San Francisco’s sidewalks are receiving an upgrade that is removing concrete and replacing it with community gardens.
The program, run by Friends of the Urban Forest in partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, will help remove “excess” concrete and improve drainage during storms, as well as beautify neighborhoods. Read More
The City’s nascent plan to offer San Francisco electricity customers an alternative power option — and to charge a rate that’s competitive with PG&E while providing enough energy that’s truly green — is still looking for its “sweet spot.” Read More
Alvarado Elementary School in Noe Valley is a white-walled, two-story building that stretches for a city block just east of Twin Peaks. Nothing on the exterior of the building, constructed in the early 1900s, would lead passers-by to realize that what sits atop it is a first for San Francisco. Read More
San Francisco has an opportunity to lessen its use of energy from fossil fuels and thus reduce its carbon footprint by adding new renewable energy to the electric grid. But to do this, city officials need to properly plan and execute a yet-to-be-started program whose prospects appear to be dimming. Read More
When water comes out of a tap in The City, one thing is certain. It didn’t originate in San Francisco.
The tens of millions of gallons of potable water delivered each day by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission are entirely piped in from elsewhere. But agency officials want to change that. Read More
Two San Francisco Public Utilities Commission employees have been fired and more than a dozen more punished for emailing pornographic images and conducting gambling activities while on the job, the department announced.
In all, 17 employees, including supervisors, were investigated after a whistle-blower complaint about misuse of city resources in two divisions within the agency. Read More
First there was the flood of water — and now there is the crash of claims.
The first wave of legal and insurance claims filed by homeowners whose properties were damaged by a Feb. 27 water main break at 15th Avenue and Wawona Street have been filed, according to records. Read More
A decision over maximum rates for San Francisco’s CleanPowerSF program was postponed Monday amid a larger debate about the amount of renewable energy projects the effort would fund.
While the Board of Supervisors approved CleanPowerSF last year, other steps are needed to ensure the program offering 100 percent renewable energy begins automatically enrolling customers in October. Read More
A new survey shows which San Francisco neighborhoods are willing to pay more to power their lights, computers and other electrical devices with 100 percent renewable energy.
Those living in the Potrero Hill, Noe Valley, Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods are most willing to remain customers of CleanPowerSF after its pending rollout, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which would administer the program. Read More