Comments by Bob Poole
For more recent info see the excellent post in the HMB Review Talkabout, posted by Wendy Andary.
Well, certainly not today, and possibly not the rest of the week, or even next week. It seems the defunct CFMC has run into legal issues about whether they can hand out originals, and they don't have the money or assets for making copies. It is in the hands of lawyers at this point, with no estimate of when it will be resolved. If you are part of a medical group, like Mills Peninsula, you can ask them to retrieve your original records and keep them on file for you. Isn't it amazing that the members…
Oops. I didn't post the link to the board members properly. Here it is:
In a recent HMB Review Talk About blurb, Charise McHugh posted some propaganda about how hard the board had tried to soften the impact to the staff and community. Here is a quote from that piece: "No one is more upset than those who worked hard to make it work. We could have made a plea to the community, but that would have only taken us a few more months and we told the staff as soon as possible, we were still trying find the key that could save it up until the 11th hour!" If they were really concerned,…
So if, as in the article above, the administration was only told the night before that the must close, my question is by whom? The board of directors, I guess. Whoever made the decision to just close, without a real plan in place, and without prior notice, should be very ashamed... that is putting it politely. The way this was handled is reprehensible. I hope the legal system is looking into whether or not there was any wrong doing in this mechanism.
Everything else aside, it seems like this was handled badly. With a little notice, people with on going medical problems, especially those with pending appointments, could have had a chance to do some planning. Perhaps the community should have been more supportive, but this abrupt closure seems insensitive and a real slap in the face.
I guess it surprises me that not more people with insurance used the clinic. I have insurance and have been using it exclusively for years. I could not have been more happy with the staff and service. At least I can get over the hill when needed, but what about all the poor people who aren't that lucky???
One of the things I find really amazing is that up to this time yours was the only comment. Well, it is the weekend, and maybe not that many people are signed up for alerts, still...
Surely this didn't come totally out of the blue. How did the County and city, and community at large allow this to happen?
I have to disagree with the comment that they don't panhandle. I have been panhandled at Strawflower on occasion. Once I complained to the HMB police about the panhandling, and they told me that it was private property and the complaint must come from the manager of the Strawflower center.
$50 is a generous gift, but I have to wonder if it wouldn't make more sense to limit donations strictly to food and clothing. Cash is likely to be used for drugs and booze.
$15,000 a month to lobby an already broke state for relief??? Another colossal waste of money by a city already in a "precarious financial situation." I can only agree with Kevin's comment about the "Old Guard City Council."
Well, let's see JB, you could try talking all the businesses and residents who have moved here since 1975 into relocating over the hill. Of course, you are one of them. I've been around the coastside since 1960, and I would hardly say that there was ever just an occasional car or truck during the day.
Just wait until the tunnel opens!
If any of you are as worried about the ramifications of AB 1991 as am I, then I suggest you do as I did... let Senator Yee and Assemblyman Mullin know. You can Google them and log on to their web sites, and fill out simple e-mail forms to express your feelings.
Despite the assurances otherwise, the proposed legislation sets a dangerous precedent. I see more bills coming down the line every time a developer has problems getting around environmental regulations. If you feel the same way, I urge you to contact your state representatives in oposition to AB1991.
I found nothing comedic or disparaging in Mr. Massara's comment. He is simply making the point that this, like most large developments has been bulldozing ahead as far as possible without oversight and regard for the environment.
Housing for the developmentally disabled would be far better placed over the hill, near El Camino Real, where better services, shopping, and employment opportunities exist.
I can't imagine that there would be many takers on the shuttle service either. What are the chances that the slide work will be completed on time? Not very good judging by past experience. It is hard to believe that the Beautification Committee is seriously considering taking the chance on this. Emergency access to the coast side is bad enough during the festival when the slide is open. It will be impossible with the slide closed. What are you thinking people? It is a shame that some fund raising…
Unfortunately times are really tough all over, not just for the schools. As a retiree living mainly on Social Security and an small IRA that is being eaten away by inflation, I can testify to that. Once passed these taxes never seem to go away... forget the five year stated term. Look how permanent originally temporary local sales tax increases have become, and they will no doubt go higher. I believe that State funding will eventually improve and until then I think the schools should face the same…
My wife and I persuaded two of our friends to try the Red Ginger last weekend. Even allowing for start up snafus the experience was very disappointing. Two of us were served immediately, and the other two waited over a half hour for their dishes. The pot stickers were tiny and burned, the soup watery, and the servings small and pricey. The menu is way too exotic. This restaurant belongs on the Embarcadero in SF, or in LA.
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