This week Californians learned some incredible news - the case of the Golden State Killer, also known as the East Area Rapist or Original Night Stalker, has broken wide open. And it's been a long time coming - the Golden State Killer terrorized the state from the mid-1970s to 1986. During that period, this serial predator killed at least 12 people and raped upwards of 50 across the length of California, from Sacramento and the Bay Area to Santa Barbara and Orange County.
Last week I learned that Chuck Finney, host of KALW's popular Bay Area radio program Your Legal Rights, had passed away after a short stay in the hospital. I only met Chuck earlier this year, when I sat as a guest on his show to discuss how to fight elder financial abuse and undue influence. But I can tell you my impressions from our brief acquaintance: Chuck was a warm and gracious host, and with his gentle manner came a refreshing approach to the law rooted in public service.
Most of us are familiar with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a timeless classic for the Christmas season. Maybe we read the story at some point, or we've seen a film or theatre version of the work that Dickens wrote in 1843. After all these years, why does A Christmas Carol still resonate with us, no matter our walk of life? I think it has something to do with love, family, and our common humanity.
All of us at Hackard Law would like to express our sympathy to the many lives that have been impacted as a result of wildfires in Northern California. The fires have effected many people, including lawyers and law firms.
San Francisco is a city close to the heart of many. It draws more than 3 million visitors a year and is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is also the namesake of Francis of Assisi - Saint Francis. Since today, October 4th - is his feast day - a story about him is entirely appropriate.