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goood luck, the guy has no $$$$

Dec. 26, 2012

will they get to bring their protest signs to the unemployment office?

Feb. 21, 2013

Hey! I see an huge elephant in this room!

The elephant's name is "illegal immigration"

Feb. 21, 2013

Interesting in that you rarely find an out of work baker, cake decorator, pizza guy, meat cutter, good auto/truck mechanic. Those positions are always hiring during any economic conditions. Pay might not be the greatest, but it's enough to live on, and is honest work.

Feb. 28, 2013

Excellent article as usual Don.

There are two root causes that come to mind (not the only causes of course, just 2 that seem fairly obvious to me) for the high unemployment / low pay of young people:

  1. Illegal immigration.

Large labor supply of low skilled labor obviously brings down the cost of that labor (i.e. pay).

  1. Over-emphasis on college degrees funded by student loans.

Like the stupid idea that everyone should own a house, just because - there has been a stupid idea that everyone should get a college degree, just because. Both these notions were sold by data which ignored the distinction between cause and correlation. The push for everyone to take out student loans and go to college has led to several problems for young people. Skyrocketing tuition rates. There has been degree inflation to the point where one has to have a college degree to compete for administrative assistant jobs. There seems to be very little training in skilled trades at high school level (auto repair, plumbing, etc).

Feb. 28, 2013

My first thought is that the bunny should be brought in to a shelter, or at least given to someone who can house it properly...for the animal's own good, really. Lots of different ways for it to get sick or be hurt while on the loose. Let me know how I can help, okay?

March 21, 2013

Nothing will change. Despite having some excellent teaching professors, published researchers and students with high GPA, SDSU remains stuck in a quagmire of autocratic administrative practices. With more budget cuts predicted, it is just as predictable that these administrative practices will become more evident. Last year’s settlement with the whistleblower David Ohton for $2.7million (Union Tribune, 2/2/2011) in which “…(Sally) Roush covered up the allegations” is the latest legal settlement where SDSU administrators’ concealment cost Californians money. By settling out of court and not having to admit any wrongdoing, the system protects the very same people that we need to examine. It is business as usual. There remains at SDSU a culture of abuse, mismanagement, ineptitude and/or complacency. University administrators can flaunt federal law (Whistleblower Protection Act) with impunity since they have liability insurance to cover them and their chosen friends. Settlements mean nothing to SDSU that has insurance against such continuing practices.

A Kafkaesque travesty of punishing the whistleblowers, while at the same time rewarding other faculty who break university policy (and the law) plagues SDSU repeatedly. History reveals a university littered by such moral failures. In 2009, former Athletic Director Jeff Schemmel, after “improper use of state funds,” resigned and was rewarded by a $136,000 settlement. That same year an employee Courtney Bale was awarded $150,000 for sex discrimination charges that she brought against SDSU. In 2008, swim coach Deena Deardruff Schmidt settled for $1.45 million--again for sex discrimination. In 2005, Athletic Department equipment manager Steve Bartel settled (for $60,000)--a suit with seven allegations, including defamation, discrimination and emotional distress.

Most of the time administrators wear down out-of-favor faculty members. Professor Jim Burns, the mechanical engineering professor, experienced three years of harassment, retaliation and obstructionism perpetrated by administrators. He reports that he told SDSU’s Provost Nancy Marlin “You can't say you weren't informed.”

The sad part of this tragedy is not that these issues happen; it is that they happen everyday and that there is no one to stop them.

By settling out of court, the administrative failings remain hidden. There is no public outcry because there is no pointing finger. The CSU has bought a get-out-of-jail-free card. By having state-funded insurance that protect administrators and their friends from prosecution, they can act with impunity. However, whenever these administrative failings happen, we, as an institution, lose a little bit more integrity. With an ever-increasing administrative layer that are accountable to no one the priorities of an educational establishment changes.


Mario Garrett is a professor of gerontology at San Diego State University.

March 28, 2013

Welcome to the world of retail.

Sales + Retail + Corporate Environment = Not For Everyone. I agree with vjchan's statement that "You tend to get what you put out there."

At the end of the day it's a job and no job is perfect. I'm sure Jessica was a great employee and did her best while she worked at Nordstrom however, it's obvious sales isn't her strongpoint and she's probably better off doing something she's passionate about which appears to be writing (you can't deny that she's good at it).

Nordstrom is absolutely at the pinnacle in the retail industry. Other retail companies can only dream of having the brand and prestige that Nordstrom has — even if they would never admit it. At the very least they want to have the same level of customer service that Nordstrom offers its customers. No one can argue that. I challenge you to find another retail company that has employees (especially sales people) that have been with them for 20+ years. Walk into any Nordstrom and I can guarantee you'll find at least a handful. That says a lot about the company.

Jessica, regardless of what you say about Nordstrom the real issue here was your inability to succeed in a retail sales environment. It's irresponsible for you to blame the company on your own shortcomings since it erodes your own credibility. And you better hope your next employer doesn't see this article because if I was interviewing you, I would look the other way.

One last thought: something tells me that even if they had a more stringent return policy you still would have never made it.

March 14, 2013

How sad. As a former Nordstrom employee I find this story a joke. As in any retail job you make your own business. Obviously you were and are not a great salesperson. Maybe Walmart will hire you as a greeter.

March 14, 2013

Wow this article is incredibly lame!!!!! I worked for Nordstrom for 22 years. I started as a giftwrapper when I was 16 as a matter of fact and I could wrap a present at that age, it's a ribbon and a box for gods sake at least when I wrapped it was actually paper and bows. After being a giftwrapper I moved on to sales in Accessories and kept moving up in the company. I can't believe what whiner this girl is. How about taking some accountability for yourself. I guess I was tougher than her in my teens than she is at her age. Every work place has it's ups and downs and you have to make the best of it. But Nordstrom is no where near as bad as she makes it out to be. There will always be bad managers and great leaders that you work for. There are so many lies in this girls story. All I can say is Thank God that Nordstrom doesn't have to put up with this employees crappy attitude and now someone else will have to put with her crappy attitude. Goodluck to who ever hires this girl in the future and remember don't make her work too hard or she might just write a ground breaking expose about your company!

March 15, 2013

Wow...poor girl...couldn't make it in retail so she has to resort to bad mouthing a great company...I am a current employee of Norstrom, have been for the last 10 years and this story just makes me laugh...I don't know whats worst, that your mom still has to wake you up to ensure that you make it to work on time or that you don't know how to put merchandise in a box and tie a bow...you don't work for "free" in this company, you ALWAYS get a paycheck, but it's up to you to build on that check...You can settle for what alot of people in this country would kill to earn (way more than minimum wage) or you can built trust with customers and have them continue to shop with you and earn that commission, that's all up to you...the more you sell, the more your going to make, plain and simple...I've enjoyed working for a company that's built on trust, ethics, values and respect...I hope to continue to grow with this company as they venture out...Good luck to this poor bitter girl with absolutely no work ethics...You'll always get out of life what you put in and by the looks of things with you, that's not going to be much.

March 20, 2013

You LOST money working there? Really, you mean that you actually had to give them money in exchange for working there? WOW, I find that entirely hard to believe!!!

March 26, 2013

Well for someone who has traveled there since he/she was a kid, you still dont' know how to spell Tijuana correctly.

April 3, 2013

This was very, very interesting. I'm from the East Coast, so I understand the flakiness inherent in SoCal natives all too well.

However, what I found most interesting is something that could be very controversial. Near the end, you describe what can only be called female-on-male rape.

"As I maneuvered myself on top of him, I watched him slip in and out of consciousness. I continued anyway." This is the exact situation in which many men get arrested, when the roles are reversed.

I understand this was a tell-all, but you seriously just admitted to committing a rape. Despite that, I'm not here to criticize you (again, honoring the spirit of the story as a tell-all).

This was the most fascinating part of the story to me. I've never read about that kind of situation before, although I've assumed that theoretically it could happen with a woman as the aggressor. I look forward to your next story, in all sincerity.

April 17, 2013

I'm really curious how many of the voters who wanted Peters knew he was rich and was spending his/his wife's fortune to buy that congressional seat? After all, aren't the Dems always the po' folk? Isn't the Dem candidate the one who struggles for money, relying on grass-roots support? Isn't the Dem candidate the one who despises the "moneyed" interests? Uh, no, not this time. Peters is just the opposite.

April 17, 2013

I think it is clear how unsuccessful Shameless was as an advocate. Folks who thought that UCAN was doing its best to restrain electric rates in the SDGE service area were sending money to UCAN to "support" its efforts. What did they get for their contributions and dues? They got the highest electric rates in the nation, and nobody can explain why those rates are so high. Supposedly the first of the power links to the east (the one constructed about thirty years ago) was going to enable SDGE to bring cheap, surplus power in from the southwest, notably Tucson. So, why are the rates so high? SONGS was touted as a source of cheap and steady power. We now all know more about that than we care to know, but it didn't keep rates down. And nobody can explain just why the situation in San Diego and its power supply should be so costly, other than regulatory laxity.

Anyone who builds an all-electric home in this area has to be extraordinarily inattentive or just plain dumb. That concept generally makes little sense, but in this area is really out of bounds. Gas now is very cheap relative to its historic price and to electricity as a heating method, although that could change.

Another point that could be taken from all this is to buy stock in Sempra, that is as long as the current makeup of the CPUC remains much as it is today. Real regulatory reform would be a signal to sell Sempra.

April 24, 2013

I installed solar panels on my house in April 2006. I just paid my annual bill for electricity to SDGE which totalled $55.91. My home is all electric with the exception of a gas drier, furnace and hot water heater. Maintenance is limited to going on the roof a few times a year to wash off the panels. My original investment after all rebates & tax credits was about $18K & I figure I'm well over half way to the break even point. It's the best investment I've ever made, no longer under the thumb of SDGE!

April 24, 2013

Finally the U-T is selling the paper for its market value: a penny. They need to change the vending machines so they can accept a penny. An added bonus: it's sure cheaper than buying paper towels to clean windows!

April 30, 2013

Know what? That "surveillance" that NCTD is doing is really most ineffective. They can observe live images, but in this case didn't look at that one until the report was made. Oh, they ID'd the perp, but only after the damage was done. That's a classic case of closing the barn door after the cow has wandered off. For some reason, I was hoping that the NCTD was watching those camera screens all the time, night and day, and when something that didn't look right and started to "go down", they could call the cops and prevent a crime in progress. No such luck this time.

I use the Sprinter sometimes, but I'd not want to leave my car in the station lot overnight. So, is it that NCTD stops monitoring the cameras when the trains are not running?

Oh, and I thought we had a "three strikes" law in this state. This bird gets 32 months despite having nine prior convictions that include "prison priors" and "strike priors." Guess the three strikes law is but a memory, 'cause if he has priors, it ought to put him away for a long, long time.

April 24, 2013

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