Flintstone house owner prepares for fight with Hillsborough

The showdown between Florence Fang’s “Flintstone House” and the city of Hillsborough appears set.

Fang’s attorney, Angela Alioto, said they expect to file a response to the city’s “public nuisance” lawsuit next week. She also says they plan to file a cross complaint.

Alioto declined to discuss legal aspects of the case during an open house Monday as media toured the iconic home visible to thousands of motorists on Interstate 280.

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But she did credit Fang for saving the property in 2017. “The house was vacant for two years, it could have really been a true eyesore, really a true nuisance. It could have been boarded up,” said Alioto.

“And here Mrs. Fang comes along and makes it into her dream.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Miss Manners: She stunk up my dinner party with her unwanted food

Judith Martin

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A few hours before the small dinner party I was throwing for close friends, one guest called to ask if she could invite a mutual friend. I said, “Of course!” — it was a buffet and we had more than enough food.

The new guest ended up arriving over an hour late. We were all hungry, and I was getting antsy. I was in the dining room when I was suddenly overwhelmed by strong odors.

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I went to the kitchen to investigate, and what did I see but our late-arriving guest pulling crabs out of a cooler and handing them to another guest, who looked almost as confused as I felt. She told me the crabs are cooked and she has everything needed to shell them.

I was annoyed, but I said, “OK, add it to the buffet!” Honestly, I wish I had asked her to put them back in the cooler and leave them outside. I worked all day on a big dinner, and it was waiting.

I explained to the other guests that it would be a few more minutes before we could eat, that some crab needed to be shelled. The entire house now …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Ask Carolyn Hax: I just got the bill for our family reunion

DEAR CAROLYN: Over the weekend I attended a family “reunion” out of state. Everything went beautifully until I got home and received a text stating that I owed $50 per person. My husband and I received the invitation several weeks ago and there was never any mention of a fee on the invite.

It’s NOT the money! I strongly resent being told, not asked, to contribute.

Should I send the money and not say anything, or make a fuss? Note: my husband and I hosted a weekend for my relatives and paid all costs for three restaurant dinners and never charged anyone.

Ticked Off

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DEAR TICKED: Yes, being billed after the fact is clunky and obnoxious.

But there are so many other ways to spin it.

If they had passed a hat during the party, would you have been annoyed? “Hey, we split up the food and venue costs and it’s $50 per person” — would that have rankled? What if someone had sent this around via email beforehand?

You absorbed those …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Earthquake safety law could put California’s hospitals in ‘financial distress,’ report warns

California’s hospitals are scrambling to retrofit their buildings before the “The Big One” hits, an effort that will cost tens of billions dollars and could jeopardize healthcare access, according to a newly released study.

The state’s 418 hospitals have a deadline from the state, too. They’re racing to meet seismic safety standards set by a California law that was inspired by the deadly 1994 Northridge Earthquake, which damaged 11 hospitals and forced evacuations at eight of them.

By 2020, hospitals must reduce the risk of collapse. By 2030, they must be able to remain in operation after a major earthquake.

That could cost hospitals between $34 billion and $143 billion, according to a new report from Rand Corp.

The report, funded by the California Hospital Association, examined whether the state’s hospitals will be able to comply with the law, particularly the 2030 deadline.

About a third of the hospitals in the state are in financial distress, and that number could rise to more than 50 percent as hospitals seek seismic compliance, the study found.

Public healthcare district hospitals, hospitals that serve large numbers of Medi-Cal patients, rural hospitals and privately owned hospitals are especially vulnerable.

“The trend toward greater reliance on outpatient services and facilities, when combined with the implications of retrofitting existing buildings or replacing those buildings, could result in a net reduction in hospital capacity in California by 2030,” the study concluded.

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