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Shocker, not: Audit finds California departments break law, game personnel system for money

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Sacramento Bee: A new state audit concludes that California state departments illegally pad their budgets with millions of tax dollars earmarked for employee salaries by manipulating their payroll to make it appear they have more employees than they do.

The report released Friday on the Department of Finance’s website did not include an estimate of how much money departments hoard by breaking the law, but it confirms a 2014 Sacramento Bee investigation that concluded tens of millions of tax dollars earmarked to pay workers is hoarded and funneled to other purposes.

By law, departments are supposed to forfeit money for a position that goes unfilled for six months, returning it to its source fund for reallocation. But as The Bee’s report and the new state audit found, departments deceptively move employees between jobs ahead of the six-month deadline. They accomplish the phony transfers by altering the identifying job numbers to make it appear that a position was filled with a transferred employee, thus avoiding a cut to their budgets.

The unspent salary can then be used for other operating costs, such as paying off leave balances, covering office rent, purchasing new equipment or funding employee raises. The Bee found instances of employees “transferring” between positions in as little as two days. In one instance, a Department of Food and Agriculture worker moved 14 times through nine positions in one fiscal year. Her title and workplace never changed, but the serial numbers the state used to identify her position changed repeatedly.

The audit was based on a sample of 798 “transactions” in which multiple transfers occurred in 10 departments. It found “widespread noncompliance” with the law: 58 percent of the transactions “lacked adequate justification or documentation to determine compliance or were found to be noncompliant.” It did not name individual departments.

It also described a “general lack of commitment” by managers and other top department officials to follow the vacancy rules. It said they plotted about how to avoid them.  “We observed a culture at some departments where circumvention of the code was commonplace and even encouraged by management,” the audit read.

Among the other findings:

  • At one department, the same employee was transferred into multiple positions. The department could offer no justification for the transfers and “noted that these types of transfers were typically initiated to preserve the positions.”
  •  Most transfers of employees to vacant positions lacked adequate documentations. At one department, 104 of 118 transfers lacked supporting documentations.
  • Several departments changed employees’ position numbers, even if there were no changes in an employee’s job description or funding source.
  • In one department, units routinely swapped vacant positions closing in on the six-month threshold with positions that had been vacant for a shorter amount of time. There are no state policies regulating the movement of vacant positions within a department.
  • The state rule is based on the honor system. All 10 departments said they complied with the rule. Auditors, though, found that nine were not in full compliance.

The audit noted that departments face no penalties for violating the law. “In the absence of specific accountability measures, consequences or penalties, departments appear willing to circumvent the code to preserve positions,” the audit read.

Some departments justified the vacancy shuffling by telling auditors it sometimes took longer than six months to fill a position. Departments have the ability to restore a position that has been eliminated, but department managers viewed that process as onerous and with no guarantees that they would get the position back, the audit said. “Instead, departments have chosen noncompliance out of convenience and to reduce the risk of permanently losing the positions,” the audit said.

The report notably lacks any estimate of how much money the illegal vacancy maneuvers diverted from other state programs and uses. The Bee 2014 investigation estimated, conservatively, that the average total pay shielded by illegal transfers in 2012 and 2013 was at least $80 million.

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The audit offered several recommendations. Officials could abolish the 2012 rule and create a new one that includes a process for monitoring departments’ compliance, it said. Or officials could increase oversight of departments’ compliance with the existing rule.

Lynda Gledhill, spokeswoman for the California Government Operations Agency, said the administration will present its response next month. “The state must focus on recruiting and retaining the best available workforce and the May Revision will include specific proposals to respond to the issues raised in the audit,” she said in a statement.

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said the practice lets the government hide money. “The state has been caught red-handed engaging in what appears to be intentional personnel mismanagement,” he said. “It’s contrary to the notion of transparency in government. This practice has got the stop and those responsible for it held accountable and reprimanded.”

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Sodomite has silicone injections to enlarge penis to 9 lbs

Homosexual men are obsessed with their penises:

The latest evidence of sodomites’ penis-obsession is a homosexual German man, Micha Stunz, who enlarged his penis with silicone injections so that his unwieldy organ now measures 9 inches, with a girth of 3.5 inches, and weighs a ridiculous 9 lbs.

The Daily Mail is coy about Stunz’ sexual “orientation,” but the picture below of a leather-clad Stunz at a bondage-fetish Folsom Europe Festival in Berlin makes that clear.

Micha Stunz at the bondage & fetish Folsom Europe Festival in Berlin

 Stunz, 45, who lives in Berlin, told Vice.com that “I can’t say exactly how much it weighs, I just know that my kitchen scale, which shows up to 6.6 lb, hasn’t been enough for a while.”

He said he had his penis permanently enlarged in this way, not because it makes him feel more beautiful, but because it makes him feel “better” — whatever that means — although the silicone implants provide no physical pleasure and actually make sex much more difficult for him because “After you reach a certain size, you can’t do certain things any more.” But he insists “there are other things you can do with it. You just have to free yourself from established roles and ideas about sex and be ready to play.”

He also can no longer get a normal erection.

Stunz’s interest in enlarging his penis began 20 years ago when he was given a penis pump as a present. He found that “that when I went out pumped up, it was a good feeling, it felt great. I had the feeling that I wasn’t trapped in the body I was born with, but that I had the possibility to shape it myself to change it.”

So he began enlarging himself with saline injections, but stopped because although “The feeling was great, but I didn’t like getting the injections- there’s always a risk of infection. And also the people around me started to wonder why my groin area would change in size. That’s why I started looking for something more permanent.”

It took him several years to find out about silicone injections, which were only available in London when he first began researching them. Instead of seeking professional medical help, he met a medical student who agreed to perform the first injections. To date, Stunz has had four procedures which involved injecting silicone into his penis and scrotum.

But Berlin urologist Dr. Aref el Seweife, who carries out penis enlargements, warns that injecting silicon into the penis can lead to an infection that will leave it mutilated: “In worst cases, it can lead to an enlarged artery in the scrotum and the testicles die.” A 2012 study in the Urology Annals concluded that “penile enhancement procedures with liquid silicone by non-medical personnel could result in devastating consequences.”

Stunz claims he leads a “normal life” — “I go to work, buy groceries, go to bars, clubs, and to the movies. I usually try to make sure it isn’t too obvious. But I guess it isn’t easy buying a new pair of pants.” He prefers to urinate sitting down in a cubicle because he attracts odd looks when using public urinals.

While sometimes he says he is pleased to get so much attention, at other times he uses a satchel bag to cover his bulge.

He insists “I’m actually a pretty shy person,” but has no qualms attending the Folsom Europe Festival – a bondage, fetish and latex affair in Berlin — garbed in a specially-made pair of latex pants to show off his 9-lb penis. Stunz explains why he loves the “festival”: “You can offer up who you are and show yourself the way you want without having to think about what other people will think of you.”

Stunz says he’s worried that potential partners are only interested in him for his penis: “You get reduced to the bulge obviously. There’s always that danger in the relationship. But if you take the time to get to know the other person, you find out whether he really loves you or just a part of you.”

Stunz also claims to conceal his silicone-infused penis from his boss and members of his family, which is odd indeed since they now know because he’s so “shy” that he blabbed to the press.

See also “Depraved nacho party.”

~Eowyn

Judge Cuts 15 Years Off Mandatory Sentence of Man Convicted of Sodomizing Toddler

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KTLA.com: An Orange County Superior Court judge decided a Santa Ana man convicted of sexually assaulting a child should not have to serve the minimum sentence of 25 years to life in prison, saying that the sentence would be cruel and unusual punishment.

A jury found Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto, 20, guilty on Dec. 3 of having sexual intercourse with a child 10 years or younger and committing  a lewd act with a minor under 14, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Convicted child molester

Convicted child molester Rojano-Nieto

Rojano-Nieto sodomized the girl, who was a toddler at the time, and forced her to touch his penis, according to the DA’s office. The minimum sentence in the case is 25 years to life in prison, with a maximum sentence of 33 years to life in prison, the DA’s office stated.

However, saying that 25 years to life was cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution, the court — despite the prosecutor’s objection —  sentenced Rojano-Nieto to 10 years in prison.

Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly

Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly

“Although serious and despicable, this does not compare to a situation where a pedophilic child predator preys on an innocent child,” Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly said, according to a City News Service article posted by the Orange County Register. “There was no violence or callous disregard for (the victim’s) well-being.”

The assault took place on June 4, 2014, when the 3-year-old girl wandered into a garage where Rojano-Nieto was playing video games, Deputy District Attorney Whitney Bokosky said in the new service’s article. Rojano-Nieto became sexually aroused and assaulted the girl, according to Bokosky. The judge felt that under the circumstances the minimum 25 year sentence would be too harsh. “In looking at the facts of Mr. Rojano’s case, the manner in which this offense was committed is not typical of a predatory, violent brutal sodomy of a child case,” Kelly said.

“Mr. Rojano did not seek out or stalk (the victim). He was playing video games and she wandered into the garage. He inexplicably became sexually aroused but did not appear to consciously intend to harm (the victim) when he sexually assaulted her,” the wire service reported Kelly saying.

The prosecutor’s office was expected to discuss an appeal of the judge’s sentence, according to City News Service.

There’s now a petition for this judge to step down. Go here.

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“And you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction…”*

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James O’Keefe and Project Veritas sting more academics

The complete ignorance of these people takes my breath away!

“When you watch this video, you’ll see members of California universities and colleges – who have received FIVE BILLION DOLLARS from the federal government – pledging to support ISIS, Hamas and Hezbollah.

As with most who signed our petition, Professor Bruce Burnam gave his John Hancock after our journalist said: ‘Sign, print and address to pledge our financial, our money to Islamic State and Hamas and Hezbollah and groups like that.'”
– James O’Keefe

* Headline quoted from Barry McGuire “Eve of Destruction”

Are Americans getting crazier?

These are three headline stories from this morning’s Drudge Report:

  1. 100-year-old man kills wife with ax
  2. Man commits suicide after losing free buffet-for-life
  3. Celebrity dermatologist commits suicide, devastated over being mocked on Tina Fey Netflix series

Exhibit #1

MyFoxNY reports, April 7, 2015, that a 100-year-old man apparently killed his 88-year-old wife with an ax as she slept in their Elmwood Park home in northern New Jersey, then killed himself in the bathroom with a knife.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says there was a “history of domestic issues” between Michael Juskin and his wife, Rosalia, but a motive for the murder-suicide remains under investigation.

Police officers found the couple in their Spruce Street home after a relative – who was not in the home – called authorities. The deaths were made public Monday.

Exhibit #2

John Noble

Henry Brean reports for the Las Vegas Review- Journal, April 6, 2015, that 53-year-old John Noble shot himself in the head at an M Resort buffet in Henderson, NV, at about 4:50 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

Henderson firefighters were already at the resort’s parking garage extinguishing a burning vehicle police now say belonged to Noble.

Many witnessed Noble’s death, and Henderson police said two people were hurt attempting to flee the area after the shot rang out. One person was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries from a fall; another person was checked out by paramedics at the scene.

The day before the Las Vegas man committed suicide, he had filled a box with his complaints against the resort and its employees and mailed it to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In his final, angry message to the world, delivered to the newspaper Monday morning, Noble blamed his suicide on depression that set in after the Henderson resort awarded him free meals at the buffet for life then banned him from the property in 2013 for harassing some of the women working there.

“Today, I end my life due to the M Resort Spa Casino and its employees,” Noble wrote in one of two suicide notes he included with an obsessively detailed dossier on the people he blamed for destroying his life. The hand-bound stack of notes and documents stretches on for more than 270 pages and includes a table of contents, photographs and a two-hour DVD of Noble talking about his troubles.

The second-to-last page, titled “The Curse,” spells out all the harm he wishes on those he believed wronged him. Included on the list are several women who worked at the buffet, on whom Noble had showered with gifts and unwanted attention after he won meals for life there in September 2010.

Noble had attacked the resort and its employees on social media, posting photos and personal information about them, including their home addresses, right up until his death.

Exhibit #3

Fredric Brandt and Martin Short on 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

The Hollywood Reporter of April 6, 2015 reports that dermatologist to the stars Fredric Brandt was found dead in his Miami home on Easter Sunday morning after apparently hanging himself, according to a spokesperson for the Miami Police Department.

According to police, the 65-year-old, who had many celebrity patients including Madonna and former supermodel Stephanie Seymour, was pronounced dead on the scene just after 9 a.m.

According to Miami Herald journalist Lesley Abravanel, prior to his suicide, Brandt had been “devastated” by comparisons to the Martin Short character, Dr. Franff, on Tina Fey’s new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

But Brandt’s publicist Jacquie Trachtenberg told the New York Post that although Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was “mean” and “bullying” and “made fun of” Brandt for “the way he looks,” which “definitely deeply hurt him . . the show was not the reason for his depression, and it was not the reason he would take his own life.” Trachtenberg said Brandt “was suffering from an illness” but would not go into details on the circumstances.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Brandt received his medical degree from Drexel University Medical School and opened his first private dermatology practice in Miami in 1982. Brandt’s expertise with Botox and other cosmetic dermatology practices garnered him an impressive roster of clients, and in 1998, Brandt opened his second private practice, in New York City. Brandt is also the author of two skin care books — 10 Minutes 10 Years: Your Definitive Guide to a Beautiful and Youthful Appearance and Age-Less: The Definitive Guide to Botox, Lasers, Peels and Other Solutions for Flawless Skin — and served as the host of “Ask Dr. Brandt,” a SiriusXM radio show which featured beauty discussions with celebrity guests such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kelly Ripa.

Bonus Exhibit #4:

Here’s another example of craziness.

ABC23 reports, Feb. 14, 2015, that a man and a woman who had just met in a trolley and didn’t even know each other’s name, had sex on the ground in broad daylight in front of shoppers at a strip mall in Chula Vista, California.

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Chula Vista police said the couple had just met on the trolley, and decided to have sex in front of Christina’s dress shop.

Percipient witness Christy Peterson said the man and woman seemed oblivious to the fact that it was 3:30 p.m. and they were surrounded by people in a shopping strip mall. The two kept their clothes on for the first 15 minutes then the man stripped off all his clothes while she kept her skirt on.

Peterson said, “It was unbelievable. They were rolling on the ground making out and getting sexual. Her legs were in the air and the guy was on top. We were so shocked our mouths were just opened.”

Security never showed up, so Peterson called police. “We were just panicked and there were customers,” she said. “We had a brand new trainee –her first day.” The trainee was a 17-year-old girl whom they took to the back of the store. “A woman with her baby and 16-, 17-, 18-year-old girls here to shop for prom and got the shock of their life.”

Police arrived, but the two strangers — who didn’t even know each other’s names — didn’t flinch. Peterson said, “They were like cuddled up while police were giving them tickets.”

The man was taken away in handcuffs and taken to jail. The woman was given a citation. Peterson heard police say the man wasn’t even 21 and the woman was 37 years old.

~Éowyn

Are California taxpayers going to be responsible for millions of unfunded liabilities (aka government employees’ extraordinary benefits)?

 

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Sacramento Bee: The Sacramento City Unified School District provides its longtime teachers, plant managers and office workers an increasingly rare benefit: lifetime medical coverage upon retirement.

It’s a hugely expensive commitment, and the district and its employees have relatively little money set aside to cover the cost.

District officials estimate that Sacramento City Unified needs another $634 million – nearly 1.5 times its annual budget – to fully pay for the health benefits promised to its workers and retirees, based on the latest actuarial data. That number represents the gap between projected health care costs and what its investments are expected to cover.

Trustee Jay Hansen

Trustee Jay Hansen

Trustee Jay Hansen said he wants that outsized liability to be reined in with the district’s upcoming budget hearings. Trustee Diana Rodriguez, chairwoman of the district’s newly formed budget committee, said she has been researching options for doing just that. The three-member committee, which also includes trustees Darrel Woo and recently elected Jessie Ryan, will schedule its first meeting in the coming weeks.

After previously serving as an appointee, Hansen won his first trustee election in November despite drawing fierce opposition from the Sacramento City Teachers Association, which represents more than half the district’s 4,000 workers. He said employees and the district will have to contribute more toward future health care benefits to reduce the unfunded liability.

“Everyone needs to make a financial commitment, the district and our employees, to solve this problem,” Hansen said Thursday. “There is no way around that.” Rodriguez, however, said it’s too soon to know what mix of contributions is required to stem the growth of liability. “These have been ongoing conversations,” she said.

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The Sacramento City Teachers Association says it has already begun contributing more, citing a 2010 contract in which members agreed to contribute $200 annually to retiree health benefits. Union leaders questioned why Hansen has called for immediate action.

“Raising alarms about this school district may not be the best way to address the issue,” said SCTA Executive Director John Borsos. “In terms of financing it, most school districts do pay-as-you-go.”

Pay-as-you-go in Sacramento City Unified means when a retiree is ready to collect the benefit, the district pulls money from its general fund, which also covers salaries and operating costs.

In a survey last year of California’s 300 largest K-12 districts, California Common Sense found that 87 percent had no funding set aside for promised retiree health benefits. The Mountain View-based nonprofit has called on state and local governments to tackle pension costs.

In the Sacramento district, the unfunded health benefit liability amounts to nearly $13,300 per student, the group said. That puts Sacramento behind only the Los Angeles and Fresno unified school districts in the per-student cost comparison.

In each of the last two years, Sacramento City Unified spent more than $18 million from the general fund on health benefits for current retirees.

Another large local district, San Juan Unified School District, does not provide health care benefits for life. Instead, retirees continue to receive health and dental benefits until they reach 65 and become eligible for Medicare. The district’s unfunded liability is $88 million.

In contrast, when Sacramento City Unified retirees reach 65, the district picks up the cost of supplemental policy premiums for life.

SCTA representatives say the district has other priorities that take precedence over saving for future health care costs. “It’s much more important to get class sizes where they should be,” Borsos said.

Though Sacramento City Unified has the largest K-3 class sizes in the region, the district agreed in September to begin lowering them at about three dozen elementary schools that serve low-income students. Borsos said it needs to pick up the pace to attract more students and counter falling enrollment.

Five years ago, the Sacramento County grand jury estimated the district’s unfunded liability for health care at $560 million. Since then, the obligation has increased another $74 million.

Rodriguez said she and other trustees since 2008 have addressed the liability. The 2010 contract between the district and SCTA created a trust fund to set aside money for retiree health care. Today, district and SCTA member contributions have pushed that trust to $5 million.

Around the same time, teachers and the district agreed to double the amount of time required to qualify for retiree health benefits, up to 20 years from 10, Rodriguez said. Gerardo Castillo, Sacramento City Unified’s interim chief business officer, said his staff is recommending that the district contribute another $6 million on behalf of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Teamsters members.

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David Gordon, chief of the Sacramento County Office of Education, said SCOE’s retiree health benefit was unfunded by close to $50 million when he took office more than a decade ago. “We went to the employees and said, ‘Look, this is not sustainable. If we want this benefit, we have to begin to pay into it like we would a pension,’” Gordon said.

As a result of those efforts, SCOE put $8.5 million in a restricted account for CalPERS to administer. SCOE’s two unions agreed that employees would contribute a portion of negotiated raises, generating another $1.5 million a year.

To help control future costs, workers hired after Nov. 1, 2006, were required to work 15 years at the agency to receive the lifetime health benefit. Previously, new hires were vested immediately. Within eight years, Gordon said, the liability went from largely unfunded to 60 percent funded.

He said he’s had less success in persuading Sacramento City Unified to take substantive action. Gordon, in regular letters about the district’s interim budgets, began offering to help address its growing unfunded liability as early as 2007. Two years ago, he devoted entire letters to the problem, asking Superintendent Jonathan Raymond in 2013 and interim Superintendent Sara Noguchi in 2014 to provide his office with a funding plan for systematically reducing the deficit. “I don’t have the ability to tell them what to spend their money on,” he said. “If they want to keep running this unfunded liability, that’s their prerogative.”

Gordon said continuing to pay retiree benefits from the district’s general fund ultimately will intrude on money available for student programs, he said.

Big health care liabilities arose in California’s school districts largely because medical benefits in the 1970s and 1980s were relatively cheap, Gordon said. That made retiree coverage a nice perquisite that districts could offer in lieu of salary hikes. “As health care costs started to rise though the late ’80s and into the ’90s, many districts realized this benefit would sink them in the long run,” Gordon said. “So they negotiated their way out of it, or they prefunded the benefit.”

Finding a fix won’t be easy. Castillo said addressing the liability just for teachers, counselors and nurses would require $47 million a year for the next 20 years.

Hansen said he knows the district can’t start by paying that amount. “It would be too big a jolt,” he said. But, he said, the district needs to “start paying as much as we can this upcoming budget. Then we need to be increasing that for the next two to three years until we’re funding at an appropriate level” for the next two decades.

“Previous school boards made a deal to have today’s board pay for yesterday’s promises,” Hansen said. “I don’t want to do that anymore.”

You thought the numbers you just read about were big? Take a look at these numbers.

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Oakland Athletics Go Homo

Per http://guardianlv.com/2015/04/oakland-pitcher-and-girlfriend-to-fill-stadium-for-lgbt-night/

The Oakland Athletics are holding their first ever LGBT Pride night on June 17, 2015. Unfortunately, not everyone was happy with this announcement and some season ticket holders have said that they would be selling their tickets to the game, which is against the San Diego Padres. Enter Oakland pitcher, Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend Eireann Michael Dolan, who have stepped up to make sure the stadium is filled for the first ever LGBT night.

Doolittle and Dolan, have said that they would purchase the unwanted tickets, in order to make sure that the stadium was full for the event. Dolan even took to her personal blog to say that people are entitled to their own beliefs, and that while she could not stop the people from selling their tickets, she also would not tell people they were right or wrong for their actions or ideas. Instead, she says that if attending an Oakland A’s game on a night dedicated to LGBT Pride would make people uncomfortable, then it is better that they sell their tickets. She then points out that she has the perfect buyer in herself.

Dolan is willing to buy any of the unwanted game tickets for June 17 at face value. Anyone interested in selling those tickets is asked to send her a Tweet at @EireannDolan. Then she goes on to say what will happen to the reclaimed tickets. Any tickets she purchases will then be donated to the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for LGBTQ youth.

In order to fill the Oakland stadium on LGBT Pride night, pitcher Doolittle and girlfriend Dolan have even set up a GoFundMe account in order to raise money to purchase all the tickets. They will then match the funds raised up to $3,000. The original goal of the fundraiser was $6,000, which was met in less than 24 hours. Dolan went back into the fundraiser thanking everyone for the money already raised and then upped the goal amount to $10,000, after the Oakland A’s opened three additional seating sections for the night. In the fundraiser post, Dolan specified that any money raised over the goal, would be split between three local charities, AIDS Project East Bay, Frameline and Our Space.

Since the fundraiser started on March 31, over $13,000 has been raised by over 300 individuals. There have been over 700 shares of the campaign as well. In the original post on the fundraising page, Dolan expressed her happiness and surprise over the reactions of so many people. Many offered to donate their tickets to Our Space, with still others offering to donate money to help buy the unwanted tickets. This outpouring of support was what inspired her to set up the GoFundMe page.

All of the money raised to fill the stadium for the first ever Oakland Athletics LGBT Pride night are prior to the matching contribution from the pitcher and his girlfriend. This means that with a little over 24 hours into the efforts to purchase the June 17 tickets, over $16,000 will have been put towards supporting not only the LGBT Pride event but also local charities.

By Kimberley Spinney

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