Vatican visit angers Bay Area officials

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Some supervisors are angry that a city delegation visited Cardinal William Levada in Rome and presented him with a glass paperweight etched with the official San Francisco seal. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution last week condemning Levada, former archbishop of San Francisco, for a Catholic church policy barring adoptions by same-sex couples. That didn’t stop an official city delegation from traveling to the Vatican to attend Levada’s installation as cardinal and presenting him with the paperweight. “I think it is a significant breach,” said Supervisor Tom Ammiano, a gay Catholic who sponsored the Levada resolution. He said the delegation headed by Police Commissioner Joe Veronese “must have heard of this little brouhaha. It made international news.” Many city residents were angered when the Catholic Church decided that it would no longer permit its charitable organization to allow children to be adopted by gay and lesbian couples. Mayor Gavin Newsom canceled his trip to the Vatican.last_img read more

FCC Commissioner to visit Unalaska during state broadband tour

first_imgFCC Commissioner Brendan Carr speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Flickr photo by Gage Skidmore)A major player at the Federal Communications Commission is due in Unalaska.Listen nowCommissioner Brendan Carr will arrive Monday night and spend about 24 hours on the island to learn about the broadband challenges facing rural Alaska.The FCC regulates communications across the country — from radio and satellite to television and internet.Brendan Carr joined the agency as a commissioner last summer, after the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment by President Donald Trump.Since then, he’s helped the Republican-led FCC to repeal net neutrality protections and spearheaded a $100 million program to expand access to telemedicine.Carr’s short trip to Unalaska, however, is expected to be educational rather than policy-driven.“To get a feel for the place,” GCI Vice President Dan Boyette said. “I don’t think it’s any more complicated than that.”Boyette said Carr will tour GCI’s local facilities, along with the island’s other providers, Optimera WiFi and TelAlaska.“He’s a relatively new commissioner, and there are a lot of Alaska-based issues in front of the FCC at this point,” Boyette said. “I think he’s just looking to learn.”Those issues include how to develop infrastructure in rural areas and how to manage competitive federal subsidies that help pay for those projects.Overall, Mayor Frank Kelty said he wants to emphasize that Unalaska’s slow satellite service affects everyone — from individuals and businesses to schools and the clinic.“I don’t know if we’re going to have time to do everything,” Kelty said. “But he can be made fully aware of the needs that we have in this community on the lack of connectivity.”Carr will be escorted by the staff of U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, who encouraged the commissioner to visit the island during his first trip to Alaska.A Sullivan spokesperson said the senator heard about Unalaska’s broadband struggles during his own trip in 2016 — and thought this would be a “perfect community” for Carr to visit.The commissioner will stop in in seven other communities during his five-day swing through the state, including Anchorage, Dillingham and Utqiagvik.last_img read more