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THIS IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK
Thousands Gather on National Mall to Honor Fallen Police Officers
Thousands of men, women, and
children, carrying candles, flocked onto the National Mall (last) Friday night
to remember and honor fallen law enforcement officers across the country.
Men and women, clad in their respective police uniforms, traveled from every state in America. Some joining from several countries, gathered for a candlelight vigil for the 252 fallen officers whose names were recently added to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
“It’s very emotional,” said Rich Leotta, whose son, a Montgomery County Police officer, was killed last year by a suspected drunk driver.
“I’ve been going through ups and downs the whole time. This is overwhelming,” she said.
Speakers at this year’s event include Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and president of Concerns of Police Survivors Brenda Donner.
“It’s been a deadly year for law enforcement,” said Steve Groeninger, a spokesman for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “While this is a somber event, it’s an emotional event for (officers). It’s helpful in their grief process.”
The link below will take you to the home page of the National
Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.
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.
We honor these heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting others.
details about our twelve fallen — including the panel number on
the Memorial Wall bearing their names — click on any of their names below...
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 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
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
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 Staff Analyst Evelyn Cava
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 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
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
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
Officer Ray Ireland
Retired Reserve Captain Ralph Izzarelli
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 Michael Johnson — Line of Duty
Retired Captain Tom "TJ" Johnson
Officer James "Tim" Jones
Retired Sergeant Ken Jordan
Retired Officer Frank Keffer, Sr.
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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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 San Jose German Shepherd Dog Club (formerly known as the San Jose Schutzhund Club) will be a re-dedicating the canine training field at Coyote Creek Parkway to Fallen Police Officer Gene Simpson #1409.
A new sign honoring Officer Simpson will be unveiled on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.
Click HERE to open Coyote Creek Parkway in Google Maps.
We encourage all of you to show your support for a fallen brother who will never be forgotten.
Craig Shuey, our Sacramento Pension correspondent, sent in this Calpensions article. Says Craig, “Good, albeit boring, summary of our pension issues.”
San Jose Reduces Pension Reform to Attract Police
By Ed Mendel — May 16, 2016
A city of San Jose request to repeal a pension reform approved by voters in 2012 was granted by a superior court in March, allowing a more generous plan negotiated with unions to attract police to a long-depleted force now working mandatory overtime.
Superior Court Judge Beth McGowen ruled that Measure B, approved by 69 percent of voters, is invalid because the city council resolution that placed the measure on the ballot is “null and void due to a procedural defect in bargaining.”
Then last week at the request of opponents, who want voter approval of any changes in Measure B, an appeals court put the lower court action on hold, pending a review of arguments in the case.
The intervention was filed by Pete Constant, a former San Jose police officer and city councilman, and the Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association, backed by Charles Munger Jr., a wealthy Republican campaign donor.
“I and Charles have committed to not giving up until we have exhausted every option,” Constant said in an interview before the 6th District Court of Appeal granted a temporary stay of McGowen’s ruling.
San Jose is another example of how the need to be competitive in the job market for police is an obstacle to -- or safeguard against, depending on your view -- cost-cutting pension reform. (See previous post: “Why bankrupt San Bernardino didn’t cut pensions.”)
In the view of some critics, a CalPERS-sponsored bill, SB 400 in 1999, gave the Highway Patrol a major pension increase that became the standard for local police and firefighters and a major factor in “unsustainable” pension costs.
The battle over the San Jose reform has been heated. The police union president at the time, Jim Unland, reportedly urged a class of police recruits to quit to aid the campaign against Measure B advanced by the mayor then, Chuck Reed.
A key part of the measure would have given current workers the option of paying more to continue earning the same pension (up to 16 percent of pay) or earn a smaller pension for future work.
A superior court upheld most of Measure B, but overturned the current worker option as a violation of “vested rights.” Under state court decisions known as the “California rule,” the pension offered at hire can’t be cut unless offset by a new benefit.
So, most pension reforms are limited to new hires. But the watchdog Little Hoover Commission and others argue that to control costs, governments need the ability, like private-sector pensions, to cut pensions earned in the future by current workers.
Whether San Jose would appeal the Measure B “vested rights” ruling and get a high court review of the “California rule” decisions, a key one in 1955, seemed to be an issue in the race to succeed the termed-out Reed as mayor in November 2014.
Local, state and national public employee unions reportedly spent $800,000 to defeat Sam Liccardo, a councilman and Reed ally, warning that pension cuts were causing the city to lose police officers, endangering public safety.
Liccardo narrowly defeated a county supervisor, Dave Cortese, who advocated settling union lawsuits against Measure B. Last August, Mayor Liccardo announced a settlement with police and fire unions, followed in December by other unions.
The settlement of nine lawsuits included dropping an appeal of the “vested rights” ruling. The agreement expected to save the city $3 billion over 30 years was endorsed by Reed.
Liccardo and Reed said in a San Mercury News article that pursuing the attempt to cut the cost of pensions earned by current workers in the future would be a “long and perilous” road that could jeopardize savings and cause longtime employees to resign.
Last month, the San Jose city manager, Norberto Duenas, said in a court filing that “Measure B, though well-intended, had negative consequences for the City,” including recruitment and retention of police resulting in a recent mandatory overtime plan.
“The settlement framework negotiated by the parties in July is a key component to the City’s attempt to stabilize hiring and retention in the Police Department and delays in its implementation will jeopardize our ability to recruit and retain police officers,” Duenas said.
The police force lost several hundred members in the budget crunch that led to Measure B, and losses have continued since then. Last week, said the city, the number of “actual street ready sworn” was 894 and “actual full duty sworn” 827.
A recent police academy graduated nine, and the current academy has seven. So far this year, there have been 10 resignations and 15 retirements. Under mandatory overtime, officers that have worked a full10-hour shift are held over into the next shift.
In the move opposed by Constant and others, the city used a “quo warranto” court process to repeal Measure B based on a suit filed by the police union in April 2013, which alleged that defective bargaining on the measure violated state law.
The city and the police and firefighter unions agreed they reached impasse on Oct. 31, 2011, after five different city proposals. When mediation in November failed, the city made two more proposals, placing the last one on the ballot without negotiating.
“Continued modification of the proposed ballot language after impasse -- including concessions made by the City -- created a further obligation to meet and confer before placing Measure B on the ballot,” Judge McGowen said in her ruling.
Similar rulings that the city failed to bargain in good faith have been made by the state Public Employment Relations Board. If the settlement is completed as envisioned, the unions are expected to withdraw their complaints to the powerful board.
Though not asking voters to repeal Measure B or approve its replacement, the city does plan to put a measure on the November to protect taxpayers: no retirement benefit increase without voter approval, no retroactive benefit increases, and actuarial safeguards.
The ballot measure for November was posted on the city website last week after bargaining with unions was completed. One provision would “approve the continuation of current pension benefits for employees.”
That’s aimed at a statewide initiative proposed by Reed and others that could give new hires a 401(k)-style plan unless voters approve a pension. The group dropped a drive to put the initiative on the ballot this year, but plans to try again in 2018.
Meanwhile, to advocate for fair and sustainable public pensions, Reed, Utah pension reformer Dan Liljenquist, former New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch and others have formed a new national group, Retirement Security Initiative.
Constant, an ally of Reed and Liccardo while on the San Jose city council, has been working with a Reason Foundation project that helped develop a pension reform on the Arizona state ballot Tuesday, Proposition 124.
Last week, Constant presented a Reason analysis of Brea’s CalPERS pensions to a group in the Orange County city, Brea First. He also has talked to California legislators about forming a pension stakeholder group like one that led to broad support of the Arizona measure, including police and firefighter groups.
“We will see if that happens,” Constant said. “Time will tell. California is bigger than an aircraft carrier, and it’s going to take a long time to turn around.”
Reporter Ed Mendel covered the Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com.
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So goes the State…
California has a Staggering Amount of Public Pension Debt. — Here's What that Means for You
By Allen Young — Staff Writer
Sacramento Business Journal — May 11, 2016
If all of California’s public pension debt were divided evenly by household, each house would need to pay $77,700, according to a new study by Stanford University.
The relatively high debt-to-household ratio makes the Golden State the third worst in the nation for total pension debt burden, behind Alaska and Illinois. That’s not to say that each Californian is responsible for paying $77,000, but the costs will fall on residents in different ways, as state and local governments figure out how to pay the debt, said Stanford policy professor Joe Nation.
The public sector can manage its debt by raising various kinds of taxes or cutting services. Governments can also hike contribution rates on public employees and employers — but those actions can also lead to greater cuts and taxes.
In sum, California's public governments have obligations for $991 billion for which there is no current plan to pay. The total involves the state's two major public pensions systems as well as pension plans for every local government agency.
“This is the biggest problem facing state and local governments,” said Nation, a pension reform advocate who is also a former state assemblyman. “No matter how you slice it, it’s an enormous number.”
Texas ranked 34th on the list, for which the highest ranking represented the worse collective debt burden. New York ranked 25th. Tennessee ranked the best at 50th, meaning that each household in the Volunteer State would pay just $17,661 if its pension debt were divided by household.
The study was released by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, a foundation-funded think tank.
Allen Young covers state and city government, economic development, education and transportation. Click HERE for the online article.
THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Does a surge of adrenaline during heated moments cause some cops to forget that there are cameras everywhere in today's society?
Sues SJPD Over Use of Force
—Attorney says videotape shows beating; charges dropped against client—
By Tracey Kaplan <email@example.com>
Mercury News — May 18, 2016
SAN JOSE — When San Jose police officers arrested construction worker Eliel Paulino last summer during a traffic stop, they said it was necessary to hit him at least 15 times with their batons because he was combative, could have had a weapon tucked into his waistband and ignored commands to shut up.
But in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that includes a videotape taken without the officers’ knowledge, Paulino and his lawyer contend the three rookie cops used excessive force and then lied in their reports to cover it up. In the video, the police pat down Paulino, who does not speak English, and then allow him to stand calmly without handcuffs for about eight minutes near the front of the patrol car while they check his license and search his car.
It is only after he says in Spanish to his father, who was standing at the window of their nearby apartment, to lock up his truck if he is arrested — and then ignores about three commands in English to be quiet — that Officer Marco Cruz slams him against the patrol car so hard that the side mirror breaks, and starts hitting him. The other two officers, Gerardo Silva and Gurbaksh Sohal, then join in to protect Cruz, according to the police reports. All three had less than two years’ experience on the force at the time of the Aug. 16 arrest.
“They wrote he was uncooperative and combative, which he was not,” attorney Jaime Leanos said. “Anyone who watches the video can see he is cooperating and not threatening the officers in any way. For police to engage in this kind of conduct with no legal justification is very dangerous and very troubling.”
Click on this link to watch the video provided by Paulino's attorney...
The department and City Attorney’s Office declined to comment. Since 2004, San Jose has paid more than $19 million in damages for claims of excessive force by police. And in a sign that national concerns about the use of force by police have spread to San Jose, a federal jury also awarded $11.3 million — the largest law enforcement payout in the city’s history — to a Vietnamese man shot in the back by a San Jose cop last year and paralyzed from the waist down.
Santa Clara County prosecutors had initially charged Paulino, 28, with resisting arrest, drunken driving and driving without a license. But after watching the video and reviewing a statement by a neighbor who witnessed the encounter, they took the rare step of dropping all charges.
“I think a jury won’t convict, so I dismissed,” supervising Deputy District Attorney James Leonard said.
However, the District Attorney’s Office also declined to charge the officers with filing false reports or battery. The officers reported they were concerned for their safety, in part because the stop took place at 2 a.m.in the parking lot of an apartment complex in what they described as a Sureño gang area off Cadillac Drive and Winchester Boulevard.
Leanos said just because someone may live in a bad neighborhood does not mean they deserve to be mistreated by police.
“Civil rights belong to all of us, regardless of where you may live,” Leanos said.
Paulino required four staples for cuts on his arm and was also severely bruised.
The incident was captured by a surveillance camera mounted by one of Paulino’s neighbors outside his second-story bedroom window. The neighbor, Juan Ramirez, said he did not know Paulino, but saw the encounter through his bedroom window. In a statement to police, Ramirez said one of the officers ordered Paulino to “shut up” in English “about three times,” but Ramirez didn’t think Paulino understood English. The video does not capture sound.
The incident is under investigation by the police department’s Internal Affairs unit, sources said.
In the past five years, the public has made 683 excessive-force allegations, stemming from 362 incidents. (There are more allegations than incidents because a single incident can involve multiple allegations.) The department found two of those allegations true.
During the same period (2011-2015), the department did not initiate any investigations into the use of force based on reports by fellow officers or supervisors.
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This is an update to the article above…
Delays Second Case Involving Cops in Beating
—Video of incident raises questions about credibility of three rookie S.J. officers—
By Tracey Kaplan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — May 19, 2016
SAN JOSE — After allegations surfaced this week that three San Jose cops may have lied in police reports about needing to physically subdue a “combative” suspect, prosecutors on Wednesday agreed to delay a similar resisting-arrest case involving the same rookie officers.
Prosecutor Brandon Mickle and defense attorney Andrea Randisi agreed to the month-long delay after this newspaper reported that a federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday claiming the three cops used excessive force during an incident last summer. The suit includes a videotape of the incident that raises questions about the officers’ credibility.
Santa Clara County prosecutors had initially charged the construction worker who sued over his arrest last summer with resisting arrest, drunken driving and driving without a license. But after watching the video and reviewing an eyewitness statement earlier this year, they took the rare step of dropping all charges.
However, they continued to proceed with the similar case, which occurred five months earlier, in March. In addition to the same three officers, it also involves three other cops who arrived midway through the encounter.
The three officers involved in both cases and named in Tuesday’s lawsuit are Marco Cruz, Gerardo Silva and Gurbaksh Sohal, all of whom had less than two years’ experience at the time of both incidents. The city, Police Department and officers’ union have declined to comment.
Mickle made no promises Wednesday that the office would also drop the earlier case. The Public Defender’s Office has been trying to get the case dismissed for the past year, claiming that the officers overreacted.
“I am concerned about the credibility of the officers,” Randisi said. “The circumstances are very similar.” Both resisting-arrest cases took place at night — around midnight in the March case and about 2 a.m.in last summer’s case — and involve suspects who do not speak English.
In the latter case, the three officers claimed that they had to hit construction worker Eliel Paulino at least 15 times with their batons during a traffic stop because he was combative, could have had a weapon tucked into his waistband and ignored commands to shut up.
However, in the video, the police pat down Paulino, 28, and then allow him to stand calmly without handcuffs for about eight minutes near the front of the patrol car while they check his license and search his car.
It is only after he says in Spanish to his father, who is standing at the window of their nearby apartment, to lock his truck if he is arrested — and then ignores about three commands in English to be quiet — that Cruz slams him against the patrol car so hard that the side mirror breaks, and starts hitting him. The other two officers then join in to “protect” Cruz, according to the police reports.
In the March incident, Cruz and Sohal spotted a truck in the carport of an apartment complex at Eden Avenue and Impala Drive with its overhead light on.
Octavio Perez, 45, had been hired by the complex’s owner to renovate an apartment in time for the imminent arrival of new tenants.
He said outside court Wednesday that he was waiting in his truck for the paint to dry, and planned to return to the unit after it did and continue working.
According to police reports, the two officers said Perez came out of the truck with his belt hanging down and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. However, a subsequent blood test showed he had not taken any drugs.
Over Perez’s protests, they placed him in handcuffs, citing the fact that the area is known for burglaries and vehicle thefts. According to Sohal in the police report, Perez then refused to close his eyes and take the field sobriety test and “actively resisted” being taken to the patrol car, compelling the officers to use force, including control holds and a “takedown” that injured Perez’s head.
Perez denies that he was fighting with the officers at any time during the incident.
His 23-year-old son, San Jose State student Jonathan Perez, said Wednesday outside court that police overreacted.
“I work part time as a security guard,” he said, “and even I was given training on how to handle things without further escalating the situation. They didn’t try anything to de-escalate this.”
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Two more items of note from today's (May 19) paper...
Chief’s Training Plan a Great Start
Mercury News — May 19, 2016
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr is on the ropes, with a department riddled with scandal over police shootings and racist texts. The situation is more the norm than an anomaly for big-city police departments in this post- Ferguson world. San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia is trying to get ahead of the trend.
He’s launching an ambitious training program on crisis intervention, mental illness, racial bias — all the challenges that can lead to tragedy and destroy residents’ faith in the police.
It’s a very promising start for a new chief and his leadership team.
Garcia is doing this at a time when the department is dramatically understaffed, with mandatory overtime and specialized units diverted to routine patrol just to cover 911 calls. In other words, it won’t be easy. So the priority the chief places on it, and the creativity with which the department is approaching the training, is especially heartening.
San Jose’s force still is reeling from low staffing and low morale after years of budget cuts and, in 2012, voter-approved pension reform. When Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in 2015, experienced officers still were leaving, and the city couldn’t compete for recruits when other departments offered better compensation.
Liccardo worked at restoring relationships with city unions and negotiating a settlement over pension reform. They have found common ground. When a lawsuit is resolved, successful recruiting can resume — soon, we hope.
But with the exodus of veteran officers, less experienced cops will make up much of the force for some time.
This is another reason more and better training is needed. Newer officers draw the most complaints from residents.
San Jose’s police auditors flagged problems in the force, including use of force and possible profiling, long before Ferguson.
Practices such as making some drivers, but not all, sit on a curb while officers check them out during a traffic stop have undermined neighborhood relationships for years.
Victims of violent encounters have sued the city and won damages. The department is still grappling with a tweeting debacle, with Officer Phillip White fired for sending threatening tweets in a Black Lives Matter context, only to have his job restored in arbitration.
The last police auditor, LaDoris Cordell, did excellent work that led to more transparency and better practices in the police department. Her successor, Walter Katz, is similarly effective. But Garcia has a more enlightened attitude as well.
“We’re not being told to do this,” Garcia told reporter Robert Salonga earlier this month.
“There’s more credibility with the community when we do this outside of crisis,” he said. “I’d like to see more agencies take these trainings and not wait for a crisis.”
We would, too. The crisis of confidence in police departments today is a major civic challenge nationwide, and cameras — whether worn by officers or on witnesses’ cellphones — make it impossible to ignore.
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Don't confuse this Measure B with the one from the past that created the issue over City pensions...
Measure B Won’t Solve S.J. Public Safety Woes
By Craig Ash and Doug Keller
(Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility)
Mercury News — May 19, 2016
In a rare alignment of San Jose political planets, organized labor, the Chamber of Commerce and a majority of City Council members advocate raising the sales tax by one-quarter percent, identified as Measure B on the June ballot. They propose funneling the estimated $40 million of increased tax revenue into the general fund. Supporters of the measure contend that the funds are necessary for improving public safety. We disagree.
We share the proponents’ concern about the number of police on our streets and our city’s inability to hit its response time targets. We dispute their assertion that improving public safety requires digging deeper into taxpayer pockets. The measure asks that voters pay again for something we are already funding.
This year’s police budget increased by $23 million over last year’s actual spending. That increase means we could hire an additional 170 police officers and 26 community service officers, as well as more staffing for the Crime Prevention Program, the Crime Analysis Unit and the Gang Investigations Unit. San Jose does not lack the funding to provide the safe neighborhoods we deserve. It lacks the personnel.
The San Jose Police Department has consistently failed to hire more officers than leave through retirement and resignation. This situation prompted a recent analysis by the city auditor resulting in 14 recommendations for improving police recruiting efforts to reverse the police force decline. They range from rebuilding the department morale to increasing civilian staffing in the recruiting unit. We heartily support these recommendations.
Improving public safety is not primarily a funding issue. The city has aggressively increased police and fire spending for the past several years from $438 million in 2013 to a budgeted $525 million in 2016. Mayor Sam Liccardo laments years of belt tightening, yet San Jose has significantly increased public safety funding and continues supporting the deficits generated by non-core services such as performing arts venues and hotels.
Why the urgency for higher sales taxes if we are already increasing public safety spending?
Well, San Jose’s rate is approaching the 10 percent California state maximum. Our current sales tax is 8.75 percent. The proposed one-half percent VTA tax for BART and other transportation projects on the November ballot would increase it to 9.25 percent.
Some believe that if we don’t act now, the 2018 election may be too late. Recent polls show that voters (weary of repeated stories of mail theft, burglary and other property crimes) appear agreeable to the proposed tax if it’s pitched as being used primarily for public safety.
We have additional concerns about the measure. First, we trust this council to keep its word, but there’s no guarantee that future councils will honor those promises. There is nothing in the ordinance to prevent future councils from spending the money on whatever pet projects they want. Second, the sales tax is regressive; it hits hardest those who can least afford it.
Our police department certainly needs more officers on the street. A higher sales tax will not make that happen. Don’t be scared into thinking it will.
Craig Ash is secretary and Doug Keller is a member of Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility. They wrote this for the Mercury News.
Dan Sisto's obit was in this morning's Mercury News, but it didn't say anything about him since he left our midst. I am assuming you and he had a positive professional relationship as you both were serving in nearly identical careers. To be honest, I hadn't thought of him over the years even though I recalled him immediately when seeing this morning's paper.
I don't know how you do it, but is it possible for you to dig up anything about him since he retired. At his request, there is not going to be a memorial service. I was surprised he was 88 years old as I had thought we were closer in age. I am positive I am not the only one of your avid readers interested in the annals of Dan Sisto.
Carm (Grande) <email@example.com>
Following is the obituary from last Thursday’s Mercury News on Dan Sisto that Carm pointed us to. Dan was a long-time City photographer and supervisor of the Police Photo Lab who, according to our contact, was hired by the City in June 1968 and retired in June 1982. Try as I might, I was unable to find any info on the retired City photographer beyond what was covered in the obit below...
June 9, 1927 - May 5, 2016
Resident of San Jose
Dan, age 88, a loving husband and father passed away peacefully on May 5, 2016. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and served in the Navy during WWII. After leaving the Navy, he worked for the NY Times and then after a move to CA, he worked for the San Jose Police Department supervising their color photo lab as well as serving as the photographer for the City of San Jose. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Beryl and his children Lois (Gary), Susan (Brian), Dan Jr. (Linda) and Barbara (Paul) as well as six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. His wishes were that there be no funeral service.
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Thanks for the wonderful job you guys do each and every week with the Farsider. I have attached a link that I thought might be interesting to those who know retiree Paul Francois. It’s about his dad. Tom Francois is a pretty amazing person, and it was a pleasure to have known him when he lived in the South Bay. I’m sure you as well as many others will agree after reading this inspirational article.
John Nichols, 2191 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ed. — Following are the first three paragraphs of the story. Click HERE to read the entire article…
Illustrated — The Cauldron
Light The Fire Within
—From amputee to Olympic torch-bearer, how one man is inspiring others—
The Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs are the No. 1 ranked baseball team in California looking to win their first state championship since 2005. The inspiring force behind the team is Tom Francois, a 74-year-old right-leg amputee, living out his dream.
After twelve surgeries in seven months, Tom decided the thirteenth time going under the knife would open a new door in his life, losing his right leg, four inches under his knee. Just ten months later, Tom and his new leg were a part of history as an Olympic torch-bearer.
For nearly the last two years, I have worked on a manuscript for a book about Tom’s life and how he changed mine after one college door closed for me, opening perhaps the most important one I have had in my life, at SRJC. Below is an excerpt from a chapter about Tom’s Olympic Torch Relay.
Click HERE to read the entire article.
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Our in-house fact checker who uses the nom de plume of “Middle Ground” responded to last week’s Mail Call item about London’s new Muslim Mayor as reported by the Daily Caller. Click HERE to review the story.
Last week Red State posted a story from The Daily Caller about the new Muslim mayor of London and statements he made about Donald Trump.
The Daily Caller is a conservative news and opinion website created in 2010, by Tucker Carlson, a self-described libertarian conservative and political pundit for the Fox News Channel, and Neil Patel, who had served as Scooter Libby’s deputy and as Dick Chaney’s chief policy advisor. Their $3 million in start-up funding was provided by investment manager and philanthropist for conservative Christian causes, Foster Friess.
Carlson has said that the reason he and Patel created the website was because “the vast majority of traditional reporting comes from a liberal point of view" and that the Daily Caller's reporting would provide “the balance against the rest of the conventional press.” Carlson, who is also a senior fellow for the Cato Institute, has publicly stated that George W, Bush is not a true conservative and that, “I'm the most right-wing person I know.”
As to Red State’s comments, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is a Muslim who was born and raised in London. He’s an attorney and a member of the Labour Party who was serving his third term along with 7 other Muslim members of the British Parliament when he ran for the office of Mayor of London, along with 11 other candidates. He was elected to the office earlier this month with a record 57% of the votes. Muslims make up a total of 12.4% of London’s population.
If you look at the quote from Khan that appears in The Daily Caller story, it stated, “Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both of our countries less safe; it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of extremists.” The reporter took this statement and said that it really means, “Let in Muslims or they will attack America.”
The story makes it sound like Khan was the first person to make this specific statement in response to Trump’s position on Muslims, which is not the case. He was echoing virtually the same statement that has been previously made by a number of prominent Americans, including members of Trump’s own party. A partial list includes Senator John McCain and 60 other Republican leaders within the national security community who signed a letter two months ago that said, "His (trump’s) hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric undercuts the seriousness of combating Islamic radicalism by alienating partners in the Islamic world making significant contributions to the effort.” Hillary Clinton, who tweeted about Trump’s proposed Muslim ban saying, “This is reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive, making America less safe.” President Obama said, “Anti-Muslim rhetoric would be a recruitment tool for the terrorist group Islamic State. “It would make us less safe,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook, former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance, and several journalists and columnists.
The Daily Caller’s story also included some statements about a recent British poll conducted by IMC Research, reporting that 50% of those Muslims interviewed said homosexuality should be illegal. As a comparison to people's attitudes here in the U.S., a 2013 Pew Research poll found that 33% of Americans believe that we should not accept homosexuality within our society. Among Christians who identified as being Jehovah’s Witnesses, Pentecostals, LDS/Mormons, Southern Baptists, Seven Day Adventists or Evangelicals, the number exceeded 75%.
Additionally The Daily Caller related that the poll showed over 20% of British Muslims support establishing sharia in the U.K. Again, as a comparison, a 2015 Public Policy Polling organization conducted a national survey and found that 57% of Republican voters want to establish Christianity as our official national religion, and that 30% believe that Islam should be illegal in America.
The Caller also reported that the poll showed “Two-thirds of British Muslims would not tell the government if a friend or family member became involved with extremists.” The question that IMC asked participants was actually focused on acts of terrorism committed in Syria, not Britain. A country where many Muslims have strong resentments of President Assad's regime. IMC's question was, "Would you inform the police if you thought somebody they knew was getting involved with people who supports terrorism in Syria?"
Finally, the Daily Caller stated that there are worrying indicators that Muslim assimilation is incomplete. The data from the IMC poll doesn’t support this premise as its findings show that 86% of British Muslims feel a strong sense of belonging in Britain, which is higher than the national average of 83% for other ethic and religious groups, and with 78% saying they were “keen to integrate into British life on most things.”
I'M NOT CONCERNED, THE FBI IS FOCUSING ON HILLARY, NOT ME
To the few of you who wrote and expressed concern about the details in last week’s Farsider about my nephew who served as a Military Aide and carried the "Football" for Presidents Bush 43 and Obama, I am not worried that the Secret Service and/or FBI is going to come knocking on my door when you consider how much info is available on the Internet about the president’s military aides and the so-called Nuclear Football. Here are just a few of the many links you can find on Google that provide such information:
If you click on THIS Google Images link, your monitor will display over a hundred thumbnail photos associated with “White House Military Aides.” (Clicking on any of them will enlarge the pic.) And if you look closely, you will see the same photo of the five aides with President Obama that was in last week’s Farsider. It was taken by the official White House photographer, which is probably why it wound up on this Google Images site.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
May 11 — 17
May 11: Yesterday on “Good Morning America,” Joe Biden said he is “confident” that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. Then he said, “Of course, I also bet against the Mighty Ducks in all three movies, so what do I know?”
Sources claim that the drug lord El Chapo will be extradited from Mexico to Brooklyn next month. Which raises the question — if we're bringing El Chapo here, who exactly are we trying to keep out with that giant wall?
The Gap just reported a decline in sales for its fifth straight quarter, and analysts are saying they might have to close over 100 stores. But look at the bright side — if there’s one thing they know how to do at The Gap, it’s fold.
Employees at a Domino's Pizza saved a customer's life by checking on him after they didn't hear from him, because he's ordered a pizza every day for 10 years. No word on what was wrong with him, but I'm guessing it had something to do with ordering a pizza every day for 10 years.
May 12: We have Drake on the show tonight — a black, Jewish, immigrant rapper from Canada. Or as Donald Trump would say, "I'm speechless. I need to sit down, I'm getting lightheaded. I'm getting lightheaded. I'm seeing my spirit animal."
I hate to break it to Donald Trump, but there is already a Broadway show called "Hairspray."
Burger King just unveiled a new item combining the elements of a Whopper and a hot dog known as the "Whopper Dog." As in, "I've got to take a sick day, I just ate a Whopper Dog."
British researchers are warning that one-fifth of the world's plant species are at risk of extinction. Even worse, kale is expected to survive.
May 13: Today is Friday the 13th, so be careful you don't break a mirror or you'll get seven more years of this election.
The big Trump news today is this audio tape that resurfaced from 1991, where Donald Trump apparently posed as his own publicist during a phone call with People Magazine. People are saying it’s definitely him, but he’s saying it’s not. Hillary Clinton was like, "Isn't it annoying when people dig stuff up from the 90's and use it against you?”
An artist is hoping to protest the Republican National Convention in Cleveland by having 100 women pose nude outside the event. Or as Republican men put it, “Hey. No. Stop. Please don't have all those nude women. This is the worst day ever.”
The New York Post reports that more people check their Facebook feed than read the Bible each week. Which explains that new commandment: "Thou shalt not ‘like’ a bikini pic of thy neighbor’s wife."
May 16: A New York Times exposé on Donald Trump reveals some pretty questionable interactions with women, including claims that when Trump ran the Miss USA Pageant he would frequently rate women's appearances right to their faces while they just stood there. Which is really sexist. And also pretty much the definition of any beauty pageant.
The article makes the point that Donald Trump has hired many women to run his businesses and even quotes him as saying, "A good woman is better than 10 good men." And Hillary was like, "Thanks for the new campaign slogan."
A restaurant in Lithuania is stirring up controversy by displaying a mural on its wall that shows Donald Trump kissing Vladimir Putin. Trump said he's not mad that it shows him kissing a man, he's mad that it shows him kissing someone over 40.
A group of alleged mobsters were just arrested in New York and their nicknames included Grandpa, Baldy, Lazy Eye and Fat Sal. Which are the same nicknames Trump gave his possible running mates.
May 17: I read that a new super PAC is actually trying to convince Amish people to vote for Donald Trump. And those people were like, “We're not Amish - we just got rid of our TV’s so we could stop hearing about Donald Trump.”
Donald Trump's ex-girlfriend says her quotes in the New York Times expose this week were twisted to sound negative, but that she didn't have a negative experience with Trump. Then she said, “Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go drive the new Porsche I can suddenly afford.”
I read that a lock of Thomas Jefferson's hair was just sold at a Texas auction for almost $7,000. The seller plans on using the money he got for Jefferson's hair to buy one ticket to Hamilton.
Over 400 passengers missed their flights at Chicago O'Hare on Sunday because of the TSA security lines which were up to three hours long. It's bad news for travelers, but good news for dads who insisted on getting to the airport five hours early.
Happy Birthday to legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, who turned 60 years old today! You can tell he's getting older by his new name - Splenda Ray Leonard.
May 11: Budweiser announced that this summer they will rename their beer "America." So starting in June, you’re not an alcoholic — you’re a patriot.
NASA scientists have discovered over 1,200 planets that are possibly habitable — where humans could live. In other words, if Donald Trump does become president, Canada’s not your only option.
Over the weekend, a man broke the world record for "Donkey Kong," making it through the entire game using up just one life. That’s right — his own.
May 12: Donald Trump is now saying that his proposed ban on Muslims was "just a suggestion." Then he admitted his presidential campaign is "just a bar bet."
Here in California, a white supremacist has resigned from being a Donald Trump delegate. When asked why, the white supremacist said, "Because that guy's crazy."
During the Republican convention in Cleveland, an artist is going to photograph 100 nude women to make a statement. The statement is, "This is the only way to get people to Cleveland."
The FBI just announced yesterday that fewer and fewer Americans are going off to join ISIS. Or as Fox News reported it, "Once Again, Jobs Drop Under Obama."
The producers of the X-Men movies say their next X-Men movie will take place in the 1990s. In it, the X-Men use their superpowers to try and stop the Backstreet Boys.
At this moment, a 7-Eleven cashier from Connecticut is trying to become the first woman to climb Mt. Everest seven times. She said, "If I can survive a 7-Eleven hot dog, I can survive anything."
Google has created several new emojis aimed at empowering women. So congratulations women, you asked for equal pay and you got five new emojis.
May 12: Donald Trump is finally sitting down with his nemesis, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, to discuss unifying the Republican Party after they have been trash-talking each other for months. Ryan is in a difficult spot. On the one hand, Trump has made a lot of offensive statements. On the other hand, Trump is his party's only chance at winning — and because it's Trump, both of those hands are very, very tiny.
Paul Ryan right now is like a girl at a bar at the end of the night where all the hot guys have left. So she's trying to convince herself that it would be worth taking home the guy with the orange skin and weird hair.
But Ryan is not the only one who seems to be changing his mind about Trump. Former presidential candidate John McCain stated this week that he thinks Donald Trump could be a “capable leader.” John McCain spent several years in a Vietnam prison, and now saying “Donald Trump is capable” sounds like the hardest thing he's ever had to do.
I'm sorry, but saying Donald Trump could be a capable leader is not very reassuring. If you are about to have an operation and they tell you that your doctor could be a capable surgeon, you would be like, “You know what? It was a minor heart attack. I'm good. Don't worry.”
May 16: Today it was announced that a Russian man will be the recipient of the world's first head transplant. It sounds like they're going to put a new head on his body, but they're not. They're going to take his head and put it on another body and hope that it doesn't reject it. It sounds like there are a million things that could go wrong. But it's actually a billion.
A head transplant was last tried on a monkey in 1970. And it went so well they didn't try it again for four decades.
Could you imagine getting a new body and then looking in the mirror and being like, "Seriously? A butterfly tattoo? That's not so — wait what is this, what is this slogan — Trump 2016! What? No."
The patient is Russian. But the operation has to be done in China because apparently everything is assembled in China.
May 17: The Mexican restaurant Chipotle, which has seen decreasing sales since its recent norovirus outbreak, is trying to win customers back with a contest where one lucky winner will receive free burritos for a year. To me, this seems like one of those contests where the winner is also the loser.
Chipotle bills itself as "fast, casual dining." Fast is good, but if you ask me, they were way too casual. Specifically about employees washing their hands.
You can win the contest by sending certain key words to chipotle via text, but I know another way to get free Chipotle for a year. Go up to a Chipotle employee and whisper the password "Norovirus." Everything free! Whatever you want!
A restaurant at Columbia University that was run out of a student's dorm was shut down this week due to pressure from the health department. The restaurant had a particular schedule. It was open 24 hours a day, unless there was a sock on the door. Then give it about 15 minutes. Well, they're college kids, give them five.
May 11: A baby was born in India to what is believed to be the world's oldest mother. She's 72 years old, and her husband is 79 years old. They said they've wanted a baby for many years but they wanted to all be in diapers at the same time.
Speaking of old people surrounded by screaming young people, Bernie Sanders won the primary last night. For a guy with no chance of winning, he sure does seem to win a lot.
Hillary Clinton could lose all the remaining primaries and she'll still get the nomination, but at this point Bernie has a better chance of being drafted by an NBA team than being the nominee.
Trump is still out there taking aim and most recently, Trump gave Bernie Sanders a nickname. Now we have Crazy Bernie, Lyin' Ted, Little Rubio and Crooked Hillary — it's like the Spice Girls.
Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz are saying they're not ready to support Donald Trump. What do you have to do to get ready to support someone? Is it like getting a wax?
May 11: Donald Trump won last night's Nebraska Republican primary with 61% of the vote. Which is impressive until you remember he's the only one left running.
Donald Trump also dominated last night's West Virginia Republican primary with 76% of the vote. Trump told the press that he did really well with black voters, but it turned out they were just coal miners.
A new poll shows Hillary Clinton just one point ahead of Donald Trump nationally. And now Canada is thinking about building a wall.
Donald Trump said this morning that he will not be changing his tone as he gears up for the general election, and said, quote, "You win the pennant, and now you're in the World Series. You gonna change?" Well, it depends. Did you win the pennant because you're really good, or because your division stinks?
A 70-year-old woman in India recently gave birth to a baby boy. The baby and his mother are doing fine. The doctor, however, is still recovering.
May 12: Donald Trump yesterday began walking back his proposed ban on Muslim immigration and called the plan a suggestion rather than a firm policy idea. In much the same way he doesn't have hair so much as the suggestion of hair.
Donald Trump told the Associated Press yesterday that he had whittled down his list of possible running mates to "five or six people." Five or six people is also how Trump describes his kids.
"60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer will formally retire this week after 46 seasons with the show. Safer made his name as a young reporter covering the landmark case of "Asteroid v. Dinosaurs."
Coincidentally, Morley Safer is what Trump says America will be if we build his wall. “Two words: We're not just going to be safer, we're going to be Morley Safer.”
May 16: Audio has surfaced showing that in the 1980s and '90s Donald Trump may have used a fake name to pose as his own publicist. Or, maybe a little-known publicist named John Miller used a fake name to pose as a New York real estate mogul and run for president.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said yesterday that Donald Trump will “have to answer for” his behavior towards women. Said Trump, “I’ll have my girl write something up.”
Former Republican hopeful John Kasich said today that “somebody” had called him to encourage him to run as a third-party candidate, but declined to say who. Oh my God, John, the calls are coming from inside the house!
Tomorrow is the Kentucky Democratic Primary. And, in an act of desperation, Bernie is now going by "Colonel Sanders."
Australian officials have announced that they are sending their Olympic athletes to the summer games in Rio with condoms that are resistant to Zika virus. Begging the question: What event is that?
May 12: Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, but there are a few people he still has to win over. For instance, everyone in the GOP.
MSNBC had a countdown clock to the meeting this morning where no cameras were allowed and after which we learned nothing. “Jim, can we put up my countdown clock of how much longer we all have to pretend this was news?” That was a long three seconds.
Of course, when it comes to Donald Trump, there are so many other things that are not happening. For instance, he hasn't picked a running mate, but rumors say he's considering Newt Gingrich. Yes, between them, they've had six wives.
Apparently, Trump is trying to win the women's vote by marrying them all. If they get elected both the first and second lady will be the third lady.
It's no secret that I'm fascinated by Gwyneth Paltrow. Not as fascinated as she is, but still pretty fascinated. I especially love her lifestyle website Goop, your number one source for $5,000 juicers.
May 16: Despite the fact that it was freezing here today, climate scientists say that April was the hottest month on record. It was so hot, Donald Trump tried to make out with it.
The New York Times emailed a news alert reading: "Special report: Donald Trump has repeatedly unnerved women in private encounters over 40 years." Unnerving women for 40 years? That implies there were 29 years where he was not unnerving women. I'm going to want a fact check.
The article goes on to detail how Trump bragged about his sexual prowess, as well as his daughter's hotness, and had a preoccupation with women's bodies. Which means Trump could be the first president to appoint an actual "federal bikini inspector."
This "special report" really isn't that special. I look forward to more obvious headlines like: "Pope Is Catholic," "Bear Defecation Discovered in Woods," and "Beauty Pageant Owner Objectifies Women."
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This is one of the latest “People Behaving Badly” episodes from the NBC Bay Area series hosted by Stanley Roberts. It’s about a CHP SUV occupied by two officers that came under attack at an Oakland sideshow a couple of week ago. We’re thinking that an effective way of responding to THESE sideshows is for the cops to bring out a water cannon filled with non-toxic indelible bright pink ink and blast away. (Oh what the hell, make it toxic!) (2:04)
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Ever have one of those days when you should have stayed in bed? We suspect that’s how THIS do-gooder felt. Have a look, but make sure you watch all of the short video. (0:42)
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Closing in on 5 million views is THIS clip about Baby Animals. Have a look and you can see why it’s as popular as it is for a 7-month-old video. (3:47)
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We heard there are golf courses where you can pay a few bucks and have your tee shot tracked by Pro Tracer technology like you see on TV, then have a video of your shot emailed to your home. Think that’s a good idea? Yeah, me too, until I saw THIS recurring clip of the average golfer.
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When dogs fail at being dogs, it is sometimes natural to love them even more than usual. Click HERE and see if you don't agree. (2:21)
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There is one universal weakness that applies to all straight men, and THIS clip will show you what it is. (0:59)
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Question: If you were to put THESE five pups on a plane, fly them to Australia and feed them there, would they rotate in a counter-clockwise direction? (0:52)
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Will you believe what this video purports to be the “5 Dark Secrets” of the TSA. The only way you will be able to answer that question is to watch THIS clip. (5:59)
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Want to know how good the memory is in a wolf puppy? Watch how THESE five grown wolves react when they see the woman who rescued them five years earlier when they were puppies. (1:55)
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We think there might be some human DNA in these felines. Click HERE and see if you agree. (2:32)
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Speaking of grandmas, this comes with a “Don’t try this at home” warning: If any of you ladies (or men for that matter) can keep up with THIS 60-year-old dancer without winding up in the Coronary Care Unit, more power to you. Just make sure your life insurance papers are in a place where they can be easily found. (4:43)
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One of the positive things you can say about the Internet is that it makes it possible for people like you and me to see the most amazing things that we would have missed before Al Gore came to humanity’s rescue and invented the Internet. (snicker-snicker) A good example is THIS video that shows how art is created on the tip of a pencil. (1:02)
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The title of this clip is misleading in that I ‘could’ stop watching it. What I want to know is how could a human mind come up with something like THIS, much less make it work like it does? (3:55)
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We find it somehow comforting to know that our brother and sister LEOs north of the border also have to put up with idiots like this. Click HERE to play the video on this LEO Affairs website. (4:01)
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Ever ridden on a highway where the surface makes your tires hum a song? Check out THIS clip called the “Musical Highway.” (2:59)
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It’s time once again to travel back to 4 days before the great earthquake devastated San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area in April of 1906. Our Time Machine is a San Francisco cable car, and we have reserved the front seat just for you. So step aboard and enjoy the ride as we cruise down Market Street all the way to the Ferry Building. It’s a sad fact of life that some of the people you see in THIS vintage film had only 4 days to live when their images were caught on film. (11:27)
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The colorization of vintage black and white films has often been criticized by purists for a variety of reasons. But there is no denying that adding color to extremely old film footage can bring some realism to the images which may help make some viewers feel like they were there. Such is the case with this colorized footage of Berlin that was shot in 1900, a few years before the San Francisco Earthquake film above. As in the SF film, all of the people you are about to see are long gone. Click HERE to see what Berlin and its people looked like 116 years ago. (4:36)
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We’ve been fascinated by this group called “Playing for Change” for the past couple of years. So much so that we chose it as this week’s closer. What makes the group unique is that it is comprised of musicians from around the world whose musical numbers are synced to make it sound like they are performing on a single stage. If you stop and think about it, of course, they are; a stage called Earth. Have a listen, and if you enjoy the first number (LaBamba), we found a couple of more selections that follow: (3:52)
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