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Aw, shucks. Medical center head shy about kudos

Sang-ick ChangDr. Sang-ick Chang, the interim CEO of the county’s hospital, the San Mateo Medical Center, admitted he was downright embarrassed when he was officially commended by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday for coming to the medical aid of a 14-year-old girl moments after she was stabbed May 19 at a San Francisco bakery.

“This is embarrassing,” Chang told the supervisors. “I really don’t deserve any special motion. I really was just shopping and walked into a horrific situation.”

“Now, if I solved the medical center’s budget’s woes…” Chang joked.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the girl and another customer at Creighton’s American Bakery on Portola Drive, near where Chang resides, were allegedly stabbed with a hunting knife by a just-released parolee. The girl, who was treated at San Francisco General Hospital and is expected to live, did not know her assailant, Scott Chris Thomas, 26, of Van Nuys. Thomas had been released from solitary confinement at San Quentin State Prison the day before.

“Had it not been for Dr. Changā€™s medical expertise and intervention, the girl most likely would have died,” Board of Supervisors President Rose Jacobs Gibson said.

She noted that, in the midst of so much reporting about the crime and the assailant, it was important to acknowledge Dr. Chang’s life-saving efforts.

“We already knew he was going to be very, very embarrassed by this,” Jacobs Gibson said. “But it was worth it.”

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
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If I had a million dollars, I’d spend it on the Sheriff

What does one do with a $2.6 million inheritance?

Why, shower the beleaguered county sheriff with love, of course.

San Mateo resident David Katz has become the self-appointed white knight to rescue San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks and Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos from the hot water they’ve found themselves in after being swept up in a sting – called Operation Dollhouse – at nine Las Vegas brothels in April. The two were in town for the weekend for the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, which draws thousands of law enforcement officials from all over.

David Katz
As such, Katz, 52, decided to pay the county the $9,745 in taxpayers’ dollars the Sheriff’s Office spent on attending the race, primarily through the use of 11 county vehicles. To let the world know he wasn’t joking, Katz dropped a $1,000 down payment off at the Sheriff’s Office this afternoon. He dressed the part – or something – donning a bright blue shirt and plenty of flair.

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Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2007
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Slocum’s got some words for Bowen’s wordsmith

Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum apparently wasn’t too tickled to read what Nicole Winger, Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s spokeswoman, had to say in a story we reported Thursday.

In it, we highlighted some of the concerns that Slocum has around Bowen’s top-to-bottom review of voting systems in the state, particularly its tight time frame. The review has yet to get started and is supposed to be completed by the end of July, with a public comment period to follow. Slocum worries it could create an “impossible” situation for county registrars if significant changes are required afterwards. All changes would have to be implemented by the February presidential primary.

Slocum was so, um, moved by Winger’s statements that he wrote her a letter today and shared it with us.

Slocum pointed to this section of the story in particular:

A few of Slocum’s questions related to public accessibility of documents ā€” such as test protocols and non-disclosure agreements signed by reviewers ā€” and whether background checks of review team members were conducted.

“Anything that is a public record will be made available,” Winger said.

“We have shared all of this information with Mr. Slocum and the other counties as well,” Winger added, noting her surprise at some of Slocum’s questions. “We look forward to reiterating the information to Mr. Slocum directly.”

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Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2007
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Simitian on the sidewalk, and he’s all ears

State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, will be holding his annual “sidewalk office hours” on Saturday in Redwood City and Thursday in San Carlos.

Participate in government. Give Simitian an earful about what matters to you and how well you think he’s doing his job. Voice your questions and comments about state legislative issues.

Simitian will be all ears from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market, in the parking lot at Hamilton and Winslow streets.

He will also be available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at San Carlos Hot Harvest Nights in the 700 block of Laurel Street.

Simitian represents Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City and San Carlos in San Mateo County.


JUNE 5 UPDATE: Simitian will be holding more “sidewalk office hours” this weekend. Here’s the info:

June 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Palo Alto Farmers’ Market, behind the post office at Hamilton Avenue and Gilman Street.

June 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Menlo Park Farmers Market, on Chestnut Street between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues.

More chances for the senator to lend you his ear!

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2007
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