Friday, May 13, 2011

Assemblyman Rich Gordon Wants Input

I recently received this unsolicited email from Assemblyman Rich Gordon.  He claims that he’s honored and privileged to be “representing” me in the State Legislature in Sacramento.
He claims that it is imperative that he hears from me! He encourages me to share suggestions by e-mail and wants me to show up at his upcoming town hall meetings. He claims that he “Looks forward to further communication."

That’s odd. He must not like Facebook as a method of communication, because awhile ago (while he was running for his Assemblyman position) I posed a pretty straightforward question to him on Facebook, and when he or his staff saw my question quite a number of days later, it was deleted, with no answer, and I was banned from posting on his profile. My post was not profane or even strongly accusatory. 

In January of 2002, william hamilton ayres, (the San Mateo County child psychiatrist who now stands accused of molesting many young boys) was nominated by San Mateo County Supervisor Rich Gordon for a "Lifetime Achievement Award" and the resolution was passed by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in spite of the fact that several reports had already been filed (and dismissed without investigation) with various county agencies.

The text of the consent agenda from the meeting minutes says this:

Resolution (1945) honoring William H. Ayres, M.D. for his lifetime of achievement in the field of Psychiatry, service on the Children and Families First Commission, and for his tireless effort to improve the lives of children and adolescents (Supervisor Rich Gordon)

The question that I posed to Rich Gordon on his facebook page was as follows:

Supervisor Gordon:
I would be interested to know your current position on Dr. William H. Ayres, M.D. currently charged with many counts of molesting young boys who were under his “psychiatric care.” 
It is clear that in 2002, you thought very highly of him when you nominated him for a lifetime achievement award: [Resolution (1945) honoring William H. Ayres, M.D. for his lifetime of achievement in the field of Psychiatry, service on the Children and Families First Commission, and for his tireless effort to improve the lives of children and adolescents (Supervisor Rich Gordon)]
This despite the fact that there are at least FOUR separate complaints on the record in San Mateo County PRIOR to your 2002 nomination of Ayres for his “tireless efforts.” 
Has your position changed?

Perhaps Mr. Gordon has turned a new leaf, and is actually hearing the concerns of his constituents again. Fine. I’ll bite, and I’ll be less acerbic and more direct.

Here’s a suggestion for Mr. Gordon:

Please do everything in your power to influence, request, and/or cajole the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to officially rescind the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for william ayres.

He has already settled one civil suit for a SUBSTANTIAL sum with one of his victims, whose only recourse was civil court, due to statute of limitations on criminal charges for molestation crimes. ayres is currently being sued by five other victims, one of whom has since passed away, and ayres is working successfully with his lawyers to continuously delay prosecution on his criminal charges.

It is clear that william ayres was doing exactly the opposite of working tirelessly to “improve the lives of children and adolescents” – He was manipulating friends and colleagues in his tragic efforts to ruin and gravely damage the psyche of many young men, myself included. He does not deserve the honor, and you have the ability to undo the continuous insult that the honor holds.

Second suggestion: 

Please do some research on childhood sexual abuse, perhaps especially as it relates to young boys and the abuse’s effects on victims as they reach adulthood. It is quite typical for male victims of child sexual abuse to wait until they are well into adulthood before they report the crimes against them. 

In California the statue of limitations on these kinds of crimes is insane. It is very rare (exceptional) that these victims come forward before the statute of limitations has expired.  Most recent psychological studies/publications on the matter (Including one co-authored by the man who molested me, william ayres) discusses the extraordinary delay to reporting due to extreme feelings of guilt and other issues. 

These are KNOWN and well documented behaviors, and it is criminal that California law does not take these facts into account when it sets statute limitations. 

You can work to correct this gross oversight. 

At any rate, Gordon wants us to contact him. There’s a form here:
and his “local staff” can be reached at (650) 691-2121.

[NOTE: This was originally posted on 5/11/2011, but due to a global google blogger system error, the original post was lost.]

[NOTE 2: I sent copies of my questions to Gordon's online "email" page on 5/11/2011, and as of 5/31/2011 I still have not heard any kind of reply, including a "hey, our computer got your email and now we're ignoring it" type of email. So much for  Big Dick Gordon being honored and privileged to be representing me. ]

[NOTE 3: Sometime around the end of July, just before Gordon finally checked into his facebook account to post about some of his accomplishments, he again deleted my post. I've since posted a new comment (7/29/2011) I don't expect that this one will last long either. He's a rather squeamish about the reality of being a public figure and owning up publicly to damaging mistakes that he's made in the past, apparently. ]

[NOTE 4: The 7/29/2011 post lasted less than a minute. It was checked by someone in or around San Ramon, and then was promptly removed.]

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