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THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
According to yesterday's paper, the City Council has found itself
between a rock and a 5 percent raise...
S.J. Leaders’ Pay Raise Likely to be Approved
expected to OK bump despite public opposition—
By John Woolfolk
Mercury News — April 17, 2013
SAN JOSE — If an online survey is any indication, most San Jose residents
think the city’s elected leaders are already overpaid. But the commission that
sets their salaries every two years still thinks they deserve a raise.
More than 60 percent of nearly 400 residents who responded to an online city
survey said council members’ current $81,000 annual salary is too high. A 56
percent majority said council pay should be cut back to the $75,000 a year level
it was in 2007.
“They get more than enough,” wrote one of dozens of unnamed survey respondents
in results compiled by the commission.
About 60 percent of respondents also found the mayor’s authorized $114,000
annual salary too much. Mayor Chuck Reed has been declining raises beyond the
$105,000 pay rate in effect when he took office in 2007. But a 40 percent
plurality of survey respondents said the mayor’s pay should be less than $90,000
Even so, the Council Salary Setting Commission is expected to approve
recommendations Wednesday evening to give the mayor and council 5 percent
raises. That would boost the annual council salary to $85,050, while the mayor’s
approved pay would jump to $119,700. The city charter allows the council to
either accept the commission’s recommended pay or something less.
In 2007 the council approved a commission recommendation to raise salaries 20
percent, bringing the yearly pay to $90,000 for the council and $127,000 for the
mayor. But the commission two years ago formalized a 10 percent pay cut the
council had voluntarily accepted to match reductions it imposed on the city
workforce amid budget cuts.
With the mayor and council now considering modest raises for city workers, they
indicated a little council pay bump might be in order, at least for their
“As the city’s fiscal condition improves and we restore pay for city employees,
I think the council members’ and mayor’s salaries should be increased as well,”
Mayor Chuck Reed told commissioners in a written response. He said “we may be
able to afford a modest increase” but only if the city gets the $20 million
savings he expects from the city adopting a cheaper, high-deductible health plan
for employees and retirees and eliminating bonus retirement checks. Reed, who
completes his final term next year, said he still plans to forgo any raises put
in place since he took office.
Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, running to succeed Reed, told commissioners the
council pay should stay the same, though she’d welcome a small increase.
Councilman Sam Liccardo, expected to run for mayor as well, urged a
cost-of-living increase, but only for new council members.
The five-member Council Salary Setting Commission, appointed by the Civil
Service Commission, meets every odd-numbered year to study salaries and benefits
of elected official s in other cities and recommend whether raises are in order
for San Jose. The commission sends its recommendation to the City Council for
Council members in recent years have criticized the process, arguing they
shouldn’t have to vote on their pay because it creates political pressure to
keep salaries low. But voters would have to approve a charter change for a
different process, something the council hasn’t deemed a priority.
Council members have compared their job to that of a county supervisor in terms
of workload and responsibility, and some have suggested they should be paid
accordingly. Santa Clara County supervisors are paid $143,031 a year, a figure
based on 80 percent of a Superior Court judge’s salary, according to commission
Commissioners found it challenging to find suitable cities to compare San Jose
council and mayoral pay. Most of the state’s big cities have a “strong mayor”
government where the mayor is the city’s top executive and is paid considerably
more. San Francisco is a combined city and county. And the suburban cities
neighboring San Jose have part-time mayors and councils that give policy
direction to the city manager and are paid a modest stipend.
Many of the unnamed survey respondents said the San Jose council positions
should be part-time as well.
But the commission in its draft recommendations argued that the “workload,
complexities, challenges and time commitment” of San Jose’s elected leaders
justifies a 5 percent raise that “reflects a balance between restoration of the
previous reduction in salary while acknowledging a slow economic recovery.”
Last Week's Poll Results
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Staying away from the controversy between the Republicans and Democrats is
probably a good idea, but you really showed your bravery by your use of Miss
Barbie in the modified cop's uniform for the PBA meeting reminder. Better get
your flack jacket, helmet and titanium cup on because I suspect the attack from
the female squadron will begin very quickly.
Stay vigilant, be prepared to duck, and continue to smile.
• • • • •
I thought I would share my recent article on how working cops and law
enforcement administrators view the proposed gun control legislation. FOX News
has already quoted the article so it might be worthy to post in the Farsider.
Mayor Reed Gets "Big
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig
April 12, 2013
San Jose is the 10th largest
city in the United States. It also is the largest city in Northern California
and the second largest city in the State after Los Angeles. So why are we cursed
with such an impotent mayor? Mayor Reed has zero influence outside of San Jose —
none in the county, none in the Bay Area, none in the state and none among
mayors of other cities anywhere in the country.
Part of the problem is the City Charter that grants the authority to run the
City to the City Manager. The Mayor is not much more than an "at-large" elected
council member who presides over the City Council and marshals a consensus to
implement policy set by the City Manager.
Nearly two years ago, Mayor Reed sent Baseball's Commissioner Bud Selig a letter
asking for a decision to approve allowing the Oakland A's to relocate to San
Jose. Recently (4/2/23) Mayor Reed asked Selig for a face to face meeting
to discuss the Oakland A's desire to relocate to San Jose. A green light from
the MLB requires the consent of a majority of team owners and would trigger the
transfer of land from City ownership to A's owner Lew Wolfe, who could begin
constructing a new ballpark in San Jose.
Selig really never responded to Reed's requests made two years ago but, on
4/10/13 Selig got back to Reed
and informed him that the two would not be meeting. Selig advised Reed that the
MLB Blue Ribbon Commission that he commissioned 4 years ago to study the move
has been in "frequent contact" with the City. Further, Selig informed Reed that
if there is a meeting to take place, it should be with "Robert Starkey or other
members of the Commission." How could Reed not know this already? It is
troubling that Reed is so totally unaware of his options given this topic is so
near and dear to his heart!
Not only did Selig tell Reed that there would be no meeting between the two, he
also sent a message that both Reed and Council Member Sam Liccardo had better
heed: that additional litigation "is neither productive nor consistent with
process that the Athletics have initiated under our rules."
Liccardo, who has announced he is running for Mayor and is a proponent of
building a new stadium venue for the A's, has publicly said that he has a team
of lawyers ready to file an "anti-trust" action against MLB that he believes
would ultimately force MLB to authorize relocating the A's to San Jose. I think
Selig is letting Reed, Liccardo and San Jose know in no uncertain terms that
should they proceed with such a suit, MLB would never allow any team to move to
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
A Sad Tale
In the early 1960s local TV station KNTV Channel 11 conducted a series of public
interest stories centering around police services and police officers in action.
One story occurred when a female reporter and her male cameraman accompanied a
beat car on patrol to capture any events of note.
One was a tragic traffic accident that occurred on Story Rd. near Jackson Ave.,
long before the development of Tropicana Village, Sunset Homes and the numerous
shopping centers and strip malls that came later. There were none of these along
Story Rd., the south side of which was open range comprised of farmland and
pasture. When two horses broke free from the fenced-in pasture and wandered onto
Story Rd. they were hit by a car. Tragically, one of the horses' two front
hooves were severed in the collision. With its painful life-threatening
injuries, the horse was bolting around on its two hind legs. As tragic as the
scene was, it created an opportunity for the TV crew to spring into action and
capture the event first-hand. The reporter and cameraman were wearing tan
safari-style jackets which, unknown to them at the time, became blood-saturated
because of the thrashing around of the dying animal. Their jackets looked as if
someone with a fountain pen had stood in front of them and shook it until it was
out of red ink. It became readily apparent that the horse needed to be put down
to relieve it of its misery. But unlike the movies, a single gunshot wouldn't do
the job; it required six rounds from a K-38 revolver and two 12 gauge shotgun
rounds to dispatch the poor animal.
Decades later, in 1999, Bob Moir told the story at a PBA meeting in front of
nearly 100 members when a loud and distraught voice from the back of the room
bellowed, "Moir, you killed my horse."
It turned out that Officer Bill McClean's family owned the pasture land and the
horses that had escaped. Years after the event on Story Rd., Bill's father told
him the story of how two of their horses had escaped, been hit by a car, and
that the police had to put down one of the animals, but those were the only
details the father conveyed. It wasn't until Moir told the story at the PBA
meeting that Bill learned who the cop was who put the family's horse down.
Fortunately, the story was told with compassion and decorum.
Bottom line: When a story is told in front of a large group, one never knows who
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF APRIL 13, 2013
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Dr. Kermit Gosnell is on trial on charges of having committed multiple
gruesome and illegal late-term abortions.
• Photograph purportedly shows an insect spy drone that can take photographs
and DNA samples.
• Map purportedly shows states in which employees can be "fired for being
• Do you need to drink eight glasses of water per day to avoid being
• Did Dianne Feinstein say that 'All vets are mentally ill and the government
should prevent them from owning firearms'?
• Did a North Carolina couple put their 16-year-old daughter up for adoption
after leaning she is gay?
• Is the FCC is modifying its policies regarding the
use of profanity and non-sexual nudity on radio and television?
• Photograph purportedly shows a formerly ensnared humpback whale thanking
one of her rescuers.
• A prominent meteor shower will be visible in late April 2013.
• Did Rep. Paul Ryan refuse to tip an elderly waiter at a Washington-area
• Item identifies suspects allegedly wanted by the
police for the beating of a 22-year-old autistic woman named Ashley Hamilton.
• Was the word 'sirloin' coined by an English king who knighted a piece of
• Has Pastor Joel Osteen announced that he has resigned and renounced
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a
collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Did Margaret Thatcher once say that "The trouble with
Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money"?
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
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• • • • •
We've all seen hot chases
from the perspective of a video camera mounted on the dash of a patrol car, but
have you seen a chase recorded by a video camera mounted on the side of a helmet
worn by an officer working a police motor? Have a look at this extraordinary
April 8, 2013 chase by a Florence (state unknown) motor officer we received from
Paul Salerno. Not only did the camera (probably a Go-Pro) provide excellent
video of the pursuit and the arrest, it also picked up the officer's radio
transmissions. (5 Mins.)
• • • • •
Does anyone find it ironic
that while the Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds are grounded,
ostensibly due to the sequester, the Black Eagles Flight Demonstration Team of
the Republic of South Korea that gulps down tens of millions of U.S. dollars in
military aid and support continues to thrill the folks on the ground? Have a
look at what this video calls the "best pilots in the world." We were unable to
determine if their jets were manufactured by Kia or Hyundai.
• • • • •
We stand corrected. Worry
not, fans of the Blue Angels. The Navy's flight demonstration team were able to
perform again in spite of the cutbacks brought about by the sequester.
• • • • •
Some clips are worth
running a second time for the benefit of those who joined our newsletter family
over the past few years. One of those that we last ran back in 2009 was brought
to our attention by Tom Macris: Ladies and gentlemen, give a warm Farsider
welcome to Steve "The Great Flydini" Martin, as introduced by Johnny Carson back
in '92. (7 Mins.)
• • • • •
Remember when color TV was
new and most shows still came in only black and white, and we all had television
antennas on the roofs of our homes or a pair of rabbit ears on top of our TV
sets? Here is an excellent video created by a New York TV station that will
transport you back to a gentler, more innocent time when most everybody got
along with each other and the country wasn't divided into the Left and the
Right. (12 Mins.)
• • • • •
Speaking of popular TV
shows from yesteryear, let's eavesdrop on Archie as he gets ready to undergo
surgery by a black female doctor from the West Indies.
• • • • •
Recognize this guy? It's
from a video Paul Salerno received from a cop he worked with in Newtown, CT
before Paul headed west and wound up at the SJPD. Many of you should recognize
the subject. He's Gil Zamora, who was mentored by Tom Macris for three or four
years before becoming SJPD's police artist after Tom retired in 1995. Having
retired himself 2 years ago, Gil was apparently drafted by Dove soap for this
commercial. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
Here is an interesting
social experiment by a guy who is soliciting signatures to repeal the Second
Amendment and allow for the confiscation of guns from everyone except the police
and military to ensure that the only citizens who have guns are the criminals.
• • • • •
Are these visitors to an open range zoo in Australia nuts?
Note the meat on the hood of the vehicle.
Imagine the rush you would get from sitting in the vehicle.
So are these
people brave or stupid? The answer is neither. This is the
Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria Australia, and only the hood
of the car is outside the glass cage with the lion. The rest of
the car is
on the inside. It provides an interesting way of interacting with
It's said that even though there is no danger to the visitors,
seats in the vehicle have to be cleaned after every trip.
• • • • •
Barack Obama was our first
African-American president, right? Wrong! Barry was our second. You apparently
missed this press conference that was held by our first black president several
years ago, long before he died in 2005 at the age of 65 from a heart attack.
• • • • •
Our illustrious PBA
president thinks this short clip may qualify as one of the best beer commercials
he has ever seen, and he's seen a lot because he is a huge beer fan.
• • • • •
Say what you will about the
precision of university marching bands and even military drill teams, but when
it comes to wowing a crowd with their endurance and skill, have a look at these
young ladies. This performance by the "Kings Firecrackers" appears to have taken
place during an Army-Navy basketball game. (8 Mins.)
• • • • •
So what's this video clip
about? Let's just say it has to do with bras and personal safety. Click on the
link below we received from Joe Suske for a further explanation, which we
suspect most of you guys will. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
a party or some other event with cheesy firecrackers when you can afford
automatic weapons and tons of ammo like the deliriously happy Saudis in this
clip sent in by Don Hale? But don't be envious of their wealth. Remember, they
live in cities surrounded by sand, almost always dress like a members of the KKK,
and the vast majority of their women are faceless thanks to the burqas they
wear. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
If you thought American sitcoms like "Two and a Half Men" were a little over the
top, have a look at this snippet from a recent episode of "Mrs. Brown's Boys,"
one of Britain's top shows that airs on BBC One. (2
As we said, this show —
which is seen on the British government's BBC One channel — can get pretty
bawdy. Here's an excerpt from an episode entitled "Mrs. Brown and the Condom."
• • • • •
Speaking of viewer
warnings, we vacillated over whether we should close the Farsider this week with
this video received from Sharon Lansdowne because it begins with a strong
disclaimer. After a great deal of soul searching, we decided to throw caution to
the wind and go for it. Click on the link below, read the disclaimer carefully,
then decide if you want to continue viewing it. (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
Pic of the Week
what the newspaper headline says, the cop isn't
dumb. He's just preparing for an Obamacare colonoscopy...
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