POOR correspondent's blog

No More Hospital Duping (or Dumping!): Community members demand an end to the dumping of poor and homeless patients by Bay Area

Bruce Allison/PNN
Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Around 8:00 am on a cool San Francisco morning, I walked into the Kaiser Hospital and met James Chionsini, a member of Health Care Action Team. We sat in the lobby and began speaking with Lionel Stanford, a formerly homeless senior from Honduras.

Loopholes- More Budget Lies: PNN Elder Scholar Deconstructs Budget Cuts!

Bruce Allison/PNN
Thursday, November 20, 2008

The mayor has found another loop-hole for the mid-season budget cuts. The smallest of the cuts is to the Mayor’s office which is a total of $541,870.

The area that the mayor is using from the San Francisco City charter is 3.001.

Basically, this says that the portion of the charter states that the mayor has “wide and varied powers”.

Incarcerated Elders: working in prison 10 hours a day - 7 days a week

Bruce Allison\Poverty Scholar
Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gas Everyone- Especially the Homeless People: A proposed curfew extension threatens more houseless folks in Golden Gate Park.

Bruce Allison/PNN
Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Two weeks ago at the general meeting of the board of supervisors, a special proposition was discussed to change the curfew hours at Golden Gate Park from sun-up to sun-down, to 8pm to 8am. I attended the meeting because they were taking public comments and, as a poverty scholar, I wanted to respond to this discriminatory legislation.

Fluff in the City

Bruce Allison/PNN
Thursday, June 25, 2009

Death of California's Care-giving: The Tragedy of California's In-Home Support Services Program

Bruce Allison/PNN
Friday, February 12, 2010;


In-Home Supportive Services as we know it began in 1969. The average person in need of IHSS was sent to a nursing home. Nursing homes were crowded, expensive, and more abusive than they are today (though abuse is abuse, and can’t be channeled into the “good ol’ days” or the ”bad ol’ days”) people liked the idea of living in their own homes, freer to do what they wanted instead of what nursing home staff thought was “good for them”.

Be Seen, Not Heard: A group of protesting seniors is told there's no singing at the state capital.

Bruce Allison/PNN
Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"Be seen, but not heard." These words are often spoken to misbehaving children, yet this is what the Safety Security officer, Keith Troy (badge number 4810), patronizingly said to me and a group of fellow seniors, as we gathered inside the State Capitol in Sacramento. I remember him clearly, a young, tall, white man with blonde hair. He looked like an extra in an advertisement for the highway patrol, as he stood behind a velvet rope in front of the Governor's office, like some sort of dictator out of a cheap movie from my childhood.

(Parcel) G stands for Generations Being Housed: Parcel G proposal to house LGBT elders is fought by NIMBY-ism

Bruce Allison/PNN elder and poverty scholar
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Back when San Francisco was celebrating the beginning of the roaring 20's, a decade of peace and prosperity, the lower Haight district was one of the top places for citizens to enjoy.

Fast forward to 2008. San Francisco is continuing the legacy of anti-discrimation and respect for all by opening units of affordable housing that would be open to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors in San Francisco as well as those that are straight.


Thornton Kimes/PNN
Thursday, March 26, 2009


This a To-Do List and more thoughts on the “Who’s Budget? Our Budget!” Battle of San Francisco. This is my rant and rave about the San Francisco version of the Culture War, one or two of the ways it is fought here.

Whose Budget?? Our Budget!!! A Town Hall is organized to respond to the Insane budget cuts that are posed to dismantle services

Thornton Kimes/PNN
Monday, March 9, 2009

“The city! The city belongs to us!
We don’t need more budget cuts!”
--Dee Allen protest chant

The GA/PAES (San Francisco welfare) worker said, “We can talk to everyone about you except the Unemployment people. That’s your responsibility.” I felt like a tennis ball, bounced from a desk in one building to one in another with a phone on it—and the Unemployment voice on the other end of the line asked questions from I don’t know how far away.


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