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Friday, June 30, 2006

San Francisco Fed bank raises discount rate

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Thursday to accept a decision by the San Francisco Fed Bank to raise its discount rate to 6.25 percent from 6 percent, successful immediately.

Earlier in the day, the Fed permitted discount rate increases by 10 other Fed banks to 6.25 percent. Only the Kansas City Fed Bank has not raised its discount rate.


Thursday, June 29, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO-3 suspects shot in robbery

Police are searching for a man who turned the tables on three would-be robbers and shot them early Tuesday in the Tenderloin.

Police say the three first attempts to rob a man at 3:30 a.m. at Turk and Leavenworth streets, but he was able to flee. The man then watched as the suspects tackle a couple and tried to grip a backpack from them, police said.

The man with the backpack pulled a gun and gunshot the three, police said. One man was injured in the leg and was quickly arrested, and a second man injured in the arm and buttocks was found around the corner.

The third man, hurt in the buttocks and groin, went to the Tenderloin Task Force police station for help.
"You've got to go somewhere," Inspector John Peterson said. "Where he was shot, he needed the help.'"

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO-Masked attackers kill man in apartment

Three masked men enforced their way into a public housing apartment Monday and mortally shot a 42-year-old man, police said.

The gunfire happened just before 4:30 a.m. at the Potrero Terrace public housing development near 25th and Connecticut streets.

The medical examiner's workplace identified the dupe as Willie Cole of San Francisco.

Cole emerges to be the target of the shooting, police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

Cole was gunshot repeatedly and died at the scene, police said. He was the 40th person slain in San Francisco this year.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Health insurance at Oakland after San Francisco

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland mayor-elect Ron Dellums is collecting a task force to deem options for cover the estimated 80,000 city residents without health insurance.

The move comes after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaims a plan for universal health coverage in his city last week.

Dellums was elected mayor this month after a close race, which saw the vote count go on for weeks after Election Day. He is planned to take office Jan. 1.

As both a city and the county, San Francisco owns and operates San Francisco General Hospital and some community clinics.

By contrast, the Alameda County Medical Center and public health clinics in the East Bay's major city are run by the county - and Oakland does not control them.

Alameda County has health plans to assist residents purchase coverage. But the plans don't assure anywhere near the 160,000 county residents lacking private health insurance.

Monday, June 26, 2006

San Francisco had a Gay Pride Parade

June 24, 2006 - Tens of thousands of people wearing complex costumes and waving banners rattled sound makers, blew whistles and cheered as participants marched in San Francisco's 36th annual Gay Pride parade.

There was a grave side to this year's parade, too, with national corporations noticeably present and the national debate over the matter such as gay marriage looming large.

Thousands of people in multi-colored wigs and face coat lined Market Street downtown as marching bands, dancers and floats behavior corporate logos streamed by.

"They're gay," said Michael Crowe, 63, as a marching band playing "ABC" by the Jackson 5 filed past. "How do they march straight?"

Crowe, a resident of near Newark, Calif., said he does attend the parade for years. One of the most prominent differences this year, he said, was the high-profile presence of corporations such as Delta Airlines, Wells Fargo and Kaiser Permanente. The companies sponsored drifts with corporate logos emblazoned on them. Delta's float was a tease jetliner.

Friday, June 23, 2006

2006 San Francisco Jazz Event Line-up Announced!

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) --SFJAZZ, the chief non-profit jazz organization on the West Coast, has proclaimed the dates and absolute schedule for the 24th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. Starts October 17 and running through November 12, the Festival would feature artists such as Sonny Rollins, Marisa Monte, the Heath Brothers, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland, Alice Coltrane featuring Ravi Coltrane with Charlie Haden and Roy Haynes, Ana Moura, The Django Reinhardt Festival, Pablo Ziegler, and more. SFJAZZ would present a special pre-Festival concert by Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo on September 23.

Asked about the wide-ranging mix of artists in this fall's 24th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival line-up, SFJAZZ Executive Director Randall Kline commented, "The diversity of the music is actually a testament to the diversity of the Bay Area jazz audience--and of visitors from all over who share that love of musical exploration. It's their ongoing support that allows us to present artists as far apart musically as Sonny Rollins, Marisa Monte, and the Kamikaze Ground Crew in a relatively short period of time."

"That time element is something that sets the fall Festival apart from our longer SFJAZZ Spring Season, in fact," Kline continued. "Over the three weeks of the Festival, you get the feeling that every night, all over City, something exciting and different is happening. That's a very San Franciscan feeling."

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Tickets go on sale to the public July 23. Schedule and artists are subject to change.
There are three ways to purchase tickets:
Visit www.sfjazz.org, service charge applied
Call 800.225.2277, service charge applied
Go to SFJAZZ Box Office, 3 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level, and no service charge

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Pedestrian killed on Highway 101 in San Francisco

All lanes of southbound Highway 101 in San Francisco are release this morning after a female pedestrian was killed Tuesday night on the highway mere south of Silver Avenue, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Reports from callers came in to CHP around 10:20 p.m. about a body in the roadway that might have been hit some times, CHP officer Ben Chaney said.

CHP officer's inwards and shut down lanes 1 and 2 of the highway to conduct an investigation.

The officers reported that the woman was probable hit by a vehicle, and then further strike by other vehicles, Chaney said.

CHP investigators were annoying to contact a person who called earlier saying that they smack something in the road, according to Chaney.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

San Francisco make public universal health care plan

Officials make public a plan Tuesday to make the city the first in the state to provide health care to all its residents through contributions from the community government and private employers.

The proposal, aimed at 82,000 uninsured San Franciscans who take home too much to qualify for federally finance insurance, will offer access to a doctor and hospital network to any mature who lives in the city regardless of their immigration or the employment status, said Mayor Gavin Newsom. The city by now provides universal health care for children.

"Rather than lamenting about the fact that we live in a country with 45.8 million Americans that don't have health insurance ... San Francisco is doing something about it," Newsom said. "San Francisco is moving forward to fulfill its moral obligation."

Newsom stressed that the so-called Health Access Plan was not destined to take the place of private health insurance, but somewhat provide a way to constantly treat people without insurance so they don't end up looking for medical care in hospital emergency rooms.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

San Francisco concerns about Health Universal Access

SAN FRANCISCO--Community members and faith leader's obtainable city officials with a set of charges for rising access to health care, just before the city chooses its trail toward "universal access."

Acting now, faith leaders said, takes benefit of a "window of opportunity" in San Francisco. They insist a plan that covers both defensive and mental health services for people of all ages and income levels. Costs require weighing fairly on users, employers and the city, they say.

They also advise city officials to push for statewide and nationwide solutions.

Months ago, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced a promise to cover all city residents, in spite of their ability to pay, with basic health care access. He created the Universal Healthcare Council and gave it 100 days to expand the idea.

Several city officials attended "Coming Out on healthcare!" at the parishioners Sha'ar Zahav in the city's Mission District on Wed., June 14. Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Julian Potter, Director of Public Policy in the Mayor's Office, and Mitchell Katz, MD, Director of Health at the Dept. of Public Health, vows to follow the congregation's recommendations.