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Building the bay’s signature span

Patricia Decker, McSweeney's San Francisco Panorama/SF Public Press — Dec 8 2009 - 1:48pm

When all the pieces are finally welded together and tethered by the main suspension cable, the Bay Bridge east span will be not just a new American icon, but also a truly global monument. From the enormous solid steel castings of cable saddles, brackets and bands being forged in Japan and England to the gigantic bearings and hinges being manufactured in South Korea and Pennsylvania, fabrication of the bridge is under way in seven foreign countries and in more than two dozen American cities, including 12 in California.

The fine print: Interest doubles total price tag

Robert Porterfield, McSweeney's San Francisco Panorama/SF Public Press — Dec 8 2009 - 1:47pm

Overall cost estimates have been presented to the public in annual reports and press briefings, but the cost of interest on money borrowed to pay for construction has not been included.

A timeline of the old and new Bay Bridge east span

Mike Adamick, McSweeney's San Francisco Panorama/SF Public Press — Dec 8 2009 - 1:46pm

Graphic illustration: the Bay Bridge

McSweeney's San Francisco Panorama/SF Public Press — Dec 8 2009 - 1:45pm

The east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in graphic illustration. Design by Eleven: Greg Hathaway, Darlene Gibson, Stella Trenggono & Liz Gershman.

As SF marks quake anniversary, cuts threaten disaster training

Lila LaHood, The Public Press — Apr 17 2009 - 10:47pm

As San Francisco marks the 103rd anniversary of the 1906 earthquake Saturday, the city's only free, hands-on emergency training program could be stalled by the budget cuts threatening every municipal agency. The Neighborhood Emergency Response Team program — NERT — surpassed its annual goal of training 2,000 volunteers in four of the past five years and aims to increase participation by 25 percent this year. In addition to financial concerns, NERT’s biggest challenges are its dependence on word-of-mouth promotion and the language barriers that isolate people throughout the city. And yet, the program, which is run by the San Francisco Fire Department, is making strides in training volunteers and recruiting team leaders in underserved districts.

San Francisco Voter Propositions for Nov. '08 / The Public Press — Sep 18 2008 - 3:45pm

From A to V, a complete overview of the 22 propositions that San Francisco voters will consider on Nov. 4 -- from public power and Junior ROTC to waterfront redevelopment and legalizing prostitution.

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