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Former San Diego COO: Mayor's Office Canceled Harassment Training

Section 243.4(e) defines sexual battery as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $2,000 and/or a sentence of 6 months in the county jail. If the sexual battery victim is an employee of the batterer, the fine is $3,000 and/or 6 months in a county jail. That code section defines what constitutes sexual battery. It would appear that Mayor Filner's alleged acts upon the women who have come forward in this case would meet the criteria defined in section 243.4(e). It is interesting that the mayor has not been charged with this misdemeanor. There have been several recent cases of individuals arrested for groping women in public, a misdemeanor as described above. I am curious as to why this has not been done in the mayor's case. If he were arrested, tried, found guilty and sentenced to jail time, the city would then be facing a conundrum as to what action should be taken. I can find nothing in the City Charter or Municipal Code which addresses a city official who is found guilty of a misdemeanor. Would it be treated as an extended absence from the office? Just a thought.

August 14, 2013 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Padres 2013: Hope Springs Eternal

I listened to the Hope Springs Eternal segment on your Noon Edition program, and what a depressing experience it was. I do not expect the sports media folks to be pollyannish regarding the San Diego sports teams, but Bernie Wilson is obviously an unhappy camper to be relegated to this place in the sports universe. Morose, uninspired and depressed would probably understate his disenchantment with his current lot in life. Given his unhappiness with being in San Diego, I would suggest that he might find happiness again if he returned to Los Angeles or Boise. The only flash of positive interest came when he could acknowledge his pleasure with being credited in David Marver's documentary about the Padres.All fans, including David Marver, have the right to express their opinions. I would encourage your listeners to read the blog at for an unbiased review of Marver's documentary.

March 7, 2013 at 2:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Medical Parole May Save California Millions

Medical Parole appears to be an approach to reducing the Department of Corrections budget, however it doesn't resolve the issue of the cost of health care for the prison population. If the prisoner is eligible for Social Security/Medicare benefits, then the taxpayers are still on the hook for the cost of the health care. If the prisoner receives benefits from the Medicare Hospice program, the prisoner, or someone, has to pay 5% of the mediical care and drug costs.....who will pay for the benefits, probably the California taxpayer. If the health care is turned over to the CSU system, ala Texas, then again the California taxpayers are still paying for the health care services. If not eligible for SSA/Medicare, then are they eligible for Medicaid? If so, California taxpayers are paying the bills.

Any Medical Parole legislation will only result in shifting the costs from one budget to another. The only cost saving solution would be to release the sick inmate and let them fend for themselves as best as they can. This is what the San Diego County Supervisors did in the 1980s when they eliminated county funding for the mental health program.....and hasn't that been a winner for San Diego!

April 20, 2010 at 10:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

CPUC Rejects SDG&E's Power Shut-Off Plan

It is interesting that SDG&E is the money hungry villian on this issue. They may very well be that, and more, but they are not the only "money hungry" folks in this issue. The people who live in a dangerous fire prone area certainly want to keep SDG&E as a prominent "cash cow" that they can turn to for recompense when their insurance companies reimburse them less money than they need to rebuild and continue to live in these dangerous ares. The County of San Diego has the same motivation to keep SDG&E in their gunsights as a target of choice for funds and as "scapegoats" for the fires. Supervisor Jacobs is a table pounder and a fingerpointer in regard to blaming others for the problems regarding fires in her District. Yet she and the Board of Supervisors literally "fiddle while Rome is burnig".....and do nothing in regards to consolidating resources to prevent and fight these disatorous fires.

One final thought......there is a significant probability that the people living in these wildfire prone areas are going to lose their electric power at any rate when one of these catastrophic fires occur.........and will be without power for days! What do these "victims" do when this occurs? Do they have backup plans to deal with this probability. I am not without compassion for those folks who experience this living hell when one of these malestorms roars through the populated areas in the backcountry.....and into the more urban areas. I glady donate to non-profits who assist the folks who lose everything in these fires, and I probably pay higher rates for home insurance and gas and electricity as a results of the losses incurred during these incidents.....which is okay with me because I choose to live in San Diego County.

It is time for folks to stop the name calling and finger ppointing and work together to address the issues surrounding SDG&E's power lines, e.g., the county and SDG&E get together and identify funding sources to bury existing lines and/or trade out wooden poles for metal ones; or work to amend the plan for the Sunrise Power line to run it underground along the I-8 right-of-way.

September 11, 2009 at 10:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The High Cost of Health Care (Part 5)

I was struck by the thoughtful and courteous contributions by your guests and callers during this past week. This was in contrast to the acrimony and divisive discussions regarding health care reform on Friday's Editors Roundtable program. It is my observation that the confrontational nature of the health care reform can be attributed, in large part, to the media, e.g., over-the-air, publications and Internet-based commentators. A significant portion of the health reform related information provided by media commentators is subjective and presented in a confrontational manner. I am reminded of 1964 and 1965 when the debate to establish Medicare took place. The same corrosive atmosphere existed at that time with similar "scare" tactics, exaggerations, threats and arm twisting during that debate which ended with the establishmnet of the Medicare program in 1965.

Given the state of the economy in this country, President Obama's insistence to push forward this health reform initiative may be questonable, however it has been placed squarely at the forefront of his Administration's agenda and should be honestly and forthrightly adressed by Congress. This issue has been "on the table" since 1993 so I am nonplussed by those who contend that the issue is being rushed and pushed upon them. It is said that the members of the House of Representatives and the Senators need to go back to their respective Districts and states to get the "input" and ideas of their constituents. That is code for delaying any meaningful action on the bills before the various Congessional committees, and an opportunity to rachet up the invective whirling around this complex issue. Most of these legislators have heard, over the past fifteen years, the complaints, suggestions and frustrations regarding health care or lack thereof. Most Americans, if asked, would say what they want from a health care plan is one that provides the most health services provided at the least cost to them. So any legislation concerning health care reform will not be a result of any grand collaboration of the American public.

There are numerous existing American health care models that could be used to create an effective private/public health care delivery system for virtually all Americans, e.g., employer sponsored plans, HMO/PPOs, Tri-Care (military members, veterans and spouses), the VA system and Medicare/MedicaeAdvantage/Medicare Supplemental plans. The primary focus of any legislation should be the more efficient distribution of services and allocation of costs. It is time for serious people to get serious about this issue. Our legislators need to stop talking around the edges of the issue and go about the business of honestly writing legislation to accomplish meaningful health care reform. This Pesident and this Congress should look to the model of President Johnson and the 89th Congress as they finally wrote and enacted the legislation that created the Medicare program!

August 9, 2009 at 8:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )