The Ross Mirkarimi hearings illustrate how useless “professional politicians” are.
The sheriff (for the time being) is in his mid-40s, a stage of life when a mature individual has established a career of some sort whereby he or she is a self-supporting adult, can contribute a service or produce goods, and can contribute to the creation of wealth. Read More
As environmentalists said they will file paperwork today for a ballot initiative requiring city officials to plan for the possible removal of the O’Shaughnessy Dam and the draining of the Hetchy Hetch Reservoir, Mayor Ed Lee denounced their proposal.Restore Hetch Hetchy, a group devoted to returning the valley in Yosemite National Park to its original state, will need to gather 9,702 signatures by July 9 to put the initiative on November’s ballot. Read More
The long quest of some environmentalists to drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and restore the underlying valley could begin this November at San Francisco ballot boxes.Opponents of San Francisco’s controversial water source say they will file paperwork next week with the City Attorney’s Office to clear the path for a signature-gathering effort to put a measure before voters later this year. Read More
The Sierra Mountains may be low on snow this winter, but San Francisco’s Sierra water source is far from running dry.
The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the utility system’s primary source of drinking water, is at 85 percent of its capacity, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
Tuesday, the California Department of Water Resources announced that the January snowpack for the Sierra Nevada is lower than it has been in decades, at just 19 percent. Read More
Funding for a popular San Francisco rebate program that has encouraged the installation of more than 1,200 solar projects may be cut from $5 million to $3 million. The two-year-old GoSolarSF is funded by revenue generated by the city-owned dam at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. It has helped foster a local solar industry by providing rebates of $2,000 or more to residents and businesses going solar. Read More
Even as a multitude of complications continues to delay restoration of the troubled Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica, golfers, environmentalists and officials finally agree on one thing: Instead of using pristine Hetch Hetchy Reservoir snowmelt to sprinkle the course, The City should irrigate it with recycled water. The project could save up to 50 million gallons of potable water a year, but it has been highly controversial because of animal-welfare issues. Read More
Water supplies are clearing up in San Francisco and on the Peninsula after a historic pipeline shutdown led to 41 days of cloudy tap water.
The 1930s-era pipeline that carries fresh water to the Bay Area from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and other dams east of San Joaquin County was dried out during most of January and early February. Read More