I just installed wordpress on this new domain. i installed a list of standard plugins i use on every site.
i keep them all in a master folder on my dropbox.'i drag-and-dropped the plugins to the wp-content>plugins folder on my ftp.
i load up the site, and i am notified of updates for my plugins.
i go to update them and i am getting the following messages:

Warning: touch() [function.touch]: SAFE MODE Restriction in effect. The script whose uid is 515 is not allowed to access /tmp owned by uid 0 in /home/liveoutl/domains/uselectricalcontractors.com/public_html/wp-admin/includes/file.php on line 177

Warning: unlink() [function.unlink]: SAFE MODE Restriction in effect. The script whose uid is 515 is not allowed to access /tmp owned by uid 0 in /home/liveoutl/domains/uselectricalcontractors.com/public_html/wp-admin/includes/file.php on line 489

An error occurred while updating NextGEN Gallery: Download failed. Destination directory for file streaming does not exist or is not writable..
i try changing permissions on the files and unless i do every single file individually i get

"SITE CHOWN" not understood
what is going on? how do i fix this so i can update?
i have tried re-installing everthing. it did not work.