Archive for the ‘health’ Category

San Francisco’s Least Demanding Gym Chain: FITNESS SF – Where All You Need To Do Is Simply “BE YOU!”

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

I’ll put this billboard’s imperative on my bucket list:

BE ME!

Now I’ll scratch it off, job done:

BE ME!

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Next up:

FIGHT DINOSAURS ON AOGASHIMA ISLAND.

Here’s What You Should Do When Your Landlord Sends You This Mandatory Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Letter This Month

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Absolutely nothing.

Say it again, y’all: Absolutely nothing.

Background: District One (aka The Richmond, more or less) Supervisor Eric Mar is a bird of another feather – he wasn’t satisfied with issuing edicts from Academia oh no. He descended from the ivory tower to put dreams into action. And his father passed away from lung cancer (AFAIK, pretty sure), so it would make sense that he wanted to do something for San Francisco renters who have to deal with secondhand smoke coming in from other units.

Get all the deets on San Francisco’s 2013 Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Policy as of last year via this excellent article from Christian Watjen right here.

So that’s the background. What’s going on now is that tenants all over the City are getting alarming/confusing letters from landlords. To wit:

Nervous Gay Couple Living With AIDS Get Letter from the Landlord

Now here’s what you’ll get* if your landlord toes the party line of the San Francisco Apartment Association – an excerpt of the pledge they want you to make:

“For purposes of the Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Policy and SF Health Code 19M, I would like to designate my apartment as non-smoking. I verify that neither I nor my guests will ever smoke tobacco within the rental apartment listed below.”

Uh, so why should tenants make this pledge? It’s not explained in this official SFAA letter now is it? And what if Barack Obama or Bill Clinton drops by your pad a few years from now? They puff puff every now and then, right? So what about your signed pledge, what about that?

And here’s what the lawyer(s) of  the SFAA have for you at the bottom of the letter:

“If you do voluntarily decide to designate your apartment as non-smoking, which you are not required to do, the designation is permanent and becomes a consensual change in the terms of your tenancy.”

Oh.

If you’re living in rent-controlled San Francisco, I think you should get some kind of benefit when you change the terms of your tenancy, you know, as a general rule .

And later on, is your landlord going to complain about how you’re violating the terms of your tenancy when you allowed your future bud / date / friend smoke one cigarette to help her get through one of her stressed out moments?

Or your Euro fiance can’t move in with you in 2015 because your “designation is permanent?”

And should we assume second-hand smoke from clove cigarettes and/or the Mary Jane is good for you, since it’s not covered?

Now, IRL, is this issue going to affect you? Prolly not. But I’m just saying.

So, sign your pledge or just ignore it – choose or lose, maybe.

*Assuming that you’re living in a building with fewer than 50 units and you aren’t restricted from smoking now. This is the notification you’ll get otherwise, possibly, and it’s fair enough. And here’s the full rundown from the SFAA. Again, no objections.

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Back in the Day, Fire Escapes / Wooden Decks Like These Would Collapse a Lot – But Not Anymore

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

For some reason.

A couple decades back, people at house parties would overload these decks and then come crashing down, due to dry rot people would say.

I suppose SFGov is doing a better job regulating things nowadays.

94117 Tableau: Affluent Poodle-Walking Whole Foods Shopper Foreground, Yet Another Hippie Hill Overdose Background

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Stanyan is a canyon, demographically speaking:

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Dieting Tips from AirBNB CEO Brian Chesky: Lose 30 Pounds in Less Than 25 Days!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Thanks Brian!

Next up? Tax tips from AirBNB CEO Brian Chesky, we can only hope.

Death of Patient Lynne Spalding at SF General: Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi “Insists an Independent Review is Necessary” – Press Release

Friday, October 11th, 2013

I’m not up to speed on this issue.

If I were to be in a situation involving a missing family member, would I be well-advised to hire a PR flack? IDK..

And does Mayor Ed Lee typically say that SFGov is to blame for a death at such and early stage? No he doesn’t.

Here’s the press release, just issued. (Sorry, no OCR.)

Press Release

Oh, It’s On! PBS vs. Pro Football – “League of Denial: NFL Concussion Crisis” – October 17th in Oakland

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Just released – get your free tickets (or RSVP or whatever) now:

“The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault: thousands of former players have claimed the league tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. What did the NFL know, and when did it know it? In a special two-hour investigation, FRONTLINE reveals the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries. Join KQED for a screening of the much-anticipated special FRONTLINE: League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis, followed by a panel discussion with Bay Area experts and former National Football League players.

 RSVP TODAY!: https://kqedleagueofdenial.eventbrite.com

League of Denial: NFL Concussion Crisis
Screening and Panel Discussion 
Thursday, October 17
6-9pm
Kaiser Center Auditorium
300 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA  

Watch the trailer: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/

Make a stand

Before you fall

Your country needs you

To play football

“Covered California,” California’s Marketplace for Health Care Coverage, is Open for Business Today – All the Deets

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Enjoy!

“Covered California Is Open For Business - Historic Day for Millions of Californians Who Will Have Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care Coverage at CoveredCA.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 1, 2013 — Covered California(TM), California’s marketplace for health care coverage, opened for business today, providing Californians and small businesses access to quality, affordable health care coverage from major health insurance carriers.

“As of Oct. 1, Covered California is officially open for business — our phone lines are humming, our website is live, and we stand with thousands of Californians across the state as we kick off our effort to help educate and enroll millions of currently uninsured Californians,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee.

Today’s announcement kicks off a six-month open-enrollment period and includes:

–  The formal launch of the new features of CoveredCA.com. They will enable
consumers to determine their eligibility for premium assistance and
no-cost or low-cost Medi-Cal and to shop for, compare and enroll in
coverage that takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.
–  The statewide rollout of outreach efforts and marketing that will
educate consumers about their options and how to enroll.
–  Forecasts and backgrounds of who Covered California is seeking to
enroll. It is estimated that during this initial six-month
open-enrollment period (ending March 31, 2014), Covered California will
enroll 500,000 to 700,000 Californians who are eligible for premium
assistance to make their care more affordable.
–  The opening of Covered California’s Small Business Health Options
Program (SHOP) that will allow employers to start shopping for
small-group coverage that can start in January. This program is not
subject to the six-month open-enrollment period.

Diana S. Dooley, Secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency and chair of the Covered California Board, applauded the launch of Covered California and said, “From Eureka to San Diego, from the Central Valley to the Central Coast, we want Californians to know we are open for business. Californians can now get quality, affordable health care by enrolling in one of the many plans offered under Covered California.” She added, “The Brown administration is proud to be a part of this historic change to make coverage affordable for all Californians.”

By the end of 2014, Covered California aims to have insured approximately 1,050,000 Californians newly enrolled in Medi-Cal and between 840,000 and 1.2 million who qualify for premium assistance to help them pay for a health insurance plan.

Toby Douglas, Director of the California Department of Health Care Services, said, “Today marks the beginning of a reform of California’s health care system, in which many of our most vulnerable and needy residents will have the opportunity to enroll in Medi-Cal. We are excited to be an important part of this historic day, and we are ready to enroll the thousands of newly eligible Californians in partnership with county offices around the state.”

Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment and a Covered California Board member, pointed out that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act promises more than just affordable coverage. “When we open the doors today in California — and the doors of health care marketplaces open throughout the country — we will be moving away from the political arena and into the implementation of a new program that will literally change the lives, and the health, of millions of Americans. I’m thrilled to be part of history.”

“Here, and in every state in the nation, health care marketplaces are ushering in a new era in U.S. history, one that will provide its citizens with the health care they need, when they need it, through high-quality, affordable insurance. This is truly a historic day,” said Lee. “Health care is no longer a privilege, but a right, and is now within reach for millions of Americans.”

The official launch of Covered California started in Rancho Cordova, where the Service Center kicked off the opening day. That was followed by other events that “covered” the state: a news conference in San Francisco, overlooking the Bay Bridge; an event in the Central Valley at California State University, Fresno, to announce the open-enrollment opportunity to students; an event at a beach in San Diego; and a grand celebration at Los Angeles’ Union Station.

Dooley added, “Our goals are bold, and we won’t get there overnight. Over time, this new state of health will improve health care quality, lower costs of health care, reduce the dramatic health disparities in the state and offer choice and value to Californians. Today is the starting line. By the end of the six-month open-enrollment period, we forecast having more than 1 million Californians enrolled in health coverage with support from premium assistance or Medi-Cal.”

Lee concluded, “The drive toward making health care a right and not a privilege has been a long time in coming. The Affordable Care Act delivers on a long-unmet promise of the American dream. It has survived naysayers, Supreme Court challenges and a great deal of political pressure, but today we put all that behind us. Covered California is open for business, and our success does not depend on what happens in Washington or Sacramento. As we go forward, our success will depend on what happens in communities across California where millions of Californians have been waiting for this day to come, to call, visit CoveredCA.com, ask for help and enroll. Today is the day to ‘get covered.’”

About Covered California
Covered California is the state’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California was charged with creating a new health insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance plans. With coverage starting in 2014, Covered California will help individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that will be available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses will be able to purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.

Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. For more information on Covered California, please visit www.CoveredCA.com.

SOURCE  Covered California

Covered California

CONTACT: dana.howard@covered.ca.gov(916) 205-8403

Web Site: http://www.CoveredCA.com

Sony CD Walkman + Low Rise Jeans = ??? – The Highest Person I’ve Ever Seen in San Francisco

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Last seen talking at parked cars on Haight Street:

Also, the lowest low-rise jeans I’ve ever seen…

The Happy Morning Joggers of the Tenderloin – Could This Be the New UC Hastings Running Club, the “Legal Eagles?”

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Usually when people run in the corrupt Twitterloin / Civic Center / Tenderloin area, it’s because they’re either victims or perpetrators, right?

So just jogging around for fun, well, that’s something new I think.

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All the deets from the oldest and largest law school in the West:

Purpose: To encourage healthy living and life balance through regular athletic activity; to promote a positive image of UC Hastings to the larger Bay Area community through involvement in charity runs; and to foster a sense of community at UC Hastings”