San Diego
Municipal Employees Association

Catastrophic and Medical Leave Requests

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My name is Raquel Rojas and I work as for the Police Department as a 911 Dispatcher.  I had been having episodes of extreme pain toward the end of December which peaked New Years Day when I found myself in excruciating pain and was rushed to the ER.  After my initial treatment failed, my condition turned critical and the surgery team informed me that major surgery was the only option and I was scheduled the next day.  I have only been employed with the City for 2 months therefore leaving me without available hours and time away without pay.  I carry the medical benefits so the total of 8 weeks that I must be out of work is creating a burden for me.  If anyone could spare a few hours and donate to my cause I would be forever grateful with your kind act. Thank you!


Hello my name is Mariann Misleh and I've been working as a PISO (Police Investigative Service Officer) since September 2015. I was supposed to have surgery on January 9, 2017, however, two days before my surgery, I had a family emergency and had to cancel it. My older brother who is 53, extremely healthy, thin, exercises daily and has never been to the hospital since birth, collapsed in his kitchen on January 6, 2017. He went into convulsions and had to crawl to the phone to call 911. My brother had an aortic aneurysm and his heart enlarged and his aorta tore into his neck which can cause brain damage or a stroke. Thank god that didn't happen but he isn't out of the woods just yet. My brother had to have emergency open heart surgery for 10 hours the same day or else he would of died of a rupture. I also help take care of my elderly mother who is unable to care for my brother during his recovery. I am his primary caregiver at this time. I don't have any hours to cover me while I have been off for a month and I've had to take time off without pay. I will also have to take 6 weeks off without pay when I reschedule my surgery after my brother recovers. I would appreciate it so much if anyone is willing to donate some hours to help me out. Thank you so much in advance.


Hello, my name is Ron Hite and I work in Parking Enforcement as a PEO1.  I am having surgery on January 25, 2017 for cancer.  I am requested any donations of hours to help me through the recovery period.  It is estimated that the recovery period will be 4 weeks and I do not have enough hours to cover the amount of time.  Any donation of hours you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

I look forward to a full recovery and the continuation of my job until retirement.  Thank you in advance for any donations you can provide.

Thank you,

Ronald Hite

My name is Amor Fabay Figuracion and I work in the Communications Department.  I have been on intermittent Family Leave since September 14, 2016 when my oldest son was diagnosed and hospitalized with Aplastic Anemia, a bone marrow disease.  Since then, I’ve been taking him 2 days a week for lab work and doctor visits which require 4 to 8 hours when he needs transfusions.  In the next two months, possibly earlier, he will be admitted to Rady Children’s Hospital for an extended stay (4 to 6 weeks ) to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

My wife and I are both close to exhausting all of our leave time.  In addition, my wife will soon be on FMLA without pay to care for our youngest son who was born last June 15.

Unfortunately, I will not have enough leave hours to cover the time off when my son undergoes his bone marrow transplant.  I am humbly requesting any hours and support that you would be able to provide as my family deals with the challenges at hand.  If you are able to help, kindly contact your payroll specialist for the paperwork.  Thank you very much in advance for your kind support.


Amor F. Figuracion

My name is Danisha Jackett & I am asking for your assistance. I am 9 months along in my pregnancy & due to deliver my baby (yay!) on August 23, 2015. The City policy allows up to 480 hours unpaid leave within 1 year. Though they will hold your job & continue benefits, the time is unpaid. I have used a portion for doctor’s appointments & will not have enough paid leave to cover this absence. I am asking for your help by donating A/L time to enjoy the first moment’s home with my family. Anything you can do to help is appreciated!


  1. Please fill out the donation form

  2. Submit to your Payroll Specialist


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Thank you,

Danisha Jackett