The adults have had their say, and sometime soon the children will at long last play.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s controversial plan to overhaul the Beach Chalet soccer fields at the western edge of Golden Gate Park appeared to clear its final hurdle Thursday when the field replacement project — which was approved by the Board of Supervisors nearly a year ago — received unanimous approval from the California Coastal Commission. Read More
The long-awaited and much-debated plan to change the shabby grass of the Beach Chalet soccer fields into artificial turf could be derailed by a state agency that oversees development along the coastline. Read More
The sale of bottled water is banned in 14 national parks, and now two treasures in the cradle of the environmental movement are being asked to jump on board. 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
Developers of residential projects would be able to exceed parking caps by adding spaces designated only for car sharing, under legislation that advanced out of committee Monday.
While the proposal was praised by supervisors on the board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee, others called the legislation a wrongheaded approach to tackling the adverse environmental impacts associated with cars. Read More
Perhaps not surprisingly, Caltrain’s $1.5 billion plan to transition away from diesel vehicles in favor of electrified tracks has garnered kudos from the Sierra Club. Read More
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is negotiating with the Modesto Irrigation District to purchase 2 million gallons of water per day over the next 10 years. Agency officials describe the transfer as necessary insurance against droughts, but critics say the water is unneeded and will cost San Francisco ratepayers money. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee will deliver the opening remarks today at a major solar convention at the Moscone Center, but his appearance is surprising to some, since he cut millions of dollars from The City’s GoSolarSF program.
John Rizzo, a member of the San Francisco chapter of the Sierra Club, is among a group of solar energy advocates campaigning to restore funding to the GoSolarSF program, which was launched in 2008 and has led to 1,826 solar installations, or 5.75 megawatts of energy. Read More
Seeking to halt proposed new construction at the Presidio of San Francisco, a local historical association and a national environmentalist group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the agency that manages the former military base.The Presidio Historical Association and the Sierra Club allege that the Presidio Trust violated federal laws with its plan to build a hotel in the section of the park known as the Main Post, the site of most of its historic buildings. Read More
The Sierra Club is the latest group to appeal the environmental impact report for the 34th America’s Cup yacht race.
Citing a concern that the report does not adequately address sediment and water pollution issues that could arise from dredging parts of the Bay for the 2013 regatta, the group is appealing the Planning Commission’s approval of the document. Read More