The Chevron refinery in Richmond and the Shell refinery in Martinez are the state’s two top emitters of greenhouse gases, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The Chevron refinery spews 4.8 million metric tons of greenhouse gases a year, followed by the Shell facility, which emits 4.6 million metric tons. Industrial sources and power plants make up 43 percent of greenhouse gas emissions statewide, compared with transportation at 36 percent.
California’s unemployment rate reached a 70-year high last month, jumping to 12.5 percent. And accrording to the Chron, the true jobless rate, which includes part-time workers and those who have stopped looking for employment, hit 22.5 percent.
Environmental groups that oppose a proposed new dam on the Mokelumne River in the Sierra foothills have filed suit against East Bay MUD. According to the Chron, the lawsuit by the Foothill Conservancy, Friends of the River, and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance argues that East Bay MUD’s environmental impact report fails to address the damage that the new dam will cause. The agency has said it will conduct a more thorough analysis before the new dam is built. Last month, the agency’s board of directors voted 4-2 to go forward with a slightly smaller version of the dam than originally proposed.
As if we did not have enough to worry about, a coalition of groups including the American Medical Association and Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, announced at a meeting in Washington this week that an unanticipated result of climate change is a likely increase in the incidence of kidney stones in many areas of the country, including Northern California. The groups met to press for curbs on carbon emissions and called on President Obama and lawmakers to incorporate health effects into considerations on tackling climate change .
For sure, you can't write anything about the Golden State Warriors without using the words dysfunctional, wretched or cursed. And yet, the perpetually downtrodden hoopsters have been, of late, displaying a whole lot of heart and some adequate basketball too.
The former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in the Oakland hills, which has been strewn with overgrown weeds and hollowed-out buildings for more than a year, is finally going to get cleaned up. According to the Chron and the Trib, Lehman Brothers, the bankrupt co-owner of the property with developer SunCal, has agreed to pay $3.7 million to clean-up the property.
In a victory for prosecutors and the family of Oscar Grant, a judge has sent the murder trial of ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle to downtown Los Angeles, according to the Trib and the Chron. Mehserles defense team had wanted the case moved to conservative San Diego County, where the jury pool likely would have been more sympathetic to police officers.
The East Bay's only dedicated gluten-free artisan bakery, Mariposa Baking Company, is expanding. Today is opening day at its new kiosk in the Ferry Building Marketplace. The San Francisco location's offerings will include fresh gluten-free breads, bagels, muffins, and cookies, as well as frozen pizzas, ravioli, and more. Special items for Thanksgiving include gluten-free cornbread, bread cubes for stuffing, rosemary rolls, and — by special order — pies.
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Republican candidate Meg Whitman has moved into a tie with state Attorney General Jerry Brown, according to a new Rasmussen poll. Whitman and Brown are deadlocked at 41 percent, although the poll shows Brown leading the other GOP hopefuls, Tom Campbell and Steve Poizner by at least nine percentage points. While Rasmussen polls tend to lean Republican, the new results can't be good for the former Oakland mayor.