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February 16, 2012


Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
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From last Friday's (Feb. 10th) Mercury News...

Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Cunningham

Sept. 23, 1926 - Jan. 28, 2012
Resident of Morgan Hill

Betty was born in San Jose 85 years ago, lived all her life in her beloved Santa Clara County, and passed peacefully in Gilroy in her daughter’s arms. Loving daughter of the late Alvy and Ramona Green, sister of the late Armand Green. Betty shared 52 years of marriage with her beloved late husband Ralph. Dear mother of Richard (Cathy), Steve (Gayle) and Anita Kane (Michael). Devoted grandmother of Alison and Andrew Cunningham, Elliot and Tristan Kane.

One of San Jose’s first women police officers, Betty held office in the Women’s Police Officers Association as well as the International Police Association. She also was a past member of Delta Theta Tau sorority. Betty’s retirement years were filled with family, bowling, and enjoying exotic travels with dear friends. Even through her difficult Alzheimer’s years, Betty’s feisty spirit continued to shine. She loved and was loved by many and will be sorely missed.

A celebration of Betty’s life will take place on February 25 at 12 p.m. at The Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Ave, San Jose.

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This Alzheimer's Assn. link provides more details about Betty's life and provides friends with the opportunity to sign a guest book and/or donate to a tribute fund:



In Memory of Glen Allan Castlio

December 6, 1938 - January 31, 2012

Glen A. Castlio was born on December 6th, 1938 in Walnut Creek, CA. He passed away on January 31st, 2012 in Folsom, CA. He was 73 years young. He was preceded in death by his brother Gary Lynn, parents Bud and Hazel, and Patsy, his wife of 42 years. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Ann Szabo, her husband Tom, their children, Jake, Ava and Alex of San Jose, CA; his son Michael Douglas, his wife Marcy Lynne, their children Gabriella and Cole of Folsom, CA; his son, Jeffrey Damon of Fremont, CA; and daughter Geri Lynne Castlio of Roseville, CA.

Glen spent his childhood camping with his brother and father in Yosemite. After he graduated from high school, he enlisted in the Navy. He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia where he spent time as a boiler man. During his time on the East Coast he made his way to Boston, where he met his wife, Patricia Ann Damon of Rockland, MA. Patsy's family loved Glen almost as much as he loved them. Glen was discharged from the Navy in November 1959 and they married. As they drove across country to start their new life in California, they took time to honeymoon in Niagara Falls. Glen often joked about marrying an older woman, Patsy joked about having to buy the beer when they were on their honeymoon.

Glen and Patsy eventually settled in San Jose, CA where he found a part-time job at "The Rockery" while he went to school at San Jose State University. With a new baby added to the family, Glen decided to join the San Jose Police Department. At that time, the SJPD gave their new officers a weapon, keys to a patrol car and sent them on their way. Glen joked about trying to deliver a drunk to the ER, but they turned him away and told him to bring him back once he was awake. Glen drove around for several hours and eventually took him to the hospital, where they realized the poor man was not drunk, he was dead. At least, that's how the story goes.

Glen was always fascinated by the Asian Art of Jujitsu. He studied under Professor Raymond Law, Professor Bud Estes and Yosh Uchida. He eventually achieved a 1st degree black belt and was a Sensei for the YMCA on the Alameda. He took part in competitions, both as a participant and judge. He received a bronze medal at the Police Olympics.

When SJPD implemented a new Canine Program, Glen found the perfect partner; Rocky, a beautiful German Sheppard who had a great pedigree, but bad hips. Glen and Rocky worked the midnight weekend shift in East Side San Jose for most of their careers. When Rocky was forced to retire, Glen never shared his patrol car with another partner.

Eventually, Glen made his way into the political arena. He probably held every office in the San Jose Peace Officers' Association. He was also a member of the Peace Officers Research Association of California and spent a great deal of time advocating for policeman's rights. At one point, the State of California suggested he register as a lobbyist. He even made it to the White House to witness President Carter sign a bill requiring states to provide protective gear to police officers, thereby ensuring a safer work environment.

During Glen's career he was instrumental in assisting in the investigation of several murders in the 1980s. Glen led detectives to a key piece of evidence which eventually led to the arrest and conviction of the infamous Trail Side Killer. He was honored by the City of San Jose with an award for his contribution to the investigation. Glen worked for the San Jose Police Department for 22 years.

Outside of work, Glen enjoyed spending time with his family and attended various sporting events for his children. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Glen and Patricia were heavily involved in Bicycle Motocross with their children. They enjoyed it so much that together they ran and assisted in running several BMX tracks throughout the Bay Area. Glen even opened a bicycle store (San Jose BMX) in San Jose and sponsored a large team of BMX riders. Glen and Patsy traveled the West Coast from race to race with their children and many close friends. He was an icon at the track sitting in front of his yellow and white motor home selling BMX equipment.

Glen was not one to sit idle; he spent several years working in the bicycle department at Reeds Sporting Good Store. From there he returned to the law once again and attended Santa Clara University where he received a certificate in Paralegal Studies. He loved investigating, researching and re-enacting accidents. His efforts assisted countless victims of carelessness to find justice.

One fine day, Glen and Patsy were watching a movie called "Dirty Dancing," and the rest was history. Glen and Patsy caught the bug! They signed up at Fred Astaire and found their way to a new passion they could both share. Samba, Tango, Waltz, Two Step, the Hustle, it didn't matter; they jumped into it full swing. Glen looked dashing in a snazzy tuxedo and Patsy all dolled up in her fancy ball gowns. They found their place in a family of dancers. It was the best thing that could have happened! They traveled, competed, laughed and had fun together.

Eventually, his life turned a corner when his wife and dance partner was diagnosed the summer of 2001 with Lung Cancer. September 11th of that year had a great impact on him as he watched those brave men and women from the NYFD, NYPD and the Port Authority perish in the towers, all the while watching his wife succumb to a terrible disease.

After Patsy's death, Glen was lost for quite awhile, but he eventually found his way to a new life. He remodeled his house and eventually sold it, ironically to a young SJPD officer. He then relocated to Woodland, CA where there was less traffic and lots of open space. He bought himself a snazzy Mercedes AMG convertible, learned how to ride horses and began to travel to London, Italy and Asia. He visited New York to pay his respects to the men and women who lost their lives in the towers. He loved to go to Carmel for the annual Concorde de Elegance to photograph the expensive vintage cars.

Glen was able to celebrate one final Thanksgiving, Christmas and a New Year's Eve with his family.

The end came rather quickly. He'd suffered a stroke three weeks earlier; however, we believed he would recover. While in rehab, the therapists had to constantly remind him to use the walker; they were amazed as he preferred to carry it around. He looked very strong and healthy. The day he passed away, his caregiver helped him shave and gave him a haircut. He worked with his speech therapist, had lunch and then he was gone.

As a family, we were looking forward to spending time with him as he recovered. We planned to take him to lunch, to his grandson's basketball, baseball and soccer games and to his granddaughter's dance recitals.

However, God had a different plan. We wonder whether or not the thought of being dependent upon others, struggling to communicate, not being able to make his own decisions and the prospect of never being able to drive his sporty little Benz again was too much and he decided he was done. I know Patsy and his partner Rocky were there to embrace him as he arrived. He will be missed.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th at the Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel in San Jose. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the American Cancer Society, the Sacramento Pet Food Bank, or to your favorite charity.

Click on this link to sign and/or read the guest book: <http://tinyurl.com/7lhhec4>



This POA Membership Alert arrived late Thursday night, just as we were putting the finishing touches on this newsletter. It's titled "Ethics Complaint Action Alert" and pertains to the ethics complaint filed against Mayor Reed for exaggerating the amount of the pension problem by $250 million. For the details, click on the link below and note that the page includes a couple of videos that may be of interest...






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Feb. 9th


You're right about the badges not being handed out in sequence. My hire date was also Sept. 1, 1970 and Earnshaw gave me badge #369 stamped sterling. Later I was given #1464, which was handed out in the order of seniority. I am proud to have both of them.
Don Carraher

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Feb. 9th

Hi Bill and Leroy...
Regarding Suske's article about our badges. I joined on Aug. 1 1962 along with Dewey [a/k/a Zero] Moore, Gary Keith and Dave Harrison. I recall Inspector DeMers coming into the office wih Asst. Chief Cannell. One of them had a cigar box full of badges that they passed out indiscriminately, Dewey got badge #36 and I got #129. Both came with hat brass with matching numbers. I'm proud to own both and wouldn't give them up at any price — unless it would be to ensure that the outcome of November's presidential election would result in a changing of the guard.

While on Motors during the campus riots I often loaned my soft hat with the matching #129 hat piece from my locker to someone who needed it. I'm sorry I did that because they disappeared, and I would have loved to have them both for sentimental reasons. The hat with the brass hat piece was one of the last with a leather bill, and it took one helluva spit shine.
As the department grew it was decided to get new badges and issue them according to seniority: Numbers 1200 and up were assigned to patrolmen, and I received #1230. Whoever selected the badge company didn't have any style in my opinion because the early ones looked like they came out of a cereal box; they appeared cheap and were kind of flat (we'd try to bend the points back to give it a better shape). Later they got some better ones that had some style.
(Dick) Tush, 1230

It goes without saying that it would be a magnanimous gesture if whoever has hat piece #129 returned it to DIck so it could be teamed up once again with the badge.


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Feb. 9th


Being somewhat more ancient than most of the readers, let me give my perspective on SJPD badge numbers.

I am sure that when numbered badges were first issued in ancient times they were in seniority order. But as time passed and officers left the department for whatever reason, the badge was reissued to the next hire.

Sergeants and up were not numbered until the late 1960s, when numbers were silver soldered onto the badges.

When I came on in 1953 with Bill Wells, Sr. and John Buck, Jr., I got badge #99.  (Now in the possession of Bill Yarbrough.) I believe Wells received #98 and Buck got #100. This was not in hiring order as both Bill and John were ahead of me on the list.

The badges were new at the time. As others came on later, they were issued previously issued badges. I remember Roy Sanfilippo had #40 and was hired after I left for the military in 1954. Rich Huerta had #43, and he was several years after me. My badge was supposed to have been saved for me when I returned, but when I came back in 1956, it had been issued to Ray McMahon. I didn't get it back until a year later when he resigned.

During the early 1970s, when Bob Murphy was the Chief, Capt. Lew Haller was given the task to create a new system that avoided confusion when citizens complained or wanted to commend an officer. He came up with the current system that started with badge #1000 for the chief. It was then based on seniority by rank for the rest of us. Hence, the Asst. Chief was #1001, Deputy Chiefs received #1002 to 1005, Captains #1006 to 1015, and on down the line. All new hires were given the next numbered badge. When anyone left the department, their number was retired, never to be used again until the Dept. uses up all the 4 digit badges, after which is may go to 5 digit badges.

This system was instituted in 1973 or so. As a result I have a solid 18k gold Captain's badge #8 and gold plated #1013.

Looking at the badges in question, why does the one associated with Joe Earnshaw have red numbers? Does that confuse the issue any more?

(Larry) Otter

Larry is referring to this red-lettered badge that appeared in the Feb. 2nd Farsider. According to the personnel roster at the back of the 1983 Commemorative Album, badge #1223 belonged to Joe Earnshaw.


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Feb. 15th


I just got this video from a medical friend of mine and thought I would pass it along because it's inspiring. A lot of the guys have various types of health issues, including me. But it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. Take a look at what happened to this doctor who contracted Multiple Sclerosis and what she did to cure herself.

Hope all is well with you and with everyone.

(Scannell) <silent.eagle46@yahoo.com>





Last week's Mail Call column included the item below...

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Retiree Wil Smoke e-mailed the text below and photo to John Woolfolk of the Mercury News with a cc to me. 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
Eagle, Idaho

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Councilmember Pete Constant — he receives the Farsider — saw Smoke's item and wanted to set the record straight. A few hours after we had gone to press with last week's newsletter I received the following e-mail from the councilman. It included Smoke's entry above along with a personal message...

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Subject: Another mis-truth and manipulation

On 2/9/12 4:10 pm Pete Constant wrote:

I see that this appears in today’s Farsider. I usually ignore the misinformation you publish, but identifying me with the Occupy Movement may have hit a new low.
Too bad it wasn’t taken at the occupy protests. It was at the Tea Party rally on April 15, 2009 at Cesar Chavez Park in San Jose. No cops were hurt in the Tea Party Rally in San José. But why let the facts get in the way of a good story. Come to think of it, why even attempt to fact check? You never have before.

Pete Constant
Councilman, District 1


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I replied...

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On 2/9/12 4:50 PM bilmat wrote:

Subject: Re: Another mis-truth and manipulation
Hi Pete,

You will need to take the issue up with Wil Smoke as I had no idea what the source of the photo was, which I pointed out in my lead-in. The Mail Call forum is for readers to present their views, and I don't have time to fact check everything that goes into the newsletter. If you wish, I'll include your missive in the next Mail Call column to set the matter straight, but you will need to give me the green light. Under the circumstances that it was a Tea Party event, all you need to do is reply and tell me to run it as is, or you can write it again if you want to make any changes.

I could include Smoke as a cc to this reply, but it would be best if you contacted him directly. His e-mail address is


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My response generated the following reply from the councilman...

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Subject: Re: Another mis-truth and manipulation

On 2/9/12 4:51 pm Pete Constant wrote:

Go ahead. I never say or do anything that I would be ashamed to see in print.

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His reply resulted in one final response from me...

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On 2/9/12 5:18 pm bilmat wrote

Subject: Re: Another mis-truth and manipulation

Understood. Your message will appear in next week's Mail Call column.

As for the subject of your e-mail, look on the bright side: At least it wasn't a 250 million dollar mis-truth or manipulation!



You out-of-town retirees who don't read the Mercury News on-line might be interested in this article from last Friday's paper...

Pension Battle Looms

—Reed touts city’s progress while pushing for reform measure on June ballot—

By John Woolfolk <jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Feb. 10, 2012

Having presided over six years of doomsaying, budget cutbacks and battles with employee unions, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed sounded more hopeful in his annual state of the city speech Thursday night.

Citing traction on crime fighting, homelessness, the local economy and his controversial fiscal reform agenda, Reed said the city has “faced enormous fiscal challenges” and “made major progress.” He repeatedly asserted that 2012 “will be a year of hope, optimism and recovery.”

But Reed also acknowledged that his biggest battle lies ahead, as he seeks voter approval in June for a package of pension reforms vehemently opposed by city workers.

Reed devoted much of his 26-minute speech at the recently renovated Civic Auditorium to the ballot measure he has proposed to pare pension costs.


San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, second from right, waits
behind the stage with his wife, Paula, and members of
his staff before giving the annual state of the city
address Thursday at the San Jose Civic Auditorium.

Those costs have grown from $73 million to $245 million in the past decade and forced the city to shed some 2,000 jobs, leaving a workforce of about 5,200.

Reed’s measure calls for raising the amount workers hired in the future will pay toward their retirements, requiring them to kick in half the cost of the benefit. Current workers could either choose to reduce pension benefits earned for their remaining years or pay more to keep the existing plan.

The measure also would end bonus checks to city retirees and require voter approval for future pension increases.

“The ballot measure will save the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 10 years,” Reed told the estimated crowd of 1,000.

Unions have assailed the proposed measure as an illegal violation of their vested pension rights, and they’ve argued that state courts have held that government agencies cannot reduce their workers’ retirement benefits. On Thursday, unions filed an ethics complaint accusing Reed and other top city officials of inflating pension cost projections to bolster the case for concessions. The complaint involved an early estimate a year ago that pension costs could reach $650 million in four years, which city officials have since backed away from. Reed said it was always couched as a worst-case estimate.

Reed noted Thursday that San Jose’s current pension costs have taken a real toll, forcing the city to cut 66 officers from the police force last year and 49 firefighters the year before. Though a federal grant is helping restore firefighting positions, the department continues to “brown out” a pair of fire stations, with their engines taken out of service due to budget constraints.

The mayor devoted some time to acknowledge city workers who have taken 10 percent pay cuts and seen their ranks pared. He commended them for “maintaining a professional attitude” and thanked their union leaders for continuing “difficult discussions.”

But that did little to mollify city workers who gathered outside the auditorium in protest, foreshadowing the battle ahead over the pension measure.

“I think the mayor is gaming the system,” said Jon Max Reger, a city environmental inspector for 20 years, as he left after the speech.

Cindy Chavez, executive officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, said that “unions have shown over and over again a willingness to come to the table and offer smart solutions, and the mayor has been unwilling to accept that.” Chavez, a former San Jose vice mayor, lost the mayor’s race to Reed in 2006.

Reed and other city officials have argued the concession offers are insufficient.

Councilman Ash Kalra, who has clashed with the mayor over the pension issue, said after the speech that he hopes Reed is right about hope and optimism this year, “because it’s really been lacking the last few years.”

Despite the firestorm, Reed in his speech ticked off his reasons for hope. After a homicide spike early last year, things “turned around,” he said, “due to dedicated suppression efforts” by the police department.

He noted a city and county effort to tackle chronic homelessness that will help provide long-term housing for 950 people.

Reed said the San Jose area “tied for the highest rate of job growth” among U.S. metropolitan areas last year. The city, he said, is now home to more than 100 clean technology companies. And San Jose’s renovated, but financially struggling, airport has seen flights added by Alaska and Southwest airlines, while Japan’s largest airline is starting nonstop service to Tokyo within the next year.

Councilwoman Nancy Pyle, who has worked with Reed to promote economic development, said after the mayor’s speech that “I liked what I heard.”

But Reed cautioned the crowd that the city is “not out of the woods yet,” and he closed by calling on residents to back his fiscal reform measure, calling it necessary “to eliminate problems so they do not burden future generations.”


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On the same front page of last Friday's Local Section was this associated article relative to the pension issue...

Unions File Complaint Alleging that Mayor Overstated Pension Costs

By Tracy Seipel
Mercury News — Feb. 10, 2012

In the first salvo of what promises to be a fierce battle over a June ballot measure involving city worker pensions, employee unions Thursday accused San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and other top city officials of overstating projected retirement cost increases.

In an 11-page complaint to the city’s Elections Commission, which investigates allegations of ethical violations, the unions allege that Reed, city Retirement Services Director Russell Crosby and former retirement services employee Michael Moehle “knowingly misled and misrepresented” to the City Council and public the five-year projections for city retirement costs, saying it could be as high as $650 million.

That figure, the complaint alleges, was used often enough by Reed that it became the basis of a proposal by the mayor and council last year to consider officially declaring that the city was facing a fiscal emergency. And during a Thursday news conference to announce the complaint, some union officials also said the mayor’s actions forced employee concessions that did not have to be made.

“They can spin it however they wish,’’ said Reed on Thursday. “The reality is what drove negotiations with the unions was the fact that if we did not get the 10 percent reductions in total compensation, we would have had to lay off more police and firefighters.”

The union complaint stems from an NBC-TV Channel 11 investigation aired Wednesday that questioned the discrepancy between the $650 million number Reed had cited as an uppermost figure and the $400 million he had also cited as the official projection.

In their complaint, the unions point to a comment by Crosby last February during a budget session where he estimated the projected pension costs for fiscal year 2015-16 could rise an additional $250 million to $650 million. They also cite Crosby’s emails that indicate the retirement director in June was trying to back away from the $650 million figure as “damage control” to avoid accusations from unions that the city was overstating the problem.

On Thursday, Crosby told the Mercury News that the NBC interview that quoted him saying the $650 million projected pension costs “came off the top of my head” was taken out of context, and that the figure was what he believed the worst-case scenario would be.

“That was not the official forecast,” said Crosby.

Calls to KNTV-Channel 11, were not returned late Thursday.

By summer, Crosby said, actuaries had revised that projection to $431.5 million, and a new number is expected to be released in the next week. Reed never asked for the emergency declaration as the threat of a fiscal emergency was over in December, mostly because the actuaries had been able to factor into their projections 10 percent pay cuts and staff reductions that had occurred over the summer.

Union leaders remain unconvinced, however, and contend the mayor manipulated figures to support his cutbacks and proposed June ballot measure that would shrink retirement benefits for new hires and require current employees pay more toward their pensions if they don’t switch to a cheaper plan.


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Police Chief Chris Moore is not the happiest of campers at the moment according to this front-page story from last Saturday's paper, nor should he be given the circumstances...

Police Department Leader's Vision in His First Year
as San Jose's Top Cop Lays Down Moore's Law

—27-year veteran weathers criticism after overseeing budget cuts, layoffs—

By Bruce Newman
Mercury News — Feb. 11, 2012

As San Jose’s top cop, Chris Moore may watch over the city’s thin blue line, but the 6-foot-5, 272-pound department veteran is no longer part of it. The burden of command became increasingly evident during Moore’s tumultuous first year as chief, during which he administered a department dealing with pay cuts, layoffs, a rising murder rate and spiraling morale. It was a year of living dangerously, and when it ended this month, the chief acknowledged during an interview that the job “has not been fun.” But he sharply disputed the notion that he’s “a puppet” of City Hall — as anonymous critics have charged on blogs frequented by the department’s rank-and-file.

San Jose police Chief Chris Moore sits down during
an interview Jan. 31 at the department's headquarters

Moore also acknowledged he’d like to see fewer officer-involved shootings, denied a direct link between police layoffs and a doubling of the murder rate in 2011, and proposed a novel solution for the department’s reduced manpower: Ask the public to help.

Moore was appointed to the job Feb. 1, 2011, by City Manager Debra Figone, who made it clear she wanted an insider to steer the San Jose Police Department through the first large layoff in its history. But as the city heads toward a day of reckoning brought on by its budget deficit — threatening to eliminate perks such as cash payments for sick time at retirement, which cost the city about $10 million a year, and in Moore’s case would amount to nearly $200,000 — the new chief hinted he may quit to avoid forfeiting that windfall.

“That is a lot of money,” Moore said. “It’s something you have to wrestle with.”

As the seventh of 10 kids in his family, Moore got used to hand-me-downs. So when he went from serving as former Chief Rob Davis’ No. 2 to acting chief when Davis retired in 2010, and finally got the top job over a sexier outside candidate — then-Oakland Chief Anthony Batts — he didn’t take personally that groups like the Coalition for Justice and Accountability dismissed him as a holdover from the Davis years.

“It didn’t faze me at all,” Moore said. “Given what we were facing as an organization … I was actually surprised that I was selected.”

“He was part of that command structure,” said Richard Konda, a coalition leader, “and we were concerned he was just going to be more of the same.”

And LaDoris Cordell, the independent police auditor who had frequently clashed with Davis, said, “Particularly communities of color were holding their breath to find out what’s going to happen here.”

Almost immediately, Moore began advising officers on the chopping block to seek jobs elsewhere. Even before he sent out 122 initial layoff notices, the number of sworn officers on the force was plummeting from 1,409 in 2007 to 1,087 today. And there was more: 10 percent pay cuts, sergeants demoted to patrol.

“None of it was good news,” Moore said. “Everyone was looking to the mayor, the city manager and me to say, ‘It’s going to be all better.’ And the unfortunate truth is, it’s not.”

As retirements reduced payroll, the department offered to reinstate most of the 66 layoffs it ultimately made, but Moore says only about half of those offered their former jobs chose to return. For those who stayed, morale has suffered.

“What Chief Moore described to me is heartbreaking,” said Joseph McNamara, the city’s police chief for 15 years until 1991. “Because of all these cutbacks, officers feel the public has abandoned them.”

Some of their anger has been turned toward Moore. “There are a lot of reasons for people to be unhappy in the city, and certainly there are many unhappy people working in the Police Department,” Mayor Chuck Reed said. “The chief is trying to do the best job he can with the resources we give him. If the troops want to be angry about the budget, they should be angry at me.”

Figone said Moore, whose salary is $226,129 a year, is calling the shots in his department. “It’s really ridiculous to even imply that he’s my puppet,” she said. “I want him to lead the department. I don’t want to do it, and I haven’t had to.”

Victims and villains?

With further budget cutbacks inevitable, Moore acknowledged that certain “low-level” crimes are less likely to get attention. “We’re beyond doing more with less,” he said. “We’re now into doing less with less.”

He is trying to shift the public’s expectations, talking up a new collaboration between the department and the people it’s sworn to protect. “If you’re willing to meet us halfway, that’s a guarantee we’re going to do our best with minimal resources to help you help the neighborhood,” Moore said. “That’s what I want to hear. As opposed to somebody who just comes in and complains. That’s not helpful.”

Cordell cautiously traces a line between the cops’ budget bunker mentality and a troubling rise in police gunbattles with the public. “Officers are feeling victimized and villainized by politicians and members of the public,” she said, “and the number of officer-involved shootings is up. So it’s a very challenging time in which to lead a department.”

The homicide rate rose to 41 from 20 the previous year under Moore, an increase that police union officials suggested was a result of layoffs. “It’s not directly attributable to (cuts),” Moore said. “That’s a small piece of it.”

He was slightly less sanguine about eight officer-involved shootings. But Moore doesn’t feel the police have suddenly become triggerhappy. “It’s pretty clear that people were pulling weapons on police officers,” he said. While asserting the cops’ right to defend themselves, Moore acknowledged that some retraining might be required.

Accumulating ICE

Moore grew alarmed at a level of gang violence he believed was fueling the higher murder rate, and invited two investigators from Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement to work with police. There was widespread concern about deportation proceedings arising from their collaborative work.

ICE had a reputation for heavy-handed tactics, and Moore had pledged to be police chief to all the people, so some perceived it as a misstep. “That was very disconcerting to the Latino community,” Cordell said.

“I was disappointed in some of the community response,” Moore said. But from June 14 until the start of school, the city had no gang-related homicides.

“He’s walking that really thin line between being part of management,” McNamara said, “and trying to protect a department that really has been badly hurt.”

In Silicon Valley, “Moore’s Law” usually refers to the doubling of computing speed every two years, but it soon could define an even more blinding rate of change in law enforcement. The chief said he had “already made sacrifices” to stay with the department, leaving vague how much longer he’d be willing to do so.

“We’ve been through a very difficult year,” Moore said. “It has not been fun. I’d like to see some better times.”


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If you perused Saturday's paper looking for an update on Mayor Reed's bloated fiscal prediction for San Jose's pension fund issue, you were out of luck. This letter to the editor was the only SJPD-related item we found...

Cutbacks Coincide with Increase in Crime

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Feb. 11, 2012

I was shocked to read that even more public safety cuts are considered by Mayor Chuck Reed and the San Jose City Council. I live in the same decent, middle-class area in San Jose where I grew up for the past 40 years. Until a year or two ago, I remember seeing a patrol vehicle drive through once or twice a week. After the recent layoffs and cuts to the police department, I can’t recall when the last time I saw a unit drive by. Not coincidentally, I noticed in that same time period an increase in the gang taggings on street signs (and even on the retaining wall in my frontyard), as well as discarded crystal meth packages or empty beer bottles on the street in front of my house. Computer programmed predicted policing, as mentioned in the article, may have shown in recent studies to have an effect on property crimes in high crime-rate areas.

For more dynamic criminal elements, such as gang activity or drug dealing, though, there is and never will be any substitute for uniformed officers proactively patrolling their beats.

Dave Albert
San Jose

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Scott Herhold weighed in on the subject of the mayor's so-called "worst case scenario" regarding the pension costs. This is from the front page of the local section of last Sunday's paper...

Here’s What Reed Should Have Said

By Scott Herhold
Mercury News — Feb. 12, 2012

For more than five years now, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has had one of the toughest jobs anywhere. He’s presided over pay cuts, layoffs and bitter union negotiations. He’s had to say no far more than yes. It’s turned him much grayer.

Reed offered folks a glimpse of optimism in his State of the City speech Thursday night. But it came within 24 hours of a damaging KNTV report that highlighted the mayor’s Achilles’ heel: his sometimes-errant political instinct.

In a piece titled “San Jose’s Fuzzy Pension Math,” KNTV investigative reporter Jenna Susko focused on a number: The piece asserted that the mayor used the number of $650 million for pensions, when the real annual cost was projected at $400 million.

That report surfaced just as the unions filed an 11-page complaint with the city’s elections commission, alleging that Reed “knowingly misled” the City Council and public about pension costs. The timing was no coincidence.

In truth, the KNTV report was thin gruel. True, the mayor had used the $650 million as a worst-case scenario for the fiscal year 2015-16. The Mercury News picked it up two or three times.

But in his pension reform ballot proposal and union negotiations, he had relied on $400 million.

And it’s worth saying that even with a $400 million number — or $300 million, the latest — the city has a huge problem.

It cannot afford to keep giving cops and firefighters 90 percent pensions. Almost everyone understands the system is not sustainable.

Bad interview

But Reed botched the KNTV interview — and so, to a lesser extent, did city Retirement Services Director Russell Crosby, who first threw out the $650 million as a rough estimate and then, according to the KNTV report, tried to reel it back.

When reporter Susko pressed Reed whether he should have sat down with Crosby and asked him where he got the $650 million number, the mayor responded, “No.”

“No?” asked Susko.

“No,” said Reed, who explained that he always understood it to be a rough estimate.

The problem with that response, and a couple of others, is that it left behind the faint aroma of Marie Antoinette (“Let them eat cake”).

The mayor has premised his administration on reforming pensions. At best, he looked careless with his facts. Worse, he looked like he didn’t have much empathy for the people bearing the brunt of reform. And that’s more damaging than a debate about numbers that are abstruse to most folks.

I know the Scrooge image is misleading: Reed is a devoted, hardworking guy who is trying to reform a system that makes it all but impossible for the city to deliver basic services.

Flip side

The mayor’s faults are the flip side of his virtues. He is straightforward, well-informed and extraordinarily honest for an elected official. But he doesn’t have the patter that helps lubricate a tough answer.

Given that, he probably should have insisted the interview take place in the hallway rather than his office. And he should have clung to a spiel that lifted him above the fray, no matter the question: “Look, we always made clear that the $650 million number was a worst-case scenario. I may have used it longer than I should have. But whatever the number, we can’t afford to delay reform. I know all this is hard on city employees. They work hard and serve us well. But we have a huge credit card bill. We have to pay it down, not quibble. The repo men are at the door.”

Contact Scott Herhold at <sherhold@mercurynews.com> or 408-275-0917.


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Then there was this letter to the editor in the same paper from what sounds like the wife of a San Jose cop...

Faux Fiscal Emergency Belittles City Workers

The recent uncovering of Mayor Chuck Reed’s faux fiscal emergency was a long time coming, and many of us who are — or are married to — civil servants for the city have watched as morale has dropped, proactive police work has become a thing of the past, and firefighters attempt to safeguard their integrity while serving the citizens of San Jose. Mayor Reed: Those men and women who proudly wear blue have been ridiculed, scrutinized and been identified as “the problem” in San Jose.

They have been embarrassed, belittled and made out to be the bad guys. The citizens of San Jose have been turned against them, and they report to work every day wondering what fresh hell awaits them.

Dude, it’s your turn. Bottoms up.

Christina Wise
Boulder Creek






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