The unexpected death last Sunday of Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson, a popular and vibrant fixture in local and industry circles, has left a void that the huge nonprofit health care system may find hard to fill. It leaves Kaiser, which is headquartered in Oakland and has more than 200,000 employees nationally, mourning the loss of someone many feel was a moral voice for the organization and the health care industry at large. Kaiser’s board of directors immediately named Gregory Adams, an executive vice president and group president, as interim chairman and CEO. The board will eventually choose a permanent CEO, but Kaiser executives say right now they are focused on honoring Tyson’s memory and legacy. A memorial service is planned for Monday. Tyson’s absence is being felt profoundly, and he leaves “big shoes to fill with Kaiser Permanente, and really big shoes on a national level,” Adams, a 20-year Kaiser veteran who worked closely with Tyson, told The … [Read more...] about Kaiser, mourning CEO Bernard Tyson, vows to continue his work
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Part Two: The homelessOne day on Carlos Avenue in Hollywood last month, just south of the 101 Freeway, I met a woman who goes by the name Raven. She said she was 29, had been homeless since she was 17, and headed west in June from her home in Ohio.Why L.A.?Why not? Advertisement Like so many others, in so many other places, Raven wanted a change. And for restless spirits, the West still beckons.But she suffered from an autoimmune disorder and came to believe, shortly after arriving, that Los Angeles had nothing but crappy options for her.“I could couch-surf and get raped,” Raven said, as if she knew what she was talking about.Or she could get a job and hope she didn’t get sick and lose it, which had happened before. But even with a decent paycheck, Raven said, she couldn’t afford a place of her own. Not with these crazy prices. So instead she was reading tarot cards on Hollywood Boulevard when she could find a taker, and living in a tent on Carlos Avenue, … [Read more...] about They come from near and far to live on the streets of Hollywood. How much can we take?
Part One: The residents The trash, the fights, the drugs, the blaring music.For months, it was relentless.“It was intolerable,” said Greg, who lives in a Hollywood neighborhood surrounded by homeless encampments, including one that until recently was just a few feet from the windows of his apartment. He wore headphones and turned up the AC to drown out the cacophony. Nothing worked.“You have no idea the hell I was living.” Advertisement Tents and tarps have become a part of the streetscape in L.A. County, which is home to an undeclared state of emergency. We’re all witness to disturbing scenes of human suffering, unrestrained drug markets and festering illegal dump sites, although for most of us, the calamity is not at our doorstep.But last summer, for Greg and his neighbors near Hollywood Boulevard and Gower Street, there was no escaping the impact of L.A.'s greatest unsolved challenge.They felt, as have residents in Venice and elsewhere, as if they had … [Read more...] about Column: ‘You have no idea the hell I was living’: When a homeless camp rises outside your window
(CNN)It's about time you did it. Yes, unfollow that annoying fourth cousin twice removed. Unfriend that girl you ran into the hallway one time in the seventh grade. It's "National Facebook Unfriend Day," and it might be a good time to tidy up social media. In 2010, Jimmy Kimmel declared November 17 the holiday in an attempt to inspire people to remove those "friends" on social media that they barely know, and in some cases, never even met. And there are some people all of us might consider bidding electronic farewells to. The unrecognizable names Read More When their name pops up on your newsfeed and you wonder, wait, who? You probably haven't talked to this person since elementary school. Or they live in Kansas, but you met through a mutual friend. You haven't seen them in years ... if you ever met them to begin with. Social psychologist Erin Vogel says it's common, in an age of hyperconnectivity, to virtually connect with people we don't know all that well. Sometimes, she … [Read more...] about 5 types of people to ‘unfriend’ on social media
By Nicole Chavez, CNNGabe Ramirez and Madeleine Stix, CNNJoel Angel Juárez for CNN Updated 0926 GMT (1726 HKT) November 17, 2019 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. JUST WATCHED He was shot and lost his dad in El Paso. See how he's healing Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH He was shot and lost his dad in El Paso. See how he's healing 04:00 El Paso, Texas (CNN)Luis Calvillo was so eager to see his girls running and chasing soccer balls that when he came home after being hospitalized for months, he just took a shower and got in the car again. But at the soccer practice, the head coach of the El Paso Fusion Soccer Club was moving slowly and he limped. "It's very frustrating. I want to do things that I can't, that I need to ask for help, that I need to have somebody help me," Calvillo said. "It's hard, but I need to learn that I'm not alone (and) that people are there for me." The coach … [Read more...] about He was shot 5 times at the El Paso Walmart and spent 2 months at hospitals. This is his fight to get back his life