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In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
29th Annual Candlelight Vigil
May 13, 2017 — 8:00 p.m.
Each year on May 13th, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund produces its annual Candlelight Vigil—a signature event of National Police Week in Washington, DC. During the Candlelight Vigil, fallen officers whose names were engraved on the Memorial’s walls that spring are formally dedicated. In 2017, the Candlelight Vigil will be held on the National Mall between 4th & 7th Streets. In addition to the lighting of candles and reading of names, the Candlelight Vigil includes remarks by dignitaries, and musical tributes performed to honor the memory of these fallen officers.
honor our 13 heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting others.
details about our thirteen fallen — including the panel number on the Memorial
Wall in Washington, D.C. bearing their names — click on any of our heroes below...
Morris Van Dyck Hubbard
We also pause to remember our former friends and coworkers…
(Alphabetical by last name)
Former Officer David Adams
Retired Officer Virginia Adams
Retired Sergeant Harley Adams
Retired Communications Dispatcher Roy Adams
Retired Reserve Officer Dave Aguilar
Officer Tom "Wings" Alexander
Retired Officer Jim Aligo
Retired Police Data Specialist II Pat Alesse
Retired Officer David Alvarez
Retired Secretary Doreen Amburgy
Retired Reserve Officer Keith Anders
Retired Sergeant Andy Anderson
Retired Sr. Police Data Spec. Beverly "Jill" Anderson
Retired Officer Frank Ankenbauer
Retired Officer Dick Anthony
Retired Captain Joe Azzarello
Retired Reserve Officer George Argall
Dispatcher Teresa Arruda
Lieutenant Cecil Ayer
Retired Officer Jim Baggott
Retired Sergeant Bill Bailey
Former Dispatcher Sally “Sally Dally” Bailey
Former Officer Lloyd Baker
Retired Sergeant Buck Ballard
Retired Officer Gordon Ballard, Sr.
Retired Sergeant Jim Barnett
Retired Officer Ernie Barozzi
Retired Lieutenant Terry Bauleke
Retired Sergeant Manny Becerra
Retired Lieutenant Mark Bennett
Lieutenant Arnold "Arnie" Bertotti
Retired Sergeant Curt Bishop
Retired Sergeant Tony "Ants" Biskup
Retired Sergeant Don Black
Retired Police Chief John N. Black
Retired Police Chief J.R "Ray" Blackmore
Retired Sergeant Terry Blackwood
Officer John Bledsoe
Retired Officer Bill "Curly" Bond
Retired Sergeant Ron Bondi
Retired Officer Richard “Kentucky” Boone
Retired Officer Bud Bosque
Retired Officer Harold Bounds
Retired Sergeant Curt Brandt
Former Reserve Officer Reggie Bravo
Officer Delia "Dede" Bravo-Carney
Retired Sergeant Dave Brickell
Retired Officer Richard "Rocky" Bridges
Retired Captain William “Joe” Brockman
Retired Police Records Clerk II Wanda Brooks
Retired Captain Bill Brown
Retired Sergeant Gene Brown
Former Officer Phil Brown
Retired Police Chief William Brown
Retired Officer Gordon Bruce
Retired Sergeant Ralph Brune
Officer John Buck (Line of Duty)
Sergeant John Buck, Jr.
Former Officer Runyon A. Buckalew
Retired Sergeant Lloyd Buffington
Officer Henry Bunch — Line of Duty
Former Typist Clerk II Betty Burk
Retired Sergeant Chuck Burde
Retired Sergeant Bobby Burroughs
Retired Dispatcher George Burton
Retired Officer Wilbert "Ed" Bush
Officer John Cahill
Officer Mike Caldarulo
Retired Officer Johnny Calderon
Retired Sergeant Bill Campbell
Retired Analyst Kathy Campbell
Retired Officer Art Campos
Former Officer Dan Campos
Retired Assistant Chief George Cannell
Retired Senior Dispatcher Alice Cano
Retired Sergeant John Canuel
Retired Sergeant Charles "Charlie" Cardona
Retired Records Clerk Velma Cardona
Retired Officer Gilbert "Bulldog" Cardoza
Former Fiscal Officer Bob Carlsen
Retired Sergeant George Carter
Retired Assistant Chief Joel Carter
Officer Desmond Casey — Line of Duty
Retired Sergeant Glen Castlio
Retired Officer Dean Cates
Retired Staff Analyst Evelyn Cava
Retired Police Records Clerk II Gloria Cavazos-Ramos
Retired Officer Ivan Chapel
Former Sergeant Hal Chapman
Retired Alviso Chief Pat Chew
Former Officer Steve Chesley
Police Data Specialist II Rosemarie Christensen
Retired Captain Bob Cleary
Retired Reserve Chief George Cochern
Former Officer Harold L. Cole
Retired Radio Dispatcher Don Coleman
Retired Chief of Detectives Bart Collins
Former Officer Billy Collins
Retired Lieutenant John "Jack" Collins
Retired Sergeant Anthony "Tony" Colón
Retired Dispatcher Jimmy Compton
Retired Sergeant Joe Conversa
Police Data Spec. II Marilyn Cordes
Retired Sergeant Jim Cornelius
Retired Officer Kent Cossey
Officer John Covalesk — Line of Duty
Sergeant Julian Covill
Retired Police Data Specialist Lillie Cox
Retired Officer Andy Crawford
Retired Officer Bill Creamer
Retired Reserve Officer Chuck Crowell
Officer Alejandro “Alex” Cruise
Retired Officer Betty Cunningham
Retired Officer Marvin "Marv" Curtiss
Retired Sergeant Larry Darr
Retired Officer Don Davis
Retired Senior Identification Officer Pete DeLuca
Retired Deputy Chief Don "D.O." DeMers
Former Sergeant John Diehl
Retired Deputy Chief Howard Donald
Retired I.D. Technician Peggy Donald
Assistant Police Chief Ross Donald
Retired Sergeant Ron Dowling
Retired Officer Bob Duffy
Officer John Duncan
Retired Sergeant Leo Dunn
Officer Pete Dupont
Retired Sergeant George Dwyer
Retired Officer Joe Earnshaw
Retired Sergeant Hugo Edes
Supervising Public Safety Disp. & Res. Dep. Chief Stan Edwards
Retired Reserve Officer Phil "Duke" Ellington
Retired Officer Paul Elorreaga
Former Sergeant Bob Emerson
Retired School Crossing Guard Winnie Emerson
Retired Officer Lou Emery
Retired Sergeant Jim Emmons
Retired Officer Walt Emery
Retired Officer Anton "Rich" Erickson
Sergeant Gerald "Gerry" (and Carroll Ann) Erickson
Retired Officer Richard "Dick" Erickson
Retired Sergeant Joe Escobar
Retired Officer Bob Evans
Retired Sergeant Dave "Porkchop" Evans
Former Officer Mitch Fagan
Officer Joe Falcao
Retired Sergeant Roy Farley
Retired Sergeant Fred Farnsworth
Retired Lieutenant Bob Fazio
Former Legal Adviser and Reserve Officer Royce Fincher
Retired Officer Roger Finton
Retired Sergeant Fred Flesner
Retired Comm. Supervisor Beatrice "Bea" Fletcher
Officer Bill Fletcher
Retired Reserve Officer Robert Flinn
Retired Sergeant Dave Flory
Officer Jeffrey Fontana — Line of Duty
Retired Police Records Clerk Maxine Fontes
Officer Tom Fowler
Retired Typist Clerk II Frances Franco
Retired Airport Officer Ross Frantz
Retired Officer Don Franzino
Retired Reserve Officer Glenn Fudge
Sergeant Gordon Fujino
Retired Secretary Sally Funkhouser
Retired Sergeant Walt Gadsby
Retired Dispatcher Claire Gallagher
Retired Data Specialist Marietta Games
Sergeant Paul "Beans" Ganshirt
Senior Account Clerk Darleen Garman
Former Reserve Officer Ray Garringer
Retired Sergeant Roy Garringer
Retired Messenger Clerk Salli Gathers
School Crossing Guard Jan Gephart
Retired Sergeant Ken Geppert
Retired Sergeant Hans "Westgate" Gerdts
Retired Lieutenant Bill Gergurich
Former Officer Cliff Gerlach
Retired Police Records Clerk Nina Gillette
Retired Officer Will Givin
Retired Senior Office Specialist Fran Goff
Former Crime Data Analyst Mara Graves
Retired Officer Ray Gray
Retired Secretary Ruth Grayson
Retired Captain Leon Green
Retired Captain John Guerin
Retired Sergeant Mike Guerin
Retired Sergeant Pete Guerin (Sr.)
Retired Sergeant Lovell Guptill
Retired Officer Terry Guyton
Retired Sergeant Stan Hall
Retired Captain Lewis "Lew" Haller
Retired Police Records Clerk Betty Hanson
Retired Lieutenant Stan Hardman
Retired Dispatcher Ken Harness
Former Officer Bob Harpainter
VOLT Volunteer Bob Harris
Officer Marty Harris
Officer Tom (and Judy) Harris
Retired Captain Charles Hartell
Retired Officer Joe Haslemann
Retired Officer Jim Healy
Retired Sergeant Al Heiken
Retired Sergeant Jim Hellam
Retired Deputy Chief Eusevio "Ike" Hernandez
Retired Deputy Chief Luis Hernandez
Retired Lieutenant Kenny Herrmann
Retired Policewoman Janet Hickey
Retired Typist Clerk Rae Hildebrand
Retired Lieutenant Art Hilscher
Retired Dispatcher Betty Hixon
Retired Sergeant Jim Hober
Retired Sergeant Fred Hoffman
Retired Officer Vern Hoffman
Retired Officer Chuck Hogate
Retired Captain Mel Hornbeck
Former Sergeant Howard Hornbuckle
Retired Assistant Police Chief Stan Horton
Sergeant Steve Howard
Sergeant Morris Van Dyck Hubbard — Line of Duty
Officer Art Huckabay
Officer Richard Huerta — Line of Duty
Retired Captain Lyle Hunt
Former Police Woman Eunice (Long) Huntwork
VOLT Volunteer Diana Hurst
Retired Police Data Specialist II Sonia Husa
Officer Ray Ireland
Retired Reserve Captain Ralph Izzarelli
Retired Police Data Spec. II Shirley Louise Jackson
Former Officer John Jacob
Retired Senior Analyst George Jacobson
Former Sergeant John Jaeger
Retired Sergeant Merle Johns
Former Reserve Officer Alfred "AJ" Johnson
Officer Michael Johnson — Line of Duty
Retired Captain Tom "TJ" Johnson
Officer James "Tim" Jones
Retired Sergeant Ken Jordan
Officer Michael Katherman — Line of Duty
Retired Officer Frank Keffer, Sr.
Retired I.D. Technician Betty Keiser
Officer Keith Kelley
Retired Sergeant Bert Kelsey
Senior Police Records Clerk Verna Kennelly
Former Officer Mahlon Kent
Former Sergeant Gus Kettman
Retired Sergeant Don Kidder
Retired Secretary Bernice King
Retired Sergeant Marty King
Retired Sergeant Tom Kinney
Retired Officer Steve Kirkendall
Retired Deputy Chief Elmer Klein
Retired Analyst II Dick Kleiner
Retired Officer Dick Knell
Retired Lieutenant Art Knopf
Retired Sergeant Ken Kocina
Sergeant Ted Korth
Retired Officer Vic Kosik
Airport Officer Dick Kountz
Retired Lieutenant Floyd Kuehnis
Retired Photographer John Lancaster
Retired Officer Ken Lanch
Officer Carter (and Marsha) Langdon
Officer Jim "Red Dog" Larson
Former Officer Jerry Law
Retired Officer Bob Ledford
Retired Sergeant Ray "The Deacon" Lee
Former Officer Larry LeFall
Retired Dispatcher Ralph Libby
Officer Charles "Chuck" Lintern
Retired Sergeant Bob Lira
Officer Jim Lisius
Retired Sergeant Dave Longaker
Account Clerk II Marion Lopaus
Retired Officer Dan Lopez
Retired Officer Herman Lorenz
Retired Officer Mike Lowry
Former Officer Dave Luna
Former Officer Tom “TB” Lyons
Former Chaplain John MacDonald
Retired School Crossing Guard Johanna Machado
Retired Sergeant Bill Maddox
Public Safety Dispatcher II Keao Mai
Retired Officer Roger Malcolm
Retired County Dispatcher Belinda Maldonado
Former Reserve Officer Tim Malley
Typist Clerk II Beth Malnburg
Retired Sergeant Jim Manthey
Former Officer John “Jack” Marlo
Sergeant Elliott "Tiny" Mars
Former Sergeant Floyd Marshall
Retired Sergeant Jay Martin
Retired Dispatcher Jean Martin
Reserve Officer Pete Martin
Retired Airport and Reserve Officer Bob Marotz
Retired Reserve Officer Ray Martinez
School Crossing Guard Eleanor Maruca
Retired Reserve Officer Lou Masella
Retired Sgt. John Mattern
Retired Disp. Thaddeus "Tedd" Casimer Matusiewicz
Retired Officer William Mauldin
Senior Police Data Specialist Frances McCabe
Retired Captain E. Dale McCay
Retired Sergeant O.D. McClinnan
Retired Sergeant Earl McClure
Former Officer Garth McCormick
Retired Lieutenant Glenn McCourtie
Sergeant Mark McDaniel
Retired Deputy Chief Ed McKay
Retired Deputy Chief Bill McKenzie
Former Officer Brian McNamara
Retired Police Chief Joe McNamara
Police Property Specialist Tarr Mehary
Retired Officer Bob Meheula
Retired Lieutenant Lloyd Meister
Lieutenant Ed Melz
Retired Office Specialist II Chris Mendoza
Senior Police Records Clerk Shirley Merrill
Retired Sergeant Liz Michaelsen
Retired Sergeant Art Miller
Retired Officer Dorothy Miller
Retired Sergeant Herb Miller
Retired Sergeant Jess Miller
Retired Sergeant Roland “Rolly” Miller
Former Officer Steve Miller
Former Sergeant Carl Mills
Officer Jose "Joe" Molina
Retired Sergeant Charles "Chuck" Molosky
Retired Officer Ann Moore
Retired Lieutenant. Bruce "Blue Eyes" Moore
Retired Sergeant Dewey Moore
Retired Sergeant Don "Santa Clara Sam" Moore
Retired Assistant Policewoman Sharon Moore
Officer Rogelio "Roger" Moreno
Retired Exec. Admin. Secretary Bonnie Morganthaler
Retired. Chief Dispatcher Ron Morrill
Retired Police Records Clerk Ruth Morrison
Retired Dispatcher Antoinette "Fi Fi" Morse
Retired Officer Ken Morss
Retired Officer James Morton
Retired Sergeant Gene Moss
Retired Sergeant John Mosunic
Retired Officer Fred "Moon" Mullins
Retired Officer Pat Murphy
Retired Sergeant Charles Murray
Former Officer Joshua Murray
Retired Chief Communications Dispatcher Ron Murrell
Retired Chief Dispatcher Hank Murtha
Retired Officer Len Myers
Retired Sergeant Tom Nagengast
Retired Typist Clerk II Amy Nagareda
VOLT Volunteer Marynell Naughton
Retired Officer Annie (Hally) Navin
Former Officer Glen Neece
Former Crime Prevention Spec. Marlin "Cotton" Neufeld
Retired Sergeant Rex Newburn
Reserve Officer Jack Nichols
Retired Police Data Specialist Helene Norman
Officer Alvey "Al" North
Retired Dispatcher Linda Norwood
Former Reserve Officer Terry O'Connell
Former Officer Tommy O'Connell
Retired Sergeant Dexter O'Day
Retired Officer James O'Day
Retired Dispatcher Ed "Radio Ed" Oiseth, Sr.
Retired Secretary Carolyn Page
Retired Police Records Clerk II Phyllis Papa
Former Officer David Parbst
Retired Crime Prevention Specialist May Parlee
Retired Officer John Patrick
Former Sergeant John Percival
Retired Sergeant John Periman
Retired Officer Bruce Petersen
Retired Officer Charles “Chuck” Petersen
Retired Lieutenant Fred Petersen
Retired Dispatcher Shirley Petersen
Retired Steno Clerk Carole Peterson
Retired Sergeant Courtney "Court" Peterson
Retired Sergeant Bill Phelan
Former Sergeant Arthur "Art" Philpot
Retired Officer Joe Pinkston
Retired Police Data Specialist Betty Poe
Retired Sergeant Bill Poelle
Retired Lieutenant Dave Pollock
Retired Typist Clerk II Charlene Poole
Retired Captain Eddie Pracna
Retired Assistant Chief Jay Propst
Retired Officer Dante "Dan" Provasi
Retired Officer William “Willie” Puckett
Park Ranger Todd Quick
Retired Typist Clerk II Phyllis Quirley
Former Officer Dennis Radabaugh
Former Officer William Radunich
Retired Officer Frank Rafferty
Retired Sergeant Lloyd Ralston
Retired Officer Anthony "Tony" Ranada
Retired Latent Print Supervisor Ken Raney
Retired Secretary Pauline Rasmussen
Retired Sergeant Hal Ratliff
Senior Steno Clerk Constance Ravenstein
Retired Police Data Spec. II Carlotta Redmond
Sergeant Richard "Rich" Reyes
Retired Sergeant Jack Richards
Retired Officer Ed Ricketts
Retired Office Specialist Clara "Marie" Roberts
Retired Records Supervisor Maggie Roe
Retired Officer Chad "Coach" Rolston
Retired Lieutenant Steve Ronco
Retired Police Data Spec. II Dolores Rosamond
Retired Officer Dennis Rosario
Officer Miguel "Mike" Rosas
Retired Officer Wendell Rose
Retired Officer Russ Royal
Retired Officer Tony Russo
Former Sergeant George Sachtleben
Retired Identification Officer Bernice Sadler
Officer Juan Salcido
Retired Officer Paul Salerno
Retired Officer Dwight Salsbury
Retired Police Records Supervisor Connie Sandoval
Retired Officer David Sandoval
Retired Lieutenant Greg Sargent
Retired Latent Print Examiner Vic Sartin
Former Officer Ray Saunders
Retired Officer Charles "Charlie" Schaefer
Former Officer Michael Schneickert
Retired Identification Technician Frances Schotenheimer
Retired Police Data Specialist Elsie Schrull
Retired Officer Herman Schwandt
Retired Captain Tom Scribner
Retired Sergeant Garyn Scott
Former Officer Ed Sekaquaptewa
Retired P/T Typist Clerk II Regina Sellarole
Retired Sergeant Clarence Shannon
Senior Police Records Clerk Gretta Shannon
Sergeant Chris (and Lynn) Shimek
Retired Captain Tom Short
Retired Officer Paul Shuman
Retired Sergeant Bob Silfvast
Officer Gordon Silva — Line of Duty
Retired Senior Police Records Clerk Ruth Silverstein
Officer Gene Simpson — Line of Duty
Retired Sergeant Bob Sims
Retired Dispatcher Ethel Sims
Retired City & Police Photographer Dan Sisto
Former Dispatcher Jim Slater
Former Officer Glenn Smiley
Retired Police Data Specialist II Charlotte Smith
Retired Sergeant Jim Smith
Retired Property Specialist Justin Smith
Retired Sergeant Ron Smith
Retired Lieutenant Ken Stagg
Retired Police Data Specialist II Dorothy Stang
Retired Assistant Policewoman Clarice "Tawny" Stelzer
Retired Officer Mario Stefanini
Retired Officer Dave (Watry) Stengel
Retired Sergeant Joe Stewart
Former Officer LeMoine "Lee" Stille
Retired Dispatcher Howard Stout
Retired Deputy Chief Larry Stuefloten
Retired Sergeant Marc Sturdivant
Retired Juvenile Sergeant Stella Sullivan
Director of Communications Lyman Swan
Garage Attendant Frank Sypert
Retired Lieutenant Larry Tambellini
Retired Officer Frank Tanner
Retired Dispatcher Jim Terra
Retired Lieutenant Jim Terry
Lieutenant Larry Thannisch
Former Sergeant Steve Thatcher
Reserve Captain Cal Thomas
Retired Secretary Nadine Thompson
Former Reserve Lieutenant Greg Thul
Former Officer Forrest Tittle
Retired Reserve Sergeant Sixto "Toby" Tobias
Retired Sergeant Harold "Hal" Toussaint
Retired Dispatcher Ron Townsend
Account Clerk Pauline Trevisano
Retired Officer Dick Tush
Former Officer Mitch Ucovich
Clerk Typist Marlene Uyehara
Dispatcher and Reserve Officer Tom Vanderpriem
Former Reserve Officer Ron Tsukomoto
Retired Sergeant Mike Van Dyck
Lieutenant Ernie Vasquez
Retired Reserve Captain James "Jim" Vinson Sr.
Retired Reserve Deputy Chief Julio Viola
Retired Officer Joe Vittoe
Retired Secretary Alice Wagner
Retired Sergeant Seymour "Sy" Wakeman
Retired Officer Bill Walker
Retired Officer Maury Warner
Retired Sergent Bob Warrick
Retired Sergeant Lloyd Warthan
Former Officer Vern Watson
Officer Carl Watt (and Wife)
Retired Officer Rich Weiser
Retired Sergeant Bill Wells, Sr.
Retired Lieutenant Merlin "Wheat" Wheatley
Officer Robert White — Line of Duty
Retired Officer Fred Whitley
Retired Garage Attendant Freddie "3-Wheeler" Whitmarsh
Retired Officer Leroy Widman
Retired Sergeant Ron Williams
Former Sergeant John Willis
Retired Lieutenant Jack Wilson
Retired Secretary Maxine Wilson
Former Sergeant Frank Winkler
Retired Lieutenant Preston “Pres” Winters
Officer Bob Wirht — Line of Duty
Retired Officer Bill Wiskel
Retired Sergeant Bill Wittmann
Retired Sergeant Doug Wright
Former Officer William "Sharpshooter" Young
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The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony in Sacramento began last Sunday with a Candlelight Vigil, followed by the Enrollment Ceremony on Monday. Click HERE to visit the CPOA website.
Officer Michael Katherman was among 15 peace officers who were added to the Honor Roll for 2016. Click HERE for Mike’s page on the CPOA website.
PBA MEETING REMINDER
The PBA's general membership dinner meeting for the month of May will get underway this coming Wednesday, May 17, at the POA Hall. The bar will open at 5:00 with dinner following around 6:00. Sworn retirees who are not members of the organization and who would like to see what it is all about are welcome. Once you arrive make contact with President Dave Wysuph, V-P Steve Windisch, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer Lumpy Lundberg or Sgt. at Arms Bob Moir and enjoy the bar, dinner and the camaraderie of your peers.
During the past week, and up through Officer Memorial Week in D.C., we continue to honor our fallen officers and the fallen officers of so many other cities across our country. Along with these events, we have seen the violence increase against our officers and others. We have been involved in multiple officer involved shootings where our officers acted in true hero form - saving lives in our community and protecting their fellow peers. Thank God our people have remained safe, yet not unscathed as we all know. Proud to wear our SJPD patch with all of you, your SJPOA will always be here for you and any of your needs. See some related photos below of our Sacramento California Officer Memorial that took place yesterday and media as well.
Paul Kelly, President
on the highlighted text:
Sacramento Bee: California Peace Officers Honor Fallen Comrades
NBC Bay Area: Suspect Identified in Latest SJPD Officer-Involved Shooting
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Mea Culpa says a red-faced Mercury News Editorial Board after last week’s editorial touting the salaries of San Jose’s Police Chief and City Manager referenced below that we included in the Farsider…
San Jose Isn’t the Big Spender it Appears to be on Executive Salaries
By Mercury News Editorial Board
Mercury News — May 5, 2017
“San Jose chief, city manager top peers in compensation” was the Page 1 headline in the Mercury News (last week) over an analysis of pay and benefits of public employees statewide.
This was big news — particularly to police Chief Eddie Garcia and City Manager Norberto Duenas, who actually receive less in pay and benefits than top executives of even some smaller cities in Santa Clara County, let alone Los Angeles.
It’s important to clarify that picture because some anti-tax activists already are sputtering I-told-you-so, having opposed the three tax increases that voters approved last year. But San Jose is not lavishing wealth on its executive staff. Not even close.
San Jose is lucky to have Garcia and Duenas. Both have devoted decades of service to the city, took on their current roles at difficult times and have excelled. Both could make more money someplace else.
The figures in Tuesday’s news story came from the website of Transparent California, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit that asks cities and counties to report the cost of employees’ compensation. The site shows San Jose spending nearly a half million dollars a year each on its chief and manager, the highest in the state.
San Jose’s figures are higher partly because of fiscally responsible policies to pay now for pensions and benefits that current employees are earning, rather than pushing those costs into the future in the form of unfunded liabilities.
But here’s the main reason its figures seem out of whack on the website: The costs from different cities are not apples-to-apples.
Cities include different costs. For example, some report pensions, but not retiree health care, according to information gathered by San Jose finance officials checking with other area cities this week in a scramble to understand the differences.
San Jose puts it all out there.
Different methods for allocating long-range pension costs further distort comparisons of cost per position. For example, most cities have added lower-cost Tier 2 pension plans for new hires. Some cities combine the Tier 1 and Tier 2 costs to come up with a single rate for employees in, say, a public safety union. San Jose calculates the tiers separately, reflecting the higher cost per employee of Tier 1 plans with dwindling numbers of employed members.
Smaller cities that compensate city managers better than San Jose (population 1 million) include Sunnyvale, the second largest city in Santa Clara County with fewer than 150,000 residents; and Santa Clara, Mountain View and Palo Alto
It would be great if a nonprofit or government agency posted apples-to-apples comparisons of employee costs in a standard format. If it did, San Jose wouldn’t be at the top of the heap.
Meet Deegan Hawkes, our great-grandson!
Ken (Hawkes) <email@example.com>
Hi little fella. Looks like you almost have this week’s Mail Call column all to yourself.
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After looking at all of the state agencies listed here and taking into account the more than 350,000 people employed in them, I had a question: Why is it that when politicians need to cut budgets they start with Police and Fire?
Dave Walker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dave is referring to THIS list of 343 California State Agencies as reported by The Patriot Post and also listed on Wikipedia. To answer his question, police and fire make up such a large portion of municipal, county and state budgets that it’s difficult to make budget cuts that don’t have an impact on public safety. At least that’s my guess.
POA VANGUARD NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE
The May 2017 electronic version of the Vanguard is now online. Hard copies of the magazine have already been mailed out. Click HERE, then on the image of the Vanguard to read the online version…
AN INVITATION FROM OUR TWO CHAPLAINS
Bill: Here is an invitation that Jim and I wanted to submit for the Farsider from Darling Fischer. We realize the barbecue is the same day as the PBA dinner, but perhaps those PBA members who normally attend the monthly meeting might want to enjoy two meals in one day.
Chaplain Bryan Allen <email@example.com>
FUNDRAISER FOR JUAN REYES REMINDER
Saturday, May 20th, starting at 8:00 a.m.
Paradigm CrossFit, 7011 Realm Dr. Unit A6, San Jose
Suggested donation: $40
Spotted on Facebook last Sunday and
posted by Steve Papenfuhs…
“Got to spend a couple of hours with two of my favorite people - Juan and Yolanda. Juan is going to SF on Thur. to have a feeding tube installed. He should be home on Fri. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Letter from Camp
Our Scoutmaster told us to write to our parents in case you saw the flood on TV and got worried. We are okay. Only one of our tents and 2 sleeping bags got washed away. Luckily, none of us got drowned because we were all up on the mountain looking for Adam when it happened.
Oh yes, please call Adam's mother and tell her he is okay. He can't write because of the cast. I got to ride in one of the search and rescue Jeeps. It was great. We never would have found Adam in the dark if it hadn't been for the lightning.
Scoutmaster Ted got mad at Adam for going on a hike alone without telling anyone. Adam said he did tell him, but it was during the fire so he probably didn't hear him. Did you know that if you put gas on a fire, the gas will blow up?
The wet wood didn't burn, but one of the tents did and also some of our clothes. Matthew is going to look weird until his hair grows back.
We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Ted gets the bus fixed. It wasn't his fault about the crash. The brakes worked okay when we left. Scoutmaster Ted said that with a bus that old, you have to expect something to break down; that's probably why he can't get insurance.
We think it's a super bus. He doesn't care if we get it dirty, and if it's hot, sometimes he lets us ride on the bumpers. It gets pretty hot with 45 people in a bus made for 24. He let us take turns riding in the trailer until the policeman stopped and talked to us.
Scoutmaster Ted is a neat guy. Don't worry, he is a good driver. In fact, he is teaching Horace how to drive on the mountain roads where there aren't any cops. All we ever see up there are huge logging trucks.
This morning all of the guys were diving off the rocks and swimming out to the rapids. Scoutmaster Ted wouldn't let me because I can't swim, and Adam was afraid he would sink because of his cast (it's concrete because we didn't have any plaster), so he let us take the canoe out. It was great You can still see some of the trees under the water from the flood.
Scoutmaster Ted isn't crabby like some scoutmasters. He didn't even get mad about the life jackets. He has to spend a lot of time working on the bus so we are trying not to cause him any trouble.
Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit badges. When Andrew dove into the lake and cut his arm, we all got to see how a tourniquet works.
Steve and I threw up, but Scoutmaster Ted said it was probably just food poisoning from the left-over chicken. He said they got sick that way with food they ate in prison. I'm so glad he got out and became our scoutmaster. He said he sure figured out how to get things done better while he was doing his time. By the way, what is a pedal-file?
I have to go now. We are going to town to post our letters and buy some more beer and ammo. Don't worry about anything. We are fine and tonight it's my turn to sleep in the Scoutmaster's tent.
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Why Men are Happier than Women
What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress: $5,000. Tux rental: $100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes. One color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes. No wonder men are happier!
If Laura, Kate, and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. If Rich, Dave, and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba, and Wildman.
When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave, and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back. When the girls get their bill, outcome the pocket calculators.
A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel. The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t. A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.
A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed. Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears, and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing!
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Received from Bruce Morton
Joey makes himself comfortable in the confessional and says to the priest, ”Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl."
The priest asks, "Is that you, little Joey Pagano?"
"Yes, Father, it is."
"And who was the girl you were with?"
"I can't tell you, Father. I don't want to ruin her reputation."
"Well, Joey, I'm sure to find out her name sooner or later, so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?"
"I cannot say."
"Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?"
"I'll never tell."
"Was it Nina Capelli?"
"I'm sorry, but I cannot name her."
"Was it Cathy Piriano?"
"My lips are sealed."
"Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?"
"Please, Father! I cannot tell you."
The priest sighs in frustration. “You are very tight lipped, and I admire that, but you have sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself."
When Joey walks back to his pew his friend Franco slides over and whispers, "What'd you get?"
”Four months vacation and five good leads," replied Joey.
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Blind Cashier at the Bass Pro Shop
A woman goes into a Bass Pro Shop to buy a rod and reel for her grandson's birthday. She doesn't know which one to get, so she just grabs one and goes over to the counter.
A Bass Pro Shop associate is standing there wearing dark glasses.
She says, "Excuse me, sir. Can you tell me anything about this rod and reel?"
"Ma'am, I'm completely blind,” he says, “but if you'll drop it on the counter, I can tell you everything from the sound it makes."
She doesn't believe him, but drops it on the counter anyway.
He says, "That's a six-foot Shakespeare graphite rod with a Zebco 404 reel and 10-LB. test line. It's a good all-around combination and it's on sale this week for only $20.00."
She says, "It's amazing that you can tell all that just by the sound of it dropping on the counter. I'll take it!"
As she opens her purse, her credit card drops on the floor.
“Oh, that sounds like a Master Card," he says.
As she bends down to pick it up she accidentally farts. At first she is really embarrassed, but then she realizes there is no way the blind clerk could tell it was she who tooted. And being blind, he wouldn't know that she was the only person around.
The clerk rings up the sale and says, "That'll be $34.50 please."
The woman is totally confused by this and asks, "Didn't you tell me the rod and reel was on sale for $20.00? How did you get $34.50?"
He replies, "Yes, Ma'am. The rod and reel is $20.00, but the Duck Call is $11.00 and the Bear Repellent is $3.50.”
She didn't say a thing; she just paid the bill and left.
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THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
May 3 — 9
May 3: Last night, Melania Trump’s Twitter account liked a tweet suggesting she doesn’t like her husband. But Melania claims she didn’t mean to like it — she meant to RETWEET it.
Apparently, the tweet said the only wall Trump has built is the one between him and Melania. Trump was like, “At this point, I’ll take credit for ANY wall getting built.”
Yesterday, Trump had a big phone call with Vladimir Putin, where they agreed to work together on handling Kim Jong Un. You know a leader’s unstable when Trump and Putin are like, “We gotta keep an eye on that guy!”
I mean, seriously — Trump and Putin “fixing” North Korea? That’s like Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich “guarding” a wedding cake.
May 4: Today the House voted to pass the Republican healthcare bill before taking an 11-day recess. They say they’re going to use the break to kick back, relax, and finally read the bill they just voted for.
Democrats are calling for the new Republican healthcare bill to be called “Trumpcare.” Experts say that’s the first time the words “Trump” and “care” have ever been said together.
Reince Priebus said that Trump helped pass the bill by punting the ball into the end zone. When told that analogy didn’t quite make sense, he said, “I meant that he hit a grand slam into the net and slapped the puck right into the hoop. Is that better?”
Today, Trump tweeted that the media is out of control, saying that they will do or say anything to get attention. Then he honked the horn of an 18-wheeler, posed for a picture with Kid Rock, and accused Obama of spying on him from his microwave.
President Trump canceled his White House Cinco de Mayo celebration. He made the decision after Mexico said they wouldn’t pay for it.
May 9: Some big news from overseas. Yesterday, France elected 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron to be its new president. Trump said he’s worried that, at 39, the president may be a little immature — then went back to tweeting insults at CNN.
Macron actually won despite having his campaign hacked. Or as one guy put it (Russian accent), “Eh — you help win some, you help lose some.”
Republican Congressman Raul Labrador is under fire for saying that “nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare.” Then Trump was like, “No way — a talking Labrador? I gotta meet this dog! This is unbelievable!”
A man who runs a pizzeria in California made a gluten-free pizza entirely out of cheese. Or, and hear me out, he just made cheese.
I read that Facebook is shutting down its virtual reality film studio. People were like, “If I wanted to see my Facebook friends in 3D, I’d actually hang out with them.”
May 3: A company has come out with a robot that makes salad. So finally — a robot that’s not going to take away any American jobs!
Today, FBI Director James Comey said the thought that he helped Donald Trump get elected president makes him “mildly nauseous.” Comey then excused himself to attend a meeting of Underreacters Anonymous.
Nissan is developing technology that blocks cellphone signals so people won’t be distracted by their smartphones. First Nissan will put the technology in their cars, then they’ll put it in the Oval Office.
Ivanka Trump has a new book of business advice for women. Tip No. 1 is “Be your rich dad’s favorite daughter.”
May 9: In Mexico, the world’s heaviest man, who weighs almost 1,000 pounds, is preparing for surgery. The man said, “After years of being unhappy with my appearance, I’m finally getting that nose job.”
North Korea reported that there was a U.S.-sponsored plot launched against Kim Jong Un. Apparently two CIA agents tried to sneak up on Kim and give him a man’s haircut.
Former President Bill Clinton is collaborating on a novel about a U.S. president who goes missing. Clinton is describing the novel as “part fiction, part alibi.”
In Florida, a 10-year-old girl pried herself from the jaws of an 8-foot alligator. Then the little girl remembered she lives in Florida, and climbed back in.
In France this weekend, far-right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen lost the presidential election by millions of votes. And here’s the cool part, in France, if you lose by millions of votes that means you don’t get to be president.
In Colorado, a high school teacher has been put on leave after her class smashed a President Trump piñata. When he heard this, Trump was especially furious that he had been made into something that brings joy to Mexicans.
A new biography of President Obama is coming out and it claims that before Michelle, he had a fiancée whose parents didn’t think much of Obama’s job prospects. Actually, I think they had a point, because now Obama’s a 55-year-old unemployed man.
May 4: Today was Star Wars Day, because the day was May Fourth, as in “May the fourth be with you.” And now, it’s technically May Fifth, Cinco de Mayo, as in “May the fifth margarita be in you.”
Today isn’t only Cinco de Mayo, it’s also the one-year anniversary of this [Trump] tweet: “Happy #CincodeMayo. I love Hispanics!” You know, a year has gone by, but I’m just as embarrassed today as I was the day it was posted.
I read that a restaurant just opened in Brooklyn that serves only avocados and avocado-based dishes. But even there, guac is still extra.
When you and your friend are having the restaurant conversation, it never goes like this: “So what are you in the mood for? Italian? Mexican?” “Avocados. Only avocados.”
Starbucks is up to their old tricks again. Starbucks in Japan is introducing a new drink called an American Cherry Pie Frappuccino. It’s a vanilla Frappuccino with chunks of cherry pie in it. I don’t know if this sounds like a healthy drink. Pretty sure it’s not, because this is what the barista writes on it when they serve it to you: “Bob, you have three weeks to live.”
In other news, Dictionary.com has added 300 new words, including slang terms like b---hface, 4:20, and dad bod. “4:20” is being added to the dictionary. Because only a stoner would try to look up a number in the dictionary.
“B---hface” and “dad bod” were added. If you don’t know what a b---hface is, it’s what I make when you say I have a dad bod.
Another word being added to dictionary.com is “man bun.” Hopefully the dictionary is the last place where we’ll ever see another man bun.
May 9: France elected a new president. Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election, defeating the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Macron won by a large margin, easily getting more votes — which, most Americans will be surprised to learn, is how you win most elections in almost all the countries.
House Republicans spent the weekend defending the bill they just passed to replace Obamacare. Now healthcare is incredibly important. So I’m sure these Republican congressmen read the new bill very closely, right? One of those guys said, “I turned through every page.” That’s not reading. By his definition, I’ve read the entire English Oxford Dictionary, the Bible, and my CBS contracts.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus responded to critics of the bill saying if you have a pre-existing condition this president is not going to let you down. And, he better hope so because the name Reince Priebus sounds like a pre-existing condition. Doesn’t it? “I’m afraid we have bad news. We found traces of your Reince in your Priebus.”
May 4: Guest hosted by Kristen Bell
Hosting a late-night show is super exciting for me. I have two kids so I haven’t been up this late since 2012.
There’s very little chance I will know any of the guests tonight, unless one of them wrote “Goodnight, Moon,” or is Moana. Is Moana on the show? She’s not? Copy that.
I’m putting all my training to use tonight. You know, I did go to NYU for acting but I dropped out because I got cast in a Broadway show. So, let that be a lesson to the kids out there. Stay in school — until something better and far more lucrative comes along.
I know this is probably different for all of you since you’re used to watching Jimmy at this time. Let’s be honest, you bought a ticket to “Rogue One” and now you’re watching Matt Damon’s China Wall ponytail movie. I get it, and I’m sorry.
But tonight, think of me as your babysitter. So, I guess, whatever — fend for yourselves while I make out with my boyfriend on your parents’ bed.
For those of you who are observing, I’d like to wish you a happy Star Wars Day. Today is May the Fourth, as in “May the fourth be with you.” Can you imagine explaining Star Wars Day to someone who’s never seen the movie? “Yeah, it’s a holiday when we celebrate a movie about a brother and a sister who kiss.”
May 3: President Trump will return to New York City tomorrow for the first time since taking office. Melania was like, “Oh, that’s so crazy, I’m flying to D.C. tomorrow. Oh, you should have told me. Ships in the night.”
FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress today, and said that it makes him “mildly nauseous” to think that his actions might have affected the election. Of course, that might just be from all that time he spent looking at Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
According to a new Politico poll, 48 percent of voters approve of the job President Trump is doing. Of course, a lot of them think that job is plus-sized golf shirt model.
American Airlines recently announced that they plan on cutting leg room in economy class, while United Airlines announced they’ll be cutting legs. “We are coming down with the beverage cart! Get your legs out of the aisle!”
May 4: House Republicans today voted on and passed an Obamacare replacement bill without knowing how much it could cost. Though I’m not surprised — they also voted on an Obama replacement without knowing the cost.
Congress narrowly passed Republican plan to replace Obamacare today. Also narrowly passing: Grandma.
A member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said yesterday that it can be difficult to negotiate with President Trump because it’s hard to tell what he’s thinking. Also, if.
According to a new biography, former President Obama proposed to a serious girlfriend he had before he met Michelle Obama, but he paused so long she walked away.
Today was National Star Wars Day and if you celebrated, no girlfriend you have.
May 9: Centrist politician Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election yesterday over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen — thanks to France’s unusual practice of awarding the presidency to the person with the most votes.
According to a new report, Senator Bernie Sanders’s wife Jane Sanders is being investigated by the FBI for alleged bank fraud. Even worse, her husband is being investigated by his local deli for alleged Splenda theft. “These should be free!”
Former President Bill Clinton is teaming up with author James Patterson to write a new book called “The President Is Missing.” It’ll be followed by the sequel, “Never Mind, He’s at the Golf Course.”
May 9: Donald Trump continues to follow through on his promise to drain the swamp because it was announced on Friday the White House has fired its chief usher. It took a while for her to leave the building because there was no one available to show her the door. Poor planning.
I don’t know about you, but ever since the House passed the new healthcare bill last week, I’ve been trying to decide: Should I move to Canada, or just stay drunk?
Well, now it turns out that the best answer might be both. Because the Canadian food inspection agency recently announced that gin is being recalled for having too much alcohol.
The recall was announced because bottles of Bombay Sapphire gin were found to contain 77 percent alcohol by volume rather than the typical 40 percent. Here’s how you can tell — normally, gin tastes like juniper with hints of lemon and coriander. Seventy-seven percent alcohol gin tastes like regret, with hints of fighting a parking meter.
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So what’s unusual about this Saturday Night Live skit? Answer: It appears to poke fun at the anti-Trump people more than it does those who are pro-Trump. What do YOU think. (4:50)
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Attention SJPD Recruiters: THIS girl is somewhere in Finland. Your mission: Find her and recruit her! (1:22)
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Do you find the Kars4Kids jingle irritating? Here's a CBS news clip about the charity that you might also find galling. (3:25)
Charity Navigator rates Kars4Kids one out of four stars. Click HERE for the full review.
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Leroy and I would like to find the driver of this pickup and buy him a beer. Hell, make that a case of beer! The protestors should have known what was going to happen since the truck a Dodge RAM? (1:46)
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Lumpy says THIS short clip should serve as a warning that you should never trust a dog. (0:38)
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OK, who ate my shoe? WHICH one of you did it? Or are you both guilty? (1:22)
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Ever wonder how the military lands a drone when no runway is available? Me neither. But it is an interesting question. Watch THIS. (2:16)
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He can hear the cracking of the ice, but he can’t pinpoint where it will break loose. Wait for it. Wait for it. Then you can join him by repeating the word WOW as he tries to escape the wave. This clip is similar to one we ran two weeks ago, but this one has a bigger pucker factor! (2:28)
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We don't normally include commercial cartoons, but this one hit a nerve...
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Ever fancy the idea of living full time in an airplane? You can, you know. All you have to do is FOLLOW Bruce Campbell’s lead. (2:11)
And Bruce not the only one. Meet good ol’ Tennessee country boy Red Lane who lives in HIS own DC-8. (6:50)
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Have you ever been rolling down the road and run straight into a powerful tornado that wanted to share the highway with you and the other motorists? No? Well THESE people have, and it’s not something you should want to look forward to. (2:06)
That twister doesn’t appear to be as strong as this one that derailed a train and was captured by a video camera mounted on the engine and pointing toward the rear. Fortunately, THIS was a freight train and not Amtrak. (0:43)
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Look, it’s raining babies! These Turks (no offense intended; this happened in Turkey) scramble to get in position to catch a baby like fans scrambling to catch a homer or foul ball at a baseball game. Why the baby fell from the balcony is unknown. The only thing that comes to mind is the old cliché “Throw the baby out with the bath water,” but we don’t see any bath water. Whatever the case, all is well that ENDS well. (1:19)
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Not everyone has said "Good riddance" to Bill O'Reilly...
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What we have here is a vehicle stop and a cop who engaged in an activity that resulted in a life SENTENCE for the driver. (4:18)
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This surprise marriage proposal that took place at an airport in Sweden is about a firefighter who found a unique way to PROPOSE to his girlfriend who flies a helicopter. (4:59)
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This clip from the History Channel provides details on the so-called “Mother of All Bombs,” a/k/a MOAB, a/k/a the Massive Ordnance Air Blast that was in the news recently after the U.S. dropped one in Afghanistan. (2:14)
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This 1920s’ film that predicted the future didn’t hit it out of the ball park, but we think it’s safe to say that it hit for a ground rule double. Keep in mind that it was produced prior to WW II and assumes that the First World War WAS in fact “the war to end all wars.” (5:38)
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It’s now 1928, and since we have a few minutes to kill, let’s take a drive around the Big Apple. We might even spot the famous Babe Ruth taking a bumpy ride in a cab. And if you have a sharp eagle eye, you might even recognize Lou Gehrig looking at the “Sultan of Swat” through the car window at the 3:10 mark. When I watch films of this vintage and older, the thought crosses my mind that virtually EVERY adult I see has passed on. (5:11)
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This may seem like a strange video to close this week’s Farsider with, but it began to stir up some emotions. It’s a film of Berlin, Germany that was shot 117 years ago in 1900, with a segment from 1914 at the end. What makes it unique is that the film was colorized and slowed down to give it the appearance of a film that was shot in the ’30s or ‘40s. Of the nearly 3 million views it has received, there were several profound comments by viewers about the footage. Here are just a few examples:
• Those thousand of nameless who once were full of life just for a moment, now rest silently in graves for all the eternity. Life is so short.
• Amazing footage, and the music gives us a sense of the impending calamity that will affect everybody in this film.
• Can you imagine what Europe would have been like today if it were not for that disastrous First World War? Not only were the flowers of that generation’s youth thrown away, but European world power went with it, only to have been followed by round two twenty years later. What a total and utter waste.
• Wow, people going about their daily lives over a hundred years ago. It's amazing; they are forever frozen in time in these films, yet long dead and utterly forgotten. Makes you feel pretty insignificant.
• The disconnect that black and white footage creates is astonishing. Once you put old footage in color it feels like you can actually relate to these people.
• Amazing footage and so clear. Most of the film from this era is very grainy, choppy, and not in color. A much simpler time in history before the World Wars and so much death and destruction.
• There's a bizarre feeling about thinking that many of those children in the film probably died fighting in the First World War.
• For those interested, the song is 'Time' by Hans Zimmer.
• Kaiser Wilhelm and Berlin at its best, when he and his government were a model for most of Europe. And to think that in just a few years, those parading and smiling soldiers would all likely be killed in the dreadful Great War. And those little boys playing, in two decades, would be fed into the meat grinder of Stalingrad by that little man who, when this film was made, was languishing in a flop house in Vienna. It's weird: All those folks enjoying their day are now long gone, most without a trace today. Our fate, too.
Click HERE to watch this extraordinary film (4:36)
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What a sweet birth announcement...
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Abram, Fred & Connie
Allen, Chaplain Bryan
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bray, Mary Ellen
Bridgen, Betty Ruth
Brown Jr., Bill
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Carr Jr., John
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve