Weekly Round-Up November 18, 2013

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SF Gate 11/11/13
Cupertino becomes latest Bay Area city to crack down on plastic shopping bags
Six years after San Francisco led the nation in banning plastic bags, Cupertino is the latest city to follow suit. A new law makes it illegal for retail establishments to provide single-use plastic bags and allows the Cupertino stores to charge a dime for paper bags.Restaurants, nonprofit shops and dry cleaners, among others, are exempt from the city’s ordinance.
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SF Gate 11/8/13
Public has a right to know about Google barge in the Bay
What in the world is Google building in the San Francisco Bay?
Why is it so difficult to find out what’s going on?
For weeks, the enormous barges (there’s one in Portland, Maine, as well) have invited wild speculation.
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NBC Bay Area 11/12/13
Smaller Warriors arena still faces big fight
Backers of the Golden State Warriors’ new waterfront arena are prepping for a fight — with a smaller fighter.
Design 3.0 of the Warriors’ proposed new home at Piers 30/32 along The Embarcadero waterfront is now 125 feet high in the center and 110 feet along the perimeter, with more public space — enough to fit “three Union Squares,” a team spokesman said — to make it a “smaller version of Dolores Park in the water,” reported the San Francisco Chronicle.
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SF Gate 11/12/12
Green paving helps the Bay, human health
Every time it rains, San Francisco Bay gets a little sicker. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Asphalt streets collect pollutants from motor oil to metals from brake pads to nutrients from garden fertilizers. Rains quickly wash it all into storm drains, local streams and the bay. When combined with decades of industrial pollution, storm-water runoff damages marine life and kills fish, leaving those that survive too toxic to eat. We cannot completely repair the bay’s ecology, but we can improve its health and ours by changing the way we build city streets.
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San Francisco Chronicle 11/15/13
2 million oysters in Bay begin restoration effort
Two million native oysters have settled on man-made reefs in San Francisco Bay over the past year, marking the first major success in an effort to bring back a species ravaged by human excess, researchers said Thursday.
The reefs, made of mesh bags filled with discarded shells from Drakes Bay Oyster Co., are part of the most comprehensive experiment ever attempted to bring back the nearly extinct Olympia oyster and restore its long-lost reef habitat.
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San Jose Mercury News 11/15/13
San Francisco Bay: Feds release 50-year, $1.2 billion plan to restore wetlands and wildlife. Noting that the ongoing effort to restore thousands of acres of marshes and wildlife around San Francisco Bay is the largest wetlands renaissance in the United States other than the restoration of the Florida Everglades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday unveiled a 50-year blueprint to finish the job.
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