Wednesday, August 30, 2006
SACRAMENTO - California would become the first state to impose a limit on all greenhouse gas emissions, including those from industrial plants, under a landmark deal reached Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative Democrats.
The agreement marks a clear break with the Bush administration and puts California on a path to reducing its emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by an estimated 25 percent by 2020.
The bill still needs lawmakers' approval, but that appears likely, given that Democrats control the Legislature.
It gives Schwarzenegger a key environmental victory as he seeks re-election this fall.
"We can now move forward with developing a market-based system that makes California a world leader in the effort to reduce carbon emissions," the governor said in a statement.
The bill would require the state's major industries — such as utility plants, oil and gas refineries, and cement kilns — to reduce their emissions of the pollutants widely believed to contribute to global warming.
The key mechanism driving the reductions would be a market program allowing businesses to buy, sell and trade emission credits with other companies.
The agreement came after weeks of difficult negotiations and was announced by the governor's office and Steve Maviglio, spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, a Los Angeles Democrat.
The bill was praised by environmentalists as a step toward fighting global climate change but criticized by some business leaders, who say it would increase their costs and force them to scale back their California operations.
Republicans in the Legislature say climate change should be addressed at the national level, not on a state-by-state basis.
"Adopting costly and unattainable regulations will drive businesses and jobs out of California into other states and even into other countries with no commitment to improve air quality," said Assembly Republican leader George Plescia, a LaJolla Republican.
Schwarzenegger and the Legislature's Democratic leadership have embraced a cap on vehicle and industry emissions as a way to make California a trendsetter in fighting global warming.
The nation's most populous state is the world's 12th-largest emitter of greenhouse gases and could suffer dire consequences if global temperatures increase only a few degrees. Reports by state agencies indicate that a 2- to 3-degree rise in temperature could melt the Sierra Nevada snowpack earlier each year, leading to flooding in the Central Valley and threatening the state's long-term water supply for cities and farms.
Schwarzenegger has tried to position himself as a leader on the issue. Last year, he issued an executive order calling for the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2010, 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
He organized a team that recommended a statewide cap and last month signed an accord with British Prime Minister
Tony Blair in which California and Britain will work together to research cleaner-burning fuels and technologies.
During the negotiations over the California cap, Schwarzenegger sought to appease his supporters in the business community by arguing for safeguards for the industries that would be most affected.
Administration officials have spent weeks seeking assurances that any legislation would require a market program similar to those in the
European Union' name. The idea would allow businesses to buy, sell or trade emission credits with other companies instead of making their own reductions if those cuts were considered too costly or technology difficult.
Such a program could help industries that may not be able to meet their targets through energy efficiency practices or the use of alternative fuels.
YAY to California! (and yay to San Francisco too, just because SF is cool)
Monday, August 28, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Food from Market Hall, live music, dancing, free yoga classes, clowns, fashion shows and street performers. Bay Area food authors sign books and offer sample recipes and ingredients.
More than 20,000 original works of art, music, and food. At the
Discover the World with Lonely Planet: A Celebration of National Passport Month
PIER 39 invites Bay Area residents and visitors to Discover the World with Lonely Planet: A Celebration of National Passport Month on Saturday, September 2 from noon – 4:00 PM. Lonely Planet, an international travel media company, will offer attendees free passport photos from 1:00 – 3:00 PM and the first 100 visitors will receive a copy of The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World. Additionally, PIER 39 guests will have the chance to meet Lonely Planet travel authors and win a two-night Hawaiian vacation, courtesy of Shell Vacations. For
Art & Soul Festival -- Sep 2-4,
This free multi-block party in the heart of
A revolving collection of non-juried, uncensored absurdist and experimental theater pieces at the Exit Theatre and other downtown stages.
Seventh Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival -- Sep 9, SF
Free festival and concert in
Opera in the Park -- Sep 10, SF
SF Opera's annual free outdoor concert features arias and operatic excerpts by current artists of San Francisco Opera accompanied by the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Orchestra. In Sharon Meadow,
Kronos Quartet - Sep 11;
One of the best-known chamber ensembles, the Kronos Quartet, will perform the West Coast premiere of
Michael Gordon's The Sad Park. The program also features work by Iraqi, Afghan, Sardinian, and Saudi Arabian
features recordings of children's reactions to the 9/11 tragedy, and it forms the Sad Park
centerpiece for a program that explores the commonalities and differences between music of the
Parade, outdoor stages with live music and dance, food and drink booths, crafts, non-profits, and children's activities.
The world famous San Francisco Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, returns to the Gardens for their annual performance of audience favorites. Free.
Download Festival -- Sep 30
The British invasion expands as the premier
Bay Area Paddlefest -- Sep 30-Oct 1, San Mateo
The Paddlefest brings together many of Northern California's reigning experts in canoeing, sea kayaking, paddle racing and kayak touring, as well as teachers of special activities such as angling or birdwatching from these versatile watercraft. PaddleFest participants will be able to take workshops and classes, check out new models of demo boats of all types, and even engage in a sea kayak race with divisions for beginners or experts.
In the Street Festival -- Date TBA, SF
Featuring performers, artists and musicians including dance (belly, butoh, lindy, and hip hop), capoeira, visual arts, circus performance, women's skateboarding, burlesque, puppetry, fire arts, fire sculpture, spoken word, and aerial performance art. The festival is 100% non-commercial: the admission is free, and the festival is vendorless. On the 500 block of
Emmylou Harris - Wednesday, October 4,
SF Open Studios Private Preview Gala -
Art patrons, collectors, and artists gather at a special Private Preview Gala benefit
Spice of Life Festival -- Oct 8, Berkeley
This festival in
Information: www.northshattuckassociation.org or www.sresproductions.com/events.html
Oktoberfest By The Bay -- Oct 12-15, SF
A four-day celebration of German heritage and beer, with a Bavarian band and traditional food.
3-D Film Festival, Oct 13-19
Hands on Bay Area Day -- Oct 14
Volunteer at one of over 75 service projects, everything from painting schools to preparing meals for the homeless, benefiting people in need of all ages and backgrounds. Registration for the event is free, but Hands On Bay Area Day is a serve-a-thon. Like a walk-a-thon, volunteers contact friends, family and co-workers to donate in support of their community service.
Two weeks of jazz concerts in venues throughout
The annual (except for 1987) Bridge School Benefit concert has been a highlight of the Bay Area's fall music schedule. And it provides a major source of funding for the
Exotic Erotic Ball -- Oct 27-28,
The world's largest indoor masquerade ball, featuring scantily-clad and outrageously attired revelers. 21 years and over only. At the
Information: (415) 404-4111 or www.exoticeroticball.com
Halloween In The Castro -- Oct 31, SF
It's world-renowned, and it's an "only in
David Sedaris - Tuesday, October 31
Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema -- Dates TBA, SF
Screenings of features, documentaries and short films by local artists.
Information: www.filmarts.org or (415) 552-3456
Voxtrot – Nov 4,
With one foot in the library and the other on the dancefloor, Voxtrot combine classic 60's pop (think Love and Left Banke) with the heady, subversive sounds of 80's
With Sound Team at
San Francisco Green Festival – Nov 10-12
At the Green Festivals, we're celebrating what's working in our communities, for people, for businesses and for the environment. Here, green means safe, healthy communities and strong, local economies. Green is the color of hope, of social and economic justice, of ecological balance.
Join us for these huge parties with a purpose. You'll enjoy more than 200 visionary speakers and 400 green businesses in each city, great how-to workshops, green films, yoga and movement classes, green careers sessions, organic beer and wine, delicious organic cuisine and live music.
Vintage, state-of-the-art and futuristic vehicles from around the world. Auto-related demonstrations, exhibits and activities for children.
It's been a while since I last posted, mostly because I was in New York for three weeks visiting my family. My brother, Pablo, his wife, Karen, and 5-month baby, Neil, were in town for 24 days visiting from Lyon, France. The whole Chaozon clan had a wonderful time spoiling the baby rotten!
Here are some pictures of Neil Mansell. Yes, he looks ginormous but I kid you not, this "baby" is only 5-months old, though he is bigger than my cousin's one-year. Maybe he'll be a basketball player when he grows up, just like Yao Ming...
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Last night, as Christopher was relaxing after work, sitting in front of the computer, he felt his first ever earthquake! Even though it was a pretty big one with a magnitude of 4.72 (42 miles north of San Francisco), he wasn't at all scared. The ground felt like a waterbed for about 6 or 7 seconds, and then, there was a brief aftershock after a pause. Thereafter, everything was back to normal. Though 6 seconds don't sound like a lot of time, try stumbling about while counting to 6.
Check out his first quake on the usgs links below: