How San Francisco Continues its Advance Toward Public Power

After Governor Newsom recently demanded sweeping reforms to PG&E and said the utility, in its current form, “no longer exists,” and Senator Wiener’s bill announced this week to turn PG&E into a publicly-owned utility, the City and County of San Francisco has launched the Our City, Our Power, a new campaign highlighting San Francisco’s ongoing…

Why Impact Matters for the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership Program

Last week, two common themes emerged from a convening at the SFPUC’s headquarters – how numbers matter and measuring impact. On February 7, over 40 participants from engineering companies, construction management companies, environmental management firms, energy providers, and other professional services firms came together at the Annual Social Impact Partnership Firm Convening. The event was…

A Look Back in History: Calaveras Plane Crash of 1960

A plane crash happened. The good news was that there were no fatalities and the pilot survived. In the news clips that follow, reporters provide very different takes on the misadventure of a young sailor on leave, 22-year-old Peter Gill, who crash-landed into Calaveras Reservoir on January 30, 1960. No doubt that there was plenty…

How Lloyd Weaver Started His SFPUC Career in a Place He Never Heard of Before

Located in unincorporated Tuolumne County, Moccasin has served as the hub of the Hetch Hetchy Water and Power Operations since construction of the Hetch Hetchy facilities started more than a century ago.  Now, almost two hundred SFPUC employees and consultants work in the offices, corporation yard, shops, and power house that keep the Sierra Nevada…

Protecting the SFPUC’s Watersheds One Project at a Time

“This was a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us,” said SFPUC’s Rangeland Manager Clayton Koopmann, as he considered the grass and oak-covered hillsides of the Wool Ranch in southern Alameda County. The SFPUC recently purchased the 787-acre parcel of land that was formerly owned by the Wool Family for $9.7 million. “The SFPUC owns the property on…