By THOMAS FULLER, ANJALI SINGHVI and JOSH WILLIAMS : nytimes – excerpt (includes old photos and maps) SAN FRANCISCO — Sailors arriving in San Francisco in the 19th century used two giant redwood trees perched on a hill to help guide their ships into the bay. The redwoods were felled for their lumber at around … More San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble
By Alastair Bland : calmatters – excerpt Loren Poncia’s idling pickup shudders in a powerful gust of afternoon wind in western Marin County. Inside the warm cab, he scans the sun-browned hills through his binoculars, counting his grazing cows. Poncia raises beef cattle. As he sees it, though, what he is really doing is raising … More Meet the newest recruits in California’s war on climate change: carbon farmers
By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt The City is forging ahead with plans to develop a 28,792 square-foot site on Parcel A at the Hunters Point Shipyard into affordable housing, despite ongoing testing for radioactive contamination in the area. On Thursday, The City’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure issued a Request for Proposals … More Affordable housing plans at shipyard move forward despite concerns over radioactive contamination
By Dana Bartholomew : labusinessjournal – excerpt Tetra Tech Inc., a consulting and engineering firm based in Pasadena, has been awarded a $60 million water resources contract from Los Angeles County, the company announced Sept. 11. The three-year, multiple-award engineering services contract includes planning and support for flood hazard mitigation,cwater reuse and supply management and … More Tetra Tech Wins $60 Million Water Resources Contract from L.A. County
by Rebecca Moss of Santa Fe New Mexican : propublica – excerpt The Energy Department had taken steps to curtail the reach and authority of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. New Mexico’s senators are fighting back. This article was produced in partnership with The Santa Fe New Mexican, which is a member of the … More Congress Passes Measure to Protect Board that Monitors Nuclear Safety
By Julie Cart : calmatters – excerpt If Jerry Brown could write the script in which he exits the political stage while still in the spotlight, he could do no better than what’s teed-up for him next week: presiding over the Global Climate Action Summit with a few hundred of his closest fellow leaders in … More Heavy hitters on climate change will converge on San Francisco next week, with Gov. Jerry Brown as host
Two stories surfaced that point to a new serious problem in SOMA. Sinking land under the weight of the towers. One Sinking and tilting tower may be blamed on bad engineering and design or a misunderstanding of the meaning of “landfill” where San Francisco Bay is concerned. As someone who was around for some of … More The Millennium Tower Mess is spreading.