The ACA Exchange Poster Child – Covered California: Works for some, not for others

CoveredCaCalifornia, has long had the reputation as being one of the most progressive, or liberal, states in the nation. Often in a neck and neck battle with New York over who gives more free-stuff to its people at any given time, California long ago adopted the philosophy that what is good for some should also be good for all. The concept of income redistribution though higher taxes is not a new one for California residents.  Yet this state, nicknamed “the Golden State,” and home to Hollywood, Biotech, Oil and Silicon Valley fortunes often confounds because there are also strong anti-tax forces that from time to time rise up and limits California’s spending power through measures like Proposition 13. Continue reading

God’s ambassador of peaceful dignity: Khalil Shaheed (1949-2012)

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Khalil Shaheed (1949-2012)

To say I knew Khalil is a rare privilege! I first met this remarkable man when I served as president of the board of directors for Jerry Brown’s Oakland School for the Arts.  He was a man of peaceful strength and dignity.  Beloved of his students, admired by his musical peers, and respected by his friends, his life was a guidebook for dedication, passion and commitment.

For those of you who do not know him I would encourage you to click the link in his name and find out about the career of this dedicated musician, teacher and humanist.  He has played with the greats, like Jimmy Hendrix, the students and the jammers. And always he elevated each and every one to new levels of expression and humanity.

I would also encourage you to read the article in the San Jose Mercury News if you wish to learn more.

I did not know him as well or for as long as I would have liked, but I knew him well enough to know the world of music, faith and peaceful humanity has lost one of our major guiding lights!

Khalil Shaheed, will remain forever one of God’s ambassadors of peaceful dignity!