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The Farsider

May 16, 2013

 

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

 

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



 

THIS IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK





In the Line of Duty



 

For details about our eleven fallen — including the panel number on
the Memorial Wall bearing their names —  click on the links below...
 



Morris Van Dyck Hubbard
<http://www.nleomf.org/officers/search/search-results/morris-vandyck-hubbard.html>

John Buck
<http://www.nleomf.org/officers/search/search-results/john-buck.html>

John Covalesk
<http://www.nleomf.org/officers/search/search-results/john-j-covalesk.html>

Richard Huerta
<http://www.nleomf.org/officers/search/search-results/richard-e-huerta.html>

Robert White
<http://www.nleomf.org/officers/search/search-results/robert-a-white.html>

Henry Bunch
<http://www.nleomf.org/officers/search/search-results/henry-i-bunch.html>

Bob Wirht
<http://www.nleomf.org/officers/search/search-results/robert-lee-wirht.html>

Gordon Silva
<http://www.nleomf.org/officers/search/search-results/gordon-a-silva.html>

Gene Simpson
<http://www.nleomf.org/officers/search/search-results/gene-ronald-simpson.html>

Desmond Casey
<http://www.nleomf.org/officers/search/search-results/desmond-john-casey.html>

Jeffrey Fontana
<http://www.nleomf.org/officers/search/search-results/jeffrey-michael-fontana.html>

~ ~ ~

Click here to go to the home page of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund
<http://www.nleomf.com/>

~ ~ ~

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 Reserve Officer Dave Aguilar
Officer Tom "Wings" Alexander
Retired Officer Jim Aligo
Retired Secretary Doreen Amburgy
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 Sergeant Bill Bailey
Retired Sergeant Buck Ballard
Retired Officer Gordon Ballard, Sr.
Retired Sergeant Jim Barnett
Retired Officer Ernie Barozzi
Retired Lieutenant Terry Bauleke
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 Officer Richard Boone
Retired Officer Bud Bosque
Retired Officer Harold Bounds
Retired Sergeant Curt Brandt
Officer Delia "Dede" Bravo-Carney
Retired Sergeant Dave Brickell
Retired Officer Richard "Rocky" Bridges
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
Sergeant John Buck
Officer John Buck, Jr.
Former Officer Runyon A. Buckalew
Retired Sergeant Lloyd Buffington
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
Retired Sergeant Glen Castlio
Former Sergeant Hal Chapman
Retired Alviso Chief Pat Chew
Former Officer Steve Chesley
Police Data Specialist II Rosemarie Christensen
Retired Captain Bob Cleary
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
Retired Sergeant Jim Cornelius
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
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 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 Sergeant Dave "Porkchop" Evans
Former Officer Mitch Fagan
Officer Joe Falcao
Retired Sergeant Roy Farley
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 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 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 Sergeant Stan Hall
Retired Captain Lewis "Lew" Haller
Retired Police Records Clerk Betty Hanson
Retired Lieutenant Stan Hardman
Retired Dispatcher Ken Harness
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 Deputy Chief Eusevio "Ike" 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
Officer Art Huckabay
VOLT Volunteer Diana Hurst
Officer Ray Ireland
Retired Police Data Spec. II Shirley Louise Jackson
Retired Senior Analyst George Jacobson
Former Sergeant John Jaeger
Retired Sergeant Merle Johns
Former Reserve Officer Alfred "AJ" Johnson
Officer James "Tim" Jones
Retired Sergeant Ken Jordan
Retired I.D. Technician Betty Keiser
Officer Keith Kelley
Senior Police Records Clerk Verna Kennelly
Former Officer Mahlon Kent
Former Sergeant Gus Kettman
Retired Sergeant Don Kidder
Retired Secretary Bernice King
Retired Officer Steve Kirkendall
Retired Deputy Chief Elmer Klein
Retired Analyst II Dick Kleiner
Retired Officer Dick Knell
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 Sergeant Ray "The Deacon" Lee
Former Officer Larry LeFall
Retired Dispatcher Ralph Libby
Officer Charles "Chuck" Lintern
Retired Sergeant Bob Lira
Retired Sergeant Dave Longaker
Account Clerk II Marion Lopaus
Retired Officer Dan Lopez
Retired Officer Herman Lorenz
Former Officer Dave Luna
Retired School Crossing Guard Johanna Machado
Retired Sergeant Bill Maddox
Public Safety Dispatcher II Keao Mai
Former Reserve Officer Tim Malley
Typist Clerk II Beth Malnburg
Retired Sergeant Jim Manthey
Sergeant Elliott "Tiny" Mars
Former Sergeant Floyd Marshall
Retired Sergeant Jay Martin
Retired Dispatcher Jean Martin
Reserve Officer Pete Martin
School Crossing Guard Eleanor Maruca
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
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
Former Officer Steve Miller
Officer Jose "Joe" Molina
Retired Sergeant Charles "Chuck" Molosky
Retired Officer Ann Moore
Retired Lieutenant. Bruce "Blue Eyes" 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 Sgt. John Mosunic
Retired Officer Fred "Moon" Mullins
Retired Officer Pat Murphy
Retired Sergeant Charles Murray
Retired Chief Communications Dispatch 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 Officer John Patrick
Former Sergeant John Percival
Retired Sergeant John Periman
Retired Lieutenant Fred Petersen
Retired Dispatcher Shirley Petersen
Retired Steno Clerk Carole Peterson
Retired Sergeant Courtney "Court" Peterson
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 Officer Dante "Dan" Provasi
Park Ranger Todd Quick
Retired Typist Clerk II Phyllis Quirley
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 Officer Dennis Rosario
Officer Miguel "Mike" Rosas
Retired Officer Tony Russo
Retired Identification Officer Bernice Sadler
Officer Juan Salcido
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
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
Records Clerk Gretta Shannon
Sergeant Chris (and Lynn) Shimek
Retired Captain Tom Short
Retired Officer Paul Shuman
Retired Sergeant Bob Silfvast
Retired Senior Police Records Clerk Ruth Silverstein
Retired Sergeant Bob Sims
Retired Dispatcher Ethel Sims
Former Dispatcher Jim Slater
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 Sergeant Joe Stewart
Former Officer LeMoine "Lee" Stille
Retired Dispatcher Howard Stout
Retired Sergeant Marc Sturdivant
Retired 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
Former Officer Mitch Ucovich
Cork 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 Maury Warner
Retired Sergent Bob Warrick
Retired Sergeant Lloyd Warthan
Officer Carl Watt (and Wife)
Retired Officer Rich Weiser
Retired Sergeant Bill Wells, Sr.
Retired Lieutenant Merlin "Wheat" Wheatley
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 Officer Bill Wiskel
Retired Sergeant Bill Wittmann
Retired Sergeant Doug Wright
Former Officer William "Sharpshooter" Young

~ ~ ~

NLEOMF Facts and Figures for 2012

By John "JET" Trussler

The names of 321 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty – including 120 who died in 2012 – were formally memorialized during the 25th Annual Candlelight Vigil conducted by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF.) The yearly ceremony was held this past Monday evening in Washington, DC’s historic Judiciary Square.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered the keynote address and led the lighting of the candles and reading of the fallen officers’ names. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and National President of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Madeline Neumann also participated in the annual tribute to the officers who died in the line of duty, a special part of the National Police Week observance in our nation’s capital.

In addition to the 120 officers who perished in 2012, the names of an additional 201 officers whose deaths had been lost to history until now were also added to the Memorial. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial now contains the names of 19,981 federal and state law enforcement, corrections, railroad and military police agencies who have died in the line of duty throughout the history of the U.S. dating back to the first recorded officer’s death in 1791.

Data provided by the NLEOMF lists the 120 federal, state and local officers killed in 2012 – down from the 165 line of duty deaths recorded in 2011. Fatal traffic-related incidents took the lives of 50 officers – down from 60 in 2011. Thirty officers were killed in automobile crashes, 14 were struck while outside their vehicle and six died in motorcycle crashes. Firearms-related deaths decreased dramatically with 49 officers shot and killed (including the two fatal incidents in California.) Of the 120 officers who died last year, 109 were male and 11 were female. In all, through 2012, 19,981 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Early 2013 figures show a 7 percent rise in gunfire deaths, a 36 percent increase in traffic-related deaths and an overall total of 41 officer-deaths, an increase of 21 percent from this time a year ago. A depressing side note to these statistics is the grim fact that California already leads the nation with seven officer fatalities after just four and a half months into 2013. (Three of those deaths are attributable to rogue LAPD former officer Christopher Dormer.)                                                                        


 

PENSION NEWS

Nothing new to report this week.



 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD



May 9, 2013

"San Jose, America's Safest City No More"



Includes this video...



<http://www.protectsanjose.com/content/san-jose-americas-safest-city-no-more>

 

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According to this story from last Friday's Mercury News, the City is offering a 2 percent pay increase for active personnel, which makes the 10 percent pay cut they received in 2010 a net 8 percent loss. Yippee.

Police Pay Decision Likely Weeks Away

—Compensation dispute between officers, city mired in arbitration hearings—

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — May 10, 2013

SAN JOSE — City officials Thursday said it could be weeks before a decision on police officer pay raises is announced after wrapping up the city’s first open arbitration hearing under rules voters approved in 2010.

“Probably not until end of the month, though it could stretch longer,” San Jose spokesman David Vossbrink said.

The officers’ union consultant, Tom Saggau, agreed that “it’s going to be some time before we have an answer.”

No one at City Hall disputes that San Jose officers need a raise. The Police Department has been plagued by a rash of retirements and resignations in recent years amid city-wide pay and benefit cuts to patch chronic budget deficits spawned by employee costs outpacing revenues.

But there’s a wide gulf between what the officers want and what the city says it can afford. Rules voters approved in 1980 call for outside arbitrators to settle such disputes. But modifications in 2010 require arbitrators to hold those hearings in public and consider the city’s ability to pay for raises without cutting other programs and services. The first such hearings concluded Wednesday.

The arbitration panel that considered the dispute consisted of Deputy City Manager Alex Gurza, San Jose Police Officers’ Association President Jim Unland and John Flaherty, a retired judge who acts as the deciding vote.

Vossbrink said both sides will submit final arguments but are likely to await hearing transcripts before doing so, which will add time before a decision is reached. Under the city’s rules, the proposed decision is supposed to be kept confidential for 10 days before becoming final to encourage last-minute settlement talks.

While the dispute involves multiple issues, the key disagreement is over raises.

During the hearings, the police union argued that the panel should reverse the 10 percent pay cuts agreed to in 2010 to reduce layoffs during a record budget deficit, and to raise pay an additional 3 percent over two years.

City officials said the requested police pay hikes would cost $26 million, more than twice the amount they were planning to set aside for raises for the entire workforce. The city proposed either a 2 percent raise for all officers or a 2.5 percent raise for those who have already reached the maximum pay scale for their rank, since those who haven’t still get 5 percent raises until they reach the top pay level. The cost of the city’s proposed raises was about $4.4 million.

The top base salary for a San Jose officer is $97,200 a year, but retirement and health benefits roughly double the total value of a cop’s compensation to about $186,000. Higher-ranked sergeants, lieutenants, captains and deputy chiefs earn more. San Jose officials argued that with increasing city retirement costs factored in, the officers already are getting the equivalent of a 4 percent raise in city compensation.

Both camps offered competing arguments about whether the city remains a competitive employer for officers and whether it can afford the officers’ raise demands.

The officers said there have been 146 resignations since January 2011, including 13 this year, and 120 retirements, including 11 this year. With more defections expected, the losses offset the city’s recruitment efforts.

The police force, which once totaled nearly 1,400 officers, is down to about 1,000. City officials said they have had robust interest in recruiting and expect more than 80 new officers to be patrolling the streets by January.

The officers also argued the city is keeping too much cash in reserve to guard against unexpected expenses or revenue drops, and that there is more than enough to cover their raises.

“How many layers of contingency and set-aside do we need to be prudent,” the officers’ union asked in its presentation, “and when does it become miserly?”
 

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Chris Moore has a new job with a lot less pressure than he had as Chief according to this I.A. item from last Sunday's paper. Good for him...



Ex-Police Chief takes Job with Wireless Designer

Mercury News — May 12, 2013

Former San Jose police Chief Chris Moore, who retired from the force in January, has landed a new gig as senior vice president and board member of Rivada Networks, a wireless interoperable public safety communications network designer based in Colorado. The company’s announcement notes that developing networks that allow cops, firefighters and other first responders from multiple agencies to communicate in a big emergency was among Moore’s passions as chief. “We are pleased to have him on board as we all work together to make the nationwide public safety broadband network a reality,” said Rivada CEO Declan Ganley .

“I’m excited to join Rivada,” Moore said. Although he will remain based in California, he expects the job will involve a lot of travel.

Internal Affairs is an offbeat look at state and local politics. This week’s items were written by Tracy Seipel, Scott Herhold, John Woolfolk and Paul Rogers. Send tips to
<internalaffairs@ mercurynews.com>, or call 408-975-9346.
 

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The City Council made a smart move by turning down a recommended 5 percent pay raise for themselves, especially in light of an on-line survey showed that 60 percent of those polled said they were still paid too much even with a raise. Have a look at this story from yesterday's paper if you haven't already read it...

San Jose Council Declines Pay Raise

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — May 15, 2013

SAN JOSE — The San Jose City Council declined to give itself a raise Tuesday, unanimously rejecting a citizen commission’s recommendation for a 5 percent pay boost.

The council had trimmed its salaries 10 percent a couple of years ago while imposing the same pay cuts on the city workforce to close budget shortfalls, calling it “leading by example.” With the budget stabilized, the city is talking about offering modest raises to the employees, but not as much as the 5 percent recommended for the council. “I believe that until the city can fully restore the 10 percent reductions in pay that every city employee sacrificed, the mayor and City Council should not receive any increases in salaries or benefits,” Councilman Ash Kalra said.

Under San Jose’s charter, the five-member Council Salary Setting Commission, appointed by the Civil Service Commission, meets every odd-numbered year to study salaries and benefits of elected officials in other cities and recommend whether raises are in order for San Jose. The commission sends its recommendation to the City Council for approval. The city charter allows the council to accept the commission’s recommended pay or something less. In 2007, the council approved a commission recommendation to raise salaries 20 percent, bringing the yearly pay to $90,000 for the council and $127,000 for the mayor. However, the commission two years ago formalized a 10 percent pay cut the council had voluntarily accepted to match reductions it imposed on the city workforce amid tight budgets, bringing council salaries down to $81,000 and the mayor’s authorized pay to $114,000. Mayor Chuck Reed has declined all raises since he took office in 2007, keeping his pay at $105,000. This year’s commission recommendation would have boosted the annual council salary to $85,050. The mayor’s approved pay would have jumped to $119,700, though Reed had said he would continue to decline raises. By comparison, the top base salary for a San Jose police officer is $97,200 a year. The officers’ union has asked the city to reverse the 10 percent pay cut from a couple of years ago and raise pay an additional 3 percent over two years, arguing that a number of officers are resigning because the city’s salaries and benefits are no longer competitive. The city had offered raises of 2 to 2.5 percent, arguing that San Jose cannot yet afford more. An arbitrator is expected to settle the salary dispute in coming weeks.

Yolanda Cruz, president of the city’s largest employee union, said her workers also were offered just a 2.5 percent raise and said a bigger raise for the council would have been unfair.

“I’m glad to hear that you recommend that you not be getting the raises,” she said. “We are asking we be paid a fair salary for services we provide.”

According to an informal online city survey, more than 60 percent of nearly 400 residents who responded said council members’ current $81,000 annual salary is too high. A majority — 56 percent — said council pay should be cut back to the $75,000 it was in 2007. At least some of those surveyed were city workers.

The council two years ago also moved to phase out a costly state-managed pension plan for new council members, leaving only a 401(k)-type retirement savings plan available to them. The council had looked into dumping pensions for current members, but given the nearly $6 million exit cost quoted by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, there was no support for doing so. All but Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and council members Rose Herrera and Johnny Khamis are covered by the pension plan.

As they have in past years, council members also talked about pursuing a charter change through a future ballot measure so they don’t have to vote on their own salaries every couple of years.

“It feels weird to vote on your own raise,” Khamis said. “It doesn’t look good to the public.”


 

WEEKLY POLL

Last Week's Poll Results


 

For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>



 

MAIL CALL

May 12th

Hi Bill, hope all is well with you and your family.

I received the Billy & Spanner and was upset to read the names of members not currently enrolled in the association. I was NOT upset that they did not enroll. I was upset that their names appeared in the publication. I know many of them and have high regard for them all. Whether they enroll or not, join or not, attend or not is their personal decision, and I feel that placing their names for all to see is an attempt to shame them into enrolling/joining.

This is the second time that names have been published, and I feel it is BS. Is the next step going to be publishing the names of those members leaving the Police/Fire Departments for whatever reason and pointing out the fact that they did not join? Personal letters to each individual would have been more appropriate. If that does not produce the desired result, drop them for non-payment of dues, but do NOT splash their names on a "shame list." This is my personal opinion.

Take care,

Jim Silvers
<jimsilvers@silversmail.com>

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This message received from an active officer deals with funeral information about a barber some of you may know. Unfortunately, the service was scheduled for 9 a.m. today (Thurs.) morning.

May 13th

As I was walking across the PAB lot I was flagged down by a guy named Mark Gonzales. He told me that his father, Ray Gonzales, had just passed away. He said that Ray had been a barber in town and said that many of his customers had been officers. I believe he mentioned the Plaza Barber Shop. Anyway, he told me that his father had many officer friends and he wanted them to know about the funeral arrangements. He said there will be a viewing at Lima Mortuary on Winchester this Wednesday at 1800. The service is scheduled for St. Leo's Church, Thursday at 0900.

He asked me to pass along the information, so I thought of the PBA. The only name he mentioned to me was "Marv Lewis," which I didn't recognize. If this sounds familiar and you have any way of passing the info along, he would appreciate it. Thanks.

John Cary #2989
<jhc2989@yahoo.com>

Click on this link if you are interested in reading Ray Gonzales' obituary:
<http://tinyurl.com/amy9mkb>



 

NEW VANGUARD AVAILABLE ON-LINE

To open and view the May edition of the Vanguard, first click on the link below, then on the image of the POA's monthly news magazine. Doing so should download a .pdf file to your desktop that you can open with a double-click of your mouse.



<http://www.sjpoa.com/Vanguard.asp>



 

MEYER WEED'S BLOG



We still don't know if Meyer Weed is a male or female. Nor does it matter.

<http://meyerweed.blogspot.com/>

May 15, 2013

"They Lie!"

What else is new? The City of San Jose is lying, the San Jose Mercury News is reporting the City's lies without any critical examination of them, and many members of the public are believing it all.

Last week the Mercury News ran an article titled "San Jose, Cops Await Ruling on Raises." (As usual, I am posting the entire article at the end of this post because the Mercury News typically purges links shortly after publication.)

Ed. — The article appears above in the "Trials and Tribulations" column.

Last week the SJPOA went to an arbitration hearing with the City regarding, among other things, reinstatement of the 10 percent salary reduction that members approved in 2011 for a term of one year, then re-approved for a second and final year in 2012 to help the City reduce its costs during a time when the entire world was challenged by a devastating economic crisis.

Initially the City was demanding the reduction be "ongoing" — or in their interpretation, "permanently." The SJPOA refused to reduce their salaries "forever" because history tells us that the economy is cyclical and will inevitably rebound. Common sense and experience tells us that once you give something up "permanently" you will never get it back. SJPOA took the generous, wise and prudent step to agree to a one-year salary reduction and take a "wait and see" approach to future years through a reasonable common contract term of 2 years. 

The City agreed to both years, but wanted an independent arbiter to decide if the reduction should be "ongoing and permanent" like the City would like it to be — or — if the reduction should sunset at the end of the second year like the agreed upon existing says says it does.

So what is the lie? The lie is that in 2011 when the SJPOA and the City agreed in a contract to reduce pay by 10 percent, the only thing that both sides agreed to reduce was "pay." At that time SJPD had about 1200 officers, and the 10 percent pay reduction amounted to $12.9 Million. Simple right? Straight forward, right? Salary reduction = salary reduction.

Fast forward to 2013 in the Mercury News article cited: The City says that reinstating the 10 percent salary cut agreed to in 2011 that saved the City $12.9 million will cost the City $26 million.

How is it possible that a 10 percent pay cut that saved $12.9 million now cost $26 million, or roughly 100 percent more than it saved? The City is claiming that the increase is due to health benefits. Well, health benefits cost what they cost, and they are not affected by pay cuts or pay raises. Retiree health care costs? Same thing. They cost what they cost independent of pay cuts/raises for active duty employees. Retirements costs? Since retirement costs are based on the employee's highest year base pay, and base pay was cut by 10 percent for 2 years, the retirement amount could not change since the single highest year pre-dates the 10 percent reduction. Therefore it will not change unless pay is increased at some future date above the 10 percent the SJPOA is asking be reinstated!

So all these costs that the City is saying will cost twice what the cuts saved are nothing more than lies being told and that the fools at the Mercury News are repeating. 


 

OAKLAND CHIEF'S DEPARTURE PRECIPITATED BY OUR FORMER DEP. CHIEF

Raise your hand if you suspected last week's announcement by Oakland PD Chief Howard Jordan that he was immediately retiring for medical reasons was a smoke screen, and that his departure was actually based on a failing grade by Tom Frazier, our former Dep. Chief who was hired by Oakland as a consultant to help clean up its police department. My hand is up. Anyone else's?

Second Interim Chief in Two Days

By Matthew Artz and Thomas Peele, Staff Writers
Mercury News — May 11, 2013

OAKLAND — Before Howard Jordan abruptly quit as police chief earlier this week, he and city leaders knew that the department’s federal overseer was about to seek his ouster, this newspaper has learned. Thomas Frazier, given broad powers by a federal judge to reform the department, including authority to recommend that the judge fire its chief, informed both Mayor Jean Quan and Administrator Deanna Santana that he was about to seek Jordan’s removal, sources said Friday. Within hours Wednesday morning, Jordan, 47, announced that he would immediately seek a medical retirement, citing an undisclosed illness. His immediate successor as acting chief, Anthony Toribio, kept that job until Friday morning when Quan appointed Deputy Chief Sean Whent, 38, to interim chief. Whent promoted a lieutenant and two other captains to form his immediate staff. Sources said Jordan, knowing he would soon be out of a job, sought to leave as quickly as possible rather than be tarnished by a formal removal. Frazier would have been required to present written findings in defense of Jordan’s ouster. Jordan’s sudden rush for the door set up Oakland’s week of the three chiefs — an embarrassing chain reaction, which raised fears that the embattled and understaffed police department had descended into chaos and slipped even further from the city’s grasp.

“I’ll tell you one thing. The thugs on the street are more organized than we are. No wonder we have a problem here,” Councilman Noel Gallo said of the confusion Friday before Whent was sworn in.

Frazier’s Oakland office was closed Friday. Jordan did not respond to phone calls.

Quan and Santana both refused to acknowledge or answer questions about Frazier’s intention to oust Jordan. Quan, again on Friday, said that she was surprised by Jordan’s abrupt departure. The mayor said that she and Santana consulted with Frazier regarding Whent’s ascension but said “they owned the decision to appoint” him after Toribio decided he didn’t want the top job and sought a voluntary demotion to the rank of captain.

Whent on Friday sought to allay concerns about the department’s direction after perhaps the most tumultuous week in its history.

“I understand that the suddenness of these changes may cause speculation that the challenges we already have will be exacerbated, but in fact the opposite is true,” he said.

Whent said he was dedicated to implementing a crime fighting strategy, devised in part by famed police Chief William Bratton, to reduce the city’s sky-high rates of robberies, burglaries and shootings.

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Good luck to Mayor Quan's national search for a chief to head the OPD. We seriously doubt that applications are pouring in.


 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN



The Gingham Caper

Back in the golden days when the city was a thriving metropolis there was a donut shop named "Gingham Girl Donuts" at 109 S. 1st Street. It was located next to a bank just south of 1st and San Fernando. Also located near this corner was an Orange Julius, and next to this house of liquid delights was an even sweeter one, Sees Candy. This small area truly was a delight for the street and beat cops who, back then, were assigned to each of the major corners in downtown San Jose. But I digress.

The motto of Gingham Girls was "baked fresh every day," and true to their advertising, at the end of every business day, shortly after 9:00 p.m. (or 2100 hours for you conformists) an employee of the store would telephone police headquarters and inform the desk sergeant that they had donuts for pick-up by the police.

The desk sergeant — "Jungle John" (Canuel) to those who knew him — would then dispatch the downtown beat car (Car 9) to make the pick-up. "One-oh-nine to South 1st...make the pick-up."

It didn't take long for two creative 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. beat officers to catch on, both of whom would later wear lieutenant's bars and command the Robbery Detail at different times. They would position themselves in a strategic location so that when they heard the radio call to Car 9, they would swoop in first and grab the box containing the excess of the day's production of donuts before Car 9 would arrive.

The box of donuts would then be distributed to other beat cops who would assemble at the drive-in at either 1st and Sutter or 12th and Santa Clara where they would enjoy the treat along with a cup of coffee. All was going well for the street coppers. For Jungle John, not so much. He would sit and stir his coffee while waiting for donuts that would never arrive. Not surprisingly, the absence of donuts to go with his coffee would make him furious.

This prompted the desk sergeant to send the message, "Car 9, code 2 to one-oh-nine south first street." When the district sergeant working Car 39 inquired of radio, "What is the code 2 call on south first street?" moments passed before he heard, "Car 39...914 the desk (914 later became 10-21, as in telephone).

After a short phone conversation with Jungle John, the district sergeant sped to 109 S. 1st St. to meet with the beat officer working Car 9. When both were on the scene, no donuts!

The counter girl explained to the sergeant and the officer that their policy was to bake fresh every day and that all unsold donuts were to go to the police. She further explained that the donuts would be placed in a box and left atop the glass counter near the front of the store, then a phone call would be made to police headquarters. She went on to say that "a courteous Mexican officer would come in, tip his hat, grab the donuts and disappear." She added that a short time later when a second officer would arrive, she would have to explain that a policeman has already picked up the box of donuts.

Both the district sergeant and the beat officer then went 909 (10-8), while Jungle John would sit at his desk and furiously stir his coffee without so much as a crumb of a donut.

Strangely enough, the "suspect" or "suspects" were never identified.

Were they, Charlie?


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF MAY 11, 2013

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THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



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If you want to see something truly amazing, have a look at this Shadow Theater Group from Hungary that recently appeared on " Britain's Got Talent." Pay attention and you will see that the performance tells a story. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvvkJrKKYF8>


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Liberal comedian Jon Stewart of the Daily Show goes balls to the wall criticizing Bill O'Reilly over Benghazi. He then has a near melt-down over the IRS scandal, which gets even worse when news breaks about the DOJ spying on AP reporters. Want to watch? Go for it. There's no reason to be offended by his colorful language unless you can lip-read. (9 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O2jNy0jvkY>


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Have you ever sat in church and listened to what seemed to be an endless sermon, one in which you almost dozed off? Or did? Had you listened to this one-minute sermon you wouldn't have had time to get drowsy. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGnEuGwvXqU>


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Have a Chihuahua? Even if you don't, this short clip of BeeBee the Wheelchair Dog received from Alice Murphy may tug at your heart. When I sent the clip to our Webmaster and his wife, Cheryl wrote back to say that at first glance, BeeBee was a near clone of their Chihuahua whose name is Gidget. (2 Mins.)



BeeBee



Gidget Pyle

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFGdMaIkegI>


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Have you ever heard of the "Escherian Stairwell?" It's located at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and has to be seen to be believed. (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBY4HaAngaA>


Want to know more about this apparent phenomenon? Scroll back up to the Snopes update and check out the 11th item from the top.

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The producer of this dramatic video about High Capacity Magazines calls it a public service announcement. The clip has already garnered over 300,000 views on YouTube. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F1nPSNnaBo&feature=player_embedded>


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For you WW II history buffs, this is an interesting clip of Jimmie Doolittle's granddaughter dispelling some of the myths surrounding the Doolittle Raid in which 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers crewed by 80 airmen launched from the USS Hornet aircraft carrier and attacked Tokyo on 18 April 1942, a few months after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. (10 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgt8PMoRGG8>

Click here for more on the Doolittle Raid:
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolittle_raid>

 

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We had a request from Les Nunes to rerun this item we chose to close the April 18, 2012 Farsider. As one of our personal favorites, he didn't have to ask twice:

With "Ol' Blue Eyes" sitting at a heavenly bar with Dino, Sammy, Joey and Peter reminiscing about what once was, the best way you can hear "My Way" live is through this Andre Rieu performance at Radio City Music Hall. It's one of many songs on his DVD titled "Andre Rieu: Live in New York." Click on the link below, sit back and enjoy. (7 Mins.)



(Large or full screen highly recommended)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-y581HdWfY>

And for you purists, here's a special treat from forty-two years ago. (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqBlIyFcjXs&feature=youtu.be>

Frank died from a heart attack on May 14, 1998. He was 82.


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C'ya



Pic of the Week

Snitch Chuck Blackmore off to the Pentagon for passing along this classified photo of an F-117 Stealth fighter after it was moved to the Boneyard in Tucson and he is likely to find his home surrounded by black SUVs with blacked-out windows. Not what an 80-year-old man wants to see when he wakes up in the morning...



 
   

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