San Diego
Municipal Employees Association

Leave Sharing Bank

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Edward Arcena

My son suffered Cardiac Arrest just a few days after his birthday, he is in PICU and will need a lot of care and treatment to heal from his brain Injury when he returns home.  Any donations how large or little will make a difference and is very much appreciated only if you are able to.

Chris Darquea

Due to myself having open-heart surgery to repair a heart valve, I have established a medical leave bank with the City that opened June 20, 2018 and will close on October 8, 2018. Any leave donations would be greatly appreciated.

Merlita Sarmiento Rich

Hello my fellow colleagues,

My name is Merlita Sarmiento Rich, and I am reaching out to you regarding donation for my catastrophic leave bank. I have worked with the City of San Diego for over 30 years (mostly in the City Attorney’s Office), but I am now in a difficult time in my life. My beautiful daughter, mother of 2 even more beautiful young children, passed away on August 8, 2018 from cancer. As a result of an illness as a child, that we thought we had conquered long ago, she was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. She fought the good fight, but unfortunately she lost her fight on August 8th. I now need to take leave from work in order to make arrangements for her funeral and support my son-in-law and my grandchildren and sort through how we will go on without my amazing daughter.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Ciara Payan

My name is Ciara Payan and in 2013 I was diagnosed with a severe type of chronic migraines – cervicogenic chronic migraines; a type that is manageable, but not curable. As the years have gone by, my condition has become very debilitating on my personal life, career, and relationships with others. I now live with chronic migraines 15 out of 30 days each month, with some lasting as long as 5 days, causing me to miss multiple days at work and miss out on important life events. Due to the severity, location, and frequency of my pain, I have developed several other medical conditions, causing me to take time off of work for multiple doctor’s appointments and various forms of therapies/testing every week for the past 5 years, which has exhausted all of my annual leave for my FMLA illness. Any time donated to support the difficulties of living with a chronic illness would be a blessing in disguise and I would be so grateful for your generosity! I am lucky to be able to do this with the City of San Diego and am thankful for those who can help!


Angie Kitchen

Due to the unexpected passing of my husband and the financial hardship and time it will take to get all of his affairs in order, funeral planning and to get through the grieving process.

Thank you so much!


Claudette Godinez

My name is Claudette Godinez I am the Admin Aid I for the SDPD Backgrounds and Recruiting Investigative Unit. Due to a medical condition I had to have surgery and my recovery is taking longer and my hours have been depleted. I understand that it’s difficult to donate hours but any amount of leave assistance would be greatly appreciated. God bless and thank you all.


Ursula Riley

On May 16, 2018 I suffered an Ischemic stroke. While hospitalized, the doctors found a hole in my heart which was a contributing factor for the stoke.  I have already had a loop recorder implanted in my chest to monitor my heart.   I am going to undergo heart surgery in order to close the hole once I complete my physical therapy and regain the strength on my left side. I will also need  speech therapy to overcome challenges of difficulty with swallowing. I have exhausted my leave due to my hospitalization and follow-up treatments. I would be thankful for any contributions to my leave bank. 


Ashlee Clark

Three weeks ago I was in a five car pile-up on the 94 freeway which resulted in my car being totaled. I am 6 months pregnant and currently still dealing with pain from the impact of the accident. Thankfully my baby and I are safe! This has caused me to miss work and I have had to use up all of my saved time which was supposed to be used for my maternity leave in the coming months. Any time that is able to be donated is greatly appreciated! I am so thankful for my City of San Diego family!


Mark Chrysler

My name is Mark Chrysler, MEA member since 1991. Because unexpected personal circumstances my holiday this year is quite different. Last October I was diagnosed with a rare blood cell cancer called Multiple Myeloma; a cancer that is treatable but not curable. One of the unfortunate side effects of this type of cancer is the weakening of my vertebrae causing multiple spine compression fracturing. Over the past 7 months I have been out of the office with many doctor appointments, x-rays, and testing; which has exhausted my annual leave. Whether you decide to donate or not, may God bless you as we wrap up 2017 and embrace 2018.