Thanks to the Pacifica Tribune for Jane Northrop's reporting on the pending sale of Seton and Seton Coastside hospitals to Prime Healthcare, a for-profit company headquartered in Delaware. It is clear from Jane's story that the sale was attractive to the Daughters of Charity board of directors largely because of Prime's promise of an $11 million golden parachute for the board. There ought to be a law.
It is clear from Prime's ongoing legal issues with Medicare that it uses and abuses the Medicare process and increases revenues by decreasing services in other hospitals it has purchased. While Prime has "promised" to leave things unchanged for five years, California's attorney general (AG) has stated that a condition of sale must include a 10-year guarantee, among other conditions, before the AG approves the sale. God forbid that this company, headquartered 3,000 miles away, gets its hands on the Seton nursing staff's pension money. I hope the AG rejects Prime's offer. I truly do.
Young Victor Victor @ Oceana Art Gallery with Richard Herring's Toasterman
By Victor Spano, Special to Riptide While you might know me as an aspiring politico, I also do art and photography (see below). I co-founded Oceana Art Gallery with Vasu of Oceana Market and the city's Economic Development Committee. I hope to have a showing at the gallery sometime in the future and am starting an art website (still under construction): Victor Spano She got a crab at Thornton State Beach, Daly City.
Basking in the White of the Midnight Sun Planetary Shades
Scott McKellar's buddy Smitty says he saw an unidentified flying object (UFO) off the coast of Pacifica on January 6, and claims that everyone else driving near him on Highway 1 also witnessed the strange apparition with purple lights flashing and zooming up and down in the western sky for about 20 minutes. If you remember seeing something similar to this, please click Comments below this post and tell us about it. Photos, videos, and drawings are welcome, too. Base, out!
Dear Family and Friends: With deep sadness, we regret to tell you that Elaine passed away Monday, January 12th around 7am. She passed away in the hospital with Jim by her side. Memorial Service arrangments have not been made yet. Please keep Elaine's beloved husband, Jim Carson, and the entire Larsen family in your thoughts and prayers. Please *do not* call Jim at this time as he will be busy with family. I will update as soon as I have more information. RIP Elaine Larsen. April 21, 1962-January 12, 2015. LOVE YOU, Elaine xoxoxox
The band includes Pacifica musicians Norm Dutton and Ruben Salcido on saxophones, Jim Kerwin on bass, and Lionel Emde on trumpet and flugelhorn. Advance tickets online are cheaper; good food and drink at this restaurant.
By Carlos Davidson, Special to Riptide On January 13, a spirited group from the Pacifica Climate Committee greeted commuters with signs urging President Obama to veto the Keystone XL pipeline. Similar rallies were held in 160 communities across the country. If Congress approves it, the pipeline would boost development of tar sands oilfields in Canada, and increase greenhouse gas emissions. When the fight against Keystone started, it seemed a long shot. No major fossil fuel project has ever been stopped because of its effect on climate. Keystone could be the first. Obama has threatened to veto legislation authorizing the pipeline. Climate activist Bill McKibben recently wrote: "The fossil-fuel industry’s aura of invincibility is gone. They’ve got all the money on the planet, but they no longer have unencumbered political power. Science counts, too, and so do the passion, spirit, and creativity of an awakened movement from the outside, from the ground up."
We urge all Coastsiders to contact new San Francisco Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper and ask her to assign investigative reporters to dig into the Caltrans/SMCTA highway-widening fiasco, a much underreported story in the media over the hill. It's about time a major metro daily newspaper began paying attention to Coastside transportation issues other than "feel good" features about the Devil's Slide Tunnels. If Caltrans screwed the pooch on the Bay Bridge eastern span, what can we expect with its ridiculous highway-widening plan here? We have a need to know.