March 28, 2013
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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coming Saturday, March 30th
2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
POA Hall, 1151 N. Fourth St.
April 6th (a week from this Saturday)
1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
POA Hall, 1151 N. Fourth St.
Please feel free to bring photographs. There will be an
opportunity to share your personal stories about Roger.
A buffet lunch will be served by the POA caterer.
PART B REIMBURSEMENT REMINDER
Spence, Retirees' Assn. Pres.
This is a reminder to all Medicare retirees that you must submit your Medicare
Part B reimbursement paperwork to Retirement Services no later than the close of
business Tuesday, April 2.
The mailing address and
contact information for Retirement Services is below:
Department of Retirement Services
1737 North First Street, Suite 580
San Jose, CA 95112-4505
Phone: 408-794-1000 or 800-732-6477
Main Fax: 408-392-6732
Don't assume this latest
POA update applies only to active personnel. Because it also addresses the SRBR
it should be read by all sworn SJPD retirees as well...
Today, we received the City's wage proposal. The City out did itself this time.
Before we get into the convoluted, strings-attached proposal, we wanted you to
know that we formally rejected the City's sick leave and police vehicle
proposal. We also informed the City that we do not agree with their calculation
method that an arbitrator must utilize to determine a wage increase per Measure
The City's wage proposal is tied to the implementation of the legally challenged
Measure B. The trial over the constitutionality of Measure B is scheduled for
June of this year. Please bear with us as we do our best to explain the City's
The City has proposed that a partial step increase would be added to our
existing 7-step wage structure starting July1, 2013. As you know, once officers
complete their first year on the job, they receive a 5% step increase to their
hourly wage. Every year, they get another 5% step increase until they have
reached "top-step". This occurs after they begin their 6th year on the force.
The City proposed that all officers with 7 years or more years on the force
would receive a 2.5% increase to their wages. You need to understand that this
offer comes with major conditions. You might remember that the City has
unilaterally ended the SRBR program that occasionally is paid to retirees when
the retirement plan investment returns exceed the assumed rate of return. You
should also remember that then Councilmember Chuck Reed voted for the SRBR
saying that it was the right thing to do. We have challenged the City's ability
to terminate this program as a part of our Measure B litigation. The City has
said that if its anticipated SRBR elimination savings are not realized, then it
will eliminate the 2.5% raise.
As if that wasn't enough rain on our parade, they have also tied another
condition to the 2.5% partial step increase offer. We have also challenged the
City's unilateral change to the retiree healthcare plan. This year, the City
moved all current retirees and future retirees into a new high-deductible
healthcare plan by creating a new "low-cost" plan. In order to keep the
healthcare plan they currently have, retirees have had to pay thousands of
additional dollars. We have also challenged this within our Measure B
litigation. Not surprisingly, the City's proposal says that if it does not reap
its expected savings from this illegal change to our healthcare plan, it will
also eliminate the 2.5% raise.
This is all centered on the City's expected saving of $20 million from the
changes to the above two programs. If it does not get the $20 million in
savings, the 2.5% raise is eliminated. So in a nutshell, if we or any other
union is successful with our Measure B litigation on the SRBR or the low-cost
healthcare plan, the 2.5% partial step increase disappears.
But wait, there's more. The City has offered up a second-year raise. Of course,
this comes with a Measure B condition as well. The City's proposal calls for an
additional 2.5% raise in the second year of the 2-year contract. The City is
conditioning this raise on the implementation of the 4% additional pension costs
for the unfunded liability called for in Measure B. We will only get a 2.5%
raise in the second year if we are paying the additional 4% toward pension
costs. So in the year that we receive this 2.5% raise, you will take home 1.5%
less. It's quite a condition. Any victory (elimination of Measure B) by any of
the bargaining groups would eliminate this 2nd-year raise. It is one of the
oddest retention schemes imaginable.
So how can you say no to an
offer like that?
We did! After receiving this offer at the table today, we rejected it
out-of-hand and countered with a 2-year proposal of our own. It calls for an end
to the 10% giveback in the first year and a 3% raise in the second year.
Click below to download the
to download the POA's Counter Proposal
Regardless of the above, the City refuses to understand that first things first,
the two-year 10% giveback has to end. Secondly, we are not going to let the City
divide us by offering raises to some, but not to others. We are disappointed by
the City's offer and lack of understanding on how to stop the exodus. Unless
there is a monumental change of direction at the negotiations table, it is
likely that our differences with the City will have to be resolved through
arbitration. As things progress in that direction, we will provide you with more
information about how that process works and what we might expect from it.
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Mayor Reed used the
Mercury News to get the following message across to the good citizens of San
Mayor: Budget Needs to Focus
on Public Safety
By Chuck Reed
Special to the Mercury News March 24, 2013
On Tuesday, the City Council will vote on my initial recommendations for
developing a balanced budget for the next fiscal year.
As a result of painful, but necessary, decisions weve made in recent years, we
should be able to avoid service cuts for the second year in a row and have some
limited funds available to improve services in a few key areas.
Our top priority must be public safety. In particular, Ive recommended a number
of actions to begin restoring capacity in the police department.
We can hire and train new officers more quickly by taking steps to expand our
academies and hire ahead. We can free up more officers for patrol and
investigations by hiring civilians for certain positions. And we can help
improve police response by opening the South San Jose Police Substation.
We can also help retain veteran police officers as well as employees in other
critical and hard-to-fill positions, like public safety dispatchers and water
pollution control plant operators through modest, targeted pay increases.
For example, we should focus our limited funds on increasing top-step pay. This
would ensure that senior employees get a raise, rewarding them for their
experience and encouraging them to stay. Sixty percent of the police officers
who resigned last year were at the top pay step. Junior employees are already
scheduled to get a step pay increase this year and would have a higher top step
to work toward.
I wish we were in a position to restore all of the services that were cut in
recent years and the entire 10 percent pay cut that our employees have taken.
But we simply dont have enough money to do that today. In addition, we are
still facing a number of threats to our fiscal recovery, including ongoing
litigation over pension reform.
Thats why we have to be prudent in this years budget. We cant spend money we
dont have in hopes that more funding will be available in the future. We cant
make the same mistakes we made in the past, when we authorized new spending and
increased employee compensation faster than we could afford.
Thats how we ended up with out-of-control retirement costs and 10 straight
years of budget shortfalls. Thats why we were forced to continually cut city
services, eliminate 2,000 jobs and lay off police officers, firefighters and
other dedicated employees. Just two years ago, we were facing a $115 million
shortfall that threatened to push us into service-level insolvency.
It was only through bold fiscal action that the City Council was able to avert a
fiscal disaster and put the city on the path to recovery. This included 10
percent cuts in total compensation for all city employees, new service delivery
models and pension and health care reforms.
This year we are able to open four branch libraries that had been vacant and
turn 900 street lights back on. Next year, we will take steps to begin restoring
capacity in our police and fire departments, and I hope we can reach agreements
with our 11 employee unions to restore some pay for our hardworking employees.
As we achieve more of the savings from pension reform and potential new revenues
in the years ahead, well be able to hire more police officers, restore other
critical services and consider additional pay raises. But until then, we must be
cautious and prudent with the limited funds we have available, and ensure they
are spent on our citys most pressing needs.
Poll to be held over until next week due to
Last Week's Poll Results
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
The video of the young lady picking up a motorcycle in (last week's) Farsider
reminded me of a similar incident many years ago. The fastest pick up of a
fallen police motor occurred after an early 4th of July celebration back in the
1990s when we used to close down the entire area around Almaden and San Carlos.
It was all hands on deck for the SJPD Traffic Unit which was then comprised of
about 24 motor officers, 6 motor sergeants, 1 motor Lt. and probably 10 or so
officers in their radar units. After the fireworks, it was the traffic units'
job to clear the downtown area of the many thousands of pedestrians and auto
Sgt. Larry Campbell was riding his motor in the intersection of Market and San
Carlos and doing an excellent job of keeping traffic and pedestrians moving. But
in the flash of an eye, he lost his balance during a slow speed turn and went
down. Literally hundreds of people on foot and in their cars witnessed the fall.
I glanced away for just a second after the fall, and when I looked back there
was Sgt. Larry on his motor continuing to effectively clear traffic and riding
like nothing had ever happened. He had to have set a world record for the clean
and jerk to get that old heavy Kawasaki upright and was back on it before anyone
could believe they ever saw it go down.
We had a good chuckle over that some time later.
Sgt. Mike (Thompson)
SJPD Traffic Unit Ret. '88-'95
PS Larry was an excellent motorcycle rider.
One helluva lot of gas:
As near as I can recall, it was sometime around 1967 when I was on day watch
downtown near 1st and San Carlos and received a call to respond Code 3 to our
armory at City Hall. I was directed to obtain some tear gas from the armory,
then respond Code 3 to a street off S. White Road, across from the Mt. Pleasant
tract. I activated the red lights and began the trip to the armory, but when I
pushed the floor button to activate the siren, nothing. Silence. No matter, I
went Code 3 sans the siren anyway.
Upon arrival at the entrance to the Police Dept., my close friend, the late
Richard Huerta, was working Records that day and met me with the armory key.
When I asked what was going on, Rich advised that Sgt. Silvfast was pinned down
behind his car and being shot at. When we entered the armory and retrieved the
tear gas I spotted several WW II type flak vests, so we grabbed some of them on
a hunch they might also be needed.
As for the Code 3 joy ride to the far East Side from the old City Hall without a
siren, I honestly don't think I could have gotten there any faster with one.
Several police units and a hundred or so civilians were near the shooting scene
when I arrived. As I opened the passenger door of my patrol car, Mercury News
reporter Bill Romano, who had pulled up behind me, came running up and asked
what was going on? Instead of answering, I placed three flak vests in his arms
and directed him towards the PD cars. Bill took about two steps...heard
gunfire...turned and shoved the vests at me and said "F$#% you!"
When I delivered the vests I was instructed to go into the yard next door and
fire tear gas into the assailant's house. After 4 of the short rounds, all I had
left were two barricade projectiles. I was told to use them too, so I did. It
was much later that I realized just how powerful they were.
Shortly thereafter, three officers with vests stormed the house and located the
assailant just inside the door. He was DOA with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
There was a small fire inside the house caused by the barricade projectiles.
Seems they went completely through an interior wall and embedded in a far wall
catching fire to some drapery. The fire department. put out the fire and used
large fans to clear the gas out of the house.
It was some time later when we entered. It turned out that the assailant had
several weapons and over 4,000 rounds of ammunition, which I transported to our
Records room at City Hall to inventory. To a casual onlooker it must have
appeared to have been a sad situation because many a tear was shed by the Police
Matrons, who were reacting to the exposure of the ammunition boxes were
permeated with tear gas.
To quote Forrest Gump, that's all I've got to say about that..
Dick Tush, #1230
When Phil Norton sent us an e-mail with a link
to an NBC Bay Area news item, we responded and asked if it was something he
wanted posted in the Mail Call column? This was his reply...
Yes. Two years ago, as I recall, the Mayor and Council majority were laying
off Policemen and crying fiscal emergency. Meanwhile, they were transferring
Redevelopment money to buy land for a ball park. I think there is a connection,
at least with regard to the credibility of the elected officials. If one wants
to take the time and make the effort, the attachments are revealing. Readers may
make of it what they wish. I have, and it has a very strong odor about it.
This was the content of
Phil's original e-mail...
It is worthwhile to read the Controller's report and the responses by the San
Jose City Manager. I see a court test coming in an effort to overturn the
Controller's order to repay RDA funds to be utilized for purposes as stated in
the statutes authorizing elimination of Redevelopment agencies throughout the
state. The City appears to be scrambling to find a legal foundation for their
failure to return RDA funds to be utilized for local public uses. If you have
the time and the inclination, it's revealing.
I just read and had a good laugh about Robillard talking about the old drive-ins
in San Jose. I was lucky enough to have joined the SJPD during this era,
although I never parked in the back row of a drive-in theater because of the
story I heard about a young, possibly probationary beat officer who went on to
become a captain.
As the story goes, the officer was parked in the back row of the San Jose
Drive-In on Old Oakland Rd. that was showing an X-rated movie when he was called
by his sergeant, who asked for his location. Not wanting to say where he was or
what he was doing, the officer replied, "13th and Hedding."
The sergeant replied, "Good. I"m at 10th and Hedding, I'll meet you at 13th
Realizing that he had just lied to his sergeant, the frantic officer started
his patrol car, threw it into reverse and backed-out, ripping the speaker that
was hanging on his driver's door window from its stand. In desperation to get
out of the drive-in and arrive at 13th and Hedding before his sergeant could
arrive, he hastily backed up and into a car that was parked behind him.
Now he was in panic mode. Not only was he where he shouldn't have been, not
only did he lie to his sergeant, but now he was involved in an accident. He had
no idea how he was going to get out of the hole he had dug for himself. It was
only after he got out of his patrol car to inspect the damage that he realized
he had backed into his sergeant, who was parked behind him the whole time.
The articles about gun control are and always will be the same. To understand
Joe McNamara, I went to his biography pages on the Internet. After reading
fourteen pages, I felt I understood his stand on gun control. Having been born
in New York, educated in the far left Ivy League universities, a Fellow of the
Hoover institute, I could not expect anything else from him.
I'm sorry Leroy, but you have only the following of all real Americans on your
side. We will stand together for our rights under the Second Amendment. When
McNamara and his followers finally get their way, most of us law abiding
citizens will be walking felons. We will not give up our guns, even if faced
All of my family, including my wife, sons and my grandchildren, have been taught
the use of firearms. It is my hope that when the Government decides to round all
of us up that we go to an internment camp like the American-born Japanese in
WWII. At least we will all be together.
I cannot compete with McNamara in the game of words. It would be like getting
into the ring with Joe Frazer. One punch and I would be looking at the ceiling.
But I and most like me will remain on your side.
Keep the faith,
Bill (Orville Yarbrough)
Ed. Not to be picky,
but the Hoover Institution is a conservative organization, more aptly referred
to as a "think tank." Besides JoeMac, it includes the likes of Ed Meese,
Condoleezza Rice, George Shultz, Thomas Sowell and Donald Rumsfeld, just to name
a few. Have a look at the others at...
SATURDAY IS THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL DEDICATION IN SAN JOSE
The long-awaited Vietnam Memorial engraved with the
names of the 142 "Sons of San Jose" who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the
Vietnam War will be dedicated at 12 noon this coming Saturday, March 30th. The
venue will be on W. Santa Clara St., just east of the Shark Tank. All military
vets as well as the public is cordially invited to attend this special
For more information that includes an upcoming Memorial Dance and Golf
Tournament as well as a link to make a tax-deductible donation in support of
this important memorial, please visit our website at...
Feel free to
contact me for more information.
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
Robillard, SJPD Ret.
The Big Bang
Within the confines of the PAB, a mischievous robbery sergeant got everyone's
immediate attention by detonating an M-80 (huge firecracker) in the room, which
cleared the wax out of the ears of the assembled workers. One "smart aleck"
decided to fill out a Supervisors Report of Injury, claiming, among other
things, about the "ringing in his ears." But there was a problem. The
complainant was one of the pilots of the Aircraft Surveillance Program, and as
such, he received extra pay for his flying time at the Dept.'s expense as well
as overtime. When it was brought to his attention that he would have to be
"grounded" until he could undergo a comprehensive medical review before being
allowed to continue in his lucrative assignment, his facial expression didn't
change one iota as he tore up the injury report. The subject was never brought
up again. It's proof that there is more than one way to "handle a sticky
Then there was the officer who became aware that
several other officers possessed a flat badge for their wallet.Thinking this was
a smart way to reduce the bulge in his wallet that resulted from his official
duty badge, the enterprising young officer got a ball peen hammer and began to
pound on his badge on an anvil to flatten it. When he finally realized he had
mutilated his badge to the point that it was unusable, he paid to have another
one produced from the Ed Jones Badge Co. Henceforth, he became known as "Ernie
One of our erstwhile coppers (George Payton) became an instructor, later a
professor and eventually added the title of Author to his resume. After his
promotion to sergeant, he left the SJPD for greener pastures at San Jose City
College, where his first publication was titled "Patrol Procedures." It became
the bible for those entering the law enforcement community. The cover of the
very successful book included a photograph of then-patrol officer Charlie Roy,
later to retire as a lieutenant. The photo showed Charlie patrolling on foot in
semi-darkness on San Antonio between S. 1st and Market streets. After a massive
first printing of the book, it was discovered that the negative of Charlie had
been reversed and that it depicted him checking out closed businesses with his
flashlight being held in his gun hand on the same side of the body as his gun
and holster. Numerous copies of the book with the error were sold before the
miscue was discovered and corrected in subsequent printings. Meanwhile, the
early copies of "Patrol Procedures" showing Charlie making an apparent "rookie
mistake" have become collector items, as verified by George himself last month.
I would bet that some of you still have a copy and are about to see if yours is
one of the collector editions.
FRAZIER IS OFF TO A ROUGH START IN OAKLAND
Craig Shuey spotted this
article in the Contra Costa Times about our former Dep. Chief who was hired by
the city of Oakland to square away its police department. Tom is having trouble
getting out of the blocks according to this story...
Oakland: Lawyers Tussle Over
Benefits for OPD Leader
By Matthew Artz, Oakland Tribune
March 28, 2013
OAKLAND -- The city's court-appointed top cop is already off to a rocky start
with City Hall.
Thomas Frazier, a former Baltimore police commissioner brought in earlier this
month to reform Oakland's beleaguered police department, is locked in a dispute
over more than $60,000 in benefits that his negotiator blames squarely on City
Attorney Barbara Parker.
Ronald Yank, who recently headed a state agency responsible for employee
relations, said Parker on Friday rejected several facets of Frazier's proposed
compensation package that he had negotiated with a lower-ranking attorney in her
The two sides subsequently failed to meet a Monday deadline to submit a contract
for Frazier to U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson.
As the deadline passed, Parker filed court papers asking Henderson to find that
Frazier was ineligible to receive the cash equivalents of vacation time, sick
time and pension benefits.
Yank said that he soon will ask Henderson to approve the benefits and also make
the city pay for the additional hours he worked Saturday through Monday trying
to salvage the agreement.
"No one ever said this was subject to Ms. Parker's input," Yank said. "If so, I
would have insisted that the city attorney be in the room."
Parker said Yank was well aware any agreement needed the approval of top city
officials and that no agreement had been reached.
"We have a responsibility to not just give away public funds," she said.
"Unfortunately, Mr. Yank is attempting to create a conflict where there isn't
Frazier is the most powerful police official in Oakland history. He has
authority to spend city funds, demote commanders and seek the ouster of Chief
Howard Jordan as part of his charge to make the police department finally
complete a decade-old reform drive stemming from the Riders brutality scandal.
Upon picking Frazier for the job, Henderson ordered the city to pay him a base
salary of $270,000 and provide benefits similar to those of top city officials
such as the police chief and city administrator.
Yank, a lawyer who once represented Oakland's police union and is expected to
join Frazier's staff, said he had reached agreement with the city on all points
except whether Frazier was eligible for pension benefits and needed to sign an
Additional disagreements now include whether Frazier should get the cash
equivalent of vacation and sick time -- valued at more than $18,000.
The pension dispute is the most expensive sticking point, worth about $46,000 to
Frazier. The city maintains that since employees can't cash out city
contributions to their pensions, Frazier shouldn't get the cash equivalent of
such pension contributions.
Yank said that it would be "flouting the court's order" not to give Frazier
commensurate benefits to other top officials, although he agreed to reduce his
original demand to reflect the fact that employees also pay into the pension
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF MARCH 23, 2013
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
Woman takes revenge on her cheating husband by advertising his infidelities
on a billboard.
Is the father of Chelsea Clinton's husband a former congressman who pled
guilty to fraud charges?
Do months that include five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays occur
only once every 800+ years?
Old photographs purportedly show John Travolta and
Nicolas Cage look-alikes.
Letter from a disabled veteran criticizes George Bush and Dick Cheney over
the Iraq War.
A soldier returning from deployment discovers his
wife has died during his absence, and their children have starved to death.
Do food tasters work on behalf of U.S. presidents?
Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
Do fast food restaurants, prisons, and school
cafeterias use "Grade D but edible" meat?
Still Haunting the Inbox
Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
reminder to adjust your YouTube menu to Large or Full Screen
We think it's safe to say that comedian Jim Carrey didn't win the
hearts and minds of Second Amendment supporters when he mocked Charlton Heston
in this skit from the FunnyOrDie website, but you can bet he's receiving tons of
pats on the back from the vast majority of the Hollywood crowd. The name of the
song is "Cold Dead Hand." (6 Mins.)
One of those who took
umbrage with Carrey's mocking of Heston was Greg Gutfeld, a co-star of Fox's
"The Five" and host of his own late night show "Red Eye," also on Fox. Listen to
him unload on the Canadian-born comedian. (2 Mins.)
France 447, the Airbus A-330 that crashed in the Atlantic while flying from
Brazil to Paris back in 2009? Sully of Hudson River fame explains what he thinks
went wrong. (7 Mins.)
This Wikipedia link is about the accident...
Here's a musical version of
"Where's Waldo." The guy's name is Matt, and he enjoys traveling around the
world and dancing with the local folks. Some of you may remember that we posted
an earlier video of him dancing as he traveled the globe back in 2008. This is
his latest dancing travelogue that he calls, "Where the Hell is Matt? 2012."
This is the video we posted of Matt back in 2008
As you can see from the pic
below, Ray Stevens seems to be rolling in the dough. So what's his secret? He's
simply following the government's budget plan. Watch this and you can be rich,
too. At least for the time being. (3 Mins.)
On a more serious note,
some things never change, like this three-decade old clip of TV talk show host
Phil Donahue interviewing Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman on the
subject of greed and capitalism. (Friedman died in 2006 at the age of 94;
Donahue is still alive at the age of 77.) The clip from the 1970s is short and
worth a listen because it illustrates the differences in economic ideology
between the Left and the Right today. (2 Mins.)
Watch this short clip from
JET that aired on a local Tampa TV station and you will likely agree that
"someone needs to be accountable" for this situation. Any idea of who or what
agency it should be? (2 Mins.)
Looks like the Russian gun
freak is back. This time he's pretending to be Arnold the Terminator as he shows
off two fully-automatic AA-12 shotguns while lacing his presentation with
occasional expletives, which indicates he may have seen too many American action
movies. Whether or not that's the case, the shotguns he is proudly showing off
seem to function like the infamous Street Sweeper most of us are familiar with.
If you choose to watch the clip, listen for the line in which he says, "Don't
try this at home, I'm a professional Russian." (6 Mins.)
Speaking of the Russkies,
Jim Silvers found this young Russian dance troupe interesting to watch. Have a
look and see if it messes with your brain like it did ours.
Excuse me for jumping up on
my soapbox, but I personally love these Texas County Reporter stories because
they are almost always about the America that once was, where hard work and
American tradition counted for far more than it does today.
From the "For What It's
Worth Dept." comes these two short clips that appear in an e-mail sent out by a
Sacramento PD detective...
The potential problem...
A potential solution...
This clip about free cell
phones sucks as much now as it did in May of last year when a local Fox
affiliate in Baltimore first aired it. Has anything been done about it? A Google
search turned up nada. Oh well, it's only money. Unfortunately, it's our
dough. (3 Mins.)
Warning to golfers: When
practicing high-lob shots, be acutely aware of your surroundings as well as the
air space around you or this might happen. (1 Min.)
Speaking of golf, this clip
we received from Lumpy seems to prove that while it is a gentleman's game of
skill and confidence, it is definitely not for everyone.
We have included videos of
the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in the past, but we somehow overlooked this clip
of its Top Secret Drum Corps. We chose it as our closer this week because of the
precision the drummers display, especially when they are under the pressure of
tossing their drumsticks to other members in front of a huge audience.
Pic of the Week
Sad news, folks. Looks like Easter has been canceled...