The Farsider

March 7, 2019

 

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

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

 

FUNERAL MASS AND RECEPTION BEING HELD TODAY FOR PETE


A Funeral Mass followed by a reception for Pete is being held at 11:00 a.m. today, Thursday, March 7th, at St. Christopher’s Church, 2278 Booksin Ave. at Curtner, San Jose. The reception will follow at the Three Flames Restaurant at 1547 Meridian Ave. Memorial donations in Pete’s name may be made to the San Jose Police Chaplaincy, 471 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95112 — or to any charity of your choice.

Click HERE to view last week’s Farsider with details about Pete’s passing.

 

A Final Facebook posting...

 





RETIRED SERGEANT ED "GRAMPS" TENNANT



Badge 1549
Born May 9, 1938
Appointed Sept. 11, 1972
Retired April 1, 1993
Died March 3, 2019

 

Ed passed away peacefully in his sleep early last Sunday, March 3rd. When Audrey tried to wake him he was gone. The popular San Jose cop leaves behind two families, one comprised of his wife Audrey and members of their immediate family, and a much larger family made up of the men and women of the San Jose Police Department. The Facebook comments below are a testament to the friendships and respect he earned throughout his career.

Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. next Thursday, March 14th, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 126 High Street in Santa Cruz. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony with military honors at the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in Seaside, CA.

 

Edward E. Tennant
1938 - 2019
36 Year Resident of Santa Cruz

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered next Thursday, March 14, for a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and trusted friend. Edward Tennant passed away peacefully at his Santa Cruz home last Sunday, March 3rd.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1938, Ed graduated from Wauwatosa High School and served his country in the US Army. He attended the Army Language School in Monterey, California where he became a linguist in Vietnamese and was stationed in Thailand. Following his military service, he returned to his native Wisconsin and joined the Wauwatosa Police force in 1960.

Seeking a career change in 1967, Ed attended Marquette University while working in marketing for the First Wisconsin National Bank. He eventually left banking to begin a sales career with the Schlitz Brewing Company where he worked as a District Sales Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ed's experience in law enforcement, however, led him to return to his passion for police work.  

In 1972, Ed moved to the Bay Area and became a Police Officer with the San Jose Police Department. While working in law enforcement, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Ed (“Gramps”) leaves behind many colleagues and cherished friendships that he made over his 27-year career in police work. During that time he served on the Board of the San Jose Peace Officers Association in addition to handling a wide array of assignments with the SJPD.

Upon moving to Santa Cruz in 1984, he and his beloved wife Audrey were dedicated members of Holy Cross Catholic Church. In addition to his wife of 56 years, other family members include his sons Patrick J. Tennant of Santa Cruz; David E. Tennant of Stockton; and his daughter and son-in-law, Kirsten and Richard Gomez of Murphys, CA.

He also leaves behind his sister Marilyn Hunn and her husband Larry; sister Suzanne Curasi and her husband Jim; grandchildren Caitlin Herman and her husband Jeffery; and their children Adrian, Marisol, Gabriella, Jocelyn, Carlie.

Any kind acts of charity can be made in his memory to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

Comments from the 10-7ODSJ Facebook Page (Craig Clifton, Admin.)

 

• Jack Baxter: Ed was a great guy. We worked together in Merge and BFO. He was always one of the good guys.

• Harry Stangel: R.I.P. GRAMPS

• Jeff Dooley: RIP Gramps, one of a kind. We will miss you.

• James Lucarotti: RIP to a Good Man

• John Kensit: R.I. P Gramps, you will be missed by all who knew you.

• Daniel Devane: RIP, Brother

• Paul Gardner: I remember Gramps going ballistic in briefing one night because someone cut a not-too-appreciated Lieutenant’s pants into shorts that were hanging on the dry cleaning rack. He said he'd book you if he caught you doing it. Doesn't matter if you thought the Lt. was a jerk or not. Now that's leadership.

 

• Lynne Caro: Great story Paul. They don’t make leaders like that anymore.

• Jack Baxter: Gramps, the Greek and I decided to write a book about our adventures. At the time we were at their cabin in Arnold, snowed in with with only a jug of whiskey to keep us warm. As the night moved the stories got better, but by the next morning we all agreed the tape needed to be destroyed for obvious reasons. What fun we all shared over the years.

• James Overstreet: Great guy....heavy loss for old school pd people.

• Bill Lara: One of the best Sergeants I worked for, even a better guy...

• Mike Thompson: You left the world a better place. RIP

• Tom Brewer: Another sad day for the PD. Worked several shifts and teams with Gramps. Like mentioned above. The memories will be of such a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor. RIP my friend.

• Germaine Antonowicz: My Polish buddy, he would try and talk to me in Polish and I only knew a few words but he would just laugh!!! He will be truly missed!!!!!

• Craig Shuey: Another good one gone.

• Ed Bettencourt: RIP Gramps

• Ron Belleci: Sad day. God bless you Ed.

• Kerry Smith: Gramps agreed to sue the City for age discrimination as he wanted to be a Firefighter. He allowed me to join on the action. Gramps was old enough to be in the "protected class.” He eventually prevailed and the age limits for the City were eliminated. Ed asked Stoney if he stayed with the PD would he be promoted. Stoney said yes so Ed stayed and made Sgt. Any of you who were hired over age 35 owe your careers to Gramps.

• Sharon Lansdowne: So sorry to hear the news. RIP.

• Jeff Dooley: RIP Ed

• Bill Mattos: Gramps was a member of our “Monday Lunch Bunch” at the Burger Pit on Blossom Hill at Kooser where we have been doing the Code 7 number for years. The group was made up of Gramps, Greek (Moudakas), Doug Bergtholdt, Larry Cutler, Doug Zwemke, Tom Weston (FBI Ret.) and me. Other than giving himself an occasional injection of insulin for his diabetes, there was no outward sign that would give an indication the end was near. RIP Dear Friend.

• Ken Flauding: Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Bill. RIP Ed!

• Margie Thompson: Another good one gone too soon 😢

• Theresa Theberge Videan: Well....damn

• Bob Nalett: Oh no. Another great cop. First met Ed when he was a Canine Officer and I was assigned to work with a senior team on Mids just out of the FTO program. Then I had the opportunity to work with Ed when he was a sergeant in SAIU. A very caring person. RIP Sarge. You will be taking up your new post of watching over the next generation of SJPD cops.

• Dennis J Dolezal: Another one gone too soon. RIP.

• Steve Papenfuhs: Too sad. RIP, Ed.

• Lynne Caro: We are losing tooo many great cops! RIP Ed.

• Harry Stangel: Gramps was a GOOD MAN! He will be missed!

• Walt Robinson: RIP Gramps...

• John Pointer: Damn, Damn...RIP Gramps

• Craig Johnson: RIP Gramps

• Al Ferla: RIP Ed.

• Ronald January: Rest In Peace Ed...enjoyed working with you. You were kind to me as a rookie on Mids.

• Phil Pitts: Sad. Anther good guy. RIP

• Donald Harris: Gramps was a good cop and friend. Lost too soon, memories of good times shared and sadness for our lost.

• David Madsen: I very much enjoyed working with Ed. Thru the eighties he would work as the Sgt in the old pre-processing center. He was truly old school good cop He will be missed. RIP

• Eric Grimes: Gramps will be missed. RIP

• Cheryl Babineau: Ed was a great Man.

• John Kensit: Sad news...

• Rick Fontanilla: RIP Gramps

Wilfredo Montano: Go with God Gramps! You were a good man!

• Joe Schenck: I’m at a loss. When I was a rookie K9 handler, Gramps was ALWAYS there to offer advice and help the “New Guy.” He wasn’t as gruff as he thought he was. So many fond memories working with him in K9’s and in the years that followed. This photo was taken at Alum Rock Park in 1982. RIP my friend. You will be missed.

 

 

• Stan Faulwetter: That's a neat pic. Good times...

• Dan Guarascio: RIP. Ed.

• Patrick Boyd: Always had fun time with GRAMPS. RIP brother.

• AJ Damon: Sad...😔

• Ted S. Marfia: Many laughs over the years with Gramps. What a loss. RIP Gramps!

• Kim Swan Guzman: Ed was my sergeant. I loved the guy and I’m heartbroken. RIP, my friend.

• Stan Faulwetter: “Gramps” was cool... Always liked that guy.

• Felipe Flores: RIP Sgt Tennant. A good man, a great supervisor.

• Rene Retuta: God bless u Ed! My deepest condolences to his family!

• Michael Nagel: RIP Ed.

• Chris Galios: Ed was a great friend and a great cop. RIP Gramps.

• Jasper Kirby: I’m heartbroken... RIP Gramps.

• Al Sutcliffe: I was admin assigned to Ed's DT day team right out of FTO. Always had words of wisdom for me as a rookie. One of the best! RIP.

• David Dulong: RIP Gramps-

• Bruce Toney: Great guy...sad loss.

• Joe Tamarit: RIP Gramps hell of a man

• Dave Wysuph: Served with Gramps on the POA Board. What a guy, and what a loss for us. RIP my friend.

• Robert Russell Jones: While an FTO, Ed was one of my trainees. Good man, sorry to hear the news. Rest in Peace, Ed.

• Mart Monica: Rip

 

Comments from the Vintage San Jose Police Facebook Page (Ivano Comelli, Admin.)

 

• Tom Palmer: RIP, Sir.

• Jose Montes: RIP Gramps

• Joe Wicker: Another one gone. Sadness once again. I rode with Gramps one night in the Alviso car. My night in the hole, and I was on probation. Gramps was good to me and treated me like an equal car partner. Rest In Peace Ed.

• Amy Reichert: Farewell Uncle Ed, I’ll miss the way you always kept my old man in line. The world was a better place with you in it.

• Jeff Dooley: Another good friend gone, RIP Ed.

• Yvette Caro: RIP, Ed.

• Harry J. Mullins: Eternal peace Ed, sadly you have joined a select group of SJPD greats.

• JC Carlton: Crap not another one!

• Richard Arca: Again, very sad news. Ed was a great guy, and great cop!!

• Leroy R. Pyle: http://www.policepoems.com/FinalInspection.htm

• Gary Madison: Gramps was a great guy. Very sad.

• Nick Battaglia: Gramps and I rode the vice out front car one shift. A great time. He's a great cop. Will miss him.

• Larry McGrady: Ed was a good man

• Michael Schembri: Ed good man

• Brian Blackford: Ed was a good man and a great Sergeant. RIP Sarge. He welcomed me back after a very hard time.

• Lisa Baxter Daugherty: My heart is breaking.

• Ann Zachman Voss: Enjoyed working with his teams on the radio back in the day.

• Rich Vasquez: A good cop. A great guy. RIP my friend

Humberto Caro: A great guy and a great cop. Farewell my friend.

• Stephen Usoz: Damn. Rip

• Rich Veum: RIP Sgt. Tennant

Micki Hippeli: Lost another good guy.

• Rich McGuffin: I am so sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. He was a good man and a good cop.

• Phil Beltran: Ed was Old School and was someone you wanted on your Team. He had your back.

• Michael Costa: Rest in Peace Gramps!

• Jim Howes: Met him while working in Santa Cruz. A friendly decent man. Always glad to see you with something good to say.

Jerrie Lynne Moir: Bob says a regular at PBA when he was back in California. Came over the hill from Santa Cruz. Always up to date with the latest...a super great guy.

• Mike Mattocks: Good man, RIP Gramps

• Mike Bielecki: I had the pleasure of working with Ed (Gramps) in District Robert, Midnights. I have some great memories when I was assigned to this midnight team. R.I.P. my friend.

• Bruce Raye: Another great guy gone but never forgotten!

• Thomas Frazier: Rest In peace, My Friend..

• Kari Albericci Hardin: Again...my heart is sad. I remember hearing Ed’s name while growing up. Rest easy Ed.

 

Comments from the Keith Kelley Club Facebook Page (Margie Thompson, Admin.)

 

• John Torres: An iconic member of SJPD...RIP ED you will always be remembered.

• Julie Denise Callahan: Good man. Great cop. He will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Ed.

• Jack Baxter: Our very tight knit SJPD family has been hit pretty hard over the last couple weeks with the loss of at least three of our old timers. Jerry Albericci, Pete Guerin and Ed Tennant. It makes one think of our own mortality while we sit on the sunset side of the mountain.

 

 

• Margie Thompson: Jack Baxter you hit it spot on

• Harry Stangel: Couple of Great SERGEANTS!

• Ken Barker: RIP brothers in blue

• Desiree Salguero: Rest In Peace Gramps

Humberto Caro: See you later Gramps. You will be missed.

• Daniel Vasquez: RIP Gramps. A very good man and Police Sergeant. You will be missed. God bless

• Martinelli Assoc: Another of The Great Ones gone far too soon. RIP Ed. God Bless The Peacemakers.

• Tom Brewer: Ed was the best. We worked several shifts and teams together. So much fun being around Gramps. So many great memories. RIP my friend

• Frank Guitarmans: Oh no. Great man

• Andy Trevino: RIP Gramps. I’ll always remember and appreciate the guidance you always gave me. You’ll be missed

• Chris Galios: Ed was a great friend and a great cop. RIP Gramps.

• Jeff Dooley: RIP Ed.

• Germaine Antonowicz: OMG, I just saw him and the guys at the Burger Pit having their weekly lunch while the girls were having our monthly lunch…Ed was a great guy and always spoke a little Polish to me because he knew I only knew a few words....He will be truly missed.

• John Pointer: Always liked his dry sense of humor and that grin of his. Rip in peace Gramps.

• David Madsen: RIP Gramps you did good.

• Cheryl Babineau: RIP Ed

• Steve Caraway: I Will miss you Gramps. RIP MY FRIEND.

• Lynne Caro: Another legend has left us with only memories.. I remember going to the monthly PBA meetings and sitting at the table with Terry “the Greek” Moudakas and Gramps and talking and laughing! Bert would always laugh at the Greek & Gramps bickering and talking like an old married couple. They were great friends and the Greek had been out with Gramps just last week. It is heartbreaking to lose cherished friends. RIP Gramps...

 

 

 

POA NEWS



March 1st


As you know, last year law enforcement associations across California worked to defeat dangerous legislation regarding changes to the laws that govern peace officers’ use of force. The ACLU and its allies want to make it easier to prosecute police officers who are forced to make split-second decisions under dangerous conditions. This year, they’re at it again. And we need your help.

The ACLU has sponsored AB 392, which is essentially the same bill they failed to pass last year. It will do nothing to improve community or officer safety. Law enforcement associations, however, are supporting SB 230, authored by State Senator Anna Caballero. This bill will set requirements for departments to adopt use-of-force policies and participate in trainings that include de-escalation tactics, reasonable alternatives to deadly force, and interactions with vulnerable populations, such as the mentally ill. We must pass SB 230.

Here is how you can help:

• Send an email to your state legislators expressing your support for SB 230 by clicking THIS link. A sample email is already written for you. It will take you no more than one minute to complete. If you use Twitter, the online tool will let you tweet at your representatives as well.

• Watch THIS ad that addresses the false narrative pushed by the ACLU, and share it on your social media accounts.

• Watch THIS ad that explains the important training SB 230 provides police officers and share it on your social media accounts.

Follow Protect California, our coalition leading this effort, to stay up to speed on the latest developments with SB 230 and other issues important to law enforcement. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

If you do nothing else, please take less than one minute of your time and click THIS link to submit a letter to your state representatives asking them to support SB 230.

Thanks,

Paul Kelly
<president@sjpoa.com>



March 4th

Dear Vanguard Reader,
 
The March 2019 eVanguard is now online. Hard copies of the magazine will be arriving in the mail soon.  

Click HERE, then on the image of the Vanguard to download it to your desktop.




THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

The topic of this article was the basis for the POA Membership Alert above…


Police alliance opposes use-of-force bill

—Protect California pushes police-backed legislation as civil rights groups aim to address officer violence—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — March 4, 2019


Last year, fueled by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man, Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, civil rights groups and state legislators got closer than they ever had to bringing a landmark use-of-force reform bill to the governor’s desk.

This year, they are trying again, with renewed momentum and confidence that they can push the legislation through.

But police advocates — concerned about the threat posed by the legislation, which is aimed at raising standards for the use of deadly force and making it easier to punish officers who don’t meet that standard — have banded together to ensure they’re not caught off guard, as they were last year.

The 2018 reform bill, spearheaded by San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, stalled in the state Senate before it could reach a full vote in the Capitol. It has been revived for the current legislative year as Assembly Bill 392.

Police unions and lobbying groups, which made a late-breaking push last fall to assail the proposed reforms, are backing a competing piece of legislation, Senate Bill 230, sponsored by Salinas-based state Sen. Anna Caballero. That bill focuses on increasing force training for police officers and removes the criminal liability of officers from the equation.

The police groups also have formed the non-profit Protect California, an organization that, besides promoting the Caballero bill, aims to address issues that often dovetail with deadly police force, including de-escalating police confrontations and responding to mental health crises.

Several studies, including a civil grand jury report in Santa Clara County last year, have shown that mental illness factors into nearly half of officer-involved shootings in the state.

“Public safety professionals believe more can be done to improve outcomes between police officers and the residents we serve,” San Jose Police Officers’ Association President Paul Kelly said in a statement. “Protect California will focus on pulling every lever available to advocate for policies, programs and laws that make us all safer.”

The San Jose union is among the inaugural members of Protect California, which includes police unions in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Bernardino, as well as the California Highway Patrol and the influential Peace Officers Research Association of California. The architects of the group don’t skirt the fact that Weber’s bill, and how close it came to passing last year, prompted the creation of the lobbying arm.

“Where we separated from Dr. Weber is that she wanted to criminalize those split-second decisions” about whether to use lethal force, said Robert Harris, a board member of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. “We wanted more than a bill, we wanted to have a plan to impact safety in our communities that was grounded in data and fact based.”

Harris cited a poll, commissioned by the new police group and conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates, that surveyed 800 registered voters in California and found that 71 percent of them preferred that authorities focus on addressing the root causes of crime rather than prosecuting police officers.

Reform advocates question whether that’s a fair characterization of the alternatives, and argue that the Weber bill, through its higher accountability standards, will compel the training and other improvements proposed by the competing Caballero bill. They cite Seattle and Cleveland as examples of large cities that tightened use-of-force standards and saw a reduction in overall incidents involving police force.

Among the biggest points of contention over Weber’s bill involves raising the deadly force standard from “reasonable” to “necessary,” and requiring officers to exhaust other alternatives before turning to potentially lethal tactics. Critics have called it a moving target that could unfairly expose officers to prosecution. Both sides expect the issue to be sorted out in the courts if the bill were to be instituted.

“Raising the standard from reasonable to necessary is going to change training policies,” said Joe Kocurek, Weber’s communications director. “What we’re saying is, in order for training to be effective, you have to have certain expectations for conduct on the ground.”

On Saturday, a day after Kocurek spoke with this news organization, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced it will not charge the two officers who fatally shot Clark in a backyard in March 2018, a shooting that further galvanized national and state police accountability movements.

“The unnecessary deaths of civilians, including those who are unarmed, has been a problem for a very long time,” Kocurek said. “They’ve had their chance to solve it but haven’t. Now they want us to trust them to solve it.”

He added: “We’ve chosen this policy because it has been proven to save lives.”

Grant Ward, president of the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Employees Benefit Association, said the forces behind Weber’s bill are widening the gap between police and the communities they are tasked with protecting. He singled out among those forces organizations like the ACLU.

“It’s a recipe for disaster, designed to make it easier to capitalize on tragedies and sue cities and counties,” Ward said. “It does nothing to address the root causes, it’s just punitive. We’re fighting their false narrative, and trying to be proactive. We want our communities to be successful.”

Raj Jayadev, director of Silicon Valley De-Bug, which helped author multiple bills in last year’s criminal justice reform wave in the Legislature, rejected the notion of police trying to pin community trust issues on groups like his.

“Let me tell you what is divisive,” Jayadev said. “Officers killing unarmed people of color then returning back to work after having paid leave, not having to face any measure of accountability in its wake, and leaving a community in shambles.” “What it feels like, I think they could concede, is that this is a fork in the road moment for California,” he added. “We can make a historic shift in a long trend and pattern, and have political momentum behind ending police violence.”


PENSION NEWS (3 articles)

Court: Some Public Employees’ Pension Perks Can Be Altered

By Wes Venteicher
Mercury News — March 5, 2019


The California Supreme Court on Monday released a decision that allows California government agencies to alter secondary retirement benefits offered to public workers while sidestepping a bigger question about whether employers canaltercorepension rights” in their contracts.

The court held that the retirement perk at issue in the case was different from core pension rights such as how much public workers are paid, and thus not protected by the state constitution.

Therefore the benefit could be “altered or eliminated at the discretion of the Legislature,” the court ruled.

The case was seen as a test of the so-called California Rule, a set of legal precedents that have protected public worker pensions from being reduced without new benefits to compensate for the loss of income. Both unions and government agencies in court briefs cast the fight as a challenge to the California Rule. The court said it was not weighing in on the California Rule since it ruled the retirement perk is not protected by the constitution.

“We have no occasion in this decision to address, let alone to alter, the continued application of the California Rule,” the court said in the decision.

The ruling probably will not have an immediate effect on public employees or government agencies that want to negotiate to lower pension costs. Cities, counties and other agencies would still have to bargain with the unions to change retirement benefits.

The case turned on a challenge to former Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2012 pension law from the union that represents Cal Fire firefighters. The law, passed in the Great Recession amid concern about mounting pension debts, required public employees hired after Jan. 1, 2013 to kick in more money to fund their pensions. It also capped the amount of money they could earn in retirement.

Aside from those big changes for new employees, Brown’s law also sought to rein in pension expenses by eliminating some lesser benefits that had been offered to employees.

One of them was known as air time, a perk that allowed public employees to buy up to five years of credit that would boost their pensions as if they had worked that time. Cal Fire Local 2881, the union, sued to reinstate the perk, arguing that the right to purchase air time could not be withdrawn without breaking the California Rule.

“Our people get it. They get that everything is not hunky dory. Nobody is putting their heads in the sand. They understand the need to pay more. We get it. The question is we just don’t throw out the California Rule because there was a problem in 2008,” Gregg McClean Adam, an attorney for the Cal Fire union, told The Sacramento Bee in December.

On Monday, a labor backed group that supported the Cal Fire union in court briefs said it was reassured that the court’s decision did not undo the California Rule. “There was always some question about whether air time was a vested benefit,” said Ted Toppin, chairman of Californians for Retirement Security. “The decision was not unexpected. More importantly, the Supreme Court leaves intact the California Rule, holding that vested benefits cannot be impaired. Thankfully, the decision protects the retirement security of California’s nurses, teachers, firefighters, school employees and countless other public servants and retirees dependent on their hard-earned pensions.”

Attorneys for Brown, who led arguments before the court, said the state may reduce benefits so long as pensions remain “reasonable and substantial.”

California’s largest public pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, each are considered underfunded because their assets are worth about 70 percent of the benefits they owe to workers and retirees.

Brown argued that government agencies must have flexibility to reconsider benefits.

”In order to maintain the defined benefit, there has to be the power of management to make modifications,” he told The Sacramento Bee in December. “If we do it right, people who have a pension and what they’ve earned will never be changed. But you can’t say that five minutes after you sign your employment application, for the next 30 or 35 years that not one benefit can be changed. That’s a one-way ratchet to fiscal oblivion.”

New Gov. Gavin Newsom told at least one union during his campaign last year that he would uphold the California Rule precedent. However, he has a record as a former San Francisco mayor and University of California regent of supporting policies that allow adjustments to pension plans for new employees.

The state offered air time from 2003 until 2013, and workers had a six-week window to purchase service credit after Brown’s law took effect.

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California High Court Upholds Pension Rollback

 

The California Rule gives workers security that their retirement will be safe and predictable after
a career in public service. But it also ties lawmakers' hands in responding to exploding pension costs.

 



By Sudhin Thanawala — NBC Bay Area — March 4, 2019


The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision by state lawmakers to rollback one way for public workers to pad their pensions, but avoided ruling on the larger issue of whether retirement benefits can be taken away once promised.

At issue in the unanimous decision was a provision of a 2012 pension reform law that eliminated the ability of public workers to pay for more years of service for a more lucrative pension when they retire. The law, backed by former Gov. Jerry Brown, sought to rein in costs and end practices viewed as abuses of the system.

Attorneys for a union argued that the elimination of additional retirement service credits violated a long line of California court rulings that have made pension benefits for existing employees sacrosanct. Those court decisions established the "California Rule," which says workers enter a contract with their employer on their first day of work that entitles them to retirement benefits that can never be diminished unless replaced with similar benefits.

Critics of the rule, along with employee unions, were keeping a close eye on the lawsuit because it had the potential to upend the California Rule. But the justices sidestepped the issue by ruling that additional retirement service credits were not "core pension rights" that lawmakers were contractually bound to honor.

"In the absence of constitutional protection, the opportunity to purchase ARS credit could be altered or eliminated at the discretion of the Legislature" and the court had "no occasion in this decision to address, let alone to alter, the continued application of the California Rule," Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote in an opinion joined by the six other justices.

A group representing public employee unions downplayed the court's decision to uphold the elimination of retirement service credits.

"The decision was not unexpected," Ted Toppin, chairman of Californians for Retirement Security, said in a statement. The group had filed a brief in the case. "More importantly, the Supreme Court leaves intact the California Rule, holding that vested benefits cannot be impaired. Thankfully, the decision protects the retirement security of California's nurses, teachers, firefighters, school employees and countless other public servants and retirees dependent on their hard-earned pensions."

Roughly a dozen states observe a variation of the California Rule, so a decision repudiating it could have implications beyond California.

The California Rule gives workers security that their retirement will be safe and predictable after a career in public service. But it also ties lawmakers' hands in responding to exploding pension costs -- a problem for the state, cities, counties, schools, fire districts and other local bodies.

Rei Onishi, an attorney for the governor's office, said during arguments before the state Supreme Court in December that the plaintiffs would have a tough time showing that the state Legislature intended state workers to have an "irrevocable right" to purchase additional credits for their pensions. The Legislature had broad authority to change pension benefits for existing employees unless it clearly indicated it intended a benefit to continue, he said.

The justices are considering several other pension cases, so they will likely address the California Rule at some point, said Chuck Reed, the former mayor of San Jose who has warned about the dangers of unfunded pension debt.

"They are very much aware of the serious question, so I don't see them ducking the opportunity to get some clarification on the California Rule," Reed said in a phone interview on Friday.

Reed backed a measure that passed in San Jose in 2012 that cut benefits for new hires, and he has also proposed a statewide ballot measure to limit public pension benefits. He said that measure was on hold pending the outcome of pension cases before the state Supreme Court.

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State Supreme Court Punts on Pension Rule; Newsom Ducks



East Bay Times Editorial Page Editor — March 5, 2019


In a much-anticipated ruling, the California Supreme Court on Monday upheld former Gov. Jerry Brown’s elimination of a costly pension perk for state and local government employees.

But the high court punted on the core question of whether the state’s unaffordable and excessively generous retirement compensation plans can be altered.

With the fight on the bigger issue temporarily postponed, Gov. Gavin Newsom needs to step up to represent taxpayers now that Brown’s gubernatorial term is over. Newsom should stop ducking the question of whether he will carry on Brown’s court battle.

It’s time for the new governor to put the public interest and fiscal preservation of the state and, especially, local government ahead of his loyalties to public employee labor unions.

There are five more pension cases currently pending before the high court, meaning the justices will probably eventually get to the core issue. The next case in line — stemming from a dispute involving public employees of Alameda, Contra Costa and Merced counties — could force the issue.

All six cases challenge Brown’s 2012 pension law changes, which trimmed back benefits for new employees and altered some rules for benefits of then-existing workers.

At issue in most of the cases is whether the changes for then-existing employees violated contractual promises protected by the state and federal constitutions.

In a string of cases dating back more than six decades, the state Supreme Court has ruled that most pension benefits enjoy such constitutional protections. The decisions have been dubbed the “California Rule” because their breadth is greater than in most other states. Under the California Rule, it’s widely assumed that the rate at which workers earn future pension benefits cannot be reduced, even if they’re too costly to taxpayers. Pension reformers, including Brown, have been urging the justices to use the current cases to reconsider the rigidity of the California Rule.

But, in its first decision, on Monday, the Supreme Court avoided addressing that bigger issue. Instead, in a case involving purchase of extra years of service credit, justices unanimously concluded that public employees never had a contractual right to the perk.

The calculation of the amount of public employees’ annual pension is generally based on their salary in the final one or three years of work, age at retirement and years on the job, which is known as service credit.

A 2003 state law allowed public workers in the California Public Employees’ Retirement Association to purchase up to five years of service credit, even though they didn’t actually provide additional work. Employees were supposed to pay an amount that, after investment returns, would cover the future cost of the additional benefits when they retired. The problem was that CalPERS underestimated the future cost and taxpayers were stuck making up the resulting shortfall.

Brown recognized the absurdity of this benefit and stopped offering it as part of the 2012 changes. State firefighters sued, claiming the governor and Legislature were taking away a constitutionally protected contractual promise.

Not so, said the high court.

The reason: There was no contractual promise to continue offering the benefit. It was an optional benefit that the state offered and was free to rescind.

Since it was never a contractual promise, it wasn’t constitutionally protected. Hence, there was no need to address the California Rule question of whether pensions generally should be so stringently protected.

The high court got it right. But, legally, this was an easy call. It was the low-hanging fruit.

The next case, from Alameda, Contra Costa and Merced counties, challenges provisions of the 2012 law that limit the counting of pay at termination — for items such as unused vacation and sick leave — in pension calculations.

In each instance, there was an agreement between the county and the employees to count that pay. But the lower court judge ruled that the agreements weren’t legal and hence not binding contracts.

The other cases involve the counting of on-call pay as salary in pension calculations; judges who were elected before the 2012 law took effect and want the higher benefits even though they didn’t start work until after the new rules kicked in; and two cases involving workers who lost benefits under the new law because they were convicted of job-related felonies. In each case, Brown made reasonable and much-needed changes to state pension law. If those changes can’t stand, there’s little hope of more meaningful, and desperately needed, reform. It’s time for Newsom to get on board.

Daniel Borenstein is the East Bay Times Editorial Page Editor.
Reach him at
<dborenstein@bayareanewsgroup.com>.



MAIL CALL



March 3rd

Bill

Each retiree death brings forth a bunch of good memories. Well, sometimes the memories are unprintable, but most of the time they are. Perhaps my theory about retiree deaths is a little macabre, but I have one that was passed on to me by my dear mother.  

It seems things happen in threes, especially deaths when you are over a certain age. I could opine the three rule starting with George Payton, then Pete Guerin and now Ed Tennant.  Or, maybe George, Rod Avery, Jerry Albericci, Pete and Eddie Tennant. That would mean if the count is now 5 there is one more to go. How far do you go back to begin the count?  The short answer is either too far, or not far enough.

The PBA certainly provides some type of companionship to those of us who are still among the living. Although our numbers at the monthly meetings are declining, they shouldn't be. There are a lot of retirees who need us as we need them to just stay in touch. One thing is for sure, we get away with a lot of stuff that if it was tried at a POA meeting or at briefing, someone would be on the carpet before the sun set that day.  We remember the good old days and can't come through the door with a thick skin. (Think "The Brown Table" for starts.)

May we hope that there isn't one more in the pipeline to make that #3, and that we've seen the last of those passing for awhile.

Thanks for the notification on Gramps. He was certainly one of the good guys.

David
(Byers) <dng_byers@sbcglobal.net>

Sad to say, there will be more, many more. Look at our peers, the people with whom we worked and befriended throughout our lengthy careers. The majority of us are now in our 70s, and some like Gramps had reached the 80s. There are also several retirees who are dealing with critical health issues whose futures are uncertain. I have been telling friends since the first of the year that we are going to set a record in 2019 for the number of retirees who will turn in their timesheet for the final time. We can’t stop the train; can’t even slow it down. That’s the nature of the beast. Because the future is so uncertain, it’s vital that we live for the day. (That advice cost me a quarter!)

 

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March 3th

Bill,

If your readers will take a couple minutes to read the following few paragraphs about Global Warming they will be in for a big surprise.

Red State
<RedState70@comcast.net>

Red is spot on, folks. Please humor him and digest the following. It will only take a minute…


The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulafft, at Bergen, Norway.

Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.

Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

I apologize, I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post — 88 years ago! Want proof? Click HERE.

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March 4th

Bill,

I’m sure you have seen this already...but I hadn’t and wanted to share it with your readers.

Bucky Harris
<bnlharris@icloud.com>

You’re right, Bucky, I have seen it before. A check of the Archives shows that this item appeared in the Dec. 13, 2007 Farsider. Given that the number of subscribers has more than tripled in the 12 years that have since passed, reprinting it again is a no-brainer…

When God Created Police Officers


When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the specs on this order?"

"A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle his uniform."

"He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands? No way."

"It’s not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, "May I see what's in there, sir?" (When he already knows and wishes he’d taken that accounting job.) "Another pair here in the side of his head for his partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You’ll be all right ma'am, when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can’t," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly, "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop...and still it keeps its sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace officer. "There’s a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That’s not a leak," said the Lord, "it’s a tear."

"What’s the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," he said.

—Author Unknown—

 


I would bet all my marbles that the anonymous author of the piece above patterned it after Paul Harvey’s 1970 commentary titled “What Are Policemen Made Of?” I published it on at least two occasions in the old Insider as well as earlier editions of the Farsider. In addition to it appearing in print — especially in law enforcement journals — Paul recorded it for his radio show. And with the advent of the Internet, someone transferred his radio broadcast to YouTube. That means you can listen to it by clicking HERE and follow along with the text below.

What Are Policemen Made Of?



By Paul Harvey
1918 — 2009

Don't credit me with the mongrel prose: it has many parents - at least 420,000 of them: Policemen.

A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.

Culled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are "news." What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.

Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That's a better average than you'd find among clergy!

What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He's a strangely nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "fuzz" to his back.

He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.But...if the policeman is neat, he's conceited; if he's careless, he's a bum. If he's pleasant, he's flirting;if not, he's a grouch.

He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make.

But...if he hurries, he's careless; if he's deliberate, he's lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.

The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn't hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being "brutal." If you hit him, he's a coward. If he hits you, he's a bully.

A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake.

A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal - and tell you where the criminal is hiding.

But...f he catches the criminal, he's lucky; if he doesn't, he's a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn't, he's a dullard.

The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen - but refused to remember.

The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.

And, of course, he'd have to be genius....for he will have to feed a family on a policeman's salary.

Paul Harvey’s father was a policeman who was murdered by robbers in 1921
when Paul was 3 years old. Click HERE for more information about Paul Harvey.





March 5th

Bill, 

 

A couple articles of interest appeared in the Sacramento Bee today (Tues. the 5th).

One dealt with the California Supreme Court stating that a specific pension "perk" could be taken away from public employees (in this case "air-time"), but in the same decision "The court stressed that its decision did not address the California Rule." They continued on stating "We have no occasion in this decision to address, let alone alter the continued application of the California Rule." The California Rule was left intact. Yea! for our active brothers.

<https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article226992009.html>

 

In another separate Q&A article by the Bee one of the questions asked was: How does this affect retirees? The answer: "It doesn't." Yea! for the retirees.

<https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article227110584.html>

Regards,

 

Craig (Shuey) <cvshuey1459@gmail.com>

 

 

RETIREES ASSN. NEWS FLASH



March 5th

Members,

The SJPOA is requesting our help to voice support to California legislators for SB 230, a bill backed by law enforcement associations that will improve use of force policies.

Last year, law enforcement associations across California worked to defeat dangerous legislation regarding changes to the laws that govern peace officers’ use of force. The ACLU and its allies want to make it easier to prosecute police officers who are forced to make split-second decisions under dangerous conditions. This year, they’re at it again. Our police officers once again need your help.  

The ACLU has sponsored AB 392, which is essentially the same bill they failed to pass last year. It will do nothing to improve community or officer safety. Law enforcement associations, however, are supporting SB 230, authored by State Senator Anna Caballero. This bill will set requirements for departments to adopt use-of-force policies and participate in trainings that include de-escalation tactics, reasonable alternatives to deadly force, and interactions with vulnerable populations, such as the mentally ill. We must pass SB 230.

Please send an email to your state legislators expressing your support for SB 230 by clicking THIS link. A sample email is already written for you. It will take you no more than one minute to complete. If you use Twitter, the online tool will let you tweet at your representatives as well.

You can also follow Protect California, a new coalition leading this effort, to stay up to speed on the latest developments with SB 230 and other issues important to law enforcement. You can follow us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.  The new organization was recently profiled in the Mercury News. You can read that article HERE.

If you do nothing else, please take less than one minute of your time and click THIS link to submit a letter to your state representatives asking them to support SB 230.

Thanks,

Ray Storms
<president@retiredsjpoff.org>

EMERALD SOCIETY NEWS



CALLING ALL GOLFERS



MMOC CIOPPINO FEED IS THIS COMING SATURDAY AT THE POA HALL



WANT TO TAKE A SHOT AT WINNING A RUGER PC9 CARBINE?

March 4th

Bill,
 
Tim Knea has donated a firearm to benefit the Chaplaincy. You were at the last PBA meeting, so you probably saw it. We will be selling tickets at the March and April PBA meeting for $20 each, or six for $100. Below is a description and YouTube video about the rifle. Can you please include the info in the Farsider?
 
Lumpy
<lumpyl@sbcglobal.net>


The Ruger Pistol Caliber Carbine is a semi-automatic blowback pistol-caliber carbine manufactured by Sturm, Ruger & Co., designed as a companion to Ruger's P-Series center-fire pistols and using the same ammunition and magazines of the P-Series 9 mm Parabellum. The gun includes both Ruger and Glock Magazine wells to accommodate either type and Capacity of Magazines. A UTG Red dot scope is attached.

The Link below provides all the information on the Gun.
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jHDa9qg160>


This gun will be raffled to benefit the San Jose Police Department Chaplaincy program. The drawing will be held at the May PBA meeting.

Timothy Knea, President
<timothyknea@gmail.com>
Paragon Investigations Executive Protection Division


WAS THE STEPHON CLARK SHOOTING SUICIDE BY COP?

Activists Beg California AG To Charge Stephon Clark Officers; He Shuts Them Down


By Sandy Malone — Blue Lives Matter — March 5, 2019



California AG Xavier Becerra announced on Tuesday that his
office would not charge the officers who shot Stephon Clark.


Sacramento, CA – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday that his office’s 11-month investigation had not found reason to criminally charge the officers who shot Stephon Clark.

“From the objective facts, we can see what happened,” Becerra said after he walked reporters through a list of “most critical evidence.”

“Based on those objective facts, we made a determination” that the officers who shot the 22-year-old Clark were in fear for their lives when they opened fire on March 18, 2018.

Becerra repeated multiple times that his investigation was “independent and separate” from the investigation conducted by the Sacramento County district attorney’s office.

“We did it on our own, we did it independently - I want to stress again - and we reached our own conclusions,” he said.

“[We] turned over every stone to find out what we could about those minutes leading up to when Stephon Clark died,” the attorney general said.

He said there was a lot more evidence than what was being presented.

Becerra said that Clark moved from behind the picnic table to within 16 feet of the officers – “halfway to them” - before they shot him.

“The video cam shows Mr. Clark is facing the officers,” he said.

The attorney general also said there was another entrance out of the backyard and that Clark did not go that way to escape the officers.

“That property had entrance and exit to the front yard and from the back yard on both sides,” he said.

Becerra did not mention the suicidal text messages or Internet searches that Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said played a big role in her determination not to charge the officers.

However, when he was asked if that evidence was considered in the attorney general’s investigation, Becerra directed reporters to read the entire report from his office.

The attorney general said he was only presenting the best evidence to explain his decision.

He stressed that Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn had invited the California Department of Justice to conduct their independent investigation, and said the entire department had cooperated completely.

Protests kicked off on Saturday after Schubert announced that the officers who fatally shot Clark would not be charged.

Schubert’s decision not to charge the officers who shot Clark came after an almost year-long investigation by the Sacramento Police Department, an expert consultant, and Becerra’s office.

The district attorney held a press conference on March 2, during which she explained that investigators had learned that Clark was suicidal when he was fatally shot by police officers.

She explained that two days prior, Clark had been involved in a domestic violence incident with the mother of his children, and that he was wanted by police for that and a felony probation violation related to it.

Schubert said investigators had discovered a series of text messages on Clark’s phone in which his former girlfriend said he was going to jail for the rest of his life, and said she would testify against him.

Police found numerous internet searches for ways to commit suicide on his phone, and Clark sent his former girlfriend a picture of a pile of Xanax pills and threatened to take them just hours before he was shot.


Schubert said Clark had broken out three car windows, and smashed his grandparents’ neighbor’s sliding glass door with a cinderblock prior to encountering the police that night, but stole nothing.

A police helicopter and officers on the ground spotted Clark as he moved along the side of a house, later identified as his grandparents’ home.

The officers ordered Clark to show his hands and stop, but Clark fled from officers into the backyard of the home.

Both officers pursued Clark, who then turned in a shooting stance and advanced towards officers with an object extended towards them.

Schubert said Clark advanced from about 30 feet away to being only 16 feet away from officers before they opened fire.

In the bodycam video, you could hear an officer yell, "Gun, gun, gun" as Clark took the shooting stance.

One of the officers later said that he saw a flash of light which he believed to be muzzle flash from a gun being fired. The other officer said he thought he saw a reflection of light on a metallic object, Schubert said.

The bodycam video captured the flash of light but the source of the light was unclear.

The object in Clark's hand was later identified as a cell phone.

A forensic examination of the phone later showed that Clark was not recording the officers at the time of the shooting.

The bodycam showed the officers talking immediately after the shooting, discussing if they were hit and how to safely remove what they believed to be a gun.

A toxicology report showed that Clark had alcohol, Xanax, codeine, hydrocodone, marijuana, and cocaine metabolite in his blood.

“This is a difficult day for Sacramento,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said at his own press conference outside City Hall after Schubert’s announcement.

Steinberg apologized to the Clark family multiple times and said he hoped the case would be “a tipping point for our community and not a breaking point,” the Sacramento Bee reported.

“Today’s announcement only deepens our commitment to transformational community policing and better training,” the mayor said. “Today’s announcement only deepens our commitment to changing the legal standard from whether a shooting was reasonable to whether it could have been prevented. Today’s announcement only deepens our commitment to making sustained and meaningful investments in our neighborhoods and our young people.”

On Monday, activists demanded that Becerra file charges against the Sacramento police officers who fatally shot Clark on March 18, 2018, since the Sacramento County district attorney would not, the Sacramento Bee reported.

“Enough is enough,” the Reverend Shane Harris, president of the People’s Alliance for Justice, said during a press conference on Monday after he delivered a letter to Becerra’s aide asking the attorney general to file charges.

“Please, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, do the right thing,” Harris said. “Charge Officers Terrence Mercadel and Jared Robinet with the killing of Stephon Clark.”

The he asked Becerra to “stand with the community on the right side of history,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

Clark’s family has also called for the attorney general to intervene.

“I would like for the attorney general to prosecute the officers,” his brother, Stevante Clark, said Sunday, according to KTLA. “I want justice and accountability.”

Sacramento officials had prepared for expected protests ahead of Schubert’s announcement on March 2.

Police arrested 85 people who were protesting the Sacramento County district attorney’s decision not to charge the police officers who shot 22-year-old Stephon Clark on Monday night.

Click HERE then scroll down to review the readers’ comments about this article.


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Refer to the following for additional information on the Stephon Clark shooting.

Police Arrest 84 as Stephon Clark ‘Protesters’ Leave Vandalized Property in Wake.

Click HERE




Mayor Pushes Bill To Criminalize Justified Shootings After Stephon Clark Ruling

Click HERE




Spotted on Facebook earlier this week...



 

BERSERKLY JOURNALISM STUDENTS STILL AT ODDS WITH THE A.G. ON POLICE MISCONDUCT


This is a follow-up to last week’s editorial by the Mercury News about AG Becerra’s so-called cover up of police misconduct.

AG Becerra’s Trumpian Attempt to Silence the Press

Opinion by John Temple — UC Berkeley School of Journalism
Mercury News — March 1, 2019

 


Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, objects to President Donald Trump’s border wall. But when it comes to letting the public know about police misconduct, it’s another story.

He’s all for a wall to keep the public in the dark.

My colleagues and I learned that the hard way when a letter landed the other day in our office at UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. It had a simple message: You committed a crime for doing your job as journalists, for asking for and then receiving documents we sent you.

What were the documents? Spreadsheets with nearly 12,000 names of law enforcement officers or applicants who had committed crimes — from shoplifting, to perjury, to murder.

Not a list of accusations. Not a list of arrests. No. These were convictions, already decided cases available to anyone who walks into courthouses across California.

What was startling about the spreadsheets, as outlined in our story in this newspaper and on KQED, was the number of cases and how many had never been reported.

When Becerra tries to claw back data, it raises the question: Who is he standing up for?

Lately, at least, the answer has seemed pretty clear. He recently also rejected a Public Records Act request for misconduct records of his own department’s officers that should be available under a new law.

Our case started when journalists affiliated with UC Berkeley filed public records requests asking the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training — called POST — to identify officers who had been convicted of crimes. The department took its time, asked for extensions under the law, and then responded, sending us the spreadsheets. Three weeks later, Becerra’s office sent a shot in the dark.

The message to us was clear: You weren’t authorized to receive the documents POST sent you. So destroy them. And if you don’t: “You are hereby on notice that the unauthorized receipt or possession” of the record we sent you is a misdemeanor.

The letter went on to threaten legal action: “If you do not intend to comply with our request, the Department can take legal action.”

Why does this matter?

• Because we have an attorney general threatening the press for doing its job, which doesn’t seem much different than a president who labels the press the “enemy of the people.”

• Because we have an attorney general who wants to keep a wall of secrecy around police misconduct.

• Because we have an attorney general who appears to be flaunting the very principles that have protected a free press in this country. The implication of his department’s letter is clear: Don’t report on the documents.

We think what we learned from the documents is important for the public to know: the extent of law enforcement criminality in California and how much has been hidden from us until now, some of the very questions the new law he’s fighting was meant to answer. We intend to pursue our reporting in the weeks and months ahead.

In this country, thankfully, news organizations are free from criminal liability for publishing information, even from secret documents, if they didn’t commit a crime in obtaining them.

Reporters have protection from prosecution for a reason. Otherwise, governments could punish journalists for doing their job.

That sure seems to be what the attorney general is trying to do here.

John Temple is the director of the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He wrote this commentary for CALmatters.

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This is additional info on the Berkeley students’ intent on shining a spotlight on police misconduct cases…

State AG Doesn’t Rule Out Legal Action Against Berkeley Reporters

By Casey Tolan <ctolan@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — March 2, 2019


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday didn’t rule out the possibility that his office could take legal action against Berkeley-based journalists who received a secret list of California police officers convicted of crimes.

“Someone who’s in possession of information that is unauthorized is supposed to return it or destroy it,” Becerra said at an unrelated news conference. “I don’t get to ignore the law. The law says that unauthorized possession or use of that type of data is a crime.”

His statements come amid an escalating debate over police transparency and First Amendment rights in California.

Earlier this year, journalists at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and its production arm, Investigative Studios, filed public records requests to a state commission and received a database of thousands of police officers and applicants for law enforcement jobs convicted of crimes in the last decade. The data was released by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, known as POST, which determines whether officers and applicants have been convicted of crimes that would disqualify them from serving.

When Becerra’s office learned of the disclosure, it sent the Berkeley reporters a letter warning them that the database was released mistakenly and that it was a crime to publish or even possess the list.

The attorney general has faced a wave of criticism from press rights advocates and others since the reporters first published a story Tuesday in the Bay Area News Group about the convictions list and Becerra’s response.

On Friday, Becerra insisted that he wasn’t threatening the journalists. “We sent the letter, but we never threatened anyone with anything,” he said. “We just restated the law.”

But the letter from Becerra’s office clearly implies that the reporters could face consequences: “If you do not intend to comply with our request, the Department can take legal action to ensure that the spreadsheets are properly deleted and not disseminated,” the letter states.

The Berkeley-based journalists said Friday that they intend to continue reporting stories based on the database and rejected Becerra’s request to destroy it. Becerra “wants to paint himself as a friend of the First Amendment,” said John Temple, director of the Investigative Reporting Program. “We obviously disagree with him and think it’s regrettable that an attorney general would make an implied threat, if not a direct threat, to prosecute, without ever speaking to us or really understanding the matter at hand.”

The dispute comes amid a larger court battle over transparency for California police records. A new law that went into effect this year mandated the disclosure of some police misconduct records, but some law enforcement agencies around the state have argued that the statute shouldn’t apply retroactively. The attorney general’s office is currently being sued by an open government group for not releasing its own retroactive records.

Becerra said that the database — which his department compiles — includes information on people who were never convicted of crimes, and suggested that the data becoming public could put innocent Californians’ privacy at risk.

“This is a difficult one, because I respect the importance of a free press and the need to have transparency and to give the American public an opportunity to know,” he said. “I also want to respect people’s privacy, and I have an obligation to enforce the law. If innocent people get caught up in this and have their privacy exposed, that would not be right.”

According to the reporters, however, the spreadsheet they received through the records request marks all of the names listed as “convicted.” The reporters also are following basic journalistic practices of confirming the information they reported through court records and by seeking comment from the officers named before publishing anything, Temple said. Becerra “either doesn’t understand what we received or he’s not well informed about what we received,” Temple said. The attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to a request for clarification Friday.

The statute Becerra’s office cited in its letter also contains an exception for journalists, said David Snyder, a lawyer and the executive director of the First Amendment Coalition.

“The law is quite clear that a reporter or a journalist can’t be charged with the crime they’re citing,” he said. “That’s clear in the statute itself, and it’s clear under the First Amendment.”

Snyder noted that it may be possible under California law for the attorney general’s office to get a court injunction that would require reporters to return and destroy the records. But the idea that reporters could be criminally charged is “just wrong,” he said.

Becerra repeatedly said that the Berkeley-based journalists did not improperly acquire the database. Still, he suggested that publishing the information could lead to legal consequences, and noted that the violation was “chargeable as a misdemeanor.”

“The Berkeley center did nothing wrong in securing the information. What they do next is something different,” Becerra said. “They’ve been alerted to the law, that’s all I can say.”

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Clicking HERE will display another article from the same (March 2nd) edition of the paper. The article was researched and reported by the group of UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism students who are using the new transparency legislation to uncover and report on police misconduct cases that had previously been shielded from public view.


STORIES OF THE WEEK

 

Bottle of Wine



From the Archives


For all of you who are married, were married, wish you were married or wish you were not married, this is something to smile about the next time you see a bottle of wine:
 
A woman was driving home from one of her business trips in northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road.
 
As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride.
 
With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.

Resuming the journey, the driver tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the woman. But she just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw and studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat.

"What in bag?" asked the old woman.
 
The driver looked down at the brown bag and said, ”It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband."
 
The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then, speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said:
 
"Good trade.”

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The Lawyer



From the Archives


One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass. Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate.

"Why are you eating grass?" he asked one of the men.

"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied. "We have to eat grass."

"Well then,” said the lawyer, “you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you.”

"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there under that tree."

"Bring them along," the lawyer replied.

Turning to the other poor man the lawyer said, "You may come with us if you like.”
 
In a pitiful voice, the second man said, "But sir, I also have a wife and six children with me!"

"Bring them all as well," the lawyer replied.

They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the lawyer’s limousine.
 
Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”

The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high."

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The Husband Store



From the Archives


A store that sells new husbands has opened in Melbourne where women may shop for a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:
   
"You may visit this store only ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!"
   
So a woman enters the Husband Store to find a mate. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:
   
"Floor 1 - These men Have Jobs."
   
The woman is intrigued, but she continues to the second floor where the sign reads:
   
"Floor 2 - These men Have Jobs and Love Kids."

"That's nice," she thinks, "but I want more." So she continues upward. The third floor sign reads:
   
"Floor 3 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking."

"Wow," she thinks, but she feels compelled to keep going and shows up on the fourth floor where the sign reads:
   
"Floor 4 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help With Housework."

"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!" Still, she goes to the fifth floor and reads the sign.
   
"Floor 5 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak."

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor where the sign reads:

"Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store."

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To avoid charges of gender bias, the store's owner opened a new Wives store just across the street.
   
The first floor has wives that love sex.
   
The second floor has wives that love sex, have money and like beer.

The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never been visited.


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If you were to make a list of America’s most beloved Hollywood figures, Bob Hope (1903-2003 Pneumonia) would have to be close to the top if not AT the top. That was especially true of every man and woman who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Aside from Mr. Hope's comedic and acting talent, many people are unaware that he was also a hoofer (dancer). Here Bob TEAMS UP with megastar James Cagney proving that he can keep up with the best. (3:33)




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Could the late George Carlin (1937-2008 Heart Failure) have told this story about Native Americans in today’s political climate without being heavily criticized? The answer is simple: NOT a chance! (6:44)




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Did the title of this video say what we thought it said? Was there really a Bollywood Flashmob inside the Santa Cruz Costco store last month? Don’t take our word for it. Click HERE and see for yourself. (5:39)

 


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This week The History Guy recounts what he calls “The Extraordinary Voyage of the Polish Submarine Orzel.” It’s a slice of history that deserves to be REMEMBERED. (12:36)







The Filipino son of DB Cooper lives, or at least he did before he and his homemade parachute parted company halfway to earth. This is another Air Disaster installment from Allec Joshua Ibay, but there was only one fatality in this case. Click HERE for an explanation of what occurred. (6:18)




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Here’s a nifty little ditty (look it up) aimed at pilots who are not absolutely sure they can grease their flying machine onto the runway. The clip is subtitled, so feel FREE to sing along. (2:55)




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As television judges who are real jurists go, it could be argued that Frank Caprio has become the most popular. And the cases he hears are real, just like THIS lovable guy who happens to be addicted to nicotine. (4:08)





 

Hope for Paws


Posted on March 1, 2019: As an Animal Rescue Organization, Hope for Paws isn’t limited to dogs and cats. We have also seen the crew rescue Bunnies, Chickens and other critters. The subject of this rescue by Eldad and Loreta was an injured Duck they named DAIZY. It had sustained multiple bite wounds to its abdomen. (4:36)



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Posted on Jan. 4, 2019: A Starbucks employee who was familiar with Hope for Paws called Eldad when she spotted a little dog begging for food. The little critter was named BEAN and the rest was history. (3:36)



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Posted Sept. 9, 2016: Eldad had a Hollywood celebrity in the form of Oscar winner JAIME RAY NEWMAN assist him. During the rescue Jaime named the pooch SEYMOUR and it was soon on its way to a forever home. (4:40)




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If you can spare a couple of minutes come join us as we check out these crazy rally drivers. It’s hard to tell, of course, who is crazier: the drivers or the SPECTATORS who flirt with death by lining up on the side of the roadway. (9:14)




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In some parts of the country this is known as Insurance Fraud. Joe Suske says it’s known as Hillbilly Car DISPOSAL where he lives. (0:28)






Not all of you will find this video of interest, but we are betting that enough of you will to make it worth including. It’s a very brief history about “riding the rails.” Give it a LOOK. All you’ve got to lose is a few minutes. (7:25)






Are you familiar with an eatery known as the “Shooters Grill?” Dave Walker is, and he likes it because the place is “Servin’ Up the Second Amendment.” Don’t bother checking your “piece” at the door if you want to come in and take a look around. It ain’t necessary, and THIS is why. (7:20)







Are the allegations made in this video  regarding the Brown, Newsom, Pelosi and Getty families based on fact? We have no idea. Perhaps Middle Ground would like to take on the job of vetting the video. All I can do is toss it out  and let you the readers decide for yourselves. We received the video from two sources: Don Hale and Alice Murphy. Click HERE to watch it. (6:22)

 




I challenge you to send in a video with more impressive pool trick shots than  this one that was received from Lumpy. Put another way, what you are about to see if you click HERE is truly amazing!  (3:10)




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This clip received from David Byers indicate that customers at this pizzeria in Brooklyn get to enjoy a free floor show along with their pie. Have a LOOK. (2:33)




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The many faces of a typical Motor Officer...






If you missed seeing this 1951 film promoting San Jose when we ran it a half-dozen years ago, you may want to take a look. It was received from Lumpy, who LAMENTED “Ah, the good ol’ days!” (Yes, that is the SJPD Motor Unit in the pic below.) (9:44)




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Hollywood continues to pat itself on the back every year and hand out those little gold statues, but I’m of the opinion that no one in Hollywood can hold a candle to the stars of the past. And that applies to the studios. There was a time when MGM and other major studios were turning out musicals that were mesmerizing to theater goers. An example of what I’m talking about is this 6-minute “Barn Raising Dance” from the MGM musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” I don’t believe it would be possible for Hollywood to assemble a cast of dancers like THIS anymore. (6:33)





I'm reprising this video from a few years ago for this week’s closer and again asking, Did you ever know the meaning of the lyrics of the 1971 hit song “American Pie?” THIS video will tell you while you enjoy one of the classic songs from long, long ago. (8:42)





Cheers!

 

Pic of the Week

Damage from the devastating storm that
    rolled through Fremont earlier this week...

 




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Spitze, Randy
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Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
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Sumner, Ted
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Sun, Wei
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Tate, Bill
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Tokiwa, Robin
Tomaino, Jim
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