Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014 
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Spiedo Ristorante
223 E 4th Ave, San Mateo

The Libertarian Party of San Mateo County will be presenting "an event to engage local residents and Libertarian Party members about the issue of corruption in local government, and what you can do about it." Read their full statement and Invite to Attend here.  It appears that Michael Stogner is an invited guest speaker.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Some (Temporarily) Good News

Scabies Outbreak!
Some refreshing news --
william h. ayres, convicted child molester (inmate number AR2048) is reportedly currently being held at the California Health Care Facility at Stockton. In part, he may have been incarcerated at that location due to his own son Robert Ayres' pleading during the sentencing phase of the child molester's criminal trial. Robert plead with the judge: “Be a hero” and send ayres to someplace close, with a medial facility capable of treating his dementia, if not simply releasing him for "medical" treatment.

The Stockton facility was supposed to be a "state of the art" cushy medical lockup facility, intended to help with "prison overloading" and to help inmates with complicated medical issues. Based on what the Stockton Record (pdf) has to say, the facility is a miserable, torturous, biomedical wasteland. In fact The Record says that admissions to the facility "have been temporarily suspended by a court-appointed medical receiver because of unsanitary and inadequate conditions."

The article talks about a complete breakdown in supply chain: medical supplies are not replenished in a timely manner (catheters, diapers, gloves, towels), prisoners have little to no state supplied clothing, and no jackets despite cold weather. There was a "soap and towel shortage that led to patient-inmates being unable to take showers. Often, they were using dirty socks to dry themselves."

"Patient-inmates were found to have diaper and catheter leaks, skin tears and other problems as a result of poor care." There are serious staffing issues, and calls for assistance by inmates are going unanswered for long periods of time; inmates say that a man who had been bleeding for days died after calling for medical help with no response for more than 30 minutes. Others tell of inmates stewing in their own feces all night long. (I find myself wishing that ayres actually DID have significant medical issues!)

The lack of soap and showers along with generally unsanitary conditions in cells has caused a highly contagious outbreak of scabies: mites that burrow into the skin causing painfully uncomfortable itching and rash especially in tender areas like between the fingers, in the armpits, and joints, and around the genitals. 


Probably ayres' San Mateo County pals will get him moved someplace less miserable (if they haven't already), but in the meantime:

Thanks Robert!

william hamilton ayres was arrested on April 5, 2007 on charges relating to his molestation of many young boys while he was alleging to provide psychiatric care to private patients as well as referrals for evaluation from the juvenile court system in San Mateo County. After years of  playing demented for the courts, ayres plead "No Contest" and was found guilty of all charges against him on May 16, 2013. ayres was sentenced to 8 years in prison on August 26, 2013. During sentencing, ayres' family (wife Solveig Ayres, son Robert Ayres of Illinois, and daughter Barbara Ayres of Sacramento) spoke in support of the child molester and had pernicious and nasty things to say about ayres' victims and accusers. 

ayres has had significant interaction over the years with local politicians on boards like the "Children and Families First Commission,"  including the DA who was serving when prosecution began Jim Fox and Assemblyman Rich Gordon. In fact, Gordon nominated ayres for a lifetime achievement award for his "Tireless effort to improve the lives of children." ayres has also been vocally supported during his criminal trial by local head-shrinkers like Bart BlinderEtta BryantMel BlausteinHarry CorenTom CieslaRobert KimmichLarry LurieMaria LymberisRichard ShadoanCaptane Thomson, and Harold Wallach.