Kudos: Carla Zilbersmith

Occupation Retired performer, theater teacher

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Achievement Self-described as “kind of an NC17 Randy Pausch,” the comedian has made thousands of people laugh out loud at jokes — often scandalously dirty jokes — about her impending death and about ALS, one of the worst diseases imaginable.

‘King Tides’ give San Francisco a watery glimpse of its future

City seeks solutions as coastal flooding could become the new normal

By Jessica Wolfrom
Dire water warnings confront San Francisco and beyond

‘We will face challenges that I don’t think modern California has ever really seen before’

By Jessica Wolfrom
Debate over $150 million San Francisco school district windfall

‘We’re looking at the ways to boost morale’

By Ida Mojadad