A logging plan for the fabled forest grove of the Bohemian Club was rejected Thursday by a Sonoma County judge, but the group said it plans to try again with a less aggressive approach.
The 100-year logging plan submitted in late 2009 to harvest 1 million board feet per year from the club’s grove of redwood and Douglas fir trees was approved by state agencies. However, a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club and the Bohemian Redwood Rescue Club in February 2010 has stopped any action for now at the tract 75 miles north of San Francisco.
A crisis involving warring gangs in the Mission district in recent weeks appears to have been averted, at least temporarily, according to police.
Violence between Norteños and Sureños was touched off by Sureño graffiti appearing on Norteño turf near 19th and Bryant streets Feb. 18, according to police. During the two weeks following, there were four shootings and two stabbings, including one fatality.
But last week was different, police said.
The City’s best shot to prevent Twitter from migrating south faces a key vote Wednesday on whether to give the microblogging service a six-year tax break.
State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, introduced a bill targeting school bullying. AB 9,known as “Seth’s Law,” requires schools to update anti-harassment and -discrimination policies and actively educate staff and students on the harmful effects of bullying. The law is named for Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old gay student who committed suicide in September.
The NFL public relations machine has set up a year-long sport. But not this year. The owners voted to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement that brought in $9 billion in revenues last year. So, enjoy next month’s draft. It could be the closest you’ll come to pro football for many months.
Compass Family Services presentation: Katie and Todd Traina, Connie Nielson and Lars Ulrich hosted a gathering in a private residence last week to provide information to supporters about Compass Family Services. The San Francisco nonprofit helps meet the needs of some 3,000 homeless and low-income Bay Area families.
Kathy Swindle, who co-founded Soiree San Francisco with Misty Meyer, recently relocated the business to 3676-A Sacramento St. Founded in 2003 by the women, who had no previous experience in the industry but shared a love of good-quality paper and owning their own business, Soiree carries many high-end paper products and gifts.
Multiple sources are confirming that Saudi Arabia has moved approximately 1,000 troops into the neighboring nation of Bahrain to help quell the protests current going on, though the New York Times is reporting that the government of Bahrain has not confirmed the nationality of the troops or even that there are foreign troops inside the country.
A Saudi official told the Associated Press that the troops were sent in to help secure vital infrastructure such as the numerous oil installations on the island.
Bahrain, which has been mostly overlooked during the recent Middle East protest coverage, has had regular protests similar to Egypt and Tunisia since mid-February. The protests have focused around the capital city of Manama.
Bahrain is the primary staging ground of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, which is also based out of Manama. Speaking to military personnel stationed with the Fleet, this blogger was told that the situation has remained rather calm despite the protests and that besides a slight increase in security and orders to not go into the city, the bases day-to-day operations have remained the same.
Saudi Arabia is also currently facing a wave of protests, though nothing approaching the intensity and size of other protests in the region. The Saudi protests are primarily happening in the Eastern Province where the majority of the population is Shia. The Saudi protests appear to be linked to the protests in Bahrain, where the majority of the protesters are also Shia.
Both the Bahrain and Saudi Arabia monarchies are Sunni.
If the Saudi troops are inside Bahrain to indeed help the protest in a peaceful manner and to ensure the protection of vital infrastructure as they have claimed, it's yet another indication that the U.S. is not needed to interfere in the nations around the region, such as Libya.
It's also telling that the U.S. has not considered sending troops into Bahrain, despite its strategic and economic importance to the region. While many would argue that there is a difference between the moral and strategic reasoning behind sending in troops, losing control of Bahrain would disturb America's position in the world far more than doing nothing in Libya.
While there are multiple ulterior factors for Saudi troops to enter Bahrain, not the least of which is monarchs and like religious groups helping each other out, it does show that there is a will for Middle Eastern nations to send troops into a country if they think that it's truly needed.