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SAN FRANCISCO MOVES TO PROVIDE GREEN POWER: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Supervisors have given initial approval to a five-year deal with Shell Energy North America that gives San Francisco residents the option of getting 100 percent of their power from renewable sources.

The San Francisco Chronicle ( says Tuesday's 8-3 vote on the nearly $20 million contract provides a veto-proof majority for a program that will break Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s monopoly on the city's consumer power market.

A second vote is required before it is sent to Mayor Ed Lee.

The decision also lays the groundwork for eventual city-owned renewable power production.

The CleanPowerSF program is designed to build a customer base and revenue stream to build municipal renewable power generation facilities.


SF CITY COLLEGE MOVES CLOSER TO BANKRUPTCY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new report says the City College of San Francisco is moving dangerously close to bankruptcy and its large faculty and generous compensation are to blame.

The review by state auditors analyzes how California's largest public college got into severe financial trouble.

The San Francisco Chronicle (reports City College has until March 15 to make structural changes needed to keep its accreditation and prevent the 86,000-student school from closing in June.

The report says City College employs nearly twice as many faculty members as comparable schools and pays them better. The college didn't make necessary budget cuts when the state cut funding and didn't set aside money for its growing retirement obligations.

Board President John Rizzo calls the report a helpful tool that will help the college make needed changes.