The Farsider

June 11, 2015

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

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WILLIAM “JOE” BROCKMAN



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Born Sept. 7, 1949
Appointed February 1971
Retired March 2000
Died June 8, 2015

Joe, a resident of Livermore for the past 37 years, had been in and out of Kaiser-Walnut Creek for about three months with serious medical issues and passed away this past Monday afternoon.

Joe leaves behind his wife, Cathy; two sons, Brent, his wife, Maria and their three children; and Jarod and his wife, Harmony.

After Joe completed his 29-year career at the SJPD from 1971 through the year 2000, he worked for the next six years at the Santa Clara Co. District Attorney’s Office from 2000 through 2006.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the POA Hall at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26th. We’ll include a reminder in next week’s Farsider and on Facebook.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to either of the following veteran organizations:

Wounded Warrior Project. Click HERE

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Click HERE

Below are comments from friends and former coworkers of Joe’s that have been posted on Facebook since the initial notification of Joe’s passing on Monday…

Posted at 7:09 p.m. on Monday, June 8:

Bill Mattos Re: Joe Brockman. I received word from Larry Lundberg a short time ago that Joe Brockman passed away this (Mon.) afternoon at Kaiser-Walnut Creek. Lumpy said the source was Joe's son, Jarod. No further info is available at this time.

Comments:

Patricia Campbell Alvarez: Another good man gone. RIP Joe. We had many a good laugh working together at SJPD and at the DA's Office.

Karen Hildebrandt: Wow, I liked working with him. I liked that he called everyone, kiddo. Rest in peace.

Tom Brewer: So sad. I was called this morning from Dave Hendrix who told me that Joe was very sick and going home today. I was shocked as I was unaware that Joe was sick. I wanted to drive up this week and see him as Dave said it was terminal. Joe was a great friend and partner. Always with a joke and a smile. Another one of San Jose's Finest who has left us to soon! RIP my friend.

John Pointer: Damn...RIP Boss. You were one of the great leaders.

Karol Burke: This is another sad and painful loss. He was a great supervisor and always had a good joke to go with his non-stop smile. So many great memories.

Frank Guitarmans: Yes he was. Amen

Craig C. Clifton: RIP. Always a great guy.

Daniel Vasquez: God bless him. RIP Joe.

Michael Nagel: Great Guy. RIP Joe.

Toni Mayo: RIP. Very sad, he was a good guy.

Philip Biebel: He truly cared about the guys in blue. RIP Joe

Julie Marin: I worked for, with and around Joe a number of times in my career. He was a really good cop, he understood the job and how to get it done on all levels. He taught me a lot and gave us wide discretion to get the job done. He had a wicked sense of humor and always had a smile and a kind word. The world is a little less bright today. He will be missed.

Louis Quezada: Oh man, he was one of the best. I saw him in a store in Livermore about two months ago. I'm glad that I told him just that. He was a great leader and a heck of a nice guy. He will be missed.

Noe Longoria: Saddened by this news. Bill, please keep us posted if there will be a service for Joe.

Margie Thompson: RIP Joe

Sharon Caudill:

William R. Smoke: RIP

Richard Calderon: RIP

Susan Rios Annino: Oh wow! I loved that guy. Always had a smile and a hug for me! So sad, prayers of peace for his family.

Andy Trevino: RIP

Eric Grimes: This makes me sad. One of the really good leaders. RIP Joe.

Brian Hyland: One of the best, hardest working cops to ever come out of SJPD! RIP my friend.

Michael W. Ross: Very sad news indeed. His smile and laughter will always be remembered by me. A great cop and equally great leader. He had my utmost appreciation and respect, he'll be missed by many of us. RIP bossman, it was my honor working with you and for you my friend. As stated earlier, the world has lost a little sunshine and brightness with the loss of a great man. He was all about family!

Astrid Kozlowski: Another wonderful man taken too soon. RIP Joe.

Patrick Killen: RIP Joe

Tony Weir: One great guy! RIP Joe!

Frank Guitarmans: I think he would have been a great Chief.. Mild mannered, but strong and respected. Always positive and helpful.

Mike Niehoff: RIP Joe. You took care of me more than once at the PD and I won't forget you.

Manny Vasquez: He was a very good man. A class act.

Bob Balesano: Knew the man since 5th grade. Very sad news indeed.

Rudy Hernandez: R.I.P Joe. You will be missed.

Desiree Salguero: Very sad. Rest in peace Joe.

Fred Lagergren: RIP Joe, you will be missed.

Cheryl Babineau: RIP Joe. You were a great boss to work for. I know you will be greatly missed. Our prayer to your family at their time of loss.

John Spicer: Great guy and leader. Took care of his troops. And I know that's what he'd want said about him.

Dean Ackemann: The passing of another fine American, RIP Joe.

Patrick Boyd: Another good man. RIP Joe.

Terri Gibson: Wonderful man, RIP Joe

Paul Gardner: RIP Joe.

Bea Franco: RIP

Sal Mostoni: RIP Joe

David Madsen: RIP Joe. Thanks for all the good advice

Rebecca Lorente: A great man to work for and with. RIP Joe.

Ron Belleci: Joe, running into you at PAB was always a uplifting moment. RIP my brother.

Gabby Dekock: RIP Joe.

Ray Pena: RIP Joe! Decent person! God Bless!

Camille Giuliodibari: RIP

Lynne Caro: RIP Joe. So sad

Dale Harris: RIP Joe...

John Kensit: RIP Joe...You will be missed.

Germaine Antonowicz: Joey was always so up and friendly, great guy.

Anna Vanegas: This is so sad...RIP Joe.

Patricia Campbell Alvarez: Another good man gone. RIP Joe. We had many a good laugh working together at SJPD and at the DA's Office.

Michael Alford: Another Good guy gone, R.I.P. My friend.

Carlos Miranda: RIP Joe, you were one that made our SJPD a fun place to be.

David Dulong: RIP Joe

Karen Ford Martinez: So sad. Loved working for him. Always an upbeat guy


 

POA UPDATES



June 5th 

NBC Bay Area: Chuck Reed announces statewide ballot measure. POA
warns voters: Don’t let Chuck Reed do to California what he did to San Jose.



Click HERE to watch the video. 

Mercury News: Ex-San Jose Mayor introduces statewide pension slashing measure.

Ed. — This article appears in the Trials & Tribulations column below. 

 



June 6th

KPIX 5 News: POA: Staggering numbers of police officers still leaving San Jose.



Click HERE to watch the video.

 

June 8th

San Jose Fire Local 230 Sign Tentative Contract Deal

Today, the San Jose Fire Fighters Local 230 Executive Board and the City of San Jose have signed a tentative 3-year agreement that provides 14% in ongoing raises including a retroactive 5% raise to June 22, 2015, plus an additional lump sum amount of 3%.

Fire is the only bargaining group in the city to still have none of the 10% wage cut resorted to date. Fire has been out of contract for almost a year.This contract also protects minimum staffing through June 2018.

Wages:

• Total 14% ongoing raise

• An additional 3% in one-time, non-pensionable payments

• Raise Timing:

— 5% raise retroactive to June 22, 2014 (back pay to June 22, 2014)

— 3% raise on June 21, 2015 plus a 2% one-time non-pensionable lump sum payment

— 3% raise on June 19, 2016 plus a 1% one-time non-pensionable lump sum payment

— 3% raise on July 1, 2017

Premium and Incentive Pay and Reimbursements

• Increase Bilingual Pay to 2.5% of Top Step Firefighter base pay ($1,649/year), up from $29 per paycheck ($754/year)

• Allows Education Incentive Pay for AA/AS/BA/BS in any degree area (as per the new promotional MQs) instead of a limited list of degrees

• Increases education reimbursement from to $1,000/year with $600 for non-college, job related courses

Sick Leave Payout

• No sick leave payout upon retirement for people hired after September 13, 2014

• Sick leave payout for all others capped at:

— Total hours in your bank as of June 20, 2015

— Your salary as of June 21, 2014

— Hours earned after June 20, 2015 are used first, but if you go below your June 2015 balance, your payout eligible balance is lowered.

The Fire membership will vote on their contract and if they ratify it the city council will vote on final approval June 23rd. We continue to be in joint settlement talks with Fire over ongoing Measure B litigation.

While our contract does not expire until December of this year, we know that unless drastic measures are taken, our department may not recover. We have informed the city that we need to have our outstanding issues agreed to by the end of June before the council goes on summer break. That would include opening our contract to bargain for a multi-year wage increase designed to stop the exodus of police officers and make San Jose competitive again.

Our team has spent hundreds of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars dedicated to turning around the mess San Jose is in. We are hopeful that we can bring you a resolution in the near future but we will not sugar coat our messaging if it looks like that is not possible. We are very aware that many of you are in the hiring process with other agencies that offer far greater pay and benefits. We will keep you updated with developments as they happen.
 

June 8th

NBC Bay Area: Climb in auto fatalities blamed on SJPD staff levels



Click HERE to watch the video.

NBC Bay Area: Firefighters’ union reaches contract deal



Click HERE to watch the video

 



June 10th

On June 1st, we sent a letter to City Manager Duenas expressing our concerns with the Mayor Liccardo's June budget message. In the budget message, $6.4 million dollars were reserved for hiring and recruitment of new police officers. Absent in the message was any allocation for retention of our current officers. Our letter detailed the dire staffing situation we have to experience every day when we put on our uniforms to protect and serve the residents of San Jose.

Click HERE to read past member message, original budget message and POA letter.
 
Yesterday, Mayor Liccardo released a supplemental budget memo re-designating the $6.4 reserve to be utilized to include "retention, hiring, and recruitment".  In addition, the Mayor recommended allocating an additional $5M be added to this reserve, for a total of $11.4M.

Click HERE to read Mayor's Budget supplemental memo
 
Mayor Liccardo's recommendation to re-designate the $6.4M and commit an additional $5M toward retaining and recruiting police officers was a welcome sign. The City Council voted earlier this evening 11-0 to adopt Mayor Liccardo's recommendations.

While making the San Jose Police Department competitive will take ongoing wage increases, this is a positive sign.
 



June 10th 

KPIX 5 News: Council adds additional money to budget as
 “last ditch effort” to help save dwindling police department.

Click HERE to view the video


 

PENSION NEWS

This is how the statewide ballot initiative story was covered by the Merc. Keep in mind that the paper fully supported Reed, Liccardo and Measure B…

Initiative Would Give Voters a Say on Pensions

By Ramona Giwargis <rgiwargis@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — June 5, 2015

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed joined a handful of other city officials Thursday in announcing a statewide initiative that would require voters to approve traditional pensions for new government hires or increases in retirement plans for current workers.

If the proposed “Voter Empowerment Act” qualifies for the ballot and voters approve it in November 2016, cities across California would need voter approval to continue offering pensions beyond 2019. Otherwise, they would have to offer new employees 401(k)-style plans like those available from private employers.

The initiative also would require voter approval for government employers to pay more than half of the total cost of retirement benefits. And it would prohibit government officials from challenging any voter-approved state or local ballot measures regarding compensation and retirement benefits.

The proposal requires 560,000 voter signatures to qualify for the ballot. Reed estimated signature-gathering will cost $2.5 million to $3.5 million. Reed crafted the proposal with former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio. Both led 2012 campaigns for local measures to trim city retirement plans whose soaring costs were devouring funds for city programs and services. Voters overwhelmingly approved San Jose’s Measure B and San Diego’s Proposition B that year. But government employee unions have leveled legal challenges to overturn them. DeMaio said “skyrocketing pension costs” across the state have trumped essential services such as public safety, libraries and road repairs, and he said the proposed initiative “empowers the state voters to do what the politicians have failed to do.” In a telephone conference call Thursday, Reed and DeMaio touted their measure as a way to give local jurisdictions the power and tools to make adjustments to future pension plans without roadblocks. They said that despite the state’s improving economy, public employee pension debt in California continues to grow, from $6.3 billion in 2003 to $198 billion in 2013.

Government labor groups blasted the proposal as an attack on popular public workers.

“This is yet another destined-to-fail attempt to eliminate the retirement security of teachers, firefighters, school bus drivers and other public employees they have earned and agreed to in good faith at the bargaining table,” Dave Low, chairman of Californians for Retirement Security, said in a prepared statement.

Joining Reed and DeMaio in support were Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe, former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris and former Vallejo Vice Mayor Stephanie Gomes.

Thursday’s announcement marked Reed’s second attempt at a statewide initiative on pensions. Last year, Reed and his supporters proposed an initiative that would have allowed local governments to lower pension formulas for their workers’ remaining years on the job. They withdrew it after Attorney General Kamala Harris, whose office approves the language that signature-gatherers present to voters, described it in a way Reed felt would unfairly undermine support. A judge ruled the description was fair.

San Jose’s Measure B, which nearly 70 percent of voters approved in 2012, reduced pensions for new city hires and eliminated bonus checks to retirees from the city’s underfunded pension plans, measures Reed said have saved the city some $30 million this year. Additional provisions that would make city workers pay more for their pensions have been blocked by union court challenges. The legal battles continue in appellate courts.

Mayor Sam Liccardo, a Measure B supporter, has sought to negotiate a settlement with city unions, which argue the pension measure has driven away police officers and other city workers.

“We don’t want to let Chuck Reed do to California what he did to San Jose,” said Tom Saggau, a spokesman for the San Jose Police Officers’ Association.

But Reed fired back by saying private polling indicates the proposed initiative has more than two-thirds support from likely 2016 voters.

“They will fight to keep it off the ballot because they know if it gets on the ballot, it will have strong voter support,” Reed said.

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This opinion piece clarifies what Chuck Reed’s pension reform initiate will and won’t do. If accurate, current San Jose retirees should be able to breathe a measured sigh of relief. Employees hired after 2018, not so much.

Reed Plan Takes Smarter Path

By Daniel Borenstein <dborenstein@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — June 7, 2015

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s latest statewide pension reform initiative is smart policy and smart politics.

It poses one simple question: Should voters have a say before state and local officials grant retirement benefits to new public employees?

The answer is clearly yes. Now facing hundreds of billions of dollars of debt statewide for generous government-worker pension programs, Californians deserve a chance to sign off on future commitments, to determine whether the costs are reasonable.

We require voter approval before strapping taxpayers with other forms of long-term debt. The new Reed initiative would require the same for pension liabilities. That’s only fair.

Reed failed to get his 2014 statewide effort off the ground after Attorney General Kamala Harris effectively killed it with an unfavorable ballot summary. Backers never collected signatures to place it on the ballot. Had they succeeded, the measure would have faced a difficult legal challenge.

On Thursday, Reed, a Democrat, and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican, announced a new initiative for the November 2016 ballot. This one is scaled back, simpler and less legally vulnerable.

Like the last one, this initiative doesn’t aim to do away with pensions. That’s good because traditional pensions, unlike 401(k)-style savings plans, provide predictable income for retirees, no matter how long they live. It’s the sort of financial security everyone should have.

But the benefit levels must be affordable for employers. And the pension systems must be responsibly managed with realistic investment assumptions and transparent accounting.

California’s public-employee pension systems have miserably failed those tests. So have many retiree health care programs, which would also be covered by the new initiative.

Blame shortsighted and financially ignorant elected officials more concerned with pleasing labor unions that fund their political campaigns than looking out for the long-term fiscal health of government and burden on taxpayers.

These include officials who have approved benefit increases for workers and often those who control the pension systems that are supposed to responsibly manage the funds. Since 1999, they have granted bigger pensions but have not set aside enough money to cover them. As a result, the pension systems are badly underfunded. This shortfall is debt that must be paid off. The payments on that debt are rising, swallowing up tax money that should be used for public services.

It’s so bad that in a few Bay Area districts, retirement benefit payments have surpassed the price of salaries. In many communities, it’s largely responsible for reduced library hours, crumbling roads and police staffing shortages.

It’s going to get worse. CalPERS forecasts that state and local governments face pension rate increases of roughly 35 percent to 50 percent over the next six years.

Unions attacked Reed’s last effort as an attempt to take away benefits that workers had already earned. That was false. The last measure would have simply ratcheted back the rate of benefit accruals for future labor. But even that could have been vulnerable to legal challenge under California’s decades-old, misguided string of Supreme Court rulings.

This time, Reed avoids that legal fight. His proposed requirement for voter approval would apply only to benefits for employees hired after 2018 and increased benefits for existing workers.

The other key provision would require that government employers pay no more than half the cost of retirement benefits for new workers unless voters approve a larger share.

Currently, government employers and new employees evenly split the estimated contribution needed each year to fund future retirement benefits. But if assumptions about investment earnings on that money fall short, employers are solely responsible to make up the difference. In other words, all the risk falls on taxpayers.

As a result, unions and the elected officials beholden to them seek unrealistically optimistic investment assumptions, thereby lowering current employee costs and creating more long-term debt.

The new initiative would change that by making employees responsible for half the shortfall as well. This would incentivize them to seek more realistic forecasting models to begin with.

The initiative will not fully address the state’s mounting retirement costs. But it’s a solid improvement, working within parameters likely to survive legal challenge while giving voters a voice they deserve.

Daniel Borenstein is a Contra Costa Times columnist and editorial writer. Contact him at 925-943-8248 or <dborenstein@bayareanewsgroup.com>.
 

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If you haven’t fallen asleep yet and want another view of Reed and DeMaio’s plan to get their initiative on next year’s June ballot, this is how Bloomberg sees it…

Former California City Officials Move to Put Pensions on Ballot

by James Nash
BloombergBusiness — June 4, 2015

New state and local government employees in California would no longer earn guaranteed public pensions unless voters decide otherwise, under a 2016 ballot measure proposed by two former city officials.

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who championed efforts to reduce benefits in their cities, said Thursday the measure would allow local voters to decide how to balance employee pensions against the cost of municipal services.

Growing public employee retirement costs have hobbled California cities since the recession, contributing to municipal bankruptcies in Vallejo, San Bernardino and Stockton. Elected officials in cities and counties began boosting pensions for police and firefighters after lawmakers in 1999 raised benefits for state troopers. At the time, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System had 138 percent of the assets needed to cover projected liabilities. It now has about 77 percent.

“We’re filing this because pension costs and retirement costs generally are going up dramatically in California,” Reed said on a conference call with reporters. “This initiative is to empower local governments to do what is necessary in their communities. We’re not telling them how to solve the problem.”

They would need to overcome opposition from public-employee unions and gather 585,407 valid signatures by Nov. 25 to place their “Voter Empowerment Act” on the November 2016 ballot.

The measure wouldn’t affect pensions for current state and local government workers, except for prohibiting enhancements to their benefits without voter approval, Reed and DeMaio said.
Retirement Security

Employees hired after Jan. 1, 2019, would be placed in 401(k)-style defined-contribution plans, with the government paying no more than 50 percent of retirement costs, unless voters decide differently.

“This is yet another destined-to-fail attempt to eliminate the retirement security of teachers, firefighters, school bus drivers and other public employees that they have earned and agreed to in good faith at the bargaining table,” Dave Low, chairman of union-backed Californians for Retirement Security, said in an e-mailed statement.

Across the nation, state and local governments are grappling with pension deficits that exceed a combined $2 trillion, according to a Moody’s Investors Service report last year.

DeMaio said the measure would save “billions” over the next 30 years, although he wasn’t more specific.

In 2012, voters in San Diego and San Jose, the second- and third-largest cities in California, approved measures to curb employee pension costs.

San Diego’s measure put new employees except police into a 401(k)-style retirement plan, rather than one with guaranteed payments, while San Jose’s allowed current employees to choose whether to pay more to keep their existing retirement plan, or switch to one with reduced benefits and a higher retirement age. Reed, a Democrat, backed the San Jose plan while DeMaio, a Republican, endorsed San Diego’s.

Reed’s city measure was stymied by unions, which sued to block the changes.

Last year, Phoenix voters rejected a ballot measure that would have made Arizona’s capital the largest U.S. city to do away with guaranteed pensions for new public workers. Almost 57 percent of voters turned down a proposal to replace pensions with 401(k)-style defined contribution plans for city workers other than police and firefighters.

 

THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Given the facts of the case, the D.A.’s Office got this one right, even though the victim’s family disagrees, which is understandable. Officer Okuma, who is arguably a second victim, will hopefully be able to put this incident behind her and carry on with her life and her job as a San Jose cop.

Officer Cleared in Shooting

—Bipolar woman had called 911, threatened to harm her family—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — June 5, 2015

SAN JOSE — A San Jose police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a bipolar 19-year-old woman during an August encounter in which she walked outside with a cordless power drill painted black, which officers thought might be a machine gun.

Prosecutors announced Thursday that Officer Wakana Okuma, a 13year veteran, acted lawfully when she fired a single shot from her AR-15 rifle at Diana Showman the morning of Aug. 14 in front of her father’s South San Jose home, on Blossom Hill Road near Playa del Rey.

“Officer Okuma believed the drill was a firearm and thought she was going to be killed by Showman,” the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office states in its officer-involved shooting report.


Showman
claimed to
have an Uzi,
was shot
holding a drill.

Showman’s parents have repeatedly challenged that contention, saying their daughter might not have taken her medication for bipolar disorder that morning and was not a threat. Police have said that the emergency call in which she claimed to be armed and made threats against her family forced their response.

The family filed a claim against the city of San Jose in February to preserve their right to file a lawsuit and seek damages, and are pushing for changes in police training and use of force. Her family believed that after two decades with an affliction that demanded constant attention and an array of medications, independence had become a real possibility for the Leigh High School graduate, an avid softball player and mentor for special-needs children.

Diana Showman, flanked by her mother, Victoria Showman,
and her father, Jim Showman, was fatally shot while holding
a drill investigators believe she spray-painted black.

“The DA’s report doesn’t change anything for us,” said Victoria Showman, Diana’s mother. “We’re committed for Diana’s death to have meaning. This isn’t going to stop us.”

Okuma, one of the first officers to respond to the scene, was certified in Crisis Intervention Team training and specialized in handling calls involving the mentally ill. But the report states that “because of how quickly the events unfolded, Officer Okuma did not think that her Crisis Intervention Training came into play.”

Steven Clark, an attorney representing the Showman family, challenged that stance. He noted the report’s finding that Diana Showman was on the phone with a police dispatcher for at least 20 minutes before she emerged from the home.

“We take strong umbrage with the contention there was not enough time to defuse,” Clark said. “This is (the) exact situation where that training can be used.”

If anything, the shooting makes the case for increased and ongoing training, said Jim Showman, Diana’s father.

“There’s got to be a different outcome,” he said. “There is no way Diana’s actions justified her life being taken.”

On the morning of the shooting, Diana Showman called 911 and reportedly told emergency dispatchers she had an Uzi and was going to shoot her mother and brother, who she said were locked in a bedroom. Police later learned no one else was home at the time.

According to police and witnesses, Showman exited her home just before 11 a.m. with an item in each hand. She soon dropped one of the items, later identified as the cellphone she used to call 911. But she kept the second item, later revealed to be a cordless drill painted black, in her right hand and walked slowly toward the officers, defying their orders to drop it, instead alternating between raising and lowering it. As she got near Okuma — estimates range from 10 feet to as far as 30 feet — the officer fired.

A District Attorney’s Office Report stated the officer
was reasonable in believing the drill was a gun

“Given the appearance of the painted drill and the dispatcher’s report that the suspect claimed to be armed with an Uzi, Officer Okuma believed and was reasonable in believing that the drill was some type of firearm,” the report stated.

The report states that the drill, which did not have a bit inside, was originally yellow, and investigators suspect Showman spray-painted it black the morning of the shooting. Police found a can of spray paint matching the color of the drill inside the garage.

Victoria Showman wants to see independent panels review officer-involved shootings, and she said she hopes that the national conversation over use of force continues. Clark added that as officers are increasingly relied on to respond to mental health crises — owing in part to a dearth of public resources available — police must revamp their approach.

“Too many officer-involved shootings involve people with mental health challenges. The Showmans want to give a voice to those people. They’re speaking for others,” Clark said. “They want to see those numbers change.” her mother, Victoria Showman, and her father, Jim Showman, was fatally shot while holding a drill investigators believe she spray-painted black.
 

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Taxpayers took it in the shorts to the tune of $106K over a court’s decision to cover Mayor Reed’s legal expense tab. But hey, it saved the former mayor a 100 pennies. This item is from the I.A. column in last Sunday’s paper…

 

Ex-mayor Gets Big Payout in Fight Against $1 Fine

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed got a hefty payout from the state of California to cover his legal defense on charges that he illegally shuffled $100,000 from his pension reform political committee to support the re-election of City Council ally Rose Herrera, now the city’s vice mayor.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission had concluded in 2013 that Reed’s money-moving violated a provision of state election law but fined him only $1 on grounds that he had sought commission guidance in trying to follow the law.

But Reed fought back, arguing the provision he was accused of violating was unconstitutional. A court agreed, and now the state must pay his attorney’s fees, which come to $106,173.50.

The state Assembly last week approved the payout among some $24 million in legal settlements.

FPPC spokesman Jay Wierenga defended his agency’s costly pursuit of Reed’s dollar. “We did what we were supposed to do,” he said. “We can’t make a determination if a law is unconstitutional. We just have to apply it.”
 

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The other half of the San Jose Police & Fire Pension Plan has tentatively settled on a contract, as pointed out in the POA Membership Alert above. Will the firefighters ratify the agreement? The odds say they will…

S.J. Firefighters’ Pact Includes Pay Raises

—Deal increases wages by more than 14%—

By Ramona Giwargis <rgiwargis@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — June 9, 2015

SAN JOSE — A fractious relationship between firefighters and San Jose city leaders reached a new common ground Monday with the announcement of a three-year labor agreement that includes pay raises for the first time since 2008.

The tentative agreement with the IAFF San Jose Firefighters Local 230 will give firefighters more than 14percent in raises, including a retroactive 5 percent raise dating back to June 2014 and an additional 3percent increase in the first year. Fire personnel also will receive a 2 percent non-pensionable lump sum payment, which is a one-time payout that can’t be counted toward pensions.

The second year will include a 3 percent raise and 1 percent non-pensionable payment, and the third year will give firefighters another 3percent raise. The city’s 645 firefighters, like other city employees, took a 10 percent pay cut to balance the budget in 2011.

The agreement Monday is the first between San Jose and its employee unions this year. The 11 groups have been in labor negotiations since January.

Sean Kaldor, the fire union’s executive vice president, said the agreement also protects minimum staffing levels by ensuring that no fewer than four firefighters are assigned to each engine. With only 34 fire stations to cover a city of more than 1million residents, Kaldor said it’s critical to retain the four-person staffing model. The deal also includes an organizational review of the department and more flexibility with firefighters’ schedules.

In addition to salary reductions in 2011, the firefighters saw pension contributions spike from 11 to 22percent. Union officials say about 200 firefighters have left the department or retired since 2010. But leaders from both sides agreed Monday that the fire union deal represents a new level of cooperation between City Hall and its employees.

“It’s no secret that for many years the relationship between the city and the firefighters union was a pretty tense one,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said. “What we saw this year from the fire union leadership was a real strong sentiment toward working constructively to find a way to be able to restore pay our firefighters deserve.”

The fire agreement could also set a precedent for negotiations in progress with other employee groups, including the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. The police officers, who also took a 10 percent cut in 2011, received a 4 percent raise in 2013, a 3.3 percent raise in 2014 and will get an additional 3.3 percent raise next month.

Liccardo said he expects to announce agreements with the other bargaining units in the “next few weeks.” Separate from the wage agreements, the city continues discussions with organized labor about Measure B, which reduced pensions for new city hires and eliminated bonus checks to retirees from the city’s underfunded pension plans. Employees oppose the proposed changes to their retirement benefits.

Liccardo said Measure B agreements are “weeks or months” away because of legal challenges, but fire union officials say they want to capitalize on the spirit of cooperation and reach a settlement by the end of June.

“We’ve been able to cross the bridge and work at a higher level of collaboration with the city,” said Jose Guerrero, the union’s vice president.

The tentative agreement must be ratified by the fire union before it’s approved by the City Council, which is expected June 23.

Liccardo said the raises won’t bloat the city’s budget because the retroactive 5 percent has been built into the budget for several years.

“We put that money aside for the years the fire union lacked a contract, assuming they’d catch up with the other employees that were receiving raises,” the mayor said. “The rest of the raises were already cooked into our budget projections.”
 

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Here’s a morsel of good news for the existing cops from yesterday’s paper. So will it help stave off the exodus? Only time will tell…

S.J. Budget Focuses on Hiring, Keeping Cops

By Ramona Giwargis <rgiwargis@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — June 10, 2015

SAN JOSE — After setting aside more than $6 million in the city budget to recruit and hire more cops, Mayor Sam Liccardo turned his attention Tuesday to retaining the current officers, who union leaders say are leaving the department in droves. San Jose’s total budget is $2.9 billion, with the general fund operating budget making up $1 billion. The budget covers the upcoming fiscal year, starting July 1. Liccardo recommended using $5 million in “savings” from department’s vacancies to fund one-time bonuses for existing police officers. Some council members shared concerns about not having a say in how the $5 million is spent.

Still, the City Council unanimously approved the mayor’s June budget recommendations along with adopting the 2015-16 budget, which allocated $6.4 million to recruit new police hires. When deciding whether it’s more critical to hire new officers or retain existing ones, Liccardo said recruitment was the higher priority. But with the additional $5 million, the mayor will reward officers that didn’t leave San Jose during years of pay cuts and increasing pension contributions.

The city has 140 vacancies in the police department, and police academy classes are shrinking — going from about 60 recruits to 19 students in the last class.

“Retaining officers must be a priority for San Jose to rebuild its police department,” said police union spokesman Tom Saggau.

Vice Mayor Rose Herrera commended Liccardo for focusing resources on current officers.

“We can’t just focus on recruiting new officers if our veteran officers are leaving,” Herrera said.

But some council members, such as Raul Peralez, questioned why they didn’t have input over how the money — which appeared at the last minute — should be spent. Councilman Donald Rocha suggested using $150,000 of the $5 million for an additional employee in the Housing Department to deal with San Jose’s affordable housing crisis.

Councilwoman Margie Matthews called it “inappropriate” to request last-minute staffing additions.

The budget adopted Tuesday included $16 million for street repairs, $5.6 million for the mayor’s gang prevention task force and $3.5 million for homeless response and rehousing. It also calls for reopening libraries six days a week, launching a city office of immigrant affairs and supporting San Jose Works, a youth job creation program, and San Jose Learns, an initiative to revive after-school programs.
 

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How the paper feels about the firefighters’ contract with the city was expressed in this editorial in today’s Merc…

S.J. Firefighters Union, City Agree on Contract

Editorial
Mercury News — June 11, 2015

One down, 10 to go — but it’s significant that the San Jose firefighters were the first of the city’s 11 unions to agree to a contract this month.

All of the city’s union contracts expire in June except the police association’s, which goes to the end of the year. The fire settlement restores the 10 percent pay cut employees took several years ago and includes a small raise besides. It is a fair settlement, balancing the city’s still-limited finances and the need to attract talent.

We wish the deal included flexibility on the four-person staffing requirement for fire trucks — most cities manage fine with three firefighters per truck — but the whole concept of the department is due for rethinking. Its work is now primarily medical response rather than fighting fires. Fortunately, an organizational review is planned. Of course the elephant in the room is Measure B, whose pension reforms have been mired in court ever since voters passed them. Mayor Sam Liccardo hopes to settle this through negotiations, which began in January, and he started by offering major concessions that still provide savings for the city but also restore its ability to attract top talent. Ideally, the settlement will be an obvious enough win-win to make it unnecessary to go back to voters before implementing it.

A more collaborative spirit between the city and its unions seems to have replaced the animosity that raged when Chuck Reed was mayor. The firefighters were among the most contentious of bargaining units well before the Reed years, so their example of an early handshake this spring is especially encouraging.


 

MAIL CALL



June 9th

Bill,

Whatever you do, don’t let the White House see this video of Russia’s Victory Day Parade in Red Square that took place several weeks ago. If it is seen by Obama’s advisers, they will surely talk him into asking France if he can borrow their white flag so he can surrender to Putin.

Talking Points <Talking.Points@comcast.net>

You certainly are cynical, T.P. While I tend to agree with what you send in, I hate to admit it because I don’t want guys in dark suits showing up in front of my house in black SUVs, and I suggest you continue to maintain your nom de plume of “Talking Points” or they may show up at your digs. Here’s your VIDEO. (11:53)


 

AUBREY “BIRD” PARROTT AND OTHER RESERVES HIGHLIGHTED

Reserve Officers Fill Vital Roles for Cities

—Volunteers provide free police services, staffing for events—

By Mark Gomez <mgomez@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — June 7, 2015

SAN JOSE — At 76, Aubrey Parrott spends his retirement from the San Jose Police Department doing things with his wife, Emily, such as taking cruises, camping and being active in their church.

But once a month, Parrott parks his RV in favor of a two-man police cruiser to patrol downtown on a Friday night.

“I bleed blue,” said Parrott, explaining why he still works as a reserve 22 years after retiring. “I wasn’t ready to quit having fun. … Every kid, what do they want to do? Fireman or policeman, turn on the red lights and siren.

“And I can do it, 76 years old. Why would I want to leave?”

The role of police reservists has drawn national scrutiny in the wake of a horrific April incident in which a 73year-old sheriff’s reservist in Tulsa confused his gun for a Taser and fatally shot an unarmed black man. Questions continue about whether the reserve officer, who has been criminally charged, had been properly trained.

But in Bay Area police departments — including San Jose, whose 88-member reserve force is the region’s largest — officers say their reservists get as much training as the average cop, even though they work far fewer hours. And that preparation pays off, they insist: Never has a San Jose police reserve fired his gun — all reserve officers are armed — let alone been the center of controversy.

“It’s easy for a department to say they want a reserve program, but it’s difficult for them to manage it and manage it right,” said Sgt. David Anaya, who oversees San Jose’s reserve unit. “A lot of agencies fall in that trap. They want all those benefits of having a reserve organization, but they don’t want to put forth the effort to do it right.”

Across California, nearly 6,200 officers work as reservists, and all must complete the state-required minimum level of training that full-time officers also undertake — 18 weeks of classroom and field instruction. In San Jose, like many other departments, the standards are even higher — physical agility tests, psychological exams, biannual gun qualifications and so on. Reserves must pay for all this training themselves, and after completing it, their reward is an unpaid job (San Jose reservists work at least 16 hours a month, and one logged 700 hours last year).

So why do it?

For the reservists, it’s a combination of thrills and public service. But for cities, the answer is simpler: Reserves provide free police services and an easy way to add staff for big events.

At the recent memorial at SAP Center for Officer Mike Johnson, about 80 San Jose reserves worked the street closings and around the arena, allowing full-time officers to attend the service. The Oakland Police Department has nine reservists who tend to work large events such as the First Friday art walk, and parades — but don’t do street patrols, officials said. San Jose’s reserve unit is one of the oldest in the country, Anaya said, formed on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The walls of its offices on the Alameda are adorned with old newspaper clippings, photos and other reserves memorabilia. Written on the wall of one large conference room are the words “established in war, serving in peace.” In its heyday, the Alameda County sheriff’s reserves boasted 600 members, but the force has shrunk to 17 as standards became stricter, reserve deputy coordinator Sgt. Jim Linn said. One reservist, Jack Sandfort, joined in 1959 and spent more than 50 years doing a little bit of everything. When Officer John Monego was shot and killed in 1998 in Dublin, it was reserve Officer Lenny Beato who chased down the suspects after he and his brother, Anthony, also a reserve officer, spotted the suspect’s car. These days, most of the department’s reservists have day jobs. There are PG&E employees, insurance salesmen, a security guard at Livermore Lab and a medical doctor who treats SWAT team members.

“Some people volunteer at their church, some people volunteer at the library, these guys volunteer doing police work,” Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said.

More than half of San Jose’s reserves are retired officers. Bob Collins, 52, had been a San Jose cop for 10 years when he left in 1996 to take over his family’s restaurants, the Florentine chain. He oversees three locations of the restaurants, known as Pasta Market, but continues to volunteer as a reserve.

“Financially, the opportunity to go into the business was a little more lucrative at the time than staying full time, but I still enjoy the work and doing it and giving back to the community and helping out the department,” Collins said.

Reserves face the same dangers as full-time cops, just on a less regular basis, Anaya said. The department gives its reserves a variety of assignments, but it is not the practice to let them patrol alone.

“They go out there and do everything we do as full-time officers, putting their life on the line just like next guy, and doing it for free,” Anaya said. “It’s really an honorable thing.”

Parrott spent 10 years as an instructor in the academy and trained many of current officers, including Anaya. He said he relishes the relationships with younger officers, who teasingly call him “grandpa,” and has no plans to leave any time soon. As long has he has the blessing from his wife, he said, he’ll continue his monthly patrols downtown and his other reserve duties — making safety talks at schools and working community events such as Christmas in the Park, where last year he handed out hundreds of candy canes.

“Everybody is out partying, the clubs are hopping, it has more action,” Parrott said. Collins and Anaya say one of Parrott’s best assets is the way he talks to people, a skill that he can pass down to others.

“Ninety-five percent of the time, Aubrey can diffuse a situation just by talking to people and get it taken care of,” Collins said. “That helps the younger officers see that you don’t have to always take an aggressive approach. You can solve most of the problems if you take the time to listen to what they have to say and calm them down.” Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him at Twitter.com/markmgomez.

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Roles of Reserve Officers in Bay Area Agencies

Though policing agencies in the Bay Area that use reserve officers must meet strict California guidelines for training, every department can use its own discretion about the roles they perform.

Most agencies use reserves for police department tours; special events, such as concerts, sporting events, fairs and festivals; or speaking to schoolchildren or organizations.

Most reserve officers have the same arresting powers as other officers.

Some agencies put reserves on patrol, either alone or paired with another officer, and others use reserves in such roles as transporting inmates to and from jail.

None of the Bay Area reserve officers are paid. They receive a small stipend for uniforms and equipment but often spend money out of pocket. Reserve officers must pay their way through the six-month academy.

All of the reserve officers must undergo the same police and weapons training as other officers and complete continuing training requirements.

 

THE SPOTLIGHT IS ON FEMALE SAN JOSE COPS — AND THE LACK THEREOF 

The front page of the Local Section of today’s paper included this story about the women of the SJPD… 

 

Balancing the Force

—Number of female officers at SJPD lowest in two decades, but recruitment efforts are up—

By Katie Nelson <knelson@mercurynews.com˘
Mercury News — June 11, 2015

SAN JOSE — Driving around in the morning last week, Officer Cat Alvarez squinted outside her windshield and eyed the road ahead.

A 17-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department, Alvarez has done it all and seen it all. She has worked on the East Side, in downtown, daytime and in the dead of night. She is one of 88 female officers at the Police Department.

San Jose Police Officer Cat Alvarez, a 17-year-veteran, takes notes
Sunday at the scene of a shooting on Carnelian Drive in San Jose.

It’s the lowest number of female officers on the force since 1993 and far under the peak of 139 seven years ago, corresponding to a drop in the overall number of San Jose cops, who number just under 1,000 from a high of 1,400 officers in 2008.

Despite all the turmoil and departure of hundreds of officers in recent years, Alvarez says she loves her job.

“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she said. “I didn’t want a desk job.”

Officer Cat Alvarez goes over a citation issued by her
trainee, Officer Alex Cristancho in San Jose on Sunday.

The department is not shy about the fact that they lack female officers and is about to take extra steps to try to reach out to potential female recruits in hopes that women will not only be interested in the possibility of working for SJPD, they’ll want to.

This week, for example, the department will hold a free seminar where people interested in joining the force can meet with female officers and get a taste of the steps to take in order to join the department, including a mock oral examination every recruit must go through and a look at what physical agility tests to expect.

The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the department’s substation, at 6087 Great Oaks Parkway in San Jose.

While police work has historically been seen as a male-dominated profession, San Jose officers are quick to point out that women are vital assets to the department, bringing perspective and communication skills men often don’t possess.

“We want our department to represent San Jose,” said Assistant Chief Eddie Garcia. “We are on the verge of rebuilding. And as we rebuild, we want to rebuild right.”

But concern about passing physical fitness tests, poor pay and balancing personal and professional lives have kept women from either applying to the San Jose Police Department or have been one of the primary reasons why women have left.

“This issue is well documented,” Deputy Chief Phan Ngo said. “And we could do a much better job bringing women into the department.”

For those who have stayed, however, the department has become a second home.

San Jose Lt. Lisa Gannon, who worked in Arizona and with the FBI in addition to her tenure with SJPD, said that the department does not coddle women, that they are expected to train and perform at exceptional levels like everyone else. But that builds strong relationships and role models among female officers, and the hope is that with greater efforts to reach out to potential female recruits, those mentorships would grow and strengthen even more.

“Women are not alone here, ” she said. “I believe women need a voice. And we believe in women.”


 

THIS WEEK’S HISTORY LESSON IS PROVIDED BY IVAN COMELLI

I couldn’t help but notice my name and last week’s Pic of the Week on Ivano Comelli’s Facebook page, “VINTAGE SAN JOSE POLICE.” In addition to the 536 people who follow the retired Capt. on Facebook, I thought his posting was of such historical significance that it was worth sharing with the 967 of you who have subscribed to the Farsider…

Speaking of Facebook, I plead guilty to posting the following message on the San Jose cops’ page ‘without’ identifying the retired sergeant in question:

A 76-year-old retired sergeant who tried Facebook for a month but gave it up sent me the following in an email earlier this week. He had this to say:

This is for those of my generation who do not really comprehend why Facebook exists.

Presently, I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.

Therefore, every day I walk through the mall and tell the passersby what I have eaten, how I feel, what I did the night before and what I will do the rest of today and tomorrow. I show them pictures of my family, my dog and of me gardening and spending time by my pool.

I also listen to their conversations and tell them that I love them.

And it works. I already have three persons following me. Two police officers and a psychiatrist.


 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

June 3-9

JUNE 3: Hillary Clinton is headed to L.A. this month to attend a fundraiser hosted by "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire. Hillary is a big fan of Spider-Man because he proves that Americans still love sequels.

According to a new poll, the number of Americans who trust Hillary is dropping. Specifically into a hole that Hillary covered with leaves.

In a recent interview, George Clooney said that he doesn't believe in plastic surgery and thinks people should just try to look the best that they can at their age. Then the interviewer said, “Great. Do you have any advice for people who aren't George Clooney?”

Last weekend, 92-year-old Harriette Thompson became the oldest woman ever to complete a marathon. While the guy who finished after her made history by being the first person not to brag about running a marathon.

June 4: Former governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. During his announcement, he said, "I realize I'm not that well known, don't have a ton of support, I’m limited on funds, and . . . why am I doing this again?”

During his announcement, Chafee said it would help our economy if we embraced the metric system. Finally answering the question: What is the world’s worst campaign slogan?

On the Republican side, today former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he is running for president. While growing up he wanted to be a veterinarian, but his grades weren’t good enough. Luckily for us, now he wants to be in charge of people.

In honor of its 40th anniversary, the movie “Jaws” is heading back to theaters later this month. Steven Spielberg was apparently sitting on his yacht recently and thought to himself, "I'm gonna need a bigger boat."

June 5: It has been a crazy week in the news. Let me just tell you how weird it's gotten. It turns out the names Lincoln Chafee and Sepp Blatter are actual people, and not horses running in the Belmont Stakes.

Lincoln Chafee, former governor of Rhode Island, announced he's running for president. Before he announced he's running, his wife went on Facebook and asked his staff if they remembered his password. Because if a Facebook password is too hard to remember, the launch codes for the nukes should be a piece of cake.

In an interview yesterday, Lindsey Graham discussed his foreign policy and said if people are worn out by war, quote, "Don't vote for me." Graham's supporters appreciate his honesty, while his opponents appreciate the sound bite they can use in their attack ads.

June 8: Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime to tie the NBA Finals at one game apiece. LeBron James said it was a huge win, and he couldn’t have done it without the ball.

On Saturday, Tiger Woods had a rough time at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, where he shot an 85, which was his worst round ever — or what most people who have ever played golf would happily call "my best round ever, shot an 85."

Yahoo! announced last week that after eight years of operation it's shutting down Yahoo! Maps. Also announced this week — there's something called Yahoo! Maps.

June 9: During a recent speech, Mike Huckabee said he is the only person who has fought the Clinton political machine and won. “You sure about that?” said President Barack Obama.

Mike Huckabee said he's the only person who has fought the Clinton political machine and won. As opposed to Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, who’s the only person who fought a fax machine and lost.

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and their family were recently photographed sitting in coach on a flight from Paris. Brad and Angelina didn't mind flying coach, but they did get annoyed when they were asked to check some of their carry-on children.

In a recent interview, Vladimir Putin said that despite any conflicts the West has no need to be afraid of Russia. Although keep in mind that Putin said that as he was petting a tank.

June 3: A petition is circulating to revoke Caitlyn Jenner's 1976 Olympic gold medal. It was started by the guy who got the silver medal.

Facebook has unveiled a new option to let users keep their private information secure. The option is called "Sign Off of Facebook."

Cameron Crowe has issued an apology for casting Emma Stone as an Asian woman in his new movie. He also announced that his next film about Malcolm X will no longer star Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Christmas-themed town of North Pole, Alaska, has officially approved marijuana dispensaries. So don't expect your presents from Santa until next April.

Santa will be showing up with Rudolph the Red-Eyed Reindeer.

June 8: We have a historic drought going on now in this state. Due to the drought, California Governor Jerry Brown said he has cut back on bathing. As a result, Californians have cut back on hanging out with Jerry Brown.

Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton supported raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. She said every American should be able to afford to attend one of her speeches.

A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Postal Service must reduce its stamp prices. The change in stamp prices is expected to affect as many as seven Americans.

This weekend in Los Angeles, people got to meet famous cats from the Internet at the first-ever CatCon. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it because I'm allergic to sad people.

In California, a 99-year-old grandmother has fulfilled her dream of graduating college. The tough part now is that she has to go to job interviews where they ask her, "Where do you see yourself in five years"?

Yesterday in Iowa just four supporters showed up to eat lunch with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. It's always a bad sign when your entire voter base can fit in a deli booth.

June 4: California is suffering from a terrible drought. But scientists have come up with a plan to convert toilet water into drinking water by a rigorous three-step purification process. That's all it takes to convert sewage into the water that I then drink? I wish they hadn't even told me how many steps they use. Just lie to us, OK? Tell me the toilet water is filtered 3,000 times.

I feel about drinking toilet water the way a celebrity who agrees to do "Dancing With the Stars" feels. I don't want to do it. I'm not proud of it, but I guess I have no other options.

June 8: A woman in Spain has been trying to sell the sun on eBay. First, a little background for people in Los Angeles. The sun is the huge yellow thing in the sky right behind all that smog.

Here's a good rule for when you're trying to sell something on eBay. Check that you own it, and if it's the sun, you probably don't own it. So that means you aren't allowed to sell it.

Can you imagine owning the sun? That sounds like a hot property!

Experts are saying that if she wins the case — No, I'm kidding. No experts have even been asked about this case.

June 9: There's a Japanese online dating site that has 2.7 million registered users, and currently only one of those 2.7 million users is a woman. You just know that the second she signed up, her phone must have literally exploded.

That would make a great premise for the next season of "The Bachelorette." One woman, 2.7 million men. Who will get a rose?

The Apple Watch is one of the hottest products in the world right now. It's amazing. It's a phone, it's the Internet, and it can read your heart rate. There's even a rumor that it can tell time.

We have a new Republican candidate for president who also happens to be an old Republican candidate for president, former Texas Governor Rick Perry. He's at it again, and why not? There are only so many coyotes you can shoot on your ranch. What else does he have to do?

The Republican presidential race has more characters than "Game of Thrones."

A research group did an international study and found the people happiest with their looks live in Mexico. Mexicans are happier with their looks than anyone in the world. I would have guessed Kardashians.

Have you seen Kim Jong Un lately? There are photos of him and he has put on pounds. According to sources, Kim Jong Un has been emotionally eating since Dennis Rodman was spotted on a date with another dictator.

This morning here in Los Angeles it rained. The people who are most excited about the rain are the local weather reporters. All year long they have nothing to do. But when the rain comes down, even a little bit, they spring into action like cheetahs onto a baby gazelle.

Have you been watching the NBA Finals? Basketball is an important part of our lives. Without basketball, think of all the ridiculous-looking shoes we wouldn't have.

When an NBA Finals series is tied at one game apiece, the winner of Game 3 goes on to win the title 84 percent of the time, according to a group of mathematicians who never touched a basketball.

June 3: Delta Air Lines is experimenting with pre-loading carry-on bags to speed up the boarding process. And if there's any phrase that fills me with terror, it's "Delta Air Lines is experimenting."

Millions of noisy and rare cicadas have emerged from the ground in central Kansas after spending 17 years underground. Said one cicada, "Bush versus Clinton, oh crap, you guys, we haven't slept at all. We came out too early."

A Maryland couple is suing their realtor because they say the agent knew the home was infested with snakes, but sold it to them anyway. In fairness, what the realtor said was the place definitely didn't have any mice.

Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee announced his run for president yesterday. And he said he wants the U.S. to switch to the metric system. OK, you know what? I will start — Lincoln Chafee won't get within a kilometer of the White House. He's several hectares away.

Triple Crown hopeful American Pharaoh has signed a deal with Monster, the energy drink, worth over $7 million. How did he sign the deal?

And if American Pharaoh doesn't win the Triple Crown, he has a back-up deal with Arby's.

IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, pledged over $1 billion earlier today to help slow climate change. But knowing IKEA, it's probably going to take forever to put the money together.

June 8: At a summit this weekend, President Obama accidentally missed a high five from the prime minister of Iraq. Pretty embarrassing, but not as bad as the time George W. Bush left Saddam hanging.

According to a new study, the recommendation that people need eight glasses of water per day is a myth. I think we figured that out when we never once drank eight glasses of water and still survived.

Chipotle has announced plans to provide paid vacation, tuition, reimbursement, and sick days for hourly workers, which is great. But now if you want guacamole, it's $400.

The biggest blockbuster of the summer is coming out, and it stars Barack Obama. It's a Disney picture called "Honey, I Shrunk the Economy."

June 9: Presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham, who is single, said today that if elected he will have a “rotating first lady.” Even creepier, he said it on Tinder.

Donald Trump said over the weekend that his decision whether to run for president is going to make a lot of people very happy. That’s too bad. I was hoping he would run.

Mattel has announced it will come out with a new line of Barbie dolls that will be more racially diverse than previous generations. “Still not interested,” said Ken.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE



Click HERE for the most current update.
 

 

 

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Marcia Morton found it interesting what professional photographers have to go through when they shoot a wedding and want to ensure that EVERYONE in the wedding party is included in at least one of the photographs. (1:33)




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Companies are getting smarter and smarter by producing relatively inexpensive videos that are entertaining to watch and posting them on YouTube and similar sites. Have a look at THIS example titled “Puppyhood.” (3:34)




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This clip should answer the age-old question of WHICH animal reigns supreme when it comes to cats vs. dogs. (1:00)




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Do cats know right from wrong when they are doing something they know is a no-no? That is, of course, a rhetorical question for anyone who has ever owned a cat. For others, THIS short clip answers the question. (0:30)




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This Kodiak bear is a resident of the Olympic Game Farm, a zoo and animal sanctuary in Washington. The animals here are often pretty tame because they were raised by people. Some were even Hollywood stunt animals, so the zoo provides them with a safe, comfortable place to live since they can't go back to the wild.

During the NFL off-season, the Chicago Bears lost prize receiver Brandon Marshall, but after seeing this video we think they should go more literal with their next talent acquisition. With these hands, and the fact that defenders won't want to get anywhere near an actual bear, we smell touchdowns galore. Don’t blink or you may miss THIS short clip. (0:24)




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A cop appears to interrupt a 207 in progress, according to THIS clip from Lumpy, but is that what’s going on? (1:38)




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Here’s a treat for you gearheads:

Nürburgring is a massive motor sports complex located around the village of Nürburg in the Rhineland area of Germany. It features several tracks, most of them notorious for their challenging courses, as well as a Formula 1 Grand Prix track. Among the other tracks is one called the 22.810 k.m. (14.173 miles) Nordschleife, a.k.a. "North Loop."

The North Loop is especially famous because ever since it was opened in 1927, it has been open to the public as a large driving track (racing is strictly not allowed) with no blanket speed limit. It's open to any vehicle that is street-legal, so it's not uncommon to see buses, vans, bikes and more making their way around the track. Basically, it's kind of like "Wacky Races" in real life, except that you're not racing and must follow general traffic safety laws — which are very much enforced by local police. Click HERE to watch the zaniness. (4:13)



Want to see more? Click HERE.


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If you have been following the mystery of the white spots seen in a crater on the dwarf planet Ceres captured by NASA’s “Dawn” spacecraft, you may be interested in THIS item from the Washington Post. The mysterious spots continue to puzzle scientists.


 

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Ever wonder what would happen if you were to fall into the LAVA LAKE of a volcano? Throwing a bag of garbage and trash filled with organic waste would be a relatively close representation. (0:48)




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Wanna see something weird? You know you do, so go for it by clicking HERE. It shows what happens when you remove a large hungry clam from its home in the salty ocean. (1:21)




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Bruce Fair says he was unaware that ISIS had a silent drill team until he saw this short Facebook clip of a soldier video-taping himself during a practice session. (0:15)




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This is one of those compilation clips that includes a little of everything, so we’re calling it “Potpourri,” and why not? We can’t understand a word under the video anyway because it’s in a foreign language, maybe RUSSIAN. Doesn’t matter, the clips speak for themselves. (10:55)




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More power to Dave and Cheryl Babineau and the rest of you who enjoy donning SCUBA gear and exploring the ocean. Me? I’m perfectly happy to enjoy my underwater adventures in front of a TV or computer monitor. Why? Because the oceans are inhabited by creatures I’d rather not meet.

For example, have you ever heard of a siphonophore? It’s a creature that can grow up to 160 feet, making it one of the longest creatures on Earth. What is so interesting about this ocean dweller is that it is not actually an 'individual' animal. This is because the siphonophore is made up of multiple "Zooids." This sounds like a science fiction term, but the truth is much the opposite. Zooids are the life source for this creature. Multiple Zooids take on different roles, like feeding or reproducing, in order to keep the siphonophore alive.

Watch as the scientists in THIS video observe a particularly beautiful siphonophore at the bottom of the ocean. At first, they think it’s a plastic bag or some garbage floating around, but once they realize what they found, they are ecstatic. (2:49)




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Now THIS is my idea of enjoying an ocean adventure while looking at a computer monitor with a glass of wine in my left hand and a bowl of cheese and crackers near my mouse. (2:27)




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Hillary Visits a School
Contributed by Ken Hawkes

Hillary Clinton goes to a gifted student primary school in New York to talk about the world. After her talk she takes questions from the students.

One little boy puts up his hand. Hillary asks him what his name is?
 
"Kenneth,” the boy replies.
 
"And what is your question, Kenneth?"
 
"I have three questions: First, what happened in Benghazi? Second, why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office? And third, whatever happened to the missing 6 billion dollars while you were Secretary of State?"
 
Just then the bell rings for recess.
 
Hillary Clinton informs the children that they will continue after recess.

When they resume, Hillary says, "Okay where were we? Oh, that's right, question time. Who has a question?"
 
A different boy puts his hand up. Hillary points to him and asks him what his name is?
 
"Johnny,” the boy replies.
 
"And what is your question, Johnny?"
 
"I have five questions: First, whatever happened in Benghazi? Second, why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office? Third, what happened to the missing 6 billion dollars while you were Secretary of State? Fourth, why did the recess bell go off 20 minutes early? And fifth, where's Kenneth?"
 

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Given that the last several major airline accidents involved European-made Airbus aircraft, I think I’ll stick with good ol’ American-made Boeing jets, like this new 747-8 undergoing an ultimate rejected take-off (RTO) test with worn-out brake shoes installed, its fuel tanks loaded to the max and without the use of the engine’s reverse thrusters to bring the monster jet to a stop. While THIS test aircraft was a freighter, there is no reason to believe that the passenger version would be any different. (2:51)

 

THIS next clip is a splash test of the same 747-8.

And THIS clip is of the 747-8 taking off with a record-setting million pound payload.


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Back by popular demand is Kyle Franklin who says “It takes a lot of work to fly THIS badly.” Watch his air show comedy act and and we think you will agree.(6:46)




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This is a car stop in Texas from the motorist’s viewpoint. He posted this video on YouTube thinking he would embarrass the OFFICER. But if you watch the video and read the comments below, you will find that the motorist himself comes across as an extreme example of an idiot. (7:49)




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Folks, don’t be too quick to form a negative opinion of Baltimore. The city still makes for an excellent travel destination. Check out this new promotional video that was recently POSTED on the Internet by the Baltimore Chamber of UnCommerce. (3:31)




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Meet GloZell, who proved that if you are zany enough, you can have much more than the 15 minutes of fame that Andy Warhol claimed everyone could have. Among her claims to fame are a few dozen insane YouTube clips (just search for “Glozell”). In this first clip she has a prank played on her that shocked her so much she lost her wig. The second one shows her eating cereal in a bathtub (Fruit Loops would have been apropos). But her biggest accomplishment by far was scoring an interview with the Commander in Chief, which may have been one of President Obama’s finest and most informative interviews.

Click HERE for the spider prank. (1:02)



Click HERE for the cereal bath. (7:28)



Click HERE for the Obama interview. (12:37)




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What do you want to bet that THIS little fella is going to freak out when he eventually looks up and sees who his father is? (2:10)


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Speaking of fathers, do any of you remember having a conversation like THIS with yours when you were this young? (1:22)




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With all the you-know-what regarding cops that has been going on around the country, Leroy and I have come up with solution on how to get back into the public’s good graces. All law enforcement has to do is gather up a few thousand duck families and spread them out near the country's roadways, then instruct the nation’s patrol officers to do THIS: (0:45)




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For this week’s closer we thought you might like to step into our time machine and travel back with us to 1960 with this magnificent ad from the Ford Motor Co. It was a significant year for the company as it debuted three brand new cars in honor of the turn of the decade. The Galaxie, the Thunderbird and the Falcon all hit the street in the same year and caused quite the stir in the automotive industry. Sit back and ENJOY a few magical minutes of the past. (3:01)





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C’ya
   

Pic of the Week

Sharon Lansdowne calls this an example of bad timing. Ya think?




 

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Becknall, Jim
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Bell, Mike
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Belveal, Chuck
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Boggess, Mike
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Bulygo, Mary
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Caro, Lynne
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Carraher, Jim
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Carrillo, John
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Cavallaro, Dave
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Chewey, Bob
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Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
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Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
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Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
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Conrad, Mark
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Conway, Ed
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Coppom, Dave
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Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
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Damon, Veronica
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Daulton, Zita
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Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
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DeGeorge, Bob
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DeMers, Buc
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Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
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Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
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Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
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Earnshaw, Patrick
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Edwards, Don
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Ellsworth, Larry
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Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
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Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
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Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
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Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
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Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
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Galea, Andy
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Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
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Garcia, Lisa
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
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Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
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Giambrone, Jim
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Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
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Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
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Grande, Carm
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Grant, Doug
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
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Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Gutierrez, Hector
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Haynes, Sandy
Hazen, Skip
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Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
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Hendrix, Dave
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Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
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Herrmann, Erma
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Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Dave Hober
Hober, Margo
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Hoehn, Charlie
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Hogate, Steve
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Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
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Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
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Hosmer, Dewey
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Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
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Ireland, Joe
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Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
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Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
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Kennedy, Tom
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Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
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Knopf, Dave
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Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
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Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
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Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
Lara, Bill
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
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Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry 
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Little, Keith           
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Lobach, Bob
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Lockwood, Joan
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Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
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Lopez, Ruvi
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Lucarotti, Jim
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Lundberg, Larry
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Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
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Marfia, Ted
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Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
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Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
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McCain, Norm
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McCall, Lani
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McCollum, Daniele
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McCulloch, Scott
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McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
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Mendez, Mike
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Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
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Miller, Laura
Miller, Rollie
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Miller, Stan
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Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
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Don Moore
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Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
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Moreno, Norma
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Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosley, Joe
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Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
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Mulloy, Dennis
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Munoz, Art
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Nagengast, Carol
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Nichols, Mike
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North, Jim
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Parrott, Aubrey
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Postier, Steve
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Quint, Karen
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Ramirez, Victoria
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Reyes, Mo
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Rose, Wendell
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Royal, Russ
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Russo, Grace
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Savage, Scott
Savala, john
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Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
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Sekany, Greg
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Seymour, Jim
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Silvers, Jim
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Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
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Spitze, Randy
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Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
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Tietgens, Don
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Trussler, John
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Rich Vasquez
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Vizzusi, Tony
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Williamson, Ken
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Wittenberg, Jim
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Zenahlik, Tom
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