The move this week to put a charter amendment on the November ballot to create a new Historic Preservation Commission in San Francisco overseeing historic buildings and landmarks seems like a great idea except for one reason: We don't need one. Read More
One of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s July 17 directives on wind power ordered city departments to incorporate wind turbines into city facilities “whenever and wherever possible.”
Less than a week later, however, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission announced it was walking away from plans to build an ultra-green building near City Hall with windmills on the roof and walls due to rising costs and sobering environmental findings. Read More
Robin Wilson, who founded San Francisco based Whirligig Inc. to sell and install turbines, said she was pleased when Mayor Gavin Newsom took a tangible step to encourage the development of wind power in San Francisco by asking city departments to expedite permitting for turbines.
“I had about 30 names of people who definitely wanted them,” she said. “I’ve contacted all of them and everybody’s excited.” Read More
Less powerful but more compact turbines are being engineered in the Bayview workshop of start-up company Blue Green Pacific, which has installed elegant 6-foot-high, horizontally-rotating prototypes on top of a windswept garage in the Castro, primarily for testing purposes.
Founder Todd Pelman said he has a list of “hundreds” of Bay Area residents queuing for the virtually soundless toys. The products will have an “emotional” appeal, like a Prius, he said. Read More
Scores of windmills, which for millennia have provided a familiar backdrop to agrarian life, are poised to blow into San Francisco’s urban core on the winds of technological and bureaucratic change. Read More