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Historic Civic Center building to be leased to music promotion company

Conor Gallagher, SF Public Press — Jun 30 2010 - 3:24pm

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to lease the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for 20 years to a music promotion company planning big renovations to create an improved concert venue. The agreement will bring the city $100,000 annually, but some workers are left wondering if they will be retained by the new building management.

Sit, lie, get deported? (graphic novel)

SF Public Press — Jun 29 2010 - 4:25pm

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Pollution: experts concerned about Treasure Island cleanup as seas rise

Victoria Schlesinger, SF Public Press — Jun 29 2010 - 3:49pm

Many Treasure Island sites have been decontaminated through soil removal or capping, which entails covering the remaining toxic soil with a clay cap. But there is growing concern that coastal sites once considered sufficiently remediated may become problematic as sea levels rise. Contaminated soil could come in contact with ground water as the sea pushes it higher. Bay Area scientists and regulators are beginning to explore the problem given the large number of former military sites in the region.

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Sand and silt require $137 million fix for Treasure Island

Victoria Schlesinger, SF Public Press — Jun 29 2010 - 3:32pm

There is a high probability that a Loma Prieta magnitude or greater earthquake will shake the Bay Area during the projected 18-year redevelopment of Treasure Island. However, city development officials say the island will ultimately be safer than the liquefaction-prone areas of downtown San Francisco and the Marina.

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Uncertain about rising seas, developers using mid-range estimate to build up island

Victoria Schlesinger, SF Public Press — Jun 29 2010 - 11:48am

Most of Treasure Island will be inundated by the end of this century, if the documented progression of the ocean’s rise caused by climate change continues as predicted. Studies foresee sea-level rise ranging from as little as five inches to as much as six feet. The lowest parts of Treasure Island lie just four feet above the Bay’s low tide.

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3.3 quake hits San Francisco

Jerold Chinn, SF Public Press — Jun 28 2010 - 8:01am

San Francisco residents got a wake up call Monday morning when a 3.3 magnitude earthquake hit the city at 7:47.

Can Treasure Island realize its ecotopian dream?

Jeremy Adam Smith, Shareable.net/SF Public Press — Jun 25 2010 - 3:29pm

The Treasure Island redevelopment, which aims to be the most ecologically sustainable community in the world, delivers a positive self-image of San Francisco as a forward-looking, avant-garde, socially and environmentally responsible metropolis. Nothing excites the utopian impulse more than a blank slate — and Treasure Island’s 486 acres have been semi-abandoned since the Navy shut down its base in 1997.

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Kellogg’s recalls cereals; Lucky Supermarkets in the city affected

Jerold Chinn, SF Public Press — Jun 25 2010 - 2:25pm

Kellogg's Co. announced Friday morning it was voluntarily recalling 28 million boxes of its cereal brands because of an unusual smell and taste. The affected cereals include Apple Jacks, Froot Loops, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks.

Cheap phone calls hang in the balance in tug-of-war between FCC, cable giants

Christi Morales, SF Public Press — Jun 24 2010 - 6:44am

Voice-over-Internet calling is steadily growing in popularity, replacing costly long distance phone services with free or cheap options that are affordable for many low-income and immigrant communities. Bay Area residents could see cheap calls become a thing of the past depending on the outcome of a battle being waged in the halls of Washington D.C. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to reclassify broadband from an information service to a telecommunications carrier with the goal of gaining some authority to regulate providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, which the companies fiercely oppose.

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Amid budget cuts and institutional neglect, San Quentin’s arts education volunteers keep working

Ezra Carlsen, SF Public Press — Jun 22 2010 - 11:35am

On a cool Friday night in March, near the corner of Haight and Steiner streets in San Francisco, the hip boutique Tweekin Records hosted an unusual gallery opening of paintings, sketches, poetry and elaborate collages. It was created by inmates at San Quentin State Prison.

Organized by Kate Deciccio, an artist and a mental health and substance abuse counselor in San Francisco, the exhibit featured her own work, along with work by Eddie Sanchez and “Absent” Helean from San Quentin, and by inmates in the John Howard Pavilion at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. — Deciccio’s former employers.

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Playwright Octavio Solis: ‘Shake These People Up’

Karen Macklin, SF Public Press — Jun 22 2010 - 11:07am

Octavio Solis’ critically acclaimed plays have been produced around the country, from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to San Francisco’s Campo Santo and The Magic Theatre. His most recent work, “The Pastures of Heaven,” based on the Steinbeck novel, is in production until June 27 at California Shakespeare Theater.
The transplanted Texan and Sunset District resident has primarily written about El Paso and the Mexican border, but in recent years he has turned his pen to San Francisco, writing about bars, bandits, poetry-writing wolves and his adopted “city of love.”

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Bird shrink

Tay Wiles and Jackson Solway, SF Public Press — Jun 21 2010 - 3:46pm
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Dana Strome works in emergency rooms by day and is a bird shrink by night. That's right, a bird shrink who dedicates much of her life to the rescue of abused and abandoned parrots.

Video quilt stitches together stories of HIV/AIDS battle

Theresa Seiger, SF Public Press — Jun 21 2010 - 1:32pm

In the store it doesn’t look like much, but inside the booth on Castro Street something bigger is going on. Generations HIV, part of the HIV Story Project, aims to get conversation flowing about how HIV/AIDS have affected different generations by allowing people to record questions, answers or stories about the diseases within the booth.

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CSU raises fees by 5 percent

Jerold Chinn, SF Public Press — Jun 18 2010 - 3:31pm

The California State University Board of Trustees voted Friday to raise full-time undergraduate and graduate fees by 5 percent. Full-time undergraduate students will pay $4,230, a $204 increase. Graduate students will pay $5,097, a $252 increase. Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and and Trustee Russel Statham voted no on the fee increase.

Car accident sends two children, three adults to hospital

Jerold Chinn, SF Public Press — Jun 18 2010 - 11:09am

Accident on Mission and Sixth streets sends at least five to San Francisco General Hospital.

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Brakes put on indigent transportation program

Conor Gallagher, SF Public Press — Jun 17 2010 - 5:01pm

The homeless and disabled are facing proposed cuts to a program that provides them with transportation to pick up prescriptions and obtain medical treatment. Mobile Assistance Patrol is facing a $300,000 reduction in funds for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which means that the transportation service will operate for shelter clients only at night.

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Marathon public hearing decries cuts in health services

Katy Gathright, SF Public Press — Jun 16 2010 - 3:57pm

An overflow crowd at San Francisco City Hall testified into the early morning hours over proposed cuts in the public health budget. Mayor Gavin Newsom's proposed 2010-2011 budget would trim $6 million from mental health and substance abuse services in the city.

Keen questions from judge in Prop. 8 closing arguments

Kristine Magnuson, SF Public Press — Jun 16 2010 - 12:40pm

Five months after it began, closing arguments in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial are taking place today. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, who is deciding the case, recently submitted dozens of probing legal questions for the teams representing both sides in the case to address in this final phase.

A look at life along 6th St.

Shawn Gaynor, SF Public Press — Jun 15 2010 - 10:21am

This piece was produced as part of a project sponsored by The Bold Italic. Sixth Street at Market is one of San Francisco’s most well known intersections, yet one of the least understood. People from all walks of life cross paths there, but most don’t intermingle. The neighborhood is well known for its gritty liquor stores, strip clubs, and SROs, yet the landscape is changing dramatically with pioneering restaurants, cutting edge galleries, and revitilization efforts taking hold. To get a better sense of what the intersection is really like, The Bold Italic decided to stay a while — for 24 hours in fact, and got their experiences on video as well. Have a look at a day in the life on Sixth Street.

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Parents rally to save child development center

Jerold Chinn, SF Public Press — Jun 14 2010 - 5:33pm

The Children's Village Child Development Center will soon shut its doors as the San Francisco Archdiocese sold the property to a group of investors. At least 40 kids will be displaced when the center closes on August 31. Parents are trying to find ways to keep the center open, but have been unable to come to any agreement with the church or the new owners of the property.