What’s ‘success’ mean in the Mission? First, an end to the evictions

April 13, 2015

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48hillsonline – excerpt

Large crowd at the Chron’s Mission Forum makes it clear that protecting existing residents and businesses is the top priority — and that might mean a temporary halt to development

FEBRUARY 25, 2015 — The Chron held its much-publicized forum on the future of the Mission last night, and the response from the audience suggested there will be a lot of support for a move to limit new development in the neighborhood.

The room was packed, with hundreds of people watching the Chron’s 20-minute video on the changes in the Mission and then hearing a panel talk about some of the issues. I can complain about the Chron coverage — at no point did any reporter confront a greedy landlord or speculator on camera and ask how they feel about destroying a community. The disaster of displacement in the Mission seemed almost like an act of…

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Stormwater Guidelines

March 11, 2011

Stormwater Guidelines and Calculator

Click here to view the SFPUC and Port’s Stormwater Management Ordinance. The Stormwater Management Ordinance is effective as May 22nd, 2010.

The San Francisco Stormwater Design Guidelines (Guidelines) describe the requirements for stormwater management in San Francisco and give developers the tools to achieve compliance. The Guidelines were adopted by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on January 12, 2010.

Stormwater Design Guidelines Documents

Calculation Information


Urban Watershed Stewardship Grant Program

March 3, 2011
Dear Stormwater Enthusiast,
We are pleased to announce the schedule for our Urban Watershed Stewardship Grant Program, spring 2011 cycle!
The SFPUC’s Urban Watershed Management Program has partnered with the City’s Community Challenge Grant Program to offer grants for community-based projects which help manage the city’s stormwater using green infrastructure. The grants are based on the idea that small actions by San Francisco community members can add up to large benefits for San Francisco’s watersheds and sewer infrastructure.
The grants support the planning, construction and maintenance of low impact design (LID) based stormwater management facilities. Projects harvest rainwater, remove impervious surfaces, or implement other green infrastructure like bioswales and rain gardens. In addition to managing stormwater, projects beautify neighborhoods, provide recreational opportunities, and educate residents about the city’s water and wastewater systems.
Critical dates for the Spring 2011 grant cycle are listed below:
Grant Cycle Opens: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Grant Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Note that the updated guidelines and application for the Spring 2011 grant cycle will not be posted until the cycle officially opens on March 9th.  However, you can view the guidelines from previous cycles here: http://www.sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=4264
You can view a list of previously funded projects here: http://sfwater.org/detail.cfm/MC_ID/14/MSC_ID/361/C_ID/5239/ListID/1
The Community Challenge Grant Program and the SFPUC will also be holding a Grant Application Workshop to describe the programs and answer questions on Tuesday, March 15th from 5:30-6:30pm:
CCG Grant Application Workshop
Tuesday, March 15th from 5:30 – 6:30pm
City Hall, Room 370
If you have additional questions about the Watershed Stewardship Grant Program, please contact Rachel Kraai at rkraai@sfwater.org
Please spread the news about this funding opportunity far and wide!

Bike lanes on 17th street

March 2, 2011

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/02/11/eyes-on-the-street-sfmta-crews-begin-striping-17th-street-bike-lanes/

Bicyclists have begun taking advantage of the new bike lanes being installed this week along the western section of the 17th Street corridor, with many riders saying they began feeling a greater sense of safety just as soon as the first stripes were laid down by Wednesday from Valencia to Church Streets.

In interviews with Streetsblog, several people on bikes roundly cheered the improvements, described as simply “fantastic” by one rider. “It’s really nice because we always bike on 17th Street and the [car] traffic is not that high,” said another traveler trying out the new lanes with a partner.

“Improvements on 17th Street will help the fast-growing number of people bicycling between the Castro, Mission and Potrero neighborhoods,” said San Francisco Bicycle Coalition executive director Leah Shahum. “There are so many families with children riding bicycles in these areas already, and this new bike lane will help welcome even more people of all ages onto their bicycles.”

SFMTA counts show a 75 percent increase in bike traffic on 17th Street at Valencia from 2006-2010, according to Shahum. The long-awaited project comes as part of the San Francisco Bike Plan, which is currently being put into action after a four-year bike injunction delay.

While SFMTA crews have begun work along the roughly two-mile stretch from Corbett Avenue to Kansas Street, bike lanes between Church and Sanchez are temporarily on hold as planners try to figure out a solution that addresses safety concerns about the streetcar tracks, according to the SFMTA Sustainable Streets Division’s Mike Sallaberry.

(more details and maps)


Lithium sources

November 15, 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7707847.stm

Increasing the demand for lithium batteries will drive the cost of lithium.

Bolivia holds key to electric car future:
By Damian Kahya, BBC News, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
High in the Andes, in a remote corner of Bolivia, lies more than half the world’s reserves of a mineral that could radically reduce our reliance on dwindling fossil fuels. (read the whole story)

Greentech Media Weekly

November 9, 2008

The 2008 Greentech Media Taxonomy

The 2008 Greentech Media Taxonomy

http://greentechmedia.com/

Online weekly Greentech Media newsletter provides subscribers with highlights of our news coverage, updates from Greentech Media Research and information about Greentech Media Events.

http://greenlight.greentechmedia.com/

A list of blogs covers water and energy and conservation; services, transporation, infrastructure, storage, markets, technologies, industries, financing,  and government programs and policies.


Repair the Grid

November 3, 2008

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/video/105605/

Halfway through the first Rachel Maddow interview tape posted on alternet.org, Obama describes his intent to repair the electric grid as a part of his plan to work on the nation’s infrastructure.

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