Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Cost of Water

The San Joaquin Valley Westlands Water District--the largest irrigation district in the United States--voted no on Governor Brown's Delta Tunnels project to increase the amount of Sacramento River water flowing to the Central Valley and Southern California. Fearing high taxes levied on irrigators to finance the tunnels, this vote could spell the end of Brown's legacy project, that has pitted the Winnemem Wintu tribe at Shasta Lake against the Governor's plan which they believe would cause extinction of their Chinook salmon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

With No Context

Collisions, directed by artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, is a poetic virtual reality (VR) journey to the homeland of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert. The Martu lived largely untouched by Western culture until the 1960s. Nyarri's first contact with Western culture came in the 1950s via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology when he witnessed firsthand, and with no context, an atomic test.

Collisions plays at the Exploratorium Sep 21 to Oct 22. Ticket info here.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Car Talk

Market and Van Ness will never be the same if the 39-story luxury condo development One Oak proceeds as proposed. 304 units doesn't sound like much, unless you factor in a realistic transportation impact analysis, which the city has intentionally ignored.

In a neighborhood with two major traffic corridors and 7,200 new units planned for development, providing 73 parking spaces at One Oak is laughable. With no on-street parking available, double parking for taxis and deliveries will create gridlock.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Cannabis Cocktails

Bay Area Bites reviews cannabis cocktails in the Castro.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Medical Revolution

Fifty years ago during the Summer of Love, thousands of teenagers descended on San Francisco seeking spiritual transformation of their lives. When their unmet medical needs threatened to create a health crisis, the Health Department response was, We don’t want to take care of them. We want them to go away.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Punjabi Cowboy

Violence against Sikhs in America — a faith based on equality with a heavy emphasis on social justice — can be attributed to a combination of ignorance about non-Christian religions, and a long history of racism. Sikhs wear turbans, but they are neither Hindu or Muslim; they are Sikh.
In the aftermath of 9/11, a Sikh in San Francisco’s Mission District stood at a bus stop in front of me wearing his turban with a ten-gallon Stetson hat on top. To me, this signified a dark humor about bigotry in the US.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Schooner GRACIE S

Former Golden Gate Pilot Schooner GRACIE S ended its days as a seafaring school and private yacht exploring the Salish Sea and Vancouver Island.