Posts Tagged ‘natural’

A “Pro-Life Across America” Billboard in Oakland: How Being a “Natural Red Head” Says Something About Abortion

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Or not.

I’m at a loss here: 

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And oh yes, TRIGGER WARNING: Ginger.

The Reason Why the Ponds of Golden Gate Park Look Blue: Because San Francisco Dyes Them That Way?

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Not a pretty blue, an unnatural blue.

Other times, these ponds look more green or aqua.

I guess it’s because Rec and Park or whomever wants to cut down on the amount of light going in, but I can’t prove it to you.

Anyway, this pond looks blue to me IRL, if not so much in this photo:

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Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Acts to Sue CPUC and Feds Over Failure to Enforce Gas Pipeline Safety Standards

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is all over last year’s gas transmission explosion in San Bruno.

All the deets.

The first of a series of photos of the San Bruno aftermath from photographer David Yu

Just released:

Herrera moves to sue CPUC, feds for failing to enforce gas pipeline safety standards

Revelations from San Bruno tragedy lead San Francisco to seek federal court order compelling regulators to strictly enforce U.S. safety standards

SAN FRANCISCO (July 14, 2011) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken the first step toward suing the California Public Utilities Commission and federal regulators for their failure to reasonably enforce federal gas pipeline safety standards as required by the Pipeline Safety Act. The notice of intent to sue Herrera delivered late today is a legally-required precursor to civil litigation by San Francisco, which will seek a federal court order to compel the CPUC and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to enforce federal pipeline safety standards in an effective manner.

Herrera’s move comes in the wake of increasingly troubling revelations in news accounts and last month’s sharply critical report by an independent review panel investigating the deadly explosion of a PG&E gas transmission line in San Bruno, Calif. on Sept. 9, 2010, which resulted in the loss of eight lives and the destruction of 38 homes. That investigation report concluded that CPUC’s “culture serves as an impediment to effective regulation,” and went on to fault regulators who “did not have the resources to monitor PG&E’s performance in pipeline integrity management adequately or the organizational focus that would have elevated concerns about PG&E’s performance in a meaningful way.” The City Attorney’s Office will file its comments on that investigation report with the CPUC tomorrow.

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Reading Comic Books and Sucking Down Coca-Colas in North Beach – Good Times with nettie r. harris and Mikey Baratta

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Not half bad, mikey Baratta PHOTOGRAPHIC, not half bad:

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Senator Leland Yee Throws Down: Gets PG&E to Reroute Natural Gas Pipeline in San Bruno Disaster Area

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

PG&E President Christopher P. Johns says that the 30-inch, long-haul natural gas pipeline that goes under San Bruno will be rerouted. That’s the news of the day from the office of Senator Leland Yee. Details below.

[UPDATE 10:45 AM: Then there’s this from The Bay Citizen, which is saying the commitment level of PG&E is less than 100%…]

[UPDATE 11:09 AM: Leland’s people are adamant that there is a 100% commitment from PG&E to get that pipeline out of that neighborhood in San Bruno. Here’s the latest: “Sen. Yee: PG&E made a commitment to move the pipeline and we will hold them accountable to the commitment and work with them to get approval.”]

A shot from the aftermath from photographer David Yu

“Gas Pipeline to be Moved Out of San Bruno Neighborhood. At the urging of Senator, Mayor, and Families, PG&E Commits to Finding New Pipeline Location
 
SAN BRUNO – PG&E President Chris Johns has committed to moving the gas pipeline that ruptured on September 9 out of the San Bruno neighborhood, according Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane. Yee and Ruane, as well as several of the families impacted by the explosion, had requested that PG&E find a more suitable location.
 
“These families deserve an opportunity to rebuild without the possibility of this ever happening again,” said Yee.  “The only way these families can recover is to move the pipeline out of their neighborhood.  I look forward to working with Mayor Ruane – who has done an extraordinary job in leading his city during this difficult time – to find a more appropriate location.”
 
“We simply can not rebuild the neighborhood as long as that pipeline exists in its current location,” said Ruane.  “Our families will not live there under those conditions and our city will never be able to heal.”
 
Johns made the commitment to relocate the pipeline yesterday while meeting with Ruane.  Today, Yee and Ruane will meet with PG&E officials to begin the process of finding alternative locations for the pipeline.
 
“There are several competing interests in finding the appropriate location, but surely there must be a better place than through the middle of a residential neighborhood,” said Yee.  “I am confident we can come together as a community and get this done right.”
 
Earlier this week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) signed into law a bill first introduced by Yee to provide disaster relief for the affected families of the San Bruno fires and to assist the County of San Mateo, City of San Bruno, and local schools. 
 
Specifically, the bill allows a continuation of the $7,000 property tax exemption for homeowners who would have qualified for the exemption if their home had not been damaged or destroyed.  In addition, the bill allows taxpayers (personal and business) to deduct income loss as result of the incident. Finally, the bill includes assistance to the County of San Mateo, City of San Bruno, and local schools by providing a one-year reimbursement from the State for any tax losses related to the lower property assessments of damaged or destroyed homes.
 
Following an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and a responsible party determined, the responsible entity would then have to pay back the state for the cost of the tax relief provided for in the legislation.

Here It Is: The Complete NTSB Preliminary Report of the San Bruno Gas Fire – The Cause Revealed – PG&E Responds

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Appears as if the Feds have determined what happened in San Bruno.

Basically, some electrical box failed 40 miles away in Milpitas and the result was death and destruction in San Bruno. They’re still working on why the steel was so weak. Expect a full report next year sometime…

A shot from the aftermath from photographer David Yu

First up is PG&E’s reply to today’s release, filled with palliative cliches. I mean, you can skip it as it probably isn’t aimed at informing you of anything:

“SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13  — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) issued the following statement today from President Chris Johns in response to the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) release of its preliminary report on the pipeline accident in San Bruno, California, on September 9, 2010:

We thank the National Transportation Safety Board for today’s release of its preliminary report on the tragedy in San Bruno. Although a final report and a conclusive set of findings are likely to be many months down the road, this initial release of information is an essential first step. We welcome it, and appreciate the painstaking efforts of the NTSB experts to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation to determine the root cause of this terrible accident.

“It is critical to the people of San Bruno, our customers and the industry that we get to the bottom of this accident and take the necessary steps to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.

“With that goal in mind, PG&E will continue to do everything we can to cooperate with and supportthe NTSB’s investigation.

“Our pledge to everyone who relies on PG&E to operate our gas infrastructure safely and securely is that we will take any and all appropriate steps to ensure we’re meeting this fundamental commitment.

“Since the accident, we’ve re-inspected the three major pipelines that serve the San Francisco Peninsula. We are in the process of conducting aerial inspections and ground leak surveys of our entire gas transmission system. And we continue to take steps to share information about our system with public officials, first responders and our customers.

“We continue to extend our support and our sympathies to the San Bruno community and the residents affected by this tragedy.”

And next up is the NTSB Report itself. It’s accessible. See it after the jump

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PG&E Announces the “Rebuild San Bruno Fund” – $100,000,000 for Recovery from the Gas Fire

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Well, it looks as if the folks at our local utility monopoly have been working overtime this past weekend trying to get ahead of developments.

(Will PG&E‘s billion-dollar’s worth of insurance coverage be available? Don’t know. Will it be enough? Don’t know.)

This a bold move, IMO. Pigs Giraffes and Elephants is already definitely on the hook big time so why stonewall, right?

Anyway, the announcement is not good news for the local plaintiff’s bar, that’s for sure…

A shot from the aftermath from photographer David Yu

Here it is: 

PG&E Establishes ‘Rebuild San Bruno’ Fund. Uses Include Reimbursing City, Providing Residents Additional Immediate Financial Assistance

SAN BRUNO, Calif., Sept. 13 — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) today announced the creation of the “Rebuild San Bruno Fund,” which will make available up to $100 million for the residents and city of San Bruno to help recover from last Thursday’s tragic event.

PG&E Corporation Chairman, CEO and President Peter Darbee and Pacific Gas and Electric Company President Chris Johns met with San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane and San Bruno residents to announce the fund and pledge their commitment to rebuilding San Bruno, which includes covering the city’s costs associated with its response to the event.

“We know that no amount of money can ever make up for what’s been lost,” said Darbee. “This program is just one piece of our promise that PG&E will live up to its commitment to help rebuild this community and help the people of San Bruno rebuild their lives.”

To administer these funds on behalf of the company, PG&E will partner with government officials, community leaders and organizations, including the American Red Cross and the United Way of the Bay Area.

Funds will be used to provide both immediate and long-term support to San Bruno residents and the city for three primary purposes:

 –  Ensuring that residents are reimbursed for costs or losses that may not be covered by their insurance.

 –  Providing additional direct immediate financial assistance, in the form of cash disbursements, to residents in the affected area.

 –  Reimbursing the city of San Bruno for costs it incurs to respond to this incident and to rebuild or repair public infrastructure and facilities.

PG&E today provided San Bruno officials with an initial check for $3 million to help compensate the city for its estimated expenses incurred to date. The company is also taking immediate steps to provide assistance to affected residents. For residents in the affected area, PG&E will provide disbursements of $15,000, $25,000, or $50,000 per household depending on the extent of damage incurred.

Residents are not being asked to waive any potential claims in order to receive these funds. Also, these funds are being provided in addition to the company’s ongoing provision of funds to ensure affected residents continue to have access to temporary housing and other basic necessities.

“We are here today, and we’ll continue to be here,” said Johns. “We are going to be here as long as it takes and do whatever it takes to help the people and the city of San Bruno rebuild their lives and their community.”

PG&E, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.

San Bruno Gas Explosion: Levi’s Offers $250 Gift Cards, U-Haul Offers Boxes and Free Storage

Friday, September 10th, 2010

All the deets are below.

The first of a series of photos of the aftermath today from photographer David Yu:

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[UPDATE: And District 2 Supervisorial candidate Kat Anderson writes in to say that she’s matching donations to the Red Cross up to $1000. Just send her your receipt.]

Now, first Levi’s and then U-Haul:

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 10 — Levi Strauss & Co. today announced a clothing donation program for victims of the San Bruno, California gas explosion. Victims of this disaster are eligible to receive a $250 gift card for Levi’s® brand clothing. Gift cards can be claimed through the Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and can be redeemed at any Levi’s® Store.

In addition, the Levi Strauss Foundation has made a $25,000 donation to the local chapter of the American Red Cross to aid in the community’s recovery from this disaster.  The company will also match employee donations. Victims can receive Red Cross disaster relief by calling 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5772) or visiting redcrossbayarea.org.

As a San Francisco-based business, Levi Strauss & Co. is committed to serving the needs of its community and neighbors.  The company extends its sympathy and support for those impacted by this tragedy.

About Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest branded apparel companies and the global leader in jeanswear, marketing its products in more than 110 countries worldwide.  The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.(TM) and Denizen(TM).  Levi Strauss & Co. reported fiscal 2009 net revenues of $4.1 billion.  For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com/.

 

U-Haul Offers 30 Days of Free Storage to Residents Affected by the San Bruno Natural Gas Fire

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 10  — The U-Haul Company of San Francisco is offering 30 days of free storage to residents whose homes or businesses were damaged by the San Bruno natural-gas fire.

In addition to the 30-days-free self-storage assistance being offered, people needing boxes can take advantage of the U-Haul Take a Box, Leave a Box Program. The program enables customers to return their reusable boxes and allows others to take them as needed – FREE. U-Haul encourages anyone who has any type of reusable box to drop it off at the nearest U-Haul location and allow another family to reuse the box, free of charge, instead of throwing the reusable box into the recycling bin.

Families needing more information about the 30-days-free self-storage assistance program should contact the following regional office to locate the participating storage facility nearest them.

 U-Haul Company of San Francisco
 500 Paul Avenue
 San Francisco, CA 94124
 (415) 570-4000

“This natural-gas fire has caused tremendous damage and inflicted extreme hardship on our community,” stated Joseph Krueger, president, U-Haul Company of San Francisco. “I hope this effort will provide assistance to those that may truly need a helping hand.  We will continue to help our friends and neighbors in this time of need.”

About U-Haul

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the best choice for the do-it-yourself mover, with a network of more than 15,800 locations in all 50 United States and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers’ patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to approximately 101,000 trucks, 76,000 trailers and 34,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 395,000 rooms and approximately 35 million square feet of storage space at nearly 1,090 owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the consumer’s number one choice as the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. As one of the nation’s largest retailers of propane, U-Haul supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard barbecues.

U-Haul was founded by a Navy veteran who grew up during the Great Depression. Tires and gas were still rationed or in short supply during the late 1940s when U-Haul began serving U.S. customers. Today, that background is central to the U-Haul Sustainability Program: “Serving the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Our commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle includes fuel efficient moving vans, neighborhood proximity, moving-box reuse, moving pads made from discarded material, and packing peanuts that are 100 percent biodegradable.  Learn more about these facts and others at uhaul.com/sustainability.

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Organic Cigarettes Might Not Be a Healthy Choice for You

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Our California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide you smokers out there thinkingorganic” cigarettes from American Spirit are better for you than other cigarettes. So he just cut a deal with the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company affacting how these ciggies will get marketed in California. Deets below.

Anyway, an appealing package, IMO:

The deets:

Brown Secures Agreement with American Spirit Cigarettes Maker over Misleading Marketing of Organic Tobacco Products

Los Angeles-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that his office has secured an agreement with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc., the manufacturer of American Spirit tobacco products, that requires the company to clearly disclose that its organic tobacco is “no safer or healthier” than other tobacco products.

Attorneys general from 32 other states and the District of Columbia signed onto today’s agreement.

Stamping an organic label on tobacco products is ultimately a distinction without a difference-organic or not, cigarettes are bad for your health,” Brown said. “Today’s settlement with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company ensures that all future advertisements make it clear that organic tobacco is no safer or healthier.”

Jerry Brown, automático para la gente:

More deets after the jump.

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Earth Hour Comes to San Francisco – Lights Out for One Hour.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

After last night’s Earth Hour of partial darkness from 8:00-9:00 PM, the lights on the “architectural necklace” of the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge came back to life on the north side first. (Unfortunately, didn’t get a look at the troubled eastern span last night – it was probably darkened also.) 
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You can get the idea of the effect of Earth Hour 2008 in San Francisco by looking at these before and after shots of the Ferry Building taken by talented local photographer Mona Brooks.  

The lights on the suspension cables of the western span of one of the busiest bridges in the world are just for decoration, not for navigation safety or whatever. Pretty. They sure make a big difference to the look of San Francisco at night when they are turned off.

Question: Turning off these decorative lights for an hour saves enough electricity to power Al Gore’s house (his actual house, not his San Francisco condo in SOMA that’s visible on the right) for how many minutes?

Answer: About 13 minutes. Let’s work on that math, after the jump.

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