Month: January 2019

Fatal Willits crash victim identified

Fatal Willits crash victim identified

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The Blockchain Is Just Another Way To Make Art All About Money

The Blockchain Is Just Another Way To Make Art All About Money

Illustration by Matt Dorfman On Valentine’s Day, a small group of art collectors pooled $1 million worth of cryptocurrency to buy a photograph of a rose. But the picture won’t be unwrapped over a candlelit dinner or hung on a bedroom wall. The photograph doesn’t […]

Frontier Airlines to offer Denver-to-Billings nonstop flights

Frontier Airlines to offer Denver-to-Billings nonstop flights

BILLINGS, Mont. — Frontier Airlines is returning to Billings Logan International Airport in Montana with a nonstop flight, three days a week to Denver.

Frontier route planner Jonathon Nield says the airline is expected to begin service in Billings on May 30.

Nield tells The Billings Gazette that fights will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and may be booked now from Frontier’s website.

Generally, he says flights departing Denver for Billings will take off at 9:55 a.m. and arrive at 11:28 a.m. Flights from Billings to Denver will depart at 12:20 p.m. and arrive at 1:53 p.m.

Passengers will fly on an Airbus A320 aircraft with seating capacity of between 180 and 186.

Frontier has served Billings in the past. It most recently dropped service to Billings in 2013.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

Pelosi Statement on Senate Vote on House-Passed Bill to Re-Open Government

Pelosi Statement on Senate Vote on House-Passed Bill to Re-Open Government

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Pelosi issued this statement in advance of scheduled Senate votes, first on the President’s unacceptable, radical immigration and border demands, and the second, on legislation to re-open the government with a House-passed package consisting of a continuing resolution through February 8 […]

Davis Arts Alliance views ways to respond to community trauma – Daily Democrat

Davis Arts Alliance views ways to respond to community trauma – Daily Democrat

Can the arts community serve as second responders to emergencies? On Thursday, Arts Alliance Davis participants said the answer is yes, and began a discussion about this critical role the arts can play in community healing and wellness. Arts Alliance Davis meets every other month, […]

Pass it on: Cigna CEO says leadership evolves as you advance

Pass it on: Cigna CEO says leadership evolves as you advance

David Cordani became CEO of one of the nation’s largest health insurers at age 43 and remembers clearly that no one gave him a textbook explaining the role.

The now 52-year-old executive has helped his company, Cigna Corp., grow and diversify as the health care sector grapples with perpetually rising costs. Revenue at Cigna has more than doubled since Cordani took over in late 2009, and the company recently closed a $52-billion acquisition of the pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts.

Cordani recently shared some of the insights he has gained with The Associated Press.

Q: What have you learned from your mistakes? What do you wish you knew when you were younger about managing people or running a business?

A: The more senior you become in many ways the less traditional authority you have and the more your responsibility to be an influential leader as opposed to a hierarchical leader. And secondly, the more senior you become, especially at the CEO level, truly the less decisions you should be making and the more you should be in an intense support role to those closer to the point of decision making.

Q: You run a public company, and you’ve run marathons and done triathlons. How do you manage work-life balance?

A: It requires a lot of discipline. It forces you really quickly to figure out what’s important … and then tests you. When the alarm goes off in another country at 4:30 in the morning, and I decide whether or not I’m going to work out for an hour, it’s my decision. But if I’m committed to the goal and objective, you fulfill that. You’re dynamically juggling it each and every day. I kind of like, in an odd way, that puzzle.

Q: What advice do you have for a small business owner struggling with rising health insurance costs for their employees?

A: Redefine expectations with your co-workers and their families that you’re in it together. It’s not a matter of somebody writing a check for sick care when it transpires. Having a thriving business requires them to have a healthy, vibrant, highly engaged workforce. If the employer, co-workers and families do it better, they win. If they don’t, it’s gonna be a very difficult item for the employer and the individual to balance. You’re trying to improve health and create more sustainability.

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Who are the Black Hebrew Israelites at the center of the viral standoff?

Who are the Black Hebrew Israelites at the center of the viral standoff?

In the initial media churn, they were nearly missed. But a small band of Hebrew Israelites, members of a historic but little-known American religious movement, may actually be at the center of a roiling controversy that has gripped the nation in recent days. It began […]

Seattle man awarded $5 million for wrongful termination after cancer surgery

Seattle man awarded $5 million for wrongful termination after cancer surgery

A Washington man was awarded nearly $5 million by a federal jury in what would constitute a major victory under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The man, Troy Coachman, sued for wrongful termination under the federal law after losing his job following a cancer diagnoses […]

Historic Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa slated for $20 million upgrade

Historic Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa slated for $20 million upgrade

At 6:30 on Monday night, nobody was sitting at the bar inside the historic Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. The restaurant had plenty of open tables and the lounge area around the heated pool was completely deserted. Unlike the 1960s, no Hollywood celebrities were spotted poolside.

But Stephen Yang is determined to change that. The co-founder and managing partner of Yang Capital is spearheading an effort by his San Francisco hotel management company Point Hospitality that will take over daily operations of the Flamingo and pour an estimated $20 million into renovating the once-proud property. Yang wants the pool, always the centerpiece of the property built in 1957, to be the first thing visitors see when they walk in the 170-room hotel.

“One of the major things we want to do is move the lobby entrance,” he said. “So that way when a guest is checking in they see the whole pool scene, and their blood pressure and heart rate lower.”

Yang and his partners in the venture, restaurateurs Anderson Pugash and Benson Wang, also are planning to reinvigorate the hotel’s nightlife, by adding a bar at the pool and overhauling the restaurant and nightclub.

Events will become “a much larger component” of the hotel, Yang said, and he’s aiming for “a little bit more of what they’ve got going on over at Coppola’s (the winery in Geyserville), with their pool scene.”

Pugash said, “The Sonomans that I know, so many of them talk about fond memories at the Flamingo. It’s just been a part of the cultural fabric for 60 years, and I think that’s really cool.”

Yang, who owns the Sandman Hotel in Santa Rosa, and his partners also plan to add health and wellness activities such as yoga and pilates to augment the existing 3,000-member Montecito Heights Health Club.

“We want to become a destination for the more energetic set that’s going to wine country,” Yang said. “We think there are a lot of people who are looking for a more immersive experience in wine country, than just a place to stay when you’re not drinking wine.”

The renovations will begin in early 2020, and Yang, a real estate investor specializing in hotels, is aiming to have them done by summertime. For the remainder of this year, the hotel will continue to operate as it is now.

When the renovations are done, the revamped restaurant will be another main attraction of the hotel.

Pugash and Wang are noted for their San Francisco-area restaurants Palm House and the Dorian, as well as cocktail bar Bergerac, but they both have connections to Sonoma County.

Wang grew up in Rohnert Park, where his family ran a restaurant called Confucius, and Pugash’s family owned a home in Sonoma County for 20 years while he was growing up.

Pugash said he personally has fond memories of hanging out at the Flamingo’s pool and most people he knew from Sonoma County have stories about the hotel.

“It’s this kind of a mid-century modern marvel built right in the heart of Santa Rosa,” Pugash said. “It used to be kind of a hangout for celebrities and jet-setters and then it’s been kind of a neighborhood staple for such a long time.”

The historic value of the hotel, which hosted Hollywood luminaries like Jayne Mansfield and Frankie Avalon, holds a strong appeal for Sonoma County residents and visitors alike, said Birgitt Vaughan, director of global media relations at Sonoma County Tourism.




















The Economy Is Keeping ‘Reluctant’ Trump Voters With Him

The Economy Is Keeping ‘Reluctant’ Trump Voters With Him

Last spring, FiveThirtyEight commissioned a SurveyMonkey poll that aimed to glean the views of voters who cast their ballots for President Trump but did so unenthusiastically. We called them “reluctant” Trump voters; they were crucial in Trump’s victory, and we’ve been keeping tabs on this […]