Vaccination rates are just one example of government health data that has been made available by the California Health and Human Services Agency and its recently launched open data portal. Today, reporters, civic technologists and policy advocates are using this newly accessible information to create tools and services to improve the health of their local communities.
Books About Mental Illness,
Little Black Lies,
Instead of using labels like 'crazy' to define a complex human being, these books present complicated characters who show us the nuances of mental illness.
It has been a phenomenal year for Sonoma County's surging economy. Joblessness is below 5%, home values are soaring, and the County's treasury has been fattened by a record surplus of $13.5 million.
Today's food halls are far more ambitious, taking in some of the finest chefs, artisans and purveyors in town.
If you want love, devotion and loyalty, check out these gems in the rough who will potentially worship you for the rest of your life.
Energy poverty, which affects 1.2 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity, is, according to David Roberts, "the greatest challenge of our time." That's because it pits our need to reduce fossil fuel consumption head to head against lifting hundreds of millions out of extreme poverty.
I discovered that some of these places are way easier to find than you would think.
Summer music festivals have become a mainstay attraction across much of the U.S., but few celebrate their place of origin like those occurring in Napa Valley, California.
San Francisco News
Turn away now if you are disgusted by the description of a bar's grim lavatory. This is not for you. Come back next time to Notes when the talk will be of love and cocktails garnished with fresh fruit. Sadly, this grim description has to be done.
Silas Borden has spent the last five years living on the streets of San Francisco. He's used to making the best with what he has, so when he stumbled upon a bus offering free showers and a toilet, he couldn't resist.
Best Burgers In America,
Will Travel For Food,
No food spans the gap between high-end and budget dining like the classic American burger.
How can we make flights more enjoyable, or at least tolerable? Let's start with the basics.
The NFL is in a downward spiral, heading towards complete chaos, thanks to the behavior of many of its players, Ray McDonald included. The Chicago Bears decided to make a statement.
I have written and spoken many times about the fiduciary responsibilities that we have as adults today. We are "trustees" of our children. We must protect and safeguard them so that more young Victor Casillas Valles can graduate from USF and other colleges and universities throughout the United States. Loving and protecting our children is the greatest love of all.
Patrick Kelly Jones,
Theodore J.H. Hulsker,
Two productions new to San Francisco had that special aura about them: a piece of dance theater that attempted to retell a drama written by Sophocles in approximately 441 BC, and a contemporary drama which brilliantly demonstrated what happens when superb writing, directing, and acting combine to elevate a script into a miraculously poignant and deeply fulfilling event.
Our sunny spring has been hijacked (boo to this premature chilly, cloudy weather). But we're holding onto hope for brighter, warmer days. Here's a cheat sheet of rooftop bars that you can have at the ready as soon as a nice day hits.
Friday night -- At opening time, the merchant who adds cash to the ATM machine slinks in as quiet as a mouse. He stocks the money nest with tens and twenties. Later, the drinkers will raid the machine like Vikings sailing for Lust....
I'm From Driftwood,
Gay Voices News
Throughout Robert Scott's life, he had an alcoholic father, became overweight and addicted to drugs, and was affected by the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the 1980s. Reflecting on his life, he realizes one thing: the importance of finding one's tribe.
Domestic Partner Benefits,
Gay Voices News
This week we celebrate Harvey Milk's 85th birthday and honor his role as one of the pioneers of the LGBT community, even as we await a decision on marriage equality from the Supreme Court of the United States.
It's our first Week to Week News Quiz of the Post-Letterman Era. Take our latest quiz and see that the news, alas, is still the same.