Pacifican Joan Bonzo takes her oath of allegiance as a new U.S. citizen at a ceremony held at the San Bruno Public Library on May 29. Bonzo, a nursing student, immigrated from the Philippines, and is the first in her family to achieve U.S. citizenship. Like many Pacificans, she loves surfing and long-distance running.
The ceremony, conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (San Francisco District) Director John Kramar, featuring Congresswoman Jackie Speier, was a kind of celebration. Back in 2009, in response to requests by community groups, USCIS undertook to prepare more than 2 million immigration files to be provided to the public for research purposes.
Previously, these files, each one commemorating the immigration history of one person, would have been destroyed after being maintained for 75 years. But they represent the rich history of immigration to Northern California, Hawaii, and Guam. As such, they’ll be maintained at the National Records Center in San Bruno. They’ll be made available for research purposes at the National Archives and Records Administration reading room, also in San Bruno, when they’re 100 years old.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns that, based on its latest calculations, there is an 80 percent chance of megadroughts in the western half of the U.S. lasting 20 to 40 years this century. And nothing like that has ever happened in the past 1,000 years. The current drought in California has lasted around three years. The drought that turned much of the U.S. West into the Dust Bowl in the 1930s lasted 10 years.
NOAA also says that two global high-temperature records were just set. March 2015 was the warmest March since record-keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA. And the first quarter of 2015 was the warmest first quarter in those 136 years. So far, it looks like 2015 will be the hottest year on record. The current champ is 2014. The 10 warmest years on record have happened in the past 17 years. This March saw the highest level of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere since record-keeping began. They reached 400 parts per million for the first time, NOAA says.
There is only one bit of good news: In the Antarctic, sea ice has been increasing, hitting a record high in March 2015. But that gain "is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice" at the other end of the globe, in the Arctic Ocean, according to NASA.
An informed source reports that on June 30, Seton Medical Center will close its Family Birthing Unit, including Labor and Delivery, Well Newborn Nursery, Intensive Care Nursery, and Postpartum Nursing units.