Kit Pavlekovsky, left, and Kylie Fournier, right, smile during a meetup organized by Asexuality SF in San Francisco on Sunday, July 15, 2018. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group) People get together for coffee during an event organized by Asexuality SF in San Francisco on Sunday, July 15, 2018. The group tries to have a meetup at least once a month.(Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Mary Kame Ginoza holds a cup of coffee during a meetup organized by Asexuality SF in San Francisco on Sunday, July 15, 2018. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group) People have a conversation during a meetup organized by Asexuality SF in San Francisco on Sunday, July 15, 2018. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group) Charlie Burd smiles during a meetup organized by Asexuality SF in San Francisco on Sunday, July 15, 2018. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group) People have a conversation during a meetup organized by Asexuality SF in San Francisco on … [Read more...] about Bay Area asexuals organize to build supportive community
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By Casey Tolan | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: July 16, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: July 16, 2018 at 7:18 am SEATTLE — As Silicon Valley considers taxing its tech companies to help fight the downsides of its tech boom — from clogged roadways to skyrocketing housing costs — local leaders are looking north for a lesson on how not to go about it. Seattle passed a “head tax” in May, charging local tech giant Amazon and other big companies to pay up for affordable housing — only to repeal it less than a month later after a backlash from the business community and a surprising shift in public opinion. Now several Silicon Valley cities are wading into the same debate. Mountain View voters will decide in November on their own per-employee tax, charging Google and other companies to fund transportation projects. Cupertino and Sunnyvale also have considered charging similar taxes on their own tech titans, although … [Read more...] about Should Bay Area follow Seattle’s lead and tax tech giants?
Despite all the talk of technology companies and workers leaving the Bay Area for cheaper pastures, Silicon Valley looks strong as ever — for now.Technology companies in the Bay Area raised more than $10 billion in the first three months of 2018, according to a new report Wednesday on the venture capital industry by Dow Jones. A total of 408 companies were financed in the Bay Area during that time period, more than twice New York City, which was the next highest region.Compared to a year ago, the Bay Area saw the amount of investment capital increase by 13 percent. This quarter was the highest since the third quarter of 2015, when Bay Area tech companies raised a total of $10.91 billion.The $10.58 billion raised by Bay Area companies accounted for nearly 40 percent of all technology investments made in the United States in the first quarter of 2018.However, the Bay Area’s oversized dominance in investments did not assuage concerns — ranging from the housing crisis to … [Read more...] about Bay Area still dominates U.S. venture capital industry but cracks may be showing
By Matthias Gafni | [email protected] and Mark Gomez | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 9, 2018 at 11:45 am | UPDATED: April 10, 2018 at 5:43 am EMERYVILLE — A threat of violence emailed Sunday night and Monday morning to scores of Bay Area school districts and others nationwide was a hoax, part of a twisted contest from an overseas online gaming community to see who could generate the most school evacuations in America and the United Kingdom, authorities said. The threat resulted in at least one Bay Area school district, Emery Unified in Emeryville, to cancel classes Monday. One school official said technology experts have told her agency that the threats went to as many as 46 states. “This appears to be bigger than California,” FBI spokesman Prentice Danner said. “It’s important to note that there is no credible threat to the public.” The #FBI is working with our local law enforcement partners to … [Read more...] about Police: Bay Area school shooting threat a hoax, part of online contest to force evacuations
In "The state of American healthcare", I shared that American healthcare remains complex and expensive compared to other developed nations. I also shared how the interests of payers and providers are aligning. With this as a backdrop, I wanted an example that could be a guiding North Star to both payers and providers. I found this in a recent interview with Robert Van Tuyl, the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) for Easterseals Bay Area (ESBA). In this post, I describe the challenges that they faced and how the ESBA team created a new way forward for healthcare.Background on the initiativeEasterseals is a national not-for-profit organization that will be 100 years old in 2019, serves people and families facing a range of long-term physical and mental health disabilities. ESBA was a traditional affiliate with about $6 million in donor-based revenue until a few years ago. However, in 2012, the law changed for behavioral services in California. With the stroke of a pen, insurance … [Read more...] about Easterseals Bay Area creates a North Star for payers and providers trying to drive real healthcare transformation