Month 1, 2015
Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher
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KENT COSSEY MEMORIAL SERVICE SCHEDULED FOR THIS SUNDAY
Kent Cossey’s son, Neil, advised that a Memorial Service
for his father has been scheduled for 1 p.m. this coming
Sunday, March 22nd, at the POA Hall. Appetizers will be
served along with beer, wine and soft drinks.
Note: The photo of Kent on the right in last week’s
Farsider (above) had the wrong date. It was taken in
2005, not 1985.
Begin Settlement Talks with the City
past several months, the POA has repeatedly informed the
City that we would begin settlement discussions to
resolve our differences with Measure B, retiree
healthcare and our contract in 2015, if the City would
publicly state that it shared the goal of implementing
any agreement on Measure B utilizing the PERB/quo
The POA has stressed to the Mayor and Council that a
global solution to all our outstanding issues was
necessary immediately because our department and the
residents we are sworn to protect and serve can't wait
until November 2016 for relief.
In response to our pleas we received the attached letter
from Mayor Liccardo that details a clear new direction
from the City Council that confirms its agreement with
the POA on the process for settlement discussions. Most
importantly, it publicly states that any agreement
reached to make pension cost savings would replace
Measure B, utilizing the PERB/quo warranto process.
San Jose must become competitive again. It must offer
pay, retirement and disability protections that allow us
to recruit and retain officers.
To be clear, thus far the POA has received no terms,
proposals or offers from the City. We will not know the
City's position on the outstanding issues until we have
our initial discussions. But we should all recognize
that the City Council's willingness to depart from the
failures of Measure B was a big step in the right
direction and we are eager to begin settlement
discussions and fully committed to their success. We
will keep you updated as the process begins.
HERE for the letter from Liccardo.
Francisco: San Jose Police Union Spokesman Says Mayor,
City Closer To Deal On Pension Reform
HERE for the video and accompanying article.
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News: San Jose’s New Mayor Willing to Negotiate Police
HERE to view the video and accompanying article.
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See the Billy & Spanner below for further information…
20-Year-Old Morgan Lira Gives the Gift Of Life
Family Prepares to Bring Her Home
—She’s the daughter of SJPD Sgt. Richard Lira and
granddaughter of the late Sgt. Bob Lira (1952-1986)—
was a graduate of Valley Christian High School. During
her years at Valley Christian she excelled academically
and as a cross country runner. She won numerous awards
for her cross country efforts and was a vibrant young
woman with ambitions to follow in her father's footsteps
as a law enforcement officer.
In 2012, Morgan earned a cross country scholarship to
Morehead State University in Kentucky. Soon after moving
to Kentucky, she realized that her true calling was to
serve her country in the United States Army/Kentucky
National Guard. Morgan viewed her decision as an
opportunity to improve herself as well as following in
her grandfather's footsteps; who served in the Pacific
Campaign during WWII. Morgan served in the military
On March 8, 2015, Morgan was struck by a car while
riding her bicycle in Kentucky. She sustained major head
and spinal injuries. She received medical treatment at
the University of Louisville Hospital. Rich and his
wife, Lisa, immediately flew to Kentucky upon being
notified of the accident. Soon after, Morgan's younger
sister and brother arrived. The family stayed at
Morgan's side during her medical treatment, praying for
On March 16, 2015, with deep sadness and heartache, the
Lira family announced that Morgan had passed away. Her
story did not end here. Morgan has given the gift of
life through the donation of her vital organs. Morgan's
choice to donate her organs has undoubtedly prevented
other families from enduring the painful tragedy which
the Lira family has had to experience.
It is now time to bring Morgan home. A service will be
held for Morgan in the Kentucky area. Soon after, she
will be brought back home where another service and
burial ceremony will take place.
The Lira family extends its deepest heartfelt love and
prayers to all who have supported them through this
difficult time by keeping Morgan and their family in
your hearts and prayers. This tragedy has taken a huge
physical and emotional toll. It is also taking a
financial toll on the family. For those who have
inquired on how they could help the family with their
expenses, the Health Donner website is still
operational. The Lira family is eternally grateful for
all the donations that have been made thus far. The
support demonstrated within just a few days of the
website's existence has truly been remarkable.
HERE to make a donation.
RETIREES ASSN. UPDATE
City Council Finally Get Serious
Resolving Measure B and Other Issues
the Mayor and City Council signaled that they were
committed to finally settling the conflicts surrounding
Measure B and other contract related issues and to do so
Recall, that among other things, Measure B allows for
the potential suspension of retirees' annual COLA for up
to 5 years. An action the City has yet to take, but a
threat we always have to live with.
As some of you may remember, the City was issued charges
of unfair labor practices by the Public Employment
Relations Board (PERB) for failing to bargain over
Measure B in good faith in 2012. PERB ordered that the
City Council rescind the City Resolution known now as
Measure B. This ultimately would have to be upheld by
the courts, but the PERB order significantly
strengthened the employee's argument that Measure B
should be rescinded. The PERB charge is separate from
the victory earned by city employees in Superior Court
which stated that Measure B is unlawful to begin with.
Led by the POA and Local 230, collectively, the City's
unions informed the Mayor and City Council that they
would no longer negotiate the major differences related
to Measure B, retiree healthcare and contract issues in
a piecemeal fashion, and demanded that the City seek
solutions that could be implanted in 2015, instead of
waiting for 2016 to place a new measure on the ballot to
fix the seriously flawed and unlawful Measure B.
The POA, Local 230 and City unions demanded that instead
of waiting until 2016 to implement the changes needed
for Measure B that the City and unions use the PERB/quo
warranto process. In essence, this would allow for the
repeal of Measure B based on the order from PERB and its
replacement with a negotiated settlement between all
sides. No waiting until 2016. No need for a new
As we all know, the SJPD and SJFD have been decimated by
failed city policies, most notably Measure B. Waiting
another two years to fix this mess is absurd.
In response to the calls from SJPOA, Local 230 and other
city unions, Mayor Sam Liccardo sent
THIS letter publicly confirming that the City now
desires to reach an agreement that would replace Measure
B using the PREB/quo warranto process.
While no terms have been proposed yet, this letter
signifies the City's willingness to change course away
from the failures in Measure B and hopefully work
cooperatively to resolve the many issues that have
harmed our police and fire departments, active employees
We will stay engaged with the POA and Local 230 during
the discussion process and keep you informed along the
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD
For those of you who missed it — and/or those of you who
saw it but chose to ignore it — this was the new mayor’s
State of the City address where he outlined what he
planned to do over the next four years.
Charts Path of Growth for San Jose
News — March 15, 2015
SAN JOSE —
After a decade of doom and gloom at City Hall, new Mayor
Sam Liccardo delivered an uplifting State of the City
address Saturday that focused on San Jose’s
accomplishments and its path toward restoring decimated
first State of the City address, Liccardo addressed
plans for hiring hundreds of police officers, restoring
branch library service to six days a week, beefing up
help for the homeless and expanding after school and
teen jobs programs. He pledged to secure the needed
funding to bring BART downtown and to Alum Rock, attract
middle-class manufacturing jobs and put an end to the
long-running labor war with city employees.
A packed crowd of about 1,500 people filled the
gymnasium floor and bleachers of Independence High
School for the 19-minute speech, which was notable for
its day of the week and location. While past State of
the City speeches have been held downtown on weeknights,
Liccardo held the address on the weekend so more people
could attend, and he did it on the East Side — a
working-class area that was ground zero for opposition
to his mayoral campaign last year. Families,
entertainment and food trucks outside created a more
jovial atmosphere than past, more formal versions of the
mayor’s annual address. Liccardo, who had released most
of the plans contained in his speech in the past several
weeks, did not announce any major new programs Saturday
morning. Picking up the theme he launched during his
January inauguration speech, he repeated his upbeat “we
are San Jose” mantra throughout the event. He was
flanked by giant banners in English, Spanish and
Vietnamese that bore the slogan.
“We rise and fall together as one city, from downtown to
Berryessa to Alum Rock,” he said to cheers.
As it was during the close mayoral race against county
Supervisor Dave Cortese and during his first several
weeks in office, crime was topic No. 1. Liccardo
announced plans to hire 28 additional community service
officers for jobs such as taking burglary reports. He
said he will be cracking down on truancy following a
recent spate of juveniles being caught burglarizing
homes, as well as launching a new analytics program to
predict crime hot spots.
He reiterated plans to restore the police force, now
below 1,000 officers, to 1,250 by the end of the decade.
But he said he needs the help of the police union, which
is suing the city over voter-approved pension reforms.
Liccardo and the City Council recently offered to lop
off half of the $50 million in annual disputed savings
from the reforms, but they have yet to receive a
counteroffer from the unions.
“Only by working together will we find a way to settle
our differences, and to move our city forward,” Liccardo
The unions, also striking a more optimistic tone than
before, say they are optimistic the city and labor will
reach a deal this year.
“I think there are some positive signs,” Ben Field, head
of the South Bay Labor Council, said after the speech.
“We are headed to the negotiating table, and that is a
very positive development.”
Another forceful part of the speech came when the mayor
discussed recent news that two planned BART stations on
the $4.7billion second phase of the Silicon Valley
extension, in Santa Clara and in San Jose’s Alum Rock,
may get cut to save money, while two downtown San Jose
stations still need funding.
“Today, I commit that I will do everything in my power
to find the dollars needed to build every single one of
San Jose’s four BART stations — including East Side,”
The mayor also revealed that thousands of low-income
students would receive free Wi-Fi beginning this summer
as part of a city pact with the East Side Union High
Liccardo touted recent projects such as the San Jose
Earthquakes’ $100 million Avaya Stadium that debuted
this month, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Center that
began construction at City Hall last week, and the
recently completed Guadalupe River Park play garden. But
he failed to address other key issues such as affordable
housing for the middle class, the Fire Department’s poor
911 medical response times and the city’s stalled effort
to lure the Oakland A’s.
The speech preceded the release of Liccardo’s first
budget, which will be unveiled Monday.
“The tone was positive,” Councilman Ash Kalra said. “Now
it’s about putting words into action.”
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It is now 48 hours after the article above was penned.
When was the last time you saw the word “surplus” in a
headline used to introduce an article about San Jose?
Allots $8.6M Surplus
floats idea of firefighters taking over ambulance
News — March 17, 2015
SAN JOSE —
Frustrated over the shaky financial status and slow 911
response times of the private ambulance service for the
city, Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday unveiled a plan that
may lead to San Jose firefighters taking on a vital new
task: transporting patients to the hospital.
The proposal, included in Liccardo’s first annual budget
message, is in its early stages but in theory could
generate enough revenue for the city to expand its
short-staffed Fire Department while speeding up
ambulance rides. But it might prove too costly to
implement, and firefighters aren’t thrilled about the
The Fire Department shake-up was the most significant
new element of the mayor’s budget message, which the
City Council will discuss March 24. The plan lays out
how Liccardo would divvy up a precious $8.6 million
surplus, which is still less than 1 percent of the
overall general-fund budget for the fiscal year that
starts in July, and it focuses on expanding public
safety, children’s services and infrastructure.
Firefighters already are the first authorities on scene
to treat people suffering from a medical emergency, and
then they have to wait for the private ambulance
company, Rural/Metro, to arrive and take the patient to
the hospital. That happens 50,000 times a year, nearly
62 percent of all Fire Department responses. Under
Liccardo’s vision, firefighter paramedics in smaller
vehicles, possibly with one crew per fire station, would
do the entire job, from stabilizing the patient through
dropping them off at the hospital.
“Frankly, I think it would be more efficient,” Liccardo
Rural/Metro’s contract to provide ambulance services for
most of Santa Clara County expires in July 2016, and the
company has already declared bankruptcy and suffered
response times that are below city standards. At the
same time, San Jose’s Fire Department has failed to meet
its own response-time goals as its staff has shrunk over
the last decade because of budget cuts. The city now has
Liccardo said other cities in the county have expressed
interest in having their fire departments take over
emergency medical services, as Palo Alto already has.
Until the findings are released in December, details on
the revenue the plan would generate, how much extra
staffing would be required and the key question of
whether it would pencil out financially for the city
won’t be available. Neither the county nor Rural/Metro
responded to a request for comment.
The mayor will have to work to get the firefighters on
board, as well, as they are still reeling from the
recession- era elimination of several crews.
“The city should focus on restoring the debilitating
cuts to fire services that occurred in 2010, resulting
in San Jose being unable to meet its emergency medical
response times, before considering an expansion into the
ambulance transport business,” said Joel Phelan, the
firefighters union president.
Although small, the surplus is the third in the last 14
years for the city, which has seen its overall workforce
shrink by 23 percent in the last decade. The mayor wants
to set aside $2.5 million for a reserve and has
allocated new spending to several other previously
announced programs, including expanding branch library
hours, beefing up after-school and teen jobs programs
and using one-time funding for immigration affairs
“What I emphasize here is an investment in the future,”
While Liccardo’s memo outlines his priorities for the
coming fiscal year, the full budget won’t be released
The mayor also vowed to settle the ongoing lawsuit with
employees over 2012 voter-approved pension reforms,
which has hampered the city’s ability to attract
officers to its shrinking Police Department while
preventing the city from reaping tens of millions of
dollars in annual savings.
In an encouraging sign, the public safety unions said
they were ready to return to the bargaining table
following recent concessions from the city, and the two
sides on Monday were working out possible dates for
I know who the three characters are in the back row of
Harry’s photo because I was one of them. At the back
left is Randy Rossi, who left the SJPD to join the state
DOJ. Beside him is Pete Oliver, and I am to the right.
We were on Harry's swingshift team and we had a great
Dave Keneller, Shingle Springs
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First and foremost, THANK YOU for the Farsider. I enjoy
receiving it every week. Hard to believe it'll be ten
years since I retired this September. Where in the hell
does the time go?
Anyway, the three "Unidentified Officers" in Harry's
picture from left to right are Randy Rossi, Pete Oliver,
and Dave Kneller.
Keep up the great work!
Joe Schenck 1892 Retired (and then some)
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Thank you for the extra effort by sending me the
Farsider as an email. Something has changed and I am now
getting the regular newsletter on my computer. Let's see
how it goes on a regular bases.
For whatever reason, Bill was having trouble pulling up
the Farsider on the PBA website, so he was added to a
special roster of folks who receive the newsletter as an
email. Any other readers who are encountering a similar
problem can send an email to
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and they will be added to the
• • • • •
The following three replies were in response to advice
that Art Mogilefsky sought in last week’s Mail Call
column about etching a phone and/or I.D. number on car
windows to hopefully deter theft. He had just purchased
a car and the etching was offered by the dealer as an
This email is in regards to the question asked by Art
Mogilefsky about “Express Etch.”
This new ID technology was introduced to the Insurance
Industry and agents in approx. 1990. For whatever reason
the idea never really took hold. On a couple of
occasions I tried to apply the idea to a couple of my
customer cars but quit because I was afraid I would
screw up the glass on the autos.
As for reducing the number of stolen vehicles by this
technology I doubt it has helped. We continue to get our
share of stolen vehicles reported to the office on a
monthly and yearly basis. To be honest, I personally
believe the number of stolen vehicles has been reduced
by the technology auto manufactures have introduced
versus Etching your phone number onto the glass.
Keep up the good work and I hope to see you soon.
Ed. — For those unaware, the former San Jose cop is an
insurance broker/agent with an office in Fremont.
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Twenty years ago while working Auto Theft we found a
donor wreck. The dashboard VIN and the firewall
secondary VIN had been removed surgically. We found a
partial etching on a broken windshield. Based on the
year, brand and model of the crashed front-end we were
able to reconstruct the full VIN and locate the retitled
junkyard (stolen/VIN switched car). Arrested the crook
and closed down the operation that was shipping the
"cars" to the old USSR countries. As an investigative
tool it could be useful, but very few cops and/or auto
theft dicks know about this. Hell, SJPD doesn't have an
auto theft detail anymore, anyway.
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Yes, Art, it is a common method to ID and/or recover a
10851. However, I recommend etching the vehicle VIN
instead of your own CDL or personal info. Remember, if
it ever does get stolen, the VIN is on the hot sheet.
Plus, it’s less confusing if you sell the vehicle. You
might also drop a business card down the inside of the
rear window cavity. We have found this on some
Will Rendler #1669, Ex-ATU Invest.
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Do you have the guts to run this video of some armed
Black Panthers marching in downtown Austin earlier this
week? I can guarantee you that none of the television
networks will cover it, not even Fox News. If you listen
carefully, you can hear them chanting “A pig is a pig
that's what I said, the only good pig is a pig that's
dead.” "Oink! Oink! Bang! Bang!.” "Marching down the
avenue, 20 more pigs and we'll be through.”
It’s hard to argue with the content of the video, TP,
but I noticed that it was posted on YouTube by Alex
Jones. For those unaware, Jones is a little further to
the right than Attila the Hun was on one of his bad
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It's rare for me to ever find something you don't
already know about, but I'm sending this along to you
just in case. It's very nice and I have never seen it in
All the best,
What Marcia sent in were a couple of photos and a brief
description of the Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem,
Arizona. We located
THIS link that provides more photos of the memorial
along with a full description. It is definitely worth a
I.D. CARD RENEWAL INFO
knowledge, nothing has changed with regard to the
renewal of I.D. cards with CCW authorization for retired
SJPD personnel since we published the details in the
June 27, 2013 Farsider. Until there are changes to the
process that are brought to our attention, we suggest
you pull up the Farsider by clicking on
THIS link, then bookmark it so you can retrieve it
should you need to review the information at a later
CHECK OUT THIS LITTLE NUGGET OF GOOD NEWS FROM TODAY’S
Auditor is Moving On
—Despite mistrust by rank and file, former judge pushed
News — March 19, 2015
SAN JOSE —
LaDoris Cordell, the city’s Independent Police Auditor,
will step down this summer after a five-year term during
which she used her political acumen and force of
personality to scrutinize police conduct and push the
San Jose Police Department toward more progressive
policies in race and community relations.
Former Judge LaDoris Cordell has been San
Jose's Independent Auditor since 2010
65, of Palo Alto, is the city’s third IPA since the
office was created in 1993. Her departure, effective
July 3, was announced Wednesday by the city, which has a
little more than three months to search for and appoint
“It’s time for someone to come in, with a lot of energy.
What I do is not what they have to do, but I hope they
will continue our trajectory,” she said.
As Northern California’s first African- American female
judge and a former vice provost at Stanford University,
Cordell brought unprecedented stature to the modestly
empowered office and is considered to have been more
visible and effective than her predecessors. She has
been outspoken in advocating for police reforms and
reaching out to minority and immigrant communities who
have long distrusted law enforcement.
“Right now there’s very little sunshine in policing, and
I’m not just talking about San Jose,” Cordell said.
“With sunshine comes accountability, and with that comes
trust. The only way to get it is transparency.”
That routinely put her at odds with a large portion of
the police rank-and-file and the San Jose Police
Officers’ Association, which since her 2010 appointment
approached her with suspicion and openly questioned her
objectivity given her ties to civil-rights organizations
that have historically criticized police. When she came
on board, the department was mired in accusations of
racial profiling, particularly by the Latino community,
which data showed was being disproportionately cited for
public intoxication in the downtown entertainment zone.
Many of the objections to Cordell stem from a view
within the force that her office serves the same purpose
as the department’s Internal Affairs division, and that
the department isn’t obligated to accept any of her
In promoting civilian police oversight, Cordell — who
while a Palo Alto council member created a similar
position in that city — combined political pressure with
meticulous annual reports that often argued the
department didn’t do enough to hold officers
“It’s still my position that it’s not up to the City
Council or our office to micromanage the police
department,” she said. “They have adopted almost all of
our recommendations, and that didn’t happen because they
got browbeaten. They were reasonable recommendations.”
San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel, the third chief to
oversee the department with Cordell as auditor, lauded
“I have valued her insight, perspective and partnership
in helping us enhance our community relationship. Judge
Cordell’s expertise will be missed by our department,
and the community,” Esquivel said in a statement.
Cordell often oscillated between criticism and couched
sympathy for police, especially as the force shrank by
more than 30 percent since 2008. She has said the public
does not always have a deep enough understanding of the
daily challenges facing officers. And her years-long
push to get cops equipped with body cameras was not only
borne with the aim of cleaning up police behavior, but
also to quickly quash unsubstantiated complaints by
members of the public.
“What I think she showed is that the relationship
between police and the people who want to make sure no
lines are being crossed can be done in a very smart,
clear way that doesn’t feel like combat, and doesn’t
feel like backing down,” said Raj Jayadev of Silicon
Valley De-Bug, a local civil rights group. “She created
She was never shy when controversy arose: When it
surfaced that San Jose officer moonlighting for the San
Francisco 49ers may have complicated a domestic-violence
investigation into one of the players — spurring
reporting by this newspaper that revealed questionable
ties between police and the team — she suggested the
wholesale abolishment of secondary employment in the
She also set her sights on lower-profile issues she
believed undermined the department’s professionalism,
often to the agency’s chagrin, like when she railed
against an internal T-shirt worn by a special weapons
unit that depicted rifles and skulls, describing it as
something more appropriate for a biker gang.
When Cordell was appointed by an 8-3 council vote in
2010, the office was muddled in political turmoil. The
council refused to reappoint her predecessor, Barbara
Attard, who openly clashed with the police chief, chafed
at the limits of her oversight powers under the city
charter and sought to enhance them. That, ironically,
ended up being one of Cordell’s core objectives for the
The office was also fielding accusations that a staffer
there had been feeding confidential information to the
police union about investigations into potential officer
misconduct. A formal probe did not substantiate the
allegations of a mole, but a staff member was fired
shortly after its completion.
Among the issues Cordell pushed most vociferously during
her tenure was a policy to document all street
detainments where people were made to “curb sit” on the
sidewalk or street and were later let go without arrest
or citation. A policy was eventually passed in 2013,
with the eventual aim of analyzing the data to confirm
or discredit broad claims of racial profiling.
“That’s huge. If it shows issues, this is the time to
get in there and make it right,” she said. “The first
step was getting the data collected.”
Cordell’s stature in civil rights issues was tapped
again when San Jose State University chose her that same
year to head a panel to investigate a suspected hate
crime against a black student. And last year, amid a
national conversation about police and race politics in
the wake of the infamous deadly shooting of Michael
Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Cordell penned a national
op-ed piece on Slate.com advocating for the abolishment
of criminal grand juries.
Approaching retirement, she is working on a memoir about
her time as a judge, is attached to consult with
criminal-justice reform panels in other Bay Area cities,
and is considering a legal analyst position for local
broadcast media. The classically trained pianist will
also continue her work overseeing the African American
Composer Initiative, which she started six years ago at
Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto.
“I’ve learned so much about San Jose, and so much about
policing,” she said. “We started off with crisis. Now,
THE PIT GETS DEEPER AND DEEPER FOR GEOFFREY GRAVES
Denies Bail for Cop
charges expose San Jose police officer to possible life
News — March 17, 2015
SAN JOSE —
A judge denied bail Monday to a San Jose police officer
accused of rape, consigning him to jail until his trial
on charges that could put him in prison for up to 53
years to life.
by Superior Court Judge JoAnne McCracken was a
devastating reversal of fortune for Officer Geoffrey
Until last week, Graves had been free on $100,000 bail,
which he posted about a year ago after he was arrested
on suspicion of raping an illegal immigrant he met Sept.
22, 2013, on a disturbance call. The judge had Graves
taken into custody last week after the prosecution moved
during his preliminary hearing to add new charges that
exposed him to a possible life sentence. But the officer
and his supporters held out hope that the judge would
McCracken, however, sided with prosecutor Carlos Vega,
holding Graves over for trial not only on the original
rape and on domestic violence charges he faced in
connection with his ex-girlfriend, but also on five new
enhancements. Now, instead of facing a maximum of 13
years in prison if he is convicted, he could be
sentenced to 53 years to life. The enhancements include
unlawful entry with intent to commit rape, being armed
with a firearm and use of a firearm.
The judge found that Graves in recent years has
displayed a pattern of volatility, impulse control
issues and violence, and now poses both a threat to
public safety and a flight risk.
“There is clear and convincing evidence that the risk of
great bodily injury (to the alleged rape victim in
particular and to the public) exists in this case,”
The late afternoon ruling came as a disappointment to
Graves and his friends and relatives, about 20 of whom
showed up in court Monday morning to show the judge
their support. But there were no visible tears, unlike
last week when Graves and his father sobbed as he was
abruptly handcuffed and taken into custody. Last week,
he was wearing a yellow jail shirt, a color indicating
someone is on suicide watch. However, Monday, he was
clad in a brown shirt, signaling he was in protective
Graves remains on paid administrative leave. However,
Vega told the court that the officer will soon be fired,
claiming his looming lack of employment also makes him a
greater flight risk.
The judge cited several factors for her decision to keep
Graves locked up, including testimony by his
ex-girlfriend, who is a San Jose police dispatcher, that
he blew up at her more than a dozen times during their
relationship, sometimes violently.
She also cited a threat he reportedly made recently to a
Safeway clerk in Gilroy. When the clerk declined to sell
him a bottle of vodka in the middle of the night because
of a state law prohibiting the sale of alcohol between 2
a.m. and 6 a.m., the officer purportedly said, “Why
don’t I just punch you in the (expletive deleted) face,”
then grabbed the bottle and threw down a $20 bill.
According to a police report, he later lied about the
incident to a police officer who stopped his car because
it matched the description the clerk gave.
McCracken also noted that Graves lied recently to a
pretrial services worker who was weighing his
suitability for release, saying he did not have a
problem with drugs or alcohol even though he’d gone into
rehab while he was active on the force. “There’s a
concern there,” she said. “The defendant appears not to
have any appreciation (of his addiction problems).”
The judge also noted that Graves’ ex-wife had to get an
emergency protective order against him within the past
four years because he chased her down in a car and cut
her off during an argument about whether their son, now
9, should go to public or private school. “This is
someone who has been law-abiding, a community servant,”
the judge said, noting that Graves has volunteered as a
baseball coach and been a firefighter. “Then something
happened in the last several years.”
DOES SAM LICCARDO REMIND YOU OF DICK CLARK?
That seems to be the opinion of the celebrated columnist
of the Mercury News as expressed in yesterday’s paper.
But we can assure you that if you look at the postings
by active and retired SJPD personnel on Facebook and
look at the names associated with Mayor Liccardo, Dick
Clark is NOT one of them.
Celeb Mayor Most Resembles
News — March 17, 2015
now, I’ve been trying to think of the celebrity or
historical figure that San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo most
resembles. Such comparisons are inevitably unfair. But
they are delicious fun, offering insight about a mayor’s
With former Mayor Chuck Reed, the task was easy. In his
first state of the city address in 2007, Reed labeled
the city’s budget deficit “Public Enemy Number One.” You
could safely liken him to the famed crimefighter Elliott
Ness, the guy played by Robert Stack in “The
Untouchables.” Sam Liccardo presents a more difficult
challenge. His first state of the city speech Saturday
at Independence High School pleaded for amity among
factions. “We are San Jose,” he said, and the
syncopation of the crowd recalled the hit “We Are
Family.” The new mayor makes slick comparison harder by
throwing in esoteric references that would not have
appeared in a Chuck Reed speech: He compared a fixation
on the past to the look backward that turned Lot’s wife
into a pillar of salt.
After a lot of thought, however, I think I’ve come up
with a surprising precursor: It’s Dick Clark, the host
of “American Bandstand” and the famed New Year’s Eve
show. Don’t laugh. I mean no insult to Liccardo. I’m not
talking about the Dick Clark who asked softball
questions of musicians. I’m not talking about the
businessman whose investments underwent scrutiny in the
I am talking about the Dick Clark who helped change the
landscape of American music, bringing in rock ’n’ roll
bands and black artists before they were established.
On “American Bandstand,” the emphasis was on finding a
partner to dance, an idea that was central to the
Liccardo speech. He used the word “leverage” seven times
(as in, “We will leverage our investment by seeking
Why Clark? Years ago, the announcer said this: “My
talent is bringing out the best in other talent,
organizing people to showcase them and being able to
survive the ordeal.” On Saturday, at least, Liccardo
echoed that theme. The event was called “The State of
the City Celebration,” not speech. A parade of awards
preceded the mayor — five “Pride of San Jose” awards and
10 “community honorees” from council districts.
When the council members were introduced, they came on
like the members of the Kentucky basketball team,
high-fiving with the audience.
After all this, Liccardo’s delivery of his speech was
curiously flat, even though he had built-in applause
lines like his pledge to seek funding for the Alum Rock
BART station. (With his voice strained, the mayor had
gone to the doctor early in the week.) Then again, if
you take my Dick Clark comparison even halfway
seriously, it wasn’t all about Liccardo on Saturday.
He wanted everyone to dance, to find a partner and
bridge their differences in the interests of the future.
If that meant showcasing the talent of others, he was
happy to oblige.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
through March 17
weekly address to the nation, President Obama discussed
higher education and said, “The most important skill you
can sell is your knowledge.” Or as English majors
working at Starbucks put it, “No it's not."
This weekend President Obama attended the annual
Gridiron Club Dinner, and during his speech he joked
that he is getting older and crankier. Which explains
why he announced he no longer supports President Obama.
Disney's live-action movie “Cinderella” — which also
featured a short “Frozen” cartoon — came in No. 1 at the
box office this weekend, with an estimated $70 million.
That story again: A short “Frozen” cartoon made $70
million this weekend — and “Cinderella” was involved
toward the end there, too.
A grandmother in South Africa celebrated her 100th
birthday on Saturday by going skydiving. It's pretty
impressive — most people turning 100 usually go the
other direction in the sky.
Hillary Clinton was actually inducted into the Irish
American Hall of Fame yesterday. Hillary said she's very
proud of her Irish heritage or her Italian heritage or
her Asian heritage. Whatever it takes to seal the deal
with you guys. I've got to get into that Oval Office.
Mitt Romney announced he will fight former heavyweight
champion Evander Holyfield in a charity boxing match.
You can tell that Romney is serious about it. Today, his
butler gave him a piggyback ride up the steps of the
Philadelphia art museum.
It turns out they're already trying a bunch of nicknames
to try to hype up the match. First they considered
“Vanilla in Manila.” Next up, they tried “Lean and Mean
versus L.L. Bean.” Finally, “Mitt Romney Loses to
Another Black Guy.”
Vladimir Putin appeared in public for the first time
after a mysterious 10-day absence. Putin said it took
him that long to recover from the finale of "The
Yesterday was the L.A. Marathon. It's the only time of
year you see someone running in the streets of Los
Angeles when it's not the end of a car chase.
Some people are still angry about the letter written by
Republicans to Iran. It's also not helping that they
said, "Dear Iran or Iraq, we can never keep you two
The prime minister of Ireland will be celebrating St.
Patrick's Day at the White House. So finally the Secret
Service agents will have a drinking buddy.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz said if elected president he
would abolish the Department of Education. But not to
worry. He promised to replace it with the less expensive
Bureau of Book Learning.
Officials in Indiana have discovered a working meth lab
inside a Walmart. They became suspicious when they
noticed a Walmart employee making a decent living.
It's rumored that Arnold Schwarzenegger's son is
cheating on his girlfriend Miley Cyrus. After hearing
about it Arnold said, “That's my boy.”
Now in Utah
if you get the death sentence, they have the firing
squad. In Russia, they call that early retirement.
Because Utah is largely Mormon country, the firing
squad's a little different. You're blindfolded but no
President Obama's trying to work out a nuclear deal with
Iran, and the Republicans are steamed. They got together
and sent Iran a letter about the nuclear deal. They said
if this doesn't work, by God, they're going to send Seth
Rogen and James Franco.
The ayatollah in Iran says he believes that he got the
letter, but he thinks he accidentally threw it out with
his Crate & Barrel catalog.
Some Secret Service guys crashed a car into the White
House. And they had been drinking when it happened.
Actually, they hit a barrier trying to get to the White
House. It's the same thing that is happening to Hillary.
Today Mitt Romney is 68 years old. It's kind of sad, a
68-year-old guy with no job, no future — wait a minute,
I always liked Mitt Romney. He looks like the salesman
who follows you around at Brooks Brothers.
They found a scrapbook with photos of Osama bin Laden
from the '90s, and they're studying each and every photo
very, very closely. My favorite shot of Osama bin Laden
was right between the eyes.
Since I announced my retirement a lot of people come up
to me on the street and say, "Hey, Jimmie. I understand
you're retiring. What are you going to be doing after
I just found out today I've been accepted into the CBS
Alex Rodriguez hit a home run in a spring training game.
You know what that means, ladies and gentlemen? I'll
tell you what it means. He's back on the juice.
Scientists have discovered a black hole that is 12
billion times the size of our sun. It's full of Hillary
We've broken the back of winter. And now here in New
York City it's the beginning of the pothole season.
Earlier today Mayor de Blasio cut the ribbon on a
brand-new one over on 8th Ave.
They're now saying that the 2nd Ave. pothole should be
ready around 2017.
They're trying to get a deal with Iran. They don't want
Iran to get a nuclear weapon so they're trying to make
some kind of a deal. They think within the next month
they'll have a deal, and then some time after that the
deal will be available on Netflix.
Today, we honor St. Patrick. His full name, of course,
was St. Neil Patrick Harris.
St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth biggest drinking day in
America. It’s not the biggest. It’s right behind New
Year's Eve, Fourth of July, or any Secret Service party.
Remember evil Russian dictator Vladimir Putin? He
vanished for 10 days. He had disappeared and there were
a lot of rumors. One rumor was he had disappeared
because he had himself executed.
Mitt Romney has a fund-raiser. He’s going to get in the
ring and fight Evander Holyfield. This is the dumbest
thing Republicans have done since they wrote that open
letter to Iran.
This is a
very big week for us here. Tomorrow night on our show we
get a visit from President Obama, which means that all
of you here tonight just missed having to get a cavity
search to get in here tonight.
On May 2 in Las Vegas, at long last, Floyd Mayweather
will fight Manny Pacquiao. It's the most-anticipated
fight in many years. Floyd and Manny? That doesn't sound
like two guys who fight. Sounds like guys you'd play
chess with in Washington Square Park.
Before their press conference, they held a red carpet
event for Floyd and Manny, which to me seems overly
glamorous for guys who wear shorts to work.
Manny is with us now. Hey, if you come back tomorrow we
won't need the Secret Service to protect President
Obama. You can do it with your fists alone.
We have quite a show for you tonight. The leader of the
free world is on the show tonight. Sean Penn is here to
promote his movie "The Gunman."
President Obama is here tonight to promote a project
he's been working on called the United States.
We had two former presidents. President Clinton and —
was Morgan Freeman president? OK, we had one.
There is controversy surrounding Obama's appearance on
the show. Monday we announced the president would be
here. This morning I got a letter from 47 Republicans
telling me not to sign any deals with him.
A bomb-sniffing dog came into my office today — for
real, a Belgian shepherd named Pistol, a great dog. A
very happy dog, but he obviously has no idea what
happens if he ever finds what he's looking for. But
then, do any of us, really?
We are here in Austin, Texas, for a whole week — because
that's how long it takes to get to the front of the line
at Franklin Barbecue.
I've been doing a lot of drinking here in Austin too.
Here's how you know you're having a good time — when you
go for coffee in the morning and realize that the key to
your hotel room is still in the door from the night
In addition to eating, there's also a music festival
going on in Austin right now. For a minute I thought
people were standing in line to get their beards
trimmed. It's like a swarm of hipster locusts descended
on the city.
The festival started last Friday and goes through
Sunday. Al Gore kicked things off. You know Austin isn't
like the rest of Texas when the guy they bring in to get
the crowd fired up is a Democrat who hates oil.
mysterious absence, Vladimir Putin appeared today in
public for the first time in nearly two weeks. You know
what that means — a boob job. And we're going to find
out quick because that guy doesn't wear a shirt a lot.
March Madness is upon us. That's the big tournament
where you start out with 64 teams and in only three
weeks you're down to no girlfriend.
Pope Francis said that one of the things he misses most
about ordinary life is the ability to go out and eat
pizza without being recognized. I wouldn't worry.
Nobody's going to believe the guy who works at the pizza
place when he says, "Hey, you know who came in today?
On St. Patrick's Day, Americans are expected to drink
over 13 million pints of Guinness. To give you an idea
how much beer that is, go outside and look at the
Pennsylvania police say the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity
at Penn State ran a private Facebook group for drug
sales called "Covert business transactions." Which is
like trying to hide your porn by putting it in a folder
called "People in states of undress."
A flight from Washington, D.C., to Denver made an abrupt
U-turn after a pastor ran through the aisles yelling,
"Jihad, jihad." Passengers say they were scared by the
guy yelling, "Jihad." But the abrupt U-turn really
calmed them down.
Actor Vin Diesel announced yesterday his girlfriend has
given birth to their third child. Though it is hard to
say it is definitely his because Vin Diesel looks like
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• • • • •
Only Saturday Night Live could get away with airing
THIS parody of the popular TV show “Jeopardy” on
network television. Check it out. (6:33)
• • • • •
Fans of felines should love
THIS 36-second clip that we have named “Cat Karma.”
Have a look and you will see why. (0:36)
• • • • •
How can one not be amused
WATCHING canines and felines deal with those
mysterious objects we call mirrors? (2:45)
• • • • •
Before this video began, the dog dropped a stick at the
foot of the “stranger” sitting on the park bench.
WATCH the dog’s frustration when he tries to get the
stranger to throw the stick so he could chase it. (0:42)
• • • • •
Here is another moving Hope for Paws dog rescue story
that has a happy ending. Kudos to all the people who
THIS and similar rescue organizations. (5:04)
• • • • •
If this pet owner had any concerns about his hybrid wolf
pup and kitten coexisting, they were quickly dispelled.
WATCH as his dog reacts in a motherly fashion to the
kitten the moment it strays too far. (0:37)
• • • • •
This clip brings back vivid
MEMORIES of the day back in the late 1940s when my
dad brought home a wading pool. Any other similarities
are purely coincidental. (2:11)
• • • • •
The First Taste of Freedom is the title of
THIS short clip. It represents the first time these
animals have seen the sky. (1:24)
• • • • •
Stan Miller sent in
THIS clip that first appeared in the June 6, 2013
Farsider but is worth a rerun. It’s a twist on the
popular flashmob videos that have become popular over
the past few years. To advertise the opening of the
renewed Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the famous “Night
Watch" painting by Rembrandt was brought to life in the
hopes that by bringing art to the people, they will come
to the museum to see more. Actors portraying the
characters in the painting surprised the shoppers in a
busy mall made up the flashmob. Have a good look at the
famous painting below, then click on the link above and
watch the action.
• • • • •
The guy delivering
THIS Graduate Oration at Harvard’s 362nd
Commencement is a cop. If, when you were in the prime of
your career, he was assigned to be your car partner,
would you: A} Pick his brain, B) Tolerate him, or C)
Lock him in the trunk until the end of shift? (6:45)
• • • • •
The pilots of VF-27 — a/k/a Attack Squadron 27 or the
“Royal Maces” — invite you to tag along as they burn up
some fuel in their F/A-18E Super Hornets. The squadron
is currently stationed in Japan at Naval Air Facility
Atsugi. This video was released earlier this month and
has already received over 300,000 views. (4:22)
• • • • •
If you haven’t yet used your barf bag and would like to
hitch a ride in a V-22 Osprey,
THIS link received from Dirk Parsons will enable you
to climb aboard the tilt-rotor aircraft. (4:25)
• • • • •
Speaking of flying,
THIS clip about the Flying Silver Carp of the Wabash
River had less than a million views when we first ran it
4 years ago. Today it has over 5 million. If you want to
go fishing but don’t want to buy or rent a rod and reel,
check out this clip received from Steve Postier. (4:24)
• • • • •
We’re not through with flying through the air yet.
Here’s a pop quiz:
THIS guy who ran his snowmobile equipped with a
parachute off a cliff in Sweden is (choose one) A:
Insane; B: Stupid; C: Gutsy; D: Blessed with a set of
testicles the size of grapefruits. (4:36)
• • • • •
It’s hard to determine who is crazier in
THIS clip received from Larry Otter, the drivers of
these rally cars, the photographers, or the spectators
who stand on the side of the road to watch them. (7:56)
• • • • •
A handful of readers sent in
THIS clip titled “Awesome Machines Compilation #1”
that may interest some of you. The V-8 powered chain saw
below is one example. (5:03)
found this video of interest, below are links to
Awesome Machine Compilation 2
Awesome Machine Compilation 3
Awesome Machine Compilation 4
• • • • •
Want to go mountain biking “On the Edge” in Austria?
Before you commit, watch
THIS video and you may decide you are far more
comfortable sitting in a chair and staring at your
computer screen. (4:57)
• • • • •
THIS video about disappearing car doors that we last
ran several years ago is starting to make the rounds
again. Is it the modification cost that has prevented
the idea from catching on? Or could it be the safety
hazard of trying to exit the vehicle in an accident?
Disappearing car doors are apparently still available,
at least the company’s
WEBSITE appears to be.
• • • • •
THIS clip from Paul Salerno and behold a form of art
based on an Etch-a-Sketch on steroids. And stick with it
past the 1:30 mark because the best is yet to come.
• • • • •
For our nostalgia clip of the week, Bob Tenbrink invites
you to return to 1952-53 and order a burger at the newly
opened Beany’s Fast Food Drive-Thru restaurant in Long
Beach. Unless you are over the age of 75 (give or take),
this was before you even had a license to drive. Click
on the link below to take a drive down Memory Lane.
• • • • •
Speaking about going back in time, we would wager that
the odds that you or your peers worked a pay job at a
high school dance and/or athletic event is excellent.
The question is, did you or your friends impress the
kids as much as
THIS uniformed cop did while he was providing
security in the high school gymnasium?
• • • • •
An atheist was walking through the woods. “What majestic
trees, what powerful rivers, what beautiful animals,” he
said to himself.
As he was walking alongside the river he heard a
rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look and
saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him.
He ran as
fast as he could up the path. When he looked over his
shoulder he saw that the bear was closing in on him. He
looked over his shoulder again and saw that the bear was
Then he tripped and fell to the ground. He rolled over
to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on
top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and
raising his right paw to strike him.
At that instant moment, the Atheist cried out: “Oh my
All of a sudden time stopped, the bear froze, the forest
As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out
of the sky.
“You deny my existence for all these years, tell others
I don't exist and even credit creation to a cosmic
accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this
predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?”
The atheist looked directly into the light, and said:
“It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to
treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make
the BEAR a Christian?”
“Very well,” said the voice.
The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed.
And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws
together, bowed his head & spoke:
this food which I am about to receive from Thy bounty
through Christ our Lord, Amen.”
• • • • •
Whatever you do, don’t mess with either of
THESE Chinese ladies practicing the martial art of
Aikido. You would be better off surrendering to the bear
above. We would like to think that the tip of the spear
is made of rubber or sponge. (0:59)
• • • • •
This young lady’s performance on Ukraine’s Got Talent
dazzled the judges and everyone in the audience.
WATCH it and you will see why. (3:33)
• • • • •
THIS is a typical Russian soldier in Putin's
military, our U.S. infantry soldiers might be in for a
rough time. (0:24)
• • • • •
Why would anyone want a real bird that poops everywhere
when you can
PURCHASE and fly a radio controlled bird known as an
• • • • •
Those of you who spent time in Hawaii in your youth
might want to peruse
THIS collection of photos of which there are tons
dating back to the ‘50s and ’60s. One of the pics that
Leroy and I remember as military brats from the mid
1950s is the one below of Kau Kau Korner, a popular
drive-in restaurant near downtown Honolulu.
• • • • •
Stories about the elderly who are afflicted with
Alzheimer’s don’t often have a happy ending.
THIS one is an exception. (2:43)
• • • • •
We have published in the past a video of the Delta
Airlines honor guard as a fallen soldier was returned to
THIS clip that we have chosen as our closer is not
only about a fallen hero, it also includes his K-9
partner who was beside him when both were killed by an
IED. (Note the people in the terminal building who were
observing the ceremony.) (3:14)
• • • • •
Pic of the Week
Submitted by Bill Leavy
What a difference 50 years makes...
American flags at the Selma March in 1965.
American flag at the Selma March in 2015.
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