On Monday the Commission on the Environment’s policy committee endorsed a Newsom-supported proposal requiring SF consumers to be alerted of potential risks of cell phone radiation, and to maker it illegal to promote cell phones in public schools.

“If we prevail, and I believe we will prevail, other cities will follow suit” Newsom told the Chronicle, even as they hastened to note that “there is no scientific consensus that cell phones pose health hazards.”

The Examiner noted that some scientific studies suggest that “men who carry cell phones in their pocket may experience lower sperm counts.” (Where do I need to put my mobile to make it an effective contraceptive device? It the barrier method the only option for the ladies? iPhone as cervical cap? What, too much?)

On Wednesday, however, The Chronicle’s Ask The Bugman column (fun fact: in the Chron focus groups I attended during my time there, the only thing that charted higher and more positively with print subscribers than Ask The Bugman was the now-defunct ChronicleWatch. Way to give subscribers what they want, Chron!) discusses how cell phones might be “a cause of colony collapse disorder in honeybees.”

How could the Mayor have missed this incredibly rad opportunity to go to bat for what is possibly the cutest resident of the insect kingdom (Yes, I do think bees are cuter than ladybugs!)?

I can imagine the Bill Wilson photos already, with Gavin in a beekeepers outfit or, better yet, shaking hands with some person in a bee costume (anyone know what that Blind Melon girl is doing these days?) as this proposal is eventually signed into law. It’s not too late for an amendment!

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

Please make sure your comment adheres to our comment policy. If it doesn't, it may be deleted. Repeat violations may cause us to revoke your commenting privileges. No one wants that!