Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has returned to the Bay Area, this year plagued by even more evidence that circus employees routinely abuse elephants and other animals than existed last year, when we ran our award-winning investigation on the problem (see "Dirty secrets under the big top," Aug. 13, 2008).
As a result, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has ordered that an animal welfare officer from the city be assigned to monitor the circus's Aug. Read more »
Saul Bloom, executive director of Arc Ecology, recently donned his best suit and a sandwich-board saying "Can I buy your park?" then headed to some of the city's most popular open spaces: Dolores Park, Golden Gate Park, Crissy Field, and Ocean Beach.
As the Board of Supervisors prepared to give final approval to the city budget July 21, Sup. John Avalos, who chairs the board's Budget and Finance Committee, told his colleagues the budget deal that he and President David Chiu negotiated with Mayor Gavin Newsom is "ushering in a new spirit of cooperation and collaboration at City Hall."
But at the end of the day, frantic last-minute revisions and indignant criticism from Avalos's progressive colleagues felt more like a family feud than the culmination of a team effort. Read more »