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Dignity Wellness spends huge at Levi’s Arena

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If you’re questioning why health care costs are going sky high, one factor could be the multimillion-dollar skyboxes that two of the Bay Location’s greatest “not-for-profit” insurance providers have purchased the 49ers’ brand-new stadium.

Blue Guard of California and Self-respect Wellness each own Levi’s Stadium luxury suites, which go for at least $2.5 million apiece.

Dignity, the San Francisco outfit formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West, is likewise the Niners’ exclusive health-industry sponsor. It’s spending majorly to advertise around the brand-new Santa Clara arena as well as on video game broadcasts. There ares a “Dignity Health Plaza” at one corner of the $1.2 billion arena.

“It’s scandalous that 2 not-for-profit healthcare business that are exempt from state taxes squander millions of dollars on luxury skyboxes instead of putting those charitable dollars toward patient care or lower premiums,” stated Jamie Court of Customer Watchdog, the group behind Recommendation 45 on the November tally – an effort that would require California health care business to get approval from the state insurance commissioner for rate boosts.

Self-respect officials stated in a statement that they were “proud to be the official health care partner of the San Francisco 49ers.” They noted that the business “is sponsoring the first-aid clinics found throughout the center and will be hosting a number of special wellness and wellness events throughout the period.”

The statement included that “in today’s highly competitive health care market, the sponsorships likewise offer favorable exposure and recognition for the Dignity Wellness brand name and the services we supply.”

In the meantime, Prop. 45 supporters – with TELEVISION video cameras in tow – showed up Thursday outside Blue Shield’s San Francisco head office with a tongue-in-cheek need from 22,000 consumers for tickets to Niners games.

The Prop. 45 folks also tried to buy marketing at Sunday’s game on the Jumbotron at Levi’s Stadium to tie Blue Shield’s skybox to “extreme premiums” and tell fans that the wellness insurance provider “has a much better view than you.”

The Niners declined the advertisement.

“We do not offer specific ad space,” stated group spokesperson Bob Lange, informing us that it’s strictly booked for their media partners.

Sheri Sadler, an ad purchaser for the Prop. 45 campaign, said she was mentioned to by an advertisement rep in an email that “the 49ers are a little hesitant to promote one side or the other (of a political problem) so as not to alienate fans.”

Oakland shift: With simply seven weeks till the election, methods in Oakland’s mayoral race could be about to move from “anybody but Quan” to “let’s gang up on Rebecca.”

That would be City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, who a brand-new poll programs is the clear front-runner.

According to the David Binder survey, paid for by the business-friendly Jobs and Housing Coalition, Kaplan scores 61 percent of the vote compared with Mayor Jean Quan’s 39 percent in a ranked-choice ballot situation pitting the two head-to-head.

Kaplan also leads the pack in very first-, second- and third-place votes, according to the survey of 400 voters drawned from Sept. 2 to 8. Its margin of mistake is 4.9 percentage points.

The survey shows that about 60 percent of Oakland voters checked say they’re ready for a change – not good news for Quan.

And at this point, that desire for modification favors Kaplan – who not just bests Quan, but also beats San Francisco State political communications Professor Joe Tuman in a head-to-head contest, 64 to 36 percent.

The majority of the prospects, including Councilwoman Libby Schaaf, City Auditor Courtney Ruby, Port Commissioner Bryan Parker and civil rights attorney Dan Siegel, come in with 10 percent or less of the first-place votes – implying they’ll need to do something dramatic to make it into the running.

And with 1 in 5 Oakland voters still unsure, among their methods will most likely be to raise questions about Kaplan.

Sideshow Arnold: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the Capitol had all the trimmings of his years in workplace – highly scripted and snugly managed events that were ultimately overtaken by a carnival sideshow of his own making.

The day kicked off with a Nobel laureate-laden confab on climate modification put on by Schwarzenegger’s institute at the University of Southern California. When reporters approached Schwarzenegger later, they were held back by Arnold’s private security and mentioned to, “No concerns – just still pictures allowed.”

It was much the same scene an hour later on under the rotunda of the Capitol, with a beaming Arnold again front and center for the introduction of his main picture.

“Never ever have I seen many individuals – and so many cams – for a news conference,” said Gov. Jerry Brown. “Arnold, you still have it.”

As the portrait was unveiled, Schwarzenegger presented for pictures with 2 of his boys, Patrick and Christopher – however no children and no indicator of estranged spouse Maria Shriver.

Not only was Shriver not at the event, but a number of days later it emerged that she had been scrubbed from the picture. Now, that’s all anyone remembers about the occasion.

Simply puts – a complete Arnold.