The Farsider

April 23, 2015

 

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

 

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

 

Sorry about no Farsider last week, but something
important came up that caused the delay.


 

FIRST THINGS FIRST

A GoPro camera was attached to one of the motors in the Michael Johnson procession from the funeral home in Los Gatos to the SAP, and the footage was posted on YouTube by John Reinhart. Click HERE to view it. To get to the most impressive portion where uniformed officers lined the street as the procession approached the SAP, use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the screen and FF to the 9:02 mark. (11:38)


 

THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell is in the news again. Seems like it’s a monthly occurrence…

Racial Bias Reforms Detailed

—Independent auditor outlines ways cops can be more accountable—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>

Mercury News — April 10, 2015

SAN JOSE — In her final annual report as the city’s cop watchdog, Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell has aimed her sights at accelerating racial accountability and transparency in the San Jose Police Department in the broad national wake of high-profile killings of black men by officers, punctuated this week with a South Carolina officer being charged with murder in a shooting.

The 2014 audit, released Thursday, urges an overhaul of what Cordell’s office contends is a prohibitively narrow method the department uses to evaluate complaints about race bias in its policing. Correspondingly, the report also urges that when the department reviews use of force, it more heavily examine the events leading up to such use, and whether the use of force is in proportion to the situation.

“That’s a trend happening around the country, and we think San Jose should get on board,” Cordell said Thursday. “I’d love for us to be on the forefront.”

An SJPD spokesman said that department leaders had not finished reading the report and were not in a position to immediately comment on its findings.

One of the report’s recommendations, to prohibit chokeholds, is inspired directly by the July death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, who was killed by a police officer restraining him after he was contacted for selling loose cigarettes on the street. SJPD does not train its officers to perform chokeholds, but they do train them in the carotid restraint, which to the untrained eye can be mistaken for one.

But perhaps the most incisive element in the report is the skeptical eye cast on the way the department vets accusations of racial bias. Currently, the evaluation is based on asking accused officers about whether race was a factor in their acts, and concurrently requiring the complaining party to show proof of racial bias. Incidentally, there has never been a case of bias that has been sustained — the police vernacular for validated — in the department’s history.

 

“Something’s wrong with the system if it’s never sustained,” Cordell said. “What does that say to members of the public? I don’t think that builds good community relationships.”

The office proposes the evaluation be expanded to examine patterns in an officer’s conduct, accounting for any past complaints against the officer, and considering whether officers assigned with the officer under scrutiny have received similar complaints.

In the face of the national drumbeat, complaints about police use of force declined from 88 in 2013 to 76 in 2014, and force allegations decreased from 177 to 139. (A complaint can contain multiple allegations, accounting for the numerical difference.) But the complaints were disproportionate when broken down by ethnicity. Blacks accounted for 9 percent while making up 3 percent of the city’s population, and Latinos, who make up a third of the city’s residents, were involved in 40 percent of force complaints.

Other groups were underrepresented: Whites, who are 29 percent of the city population, produced 21 percent of force complaints, and Asian-Americans, 32 percent of the city, made none.

The take-away, Cordell said, could be in the eye of the beholder, with some noting the tendency for high-crime areas to be in minority communities, and others seeing it as confirmation of racial policing.

“The one thing that’s not a perception is the numbers. The numbers do not lie,” Cordell said. “It raises a concern. These are questions we’re not necessarily prepared to answer, but we want to put the information out.”

Other major observations made by the report include the revelation that veteran officers have yielded the majority of public complaints over the past two years, defying a historical trend. Officers with 11 or more years on the force accounted for 52 percent of complaints in 2014, and 63 percent of complaints that were resolved and corroborated. (Some complaint evaluations are not complete by year’s end.) The office is also pushing for civilian oversight of department-initiated investigations, which are composed of complaints lodged by other officers and are never made public.

This will be the last report issued by the independent auditor’s office under Cordell’s stewardship: the retired judge is stepping down July 3 after five years at the helm, and her tenure is credited with pushing the department toward more progressive policies in race and community relations.
 

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This April 21st story ties in with the April 10th article about Racial Bias above… 

SJPD Bias Record Questioned

—Police auditor troubled that no complaints of prejudice were validated—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — April 21, 2015

SAN JOSE — As Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell prepares to deliver her final report, she hopes the police department will address a fact that continues to trouble her.

In the entire history of the San Jose Police Department, there has never been a validated complaint of racial bias against an officer.

Over the past five years alone, the department’s Internal Affairs unit evaluated 192 complaints of racial bias, and none were deemed credible. San Jose is not unique in this regard. Los Angeles police evaluated 203 such complaints last year and reached the same conclusions.

“It’s not just a San Jose problem. And I want to make clear that all these people who have complained does not mean that every one of their complaints is legitimate,” Cordell said. “But the fact that not one of them is sustained is problematic.”

Mayor Sam Liccardo said the fact that SJPD has never sustained a bias complaint “should raise concerns” and said he hopes that Cordell’s presentation to the council Tuesday will mark the start of meaningful discussions.

“Two things can be equally true. The first is that relative to other big-city police departments, San Jose police officers maintain very high standards,” he said. “It can also be true we can do better to create a system of accountability, to ensure that the public has complete confidence around inevitably controversial issues like use of force and racial bias.”

Chief Larry Esquivel said he understands the perception issues but noted that bias complaints constitute just 6 percent of public complaints against officers. He also pointed to increased training being offered and developed for current officers and in the police academy.

“Investigating bias-based policing is difficult. Everyone is subject to some form of implicit or unconscious bias,” Esquivel said. “We are looking for ways to address that.”

Cordell said one problem is that the department’s Internal Affairs unit too narrowly evaluates bias complaints, primarily asking the officer whether bias factored into his or her decision and requiring the complainant to offer proof of bias. Part of the problem, she argues, is that allegations of racial bias are treated similarly to complaints that are objectively verifiable, such as not following procedure or writing up necessary reports.

“This is apples and oranges,” Cordell said. “You cannot use the same method of investigating.”

In her audit, she proposes a broader look at an officer’s conduct to investigate bias, including looking for patterns in behavior and previous complaints.

Esquivel agreed with the idea of examining patterns for officers who receive multiple bias complaints. He also noted that regardless of the outcome of bias investigations, the department must keep reaching out to communities that feel discriminated against.

“So many agencies across the nation are having issues,” he said. “This is the wave of the future. We need to find different ways to address those allegations, sustained or not.”

Councilman Raul Peralez, who was an active SJPD officer until his election to the council last fall, added that whatever might be found by a new evaluation should couch officers as members of a broader population.

“Police officers are human beings as well. We are products of our society,” he said. “Officers are held to a higher regard and put through more strenuous requirements, so you don’t hope to see the same level of error as society, but there should be some reflection of what we see.”

Adding to the tension is what Cordell described as the societal notoriety feared if an officer’s actions were found to be influenced by bias. She said that in scores of private conversations with officers, many voiced preference for a sustained force allegation over one that implied bias.

“They see bias-based policing as the most serious because they think it labels them a racist,” Cordell said. “Implicit bias, we all have it. You’re a human being, you’ve got them.

“But if you have a gun and a badge and you have not addressed implicit bias in you, that could be deadly.”

Raj Jayadev, coordinator for the social-justice group Silicon Valley De-Bug, said the gesture of conceding possible bias is critical in healing police distrust in minority communities.

“The only way we can address the problem is if we acknowledge it exists,” Jayadev said. “Implicit bias isn’t saying that people are all card-carrying members of the Ku Klux Klan. There are gradients: It could be front and center; it could be buried in a couple of layers. “It’s not a lifetime affliction. If it can be identified or understood, it can be altered by people thinking soberly.”

 

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This is an addendum to the article about former Councilman Pete Constant that appeared in our last (April 9th) Farsider. This follow-up appeared in the paper’s Internal Affairs column of the Sunday, April 12th, Mercury News…

Former San Jose Councilman Pete Constant, now an aide to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo , is moving to Roseville with his family at the end of June. In IA’s world, it’s not precisely an earthquake. But it is a tremor, particularly in Republican circles.

The blunt-spoken Constant recently accepted a gig as a senior fellow with the Reason Foundation, a libertarian leaning public policy organization. It’s a job that he says will take him frequently to Sacramento.

He also intends to continue to work part-time with Liccardo, a gig limited to 960 hours per year. Constant said he would miss many things about living in San Jose — but the overriding reason for the move was family: His wife’s parents live in Roseville, and the Constants are under contract to buy a house that he says is more than twice as large as his 1,600-square-foot home in west San Jose.

The ex-councilman has five kids — twin girls, 14; a twin son and daughter, 12, and his youngest daughter, 9. “The schools are good,” he said of his new Roseville neighborhood. “We’re in a real family-friendly neighborhood.”

The former San Jose police officer was briefly a potential mayoral candidate in late 2013, and he has talked about running for various offices over the years, including sheriff.

His wife, Julie, is expected to step down from her seat as a member of the Campbell Unified School District board.

 

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Be still my heart. This is the second Mercury News editorial Leroy and I have agreed with in the past two years...

It’s Time for a Memorial to Fallen Officers

Mercury News Editorial — April 15, 2015

A memorial to San Jose public safety officers who have died in the line of duty has been planned on the City Hall plaza since 2008. Budget shortfalls intervened. But the sad inspiration of the death of Officer Michael Johnson last month has revived the plan, and that, at least, is a good thing.

Johnson was the 12th San Jose police officer to die in the line of duty, and 13 firefighters have died.

It’s important for residents to remember, and a memorial outside the rotunda near the city council wing of City Hall is more than appropriate: It is near the corner where two of the officers, Gene Simpson and Gordon Silva, died in a shootout in 1989.

We hope the setting is designed for quiet contemplation, complementing architect Richard Meier’s modern design of the plaza. But it should also soften the space, which needs to become more people-friendly.

The design will need buy-in from the late officers’ families as well as police, firefighters and others, risking the dreaded design-by-committee.

We’ll hope for simple elegance.

Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilman Raul Peralez, a police officer until his election from District 3 in November, revived the idea of the memorial after Johnson’s slaying and will cover about half the estimated $180,000 cost from their office discretionary funds.

The rest will come from public and private donations.

There’s good momentum, said Police Officers Association Vice President James Gonzales after a conference call with Liccardo and Peralez on Monday. The independent San Jose Police Foundation will handle the finances.

We are not Pollyanna enough to assume all this means peace in our time.

A tragedy like an officer’s death won’t erase substantive disagreement over matters like pension costs.

But we hope planning the memorial will further the repair of fractured relationships in City Hall.

Common grief cuts to the chase of what’s important in life. This wouldn’t be the first time it helped to clear common ground.

 

MAIL CALL



April 13th

Bill and Leroy,

Thank you for the great coverage of a sad time. The Farsider provided me with every detail of the Michael Johnson funeral. Although I was not able to attend, I felt as though I was standing and watching every moment and every move from start to finish. What a great thing the Farsider has given all of us who could not attend.

Thanks to two great guys.

Bill Yarbrough <billyarbrough36@yahoo.com>

We're happy you're happy, Orville.
 

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April 13th

Hi Bill,

I now read the Farsider which I am able to download on my iPad. You really do a spectacular job of disseminating interesting, humorous, useful, and extremely touching stories to the rest of us. Bruce always calls me to the computer when there is a special entry, and we sit there and cry (or laugh) together.

As you must know, I am passionate about this country, and yes, I do long for the "good old days" despite some of the grave wrongs that accompanied our growing pains (and which are gradually being corrected — though not soon enough for some it would seem). It breaks my heart that attitudes and loyalties have changed so radically, and not for the better in most respects.  (I saw it all coming in 2007.)  It is a sea change that I see mostly in our younger people — our future "leaders." Sadly and dangerously, folks do not do their "homework" anymore. They don't seem to care or want to know more about our rich traditions, nor do they do their due diligence when it comes to researching the people for whom they vote and into whose hands they place this great nation.

I miss the respect for tradition and the basic "decency" of older generations, the gratitude and devotion we felt toward our military men and women, our respect for authority (our teachers, our parents, and yes, even our government!), that feeling in your bosom when you said the Pledge of Allegiance or sang The Star Spangled Banner.

That special place is America, that "shining city on a hill,” that social "experiment" (Liberty) conceived by some of the finest minds of their time, a place so sought after by those throughout the world that it would bring millions to our shores — then, mostly for the right reasons.

Now, well that's a whole other story. I am 79 and Bruce turned 80 last September. I used to want to live to be as old as the fine gentleman in the article below. But looking around, watching this tyranny develop, I'm not so certain any more.  

All the best,

Marcia Morton <marcm3619@gmail.com>

Beautiful letter, Marcia. Thank you.

(Marcia is the wife of retired Motor Sgt. Bruce Morton. Her missive included the following which we feel is a must-see.)

This 101 Year Old Doctor Has Some Great Advice to Give!

http://m.ba-bamail.com/View.aspx?emailid=15053&source=mobile_share

 

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April 14th

Bill,

Here's a great story of a very humble man with a big heart and great character — and one of just a few heroes left from World War II.

Paul
(Gardner) <paulgardner1757@yahoo.com>

 

How can we not include a 91-year-old Army Air Corps pilot who escorted B-29s
to and from Japan and Iwo Jima in 1945? Click HERE to listen to his story.

 

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April 20th

Bill,

Here is something from WSJ.com that might interest you and your readers.

Laurie McNamara <laurie4777@gmail.com>

Notable & Quotable: Bob Schieffer

—Day in and day out, the great majority of cops do their job the right way—

Wall Street Journal — April 19, 2015

From host Bob Schieffer’s weekly commentary for CBS’s “Face the Nation,” April 19:

The best training to be a reporter or anything else is to work the police beat, because every story you cover is the worst moment in someone’s life. If you can learn to get the right information under those circumstances, you won’t be fazed by the high and mighty and certainly not by the on-the-make politicians and spin doctors.

Which is why I want to add a paragraph or two to the rash of stories lately about cops gone wrong. This is not about them. This about all the cops you don’t read about. They deal much of the time with the dregs of our society. The schemers, the murderers, those who prey on the weak. And most of the time, the police deal with them humanely, and as they should.

What we overlook is just how difficult that can be sometimes. It’s not easy to remain passive when a child-beater looks you in the eye and tells you—you have to understand, the kid was keeping him awake. It takes a lot of professional training and strong character not to respond in anger. I know, because I spent my early years listening to some of these awful people. Sometimes I wanted to hit them myself. I didn’t, but it helped me understand how hard it is to do a cop’s job right. As hard as it is, the great majority of our cops still do just that.

As of two days ago there were 22 readers’ comments attached to this opinion piece. Click HERE to view them.

 

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April 21st

Hi Bill,

Hope you have space your our flyer about this year's Saratoga Rotary Art Show. For the first time it will be a 2-day show, May, 2nd and 3rd. All day entertainment on both days, a variety of culturally diverse food trucks and over 200 artists displaying their hand made artistic creations. All net proceeds go to support local and Bay Area non-profits. Thank you for anything you can do to spread the word.

Bruce
(Hodgin) <brucehodgin@yahoo.com>
Cell: 408-832-8579



 

LETTERS OF INTEREST APPEARING IN THE MERCURY NEWS

Police Union Ignores Its Role in Stalemate

Letters — Mercury News — April 12, 2015

Paul Kelly and James Gonzales wrote an interesting op-ed (Opinion, April 8) that almost lives up to its online summary, “San Jose police say it’s time to heal wounds and rebuild.” It might be better titled “Half an olive branch.” Almost everyone agrees that the city will be well served by reaching some type of compromise. That always was the case. But former Mayor Chuck Reed did not sue the city. The police union did. Reed would have preferred a negotiated solution, but the police union forced city leaders to take the issue to the voters. Some acknowledgment of the union’s role in this matter would have been nice.

It was also a bit much to say that “those who attended the service reject Mayor Reed’s approach.” I am sure that everyone on both sides of the pension reform issue is deeply saddened when an officer loses his or her life in the line of duty.

Thomas Scott, Morgan Hill

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Virtually all of you should recognize the author of the following response to the letter above...

 

Unions Wanted to Talk, But Politicians Did Not

Letters — Mercury News — April 18, 2015

Thomas Scott (“Police union ignores its role in stalemate,” (Letters, April 12) echoes column headlines, which did not reflect the reality of the public safety issues. The labor representatives for police and fire employees attempted to negotiate the pension issues. What was ignored is the fact that past contract agreements were agreed to negotiated items between labor and management.

San Francisco had similar shortfalls, but their leaders sought a mutual understanding on how to address the pension cost problem. Their approach resulted in a constructive solution while avoiding any excessive costs, such as those experienced by San Jose taxpayers. San Jose’s political leaders wanted a scapegoat to blame for the their economic problems and sought solutions blaming the employees for all of the city’s woes. The fact of the matter is, San Jose now has undermined what once was a public safety record envied by most other cities.

Carm Grande, San Jose Police Department (Retired)
 

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Petulant Police Union Snubs San Jose Mayor

Letters — Mercury News — April 13, 2015

I am disappointed and saddened by the San Jose Police Officers Association politicization of Officer Michael Johnson’s death and funeral.

They invited Kamala Harris to speak at the memorial service, but did not invite Mayor Sam Liccardo to speak on behalf of the San Jose community. They disinvited former Councilman Pete Constant. Then they topped it off with their oped (Opinion, April 8) continuing their incessant whining about their unfair treatment at the hands of Mayor Chuck Reed, who, no doubt, was also asked not to attend. Disrespecting these public servants is behavior I would expect from a petulant child.

Now that they’ve finally accepted the city’s invitation to the bargaining table, the POA must eschew such intransigence. They can best honor Officer Johnson’s memory by working with Mayor Liccardo and the council to craft a fair and reasonable compromise that helps restore the essential services that our residents deserve.

Pat Waite, San Jose

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Service Was Planned by the Johnson Family

Letters — Mercury News — April 15, 2015

Pat Waite (Letters, April 13) should be ashamed of himself for attempting to politicize Michael Johnson’s death and disparaging the San Jose Police Officers’ Association with false accusations about the planning of the memorial services for our son-brother-husband, Officer Michael Johnson.

Our family made every decision surrounding Michael’s public memorial and private funeral, not the SJPOA. We chose the venue, the speakers, the singer and all aspects of this very somber and heartfelt send off for Michael. We did not disinvite Pete Constant, nor did the SJPOA. Michael loved San Jose and loved being a cop, he gave his life so that others could be safe and enjoy their freedom, including the freedom to say things that are untrue, as Pat Waite has done. This is a time of healing and coming together, and we know that is what Michael would have wanted for the police department and for San Jose.

Thank you to everyone who supported us throughout this tragic ordeal and let’s continue to honor Michael by working together for the betterment of San Jose.

Dan Decker
(Father of Michael Johnson) and the Johnson family San Jose

 

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‘Real San Jose’ Voted for Pension Reform, Too

Letters — Mercury News — April 18, 2015

It appears that the San Jose police union is exploiting the death of Officer Michael Johnson to continue its demands for unsustainable pension benefits (Opinion, April 8). I would agree that “was the real San Jose” who attended the memorial and lined the streets to honor the slain officer. However, it also was the real San Jose voters who overwhelmingly approved Measure B to cut costs of the unsustainable pensions of the SJPD.

There are additional risks associated with being a police officer, but that should be reflected in their pay and health benefits, with a generous insurance payout in case of permanent disability or death caused by duty. Pension benefits must be reduced and vesting time increased, with a cap on additional policing-related income that, if exceeded, would result in reduced pension payments.

Elliott Pflughaupt, Los Gatos

 

10th ANNUAL BOBBY BURROUGHS MEMBERSHIP FOLSOM BBQ

 

Dear Members,

We are now taking sign-ups for our annual Association
Folsom BBQ and membership meeting. Details are below.
You can sign up on-line by clicking THIS link.

We will need a count of Retirees and Spouses
who will be attending the BBQ, by May 14, 2015.  

Place:
The Lew Howard Pavillian
7100 Baldwin Dam Rd.  
Folsom, CA 95630
 
When:
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Lunch at 12:00 PM
Meeting right after lunch.

Food Choices:
Tri-tip or Chicken - Please make your selection when signing up.

Cost:
Free for Members
$5 for Spouses
$10 for Non-Members

Directions:

FROM I-80 in Roseville, CA

I-80 to Douglas Blvd., east on Douglas Blvd. Go approximately 5.1 miles to Folsom Auburn Blvd. Turn right and go 4.1 miles to Oak Ave. in Folsom (there is a McDonalds fast food on the corner). Turn right on Oak Ave. and go approximately 0.4 miles (the road ends). Turn right on Baldwin Dam Rd. You will see the Lew Howard Memorial Park Arch. Go under the Arch and drive to the top of the hill where the picnic grounds are (approximately 0.3 miles). You have arrived.

FROM I-50 in Folsom

I-50 to Folsom Rd. Exit. Take Folsom Rd. 2.4 miles and cross the American River Bridge. At this time the road name changes to Folsom Auburn Blvd. Continue 0.8 miles to Oak Ave. You will see a McDonalds fast food restaurant on the left corner. Turn left on Oak Ave. and go approximately 0.4 miles to Baldwin Dam Rd. Turn right and you will see the Lew Howard Memorial Park Arch. Drive straight through to the top of the hill and you have arrived.

 

PBA MEMBERS INVITED TO THANK YOU BARBECUE

Darling-Fischer Mortuary — which is a strong supporter of the SJPD Chaplaincy — is hosting an outdoor thank you SJPD barbecue for the active cops and all PBA members who would like to attend on Wednesday, May 13th. Chicken and Pulled Pork sandwiches along with salad and other fixins’ will be coming off the grill from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the dayshift lunch crowd, and again from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for the early dinner swing shifters. PBA members are invited to attend either. The location will be the Chaplaincy Office at 471 E. Santa Clara St.


 

RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU THINK CHIEF ESQUIVEL SHOULD BE FEATURED IN THE TV SHOW “COPS”

Looks like the Chief’s uniform allowance will come in handy this year, presuming, of course, that it hasn’t also been cut from the budget…

 

San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel emerged from Monday’s
takedown of a murder suspect who was attempting to escape
with some scrapes and a rip in his dress shirt.  

San Jose Police Chief Tackles Suspect

—Man sought in slaying tries to escape custody—

By Katie Nelson <knelson@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — April 21, 2015

SAN JOSE — San Jose’s top cop tackled a murder suspect who managed to escape a police holding cell and scale a fence while handcuffed Monday morning, authorities said.

Hector Flores Arias, 26, had been sought for almost six years after he was named a suspect in the May 7, 2009, shooting death of Juan Mendoza, 22, according to San Jose police. Police said Arias had fled to Mexico to evade capture.

San Jose police, working with the FBI and Mexican authorities, recently learned Arias was in San Jose de Gracia, a town east of Guadalajara. Arias was arrested Sunday by Mexican police — biting two officers and trying to attack another in the course of the arrest — and was extradited to San Jose. Once he landed stateside Monday morning, San Jose police transported him to the department before he was set to be booked into Santa Clara County Jail.

Once Arias was placed in a holding cell at the department — in handcuffs — he flipped his hands around from behind his back and somehow escaped through his holding cell door, which should lock automatically when it is closed by officers. While still cuffed, Arias ran through the department and got outside, scaling a fence and landing in the department’s parking lot for detectives, police said.

As Arias was running across the parking lot, San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel was pulling up the driveway, heading into work. Police said Esquivel saw the man running toward him, so he got out of his car and ordered Arias to stop. When Arias continued to run at him, Esquivel tackled him to the ground. Arias jumped back up and headed north on Mission Street toward Guadalupe Parkway. Esquivel ran after him, tackling him to the ground again.

By the second tackle, assisting officers had arrived, and police said Esquivel and another officer were able to once again take Arias into custody.

Arias is being held in Santa Clara County Jail without bail. He is set to appear in court Tuesday at noon.
 

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Below is a follow-up article about the Chief capturing the escapee…

Chief deflects praise after tackling fugitive

Rank-and-file officers protecting city get credit from Esquivel

By Mark Gomez and Katie Nelson — Staff writers
Mercury News — April 22, 2015

SAN JOSE — One day after he tackled a murder suspect trying to escape, police Chief Larry Esquivel said he’s no hero and that the real heroes are the cops who protect the city.

Officials in his department, meanwhile, were trying to determine how a handcuffed Hector Flores Arias, 26, managed to slip out of a holding cell at police headquarters before jumping a fence and making a dash for freedom.

Until he ran into Esquivel.

The fit and trim amateur weight lifter, who last worked as a patrol officer nearly 25 years ago, made one unsuccessful attempt to tackle Arias before chasing him on city streets and eventually jumping on him to subdue him, just as another officer arrived. Esquivel, 53, emerged from the takedown with some scrapes and a rip in his dress shirt.

“The real heroes are the men and women that are out there every day,” Esquivel said. “I got to be a cop for just a couple of minutes but our men and women are out there every single day answering calls for service with the potential for violence.”

Since becoming chief last year, Esquivel has maintained an active presence on city streets; he tries to walk a beat somewhere in the city once a week and has been known to ride along with police trainees.

Officers who entered the force with Esquivel call him ageless, saying he still resembles the cadet they knew at the police academy, down to his flattop haircut. He exercises regularly, and in 2013 he became a national weightlifting record holder among police and firefighters in his age range by dead-lifting more than 418 pounds.

The chief had no idea when he started pursuing Arias that the man had been wanted on suspicion of murder since 2009, or that Arias had just arrived at police headquarters after being extradited from Mexico, where he was arrested after six years on the run.

As Esquivel drove up to police headquarters Monday morning, all he knew was that he saw a handcuffed man coming directly toward him. Esquivel said he yelled at Arias to stop, but the suspect kept going, muttering that he wasn’t going to stop.

Esquivel tried to tackle Arias, but the move was more of a “forearm shiver.”

“He kind of lost his balance and I directly lost my balance and fell on the ground, got scraped up a little bit,” Esquivel said Tuesday.

Quickly getting up, Esquivel sprinted after Arias down Mission Street west toward Guadalupe Parkway. Arias turned right at the “T” intersection and ran toward Juvenile Hall.

He “zigzagged through traffic and luckily I was able to catch up, and he really kind of stumbled,” Esquivel said. That’s when Esquivel jumped on Arias and held him down. Another officer who was also running after Arias, came over and the two cops brought Arias back to police headquarters.

“We were fortunate no officers were hurt,” Esquivel said. Arias was a fugitive after being named a suspect in the May 7, 2009, shooting death of Juan Mendoza, 22, according to San Jose police. Police believe Arias fled to Mexico to evade capture. San Jose police, working with the FBI and Mexican authorities, recently learned Arias was in San Jose de Gracia, a town east of Guadalajara. He was arrested Sunday by Mexican police — he bit two officers and tried to attack another in the course of the arrest — and was extradited to San Jose. Once he landed in the South Bay on Monday, San Jose police transported him to the department before he was set to be booked into Santa Clara County Jail.

Arias was placed in a holding cell at the department — in handcuffs — he flipped his hands around from behind his back and somehow escaped through his holding cell door, which should lock automatically when officers close it. Police are investigating how Arias escaped the holding cell and are taking a closer look at their entire holding cell area, Sgt. Enrique Garcia said.

While still cuffed, Arias scaled a fence about 15 feet high and topped with barbed wire, and landed in the department’s parking lot for detectives.

Where he ran into Esquivel.

It marks the second time this year a prisoner escaped, if only briefly, from a Santa Clara County law enforcement agency. In February, an accused child molester who was being treated at Valley Medical Center attacked a sheriff’s deputy and fled on foot. The inmate, Johnell Carter, was arrested about one month later in Gulfport, Mississippi, after the fugitive was tracked by a joint task force with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service. Arias is being held in Santa Clara County Jail without bail.

 

“RESIDENTS SHOULD BE MAD" IS THE HEADLINE

—SJPD Academy grad leaves for Hayward PD a day after graduating—

Click HERE to watch the video

 

Residents Should be Mad

Recent San Jose Police Cadet Grad Leaving for Hayward Police

A cadet is leaving the San Jose Police Department a day after graduating from its academy.

Barjinder Singh, who was one of 19 cadets to graduate Friday from the SJPD's police academy, will be joining the Hayward Police Department.

The news has left top brass at SJPD and city leaders disappointed.

"We have no desire to be training Hayward's finest," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said. "Residents should be mad. It's simply not fair for our residents to be paying taxes to support the education and training of someone who is going to take that training and go to another department.

San Jose Councilman Ash Kalra also said he is disappointed, but not shocked to hear of the cadet leaving. Past efforts to encourage, if not force cadets to stay on the force for a few years after graduation have been unsuccessful.

"We know that this has been an ongoing problem," Kalra said. "And we know that even with new recruits we're always at risk of losing them to other departments that are paying better and giving benefits and disability."

Liccardo hopes to include some language to address the issue in the city's current labor negotiations with the police union.

"To reach an agreement on a mechanism that ensures that officers we train will serve," Liccardo said.

Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban, a former assistant chief in San Jose, on Wednesday confirmed the new hire to NBC Bay Area and released the following statement:

The Hayward Police Department does not specifically reach out to any San Jose Academy trainee’s. Barjinder Singh was previously in our hiring process before starting the San Jose academy and he reached out to our Personnel and Training Administrator to ask he could resume the hiring process with us. In fact all of the San Jose Academy graduates we hired initiated the contact with us expressing a desire to join the Hayward Police Department.

I have a long-standing personal connection to San Jose PD and spent 26 years giving back to the community. I have a deep affection and appreciation for the men and women of that organization and know from personal experience that SJPD turns out some of the top police officers that can be found in this country.

Study after study show that people don’t leave their jobs for money; that is not the primary factor. It is more often a combination of feeling under-appreciated and undervalued. After nearly four years of dysfunctional City government under former Mayor Chuck Reed coupled with and financial complexities, some of the best and the brightest have left SJPD to find their future with organizations, cities, counties, and communities that truly appreciate those who serve in public safety.

As we both know, it’s not what you say it is how you say it, and Chuck Reed did not say it well, was not collaborative, and in fact, was exceptionally autocratic and bull-headed in his approach. He was hell-bent on having things forced down the San Jose Police Officer’s Association’s throat…no compromise, no time to digest, and no middle ground.

I stood in briefing as the Assistant Chief of Police when he told our midnight staff during briefing that “they fed at the public trough.” Reed addressed our police officers with an arrogance that was both shocking and insanely derogatory.

I sat in a high-level retirement actuarial meeting in February 2009’ish where the idea of bringing new public safety officers on as Tier 2 employees was discussed and the gentleman doing the presentation advised the attendee’s consisting of the Mayor and Councilmembers that it would take a few years to actually see the savings since so many officers were already working under the 3% at 50years tier. Sam Licarrdo said, “any way we can lay all of the officers off and bring them all back Tier 2 now?” It was said tongue in cheek and with a nervous laugh at the end.

I will never forget that day. In a way, that is almost what was accomplished by the mistreatment of the SJPD employees…they have lost hundreds and hundreds of people, not just to other organizations, but to retirement…those were eligible left because the future was dismal. Arguably, many would have stayed on past becoming 50 years old as they were not ready to retire and had so much left to give. In fact, many of those that retired are working in other law enforcement agencies today!

Bottom line, the Hayward community loves its public safety officers, both police and fire. They show it time and time again. The Hayward community passed Measure C just this past June and along with a new library, their top request was for more police officers and services.

The job is hard enough with a supportive community and a cohesive Mayor and Council and an amazing City Manager (Fran David) and support team at City Hall….who would want to work in a community where the Mayor via radio and television and new articles bashes the police department at every turn? Officers here in Hayward feel loved and supported by the community and their supervisors, make a great salary, have real crime to fight, and have one of the best benefits package available to law enforcement. It is a win/win for high quality, hard-working officers to want to serve.

 

AUTHOR OF THANK YOU NOTE IDENTIFIED

The following posting appeared on a private SJPD Facebook page last Sunday, April 19th… 

 

…and the author of the Thank You note has been identified. The story was covered in today’s paper:

Note of Thanks Goes Long Way for Officers

—Denver, S.J. police in mourning are grateful for gesture—

By Katie Nelson and Mark Gomez — Staff writers
Mercury News — April 23, 2015

SAN JOSE — A San Jose native’s note of thanks left on a Denver police lieutenant’s car weeks ago has spurred an outpouring of appreciation among men and women in blue for her kind words. But Lauren Talbert, a 27-year-old woman now living in the Mile High City, said she never expected her four sentences of thanks and appreciation, folded up in a torn piece of paper, to have such stirring repercussions.

“It really took me back at first, and I thought ‘No, I don’t want this attention! That was not my intention,’ ” she said. “I wanted to just say thank you. People don’t need to tell me ‘Thank you,’ they need to tell the people risking their lives, ‘Thank you.’ ” Her note, left on Denver Lt. Dik Kushdilian’s patrol car a week after San Jose police Officer Michael Johnson was shot and killed in the line of duty, was simple.

One side read: “Thank you! ” The other side: “Dear officer, I’m from San Jose, CA, and we lost an asset to an amazing team last week. Thank you for risking your life every day for my safety. You are important and I am super thankful for you. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and God Bless. — Lauren.”

For nearly a month, Talbert’s identity remained a mystery to the Denver Police Department, who were so touched by the note that they asked surrounding agencies as well as the San Jose Police Department to help find her so they could return their gratitude.

Kushdilian, who found the note on his car while he ran into a store to purchase office supplies, was stunned to find the note contained thanks, not vitriol.

“Shame on me, I thought ‘Ooh boy, I must’ve have irritated somebody or cut somebody off.’ ” he said. “I opened (the note) up, and it was very touching.”

Kushdilian said he immediately knew the mystery writer was referencing Johnson’s death in her note, and he said his first instinct was that he wanted to thank her right back.

“She wrote this to all of us and I don’t mean all of us in Denver, all of us everywhere,” he said. “I understand there is a lot of negative vibes around my profession around the country. Some of it is justified, and some of it is not. So when I get a note like that, it makes me feel we’re doing something right.”

Talbert, who followed the news of Johnson’s death closely and who has friends who count police officers among their families, said she recognized how devastating the sudden loss of a police officer can be for the profession.

She said “everyone felt” the loss and that she wanted to let Kushdilian know that he was appreciated.

“I think people often forget (police) are, well, normal people that are kind,” she said. “I was glad I was able to say thank you again.”

San Jose Sgt. Enrique Garcia, who helped coordinate efforts to track down Talbert, was able to also thank Talbert personally during a video conference call — which included Kushdilian — coordinated by a Denver TV station.

Garcia choked up during the conversation, saying he was caught off-guard by the sudden exchange.

“It was very emotional for me,” Garcia said. “You have someone taking time away from their schedule to say thank you. The first thing, to even acknowledge and honor Mike, by mentioning we lost an asset, as a city, as the San Jose Police Department and law enforcement in general, for her to acknowledge that is very deep and emotional.

“I can speak for the San Jose police family. I would imagine it would also impact his wife and entire family as much.”

Johnson was shot and killed while responding to a call for a possibly despondent man who opened fire on officers from his balcony as they approached him. Johnson’s funeral drew a packed crowd at SAP Center, and police departments from all over the country came to pay their respects.

Despite the frenzy to find her, Talbert said she was glad she left the note.

“If I’m able to be the one person that gets found out and that encourages other people to do more things and to love people more, then that’s fine,” she said with a chuckle “I’m grateful for the opportunity to encourage others.”

 

HOW QUICKLY THINGS CAN SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL

Below is dash cam video of an incident in Cottonwood, Arizona that is circulating around the law enforcement community. It involves numerous officers and a transient family of eight from Idaho that resulted in one death, an officer shot and numerous other cops and family members injured. It’s a classic example of how things can quickly spiral out of control. Click HERE to view the footage and/or read the article below for the details.

 

Dash-Cam Captures Deadly Melee in Cottonwood Walmart Lot

April 10, 2015

Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning showed the video during a news conference Friday morning and said no matter what tactics officers used, nothing appeared to deter the family of eight. The dash-cam was the only one of three that was operational that night, Fanning said.

Four officers arrived at the Walmart after employees called about one of the Boise, ID, family members pushing an employee to the ground outside one of the store's bathrooms.

The family had gathered outside their older model Chevrolet Suburban when officers arrived. The confrontation started when one of the officers said they would split up the family to talk with them about what happened inside the store, Fanning said.

But the father, 55-year-old Peter Gaver, and one of his sons stepped in and told police they wouldn't allow them to separate the family, Fanning said.

Another officer approached the mother, 52-year-old Ruth Gaver, and her 11-year-old daughter when one of the brothers ran in between them. Police Sgt. Jeremy Daniels grabbed the man and the melee was on, Fanning said.

The family utilized tactics that had to be "taught," Fanning said. For instance, they knew that punching officers on the body was futile because of their protective vests. Instead, the fought officers by grabbing at their eyes, ears and mouths and pulling hard.

They also had been taught to roll after they were shot with stun guns in order to break the wires and stop the shock, and to appear to give up by putting their hands in the air in order to get close to attack again.

The family refused orders to "get on the ground" and eventually overpowered Daniels. Two of the suspects, including Enoch Graver, battled the officer for his gun, which went off and wounded him in the leg.

Four more officers arrived and Enoch Graver, 21, was shot to death and his 18-year-old brother David Graver was shot in the abdomen.

Even with eight officers on the scene, nothing the officers tried appeared to stop the family, including the use of stun guns, pepper spray and police batons. In almost every instance, the suspects continued to fight the officers.

Fanning said to four people to get one of the brothers in handcuffs and two officers to get the remaining male suspects in cuffs.

A Walmart loss prevention employee, whom Cottonwood police knew, was also key in preventing more harm being done to family members or the original four officers on the scene, Fanning said. The employee fought to protect the officers throughout the brawl.

Fanning said he was not only proud of his officers and the Walmart employee for their roles, but of the civilians who came to the aid of Daniels.

The family included the father and sons Jeremiah, 29; Nathaniel, 27; David, Enoch; a 15-year-old boy; mother Ruth Gaver, 52; and an 11-year-old girl.

All were living out of the Chevrolet Suburban and were members of a traveling band called Matthew 24 Now, a reference to a Bible verse dealing with the end of times. The band's Facebook page is rife with Biblical references.

Seven other Cottonwood police officers suffered cuts and bruises.

Copyright 2015 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

April 8 - 21

Arizona Senator John McCain announced that he plans on running for a sixth term because he is concerned about the nation's security. He plans to help just like any other 80-year-old: by sitting on his porch with a police scanner.

John McCain addressed critics who believe he will be too old to run for a sixth term in the Senate, saying that he's still healthy and ready to go. Then people around McCain said, “Why is he talking to that mannequin?”

John McCain responded to critics who say he’s too old for a sixth term by saying that his mother is 103 years old and doing well. The crazy thing is that even she is somehow younger than John McCain.

The handwritten lyrics to Don McLean’s classic song “American Pie” were auctioned off yesterday and sold for $1.2 million. In fact, McLean already has dubbed April 7 “The Day the Music Paid for My Boat.”

Yesterday President Obama traveled to Jamaica, where he will meet with students and Caribbean leaders. Jamaica's such a beautiful place, Obama says he can't wait to just take it all in, hold it for several seconds, and then exhale.

In a new interview, the president discussed the upcoming election. He said that Hillary Clinton is going to do great as a presidential candidate. When asked how Biden would do, Obama said, "Hillary's going to do great."

When he was asked about Hillary's candidacy, Obama said, "If she's her wonderful self, I'm sure she'll do great." He added, "If she's her other self, watch out."

A group called Draft Biden 2016 has started selling bumper stickers that say "I'm ridin' with Biden." It's a lot better than the other one that women around the White House have started using — "I'm hidin' from Biden."

Tomorrow President Obama will host NASCAR racing champion Kevin Harvick at the White House. They both said they look forward to spending an hour or two not having the slightest interest in what the other is saying.

Tim Tebow will officially sign a contract with the Eagles. It is pretty shocking, mainly because I didn't even know he played an instrument.

Tebow will join the football Eagles, not the musician Eagles. He is officially returning to the NFL. To celebrate, Tebow threw a huge party — which was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

Ben & Jerry's is working with a beer company to develop a "salted caramel brownie brown ale" that will be sold later this summer. It'll mark the first time you'll actually feel great after finishing a second pint of Ben & Jerry's.

There are reports that Kim Jong Un climbed North Korea's highest mountain. Kim Jong Un said all it took to climb that mountain was hard work, determination, and lying about climbing that mountain.

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, JetBlue had the best customer service last year out of all the major airlines. But bring five bucks if you want a pillow. And that’s the best customer service right there. If you want a pillow, it’s five dollars.

BMW’s new Deluxe 7 Series will allow drivers to simply press a button on their key fob to make the car park itself. And because it's an expensive BMW it'll park itself across two spaces.

The campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill has narrowed the choices down to four finalists. The four finalists are Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Flo from the Progressive Insurance ads.

California may force the city of Beverly Hills to cut its water use by up to 35 percent. So yet another tough break for Beverly Hills farmers.

McDonald's has announced plans to unveil even larger hamburgers. They also announced plans to widen their doors and reinforce the floors.

The NFL has hired its first full-time female referee. It should work out great because if there are two things that NFL players respect, they are authority and women.

In a recent interview, Michelle Obama said that the Secret Service taught Malia how to drive. In exchange, Malia taught the Secret Service how to throw a party when her parents are away.

New Hampshire may ban hunters from using chocolate as bait for bears. They've been using chocolate as bait for bears and they may ban it. They stopped using chocolate after the traps caught three depressed women going through a breakup.

 Yesterday Hillary Clinton made the big announcement we all knew was coming. She's going to join the all-female cast of "Ghost Busters."

Hillary Clinton is now driving from New York to Iowa. It's been called the least-exciting spring break trip in history.

Marco Rubio announced he's running for president. Fun fact: Marco Rubio's wife is a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader. In other words, she knows how to generate fake enthusiasm for someone who's not going to win.

A new report says that dogs can sniff out prostate cancer with almost 98 percent accuracy. The report also finds that cats can sniff it out with 100 percent accuracy but they prefer to watch you die.

Hillary Clinton announced she's running for president. Yesterday in Ohio, Hillary popped into a Chipotle and she ordered a burrito bowl with chips and salsa. And on her way out she said, "That locks down the Hispanic vote."

Hillary Clinton is not the first woman to run for president. That title belongs to Victoria Woodhull, who ran for president in 1872. Her running mate was a young, scrappy John McCain.

Jeb Bush welcomed his fourth grandchild. The new Bush grandchild is happy, healthy, and will be running for president in 2048.

Olive Garden has announced that it will provide tablet computers at every table. And next step is providing Italian food.

Hillary Clinton is trying an entirely different approach with Iowa than the one she tried eight years ago when she lost there. She will not start speeches by saying, "Hello, Iowa, or Idaho, or whichever one you are."

It's April 15, tax day. The federal tax code is over 74,000 pages long. But stick with it because after page 72,000, it gets really good.

Governor Chris Christie says if he's president, he will crack down on the sale of marijuana. However, that was before he was told it also comes in a brownie.

Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. His lawyer plans to appeal. He's trying to get the sentence reduced down to two seasons with the New York Jets.

Hillary Clinton is making income inequality a central theme in her campaign. Yeah, for example, today she pointed out that her husband makes $300 million a year. She has to get by on $200 million a year, and that's not fair.

Tax day was yesterday. And marijuana growers are complaining that they can't write off a single expense thanks to federal laws. Well, apparently someone tried to claim the Phish tour as his home office and that's not going to happen.

A Wisconsin woman recently got a high school diploma at the age of 103 and says she is now considering going to college. Friends are recommending a two-year college.

A new report shows that the typical tourist in Las Vegas is a 45-year-old married person from California. That explains the new motto — what happens in Vegas probably also happens in Fresno.

It's two days until tax time. I know it's late, but there is still time to deduct this show as a loss.

I told my accountant a couple of months ago that I'm getting ready to retire, and he said, "Oh, no. You're not getting out that easy."

Yesterday was my birthday. Every year my relatives from all over the country race to my house thinking it's going to be the reading of the will.

I'm 68. That's the age you start thinking to yourself: Is a reverse mortgage right for me?

It's tax season. When I woke this morning and realized it was tax season, I said, My God, didn't we just pay taxes last year?

The 2016 presidential campaign is heating up. Can you feel the indifference, the apathy?

Hillary Clinton is running for president. This time around, she promises to be warm and approachable. Like me.

On the show last night was Masters golf champion for 2015, Jordan Spieth. He shot 18 under par to win the Masters. And I thought, Well you know, big deal, nobody ever mentions my under-par performance every night.

Hillary Clinton is now in Iowa. She's spending every waking minute of her day meeting ordinary people, and it's to prepare her for a job in which she will never again meet an ordinary person.

Hillary's trying to appear downhome. Earlier today she was sitting on the front porch of a general store whittling a pantsuit.

Today is tax day. A lot of people are hoping they get refunds. And that's just the folks here in the audience.

Hillary Clinton is driving across Iowa in a van. It's to get to know the people she'll never, ever see again in her life.

Hillary went to a Chipotle in a tortilla pantsuit.

According to a new poll, 57 percent of the people believe Hillary Clinton will be the next president. Now 43 percent of the people in that poll believe Hillary Clinton is already president.

Supermodel Giselle Bundchen is retiring from modeling. You know why? Because she says her body told her to stop. I think that's pretty insightful. I'm retiring because EVERYBODY told me to stop.

Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Iowa, virtually going door to door to every home in Iowa. Jehovah's Witnesses finally got fed up and said, "Get lost. Get out of here!"

Hillary is in Iowa to listen to what the people are saying — because if you want her to speak, that will cost you $200,000. So she's there listening.

The Hillary team is driving around in a van. Sometimes people get those gag bumper stickers put on their van. Hillary has one on her van, and it says, "If this van's rockin', I'm deleting emails."

The New York Mets have won eight games in a row. Astronomers say this won't happen again for another 10,000 years.

Tim Tebow may be back in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles. As you remember, he was thrown out of the league when he landed his gyrocopter on the White House lawn.

The Eagles signed Tim Tebow and the general manager was immediately checked for a concussion.

Tim Tebow has been on the bench longer than Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The cast of "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is here. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson. We gathered them together in one place. They fell into my trap. Tonight I will destroy them.

I got to see the new "Avengers" movie last week. It's really good. It's different. In this one, the Avengers go to Maui for the week and let the world solve its own problems.

The Hulk has new pants in the movie. Instead of getting torn up in that Hulky way, they are made of a material that stretches with him. What that means is The Hulk is wearing yoga pants now. The Hulk shops at Lululemon.

They project that "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" will make $200 million on opening weekend alone. The first Avengers movie made $1.5 billion. Imagine how much they would make if the guys going to opening weekend brought dates?

Have we all decided who we're going to vote for president yet? You know you only have 574 days left to figure it out.

Hillary Clinton announced that she is running. Then she drove from New York to Iowa in a van. You can't be president of the United States unless you agree to eat a corn dog in front of a small group of farmers.

For the next hour, would you say you are relying on me to host the show? So, in a way you are depending on me? I can claim you as dependents. It makes for a big tax refund for me.

The IRS specifically selected April 15 as tax day. They knew it was going to likely be a beautiful spring day and they wanted to ruin it for us.

A study says that traffic fatalities go up 6 percent on tax day, presumably because people are rushing to the tax office and doing their taxes while they drive. If you are just realizing it is tax day, don't worry about it. The IRS is pretty cool about this stuff.

The only fun thing about filing your tax return is getting a refund. About 80 percent of taxpayers get money back, which is a weird thing to be happy about. That means you've been overpaying all year long. It's like if someone broke into your house and the police recovered the stuff and brought it back and you said, "Oh, presents."

The trailer for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" was leaked online on Friday. To be honest, in a fight between Batman and Superman, Superman wins. In real life it would be like if Floyd Mayweather fought Bill Gates. He would kill him. Case closed.

In North Korea, real-life superhero Kim Jong Un is said to have achieved something that is literally incredible. According to their state-run media, over the weekend Kim Jong Un climbed the highest mountain in the country, which is 9,000 feet high and takes days to climb. This was reportedly no problem for a man built like Roseanne Barr.

They arrested another fence jumper at the White House last night. Why are so many people suddenly trying to jump the White House fence? Is this the new ice bucket challenge or something?

Because of all the jumpers, they are thinking of putting steel spikes on top of the fence, which is crazy. The White House fence doesn't already have spikes? Garbage dumps have spikes on the fence. There are abandoned Blockbuster video store fences that have spikes.

A rare and beautiful thing was seen today — a quadruple rainbow. That's four rainbows. They were seen by all seven of the people who looked up from their phones today.

"Sex Box" has been canceled after only five episodes. When I was growing up, we didn't have a TV show called "Sex Box." All we had was "The Love Boat."

Election season is heating up. We're starting to hear who's running for president in 2016. Hillary Clinton is expected to launch her 2016 campaign sometime in the next two weeks. So remember, act surprised.

A new poll in Cuba shows that President Obama is more popular than Fidel Castro. Then again, so is putting your whole family on a raft in the middle of the night.

A sixth grader tied for the best ESPN March Madness NCAA bracket. But because he's under 18, he can't receive the prizes. He's the best in the country and he's getting nothing for it — just like the players.

It's been a rough season for the L.A. Lakers. Coach Byron Scott said that he thinks, given the opportunity, most of his players would shoot him in the back. On the plus side, they would probably miss.

A man has been arrested in Chicago after a returning from a failed attempt to join ISIS. Man, how do you blow it with ISIS? “Derth to America! I mean, death! Death to America! Can I try it again?”

AC/DC is headlining the Coachella Music Festival this weekend. AC/DC at Coachella. I wonder what they’ll open with. Probably a lengthy explanation of who they are.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today appeared on a talk show called "Pasta and Politics." It went so well that he’s agreed to go on “Meet the Garlic Press.”

An intruder was arrested at the White House last night after trying to jump the fence. Authorities aren’t releasing the fence jumper’s identity, but they did say that she tore her pantsuit.

Teenagers across the country have been participating in something called the Kylie Jenner Lips Challenge, in which they place a jar around their lips and suck in air in order to make their lips swell. While teenagers in China have been participating in “school.”

A 120-pound Texas woman set a new competitive eating record yesterday after she ate three 72-ounce steaks, three baked potatoes, three shrimp cocktails, three salads, and three dinner rolls in 20 minutes. Or as they call it in Texas, a kids meal.

A company has come out with a line of medical marijuana dog treats. Finally a medicine that will help my dog lie on the couch all day.

A new species of frog discovered in Costa Rica looks exactly like Kermit the Frog. It has the same color green. It has the same eyes. And there's even a man's arm up its butt.

The CDC is advising that Ebola survivors should abstain from sex. And if you're having trouble abstaining from sex, a little trick you could use is telling people you had Ebola.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF MARCH 28, 2015 

 

Click HERE for the most current update.

 

 




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God Bless this Oklahoma tornado victim, and it looks like He did. As she was being interviewed after her home was destroyed, her little dog that she feared might be lost emerged from the rubble. WATCH her reaction. (2:37)




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Some videos are so damn cute they ought to be illegal, like this one of a mother and daughter lip-syncing the song “Open Doors” from the movie Frozen. Watch THIS and see if you agree. (1:57)

The mom posted that video on her Facebook page, and from there it went to YouTube where it received over 3 million views. That was why Ellen invited them to appear on her show. Click HERE if you want to see what mom and daughter are like in real life. (3:16)
 

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Shae-Lee, Madison and Lana who are three Aussie ladies known as SketchSHE. Click HERE and follow the trio on a musical trip through time if you want to see why their popularity is spreading through cyberspace faster than a super virus. (3:31)





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Many will argue that our country needs more law enforcement leaders like Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk Co., Florida. Listen to his RESPONSE from a reporter that challenges him over a previous statement he made regarding the capture of two murder suspects. (1:16)





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Bill Leavy said that his hands got sweaty watching THIS Audi R8 race two super bikes on a freeway in Brazil. Add pits to the equation and I had a similar reaction. (5:30)





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The Paris-Roubaix bicycle road race took a shocking turn when some of the contestants refused to stop at nothing, not even an oncoming high-speed train, to get ahead. The 158-mile race from the French town of Compiegne, not far from Paris, to Roubaix is known for its intensity. It exceeded its reputation, however, when the peloton (the main group of riders) encountered a RAILROAD crossing to find that a train was on its way. (1:10)





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Is this nuts, or is this NUTS? There are no other choices. Click HERE and watch this crazy guy jump from a chopper wearing a wingsuit and fly through a paper target. (2:32)



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Speaking of flying, if you plan to travel to Africa and view the continent from the air as so many tourists are wont to do, we strongly recommend a hot air balloon as opposed to THIS airplane, providing it ever gets off the ground. (3:27)





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The Riverland Dinghy Club in South Australia's town of Renmark hosts an annual event that proves that DINGIES aren't just for a little trip to the sailboat. Each year, teams of thrill seekers congregate on the banks of the Murray River to race dinghies at over 50 miles per hour around a 5.6-mile circuit. The dinghies have been modified with 30 HP outboard motors. This year's race, on February 26, attracted over 60 teams.





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Pop Quiz: What’s the World Mountain Bike Speed Record on Snow? If you said about 138 mph, you would be pretty close to the mark. Watch THIS. (2:45)





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Speaking of world records, this is one that took place in Dubai when a GoPro video camera that was attached to the back of an eagle captured the world record eagle flight. THIS is the condensed version of the five-minute flight. (1:59)

 

Click HERE to watch the full, uncut video.

 

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Given my druthers, I would prefer to have one of THESE robots as opposed to a car that can drive itself. For one thing, I’d love to be able to take it for a walk around Lake Elizabeth here in Fremont without having to pack some plastic bags and a pooper scooper. (2:15)

 

If you found that clip of interest, check out THIS one as well. It shows what is on the drawing board for real life terminators that could be used by the military in the future. (11:20)





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This caller to a Fargo, ND radio station sounds sincere about her view on Deer Crossing signs, and that in itself is not a good sign. Why? Because she probably votes. Have a listen to THIS clip received from Doug Bergtholdt. (3:51)





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I will never look at a Big Mac, Whopper or any other fast-food burger in a TV commercial in the same way again. Here’s WHY. (2:58)



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According to Bert Kelsey, a woman took a lover home during the day while her husband is at work. Her 9-year old son came home unexpectedly, sees them, and hides in the bedroom closet. Then the woman's husband also came home. The wife put her lover in the closet, not realizing that the little boy was in there already.
             
The little boy says, "Dark in here."
             
The man says, "Yes, it is."
             
Boy: "I have a golf ball."
             
Man: "That's nice."
             
Boy: "Want to buy it?"
             
Man: "No, thanks."
             
Boy: "My dad's outside."
             
Man: "OK, how much?"
             
Boy: "$250."
             
A few weeks later, it happens again that the boy and the lover are in the closet together...
             
Boy: "Dark in here."
             
Man: "Yes, it is."
             
Boy: "I have a sand wedge."
             
The lover, remembering the last time, asks the boy, "How much?"
             
Boy: "$750."
             
Man: "Sold."
             
A few days later, the boy’s father says to his son, "Grab your sand wedge and golf ball and let's go outside and practice."

The boy says, "I can't, I sold my ball and sand wedge."
             
The father says, "What? How much did you sell them for?"
             
Boy: "$1,000."
             
The father says, "That's terrible to overcharge your friends like that. That is far more than those two things cost. I'm going to take you to church and have you confess."
             
They go to the church, and the father makes the little boy sit in the confession booth, then closes the door.
             
The boy says, "Dark in here."
             
The priest says, "Don't start that crap with me again. You're in my closet now."

 

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We’ll bet you have never heard “Do-Re-Mi” from the “Sound of Music” played like THIS. To echo Don Hale’s comment, “Damn!” (5:35)





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On May 6, 2014, the Beagle Freedom Project rescued nine beagles from a laboratory in Nevada. Until this day, these beagles had never known a kind touch, been loved or felt safe. Their LIVES are about to change forever. (5:58)





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Ever since she was adopted, Bonnie preferred to eat with her buddy CLYDE instead of alone, much like the gun-toting Bonnie of the 1930s. (0:20)





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Does your pooch have trouble going to sleep? If nothing else works, TRY a pacifier. (0:48)





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On one hand, we’re impressed. On the other hand, we’d be even more impressed if THIS German Shepherd would wash its paws after it was done. (0:26)





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Leroy and I are in agreement that THIS may be the ugliest dog we have ever seen. We know one thing for sure: It could never win Best in Show. (0:28)





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As the title says, “This Leopard Kitten wants the world to hear its ferocious little roar.” So lend an ear and LISTEN up. (0:31)





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Here is evidence that the life of a sea turtle can be a lonely one and why they are frequently on the LOOKOUT for a friend. (3:32)





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What a cruel PRANK to pull on a few dozen hungry frogs. Who could blame them if they took turns peeing on the guy’s smart phone? (1:34)





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Have you ever heard of rock climbing bears? While kayaking in Big Bend National Park, Stephanie Latimer witnessed a Mexican black bear and her cub climb the Santa Elena Canyon wall. Filmed in Texas, THESE black bears are native to the region and have flourished thanks to preservation efforts. (1:27)





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So my buddy and his wife are on safari when they see a cheetah chasing down an antelope. The wife says to her husband, “If that antelope gets away, you can have as much sex as you can handle for the next six months.” THIS is what happened next. (0:22)

 

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Some people are fortunate that they don’t look or act their age. Locally, Roy Sanfilippo is an excellent example. (We’re too polite to tell you how old he is.) There are others who refuse to slow down or change their lifestyle even as their age begins to approach the century mark. Meet 93-year-old Jack English, a HOMESTEADER who has been living in the wilderness for most of his adult life. (3:58)





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For some baseball fans, the antics of THIS mascot was worth the price of admission. (2:24)





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Shades of Indiana Jones: It’s a shame that toys like THIS didn’t exist when we were young and had to make do with water balloons. (2:45)





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Watch how this little girl manages to raise a sunken boat and the same thought that crossed our mind may cross yours: It’s a shame she wasn’t on board the TITANIC when it sunk in the North Atlantic in April of 1912. (1:56)





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The text that accompanies this clip is in Russian, but no matter. The VIDEO is self explanatory as it shows how some workers make it across a raging river without a bridge. All it requires is faith in the shovel operators. (3:13)





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It’s often said that location is everything. The same can be true, however, of timing, and that’s what this item is about. Clicking HERE will take you to a website that displays the 65 most perfectly timed military photos you will ever see.

 

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Anyone recognize THIS Battleship that is now over 100 years old? Here’s a hint: Today it’s a National Memorial that sits in the mud at Pearl Harbor with 1,512 men entombed. Clicking HERE will take you a photo blog with numerous photos that begin in March of 1914 with the laying of the keel all the way through to her sinking on Dec. 7, 1941.





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If I was a fallen New Zealand infantry soldier and lying comfortably in a casket in the back of the silver hearse, and I could see what was going on with my KIWI military brethren a few minutes later, I might think they are all mad at me. Truth be told, these New Zealand soldiers perform expressive movements to say farewell to their fallen comrades while channeling the warrior spirit inside. The emotional ritual demonstrates collective thoughts and sentiments to acknowledge the life and duty of comrades before their spirit departs for Heaven.  (3:13)





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Welcome to real-world Mario Kart. THIS crazy street race, held in Peel City on the Isle of Man, is the Formula E 250 Karting Grand Prix. The race pits superkarts, which can travel at over 150 mph, against one another as they fly through town. (2:40)





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Every town has its share of jerks who seem to get a TINGLE up their leg when they criticize public safety employees. What’s unusual is for one of them to rag on a group of firefighters who are shopping for groceries for their station house like this crew from Oroville in Butte County. (3:18)





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With no cell phone service or Wi-Fi, being banished to this town would become a death by suicide sentence for 95 percent of our population, young and old alike, though mostly young. The area around Green Bank, West Virginia doesn't seem to be out of the ordinary. If anything, the high-tech antenna equipment visible in the distance might make you think THIS would be a great place to grab your cellphone and take advantage of a signal boost...but how wrong you would be. (3:04)





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It’s the perfect moment in the perfect setting as the guy is about to formally propose to his sweetheart, and because it’s such a special occasion, he sets up his video camera to CAPTURE the once in a lifetime event. Then… (0:22)





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To describe THIS time-lapse video of our Sun as stunning is a gross understatement, especially when you consider that what appears to be eruptions on the surface jut out into space hundreds of thousands of miles. (4:00)





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Radio Control (RC) airplane flying doesn’t get much better than THIS exhibition by 17-year-old Joe Smith. (7:10)





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Speaking of flying, the 2014 Cameron Airshow was something special to see. HERE are some of the highlights. (4:29)





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This video that has received over 34 million views is worth a look. Stephanie from Houston misses her astronaut father working at the International Space Station, and THIS clip shows how eleven Hyundai Genesis vehicles were used to deliver a special message to her father aboard the ISS. (4:03)





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Want to take a musical trip in time back to the Fifties and relive the culture, the icons and everyday life that made it a very special time? Thanks to this clip received from Bob Tenbrink, now you can. So go for it by clicking HERE. (4:34)





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If you are in the mood for “In the Mood,” Glenn Miller and his orchestra is here to oblige. THIS nostalgic clip is from the 1941 movie “Sun Valley Serenade.”

If you have the time and the inclination, you can watch the entire movie by clicking HERE. (1:22:29)

 

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AT&T Park, May, 2013: You Giants fans can say and think what you want about the Dodgers, but you should give Matt Kemp his due by spending a minute and watching him give a young cancer-stricken fan named JOSH a signed ball, his cap, jersey and cleats. According to the comments under the video, Josh had stage 4 glioblastoma and passed away several weeks later. (1:09)

 

And you can click HERE for a follow-up Matt Kemp interview. 

 

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And finally, even though the Texas Tenors aren’t nearly as well known as the Three Tenors comprised of José Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, we would wager that THIS performance received from Bert Kelsey will make you a huge fan of the Texans. It’s why we chose this as our closer for the week. (3:00)





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C'ya


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Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
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Clear, Jennifer
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Como, John
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Daly, Ron
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Damon, Veronica
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Daulton, Zita
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Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
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Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
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Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
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Eisenberg, Terry
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Evans, Ron
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Ewing, Don
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Frazier, Rich
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Grigg, Bruce
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Grimes, Eric
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Gummow, Rich
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Guzman, Kim
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Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
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Harris, Bucky
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Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
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Heckel, Rick
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Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
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Hendrix, Dave
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Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
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Hirata, Gary
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
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Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
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Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
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Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
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Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
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Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Kelsey, Bert
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Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
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Kirkendall, Dave
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Kneis, Brian
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Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
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Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
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Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
Lara, Bill
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim
Little, Keith            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
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Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
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Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
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Lucarotti, Jim
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Macris, Tom
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Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
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Malvini, Phil
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Marfia, Ted
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Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
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Martinez, Victor
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Mayo, Toni
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McCall, Lani
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Montes, José
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Moore, JoAnn
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Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
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Musser, Marilynn
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Nagengast, Carol
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Namba, Bob
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Nichols, Mike
Nimitz, Stephanie
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North, Jim
Norton, Phil
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Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
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Ozuna, George
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Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
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Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
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Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
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Percival, John
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Peterson, Bob
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Phelps, Scott
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Plinski, Leo
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Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Propst, Anamarie
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Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
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Quezada, Louis
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Quint, Karen
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Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
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Raye, Bruce
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Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
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Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
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Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Joe
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
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Roach, Jim
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Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
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Rose, Wendell
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
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Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salerno, Paul
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Sauao, Dennis
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
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Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
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Tennant, Ed
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Thawley, Dave
Thomassin, Ron
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Thompson, Mike
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Tice, Stan
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Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
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Townsend, Vicki
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Trussler, John
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Rich Vasquez
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Wheatley, Tom
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Williamson, Ken
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Wittenberg, Jim
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