PD Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down
Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
By the time they get to Phoenix
When it was reported that Nevada put hundreds of mentally ill patients on buses and shipped them to California and other states, it seemed hard to believe. But now it seems equally hard to believe that the story will end with the disciplining of just a few lower-level state employees. Was there no one above them who knew what was going on?
Since the story was first reported by the Sacramento Bee, a number of investigations have started, including one by federal authorities. Although state officials at first dismissed the allegations, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said this week that, as a result of an internal investigation, workers at the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas have been fired or disciplined. How many or who they were, he would not say. Given that, we don't expect this story to go away — although we wouldn't be surprised to see Sandoval heading out of state for a while himself, just to escape the heat.
Back under the oaks at SRJC
It's been five years since Santa Rosa Junior College held one of its popular Under the Oaks celebrations — a once annual open house where the community is invited to see what the college offers and have some fun. Some feared the last one might just be the last one.
But thanks to the efforts of many, including new SRJC President Frank Chong, the all-day celebration is back. The free event, now known as the Larry Bertolini Day Under the Oaks, will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature more than 200 booths, music, planetarium shows, dancing, a wheelchair soccer demonstration and a magic of chemistry show. Yes, it will also offer food and some shade under those majestic oaks.
Pension measure tossed overboard
When he signed pension reform legislation in September, Gov. Jerry Brown likened the process to turning a battleship in the ocean. Seven months later, we're left to wonder if Brown has dropped anchor..
Missing from the bill was Brown's proposal to add two independent members to the governing board of the California Public Employees Retirement System. As presently structured, the board is dominated by public employees and elected officials beholden to them. Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, reintroduced Brown's proposal this year. He didn't even get a hearing, and the committee deadline passed Friday. Where was the governor?
The last picture show? Not yet
The curtain is falling on small-town, single-screen movie theaters in this day of the suburban megaplex. But not in the Russian River community of Monte Rio, where neighbors turned to a modern technique — crowd funding — to keep the local cinema open.
The owners of the Rio Theater, like their remaining counterparts around the country, must go digital or go dark as studios stop making prints of their films. An online fundraising effort, engineered by local residents and boosted by actor Zach Braff, produced the $60,000 the Rio needs for the switch. We don't need to tell you what Roger Ebert would have said about that.
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