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 City of Half Moon Bay is scrambling to account for a $4.3 million discrepancy in its budget after an unnamed employee apparently forgot to record a city payout as an expense. This snafu (reported by the Half Moon Bay Review, January 21) comes on the heels of the City of Pacifica "search" for a missing $4 million in its budget. We're waiting for the other shoe to drop. Who's next? Daly City?
The former manager of a San Bruno gas station has been charged with cheating people who purchased California lottery scratchers after he figured out a way to secretly check which tickets were winners. He would then sell the losing tickets to gas station patrons. The California Lottery Commission calls the scam "pinning," a way retailers can secretly check whether tickets are winners or losers, and then keep the winners and sell only the losing tickets to customers. The California Lottery Commission sent undercover investigators to the gas station and the manager sold them four more altered tickets. Shoiab Muhammed Mustafa of Pacifica was arrested November 17. He faces five felony counts of computer fraud and a misdemeanor charge. Investigators said he stole at least $300. (Pacifica Tribune, January 21) ***** Alan Wald palindromically posts: "Mustafa stole lots -- a fat sum!"
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.
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!