Rebecca Bowe

Facebook messes with our emotions

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The Facebook data scientist who served as lead author in a controversial study that set out to manipulate the emotional states of 689,003 Facebook users, sparking outrage and a federal complaint last week, lists his current city as San Francisco on his Facebook page. He also calls himself “Danger Muffin.”Read more »

Garbage game

Is Recology fudging the figures on how much SF waste is being diverted from the landfill, with the complicity of city officials?

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San Francisco elected officials frequently celebrate the ambitious citywide goal of sending zero waste to the landfill by 2020, an environmental feat widely viewed as attainable since the current waste diversion rate stands at a stellar 80 percent.

Official city numbers — based on reporting by Recology, a company that has a monopoly on trash collection and curbside recycling in San Francisco — demonstrate that only 20 percent of all city dwellers' trash ends up in a landfill, that unenlightened dead end for matter discarded from our lives, never to be reprocessed.Read more »

Civil Grand Jury report highlights gifts made on mayor's behalf

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A major real-estate firm contributed $1 million to the America’s Cup Organizing Committee at the behest of Mayor Ed Lee, right around the time it sought city approval to expand a downtown tech office building that was already under construction.Read more »

Nob Hill neighbors seek to block mental-health clinic relocation

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A San Francisco mental-health clinic that has been in operation since 1975 is in danger of shutting down if it can’t find a new place to operate. But its possible relocation to medical offices on Hyde Street, subject to city approval, has prompted neighbors to organize in opposition.Read more »

Proud of the whistleblowers

Glenn Greenwald's San Francisco appearance and Julian Assange's plea from exile crystallize a year of surveillance state revelations

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rebecca@sfbg.com

A lot has happened since June 2013, when famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, then 82, donned a pink feather boa to lead an energized San Francisco Pride Parade contingent on behalf of US Army private Bradley Manning, who couldn't attend due to being held in federal custody.Read more »

Here’s an intriguing idea for Piers 30-32

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Earlier this year, the Golden State Warriors abandoned its bid to construct a basketball arena and performance venue at Piers 30-32 along San Francisco’s waterfront, a proposal Mayor Ed Lee once championed as his “legacy project.”Read more »

Jury finds Recology cheated in waste diversion bonus program

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A jury has determined that Recology, San Francisco’s garbage collection contractor, was not honest with the city when it collected a bonus payment of $1.36 million for successfully diverting waste from the landfill.

Brought by a former employee, the lawsuit claims that Recology misrepresented the amount of diverted waste in order to qualify for the bonus money. This is especially significant because San Francisco is recognized nationwide as a leader in its quest to send zero waste to the landfill as an environmental goal.Read more »

DCCC calls against Prop B did not have desired effect, did raise questions

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Chairperson Mary Jung of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, a highly influential political body that governs the San Francisco Democratic Party, has come under fire for “misuse of funds” after authorizing the use of DCCC dollars to make calls to voters just before the June 3 election.

The funds in question, according to DCCC members who raised concerns, came out of a $25,000 check from billionaire venture capital investor Ron Conway, received by the DCCC May 30.Read more »

Dangerous delays

Four years after the San Bruno disaster, PG&E still isn't fixing its potentially faulty natural gas pipelines on schedule

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rebecca@sfbg.com

Since we at the Bay Guardian published a story flagging Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s odd behavior of stonewalling a developer who had basic questions about a high-pressure gas pipeline running beneath his Bernal Heights building lot (see "Bernal blows up," May 20), we've heard from others concerned about the company's practices regarding safety.Read more »

State regulators issue stern warning to rideshare companies

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About a month ago, we wrote about how San Francisco International Airport Director John Martin was cracking down on rideshare drivers ferrying passengers to the airport.Read more »