KQED Radio Staff
Silicon Valley Correspondent
From KQED's Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow's mandate is to cover politics, economics, technology and culture in a region that stretches from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. She also covers food and its relationship to health, happiness and public policy, and blogs for Bay Area Bites. Her posting in Silicon Valley follows more than seven years serving as the daily host of KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state. She has also guest hosted The California Report Magazine and Forum and hopes to continue to do so in the years to come.
Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC. In addition to KQED, she files for NPR and PRI's The World.
Rachael's work has won her awards from the LA Press Club, the Radio and Television News Association, the Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California and Nevada, the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Southern California, the Northern California RTNDA, SPJ Northern California Chapter, the San Francisco Peninsula Club Greater Bay Area and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
Stories (245 archives)
Over the last 25 years, the number of assisted living facilities in California has almost doubled. The homes are intended to care for relatively independent, healthy seniors -- but that doesn't describe a lot of the people living in them today. In Sacramento, where regulations haven't changed much in close to 30 years, lawmakers held hearings featuring reform advocates like Aaron Byzak, whose grandmother Hazel died in assisted living. "If somebody parked in my grandmother's disabled parking lot illegally, they'd be fined $450," he told reporters in the state Capitol. "But they kill her, and it's $150."
When families place a loved one in an assisted living facility, there's an expectation that if something goes wrong, there will be consequences. Mistakes will be addressed. Crimes will be prosecuted. But that's not always the case in practice. Recent reports in the media detailed stories of abuse so dramatic, they inspired a round of legislative reform in Sacramento not seen in 30 years. But the proposed reforms come too late for some, like Stacey Siriani of San Diego County.
A lot of us have this idea that when we get really old, we'll die with our boots on. But just as likely there will be a long, slow journey between here and there, one that could take years. Many of us start to realize that's true for our parents when we notice mom is walking with a new shuffle, or dad is mixing up his meds. In the first of a four-part series, we examine the state of assisted living in California.
Congress adjourns for a five-week recess Friday, leaving on the table emergency funding to help the Obama administration deal with a surge of child migrants fleeing Central America. The Senate voted to begin debate on a bill backed by Democrats. But that's unlikely to pass in the House, where Republicans are talking about changing immigration law, starting with a measure designed to protect victims of international child sex trafficking. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of San Jose was one of that bill's sponsors back in 2008 -- and she says she's not game to change it.
If you're traveling anywhere near UCLA Wednesday, expect major delays. Sunset Boulevard will be closed along the northern border of the campus as various Los Angeles agencies try to figure out why a 90-year-old main burst Tuesday, spilling an estimated 8-10 million gallons of water which flowed toward the campus.