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Administering Medical Marijuana Laws in San Diego

My neighbor grows marijuana for "medical" purposes. When there is smoke in the air, neither I nor my children can use our backyards. According to the police, there is nothing I can do about it. There exists no laws which would warn home buyers of the location of local growers; neither are sellers required to disclose this information. Had I known of the activities next door, I would never have purchased this house. As it stands now, my kids are wondering about how a society campaigning against drug use can allow drug use which directly affects them.

April 14, 2011 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

UC System Ups Retirement Age

What the Regents fail to convey to the general public is that typical UC workers are paid below market value for their work. Healthcare workers, administrative staff, and especially research and technicial employees are paid far less than their non-UC counterparts at private companies such as Merck. They are also under constant threat to take reduced hours or suffer lay-offs. While this may sound familiar in today's economy, this has gone on for years. In addition, while UC Regents call for raises in student fees and reduction in pay and benefits for general employees, they recently voted themselves bonuses and raises which would satisfy what they call a "shortfall" in funding. Go to www.upte.org/about/press/2009-07-23.pdf or google for more information on this atrocity. One example alone is:
Susan Moore, Interim Chief Financial Officer, UCSF Medical Center received a $58,625 “administrative stipend” to increase salary from $234,500 to $293,125. Stipend awarded even though no additional administrative duties were specified. Additionally, Moore is eligible for a bonus of up to $58,625 and will be awarded a 5% retirement contribution to the Senior Management Supplemental Benefit program."
Her stipend alone is more than my annual salary after 25 years with a university that promised that our low salaries and long hours in the lab working with pathogens and carcinogens would be made up for in our retirement packages.
And as for President Yudof, "In addition to a base salary of $591,084, Yudof will also receive an auto allowance, moving reimbursement, and a mansion in Kensington, which is currently undergoing millions of dollars worth of renovations.
These are the salaries worth looking at.

December 15, 2010 at 8:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sexual Predators: Are Tougher Laws The Answer?

Authorities need to listen to the victims and perform a REAL investigation. Afterward, they need to be held ACCOUNTABLE for their decisions. No one believed me or my child and as a result many other children were hurt. No one is held accountable for their mistakes. Granted, there are false allegations. The majority, however, are real and the victim should be respected enough to have an investigation done. We don't need a witch hunt. We do need proper investigations and accountability.

May 15, 2010 at 8:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Amber Dubois' Father Expresses Outrage At The Courts

What about those who know or suspect abuse? What happens when someone has heard the treats and plans of an abuser tries to make a positive difference? Unfortunately, when a "good" parent or a child reports abuse, there are few people who will listen. In our case, I was divorcing an abuser so family court not only ignored my pleas to help my child but put her at risk by placing her with the abusive father. This is typical in family court. While the father is now in jail for sexually abusing minor girls under the age of 14, neither my child nor myself can forget the betrayal of the very authorities who were supposed to protect us. How many of those children could have led normal lives if only the authorities had listened? Statistically, abuse is enacted by a family member or friend. When it happens during custody battles, the child is often placed at risk by being placed with an abuser while the reporting parent is demonized and marginalized. What we need is a reformation to include ACCOUNTABILITY of authorities for their mistakes just as doctors are held accountable for their mistakes. It would make judges, social workers, and attorneys think before throwing a kid in the lions' den. There are victims who are TODAY being abused physically and sexually and are being emotionally terrorized by the experiences. What will happen if they try to report it? Will they be believed? I don't think so - especially if the parents are getting a divorce.

May 15, 2010 at 8:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Child Abuse Getting More Severe In San Diego County And Nation

Unfortunately, when a "good" parent or a child reports abuse, there are few people who will listen. In our case, I was divorcing an abuser so family court not only ignored my pleas to help my child but put her at risk by placing her with the abusive father. This is typical in family court. While the father is now in jail for sexually abusing minor girls under the age of 14, neither my child nor myself can forget the betrayal of the very authorities who were supposed to protect us. Statistically, abuse is enacted by a family member or friend. When it happens during custody battles, the child is often placed at risk by being placed with an abuser while the reporting parent is demonized and marginalized. What we need is a reformation to include ACCOUNTABILITY of authorities for their mistakes just as doctors are held accountable for their mistakes. It would make judges, social workers, and attorneys think before throwing a kid in the lions' den.

May 15, 2010 at 8:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

How The Community Copes After The Deaths Of Two Girls

We tell our kids to report abuse but when they do, they are treated like criminals bearing "false allegations" against the perpetrators. Children don't report problems because they know they will be punished for speaking out or for embarrassing that "nice" neighbor. Child molesters count on this.

March 9, 2010 at 1:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )