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Zucks Give $75 Mil to SF General on Same Day That Protestors Block Facebook Shuttle

How's that for a tale of two cities?

Protests of tech shuttles

Today's protest of tech shuttles 

 

Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan, a medical doctor, are making what appears to the largest single private donation to a public hospital ever in the United States with a newly-announced $75 million gift to San Francisco General Hospital. In honor of the gift—which will fund the hospital’s building construction and operation costs—the hospital will be renamed the Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

The current buildings for San Francisco General, which is located near the Zuckerberg’s home in the Mission, were completed in the 1970s, although some date back to 1915. An upgrade is currently scheduled to be completed in December, funded by an $887.4 million bond. Unlike other hospitals in the city, San Francisco General is publicly run and serves some of the most vulnerable patients in the city. Chan is currently a pediatric resident at UCSF and Zuckerberg is, we don’t know, works at a hedge fund? Male model? Action movie star? The couple’s net worth has been estimated at $33.3 billion. The donation is the most recent in a string of high profile donations by tech moguls to healthcare causes. Salesforce’s Marc Benioff recently donated $200 million to UCSF children’s hospital, which was renamed after him, venture capitalist Ron Conway gave $40 million to UCSF’s Gateway Medical Center, also putting his name on it, and after Napster creator Sean Parker donated $24 million to Stanford, it created an allergy research center named after him.

That’s a whole lot of good will—and they seem to need it. On the same day that the donation was announced, a group of protestors blockaded a shuttles used by Facebook, Google, and Apple near Fairmont Elementary school. For about a half an hour activists, who included member of the Anti-Eviction Mapping project, blocked buses at a shuttle stop that had been recently been relocated after complaints about its original location. Protestors objected to the use of school zones for the shuttles and said that they had reduced parking available for teachers.

 

  

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