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Photo from the 1983 SJPD
Joe Earnshaw passed away at home on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the early morning hours. Services will be held at the Holy Spirit Church, 1200 Redmond Rd. in San Jose at 12:30 p.m. next Wednesday, March 1st.
Joe leaves behind his wife Kathy, daughter Patricia “Tricia” and son Patrick.
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As most of you know, Joe and his family were the owners and operators of Summit Uniforms on Meridian Ave. in San Jose, a business which continues to thrive today. With a service scheduled for Wednesday of next week, there will likely be an obituary in the Mercury News over the next few days.
Photo from the 1983 SJPD
The obituary below is from the Feb. 16, 2017 Mercury News
Donald “Keith” Anders
Aug. 7, 1936 - Feb. 11, 2017
Leaving his Sweetheart of 63 years Marian,his children Don [Mary], Tina [Colleen], Lori, David [Julie], his grandchildren, Jason [Julia], Megan [Ben], Mitchell Anders and Brandon Anders, Keith died Feb. 11, 2017. He died from mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos during his floor covering career. “I had a great life.” Special thanks to Kaiser Santa Clara hospice and Palo Alto Veterans Hospital hospice for their compassionate care and caring. No services.
RETIRED SAN JOSE CITY NURSE MARILYN GARDNER
(Mother of Paul Gardner)
Paul posted the following on the 10-7ODSJ Facebook page on Feb. 18th.
Sweetest lady in the world. My 95-year-old mother passed away this morning. Marilyn Gardner was one of the nurses for the City, mostly caring for the Police and Fire Departments for many years. She was an RN for 40 years, so helping others came natural for her. The good Lord could have picked so many moms for me, but he selected the BEST. I have truly been blessed to have her! Rest in peace mom!
Many of you old timers will recall that Marilyn was one of the nurses who the City sent to knock on your door back in the days when you called in sick, partly to check on your welfare, but mostly to make sure you were not playing hooky. That policy was changed in the mid-1960s.
PENSION ARTICLE FROM TODAY'S MERCURY NEWS
Pension costs to eat up much of new tax haul
—After San Jose measures passed in 2016, projections for benefits bill rose sharply—
By Ramona Giwargis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Feb. 21, 2017
SAN JOSE — When city leaders last year persuaded voters to approve new taxes, they said the money would pay for more police, faster emergency response, smoother roads and other improvements to services slashed during the last economic downturn.
But a chunk of the $52 million a year in new sales and business tax revenue voters approved will be consumed by a hefty spike in the city’s retirement costs — spurring some elected leaders to wonder if taxpayers are getting what they were promised.
“I feel it’s very unfair to taxpayers,” said Councilman Johnny Khamis, who opposed putting the sales tax hike on the ballot and preferred a measure dedicating the money to police and roads, which would have required a greater margin for approval. “We can make a claim that the money will go to street pavements and improving services, when, in fact, most of it is going to pensions. It reduces the accountability and trust in government.”
Service cuts avoided
Mayor Sam Liccardo, who supported last year’s tax measures, acknowledged that some of the new money will pay for the spike in retirement costs — but said city voters are still getting what they were promised.
San Jose is on the hook for the higher pension costs regardless of whether voters approved the tax measures, Liccardo noted. But the extra revenue ensures nothing else gets cut, he said, adding that San Jose is using some of the sales tax revenue to reopen fire stations and increase the number of community service officers. A spending plan pegged $3.9 million for hiring community service officers and maintaining minimum staffing levels at the Fire Department.
“With the benefit of better revenues as well as the measures’ passage, we are able to avoid a cut in services to pay the bill we are legally required to pay,” the mayor said.
Last June, San Jose voters approved Measure B, a quarter-cent sales tax for 15 years expected to generate about $40 million a year. In pitching it to voters, the city said it would pay for “improving police response to reduce violent crimes and burglaries,” speeding emergency response times, “repairing potholes and streets” and “expanding gang prevention.”
City voters in November approved Measure G, which increased tax revenue from businesses by an estimated $12 million a year. The city said it would “fund essential services such as police, emergency response, and pothole repair.”
Both were general tax measures that required only majority approval, with the revenues going into the city’s general fund to be spent as a majority of elected leaders see fit.
But after those measures passed, officials who oversee the city’s retirement plans delivered some bad news: The city’s projected pension and retiree health care costs will rise sharply, by $28.8 million more than previously projected in 2018, and by $57 million by 2021, according to city reports.
Because most city workers are paid out of the city’s general fund, most of those higher retirement costs will come from the same pot as the new tax revenues, effectively offsetting them.
“Funding pensions is like funding the department of the past,” said Pete Constant, a former city councilman and vice president of the Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association. “The majority of the pension increases we’re seeing are not paying for benefits of current officers — you’re paying debt from the past, and you’re not getting anything for it.”
Why did bill go up?
The retirement bill spiked primarily because the independent boards that oversee San Jose’s two retirement plans adopted less-rosy assumptions about the benefits’ cost: They now assume employees and retirees will live longer and that annual returns on pension fund investments will average 6.875 percent rather than 7 percent.
Pension reform advocates have long pushed for such steps. Overly optimistic assumptions that mask the real costs of benefits can leave pension systems badly underfunded, as most California public pension funds currently are, and force significant tax hikes and service cuts to cover obligations to retirees. In the worst cases, cities can wind up in bankruptcy, and retirees can see their benefits cut.
But prudent steps to ensure pension plans are properly funded mean higher costs to cities and their workers.
“If we expect to make less money in the future, that money has to come from somewhere,” said Roberto Peña, San Jose’s director of retirement services. “So the city and employees must contribute more.”
San Jose in 2012 famously tried to slash its rising retirement bill — which had more than tripled over a decade — with a ballot measure that called for reducing benefits for current workers, future hires and retirees. Nearly 70 percent of city voters approved that Measure B, which Liccardo supported.
But police officers and other city workers answered by quitting or retiring in droves and through their unions waged a furious legal battle to block the measure. After years of legal wrangling and with the police force depleted by a third, city and union leaders agreed to a settlement that effectively preserved cost savings that had survived an early court ruling. City voters blessed that deal with approval of Measure F in November.
But San Jose and its taxpayers still are on the hook for an estimated $3.7 billion in unfunded liability in the city’s pension funds and other retirement benefits.
“The voters were not told their money was going to go to pensions,” said San Jose dentist Ernie Giachetti, 75, who voted against the sales tax hike. “If they had been told, I’m sure they would not have voted for the increase.”
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