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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
When it comes to traditions, one of ours is to start the first issue of the Farsider at the beginning of the new year with this song by Sissel. You know it as Auld Lang Syne, and even though today is Jan. 3rd, the tradition still applies. Click HERE and feel free to sing along...
GEORGE PAYTON'S FUNERAL IS BEING HELD TODAY AT 2:00 PM
An error by the Mercury News on the obituary page of Tuesday's paper erroneously advised that today's funeral for George Payton would be held at 11 a.m., and a special Farsider notification was immediately sent to all subscribers noting the change from the original 2 p.m. Later in the day we were contacted by George's daughter who advised that the Mercury News was wrong, that the funeral would in fact be held as originally scheduled, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3rd (today). The location remains the same: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 5111 San Felipe Rd, San Jose. A reception will follow at the POA Hall.
FORMER OFFICER DENNIS S. FLYNN
Badge No. Unknown
Born Feb. 21, 1941
Appointed in the Spring of 1967
Resigned in 1971
Died on Dec. 28, 2018
Tom McCready advised that former SJPD Officer Dennis Flynn passed away last Friday, Dec. 28, in Cheyenne Wyoming, where he and his wife moved following his resignation from the SJPD in 1971. Dennis had been offered a position in a law enforcement program in the Wyoming Governor's office. In that capacity he wrote a grant for a local junior college criminal justice program before running for County Sheriff in 1975, a position he won and held for 8 years.
Tom befriended Dennis during the Jan.-Feb. 1968 Police Academy where Dennis was the class president. In addition to standard Patrol duties, Dennis and Tom worked Vice along with other notables such as John Kregel and the late Leroy Widman, among others.
Tom has remained friends with Dennis and his wife Nancy for the past fifty years and stayed in touch with regular phone calls and occasional visits. When Dennis and Nancy lost their oldest boy, Tom served as one of the pall bearers.
Services are scheduled for Jan. 11th. For specific details, contact Tom at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
January's Membership Meeting has been rescheduled to:
Tuesday, January 15th
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Please see PORAC's email below regarding the murder of Corporal Singh. Please keep him, his family, and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Rest in peace Brother Singh...
In the very early hours on Wednesday, December 26th, Corporal Ronil Singh, called in a traffic stop in east Newman. Within minutes of the initial call, Corporal Singh reported "shots fired." Corporal Singh's partner was the first on scene and found Singh had been shot. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said at Thursday's news conference, "Our Newman Police family is devastated by the loss of Ronil." Corporal Singh had served with the Newman Police Department for seven years. He had previously served with the Merced County Sheriff's Office and the Turlock Police Department.
Corporal Singh was 33 years old and is survived by his wife, Anamika, their 5-month-old son, his parents and a brother.
Corporal Ronil Singh Memorial Fund
The Stanislaus Sworn Deputies Association (SSDA) has established a Corporal Ronil Singh Memorial Fund. Donations can be made in the following ways:
• Online by clicking HERE
• In person at any West America Bank branch to the Corporal Ronil Singh Memorial Fund
• Please send mailed donations to:
Sworn Deputies Association
Corporal Ronil Singh Memorial Fund
PO Box 2314
Ceres, CA 95307
Additional details and funeral information are forthcoming.
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Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 33, right, who
was in the country
illegally and had previous arrests, was taken into custody
Friday on suspicion of killing Newman police Cpl. Ronil Singh,
33, left. The arrest in California followed a two-day manhunt.
This Fox News LINK will take you to an update as of Tuesday on the Singh murder…
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Violent Crime Still on the Rise
—Chief Eddie Garcia wants renewed focus on reinforcing staff, officer-to-resident ratio—
By Robert Salonga <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Jan. 2, 2019
SAN JOSE — Violent crime in the Bay Area’s largest city rose 6 percent last year, bucking the broad downward trend in Oakland and San Francisco as well as statewide and nationally, according to the latest figures for 2018.
Police Chief Eddie Garcia said he understands that San Jose doesn’t see the volume of crimes experienced by other big Bay Area cities and places such as Los Angeles — which is projecting a 4 percent drop in violent crime in 2018 — but the direction is troubling for a city hailed a decade ago as a metropolitan low-crime haven.
The violent crime increase in San Jose — which follows spikes of 14 and 7 percent in 2016 and 2017 — is driven largely by a nearly 19 percent projected rise in robberies and 2 percent in rapes.
On the other hand, homicides decreased to 27 in 2018, down from 32 in 2017 and well short of the 47 in 2016, which was a 25-year high.
Property crime is up about 3 percent, fueled by a projected 17 percent increase in burglaries to more than 4,500 cases.
Those trajectories are why Garcia is renewing calls for the city to keep restoring staffing at SJPD, still recovering from a years-long exodus of officers tied to austerity and pension-reform measures spurred by the 2008 economic recession. Police staffing and crime were key issues during the 2014 mayoral election, and Garcia said the political peace that has since been forged should not overshadow the urgent need for more cops on the street.
Violent crime in San Jose rose 6 percent last year, driven largely by an uptick in robberies and rapes. Property crime also rose, 3 percent. There were 27 homicides in 2018, five fewer than in 2017.
From a historic pre-recession peak of more than 1,400
officers, San Jose dipped to about 900 as recently as
2016. There are about 1,100 police officers today,
thanks to robust police academies, though that is
tempered by a steady rate of retirements.
“We’re in a better place than we were three years ago, but there’s no way to sugarcoat it: The crime trends are going up,” Garcia said. “We need to continue to restore. If we get back to that 1,400 number there’s no limit to what we can accomplish with the quality of officers we have.”
Even so, San Jose historically has hovered around having about one officer per 1,000 residents. The national ratio of officers to residents is about 3.4 for every 1,000 residents, according to the FBI. Oakland fields about 1.76 officers and San Francisco 2.6 officers per 1,000 residents.
A city audit published in December shows that the relative staff shortage may account in part for slower police response times, with the average Priority 1 response — for violent crimes and other serious emergencies — at 9.2 minutes against a target of 6 minutes. Priority 2 response times for less-urgent police calls more than doubled the 11-minute target time, according to the latest assessment.
“That ratio needs to be improved. We’re playing eight-man defense in the NFL,” Garcia said.
Mayor Sam Liccardo said he believes the city will get a handle on violent crime.
“We have not yet borne the fruit of the investment we’ve made in rebuilding this police department. There are dozens in training, in the academy,” Liccardo said.
But police academics don’t consider increased staffing as a panacea alone. They point to cities such as Baltimore and Chicago that have high officer-to-population ratios yet also experience high crime rates.
“Crime is not happening exclusively because of lack of police,” said Greg Woods, a lecturer in the Department of Justice Studies at San Jose State University. “But infusing police with more officers can help if they are used to address a specific crime problem.”
Garcia contends that dedicating more officers to targeted areas such as gang hotspots will be more effective than just increasing their visibility on the streets.
“The hotspots haven’t changed in the 27 years since I got here. If I don’t have enough officers to put in those spots, we can take care of the issues but they’ll flare up again after we leave,” Garcia said. “We need to ensure we can keep our thumb on those hotspots, and I don’t want to get to a place where we have to shift officers to high-violence areas and ignore other areas.”
Liccardo agreed: “There’s far from a linear relationship between number of officers and declining crime rates,” he said. “But there’s no question the ability to deploy officers to proactive work around street crimes, gangs and burglary prevention can bear an awful lot of fruit. All that requires bandwidth.”
In the same city audit, a survey of residents found 43 percent felt “very” or “somewhat” safe from violent crime in San Jose, and 22 percent reported feeling the same way about property crimes. The survey also found 16 percent of respondents described crime prevention in the city as “excellent” or “good,” and 34 percent used the same terms to describe police services.
“Our community is supportive. We want to do more for them,” Garcia said.
The sharp increase in robberies — projected to approach 1,600 incidents in 2018 — helped spur the police department to recently adopt a novel and also controversial policy of more routinely presenting firearm crimes to the FBI and federal prosecutors with the aim of securing tougher prison sentences. The crimes eligible under the new practice are robberies and carjackings where a gun is involved, felons found illegally carrying guns and certain narcotics offenses.
“It’s troubling to any police chief, the amount of guns on the street,” Garcia said.
Aggravated assaults, widely considered a far more accurate barometer of violence in a city than homicides, also continued a steady climb in 2018, on track to match the 2017 count of about 2,200; a 22 percent increase since 2013.
“An increase in violent crime comes from desperate people acting desperately. We have marginalized communities that are well represented within the South Bay,” Woods said. “The cost of living increasing, a lack of affordable housing, an increase in the homeless population, an increase in substance abuse, an increase in suicide rates, all of these factors indicate people behaving desperately.”
San Jose notably responded to the burglary spike by forming its Burglary Prevention Unit, a dedicated group of detectives who target repeat culprits and burglary crews, often from out of town, that account for the lion’s share of home and business break-ins.
Liccardo said the department is approaching its budgeted cap of about 1,150 sworn officers, but no new funding is immediately available because of a projected city budget deficit. A stopgap will be to use one-time funds to employ a “hire ahead” strategy so new officers are ready to backfill retirements without a vacancy gap, he said.
“While there is understandable concern,” Liccardo said, “I’m optimistic about our ability to get our arms around this.”
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on Mend After Bike Collision
—Police: San Jose mayor ‘broadsided’ an SUV; ‘I feel very fortunate to be walking’—
By Emily DeRuy and Robert Salonga — Staff Writers
Mercury News — Jan. 3, 2019
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is up and walking after a bad bike collision Tuesday afternoon that left the avid cyclist with multiple fractures, scrapes and bruises.
Police told this news organization Wednesday that Liccardo “broadsided” an SUV that crossed in front of him on Mabury Road near the east foothills and that the driver was issued a traffic citation.
Liccardo, who was expected to be released from Regional Medical Center of San Jose on Wednesday evening, held an impromptu press conference in the hospital lobby earlier in the day. He arrived in a wheelchair wearing a T-shirt, slacks and a large brace around his torso, then stood up and thanked friends and neighbors for their aid and well wishes, saying he is on the way to recovery.
“I feel very fortunate to be walking,” he said.
Liccardo had some bruising on his face and a swollen lip and spoke softly as he gave a brief statement. In an earlier Twitter post, Liccardo detailed his injuries and predicted a swift return.
“I’ve got fractures to two of my vertebrae and my sternum, but felt blessed to be able to walk on the hospital floor today with the help of the great folks at Regional Medical Center,” the mayor said. “I’m told the prognosis is good — although I’ve got a couple months of physical therapy ahead, I expect to be working from home this week, and back at City Hall doing the job I love next week.”
A photo attached to the post shows Liccardo facing away from the camera, in a hospital gown, wearing the brace, with bandages covering much of his left arm.
Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo rises from his wheelchair
as he arrives to talk to the media about his recovery at
Regional Medical Center in San Jose on Wednesday.
The collision happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday as the mayor was riding his bicycle east on Mabury Road approaching Salt Lake Drive. According to San Jose police, the driver of a 2002 Toyota Highlander was traveling southbound on Salt Lake Drive, stopped at a stop sign, then began crossing Mabury Road “when the bicyclist broadsided the Toyota.”
“The driver of the Toyota was issued a traffic citation for … failure to yield to another motorist,” police said in an email.
The driver, an elderly man who lives a few blocks away from the crash site, pulled over and stayed at the scene. According to police, drugs and alcohol were not involved. When reached by phone Wednesday, the man’s daughter said he did not want to talk publicly about the incident.
Jennifer Dutra, 26, lives on the corner. She and her mother, Linda, joined other neighbors in helping the mayor.
“I heard shouting like somebody was in pain,” Dutra said. “I came outside and there was a group of people surrounding him.”
Liccardo, who was wearing a helmet and sunglasses, had scrapes on his body, bruises on his face and a swollen lip, Dutra said, but was conscious. The back right window of the car was shattered, she added.
“He kept thanking everybody,” she said.
The injuries come just months after Liccardo finished wearing a walking boot after foot surgery. The mayor broke his left foot while running in 2016 and broke his right foot while running in 2012.
“It was windy,” Dutra added. “I went and got a blanket for him.”
Dutra and others didn’t realize the man they’d moved from the street to the sidewalk corner was the mayor until paramedics arrived and his sunglasses were removed.
The crash occurred just a week before the start of the new City Council session next Tuesday, when two new members — Maya Esparza and Pam Foley — are set to join the council.
Carl Guardino, head of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and a fellow cyclist, said he was considering playing a gentle joke on his friend.
“I’m thinking,” he said, “about showing up to the City Council meeting with bubble wrap.”
Liccardo said that while he is raring to get back to work once he gets some rest — his staff has cleared his schedule through the weekend — it might be a bit longer before he’s behind handlebars again. “I think it’ll be a few weeks,” Liccardo said, “before you see me back on a bike.”
I hope everything is great there. I see you took a Farsider break for the holidays — much deserved! I'll look forward to the first edition of 2019.
Speaking of which, I believe I may have something to contribute. The latest Ken Block Gymkhana video was released this week. Hopefully you'll deem it worthy of publication. I'll bet not many of the old timers around the PD realize that, back in the day at work, I performed many of the same stunts done by Ken Block in these videos. In fact, a couple of my old car partners would probably attest to that fact. Unfortunately, in my case, they were purely unintentional. It did make for some exciting days out there.
Les Nunes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
As I told Les in my initial reply, Ken Block is always welcome in the Farsider. Given the average age of the readership, his antics behind the wheel tend to work like a cup of joe with a few extra shots of caffeine. Want proof? Click HERE. (19:00)
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I found it particularly paradoxical that in your last Farsider there were two stories submitted by Red State and Talking Points about immigration and the border wall that was followed by a copy of a news article about the latest former SJPD cop who has gone on to become a police chief for another department. The article began with these opening statements.
"Son of immigrant parents, Daniel Acosta, newly appointed Chief of Police at Foothill-De Anza Community, hopes to build a better relationship between the police department and the community it serves. Born in the Sacramento area in a town called Colusa, Acosta was raised in San Jose as the middle child of immigrant parents from Mexico. He graduated from San Jose State University with a major in psychology and a minor in Mexican American studies.'
With the debate about immigration and the border wall reaching a fever pitch we have politicians, political pundits and our president making all sorts of claims about where the majority American's stand on these two issue, For those readers who focus more on facts than opinion here is an extensive list of related results from the various national polling organizations on these two issues.
Middle Ground <email@example.com>
I’m going to go ahead and take the bait by spending a couple of minutes on a reply, M.G. After clicking on the link in your missive, this is in reference to the three lines highlighted in yellow near the bottom. To wit:
76 percent of Republicans favor building the wall.
9 percent of Democrats favor building the wall.
34 percent of Independents favor building the wall.
I find it interesting that the Independents make up half of the GOP’s percentage.
This is how I interpret those numbers:
There is so much fervor between the Dems and the GOP that each side would like to destroy the other if it was possible. And how might that be accomplished if it was doable? Through the election process is the obvious answer. And how do you win elections? By having more votes than the other party (the Electoral College notwithstanding). And how do you obtain more votes? By growing your party. And how do you do that? One way is to bring in a multitude of new voters from another country. And how do you get new immigrants to vote for your party? You make it as easy as possible for them to enter, and once they are here, you make sure your party makes it easy for them to be absorbed into the mainstream by supporting them with food, housing and a myriad of other benefits provided by the taxpayer. This is how the Democrats could conceivably put an end to the Republican party. Maybe not tomorrow, next month or even five years from now. But short of another civil war, that is what some people on the Left might be thinking. It’s socialism at its best. Or worse!
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A quick update on our two grandsons:
Doug was recovering when a nurse discovered he had been shot seven times, not six, finding a through-and-through missed in the ER. The reconstruction of his shattered hand has started and the broken arm and leg are also being repaired. Here's the miracle: He was allowed to go home for Christmas! He's still leaking from several holes and he's really very irritated at the shooter and the gang culture, but he's alive.
The Gang Unit very quickly identified the shooter and MERGE took him down along with the driver, who ratted out the shooter. Both have prior gun convictions.
Eddie, the other grandson who was in the auto accident, is progressing slowly; the brain damage is still being evaluated. He can walk a little and recognizes family most of the time. It is a very difficult recovery requiring time and patience.
Many old friends have contacted us and assured us they are keeping the boys in their thoughts and prayers. Sherry and I have kept the rest of the family informed of the wonderful support of the extended San Jose Police family.
God bless them all.
Ken (Hawkes) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Photo was taken shortly after Doug was brought home from the hospital to finish his recovery. On the left is his uncle Brian, who is Ken’s youngest son.
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Here’s a guy who needs to run for office and get elected. His name is Mark Robinson and this is a video of him addressing the Greensboro (North Carolina) City Council while it was considering the cancellation of a scheduled gun show in the city. This country needs many more like him who isn’t afraid to speak out.
Talking Points <email@example.com>
I couldn’t agree more, T.P. The country could use thousands more like him. (Readers can hear what he says to the City Council by clicking HERE.)
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Happy New Year. Tucson’s first real snow of the season!
Ron Webster (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You’ve been in Arizona too long, Ron. We here in Kalifornia call that a “dusting,” which is why I added the arrows so the readers could see it. Happy New Year to you and the rest of our transplanted SJPD family.
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God bless you guys.
You are more important to all of us than you think.
Kenn (Womack) <email@example.com>
We are most appreciative of your sentiments, Kenn. (How many of you readers were aware that he spells his first name with two n’s?)
ONE TO ADD TO THE CHIEFS’ LIST, POSSIBLY TWO
An email from Noel Lanctot was in response to the list we published in the last Farsider of SJPD personnel who went on to head other departments. And while some may see it as a stretch to consider the Director of Public Safety of The Villages as a Department Head, the Farsider executive board met and both Leroy and I said why not? Tim Porter now holds a coveted position on the growing list. The following is from the Dec. 20th edition of the little newspaper that serves The Villages...
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We also received the following message from Carl Borbons…
Bill, I had heard long ago that my police academy classmate, fellow police officer and good buddy, Ray Mendiola was chief of police somewhere in Texas after he left SJPD. I lost contact with Ray over the years, but I just learned from a conversation with Terry Eisenberg that Ray, at some point in time, was chief in Eagle Pass, TX. You may want to contact Terry to see if he has any confirming details as I have none. But Ray may possibly deserve to be on your list. Also, I had heard he had passed on several years ago.
Carl Borbons <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I made contact with Doc Eisenberg and he had nothing to add. I called the Eagle Pass PD in Texas and spoke to two employees, neither of whom were familiar with the name Ray Mendiola. An extensive Google search was also a bust. If Ray was a chief somewhere I would like to add him to the list. And if he has passed, he should certainly be added to the Memorial List. Any help from you readers would be appreciated.
NEW RETIREES’ ASSN. NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE
The latest electronic version of the Billy & Spanner is now available on-line. Thank you to all who have agreed to receive the on-line version of the newsletter. Download the newsletter by clicking HERE.
WELCOME TO RETIREMENT VILLAGE, BIRD, WE'VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU...
After Nearly 60 Years, Dedicated San Jose Officer Turns in Badge and Gun
By Mark Gomez <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Dec. 23, 2018
SAN JOSE — After a career spanning more than 57 years with the San Jose Police Department, believed to be the longest tenure in the city’s history, Aubrey Parrott is no longer patrolling the streets of his hometown.
Parrott, who spent 32 years as a full-time police officer in San Jose and another 25 as a reserve, worked his last patrol shift in October, keeping a promise to his wife Emily to hang it up by the age of 80. Tuesday, Parrott was presented with a commendation from the San Jose City Council for his 57 years, two months and 18 days of service to the community
Aubrey Parrott of the San Jose Police Department
Reserve Program is seen in May 2015. He spent 32 years is a
full-time police officer in San Jose and another 25 as a reserve.
Although there is no official record, city officials say Parrott probably worked longer than any other San Jose police officer.
“We often speak about the loyalty and pride that we wear in this uniform and this patch,” San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said Tuesday during a ceremonial presentation at a City Council meeting. “I don’t know if you can find that anywhere more than Aubrey Parrott.
“And when you talk about legends in police departments, we are standing next to a legend of the San Jose Police Department.”
During the presentation, Councilman Don Rocha highlighted just a few of the achievements from Parrott’s storied career.
Friday, Parrott said he was still “floating” from all the kind words spoken about him at the council meeting.
“I don’t think I’ve ever choked up on anything, but that stopped me right in my feet,” Parrott said.
Parrott, who was first appointed as a full-time officer for San Jose on July 1, 1961, worked in a variety of roles, including a pairing with a police dog and time as a detective with the narcotics unit. In 1987, Parrott was honored with a medal of valor for directing a team of officers during a robbery/ shooting “in which no officers were harmed,” Rocha said. In 1988, Parrott was given a hazardous duty award for “entering a burning apartment complex to make sure no one was inside and for applying medical treatment for an adult and toddler injured.”
Parrott retired in 1993 as a sergeant, but his time patrolling the streets of San Jose was far from over. He immediately joined the San Jose police department’s reserve unit and spent more than 25 years working in that capacity.
In California, reserve officers must complete the state-required minimum level of training that full time officers also undertake — 18 weeks of classroom and field instruction. In San Jose, like many other departments, the standards are even higher, with physical agility tests, psychological exams and biannual gun qualifications.
As a reservist, Parrott typically worked one night a month, sometimes patrolling downtown San Jose with another officer in a two-person car. His other reserve duties included making safety talks at schools and working community events such as Christmas in the Park, where he often handed out hundreds of candy canes while in uniform.
In 2014, Parrott was honored as a Hometown Hero at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Sonoma for his service as a police officer and years of charity work for programs such as Christmas in the Park, Shop-With-A-Cop and Tip a Cop.
He also served as a role model to younger officers, explaining the importance of engaging with the community and having conversations with people on the street.
During the ceremony Tuesday, Parrott thanked his wife for her decades of support. The Parrotts will celebrate 55 years of marriage in January. He also thanked the residents of San Jose for their support through the years, noting the countless times people anonymously paid for a meal or stopped him on the street to thank him for his service. Contact Mark Gomez at 408- 920- 5869.
“We often speak about the loyalty and pride that we wear in this uniform and this patch. I don’t know if you can find that anywhere more than Aubrey Parrott.” — Eddie Garcia, San Jose police chief.
THE ISSUE IS THE RETROACTIVITY OF POLICE PERSONNEL RECORDS
Justices Deny Challenge to New Police Records Law
By Don Thompson — The Associated Press
Mercury News — Jan. 3, 2019
The California Supreme Court has denied a last-minute
challenge to a law opening police records to the public.
SACRAMENTO — The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a last-minute challenge to a state law that opens police records to the public and eases what currently is one of the nation’s most secretive police privacy laws.
The justices denied a police union’s petition contending that the law should make public police records only for incidents that happen after the law took effect Tuesday. They gave no explanation for the one-line denial order.
The law was passed in response to national distress over a series of fatal police shootings of unarmed minority men, but applies only when officers are found to have improperly used force or discharged firearms, committed sexual assaults on the job, or have been dishonest in official duties.
The San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies union asked the justices to find that the law should only apply to incidents in 2019 or later. The law “contains no legislative direction for a retroactive application,” according to the petition. It also cites a letter from Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore saying that applying the law to older incidents could cost his law enforcement department hundreds of thousands of work hours. The LAPD is expecting “a massive influx in historical records requests” and hiring extra employees and buying expensive hardware and software to comply, Moore wrote.
Attorneys for the union did not respond to a request for comment.
Peter Bibring, the American Civil Liberties Union’s director of police practices for California, called the union’s legal arguments “meritless.”
The bill’s author and advocates including some media organizations said legislators clearly intended the law to include any records, no matter how old.
David Snyder, executive director of the pro-transparency First Amendment Coalition, said it was unusual for the union to appeal directly to the state Supreme Court instead of starting with a county superior court.
“This is the right result,” he said of the court’s denial, saying he is grateful the justices quickly “saw through this improper effort to shortcircuit an important expansion of public access to police misconduct records.”
Media organizations including the Los Angeles Times, radio station KQED and the California News Publishers Association joined the coalition in opposing the union’s challenge.
By signing the bill, termed-out Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown partially reversed his approval 40 years ago of a law imposing some of the nation’s toughest law enforcement secrecy rules.
Organizations representing cities, counties, sheriffs and police chiefs had not taken a position on the union’s challenge. None were aware of other agencies following the lead of Inglewood, where city council members recently voted to destroy old police shooting and internal investigation records.
“It’s the first time in 40 years that California opened up the secrecy around police records,” said the new law’s author, Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley.
She added: “Good policing requires community trust, and one way to build that trust is transparency.”
NOTHING LIKE STARTING THE YEAR OFF WITH A LITTLE HUMOR
You can’t blame Fox News or any other conservative media outlet for publishing this story because the source was the Washington Post. We’ll provide you with the first two paragraphs. The rest of the story can be read by clicking HERE if you are so inclined...
Women’s March Rally Canceled Over Concerns that it would be ‘Overwhelmingly
Groups gather for the Women's March in Washington in
January 2017. (Amanda Voisard for the Washington Post)
By Michael Brice-Saddler — Washington Post — Jan. 2, 2019
A Women’s March group is canceling its January rally in Humboldt County, Calif., over concerns that its participants would be “overwhelmingly white.”
The decision comes amid division and tension in the broader Women’s March movement, which has unified millions of women and men in protest in the past two years.
Click on the link in the intro above to continue with the story.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
The Bum and the Priest
Received from Gary Johnson
A drunk man who smelled of beer sat down on a subway next to a priest. The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.
After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked, "Say Father, what causes arthritis?"
The priest replies, "My Son, it's caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man, sleeping around with prostitutes and lack of a bath."
The drunk muttered in response, "Well, I'll be”, then returned to his paper.
The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. "I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?"
The drunk answered, "Oh, I don't have it, Father I was just reading here that the Pope does."
MORAL: Make sure you understand the question before offering the answer.
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From the Archives
A plane passed
through a severe storm. The turbulence was awful, and things went from bad to
worse when one wing was struck by a lightning bolt.
One woman lost it completely.
Standing up in the front of the plane she screamed, "I'm too young to die." Then she yelled, "If I'm going to die, I want my last minutes on earth to be memorable. Is there anyone on this plane who can make me feel like a woman?"
For a moment there was silence. Everyone stared at the desperate woman in the front of the plane. Then a man from Texas stood up in the rear of the plane. He was handsome, tall, well built, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. Slowly he started to walk up the aisle, unbuttoning his shirt as he went, one button at a time. No one moved. Muscles ripped across his chest as he removed his shirt.
The woman gasped.
Then the Texan spoke.
"Iron this, then get me a beer."
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Bruce and Jenny
From the Archives
Little Bruce and Jenny are only 10
years old, but they know they are in love.
One day they decide that they want to get married, so Bruce goes to Jenny's father to ask him for her hand.
Bruce bravely walks up to him and says, "Mr. Smith, me and Jenny are in love and I want to ask you for her hand in marriage."
Thinking that this was just the cutest thing, Mr. Smith replies, "Well Bruce, you are only 10. Where will you two live?"
Without even taking a moment to think about it, Bruce replies, "In Jenny's room. It's bigger than mine, and we can both fit there nicely."
Mr. Smith says with a huge grin, "Okay, then how will you live? You're not old enough to get a job. You'll need to support Jenny."
Again, Bruce instantly replies, "Our allowance. Jenny makes five bucks a week and I make 10 bucks a week. That's 60 bucks a month, so that should do us just fine."
Mr. Smith is impressed. Bruce has put a lot o thought into this.
"Well Bruce, it seems like you have everything figured out. I just have one more question. What will you do if the two of you should have little children of your own?"
Bruce just shrugs his shoulders and says, "Well, we've been lucky so far."
Mr. Smith no longer thinks the little bastard is adorable.
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Who Gives a Toot?
From the Archives
A woman goes
into the Bass Pro Shop to buy a rod and reel for her grandson's birthday. She
doesn't know which one to get so she just grabs one and goes over to the
A Bass Pro Shop associate is standing there wearing dark shades. She says, "Excuse me, sir. Can you tell me anything about this rod and reel?"
He says, "Ma'am, I'm completely blind; but if you'll drop it on the counter, I can tell you everything from the sound it makes."
She doesn't believe him but drops it on the counter anyway.
He says, "That's a six-foot Shakespeare graphite rod with a Zebco 404 reel and 10-LB. test line. It's a good all-round combination and it's on sale this week for only $20.00."
She says, "It's amazing that you can tell all that just by the sound of it dropping on the counter. I'll take it!"
As she opens her purse, her credit card drops on the floor.
"Oh, that sounds like a Master Card," he says.
She is absolutely amazed, but as bends down to pick up the card she accidentally farts. At first she is embarrassed, but then realizes there is no way the blind clerk could tell that it was she who tooted. Being blind, he wouldn't know that she was the only person around.
The man rings up the sale and says, "That'll be $34.50 please."
The woman is totally confused by this and asks, "Didn't you tell me the rod and reel were on sale for $20.00? How did you get $34.50?"
He replies, "Yes, Ma'am. The rod and reel is $20.00, but the Duck Call is $11.00 and the Bear Repellent is $3.50."
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These substituted lyrics for Feliz Navidad sound like they originated in South-Central L.A. as the lyrics are “Police Stop My Car.” Whatever the case, the clip wishing a Merry Christmas to the LA cops likely put some smiles on some of THEIR faces. (0:51)
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It wasn’t just the devastating Northern California wildfire that made news around the world in 2018. The world also witnessed some other dangerous weather events during the year. THIS is a list of the top 10 most extreme weather events of 2018 according to ODN, a UK news source. (5:09)
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This contribution from Alice Murphy of a violinist and his partner on the piano is a must see and hear, especially when the music heats up at about the 48-second mark. You Andrew Lloyd Webber fans should recognize “Think of Me” from Phantom that starts around the 1:51 mark. And that piece is followed by Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” There is no question that these two were born to entertain. Have a look and LISTEN. (4:32)
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The Dude Perfect Guys look back over the crazy stunts they pulled off in 2018 which made them YouTube stars and filled their pockets with tons of cash. Check THIS out. (6:11)
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Does the name Dave Wottle ring a bell? Five years before the invention of the VCR there were only the TV networks’ Replay option if you wanted to review a segment of a broadcast, and only if the network wanted to show you the segment. I’ve not seen this memorable 800 meter race from the Munich Olympics since it was broadcast live in 1972. As short-lived as it was, Dave Wottle became an Olympic hero for a brief period of time. Do you remember seeing THIS? (2:30)
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The Hope for Paws Rescue Stories
(Posted June 2, 2018) Catching up with a rescue we missed, this is the story of a frightened and homeless German Shepherd that cried like a human until it was rescued by Eldad and Loreta and was able to start a new, happy and secure life. Say hi to "RAIN." (7:20)
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(Posted on Aug. 28, 2018) This rescue by Eldad and Loreta of a sad and lonely little cutie they named CINDY LOU concluded when the little pooch finally decided to self surrender. (6:04)
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(Posted on Dec. 26, 2018) This rescue that took place in Long Beach on Christmas day involved the classic cat stuck in a tree. And who do you call or assistance in a case like this? That’s right. The Long Beach Fire Dept. It helps, of course, when two attractive young ladies from Hope for Paws drive to the nearby firehouse and ask for help in person. Here is the rest of the story of how MARSHAL (named in honor of the LBFD) was rescued. (6:00)
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(Posted on Dec. 28, 2018) This was actually the final rescue of the year as the entry below is a compilation from 2018. This dog that Eldad named CHICO was found abandoned and lying on a pile of trash in an industrial area of L.A. Chico didn’t know it at the time, but a loving forever home was in his near future. (3:35)
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(Posted on Dec. 29, 2018) This will be the final Hope for Paws video for 2018. It’s a short compilation of some of the dogs that are alive and happy today because of the efforts of Hope for PAWS in 2018. (3:38)
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How does one deal with a Hawk that is stuck in the grill of a vehicle? It’s not a matter of grabbing the bird and jerking, unless you plan on having Hawk Under Glass for dinner. Nope. It takes a special touch, something like THIS. (3:42)
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So long, old buddy. You were my Amazon long before the Internet was created. You had everything and anything my Dad and I needed or wanted, especially when it came to Craftsman’s tools. And Mom, too. I can’t begin to count the hours I spent thumbing through the toy section of your annual catalog and making a wish list. As much as I am going to miss you, I must admit that I have to accept some of the blame for your demise because of an addiction to Amazon and a few other online stores and websites.. SORRY 'bout that! (8:45)
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Think your Dept.-issued CCW authorization is good if you plan to carry a concealed firearm as a retiree on a trip to the Big Apple? We suggest you first do some serious checking based on this John Stossel report — with emphasis on the word SERIOUS. (5:45)
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The subject of this week’s lesson that deserves to be remembered may sound a little dull, but trust us, it is indeed interesting because some of you might have owned one when you were a teen, as I did. If you do trust us, give The History Guy your attention for a few minutes by clicking HERE. (7:38)
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We included a video a year or two ago of a short flight in a B-17, but it was mostly shot from the waist gunner’s position and only had a minute or two of cockpit footage. THIS is a similar video, but with virtually all of the footage shot in the cockpit from engines start to a short flight to engines stop. (17:30)
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This is how Allec Joshua Ibay documented Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that CRASHED in 2013 while attempting to land at SFO. (6:32)
THIS link shows the crash from the perspective of the Control Tower (1:49)
THIS link shows KTVU
Channel 2 erroneously mispronouncing
the pilots names as a result of a prank by a station intern who was
told to call the FAA and obtain their names. (0:28)
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Those of you in the know when it comes to aviation are no doubt aware that the largest aircraft in the world is the Antonov AN-225. It was designed and built in the Ukraine and, like a 747 that could transport the Space Shuttle on its back, the Antonov was capable of carrying Russia’s version of the shuttle in the same manner. This RC model of the Antonov with the Russian spaceship took to the skies a few months ago and launched the spaceship that glided to a successful landing, followed by the Antonov. (The launch occurs at the 4:18 mark.) If you are into radio control and aviation you may want to check THIS out. (7:39)
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This Week’s Lip Sync Challenge Entries
We’re starting off with these Rangers from the Columbus (Ohio) METROPOLITAN PARKS DISTRICT. Their timing and the tight editing was excellent and we found the video well done. Score: 9.0 (3:40)
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Can’t help but feel a little sorry for this lone cop from the NEW MEXICO STATE POLICE. He probably asked a few dozen of his fellow officers to join him in the lip sync battle and they all probably replied in cop speak: “Sorry, buddy, if you want to make an ass of yourself go right ahead.” So what we have here is one agency and one cop performing for one minute. For his courage on going it alone we’re giving him a score of 9.1. (1:00)
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This week’s 3rd entry is the BOULDER Police Dept. with some personnel from the Univ. of Colorado PD joining in. Lots of participation spoke well for the mile-high police department. Score: 8.9 (5:37)
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If you think you might enjoy hearing Whitney Houston sing a song written by Dolly Parton, you should like this entry by the PLYMOUTH (Minn.) PD. Just don’t look at the screen when a police captain puts his career on the line by pretending he’s the singer. We’re not big on the psychedelic noise complaint that leads to part 2, but the Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen that makes up part 3 rocks. All things considered, we think the Plymouth PD deserves a score of 9.2. (6:45)
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This fifth and final challenge by the PIERCE Co. (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office gets off to an unorthodox start, but when all is said, done and danced to, it somehow works thanks to the little tykes in red! Score: 9.3 (5:17)
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This group of musicians from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance who chose to play in the lobby of the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem preferred to call it a Flashwaltz instead of a Flashmob. Whatever it was called, the music was highly appreciated by many of the patients who were able to make their way to the lobby. Odds are YOU will enjoy it too as it is one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous classical pieces. (5:33)
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If you don’t recognize most of the people in this first closer of 2019 you have probably been living on another planet for the past several decades. We have been running the video around the 4th of July every year since it was first posted on YouTube back in 2014. It’s a segment from a 1970 John Wayne Variety Show celebrating America’s history. With the country as badly segmented and in the turmoil it is today, we couldn’t think of a better closer to start off the new year with. Feel free to sing along and invite a millennial to join you on the off chance they may want to LEARN the words. (2:24)
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Happy New Year!
Pic of the Week
Uh oh, looks like a skeeter has taken a bite out of Liz's presidential hopes...
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