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February
9, 2012

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



 
 

GLENN CASTLIO
 

Badge 1119
Born Dec. 6, 1938
Appointed Nov. 15, 1961
Promoted to Sgt. Sept. 1, 1969
Retired June 15, 1983
Died Jan. 31, 2012


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




 

A DEVASTATING 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...

<http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Guessing-Pensions-138981764.html>

 

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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


February 9, 2012

Contact: Kerry Hillis, Communications/Public Affairs, SJPOA 916-266-1156, <kerry@sjpoa.com>

SAN JOSE CITY EMPLOYEES VOTE TO FILE ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST
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)

When: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 12:00 PM

Where: San Jose Police Officers Association, 1151 North Fourth Street, San Jose, CA 95112 

What: Press 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.




 

PBA MEETING REMINDER

It's next Wednesday, Feb. 15th. Same time, same place. Need we say more?





 

WEEKLY POLL

This week's poll is about the Chrysler Super Bowl commercial featuring
Clint Eastwood. If you are one of the handful of people in America who
haven't seen it, you can watch the ad by clicking on the link below...




<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFAiqxm1FDA&feature=youtube_gdata_player>
 

   


Results from last week's poll
 

For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/>

For the most recent releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>




 

MAIL CALL
 

Feb. 2nd

Yo Bill,

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 memories.

Joe
(Suske) <jsuske@sbcglobal.net>


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.
<bill@medalsofhonor.net> Yes, that's a shameless plug for you new retirees who would like to proudly display your SJPD memorabilia.

 


 

 

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Feb. 4th


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.

Wil Smoke
<WRSmoke@sbcglobal.net>
Eagle, Idaho

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Feb. 6th

Bill,

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 understand.

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 recollections!

You and Leroy keep up the great work.

Thanks,

 
Ken Hawkes
<hawkes@garlic.com>
 

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Feb. 8th

Hi Bill
 
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.
 
Regards,
 
David Byers
<dng_byers@sbcglobal.net>
 

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Feb. 9th

Bill,

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 represents.

It will be interesting to watch the "spin" on this.

Phil
(Norton) <ponorton2008@gmail.com>


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 OUT-OF-TOWNERS


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 facility...
 

Mayor Weighs More Safety Cuts

Boosting 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.”
 

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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 Public Safe

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 fewer.

Bob Christensen
San Jose



 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF FEB. 4, 2012
 

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• Photographs purportedly show an NFL pre-game Veterans Day tribute not aired by ESPN.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/lambeau.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a cancerous deer found near a fracking area in Pennsylvania.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/cancerousdeer.asp>

• Well-armed old lady with a carry permit isn't afraid of "a darn thing."
<http://www.snopes.com/crime/justice/carrypermit.asp>

• An obnoxious airline passenger demands special treatment.
<http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/obnoxious.asp>

• Did Mitt Romney assist in the search for his business partner's missing daughter?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/search.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a king brown snake in Australia.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/kingbrown.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

• Did Jack Benny arrange to have a single red rose sent to his wife every day after his death?
<http://www.snopes.com/glurge/benny.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>




 

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...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCZXZMYyRl4>

 

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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...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmKnf7QhuSo>



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...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI1go72c5H8>



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...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N0w2rORwSc>

 

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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmWD76jwjbQ>

 

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If 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 on YouTube...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXPQY_VRP6M>

 

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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...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26eqFN1BB70>

 

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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"...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJRDpTUIrJI>


If you found that clip even mildly entertaining, you may also want to watch this one featuring Rick Mercer and Polar Bears...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u9ELPBIWWc>

 

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"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...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIyWt16e8oo>


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, you decide...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30InBgGhiSo>

 

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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...



<http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/03/on-the-beat-with-a-gun-and-a-camera/?src=tp>

 

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Is this the smartest dog in the world? Dewey Moore thinks it may have a shot. Watch the clip and see what you think...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1X55b6t-UM>


Whatever that dog's name is, Bruce Morton says it has some competition from this canine named "Skidboot" that has become a TV celebrity...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2BfzUIBy9A>

 

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A harmonica 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!"



<http://www.wimp.com/harmonicacarnegie/>

 

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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!



<http://www.chezmaya.com/jeux/game33.htm>

 

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Tip: Two tabs of Vicodin will work well to rid yourself from the headache caused by trying that numbers game.

Thanks for visiting.

C'ya
 

Pic of the Week:

  Unlike the producers of "Gilligan's Island" who did a good job of casting the shipwrecked crew...
 




...the Republicans seem to have lost their anchor and are now adrift on a turbulent ocean...

 


 

 
   

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