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June 14
, 2012


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


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Badge 1137
Born Dec. 2, 1934
Appointed Feb. 10, 1964
Promoted to Sergeant Sept. 1, 1970
Retired July 1, 1993
Died June <7, 2012

An accumulation of newspapers at Rex's mobile home in the area of Curtner and Hwy 87 in San Jose last Thursday morning, June 7th, led neighbors to call the SJIPD. When officers responded to perform a welfare check and there was no response, they entered and found Rex's body. Pending an autopsy, he appears to have died from natural causes.

Beyond my recollection that Rex was a designated polygraph examiner, my knowledge of his career is very limited. Anyone who would like to share additional background information about the former sergeant is invited to do so for next week's Mail Call column.

Following is a short obituary prepared by an active officer who was a close friend of Rex's, who also is executor of his will. Because he is so busy handling the estate and is constantly on the phone, he has requested that we withhold his name.

Rex Newburn

A retired SJPD sergeant, Rex is survived by all of the men and women of the San Jose Police Department. He has gone on to a new beat, and the streets of Heaven have never been safer.

Rex was born on Dec. 2, 1934 in Ohio and attended college at Washington State University in Pullman.

He began his law enforcement career as a deputy sheriff with Stanislaus Co. but later transferred to the San Jose Police Dept. In 1970 he received his sergeant's stripes and proudly wore badge #135 prior to the issuance of the 4-digit badges a few years later. For several years he patrolled the Cambrian and Almaden area on the midnight shift.

The mold was broken after Rex as he was definitely one of a kind. Many have "Rex" stories, but most can't be told.

Rest well, Rex. Your brothers and sisters in Blue will carry on. Stand down. You've been promoted again.

Donations in Rex's memory to the SJPD Chaplaincy at 471 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95112 are preferred.

No service will be held.

Chaplain Bridgen has advised that while there will be no formal service, friends are invited to attend a "Gathering of Remembrance" Friday evening, June 22nd (a week from tomorrow) from 7 to 10 p.m. on the second floor of the PAC (Police & Communications Bldg.) on San Pedro St. The venue is a covered open-air parking area accessible to official SJPD vehicles only. Food in the form of tacos, refried beans, rice and soft drinks will be served.


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Born Sept. 14, 1945
Appointed as City Dispatcher in 1970
Retired as County Dispatcher in 2001
Died June 6, 2012

Vicki Townsend, Ron's wife of 45 years, wrote to advise us that her husband suffered a massive stroke on the morning of Wed., May 31st, and that he passed away last Thursday, June 7th.

Ron began his dispatching career with the City of San Jose in 1970 and often participated in the training of new dispatchers. He became a county employee when the City merged with County Communications, but when the City later regained its communications responsibility, Ron remained with the County. He retired in March 1971.

Vicki said Ron enjoyed his job and "was darn good at it," and that "his first loyalty was to his officers and firefighters."

There was no formal service. Instead, relatives and close friends attended a gathering in Ron's memory at his daughter's residence in Pleasanton this past Saturday. He has been added to the Memorial List that we publish every May during National Police Week.

We extended our deepest condolences to Vicki and her family on behalf of those of you who knew Ron from his work as City Dispatcher #190.



On Monday of this week Chaplain Bridgen was invited to join five of us retirees for our every-Monday lunch at the Burger Pit on Blossom Hill. It's the perfect place to enjoy a steak or a Steerburger while reminiscing about the "old days." During the conversation, Dave was asked if he knew how John MacDonald was doing. (John was the SJPD Chaplain for several years before retiring and turning the chaplaincy duties over to Dave.) The following morning, the message  below showed up in my inbox.


You might want to put this update in the Farsider. Yesterday we were talking about Chaplain MacDonald, so I decided to call him. He said he was 91 years old and that he was doing well. He wanted me to relay a big hello to everyone at the Police Department, even though it was hard for him to remember all the names.

Dave (Bridgen)



To put it as succinctly as possible, PBA members are reminded that June's meeting will be held next Wednesday, June 20th. Same time, same place.



By all accounts, last week's Keith Kelley Barbecue was a raging success with a near record number of members showing up for their share of beer and the barbecued treasure. If you were a no-show, you missed out on a big party and 2500 to 3000 calories.

To raise funds for the club, official Keith Kelley T-shirts were sold, and because they didn't quite sell out, the club is making them available for $15 each. All sizes are available. To get yours before they sell out and become a collector's item, contact KKC Office Manager Margie Thompson at 408-348-3378.

Here's a message from Margie...

We had one of the best BBQ's ever! There were 325 active and retired members  attending this year's Keith Kelley Club BBQ at the Elk's Lodge last Wednesday evening. Members enjoyed themselves with the great food and company. Friends reminisced with tales from the old days as they gathered throughout the facility.   

The friendships and warm evening spiked the members' appetites. We served 301 lbs. of filet mignon, 80 lbs. of chicken, 132 lbs. of baby-back ribs and 100 lbs. of Italian sausage.  Excellent music provided by Ron Payne filled the air whille the food selections continued with a taco stand that went over exceptionally well.  Ay, ay, ay, the salsa was hot! The festivities lasted until 2300 hours.

Until next year, folks!
P.S. A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the BBQ: Tom Wheatley, Lee Wilson, Bob Moir, Dan Katz, Danny Vasquez, Jim Polmanteer, George Padilla, Bill Waggoner, Keith Cottrell, Mike Dziuba, Loyd Kinsworthy, Tom Murphy, Germaine Antonowicz, Melida Beavers, Joy Coit, Ilda Vasquez, Yolando Cooksey, Suzie Fung and Michelle Martinez. Kudos for a great job also are extended to our chairperson & team: Ted Vasquez, Jean Jimenez and Lee Tassio.
Margie Thompson
Keith Kelley Club Office Manager
San Jose Police Department



June 8th

I am forwarding this e-mail I received from Pete Constant's office. If you are over 65, don't be complacent about the changes that will be made to your retirement benefits. You're next! It was just last week when I was receiving flyers at my home stating that Measure B will not affect current retirees. Outrageous!

Paul Salerno

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you for your support of Measure B. Voters on Tuesday took the historic step of approving sweeping pension reform that will help put our city back on the right fiscal track. This was a difficult decision, but a necessary one, in our efforts to control our exploding pension costs and restore essential services to our community. However, we are not done yet. There are still more changes that must be implemented.
On Tuesday, June 12th, the City Council will consider two other proposals related to pension reform: a 2nd tier pension plan for new non-public safety employees and healthcare plan changes for retirees under 65.

1) 2nd Tier Pension Plan for Non-Public Safety Employees:

The City Council will consider establishing a new pension plan that offers new non-public safety employees a more affordable pension plan. This is a common sense next step in ensuring our continued fiscal stability. A 2nd tier pension plan for new public safety employees is subject to arbitration.   

2)  Healthcare Plan Changes for Retirees Under 65:

Currently, retirees under the age of 65 (who are not yet eligible for Medicare) pay NO monthly premiums for the Kaiser Permanente $25 co-pay plan. This is a more generous benefit than active employees receive. The City Council will consider adding a new deductible healthcare plan to its menu of options. Retirees under the age of 65 who choose this new deductible plan would still pay NO monthly premiums, or they could choose a different plan and pay the difference in cost. Employees and Medicare-eligible retirees would see NO changes in their current plan. This change will help mitigate growing retiree healthcare costs, which are shared by the City and current employees.

The proposed 2nd tier plan was authorized through voter approval of Measure W in 2010 and is within the limits approved by the voters in Measure B. Implementing a 2nd tier is something that must be done in order to make our pension system sustainable over the long-term. I know that this has been a difficult time for our current and retired employees. They have worked hard to provide quality services for our residents, and continue to do so today. However, these changes are necessary in order to protect the long-term stability of our retirement plans and to ensure that we will be able to continue to pay current and future retirees the benefits they have earned. These reforms are key to restoring essential services such as hiring more police officers, restoring library hours, and addressing our roadway infrastructure needs. While this year's budget offers a brighter picture than we have seen in the past, we still have not reached our goal yet. These reforms will help generate significant savings that can be used to restore additional services.

I need your help. The healthcare benefits that I receive as a part of my current disability pension prevents me from voting on these issues, so it is important for you to make your voice heard. When the Council first discussed these same two proposals last month, the debate ended in a split vote, and the issue was delayed until after the election. It's important for you to contact the entire City Council and let them know what you think about the proposed reforms. You can use the form I’ve set up at contact.sjdistrict1.com which will send an email to the Mayor and each Councilmember.               

Your Neighbor,

Pete Constant

San Jose City Councilmember, District 1
San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., 18th Floor, San Jose, CA 95113
<pete.constant@sanjoseca.gov> <www.sjdistrict1.com>

When I replied to Paul and asked how he wound up on the councilman's e-mail list, he said it was probably a result of him providing his address when he was the VP of the Retirees' Assn.


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NBC Bay Area (KNTV) leaves its videos on its website for a limited time. Last Friday it posted a video news report under the headline "More SJPD Officers to Resign, not Retire." If the video is still on the station's website, you can view it by clicking on the the link below, but give it a few moments to load.


If the video has been removed from the website, below is a transcript of the news report...

More SJPD Officers to Resign, not Retire

—Resignations are outpacing retirements at the San Jose police department—

By Marianne Favro
NBC Bay Area — June 8, 2012

Days after a pension reform measure overwhelmingly passed in San Jose, the talk around town was that city employees were planning to, or had already, quit.

San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore on Friday said Measure B -- the measure  to curb city pension benefits -- can't be directly attributed to the number of resignations on his desk. But he said that the fear of that measure passing, which it did Tuesday night with a nearly 70 percent approval rate, is strongly linked to the growing number of officers leaving San Jose, mostly for other Bay Area departments.

"The resignations are outpacing the number of retirements," Moore said, adding that the trend is new for the city.

In 2005, the police department had 12 resignations, Moore said. Last year, there were 50.

So far this year, Moore has 17 resignation letters on his desk. Moore is trying to recruit new officers to fill the ranks.

The fire department has heard there could be a similar trend in its department.

"The fire chief has heard there are firefighters thinking of applying for other departments," San Jose Fire Department spokeswoman Mary Gutierrez said. "None of that has come through so far in our paperwork at this time. These are just things that he's heard."

Among some of the changes that city employees will have to face under Measure B:

Current employees can keep pension credits but must pay up to 16 percent more of their salary to continue that benefit or choose a more modest and affordable plan for their remaining years on the job.

Retirement benefits will be limited for future hires by requiring them to pay half the cost of a pension.

"Bonus" pension checks will be discontinued to retirees. Voter approval will be required for future pension increases.

Measure B is now being litigated in the courts, with unions trying to overturn the measure, the city saying it has the right to amend employee benefits.

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Following are letters to the editor that made last Friday's, June 8th, Mercury News...

Measure B Won’t Survive Court Review

Measure B is illegal on its face. It is not reform. It is unilateral abrogation of a legal contract between two parties: the people of San Jose, through their representatives, and the unions. It cannot possibly survive judicial review.

It’s a simple matter of contract law. If it does survive, I will be the first person to gather with all my neighbors to get a measure on the ballot to have our mortgages and credit card accounts “reformed” because we no longer like the terms we agreed to in legal contracts.

James Gott, San Jose

Voters Demanded Government Austerity

In San Jose, San Diego and Wisconsin, Tuesday’s election results rang loud and clear.

Voters have finally decided that they will do without all of the benefits bestowed by politicians for the sake of a more sound economy. Yes, Measure B will have a direct effect on local unions, but these were not anti-union elections — they were demands for austerity.

Whether in San Jose, Sacramento or Washington, elections will now be waged over how to reduce spending and do it without increasing taxes.

Candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will have to tell how they will accomplish that.

This time voters said, “It’s the spending, stupid!”

Dave Zittlow, San Jose

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Monday's paper included this letter that was the sole item regarding the pension issue...

People Right to Reject Union Extravagances

Measure B passes overwhelmingly in a Democrat dominated San Jose. A pension reforming Republican governor fights off government union threats to his job in Wisconsin, another state that voted for Barack Obama in 2008. The people have spoken, affirming the fundamental foolishness of salaries, pensions and health care packages that far exceed what ordinary citizens, who pay the bills, can expect. The hubris exhibited by defeated public employee unions threatening to sue, demonstrates their greedy, bullying characters.

How dare us ordinary citizens try to have a government which serves us, rather than sucking resources from infrastructure, public safety, and other city services so that they can pad their benefit and retirement packages on our dime. Thank goodness FDR’s prohibition against federal employee unions remains, 70 years later.

Debra Janssen-Martinez, Morgan Hill

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Sometimes it's difficult to remember who is running City government. Is it the Mayor and City Council, or is it the Mercury News? This is from Tuesday's paper...

Time to Adopt Second-Tier Pension Plans

Editorial — Mercury News, June 12, 2012

In November 2010, San Jose voters approved Measure W calling for a lower tier of benefits for new hires that would be less expensive for them and for taxpayers. It would help get the city’s budget deficit under control and free up cash to hire more police and restore library hours.

Since then, some council members have grumbled that the city failed to quickly enact that second tier, instead trying to negotiate with the unions to change costs and benefits for existing workers. But when City Manager Deb Figone and Mayor Chuck Reed proposed benefit plans for new hires this year, a majority of council members refused: Voters were about to decide on Measure B’s call for broader pension reform, they said, so let’s wait until they’ve spoken. Fair enough. Voters couldn’t have been more clear last week. Once again, about 70 percent said yes to pension reform. So today, proposals for second-tier plans for most of the city’s unions are back on the council agenda, and there are no more excuses. Approval should be unanimous.

The plans aren’t perfect. For that matter, we’re not sure every provision of Measure B is worded exactly right. The council can go back to voters later to tweak both plans. Other cities, including San Francisco, require a public vote for pension changes and manage to get them done.

Adopting a plan is urgent because the city has been hiring all along to replace people who resigned or retired from positions that had to be filled. With a small budget surplus in the coming fiscal year, San Jose at a minimum will continue filling those key positions.

If there is no new pension plan in place, the new hires will add to the long-range pension funding challenge.

They also will be caught up instantly in Measure B litigation.

Nearly everyone says pension reform is needed.

Council members, other public officials and union leaders talk the talk.

Oh, but that awkward walk.

All along, most unions and their allies have banked on delays to ultimately defeat real reform. They fend off change in hopes that a more labor-friendly majority wins control of the council or the economy and city revenues recover and soar.

This year the city did end up with a $9 million surplus. But that’s mostly because of the past few years’ dramatic reduction in the number of police officers, firefighters, code inspectors and librarians protecting and serving residents. San Jose needs to rebuild its police force, open libraries and community centers for full service, and on and on.

So it has to get control of pension costs, which have tripled in the past 10 years while workforce numbers have plunged.

The divide on the council is not between who’s for or against reform, it’s between those who actually vote for change and those who don’t. Let’s close the gap Tuesday.

When San Jose’s pension plan changes for new hires were rejected earlier, it was because voters hadn’t voted on Measure B.

Now there are no excuses.

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Russ Russell emailed us a copy of the LAPPL NewsWatch newsletter published by the Los Angeles Police Protective League (their version of the POA). Russ added a note suggesting we check out the Sacramento Bee article in the newsletter on what the San Jose and San Diego pension vote decisions will do to other cities. This is the link to the article in question:



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Police and Fire going to arbitration over a second tier retirement plan for new hires according to this editorial from today's paper...

City Council Got the Memo

Editorial — Mercury News, June 14, 2012

The loud-and-clear call for pension reform that San Jose voters trumpeted last week already has had a positive effect on future city finances. With a 9-1 vote Tuesday, the City Council approved a less costly tier of benefits for new hires.

Kansen Chu became the last council member standing who says he supports pension reform but never has voted for it.

Xavier Campos and Ash Kalra shed that dubious distinction by supporting the second-tier plan for all but public safety hires.

Police and firefighters will take their new-hire plan to arbitration.

Savings will not be instant, but the change will shift momentum toward a more sustainable system — still better than most private sector plans but at a cost that is less crippling to city services.

Public employee unions won a victory here. The city abandoned the idea of a fixed-contribution 401(k)style plan, whose payout would depend on the vagaries of the stock market.

Ask private sector retirees how that’s working out for them. City employees will be able to bank on a pension, and they’re likely to have more take-home pay to save for retirement.

Some of the provisions are just good sense; raising the retirement age from 55 to 65, for example. People are living longer and early retirees often begin a second career. Pensions should be for retirement, just as sick leave should be for when you’re sick.

The changes to current pensions that voters approved in Measure B will take time winding through the courts. But Tuesday’s council action means that employees hired after the pension ordinance is completed will not compound the problem of promises the city can’t keep.




Results from last week's poll.....

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June 8th

You know something Bill, it continues to amaze me that with all the conservative money out-spending the "union money" on all of these campaigns, like the recall of Gov. Walker in Wisc., that your readers still voted in your most recent poll by a wide margin to support the union busting efforts of Walker.

(See last week's poll above.)

That same conservative money is convincing all of the country that government workers are wrong for even having their jobs. Why aren't they angry at what is about to happen to their income? First the COLA will be gone, and then we are going to have to pay for our health insurance. No one was angry when the Supreme Court caved to Citizens United and gave the green light to unlimited political spending. Now they don't seem to be angry when they are about to loose part of their income.

I for one worked hard for 30 years for my retirement. I participated in the negotiations for what we have today. We gave up other things in those negotiations for a better retirement. It is unfortunate that the City did not do a better job managing the finances.

Dave (Bartholomew)

I'm far from an expert on all of the ins and outs of the Measure B dust-up, but I have tried to follow it. It's my understanding that for the City to temporarily reduce or eliminate our COLA for "up to five years," Mayor Reed and the Council would have to declare a "fiscal emergency," and that they would have to open the books and prove that it's justified. This could be difficult to do in light of the $9 million the city recently received from cuts and other cost savings. More importantly, a fiscal emergency would be devastating for the City when one considers what it would do to San Jose's bond rating and other fiscal factors.

As for those readers who participated in last week's poll, I can think of a couple of possible reasons the majority supported Gov. Scott Walker. 1) Most cops I know have disdain for protesters who take over government buildings and create an air of anarchy, thus causing the police to react. And that's what the nation saw prior to the gathering of signatures that put the recall on the Wisconsin ballot. 2) That despite the fact that unions are closely affiliated with Democrats, I would opine that most cops are conservative by nature. This, of course, presents a dichotomy. On one hand, the benefits we have today are a result of a union (the POA), which can create a mental conflict with the conservative nature of most cops. 3) Retirees who supported Walker in the poll may have been influenced by the fact that the governor exempted police and firefighters from losing their collective bargaining rights. 4) And finally, this isn't something many poll participants would admit out loud, but the possibility exists that many of them inwardly felt that "I"ve got mine, so why should I cheer on those I saw protesting in Wisconsin?" (Anyone have an "in" with Dr. Phyl?)

I could be totally off base on any or all of the above. Readers who would like to offer their two-cents for next week's Mail Call column are encouraged to do so. Write to


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June 8th


With many retired friends and a family member that will be negatively affected by the retirement benefit overhaul, I am aghast at the sweeping changes that will be made. Especially to those who have long ago retired and have a current annual retirement income that puts them at or near poverty level, only to lower their pension payments. It appears to be an across the board measure.

If it comes to fruition that it is legal to backtrack on agreements and past agreements, I have a suggestion: Mayor Reed lives a very lucrative lifestyle, especially when you view the ill gotten new City Hall. If the retirement goes backward, so should his office space. Tear down that self-serving Taj Mahal and send him and his Council back to the North First Street City Hall. If the retirees must suffer, he should have to be subjected to a like reduction in his lavish workplace.  Better yet, close all those City offices in the Taj Mahal towers and rent them out.  That should easily bring in some needed monies to the general fund.

Yes, I know much of this is tongue-in-cheek, but the passing of Measure B was unfair and illegal.

If you think my negative comments will affect my Mother's retirement in any way, please do not use my name. Otherwise, go ahead.

With due respect,

Tony Bulygo

Perhaps you should hope that your letter negatively impacts your mother's benefits, Tony. If it did and you could prove it, you and your mom would have a slam-dunk lawsuit that any attorney worth his or her salt would happily take on a contingency basis.

(Tony is the son of Corinne Bulygo who, if memory serves, was a Sr. PRC prior to her retirement from the Dept. several years ago. Tony's wife, Mary, also worked at the SJPD, but she left 5 years prior to her retirement window.)



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We're closing the Farsider this week with a short clip that Mean Dean received from Gene Adams and passed on to us. It's pretty special, especially for those who served in Vietnam in what seems like a couple of centuries ago. (2 Mins)


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Keith Kelley Club BBQ photo submitted by Pete Salvi



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