Health care was a top concern for consumers leading into the mid-term elections. Consumers in California and across the country are facing higher bills, less transparency, bureaucratic nightmares and, of greatest concern, less comprehensive care and are understandably angry and confused. Fortunately, lawmakers are paying attention. As Congress got back to work after the government shutdown, key committees held hearings on lowering health care costs, ensuring access to care and increasing transparency while we heard a similar call in the State of the Union address. Something needs to change and lawmakers have an opportunity to reach across the aisle and act. Recent surveys from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that Americans are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. They struggle with predicting how much they will have to pay for health care when they need it. They fear health care costs even more than they worry about … [Read more...] about Cut consumer health care costs in California
The Lick-Wilmerding Tigers boys’ basketball team was in for a rough battle on Saturday night against top-seeded Branson in the North Coast Section Division IV Quarterfinals, but the defense that the Bulls brought on the court at College of Marin took things to an unprecedented level. With Phin Horowitz severely limited (illness) and Zach Johnson hounded by pressure in the post, the Tigers saw their season and their three-year streak of state tournament appearances come to an end with a 56-28 loss. As bad as the final score looked, the actual game was far harsher for Lick-Wilmerding (19-10). The Tigers trailed 18-2 after a quarter and 55-15 through three. Peyton Mullarkey scored 19 for Branson (27-2), and the Bulls also got 13 points from Viktor Rajkovic and nine from Kwentyn Wiggins. Johnson led Lick-Wilmerding with seven and Joe Woldemichael scored five. Division 5 was far kinder to the Tigers’ crosstown rivals from the BCL West, as both Stuart Hall and University advanced … [Read more...] about SF Preps Basketball: Saturday night North Coast Section playoff roundup
The booming Dogpatch neighborhood’s hunger for new green space is clashing with San Francisco’s boom in, well, hunger. An alliance of Dogpatch and Potrero neighborhood groups are in heated disagreement with the San Francisco Marin Food Bank over the future of a scrap of green underneath U.S. Interstate 280, at 23rd and Iowa Streets. If the nearby food bank gets its way, the strip of grass will be paved over to house more than a dozen trucks, allowing the organization to build out over its current parking lot, boosting its capacity to feed needy San Franciscans from 50 million pounds of food annually to 70 million pounds. . “We know there are literally thousands of families who need food,” said Paul Ash, executive director of the food bank, but “we’re starting to run out of space.” But in a tiny slice of heaven like San Francisco, needs are constantly bumping shoulder to shoulder. The same is true in this old industrial neighborhood: the Green … [Read more...] about Park or truck depot? Neighborhood groups and food bank tussle over Dogpatch land
Ahoy, dear reader, and warmest greetings from the very recent past where I am attempting to process the news of the moment — in a very short statement tweeted by their lawyer Mark Geragos, former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid announced that they have settled their collusion lawsuits against the NFL. My predominant initial reaction to this news was confusion. The more I consider the issue, though, the more I think I should have seen this coming. First off, I completely believe that Colin Kaepernick was blackballed from the National Football League as a retaliation for kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of violence against people of color. I vociferously support his constitutional right to protest, and (less importantly) believe his cause is righteous. Perhaps more important than any of this, I have always believed that he believes in his cause. There has never been any reason to doubt his sincerity. He has quite deliberately put his money where his … [Read more...] about Kolsky: Colin Kaepernick was somewhat vindicated by NFL settlement, but who would sign him?
Traveling in India can often be a tumultuous dance of noise, color and humanity creating an intense sensory overload. It can also be a magical carpet ride of exquisite light, iridescent colors and friendly people. Delhi delights: Central, Old and South The Mughal capital with British Colonial architecture galore, interesting neighborhoods and wide boulevards is often overwhelmingly full of traffic and significant smog. Rewards will come with relaxed patience, a comfortable car and talented driver. Central Delhi’s Shangri-La Hotel Eros was an oasis of panache and tranquility during my January three-night stay. Perfectly located near important sites in this section of Delhi, made it a great choice. At Central Delhi’s core is the 126-foot sandstone and granite arch India Gate. Thought to be inspired by Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, it was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931 as a memorial to the 90,000 soldiers who died fighting in World War I and the Third … [Read more...] about India’s Golden Triangle: From Delhi to Jaipur