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Born Dec. 6,
Sgt. Sept. 1, 1969
Died Jan. 31,
According to Chaplain
Bridgen, Glenn was living in Woodland, but passed away on Jan. 31st in a Folsom
hospital from complications related to diabetes and a stroke. A service has been
scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Lima Family on Willow St. A
reception will follow, but the location hasn't yet been determined. It will be
announced at the service. Because this information came in as we were preparing
this week's newsletter we were unable to develop any additional information.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
SCHEDULED FOR BETTY CUNNINGHAM
INVESTIGATIVE REPORT FOR MAYOR REED
If you are a member of the
POA and/or the Retirees' Association you should have received from both
organizations earlier this week e-mail alerts about a special investigative
report by KNTV that was to air during its 11 p.m. NBC Bay Area newscast last
night (Wed.). The report was about the "fuzzy math" used by Mayor Reed in an
attempt to justify the action he has undertaken in regards to the pension issue.
For the mayor, it was a devastating report as it showed he had inflated San
Jose's fiscal dilemma by a quarter of a billion dollars. Fortunately, the Bay
Area's NBC affiliate posted both the video and full transcript of their report
shortly after the newscast aired. This link will take you to it...
• • • • •
Listen carefully and you can hear the scuffling
of feet inside City Hall this morning.
It will be interesting to see how the Mercury
News spins the report. There was no mention of it in the early edition of the
paper this morning when we went to press, which is understandable since the
report aired less than 12 hours prior.
Coming on the heels of the report, however, was this POA membership alert that
showed up in its members inboxes early this morning. It's a press release about
a press conference scheduled for 12 noon today (Thurs.)...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hillis, Communications/Public Affairs, SJPOA 916-266-1156,
SAN JOSE CITY EMPLOYEES VOTE TO FILE ETHICS COMPLAINT
MAYOR REED AND RETIREMENT DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR
Who: San Jose Police Officers Association; San Jose Firefighters, Local 230;
IFPTE, Local 21's (representing AEA, CAMP and AMSP)
Thursday, February 9, 2012, 12:00 PM
Jose Police Officers Association, 1151 North Fourth Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Conference announcing the submission of a formal ethics complaint against San
Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, the San Jose City Council and Retirement Services
Director Russell Crosby for submitting false information to the public and
withholding key information from the public in regards to San Jose's fiscal
condition as it prepared to declare a "fiscal emergency."
The complaint, voted on at an emergency meeting this morning, alleges that the
Mayor, Mr. Crosby and potentially other City officials violated California law,
the City Charter and City Council policy by publishing pension projections it
knew to be false in an effort to make the case for declaring a "fiscal
emergency." Withholding "material facts" and knowingly using false information
violates state and local law.
Yesterday, a news organization published the results of their investigation
showing that City officials knowingly used false figures when publicly calling
for a "fiscal emergency." Mayor Reed and other council members published
documents citing that retirement costs could balloon to $650 million — a figure
that Retirement Services Director Russell Crosby states in the report came "off
the top of his head" and that he claimed was made in error. Crosby states that
he told the Mayor not to use the figure — the Mayor responded by saying, "I
don't know. I don't remember anyone saying, 'Don't ever use that.' "
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The San José Police Officers' Association (SJPOA) has been serving San
José Police Officers and the community since 1962. The SJPOA is charged with
the enhancement of wages, benefits and working conditions of the over 1,090 men
and women of the San Jose Police Department. We are law enforcement officers
dedicated to serving all segments of the community with the pride and caring of
professional police officers. Further, we support the San José community through
our charitable giving and the promotion of programs that enhance public safety.
Wednesday, Feb. 15th. Same time, same place. Need we say more?
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If it might shed any light on Baxter's query regarding SJPD badges, I came on in
Feb. of '66 and my badge number was 231. No. 259 pictured in the Farsider was
probably assigned to an officer in or around '66 or '67. They were hiring a lot
of guys in those days, and I think the badges were assigned numerically based on
your date of hire. The badges were made of sterling silver, and for the
sergeants and above, they were a piece of art in and of themselves. I think they
changed the metal from silver to tin when Joe McNamara arrived in the mid-'70s
and we were issued the 4-digit badges that were assigned in numerical order.
I still have both of my badges and wouldn't sell them for anything. Lots of
You were a few years ahead
of me, Joe. When I was hired on 9/1/70 along with the likes of Marv Lewis, Jim
Aligo, Jim Lucarotti and about a dozen others, I don't think the badges were
assigned in numerical order any longer. Joe Earnshaw was working in Police
Personnel at the time and handed us our assigned badges based on our position on
the hiring list. I was number 2 behind Marv and recall Joe handing me badge 105.
It had been chrome plated and looked brand new. He said it had been his badge,
but that he was giving it to me because badge 100 was about to become available
and he planned to grab it for himself. Today, my 3-digit and 4-digit badges hang
on a wall side-by-side with other memorabilia from the past in a great looking
display case made by Bill Wells, Jr.
Yes, that's a shameless plug for you new retirees who would like to proudly
display your SJPD memorabilia.
• • • • •
Retiree Wil Smoke e-mailed
the line of text below and photo to John Woolfolk of the Mercury News with a cc
to us. It's apparently in response to an article Wil saw somewhere that we
missed. The subject in the blue jacket is former SJPD cop and current San Jose
City Councilman Pete Constant...
Just seems wrong that when police officers were hurt during the Occupation
Movement that a city councilman would be out smiling for photos in front of a
line of riot police.
• • • • •
While writing a story I remembered a guy named (I think) Jimmy York. He was a
man with the mind of a 6-year-old who liked to jump out of the shadows with a
toy gun and point it at the nice policemen, usually downtown and in the old
Beantown/Goosetown area. Many tried in several ways to cure him of the habit,
but none were successful. How or why he never got capped I will never
Does anybody remember Jimmy York and know what happened to him?
What a wonderful thing the Farsider is that I can ask so many for their
You and Leroy keep up the great work.
• • • • •
First off, thanks to Ernie Alcantar for passing on the information regarding
former Officer Jim Pettipiece.
I visited Jim today at the care facility where he is now living. As you know
from previous articles written, Jim has been both at the top of his game and at
the bottom. He has fought numerous demons in his past but is now in a good
place. He wishes he could escape, but isn't sure where he'd like to go.
Downtown San Jose seems to draw him, probably because he lived there on the
streets for a couple of years.
Jim said he doesn't have to wait in a food line at the Montgomery Street Inn or
the Salvation Army to get his meals. Nor does he have to sleep in doorways on
cold cement. And he no longer has to worry about being uncomfortable or, worse
yet, being the victim of a violent predator that creeps up on the lives of
those vulnerable people listed on a police report as "victims."
I found during my visit with Jim that his short term memory is not what it used
to be, but hell, neither is mine.
He remembers attending high school with Gary Leonard, the fact that he was the
president of his Junior Class, and then the student body President of the school
in Wyoming. He also recalls being with the group of rock climbers, headed by
Leonard, that was known as the "Hoyas."
Jim was provided with a nice TV, and just recently got some new prescription
glasses so he can read. He said he really likes to read, so I will bring him
some crime novels I have finished during my next trip. He said he used to have a
copy of the police album. When I make my next visit I will take my copy with me
so we can look at photos of those he may recall.
One thing he remembers vividly was the time that SJPD officers rolled out to
paint the home of Sgt. Bill Poelle. Bill had a progressive illness and had just
built a home. When he was unable to work on it any longer, the guys pitched in
and painted his home for him. Jim said he remembers that on the painting day he
had committed to work a pay job at the Flea Market, and couldn't help the
fellows out. For that incident his memory was sharp and clear. But when I left,
he couldn't remember my name, and I had to repeat it several times.
How ironic is it that if you called someone an a--hole, they had no problem
remembering your name and badge number, car number or anything else when they
called Internal Affairs?
In case anyone who recalls Jim Pettipiece and would like to visit him, he is
living at the Herman Health Center at 2295 Plummer Ave., San Jose. The facility
is next door to Presentation High School. As I mentioned before, this is a
secured facility, and the residents are not allowed to leave unless escorted by
a staff member. Visiting hours are from 8:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., every day.
• • • • •
You probably have the story as shown on Ch.11 at 11:00 P.M. tonight. If not,
Google NBC Bay Area for the print transcript.
I really hate saying "I told you so," especially in a matter as important to the
Department as pensions. I told you and anyone who would listen several times
over that people on the City side of the table lie. They lie not because they
are mistaken or they misspoke. They lie because they are untrustworthy people.
This latest investigative report makes it clear that the Mayor and those at his
command lied about the unfunded pension obligations. He and his followers were
told several times by the Director of Pensions that they were broadcasting
inflated and false figures. Apparently the only excuse was that the Mayor wanted
to be able to justify to the citizenry and the media a declaration of fiscal
emergency to take to the ballot for a vote. Perhaps there were political
considerations also. I leave that for the story to reveal that aspect.
Now the truth is out. The City's political establishment and management cannot
be trusted to deal honestly with its employees and the citizens it supposedly
It will be interesting to watch the "spin" on this.
This issue will no doubt generate a significant amount of interest locally and
could easily put Mayor Reed's political career in jeopardy. What I'm interested
in is seeing how the Mercury News is going to handle (spin?) the story.
LOCAL NEWS FOR YOU
If this article from last
Saturday's paper was intended as an April fool's joke, it arrived two months
early. If serious, and anyone at City Hall would consider cutting 400 additional
police jobs, they need to be cuffed and booked into the VMC Mental Health
Mayor Weighs More Safety Cuts
productivity per officer would allow further
staff cuts, says an analysis Reed requested from IBM
By John Woolfolk, Staff Writer
Mercury News — Feb. 4, 2012
While San Jose residents and leaders alike are fretting
over recent police and fire staffing cuts to fill budget holes, a new IBM
analysis requested by Mayor Chuck Reed suggests the city’s public safety
departments are overstaffed and inefficient.
Reed has scheduled a discussion of the report Wednesday at the City Council
agenda-setting committee he leads. He wants the committee to have the city
manager and auditor look it over and use the analysis to develop budget
recommendations for the council.
“The IBM analysis will be of great interest and value as we attempt to restore
some of the services that have been cut over the last decade,” Reed said. “In my
review of the report, it is clear that, as we restore services, we should not
assume that we will rebuild our organization exactly as it was before the cuts.”
But officers and firefighters blasted the report’s suggestions, which come as
Reed and other city leaders are preparing for a battle with employee unions over
a June ballot measure on reducing future increases in pension benefits, a key
driver of city budget deficits.
“Our staffing is the lowest it’s been in decades, and it’s insane to think we
can go lower,” said Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers’
Association, whose ranks were reduced last year by the layoff of 66 officers and
a rash of retirements of cops whose positions faced cuts.
The IBM analysis argued that crime has fallen in San Jose since 1980 and police
staffing could be reduced accordingly. If San Jose increased police
“productivity” — crimes per full-time police position — to levels it had in the
1980s or those in other large cities, the report said, the city could cut some
400 police jobs and save up to $60 million.
The report further argued that the department could get better results by using
data analysis to target officers in high-crime areas and times of day.
The analysis included all department staff, not just sworn officers, whose ranks
have dropped from about 1,375 in 2009 to 1,099 today. The report noted that
“these are not easy changes” and would need to be “well thought out.”
Unland called them crazy. “Anyone who thinks that we can cut 300 to 400 more
police from our force doesn’t understand the nature of police work,” Unland
said. “The city’s No. 1 priority should be the protection of its citizens.
Clearly our mayor has other priorities.”
The report said that San Jose spends more per fire department staffer than
comparable cities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.
With firefighters now spending most of their time on medical calls, the report
suggested many could be replaced by private paramedics or firefighters from
other departments to lower costs.
Robert Sapien, president of the San Jose Firefighters union, argued that IBM is
only seeking to boost its own business providing services that help cities use
technology to fight crime and fires.
“They want San Jose to cut an additional 350 to 400 police officers and 150
firefighters, and then buy their computers and consultants to predict where
crimes and fires will occur,” Sapien said.
“This Ouija board gamble is nothing more than a risky scheme to boost their
corporate bottom line.”
Police and fire leaders were more diplomatic in their response, but echoed the
rank and file in their skepticism of the report’s recommendations.
“Suffice it to say we think there’s no question we’re at the lowest we can go at
1,099 officers,” said Assistant Police Chief Rikki Goede.
Added Fire Chief Willie McDonald: “My professional observation is that the
department is very lean and that running with fewer firefighters than we already
have would not be a recommendation I would have made.”
The report also concluded that San Jose spends less on parks than comparable
cities and that the department could do more to generate revenue.
Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, a Reed ally, offered an alternative idea for the
police department, which Reed’s committee also will take up Wednesday. Oliverio
proposed fixing the police share of the city’s operating budget at some
percentage through a voter-approved charter change.
The police department currently receives 34.7 percent of the city’s $885.8
million general-fund budget, he said.
Asked about the IBM report, Oliverio was skeptical of reducing police staffing,
arguing that there always are more things for officers to do.
“With more officers you can do more things,” Oliverio said.
“If there’s no major crime, fine, you can give out tickets for speeding, assist
with code enforcement, all the things we never have time to enforce.”
• • • • •
Seems likely that this letter to the editor that
appeared in Tuesday's paper was authored by 'our' Bob Christiansen...
More Officers Needed to Keep
Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Feb. 7, 2012
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed asking IBM to determine how many police officers
are needed in San Jose makes no sense.
That is like asking the San Jose Police Officers Association to produce a study
on how to run IBM. San Jose was one of the nation’s 10 safest cities before the
66 officers were laid off recently. To stay safe, we need more officers, not
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• Well-armed old lady with a carry permit isn't afraid of "a darn thing."
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• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
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• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Ron Mozley received an
e-mail from Bob Gummow that included a short video they both feel is excellent
advice for a retired cop in the unlikely event he or she becomes involved in a
shooting. It's based on the premise that being a retired cop does not carry a
lot of weight with some local jurisdictions when a shooting takes place, and it
highlights 5 points you would do well to remember if you are the shooter. Watch
the video and it will give context to the points listed below...
• • • • •
Had a colonoscopy yet? If
you have, this parody received from Tom Macris may bring back some fond or
not-so-fond memories, depending on what rocks your boat. If you haven't
undergone the procedure, you may want to pass on this and move onto the next
kinder and gentler item on the same subject...
On a funnier and more
sanitized (less graphic) note, we found this classic colonoscopy video featuring
Lou Rawls and Damon Wayans in the Farsider Archives. It may be worth a
minute-and-a-half of your time...
I hereby promise to move to
another topic after this final item that was also found in the Archives. It's
the Colorectal Surgeon song by Bowser and Blue...
• • • • •
How cool would it be to own
a fleet of miniature flying robots? If and when they become available to the
public, our Webmaster and I are going to share in the cost of a couple of dozen
so we can stage our own Star Wars battle. (Dibs on being Luke Skywalker, Leroy.)
• • • • •
Don Hale ever tries to challenge you to a wooden spoon fight, run away. Not only
does he cheat, but you probably won't know what happened until you see yourself
• • • • •
Want to go for a ride in an
Apache Longbow? It's going to be a tight fit because the attack helicopter is a
two-person aircraft, but you are still welcome. This excerpt from the History
Channel also was sent in by Don Hale...
• • • • •
This video from Russ Jones
is as humorous as it is interesting. Whether it's called a "don't miss" or a
"must see" is irrelevant. Trust us and watch this excerpt from a Canadian TV
show called the "Rick Mercer Report"...
If you found that clip even
mildly entertaining, you may also want to watch this one featuring Rick Mercer
and Polar Bears...
• • • • •
"It's Party Time" should be
the title of this clip comprised of in-car police footage of a lawn mower beer
train sent in by Hank Schrifer...
But is it real? Here's the
same cop and beer lover on a scissor lift in a clip we ran last year. We report,
• • • • •
According to Russ Jones:
The New York Times’ “Lens” blog looks at the work of Antonia Bolfo, an
NYPD cop who started taking a camera along on the job, which led to a new career
as a photographer. His work is great. Click on the link for some hi-def examples
of his work...
• • • • •
Is this the smartest dog in
the world? Dewey Moore thinks it may have a shot. Watch the clip and see what
Whatever that dog's name
is, Bruce Morton says it has some competition from this canine named "Skidboot"
that has become a TV celebrity...
• • • • •
player at Carnegie Hall? What's up with that, you say? Wait 'til you hear this
guy knock out the William Tell Overture (Lone Ranger Theme) with his mouth organ
and you'll say, "So that's what's up with that!"
• • • • •
Our final item this week is a challenging game from Bruce Morton that will
either leave you feeling good, or drive you mad. When you start, a group of
numbers from 1 through 33 will appear and move around. Your job is to move your
cursor over the numbers (don't click the mouse) one by one, starting with 1 and
continuing in order to 33. Whether you beat the score below after a practice run
is not important. The fact is, it's good practice that can help keep your brain
sharp and your eye-hand coordination crisp. Then again, it could also drive you
mad. Good luck!
• • • • •
Tip: Two tabs
of Vicodin will work well to rid yourself from the headache caused by trying
that numbers game.
Thanks for visiting.
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