Weekly Roundup October 18, 2013

Check out this week’s roundup for breaking news affecting San Francisco Bay

Bay Nature 10/15/13
Keeping Cigarette Butt Litter out of the Bay
Save the Bay estimates that each year, over three billion cigarette butts are littered in the Bay Area. Tossed onto the road or flicked onto the sidewalk, they will eventually make their way into our creeks and waterways, ending their journey in the Bay.  While cities and counties have begun tackling the problem of single-use plastic bags, cigarette butt litter remains a pervasive problem.
“Three billion is really a staggering number of cigarette butts that are littered every year,” said Allison Chan who manages Save The Bay’s pollution prevention program. “And they’re not just your average litter—they’re toxic, plastic litter.”
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Contra Costa Times 10/14/13
Richmond reopens Point Molate Beach for first time in more than a decade
Tarnel Abbott sat on a hunk of knotty driftwood Monday morning and listened to the water gently lap at the shore.
It was the first time in more than a decade the Richmond resident could enjoy the sights and sounds of Point Molate Beach Park.
“Being here takes me back to when I was a kid and we’d have picnics here,” Abbott said, her dog pawing at the wet sand near her feet. “To reopen the beach today, after all the city went through…I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.”
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San Francisco Chronicle 10/14/13
Who Knew? S.F. arena will be a wonder
I had serious reservations about the Warriors’ plan for a new arena on the San Francisco waterfront.
Mayor Ed Lee made me see the light. Or the torch.
Lee, trying to help small-minded people like me expand our vision, recently said, “New York has the Statue of Liberty, now we’re going to have our arena. It’s going to have the same kind of impact, drawing in hundreds of thousands of people to appreciate the waterfront.”
About time! Right now the only stuff the San Francisco waterfront has for visual impact is a red bridge, a gray bridge, a fixer-upper prison and the ho-hum backdrop of the city’s 49 square miles of hills, with Victorian mansions and a pyramid.
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