Imagine my surprise when I happened upon this photo of Justice Ronald George on the home page of the San Francisco Chronicle. This photo of the justice and his wife was taken at the gala opening of the San Francisco Symphony Thursday night.
Is it just me, or is there something slightly off kilter about having Justice Ronald George’s (you know my nickname for him) photo splashed on the society pages of the San Francisco Chronicle? Especially when the photo seems to depict our Justice celebrating at an exclusive affair when next week California Superior Court employees will see the official rollout of court closures throughout the state that will result in cutbacks, hiring freezes, furloughs, and in some cases, planned layoffs.
Perhaps I’m making too much of it, but I think it makes him look a wee bit insensitive. It seems to me that in these uncertain times Justice George should take every advantage not to be seen in the public eye “partying” when court employees face drastic changes to their lives. Photos like these definitely don’t do anything for morale.