"Losing that network of teachers to picket lines — even briefly — is particularly unsettling for him."
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Bay Area food banks deliver groceries to unpaid Coast Guard, TSA workers
The Chronicle's TARA DUGGA: "If a Coast Guard member is dealing with an illness or other family emergency, the nonprofit Chief Petty Officers Association steps in to help with extra money or support."
"It doesn’t usually have to help all of its members at once. In the past week, the Alameda chapter of the organization has helped organize two food pantries that fed 1,650 family members of active-duty Coast Guard and civilians employed at the base, who are all working without a paycheck during the partial government shutdown."
"It’s very stressful,” said Danielle Manor, fundraising chair of the Coast Guard Spouses’ Club in Alameda, which has also been organizing donations. Manor, a preschool teacher who has a 6-year-old son and 4-year-old twins, has been both a volunteer and participant at the food pantry. “They ask, ‘Mommy, why are we taking all this food? Why aren’t we going to the grocery store?’ It’s just really hard to explain."
SF General's insured patients suffer further trauma when bill arrives
The Chronicle's HEATHER KNIGHT: "If you’re shot, stabbed, hit by a car, fall off a roof or suffer any other major injury in San Francisco, you’ll be whisked to San Francisco General Hospital, the only trauma center in the city."
"You’ll probably receive top-notch care at the renowned public hospital. But you may leave with a very unpleasant side-effect: a shockingly high bill."
"That’s because S.F. General — whose patients are overwhelmingly poor and are on Medicare or Medi-Cal, or have no insurance at all — lacks a good way to deal with patients who are actually insured. It exists mostly to serve as the city’s medical safety net, an admirable mission but one that neglects financial fairness for hundreds of patients with health insurance every year."
McConnell/'s maneuvers take backseat to Trump in shutdown