EPA APPROVAL OF PESTICIDE TOXIC TO BEES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2015 (San Francisco)—The U.S. Ninth Court of Appeal in San Francisco today revoked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the pesticide sulfoxaflor because it is highly toxic to bees.  The pesticide is sold under the brand names Closer and Transform.

VACATIONING ON PUBLIC LANDS MAY GET COMPLICATED

 

By Lori Abbott, Public News Service

May 20, 2015 (San Francisco)--Vacationing in the Sierra Nevada, California desert or other public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds.

MTS MOBILE TICKETING NOW AVAILABLE FOR PADRES GAMES

 

MTS Trolley special events service in play for Padres home opener on Thursday, April 9

April 9, 2015 (San Diego)--For the first time, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is making its convenient mTicket mobile ticketing option available for select Padres games, including the home opening series against the San Francisco Giants and all weekend series (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) throughout the season.

CA SUPREME COURT ACCEPTS SANDAG REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN CASE ON NARROW CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUE

 

Majority of Lower Court Ruling Stands

March 13, 2015 (San Francisco)--The California Supreme Court has granted partial review of a closely-watched environmental case that could have broad implications for transportation planning throughout the state.

MORE OCULAR SYPHILIS CASES IN WEST COAST GAY MEN PROMPT HEALTH WARNINGS

 

15 cases, including several that caused blindness, found in California and Washington

March 9, 2014 (Los Angeles) Since December 2014, as many as 15 cases of ocular syphilis—a sexually transmitted disease which has led to blindness in several of the individuals—have been reported in men who have sex with men on the West Coast. Confirmed cases in Washington State, San Francisco as well as two suspected cases found in Los Angeles that are currently under investigation are raising alarm among public health officials, community care providers and prevention specialists, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation reports.

PG&E SUGGESTED "PROZAC" FOR THOSE INJURED BY SMART METERS

 

CPUC Chair Peevey complained his own bills went up after smart meter installed;  

Edison pushed higher fees to force smart meters on the poor

Consumer watchdog groups have analyzed 120,000 e-mails and attachments released by the California Public Utilities Commission. The emails suggest smart meter fees were deliberately set high to discourage opting out analog meters, even when those leading the CPUC admitted in e-mails that smart meters emitting pulsed microwave radiation were harming Californians.

By Josh Hart, Stop Smart Meters

February 28, 2015 (San Francisco) -- New e-mails brought to light between Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) reveal the extent of corruption and backroom dealing that have characterized the state’s smart meter program.

SAN ONOFRE SETTLEMENT APPROVED, LOCAL GROUP PLEDGES COURT BATTLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2014 (San Onofre) - By a unanimous vote, the California Public Utilities Commission has approved the $3.3 billion San Onofre settlement. No public comment was allowed at the hearing, which was held in San Francisco despite the fact that the ratepayers impacted all live in Southern California.

CALIFORNIA INNOCENCE PROJECT CLIENT RELEASED AFTER 28 YEARS

 

Roeling Adams released from San Quentin State Prison after wrongful conviction, with help from California Western School of Law in San Diego

October 12, 2014 (San Francisco)-- Roeling Adams walked out of San Quentin State Prison a free man on October 10th after he spent 28 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

EARTHTALK(R): PLASTIC BAG BAN

 

EarthTalk® E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on efforts to ban plastic bags? How many U.S. locales have instituted some kind of ban, and have these initiatives made a dent in the amount of plastic litter?

                                                                                                               -- Melinda Clarke, New York, NY

October 11, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015. Beginning in July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State will no longer be able to send shoppers home with plastic bags, while convenience markets, liquor stores and other small food retailers will join the ranks a year later.

GRAND JURY INDICTS PG&E FOR OBSTRUCTION OF INVESTIGATION, VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS IN SAN BRUNO GAS PIPELINE EXPLOSION

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Mister Oh

July 30, 2014 (San Francisco) – A federal grand jury has indicted Pacific Gas & Electric for allegedly obstructing an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board into the deadly San Bruno gas pipeline explosion. In addition, the public utility is charged with 27 counts of willfully violating the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act.

FEDERAL COURT RULES BALLOT INITIATIVE BACKERS CAN BE ANONYMOUS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 18, 2014 (San Francisco) – Voters don’t have the right to know who is paying for ballot initiatives before signing a petition to put measures on the ballot, a federal court has ruled. By a slim 2-1 vote, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week overturned a California election law that had required this information be disclosed on petitions presented by signature gatherers.

SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT SHUT DOWN AFTER CRASH

 

July 6, 2013 (San Francisco) – An  Boeing 777 jetliner from Korea has crashed at the San Francisco airport.  Early indications are the tail of the Asiana flight came apart on landing.  Two fatalities and 30 to 40 serious inuries are reported.  Firefighters on scene swiftly  sprayed fire retardant, preventing a far worse tragedy.

Below are tweets from people at the scene of this breaking news story, including David Eun, a passenger who tweeted the photo at left: