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John Zipperer

Week to Week News Quiz for 11/27/15

John Zipperer | November 27, 2015 | San Francisco
While everyone else injures themselves trying to buy a discount blu-ray player, try your hand at our latest Week to Week news quiz and see what really makes the world go around. Here are some random but real hints: LOL; fellow Democrat Jackie Speiers agreed; making anti-social media; and and...
George Heymont

Birds of a Feather

George Heymont | November 26, 2015 | Arts
Unless you include Davey (the parakeet who, during his brief tenure in our home, liked to walk across my omelets), my family's fascination with bird life has been more artistic and scientific than pet-oriented
Thomas Gladysz

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Day of Silents

Thomas Gladysz | November 25, 2015 | San Francisco
With its many festivals devoted to so many different aspects of film, festivals goers in San Francisco are especially fortunate in their opportunity to take in movies others may have only heard or read about.
Rep. Judy Chu

ACA, Open Enrollment and the 'What If' Question

Rep. Judy Chu | November 24, 2015 | Politics
Affordable health insurance should not be a luxury. It is a necessity. Since I was elected to Congress in 2009, I have done everything I can to make sure that residents of the San Gabriel Valley can easily obtain affordable insurance that provides quality care.
Kelsey L. Campbell

A Chance at the California Dream for Syria's Refugees

Kelsey L. Campbell | November 25, 2015 | San Francisco
In America, veterans are viewed as the heroes of society. For those of us who have served in conflict zones, we know there are many other true heroes living in these areas: those natives who survive years under brutal regimes, those who open up underground schools for children, and those...
Jeremy Affeldt

Inspired by Dreams

Jeremy Affeldt | November 24, 2015 | San Francisco
I have so much to be grateful for today. One of the ways I can show my gratitude is to use this incredible moment to inspire you to dream the biggest dream you possibly can, and then work for it.
Ben Huh

My Family Came to This Country Legally, But We Were Almost Deported

Ben Huh | November 24, 2015 | Politics
Our immigration system is an immoral mess that throws obstacle after barricade in front of the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It doesn't prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. And it certainly doesn't excel at making America more competitive or innovative.
Ken White

Thanksgiving is the Right Moment to Thank Volunteers

Ken White | November 24, 2015 | San Francisco
Yes, there is something very wrong at the core of many people but there is also something very right with those who give of themselves so freely, so generously, and without any agenda other than the clear desire to help save the lives of animals who cannot help themselves.
Keri Vaca

20 Years Later: How the Union Made Our Dreams a Reality

Keri Vaca | November 23, 2015 | San Francisco
In San Francisco, the unions are strong and they have been such an important part of our life. I am forever grateful for all they have provided for our family.
Sean Martinfield

Pianist Stewart Goodyear -- on 'The Nutcracker'

Sean Martinfield | November 24, 2015 | San Francisco
Pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear's new recording - The Nutcracker, Complete Ballet Arranged for Solo Piano - is the best new thing in Tchaikovsky. Released by Steinway and Sons, Stewart's piano reduction is rich with what he referred to as the "juicy stuff" within the score - the...
Amy Salz

8 Things I Wish My Straight Girl Friends Knew About My Bisexuality

Amy Salz | November 24, 2015 | Gay Voices
I feel like my straight friends don't really understand what I mean when I tell them I'm bisexual. For the record, I wanted to spell it all out. Yes, I am bisexual. No, I'm not just going through a phase, and I'm not confused.
George Heymont

San Francisco Treats

George Heymont | November 22, 2015 | Arts
October offered me a chance to attend back-to-back productions by two favorite Bay area community theatre groups. One is a relatively young group; the other was celebrating its 30th anniversary. Both companies offered audiences a whopping good time.
Alan Black

Friday Night: Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXVIII

Alan Black | November 22, 2015 | San Francisco
There really is no fun on drugs, says Martin. I shrivel. He installs solar panels and enjoys New Age ambient music. Early evening, he has failed to fire up the engine, again. Soon, he will be lying down in his bed listening...
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Time to Stop the GOP Fearmongering

Sen. Barbara Boxer | November 20, 2015 | Politics
When Donald Trump said he would not rule out special identification cards for Muslims, I got the chills. It took me back to when I was a child, and I learned that Jews were forced by the Nazis to wear the Star of David on their clothing.
John Zipperer

Week to Week News Quiz for 11/20/15

John Zipperer | November 20, 2015 | San Francisco
It's a dangerous world out there. Find out how dangerous it is by taking our latest Week to Week news quiz. Some random but actual hints: They heard Obama was born in Syria; maybe he invested a lot in Oracle; Bibi expressed his pleasure; and Merkel was already on her...
Reid Ewing

I Underwent Cosmetic Surgery for My Body Dysmorphia... And I Wish I Hadn't

Reid Ewing | November 20, 2015 | Healthy Living
Of the four doctors who worked on me, not one had mental health screenings in place for their patients, except for asking if I had a history of depression, which I said I did, and that was that. None of the doctors suggested I consult a psychologist for what was clearly a psychological issue.
George Heymont

Side By Side By Side By Side

George Heymont | November 19, 2015 | Arts
It's no secret theatre districts act as important economic engines in urban areas. Although many theatres have been built in reasonable proximity to concert halls and mass transit lines, grouping auditoriums together as part of an architectural concept started nearly 100 years ago.
Peter Dreier

Let's Turn Pasadena Into the City of Raises

Peter Dreier | November 19, 2015 | Politics
Raising the minimum wage is both an economic and a moral issue. The economics are clear: Gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 over five years will lift families out of poverty, improve the local economy, and help students overcome obstacles to success in school.
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Let's Give Thanks

Lisa Mirza Grotts | November 19, 2015 | Style
If you're nervous about hosting Thanksgiving dinner, follow my friends-and-family holiday guide. It's failproof.
Alan Black

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXVII - The Body of the Bar

Alan Black | November 18, 2015 | San Francisco
Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco. George left his liver.
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