San Diego
Municipal Employees Association

Catastrophic and Medical Leave Requests

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Hi my name is Sarah Causarano and I work in the Crime Analysis Department at Police Headquarters. I have been seriously sick since Monday, May 2, 2016 and have missed 3 weeks of work. I have finally returned back to work on Monday, May 23, 2016 but have run short of leave time to cover the time I have missed from work. I am asking for any hours that you might be able to donate as I would be so incredibly grateful for your generosity. Thank you very much. God bless.


My name is Barbara Reid and I work in Public Utilities.  I am having surgery in April to remove tumors from my heart and liver.  I am a fighter and I am determined to beat cancer.  Unfortunately, I do not have enough leave time to cover the recuperation period and I would be incredibly grateful for any hours that you might be able to donate.  Thank you so much for your consideration and support.


Hello. I’m Adele Campbell and I work at the San Diego Police Department as a Police Investigative Service Officer. I am also an MEA steward.

In January 2016 I had back surgery to replace two degenerated disks. I banked up as much time as I could before my surgery, but I’m surprised to learn from my surgeon that I will be out until possibly July 1, 2016 in order to mend. I realize that vacation time is very precious these days but if you are able to, I would appreciate any donation of time you can spare in order to assist me with my recuperation.


My name is Monica Smith and I work for Public Utilities Fit Division, as an Account Clerk for Water Operations.  I had an MRI done in September and it was discovered that I have a torn rotator cuff.  Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to cover all my time off for surgery, and physical therapy.    I requested and got approved for a Catastrophic Leave bank. If you are able and willing to donate some time, I would greatly be appreciative.  I will not be informed who or how much anyone will be donating.  So, I would like to thank you in advance.  I’m hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.



For over the past 5 years my wife has had serious health issues due to bariatric and intestinal illness. She has had to undergo multiple surgeries and hospitalizations with her last hospitalization as recent as three weeks ago. During this time it has been impossible for me to build up any leave hours and have had to go with no pay on some occasions. During her last hospital stay I was visiting her and received a phone call that my son had been assaulted at Petco Park following a Padre game. He had been punched in the mouth breaking his upper jaw, knocking out his front tooth and damaging three others. While the surgeon was able to save three teeth one is gone and the jaw needed to be repaired with a metal bracket and pins implanted for six months giving the bones time to heal. There will be procedures done during the next six months during the healing process. Both my wife and son were discharged last week and I am caring for both at home. There is constant need for cleaning to prevent infection and nutrition (spoon feeding baby food)  for my son. I also must care for my wife during this time. I know many of you have worked hard over the years as I have to accumulate your time which is precious but if you are able to help my family with a donation of any kind I would deeply appreciate it.


Joe Storniolo

Park and Recreation Department