The socialist state

Posted: March 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

Supervisor proposes lights-out for downtown

Wyatt Buchanan,Jonathan Curiel, Chronicle Staff Writers

sfgate.com

San Francisco’s picturesque skyline would be dark at night under a first-in-the-nation law proposed Tuesday that would mandate all skyscrapers turn off nonemergency lights after work hours.

Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin said his measure would reduce the energy wasted in the city’s downtown.

“Anyone who has passed through our Financial District after dark knows that many large financial buildings in the downtown keep their lights on throughout the night even when there is not work or janitorial service going on,” Peskin said.

The proposed light ban is reminiscent of the so-called “watt cops,” the police officers who patrolled some California cities in search of people using unnecessary lights during the state’s 2001 energy crisis.

But this time, there is no statewide emergency. Under the proposal, energy-wasting scofflaws would face fines for each floor where lights are on, with $50 for the first infraction, $100 for the second and $250 for any subsequent violation.

The proposal would also require businesses undergoing major renovations to install devices that would automatically turn off lights when nobody is in a room.

“In principal, this sounds like a commonsense, good idea,” said Mark Westlund, spokesman for the city’s Department of the Environment, which would enforce the measure. Westlund said department officials had not yet seen the proposal. (more…)

This reminds me of another issue that has been coming up from time to time here in SoCal:

The next pollution frontier: your fireplace

New smog rule would prohibit wood-burning fireplaces in new homes and limit residential wood burning during smog episodes.

By PAT BRENNAN

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Smoking chimneys could go the way of smoke-filled restaurants under proposed smog rules aimed at curtailing the use of wood-burning fireplaces in Orange County and the rest of the Los Angeles basin.

Regional smog regulators today will consider banning the installation of traditional wood-fueled hearths in new homes, limiting sales of wood-burning devices, and, by 2013, even placing mandatory limits on burning wood in home fireplaces during heavy smog episodes.

The new rules, which would affect Orange County and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, are similar to those being considered, or already put in place, by air-quality regulators throughout California.

“If you look at it legally, if you look at the health implications, this is the time to adopt this regulation,” said Elaine Chang, deputy executive officer at the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

The new rules might make it tougher even to find wood to burn. One provision would ban the sale of firewood that has not been properly seasoned to reduce its moisture content – and hence its ability to produce smoke. (more…)

BUT ITS FOR THE GREATER GOOD….

BUT ITS FOR THE GREATER GOOD

BUT ITS FOR THE GREATER GOOD

BUT ITS FOR THE GREATER GOOD

GREATER GOOD

GREATER GOOD

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SING OR DIE!!!!

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