April 23, 2015
Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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about no Farsider last week, but something
important came up that caused the delay.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
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
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.
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…
Bias Reforms Detailed
—Independent auditor outlines ways cops can be more
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
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
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
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
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
~ ~ ~
This April 21st story ties in with the April 10th
article about Racial Bias above…
Bias Record Questioned
—Police auditor troubled that no complaints of prejudice
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
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
“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
“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
“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
• • • • •
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…
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
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
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,
His wife, Julie, is expected to step down from her seat
as a member of the Campbell Unified School District
• • • • •
Be still my heart. This is the second Mercury News
editorial Leroy and I have agreed with in the past two
Time for a Memorial to Fallen Officers
News Editorial — April 15, 2015
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
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
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
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.
We're happy you're happy, Orville.
• • • • •
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
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
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,
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
Year Old Doctor Has Some Great Advice to Give!
• • • • •
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.
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
to listen to his story.
• • • • •
Here is something from WSJ.com that might interest you
and your readers.
& Quotable: Bob Schieffer
in and day out, the great majority of cops do their job
the right way—
Street Journal — April 19, 2015
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
As of two days ago there were 22 readers’ comments
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• • • • •
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both days, a variety of culturally diverse food trucks
and over 200 artists displaying their hand made artistic
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Area non-profits. Thank you for anything you can do to
spread the word.
LETTERS OF INTEREST APPEARING IN THE MERCURY NEWS
Union Ignores Its Role in Stalemate
— Mercury News — April 12, 2015
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
• • • • •
Virtually all of you should recognize the author of the
following response to the letter above...
Wanted to Talk, But Politicians Did Not
— Mercury News — April 18, 2015
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
Carm Grande, San Jose Police Department (Retired)
• • • • •
Police Union Snubs San Jose Mayor
— Mercury News — April 13, 2015
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
Pat Waite, San Jose
• • • • •
Was Planned by the Johnson Family
— Mercury News — April 15, 2015
(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
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.
(Father of Michael Johnson) and the Johnson family San
• • • • •
San Jose’ Voted for Pension Reform, Too
— Mercury News — April 18, 2015
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
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I-80 in Roseville, CA
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.
I-50 in Folsom
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
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…
Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel emerged from Monday’s
takedown of a murder suspect who was attempting to
with some scrapes and a rip in his dress shirt.
Police Chief Tackles Suspect
sought in slaying tries to escape custody—
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
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
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.
~ ~ ~
Below is a follow-up article about the Chief capturing
deflects praise after tackling fugitive
Rank-and-file officers protecting city get credit from
Gomez and Katie Nelson — Staff writers
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
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
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.
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
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
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
“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
“RESIDENTS SHOULD BE MAD" IS THE HEADLINE
Academy grad leaves for Hayward PD a day after
HERE to watch the video
Residents Should be Mad
Recent San Jose Police Cadet Grad Leaving for Hayward
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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:
Thanks Goes Long Way for Officers
—Denver, S.J. police in mourning are grateful for
Nelson and Mark Gomez — Staff writers
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
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
“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
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
“I can speak for the San Jose police family. I would
imagine it would also impact his wife and entire family
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
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
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.
Captures Deadly Melee in Cottonwood Walmart Lot
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
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
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
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
Seven other Cottonwood police officers suffered cuts and
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THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
"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."
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
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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)
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
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.
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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
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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
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Is this nuts, or is this NUTS? There are no other
HERE and watch this crazy guy jump from a chopper
wearing a wingsuit and fly through a paper target.
• • • • •
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
THIS airplane, providing it ever gets off the
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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
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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
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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
THIS is the condensed version of the five-minute
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.
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
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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?"
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
A few days later, the boy’s father says to his son,
"Grab your sand wedge and golf ball and let's go outside
The boy says, "I can't, I sold my ball and sand wedge."
The father says, "What? How much did you sell them for?"
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
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)
• • • • •
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
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
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
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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
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.
• • • • •
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.
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
Radio Control (RC) airplane flying doesn’t get much
THIS exhibition by 17-year-old Joe Smith. (7:10)
• • • • •
Speaking of flying, the 2014 Cameron Airshow was
something special to see.
HERE are some of the highlights. (4:29)
• • • • •
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
THIS clip shows how eleven Hyundai Genesis vehicles
were used to deliver a special message to her father
aboard the ISS. (4:03)
• • • • •
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
• • • • •
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
If you have
the time and the inclination, you can watch the entire
movie by clicking
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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
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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Pic of the Week
It's called the aging
...and there's not
much we can do about it.
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