May 30, 2013
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or
ESTIEL LEROY "ROY" GARRINGER
(Roy retired prior to the changeover
from 2-digit to 4-digit badges.)
Born June 15, 1925
Appointed Nov. 16, 1947
Retired Mar. 1, 1974
Died May 24, 2013
In addition to other health
issues, Roy was fighting Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease when he passed away in
his sleep last Friday at about 4:00 a.m. in a San Jose Rehab facility where he
had been residing. (Dementia is a symptom, and Alzheimer's Disease is the cause
of the symptom.) The two were responsible for Roy's passing, according to his
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for a week from this coming Sunday — on June
9th — at the POA Hall, starting at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will include wine,
beer, soft drinks, coffee, hors d'oeuvres and light snacks served by POA caterer
Johnny Nguyen. Chaplain Jim Becknall will be officiating as Chaplain Bridgen and
his wife, Betty Ruth, will be in Hawaii on a long-planned vacation.
Friends who would like to send Laverne and the family a sympathy card should
mail it to 2433 Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95128. No e-mail address is available.
All PBA members are encouraged to read the Open Message that follows Roy's
obituary below, which will be published in the Mercury News starting this coming
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Estiel "Roy" Garringer
June 1925 —
Roy passed peacefully with
his loving family at his bedside on May 24th, 2013. At his side was his wife of
67 years, Laverne, and their children; Kathy Heywood of Tahoe City, Bill
Garringer of Hollister, Val Garringer of Murphys, and Scott Garringer of
Sacramento. He also is survived by 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and
his devoted dog, Buddy.
Roy was a retired SJPD officer and Sergeant for 27 years and a US Navy Veteran
of WW II. After retirement from the SJPD, he and his wife Laverne, along with
his twin brother Ace, opened and operated "Hoosier Cabinet Antiques" in Willow
Glen for 10 years.
He enjoyed his golf and was proud of his 2 holes in one. He also loved his time
at his cabin at Lake Pillsbury (which he built himself), and spending time with
family and friends.
A Celebration of his life will be held Sunday June 9th at 2:00 pm at the SJPOA
Association Hall at 1151 N Fourth St, San Jose, CA 95112. Reception to follow.
Memorial donations may be made to the SJPD Chaplaincy, 471 E Santa Clara St. San
Jose, Ca. 95112.
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An Open Message
The Police Benevolent
Association (PBA) is a social and fraternal organization that was formed to
remember the days of the San Jose Police Department as we recall them, when we
were proud members of the Department. With the PBA 350 members strong, it is
nearly impossible for every member to know each and every other member, yet
there is a camaraderie that binds us all. As with all tight knit organizations
like the PBA, it is important that we show support to the surviving family when
a member passes away. That support can be shown by attending the funeral or
memorial service for the decedent. Members as well as friends and former
coworkers are encouraged to participate along with their spouses.
Robert Moir, Sgt. at Arms, SJPBA
We found nothing to
report this week.
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
POA President Jim Unland is
requesting that all members click on the Protect San Jose link below and join
the over 500 people who have signed the petition demanding that the San Jose
Metro newspaper stop making money off the adult escort business.
Sign the petition, then
distribute to your email contact list and post to your Facebook page!
You can use
the POA's address to sign:
Fourth Street, San Jose CA 95112
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This excerpt from last
Sunday's I.A. column in the Mercury News ties in with the POA Membership Alert
Calls on Metro to Drop Sex Ads
— May 26, 2013
For as long as we can
remember, the alternative weekly Metro newspaper and website have been filled
with ads for escorts, massages, spa treatments, adult bookstores, gentlemen’s
clubs and other services for the lonely guy. We couldn’t offhand recall whether
this bothered Santa Clara County prosecutor Chuck Gillingham before.
But it bothered him enough last week that he led a San Jose news conference with
gay-rights activist Wiggsy Sivertsen calling on Metro Executive Editor Dan
Pulcrano to “stop providing a means for others to sell girls and boys for sex,”
particularly through online outfit Backpage.com.
“It’s an online brothel,” argued Gillingham, who has prosecuted sex crimes and
lectured about human trafficking in communities as far away as Asia. “I spent
years fighting this throughout the world, and here it is in our county.”
Pulcrano refused Gillingham’s demands to drop the ads — hey, a man’s got to eat.
Moreover, he asserted that the presser was merely a transparent attempt to
intimidate and silence his paper for articles criticizing politicians tied to
politically powerful unions. Metro stories exposed former Santa Clara County
Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr.’s criminal expense account and campaign fund
misuse. Since Shirakawa’s resignation, the paper has criticized Cindy Chavez,
now running to replace him.
“They don’t want to see investigative journalism in this county,” Pulcrano said.
“What better way to create a distraction than to stage an artificial news
conference two weeks away from the election.”
Sivertsen is co-founder of BAYMEC, which has endorsed Chavez. And Gillingham is
rumored to be weighing a run next year against his embattled boss, District
Attorney Jeff Rosen, who has been accused of ethical breaches by the union that
represents his prosecutors, which also has contributed to Chavez’s campaign.
Both Gillingham and Sivertsen denied that they were trying to strike back at the
newspaper. Gillingham said San Jose officers, worried about the proliferation of
prostitution in San Jose amid police department cutbacks, drew his attention to
For columnist Scott Herhold’s take on all this, see
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This is the Herhold
column from last Sunday's paper referenced above...
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Deputy DA Jockeys for Shot at
By Scott Herhold, Columnist
News — May 26, 2013
One of the most famous
scenes in the movie “Casablanca” occurs when Claude Rains, playing the police
captain, orders Rick’s night club closed. When Rick demands to know why, Rains
says, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here.” I was
reminded of that scene as I watched snippets of the news conference held
Wednesday by Deputy District Attorney Chuck Gillingham to ask that the weekly
Metro stop running ads for escort services.
Gillingham contended that the ads, which are sponsored by a company called
Backpage and are available by clicking through Metro’s online classifieds,
promote the exploitation of young boys and girls.
prostitution,” he said. “If we’re concerned about child exploitation, maybe we
shouldn’t have these things.” Metro Editor Dan Pulcrano has branded the news
conference as an attempt to divert attention from the weekly’s investigative
stories about county government, which have lambasted ex-labor leader and
supervisorial candidate Cindy Chavez.
“It’s no coincidence that this occurred on the day our issue came out with very
damaging information about how the South Bay Labor Council hijacks nonprofits
for political campaigns,” he told me.
What’s really happening here? First, let’s concede that Gillingham has at least
some purchase on the truth. Metro does make money from smutty ads, though the
percentage of Backpage ads that involve trafficking is probably very small.
But Metro has profited from those ads for years, as have other valley sites. So
it’s legitimate to ask why the issue is arising now. And why is the attack aimed
In many ways, the quest for a moral edge shapes our local politics. In 2006,
Chuck Reed wrapped himself in the shawl of reform to beat Chavez. In 2010, Jeff
Rosen ran for district attorney on a platform of restoring ethical judgment to
Metro has sullied the image of Chavez through a sometimes hard-to-understand
series of stories about her role with the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation.
Gillingham, meanwhile, tried to tarnish Chavez’s foe, Metro, and threaten its
financial fabric. The former Stanford football star, who has prosecuted sex
crimes and is now in the gang unit, told me that political ambition played no
role in his smut crusade. But he knows as well as anyone that appearances matter
More than a citizen
When he sends out a news release from his private email and claims to be acting
just as a concerned citizen, he’s going beyond his role as a prosecutor. He’s
sounding very much like a man who wants to run for district attorney against
In a move that sets himself up as a leader of lawyers inside the office,
Gillingham has also invited prosecutors to attend a fundraiser this week on
behalf of Troy Benson, a deputy district attorney who must cover court costs
despite a largely successful hearing before the state bar. Is Gillingham
“shocked, shocked” that Metro is running smutty ads? No more than Claude Rains
was at gambling. In the quest for a moral edge, however, he revealed last week
that he wants to compete.
Contact Scott Herhold at 408-275-0917 or
Follow him at
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We received an e-mail from Hank Schriefer
last weekend that included a message he had received from Lyle Hunt. It dealt
with the retired Captain's health. Since Lyle isn't a Farsider subscriber, we
replied to Hank and asked that he check and see if it was OK to pass along the
info. Hank wrote back and said that Lyle had given us the green light...
I thought I would take the opportunity to bore you with my recent health
episodes. I suffered a stroke, CVC or seizure on 4 May that resulted in one week
at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, then immediately to San Jose
for therapy. While signing up for therapy, a second episode occurred that landed
me in Good Sam Hospital in SJ for a week. Several tests disclosed a tumor in the
brain area, but only on the surface. It was removed completely without any
damage, no speech loss and no loss of motor control. All in all I am back to
normal, whatever that is. How fortunate! I am out now with nothing more than a
sore skull. I am sending along a stupid poem. My apologies, but I had to do it.
Love you all,
MY STROKE EVENT
Fortunately, Joyce & Steve
On the shower floor
Found me there
I stood no more
To Sierra Nevada
Is where I first went
One week there
A stroke event
To San Jose
A daughter’s home stay
To Mission Oaks
For a therapy plan
An outstanding facility
Part of Good Sam
My son takes me there
For therapy to enroll
While doing this
A second stroke’s toll
No question of doubt
An EMC ambulance
For a hospital route
To ER first
The obvious space
To best determine
That which has taken place
Test after test
Analysis being done
To see what’s in store
SIGN UP ON-LINE
FOR THE JUNE 1st RETIREES' ASSN. ANNUAL BBQ
Bobby Burroughs Folsom BBQ
June 1, 2013
Time 11:00 AM
to 2:00 PM
Tri-tip or Chicken
your selection when signing up)
$5 for spouse
non-members and kids over 10
Free for kids
from I-80 in Roseville, CA
I-80 to Douglas Blvd., east
on Douglas Blvd. Go approximately 5.1 miles to Folsom Auburn Blvd. Turn right
and go 4.1 miles to Oak Ave. in Folsom (there is a McDonalds fast food on the
corner). Turn right on Oak Ave. and go approximately 0.4 miles (the road ends).
Turn right on Baldwin Dam Rd. You will see the Lew Howard Memorial Park Arch. Go
under the Arch and drive to the top of the hill where the picnic grounds are
(approximately 0.3 miles). You have arrived.
Directions from I-50 in Folsom
I-50 to Folsom Rd. Exit.
Take Folsom Rd. 2.4 miles and cross the American River Bridge. At this time the
road name changes to Folsom Auburn Blvd. Continue 0.8 miles to Oak Ave. You will
see a McDonalds fast food restaurant on the left corner. Turn left on Oak Ave.
and go approximately 0.4 miles to Baldwin Dam Rd. Turn right and you will see
the Lew Howard Memorial Park Arch. Drive straight through to the top of the hill
and you have arrived.
SUMMER BARBECUE INFO
Board of Directors of the Keith Kelley Club is gearing up for this year's Summer
Barbecue. It will be held on Wednesday, June 5th, at the Elk's Lodge at 444 W.
Alma and starts at 1500 hours.
All retired Keith Kelley Club members attend free of charge. This is a stag
affair; guests are not allowed. There will be sausage with garlic bread served
at the start of the festivities. Dinner will feature Filet Mignon, Chicken and
Ribs, Salad, Beans, Bread and plenty to drink. A Taco Bar will open at 8:00
p.m. serving Carne Asada, Chili Verde, Tortillas and Salsa.
This will be a great time to enjoy good company and food while you unwind and
have fun! We will have Keith Kelley Club T-shirts for sale for $15 each.
If you have a question about the barbecue or your membership, please contact me.
Office Manager, Keith Kelley Club
added a new posting to his/her blog yesterday entitled "How Low will the City
Go?" To review it, click on the link below...
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
Last week I discussed the
rip-off of donuts from the Gingham Girl donut shop. I call it a rip-off because
the Desk Sergeant didn't receive his end-of-the-day donut contribution from
Gingham's to go with his coffee, thus he felt "ripped off."
Also during SJPD's golden years the Dept. opened and operated a substation on
Story Rd. near Knox. This facility was nothing more than a well-worn
three-bedroom residence with a family room, kitchen, two-car garage that had
been converted to a meeting room. The bedrooms had been turned into offices for
assigned personnel. Amenities included a fireplace in the living room and a
backyard with a patio and barbecue area. (Hang on; this is not a sales pitch.)
The facility was sold to the community as a place of refuge as well as a venue
to transact certain types of police business. It also served as the Crime
Prevention and Community Relations units until the end of the day shift, when it
was commandeered by the surrounding beat units. Herein lies the connection to
the Gingham Girl Donuts, albeit a loose connection.
Located about a half-block east of the substation — at Story and Jackson — was a
successful Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise. At the end of their business day it
became part of the store's closing routine to pack up the unsold chicken in the
famous red-and-white buckets and bring them to the substation for the officers
to enjoy. What wasn't consumed was stashed in the fridge for the day shift crew.
On some occasions so much chicken accumulated that buckets were transported to
Communications for the dispatchers to enjoy. And we're not just talking about
chicken. On training nights at the Colonel's chicken house, small individual
chocolate and vanilla pies prepared by the new hires also found their way to the
Substation. Combined with the donated chicken, the pies made nearly complete
meals for the single cops and those on an especially tight budget because of
their newly acquired single status.
These details of the early days of the Story Rd. Substation have thus
contributed another branch to the folklore of the San Jose Police Department.
They also reinforce the old adage that an army does in fact travel on its
stomach, and that donuts are not a cop's only bad habit.
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF MAY 25, 2013
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
Can anger over a bad golf shot result in death?
(See "Worth a Second Look" below...)
• A wealthy woman bequeathed her entire estate to a man she had met only
• An 18-year-old high school student was arrested on
terrorism charges over material he posted on Facebook.
• Have Hyland's Teething Tablets been recalled for
causing seizures in children?
• Has accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan
continued to draw his Army salary while awaiting trial?
• Does Delta Air Lines prohibit Jewish passengers and
Bibles on all their flights due to an alliance with Saudi Arabian Airlines?
• Photograph purportedly shows a house painted in
protest by its owner after being barred from displaying a U.S. flag in his yard.
• Does a Texas business provide big game hunters with
an opportunity to participate in "horse hunt adventures"?
• Did an Animal Planet documentary reveal the existence of mermaids?
• Do 'No tears' baby shampoos work because they include
anesthetics such as Novocaine?
• Did Dr. Leon Eisenberg say in his last interview that ADHD is a prime
example of a fictitious disease?
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a
collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Was a golfer angered by a bad shot killed by the club he threw in
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Large or Full YouTube Screen? You make the call.
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With apologies to you
Rachel Maddow fans, we received some requests over the past few weeks from a
couple of male readers who had trouble finding "The Girls on Fox News" song in
the Archives to include it once again. (It was in the Feb. 28, 2013 Farsider.)
They didn't have to ask us twice. (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
Former First Lady Barbara
Bush talks about her husband's problem with socks. To give that sentence meaning
you need to watch this clip. (3 Mins.)
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Spoken words are not needed
for this lesson about the universe. Just pay attention, then ask yourself what
the odds are of intelligent life existing somewhere else in the cosmos?
• • • • •
So how do we know the
English Bulldog in this clip we received from Stan Miller is watching Family Guy
and not C-SPAN? Beyond the fact that the title of the clip says she is, Family
Guy happens to be "Bullet's" favorite show. Had the TV been tuned to C-SPAN she
would no doubt be snoring and slobbering all over the couch.
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Sharon Lansdowne thinks the
bear in this video is real. We, on the other hand, are pretty sure it's Chris
Christie in a bear suit. What say you? (3 Mins.)
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would have us believe that the housing market is coming back and that there has
been an appreciable rise in the value of existing homes. To check this out I
went to Zillow.com, just like I did at the beginning of the year. Compared to
what Zillow said my Fremont home was worth in January, its estimated market
value has increased by $35,000. If you want to see what Zillow says about your
home (or your friend's digs if you are the snoopy type), click on the link below
and enter an address...
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Last week we included a
superb performance by dancers of the Great Chinese Circus to Tchaikovsky's "Swan
Lake." This week we have a talented couple performing Tchaikovsky's "Sugar Plum
Fairy" on what they call their Glass Harp. Have a listen.
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Dirk Parsons acknowledges
that while he doesn't SCUBA dive, this short video still freaks him out. It's
titled "Man vs. Propeller." (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
Here's a tip for you
Republicans: E-mail this clown who suggests that the Govt. may have used a
secret "weather weapon" to create the Oklahoma tornadoes and demand that he
disassociate himself with the Republican party. His name is Alex Jones, and he
makes Rush Limbaugh sound like Chris Matthews. (5 Mins.)
• • • • •
Leroy says this new bill is
the perfect answer to the Social Security, Medicare and National Debt. problems
— that it's something many Americans can sink their teeth into, especially those
who wear dentures. (2 Mins.)
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Knowing first-hand how
important naps are to most of you, we thought this lullaby clip from Bruce
Morton might make for a suitable ending for this week's Farsider. If you enjoy
it and are still awake when it's over, you should find links to several other
"Modern Mom" animal videos on the right side of the page.
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Pic of the Week
This is the new Internet craze known as "Cat Bearding?"