What Price Safety Over Privacy: A Slippery Slope Revisited

In 2012 I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about what price do we pay for losing our privacy in the name of safety? The subject is still very pertinent today as it was when we were all discussing warrantless wiretapping by the Federal Bureau of Investigating (FBI). I asked how much privacy are […]

Living in our Filter Bubble—breakout and smell the opposition

This post is prompted by an editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle, How San Franciscans ruin Leibovitz — and the electorate by Daniel P. Beckmann, Ph.D., a former Obama campaign digital strategist. In it he bemoans a show of Annie Leibovitz photographs to the Bay Area audience that stifled opposition. Beckmann stated that the audience […]

Violence at Home: Fear Of The Neighbor Terrorist

The horrific attacks in Las Vegas underscored a feeling for me of being truly wary of large groups of people and being at risk of a terrorist attack. The police call these events “soft targets:” places where people gather and are unprotected and particularly vulnerable. I shop, I go to malls and my husband and […]

You Want More In-depth Reporting? Add These Investigative Sources for Your News

In addition to the big newspapers, there are many other sources to find excellent, well-researched stories. Bias alert here: While I was actively working at news agencies, I did not observe my colleagues slanting a story to suit their bias. In fact, more than once, during an investigation, there were surprises we did not expect […]

The Gifts of Technology, Diversity, and Global Connections

In the jungle of offices at Rackspace on the South of Market tech hub, Shahin Shadfar sits at a desk cluttered with tech parts and points to his latest creation, an app called Zurf which is the latest in a string of successes for the San Francisco transplant. While Shadfar has gained a reputation for […]

If You Want Great and Affordable Healthcare, Move to San Francisco

Long before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, San Francisco offered affordable healthcare to all residents. The Healthy San Francisco program costs substantially less than private health insurance plans. Tse Dong Chow, a typical user, is waiting to see a doctor at North East Medical Services, a large community clinic in San […]

Part I- GI Joes and Janes Come Home: How the Bay Area Supports the Troops

Specialist Terry K. scoots around a throng of patients, visitors, and staff in the wide hallways of the Veterans Administration hospital in Palo Alto, California, about thirty miles south of San Francisco. She trades quips with patients as she maneuvers expertly among the wheelchairs and gurneys on her way to her job in the rehabilitation […]

Here is a question: What made San Francisco San Franciso? Why do we get along so well?

One major key to the ethos of San Francisco is the city’s explosive and unbalanced growth from 800 to 25,000 people in one year. Twenty-five thousand were men; miners under the age of 40 and 2,000 were prostitutes. San Francisco Tim’s History and Tour Maps The adventurers who came to mine for gold survived formidable […]

What We Need Today are San Francisco Values

“I didn’t know there was any help out there. … I’d probably be dead if I’d stayed in Stockton.” — Terry, an Army vet suffering from PTSD who found the help she needed to recover in the San Francisco Bay Area One day if I do go to heaven, I’ll look around and say, ‘It […]

The “Nose Job” Takes a Giant Leap in New Technology

More people want to change the shape of their nose today than any time in the past 10 years. The build-up of the demand encourages new developments in technology which has never been as remarkable as to-day. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) says that new technologies have had a significant impact on the […]