Daily Digest

We’ve got a packed Daily Digest today, starting with more news on the developer-led environmental review process in Redwood City. Save The Bay also gets a mention in the Patch, the NY Times talks rising sea levels, and while Alameda County gets kudos for banning bags, they unfortunately have kowtowed to drug companies re: their pharmaceutical take-back program. Read all about it below:

The Daily News 3/14/2012
Critics question why Redwood City lets developer control environmental studies of Saltworks project
Even though consultants already have begun studying the potential environmental impacts that the controversial Redwood City Saltworks project might cause, opponents of the massive housing development are suggesting they should stop.

San Leandro Patch 3/14/2012
All Cities In On County-Wide Plastic Bag Ban
Starting next year, every store selling packaged foods in Alameda County will no longer provide its customers with single-use bags.

New York Times 3/13/2012
Rising Sea Levels Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S.
About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research.

Oakland Tribune 3/14/2012
Alameda County delays move to force drugmakers to dispose of unused pharmaceuticals
After a week of intense eleventh-hour lobbying by drug companies, Alameda County supervisors decided to delay an ordinance that would have made it the first local government to require pharmaceutical companies to take back their products. A 4-0 vote in favor of the ordinance was expected. Instead supervisors decided to postpone a vote until no later than June.

San Francisco Chronicle 3/14/2012
S.F.-funded plan proposed to fix Piers 30-32
San Francisco port officials revealed Tuesday that they are considering spending $18 million or more in city funds to upgrade waterfront areas for the 2013 America’s Cup regatta, including $7 million to $8 million to partially overhaul Piers 30-32, which were once envisioned as the spectator hub or team bases for the event.