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July 26
, 2012


Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
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The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
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the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



Any way you look at it, City employee labor groups took a thumping after the vote for Measure B was tallied. But is it over? Here's more about the ballot issue from last Sunday's paper...

Pension Reform Measure B Still Facing Big Obstacles

Mercury News — July 22, 2012

Given that voters in June approved San Jose’s pension reform Measure B by more than 69 percent citywide, it’s not a huge shocker that the Registrar of Voters’ final certified results this month showed it passed in every council district.

But the by-district results on the defining issue on the city’s June primary ballot are worth noting. Council action is needed to implement the measure’s reforms and to continue defending it from legal challenges. But the council remains divided over it.

Ash Kalra, Kansen Chu and Xavier Campos voted against putting it on the ballot. And Councilwoman Rose Herrera, a measure backer, faces a November runoff against measure foe Jimmy Nguyen. Measure backers Robert Braunstein and Johnny Khamis will compete to replace termed-out Councilwoman Nancy Pyle. So for those keeping score, here’s how it went down by district:

District 1 (Pete Constant): 76 percent yes.

District 2 (Kalra): 66 percent yes.

District 3 ( Sam Liccardo ): 60 percent yes.

District 4 (Chu): 70 percent yes.

District 5 (Campos): 57 percent yes.

District 6 ( Pierluigi Oliverio ): 71 percent yes.

District 7 ( Madison Nguyen ): 63 percent yes.

District 8 (Herrera): 71 percent yes.

District 9 ( Don Rocha ): 70 percent yes.

District 10 (Pyle): 74 percent yes.




July 18th

The SJPOA filed its suit against the City on the day after the election, asking the state court to find that Measure B violates state law. The City believes the federal court will rule favorably on Measure B and has asked the federal court to find it violates neither federal nor state law.

The Motion to Dismiss we filed this week seeks to have the City's federal court case thrown out. We argue in the Motion to Dismiss that the court doesn't have the power to issue a ruling on Measure B because: (1) the City has filed an unripe (premature) action, which should be dismissed because Measure B has yet to be implemented; (2) the City asks the court to speculate regarding events that will take place after Measure B's implementation, and courts do not issue advisory opinions; and (3) the City doesn't claim that SJPOA (or any defendant) has caused or will cause any injury to the City; and (4) the court should abstain from ruling on whether a measure violates the state law or the state constitution, to allow the state court to decide. Any one of these grounds alone is a strong basis for dismissal. Also, although we argue in the motion that immediate dismissal of the case is warranted, the motion also notes that if the court would rather not dismiss right now, it could put a hold on federal proceedings until the state court gets a chance to decide whether Measure B is illegal under state law.

If the federal court dismisses or even just stays its own proceedings, this will shift the focus onto the state court case.

We are scheduled to have our motion heard in federal court later in the year. We are committed to keeping everyone informed as we address the legal challenges ahead.

Jim Unland
John Robb




The link below will take you to an article authored by POA Vice President John Robb. The title: "Pension Reform Results in Mass Exodus from SJPD"...




July 24, 2012

The Sheriff's Office is currently in need of "Special Duty Deputies" (also called "Extra Help Deputies") to supplement staffing in our court facilities. The Sheriff's Office hires retired peace officers for these positions. We currently have a few retired SJPD officers working for us in this role. However, we anticipate needing between twenty-five and fifty additional deputies by the end of the year.

Special Duty Deputies usually work a flexible schedule to supplement regular deputies in the court facilities. These duties include all work areas of the facilities including: Bailiff, security screening, and inmate movement. We anticipate being able to offer Special Duty Deputies "near" full time work during this time period, and continued employment for as long as they are interested. Our retired deputies often take advantage of this position at retirement. However it appears the rules for PERS retirements are about to change making many ineligible to work as deputies after retirement.

Thank you,

Sgt. Shawn Francis
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office
Backgrounds and Recruiting — (408) 808-4607




There was no poll last week.

For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:

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July 20th


Here's a good police story for you. My daughter just graduated from the Southern Police Command school in Miami. The main speaker at the ceremony was the Phd Program Director,, retired Hollywood, FL Dep. Chief Earl Mitchell. When he stood up, he first passed along his congratulations to all 41 students from the overall Director at the University, Dr. Thaddeus Hughes. Mitchell then singled out my daughter, graduate Police Lt. Sarafina Tomeselli. Why did he select her? Here's the back story:

Sarafina with Master of Ceremonies
Earl Mitchell, retired Dep. Chief of
Hollywood, FL. He passed along the
gratitude of Dr. Thaddeus Hughes,
whose life was saved by Sarafina.

My daughter is about to finish a 7-year globetrotting odyssey that took her to Afghanistan (two years) for the U.S. State Department, then two years in Haiti for the United Nations, then a little over a year as a police instructor at the academy in Beirut, Lebanon, also for the State Department. She is now engaged in police work in Miami for the Federal Government.

When Sarafina was stationed in Beirut, Dr. Hughes was contracted to evaluate the State Department's Police Instruction program. Shortly before he was to leave for his 18-hour flight to the states, he had undergone arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Afterwards, he was in a lot of pain, limping badly and couldn't wait to get on the plane so he could return to the states and his doctor. When my daughter saw him limping down the hallway her EMT training kicked in and she spoke with him about what was going on. After a quick exam of his now swollen leg and knew that he could have a blood clot, she politely explained to him that he could not fly, and that he should go directly to the hospital. She then got a car and drove him to a nearby emergency room. He was subsequently admitted and remained in the hospital for 8 days.

Fast forward six thousand miles and two years later to today. My daughter received belated special recognition for saving Dr. Hughes' life. Isn't that something! What goes around comes around. Oh how our paths keep crossing.

Dave (Scannell)

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July 23rd


Camp Pendleton is a Marine Training Center near Oceanside California. It is about thirty miles north of San Diego. It has three great places to camp, fish and swim.  Lake O'neill is a small lake with RV and tent camping. It offers boat rentals and stocked fishing from boat and shore. It is inland and about twelve miles north of the main gate. Del Mar Beach is located on a wonderful sandy beach. It offers Bungalows, RV, tent camping with life guard protection. A third site is San Onofre Beach with RV and camping. There is McDonald's, Taco Bell, Shopping Centers and Steak houses open to the Public. It is a wonderful place to visit and stay.

They have a Web Site (Google "Camp Pendleton Camping") which will give all details and information. There are some restrictions in making reservations for camping, but all sites are available to civilians during the day. Have a valid I.D. to present at the main gate. You will enjoy a day at Camp Pendleton.

Bill Yarbrough



Association of Retired San Jose Police Officers & Firefighters
30th Annual August BBQ

Coyote Ranch
(just off of Monterey Hwy in the Coyote Valley)

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dinner will be served at 5:00 PM

$5 for Members
$10 for Spouse
$20 for Non-Members    

Make Checks Payable to:
P.O. BOX 28041
SAN JOSE, CA 95159
and send to Tom Scully

You can sign up online at our website:
We will need a count of Retirees and Spouses
who will be attending the BBQ, by August 9, 2012.

Coyote Ranch Map


From 101 South: Take the Bernal Road Exit West - Right turn: turn right at the 2nd stop light - you will dead end into Monterey Road. Turn left: go 1 mile south to Metcalf Road - turn left: make immediate right turn (approx. 50 yds.): follow that road to Coyote Ranch.

From 85 South: Take Bernal Exit West - Right turn (DO NOT GET ON 101): turn right at the 1st stop light - you will dead end into Monterey Road. Turn left: go 1 mile south to Metcalf Road - turn left: make immediate right turn (approx. 50 yds.): follow that road to Coyote Ranch.

If something comes up and you are unable to make the dinner after signing up, please let us know by sending e-mail to



—Link to press conference received from Phil Norton—

Some of you may recall that Sheriff Joe Arpaio stated several weeks ago that he would be releasing proof on July 17th that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S., therefore making him ineligible to be the President. Arpaio did in fact hold a lengthy press conference on July 17th, and this is how the Mercury News covered it...

Arpaio’s Group Continues Obama Birth Probe

Mercury News — In Brief Column — July 18, 2012

Investigators for an Arizona sheriff’s volunteer posse have declared that President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is definitely fraudulent. Members of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s posse said in March that there was probable cause that Obama’s long-form birth certificate released by the White House in April 2011 was a computer-generated forgery.

Now, Arpaio says investigators are positive it’s fraudulent. Mike Zullo, the posse’s chief investigator, said numeric codes on certain parts of the birth certificate indicate that those parts weren’t filled out, yet those sections asking for the race of Obama’s father and his field of work or study were completed. Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s birth, and state officials did again Tuesday.

If you are interested and want to take the time to see the sheriff's full press conference, here it is. (1 Hr. 15 Mins.)





Bob Bell felt this article was of sufficient interest to pass along. After reading it we judged it to be downright scary. But does anyone (read media) care?

NSA Chief: Cybercrime Constitutes the “Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History”

Posted by Josh Rogin — July 9, 2012 — FP Website

The loss of industrial information and intellectual property through cyber espionage constitutes the "greatest transfer of wealth in history," the nation's top cyber warrior Gen. Keith Alexander said Monday.

NSA Director (Gen.) Keith Alexander

U.S. companies lose about $250 billion per year through intellectual property theft, with another $114 billion lost due to cyber crime, a number that rises to $338 billion when the costs of down time due to crime are taken into account, said Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, in remarks Monday at the American Enterprise Institute.

"That's our future disappearing in front of us," Alexander said, quoting industry numbers to estimate that $1 trillion was spent globally last year on dealing with cyber espionage and cyber crime.

But the real threat on the Internet will come when cyber attacks become militarized, a threat the U.S. must deal with now, he said.

"What we need to worry about is when these transition from disruptive to destructive attacks, which is going to happen.... We have to be ready for that," Alexander said. "This is even more difficult to the nuclear deterrent strategies we used to think about in the past."

There are 75 million unique pieces of malware in the database of McAfee, a leading cyber security company, Alexander said. Botnets, networks of compromised computers controlled remotely, send out 89.5 billion unsolicited e-mails per day, about one third of all emails sent. Over 100 countries have network exploitation capabilities, he said.

The number of cyber attacks rose 44 percent in 2011, malware increased by 60 percent, and the number of attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure rose from 9 in 2009 to more than 160 in 2011, Alexander said.

The major companies who have suffered successful cyber attacks since 2011 include Google, Booz Allen, Mitsubishi, Sony, AT&T, Visa, Stratfor, Chamber of Commerce, Symantec, Nissan, Visa, and Mastercard, he said. For every known attack, about 100 are successful and never detected, he added.

"The theft of intellectual property is astounding and we've got to stop that, and my part of that is we need to have a viable defense," he said.

Alexander called on Congress to pass cyber legislation, although he declined to endorse any particular bill moving its way through congress. He quoted Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as warning of a cyber "Pearl Harbor," and quoted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for a new U.S.-China dialogue on cyber issues.

He said that the U.S. government and its interlocutors should move to cloud-based computing, arguing that security in the cloud is more agile and responsive to threats, although not perfect. "We know that the system we are on today is not secure."

The U.S. government also needs more situational awareness in cyberspace and a more organized and active cadre of military cyber warriors to respond to threats, according to Alexander. "We need to build a trained and ready cyber force with the right number and the right capacity," he said.

"The conflict is growing, the probably for crisis is mounting.  While we have the time, we should think about and enact those things that ensure our security in this area," he said. "And do it now, before the crisis."



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Scary! The results of this on-line quiz that asks several questions says I should vote for Ron Paul. Gary Johnson came in second and Mitt Romney third. If you take it you will probably want to select "Choose another stance" on several questions as doing so will give you specific options. Care to see what it says about you?


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According to an e-mail from Phil Norton, James O’Keefe’s (not our Jim O'Keefe) new Project Veritas video is a stunning exposé of union corruption surrounding so-called “shovel ready” jobs. In typically irreverent Project Veritas style, O’Keefe introduces a new company: Earth Supply and Renewal. What do they do? O’Keefe explains: (8 Mins.)


Read more: <http://tinyurl.com/8854b9k>


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I happen to believe this guy's argument is spot on. That close to half the nation is currently dependent on government subsidies is not solely about President Obama because the problem started several administrations ago. When we reach the point where more than half of the population relies on the government for its needs, our 236-year-old experiment known as capitalism and the free market will come to an end, and we as a people will rely on the government to care for us from cradle to grave. Some think that's fine; others do not. Have an opinion? Share it with us. (4 Mins.)


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This clip from Chuck Blackmore is of The Jovers performing in Las Vegas back in 1980. Charlie was very fond of the couple as he used to enjoy them back in the vaudeville days when they first broke into show business as teen-agers. (6 Mins.)


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Several popular TV shows such as Antique Roadshow and America's Got Talent here in the US originated in Britain. Will this be the next one to be Americanized and show up here? (3 Mins.)


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This clip from Dirk Parsons may look like it's from the animated movie "Cars," but is it? Read the description under the video and you will see how it ties into the upcoming Olympic Games. (1 Min.)


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Lumpy says you have to watch this skit of an optimistic New Yorker leading a group of strangers in her rendition of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" all the way to the end to catch the surprise ending. Can you guess what it is during the song? (5 Mins.)


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For you golfers who were not paying attention in Jan. of 2008 when we first ran this clip of JC Anderson offering some valuable golf swing tips, here it is again, courtesy of RIch Couser. (1 Min.)


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Landing one of the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory on a 3,400 foot runway at the wrong airport instead of the 11,000 foot runway at the airport the pilot was supposed to use is a major league no-no, even if a C-17 is STOL (short take off and landing) capable. Odds are, the pilot of this Globemaster found himself in hot water with his boss. A news article sent in by Bill Silva that includes an embedded video newscast of the incident can be seen by clicking on the link below. (Give the video a moment or two to load.) (3 Mins.)


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Speaking of flying, it's amazing that this drunk who stole a Piper Cub during an air show in Branson didn't kill himself. (4 Mins.)



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"Call the police! Form a committee! They are literally EVERYWHERE, and their numbers are increasing at an alarming rate! Find out the terrible truth. Stop your kids from becoming one with this shocking PSA."

That's the description of this clip received from Joe Suske. Try not to laugh too hard as you watch how someone or some group back in the 1950s took an anti-pot PSA and tried to turn it into an anti-homosexual message. (4 Mins.)


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That brings us to our top video of the week. It came from Alice Murphy and is titled "Flying Over America." Have a look and you will see why we chose it as the best of the week. (6 Mins.)

Best viewed in large or full screen...



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Pic of the Week:

Bill and Leroy think they have fixed the problem of Plumbers' Crack.

No need to thank them. They were just doing their civic duty and trying to make the world a better place.


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