Bay Area Briefs

Wednesday December 12, 2001

Presidio Trust director resigns 


SAN FRANCISCO — The executive director of the Presidio Trust has resigned amid allegations of financial mismanagement of efforts to convert the former Army post into a self-sustaining national park. 

James Meadows’ decision to leave after four years on the job was announced Monday by the trust’s board of directors, which voted unanimously to accept the resignation. 

Board chairman Toby Rosenblatt said the move was made after months of behind-the-scenes discussions between Meadows and the board. It came after published reports of a variety of troubles involving Meadows, including huge cost overruns on Presidio projects. 

The Presidio Trust is a private organization authorized by an act of Congress in 1996 and is empowered to make the Presidio into a financially self-sustaining venture. 




Recycling rate up across the bay 


SAN FRANCISCO — San Franciscans are recycling at increasingly higher rates thanks to new programs that recycle everything from pizza boxes to demolition debris. 

City officials announced Tuesday that 46 percent of the city’s trash was recycled last year, up from 42 percent in 1999. 

Last year, San Francisco generated more than 1.6 million tons of trash. Of that, nearly 873,000 tons were sent to landfills and an estimated 748,000 tons were recycled. 

Of the 1.35 million tons of garbage generated in 1999, 568,000 tons were recycled. This year’s figures will not be reported until late next year. 

Officials attributed the jump to new programs for homes and businesses that are turning food waste from coffee filters to turkey bones into compost and finding new uses for construction debris from wood to wallboard. 




American Eagle opens Oakland-L.A. route 


OAKLAND — American Airlines, which dropped service between Oakland and Los Angeles after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said Monday its affiliate will add flights between those cities. 

American Eagle will launch jet service between Oakland and Los Angeles international airports Feb. 5 with six daily roundtrips. Also, it is adding service from Los Angeles to Phoenix and Albuquerque, N.M., in February and from Los Angeles to Sacramento and Phoenix to San Jose in March. 

After the Sept. 11 attacks, most airlines cut jobs and flights. American Airlines ended its four daily roundtrips between Oakland and Los Angeles. Rival United Airlines shut down United Shuttle and cut regional flights. United now flies five daily roundtrips between Oakland and Los Angeles.