February 16, 2012
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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Friday's (Feb. 10th) Mercury News...
Elizabeth (Betty) Jane
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
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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
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
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
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:
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...
Results from last week's poll
For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott
Rasmussen, click on this link:
For the most recent releases, click here:
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.
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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
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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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 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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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.
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.
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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
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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.
Councilman, District 1
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On 2/9/12 4:50 PM bilmat
Subject: Re: Another mis-truth and manipulation
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
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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
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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!
LOCAL NEWS FOR YOU
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
city’s progress while pushing for reform measure on June ballot—
By John Woolfolk
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
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
stage with his wife, Paula, and members of
before giving the annual state of the city
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
“We’ve been through a very difficult year,” Moore said. “It has not been fun.
I’d like to see some better times.”
• • • • •
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
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.
• • • • •
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
Here’s What Reed Should Have
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
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.
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
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.
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
• • • • •
Then there was this letter
to the editor in the same paper from what sounds like the wife of a San Jose
Faux Fiscal Emergency Belittles
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.
FOR GOOD EATS
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behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
Was this widely
circulated photo the SEAL team that took out Osama bin Laden?
• Does a 1981 Columbia University student ID card
identify Barack Obama as a foreign student named Barry Soetoro?
• Is the IRS sending out e-mail notices about $10,000 penalties for failure
to file income tax returns?
• Does a new policy eliminate combat pay for U.S. military personnel 'unless
they are being shot at'?
• Disturbing image warning: Will the Humane
Society donate $1 towards the care of an abused puppy every time his photo is
• Photograph purportedly shows members of SEAL Team Six.
• Did an Indian woman give birth to eleven baby boys?
• Was the father of actor Tom Hanks the lead singer of the musical group The
• Did a McDonald's advertisement describe petting pit bulls as a 'risky'
• Do legions of prostitutes flock to the city where the Super Bowl is being
• Photograph seeks help in identifying youths pictured hanging a puppy.
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
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• Woman who demands her photo back from her boyfriend receives a box of
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DON'T MISS THIS...
This item is so spectacular
that it needed its own Farsider parking space, which is why we're placing it
above the Lighter Side items below.
If you choose to click on the link under the photo, you will be exposed to 48
minutes of pure entertainment in the form of an IMAX film entitled "Fighter
Pilot." Because it was originally shot in 70mm IMAX format film before it was
converted to digital video, you need to watch it in full screen mode by clicking
on the graphic at the extreme lower right corner of the screen when the video
begins to play. The full screen graphic looks like this, only smaller...
If you could use an adrenalin
rush, pop yourself a brewski, settle back, keep your barf bag handy and watch
this high-definition Boeing-produced film about "Operation Red Flag" that took
place at Nellis AFB in Nevada. It features 128 of the top fighter aircraft and
crews from six countries, and you are part of the action...
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Here's an extraordinary
clip courtesy of Les Nunes. It's an excerpt from a BBC One production entitled
"What a Wonderful World with David Attenborough." He's not Louis Armstrong, but
he's pretty damn good at reciting the song made famous by Satchmo. Try it,
you'll like it...
• • • • •
It's been over five years
since we last ran this most amazing jukebox (12/14/06) to be specific), so we
thought it was worth another go. Not only can you select and play nearly every
popular tune between 1950 and 1989, you also can select numerous radio channels
of various musical genres. If you are up to taking a virtual voyage back to high
school or college and/or enjoy listening to your favorite music while you are
reading and answering e-mails, this site should be worth bookmarking...
• • • • •
If we need rain so badly,
why don't we just hire these people? (Click on the link below, shut your eyes
and listen. You might even hear some thunder.)
• • • • •
The link below sent in by
Russ Jones will take you to a spectacular display of the Northern Lights set to
what I have dubbed "Sky Music." The video and audio is well worth a look and
listen, so click away...
• • • • •
If you are up for hopping
aboard a Cessna Skylane and taking an aerial tour of the Bay Area, this link
sent in by Gary Leonard is your ticket. He guarantees you will see some
excellent high-definition views as you scroll through the photos...
• • • • •
This video from our
in-house NFL referee who is enjoying a well earned break is enough to make a
grown man cry. For you guys who remember sitting in the back seat of your dad's
favorite set of wheels when you were a kid, the clip is a must-see...
• • • • •
One of the reasons "Mean
Dean" Janavice moved back to Redneck Country (as in North Carolina) after he
retired was so he could live an easier and simpler lifestyle by picking up some
tips from the locals...
• • • • •
From most males
perspective, few things would be more disgusting than having to tackle a nearly
nude male streaker at an NFL game in front of tens of thousands of cheering
fans, similar this footage sent in by Lumpy of what appears to have been a 2008
game between the Jets and the Giants. For incidents like this one where the
streaker first poses as an NFL offiicial, Bill Leavy and his counterparts should
be allowed to carry stun guns and target the guy's junk...
• • • • •
Then again, with the amount of money Budweiser spends on advertising during
games, perhaps the NFL isn't all that unhappy with streakers. Check out this
clip sent in by JET...
• • • • •
Sometimes when a G.I.
returns home from having been deployed, man's best friend is the first to greet
him or her...
• • • • •
Can your iPad do this?
After watching this clip sent in by Dewey Moore, we would wager that wherever
Steve Jobs happens to be residing at the moment, he's either laughing his butt
off or lining up a lawyer to sue...
• • • • •
Seems that a hell of a lot
of work went into this production for what sounds like a truly forgettable song,
but it is sort of interesting to watch. Once.
• • • • •
Did you know that some
birds are fans of bluegrass music? This one certainly is according to this video
from Bruce Morton. Keep your eye on the guitar player and watch what happens at
about 1:30 into the clip...
• • • • •
Bruce also sent in a pop quiz: You have fifteen seconds to identify this country
music mega-star as he looked 50 years ago, about the time he fell deeply in love
with Mary Jane. Watch this clip and listen to the mega-star-to-be perform a
medley of his early songs at the Grande Ole Opry in 1965...
• • • • •
From Sharon Lansdowne comes
this short video showing three ways to fail a drunk test. You've likely seen the
first two. When the third way starts, you might want to stand back a ways from
• • • • •
We're closing the Farsider
this week by asking a question: Why might you want to watch a 5-minute video
about a lady who makes quilts? Answer: Beyond the fact that it comes highly
recommended by Gary Leonard, it is also pretty damned inspiring. Give it a go.
What have you got to lose beyond a couple of minutes?
• • • • •
That's all we had this week. If you got this far,
thanks for your attention.
Pic of the Week:
depicts how some workers avoided
job burnout when Chuck Blackmore was a kid.
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