SLO judge’s actions show disorder in the court

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge John Trice presides over a hearing in November 2014.
San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge John Trice presides over a hearing in November 2014. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Who knew? Judges are people too

All this time we thought they were above the fray, and now it turns out that some judges can be super petty and immature, just like us! What a relief!

We’re talking, of course, about the judicial disharmony involving Superior Court Judge John Trice, who’s been accused of misconduct. Among other claims forwarded to the Commission on Judicial Performance, Trice is alleged to have sent an inappropriate email to former Presiding Judge Dodie Harman, who had been inquiring about Trice’s whereabouts.

“I don’t appreciate you checking up on me …” Trice wrote in response. “I would hope you and your pals upstairs would have better things to do with your time as Superior Court Judges than keeping a journal on another Judge’s comings and goings.”

He went on to tell Harman to “get a life” and closed with this sarcastic riposte: “Have a really nice night.”


We’ll leave it to the Commission on Judicial Performance to get the case sorted out, though we’ve got to say it seems like a stretch to bother the commission with such a minor matter.

Before we move on, though, we feel duty-bound to inquire: Could the “delete” and “send” keys on Judge Trice’s keyboard have gotten switched?

If not, sorry, your honor, but for failing to follow the basic rules of netiquette, you earn a rap of the gavel and a briefcase of brickbats.

Thanks, SLO, for making cycling safer

A bouquet of yellow roses to all who had a hand in securing a $3.2 million grant to help complete a bike path in San Luis Obispo, which will eventually extend from Cal Poly to the south end of the city. The grant will pay for a key segment of the path, which runs along the railroad tracks.

We especially like the fact that the Railroad Safety Trail is a full-fledged bike and pedestrian path, completely separate from traffic.

Given the growing popularity of cycling, it’s critical to provide safer bike routes throughout the county. Many of our local roadways weren’t built to accommodate multiple cars and bikes, and sticking up some cautionary “share the road” signs won’t turn highways with the narrowest of shoulders into safe places for cyclists.

Throwing out the razor for a good cause

We toss burly bouquets of bearded irises to all those guys out there participating in No Shave November, or Movember (a combo of “mo” for moustache and “vember” for November).

The rules are relatively simple: Men start the month of November clean shaven — they’re supposed to take a “before” picture for documentation — then forgo shaving for the entire month. (Trimming is OK.)

Women who want to participate can stop shaving their legs. Though, come on, who shaves their legs in November anyway?

At any rate, at the end of the month, participants take an “after” picture for family, friends and social media. On Dec. 1, the razors can come out of hibernation — or not, depending on the results.

So how did this movement get started?

We found the most definitive answer on the ABC news website, which says “Movember” began in Australia in 2003, to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancers.

“No-Shave November is a different organization that encourages people to donate what they would otherwise spend on hair grooming to the American Cancer Society. Instead of being ‘all about the mustache,’ this group is a little more anything goes,” says ABC.

In other words, there is a serious side to these no-shave shenanigans: to raise awareness for cancer and other men’s health issues, and to encourage donations to cancer research or other health-related causes.

So whether you’re participating in Movember or No Shave November — or both — we like your style, no matter how good (or bad) your beard winds up looking.