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August 1, 2013

 

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

 

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the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



 

MEASURE B LITIGATION UPDATE



July 28th

The trial phase of our Measure B litigation is over. There are still some document housekeeping issues to be resolved between the City and AFSCME. The final briefs are due on 9/10/13, and Judge Lucas has reserved the date of 10/11/13 to reconvene the parties if she has any questions once she reviews the briefs. We can expect a decision sometime after that date with appeals also expected.
 
Jim Unland
<president@sjpoa.com>
John Robb
<vicepresident@sjpoa.com>

 

PENSION NEWS

This story from last Sunday's paper will take you in the courtroom for the first day of the Measure B litigation noted in the POA Membership Alert above...

Much Riding on Ruling

—Some $68 million in yearly retirement savings at stake for city in Measure B case—

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — July 28, 2013

SAN JOSE — San Jose’s pension reform is in a judge’s hands now after a week of testimony in a closely watched trial pitting the city’s ability to control ballooning retirement costs against the expectations and rights of its employees and retirees.

Judge Patricia M. Lucas is expected to take months to decide the Measure B case after lawyers submit written closing arguments, and appeals are likely. But much is riding on the outcome.

For the city, some $68 million in yearly retirement savings is at stake — $20 million already is budgeted for employee raises and staffing to restore services that were cut to pay pension costs. For Mayor Chuck Reed, who championed Measure B, which won nearly 70 percent voter approval in June 2012, its fate is key to his legacy and the political fortunes of his City Council allies.

“Unless it’s implemented,” said San Jose’s lawyer, Arthur Hartinger, in opening statements to the judge, “the city’s pension and post-employment benefit programs are unsustainable and out of control and threaten the city’s ability to provide essential city services.”

For city employees who already have taken 10-percent pay cuts to help the city weather its growing pension bill, a loss would saddle them with higher paycheck deductions for their retirement benefits. Retirees are fighting to restore extra pension checks and health care subsidies they argue the city unlawfully cut. And unions hope a victory will deter similar ballot measures elsewhere. Their lawyers argue that decades of California court decisions make it illegal for government employers to cut retirement benefits for current or retired workers.

“The city has made an express promise,” said John McBride, a lawyer representing several city employees, in opening statements. “Here is a benefit you will have an entitlement to earn.”

The case drew keen interest from top city officials, retirees and union leaders, who nearly filled the small, second-floor downtown courtroom during the hearings. Reed was in the courtroom most of the week, often on the edge of his seat during testimony, along with several of his council allies. Pension reform advocates also dropped by during the week.

For her part, Lucas wore a weary expression during the trial, chiding the lawyers about paperwork issues and witness availability. Several times, she questioned measure foes’ lawyers about the relevance of their witness testimony or line of questioning. And, in her June 20 ruling rejecting the city’s request to dismiss critics’ charges before trial — her only remarks on the substance of the case — she was skeptical of the city’s defense.

Not all of Measure B was at issue, at least in this trial. Unions and retirees weren’t challenging the city’s ability to reduce pensions offered to new hires since its passage. San Jose already has more than 100 new employees covered by a reduced pension plan, expects to have one in place for police later this year and is seeking one for firefighters through arbitration.

Unions also are trying to block Measure B with unfair labor practice charges through the state Public Employment Relations Board that argue it violated their bargaining rights.

During the trial, Measure B foes took aim at several key provisions. One was a provision that employees would have to contribute up to 16 percent more toward their pensions. Opponents argued the city is solely responsible for paying accumulated debt in San Jose’s retirement plans. They called actuary Thomas Lowman, who testified to that effect, as well as Daniel Doonan, a labor economist who said that with the pay cuts and now Measure B, “the city wants it both ways.”

“The pay cuts were already implemented to pay for the increased cost of retirement benefits, and at this point,” Doonan said, “the city is coming back asking for higher contributions as well.”

Measure B opponents also assailed the city’s efforts to eliminate a benefit that paid retirees extra pension checks when retirement funds had high earnings.

Opponents also blasted the claim by the city that it can lower its retiree health insurance subsidies by offering current employees a cheaper, high-deductible plan. The city argued the retiree health benefit is tied to the lowest-priced premium of plans offered any city worker and that Measure B did not change this. But lawyers for police officers and firefighters argued their retirees’ benefit is tied to a higher-priced and more generous plan offered to officers and firefighters.

The city offered testimony from City Auditor Sharon Erickson, whose 2010 audit showed the city’s pension plans have reached unsustainable levels due to poor market returns, benefit increases and faulty assumptions. The city also called City Manager Debra Figone and Deputy City Manager Alex Gurza.

Figone testified about the cuts to police, fire, library, parks and other city services — some 2,000 jobs eliminated over a decade — to cover soaring retirement costs.

Gurza testified that employee unions had agreed to make extra pension payments to help the city close budget deficits in 2010 and that several offered to eliminate the extra pension check benefit. City lawyers argued that shows the city can require higher pension payments from employees and eliminate the extra checks because the unions cannot waive a legally protected “vested right.”

After the hearings, Robert Sapien, the San Jose Firefighters union president and a plaintiff in the case, said he felt employees had presented a solid case, and, noting that Reed is seeking a state ballot measure to soften pension protections, added, “it doesn’t seem like they have a lot of confidence.”

Reed said afterward that the city’s lawyers and witnesses “did an excellent job” and presented a case that was “clear, straightforward and understandable.”


 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Mercury News columnist Scott Herhold devoted last Sunday's column to former POA President Bobby Lopez's upcoming retirement...

Retirement Unlikely to Change Him

By Scott Herhold
<sherhold@mercurynews.com>



Mercury News — July 28, 2013

There are two essential things you need to know about Sgt. Bobby Lopez, who made his mark as the fiery leader of rank-and-file cops in San Jose. The first is that he is much smarter than he looks. The second is that he enjoys a political brawl. The guy who wears a T-shirt and looks like a janitor originally wanted to be a lawyer. He has immersed himself in Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.’’ He devours biographies of Lord Horatio Nelson, Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan. If you underestimate him, you court peril.



Bobby Lopez

Lopez, 56, is retiring after 23 years with the San Jose police and 10 years in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department. His last shift will be Friday. But he plans to remain a leader of the Fraternal Order of Police, trying to create a regional movement to represent cops.

“I enjoyed the job,” he told me. “I don’t think there’s been a day until recently that I didn’t get up and want to come to work. It’s like an E-ticket ride at Disneyland. Every day is what you make of it.’’

From early 2006 to late 2009, Lopez was president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, an era of generous benefits for cops.

Public gestures

To the media’s delight, he had a flair for the middle-finger response. When the Mexican consul criticized San Jose police over allegations of brutality, Lopez rallied the troops — and spurred criticism — by suggesting Mexico had not solved its own police problems.

He doesn’t have kind words for his successors at the police officers’ association, who return the tart judgment.

Jim Unland, the current POA chief, has led a stout defense against the Measure B pension reform but has sounded pessimistic about the future for cops in San Jose. Lopez comes across as a firebrand, but he doesn’t have pessimism in his playbook.

I asked Lopez who, in his experience, were the best and worst mayors (Tom McEnery the best, judgment still out on worst); the best and worst police chiefs (Bill Lansdowne and Chris Moore, who he says “couldn’t decide whether to be chief or ambassador to Oz.’’ Moore declined comment).

Occasionally, Lopez’s outspokenness has landed him in trouble. In 2010, the Mercury News quoted him as saying he had a spy in the office of police auditor LaDoris Cordell. Lopez called the story inaccurate. And an investigation determined no confidential auditor’s information was leaked. But the affair did not help him. Councilman Pete Constant branded Lopez a liar.

Little scorn

Beyond the rhetoric, however, Lopez does not scorn his opponents. He accepts that it’s the job of union leaders to push for better benefits, and the job of the mayor to push back.

A story: As a deputy, Lopez and several other officers were dispatched to arrest a 17-year-old parole violator who had a .45-caliber handgun and swore he wouldn’t be captured alive.

At the last minute, as Lopez held a shotgun, the kid dropped the gun. Lopez asked why. “I looked in everybody else’s eyes. I didn’t think they would shoot,’’ Lopez quoted the kid as saying. “I looked in yours, and I knew you would.’’

Lopez says the kid later got a job and raised a family.
 

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Another former POA President was also in the news last weekend. The I.A. column of last Sunday's paper included this item about George Beattie's retirement from the SJPD and move to the Hayward PD, whose chief is Diane Urban, another former San Jose cop who held the rank of Asst. Chief when she left San Jose for the No. 1 job at the Hayward PD...

Mercury News — July 28, 2013



Hayward Chief Gets Job for Ex-Colleague at SJPD

When he stepped down as president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association at the end of 2011, Lt. George Beattie said his mind had shifted toward retirement, and he was exploring other jobs. We can report now that the 53-year-old lieutenant has landed elsewhere.



George Beattie

After 25 years and two months with the San Jose police, Beattie has taken a $132,000 per-year civilian post as personnel and training administrator with the Hayward Police Department. Hayward officials say he began officially early this month.

What’s the background?

Well, insiders may remember that the chief of police in Hayward is Diane Urban, formerly the assistant chief in San Jose. Urban knows Beattie well, and as the exodus of veteran officers continues from San Jose, she hired him.

“George Beattie is an all-around class act who will bring years of field experience, people skills and leadership to our organization,” Urban said by email.

Will he recruit San Jose cops in his new Hayward gig? Don’t bother to ask.


 


WEEKLY POLL
 

Last Week's Poll Results




For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>


 

MAIL CALL

Leroy received the following message regarding the George Zimmerman case from former SJPD cop Ron Martinelli along with a notation that it was OK to publish in the Farsider...

July 25th

Tired of media hype? Think you know all about the George Zimmerman case? Think again. Forensic criminologist, use of force and OIS expert Dr. Ron Martinelli takes you inside.

(Guys: Feel free to send this out to everyone you know. I hope the truth will go viral.)

<http://www.slideshare.net/code3law/article-the-zimmerman-verdict-a-victory-of-the-rule-of-law-over-poli>


Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., BCFT, CFA, CLS
<code3law@aol.com>
Forensic Criminologist
Martinelli & Associates: Justice & Forensic Consultants, Inc.
Temecula, CA 92591

<
www.martinelliandassoc.com>

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July 28th

Thanks for the photo of the 1974 Narcotics Bureau. The gentleman fourth from left standing was LAPD Sgt Lynn Leeds. He was an "Addict Under the Influence" expert bought up by Lt. Bertotti to assist us in forming the 11550 enforcement team.

The effectiveness of this team was illustrated when Craig Buckhout put on his uniform to attend a funeral in a marked vehicle. On his way back, Craig spotted a street person he knew and stopped for a look. With impunity, the individual conducted a drug transaction right in front of him. When Craig pinched the hype, he loudly complained about how unfair it was for "Buckles" to disguise himself as a cop.         

I consider myself fortunate to have been in the same room with this collection of great cops. The five years I spent watching these crews at work was the most fun I ever had in my life.

Regards,

"Nails" (Larry Fernsworth)
<nails208@gmail.com>

Nails is in the middle of the top row, next to LAPD Sgt. Leeds. We know the names of most of the others, but since we can't name them all, we'll stop at Nails and the L.A. sergeant.

 

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July 30th

Bill & Leroy,

It was reported that a prison in Fremont was promoting a "Rent a Cell" for the prisoners. I remember an old USAF base in Fremont called Parks Air Force base back in the fifties that was taken over and made into a Federal Prison. Is that the same old place? It was a prison that offered federal prisoners tennis courts, special meals, and other not-so-hard-to take-prison benefits. Now they can rent their rooms with personal showers and soft beds for a price? That's the place I want to go when I'm to old to care for myself. In round figures at 60 dollars a night for 30 days and nights with 24 hour care I would only have to pay 1,800 a month.  At that price I would only have to pay $21,600 a year for 24-hour care. Compared to the going rate of nearly $100,000 a year for private care. it is a real good deal. Free food, free medical, free supervision, no tax, etc. All I have to do is commit a federal white collar crime and my last days on earth will not be a burden to my family. Only in America. Not cleaned up nor checked on Snopes. Just dancing fingers.

Bill (Yarbrough)
<billyarbrough36@yahoo.com>

Leroy was the first to respond:

Parks AFB was up in Pleasanton, behind the Alameda Co. S/O and comprised of a bunch of old barracks. I started at Fremont PD in '64 and got my tear gas training at Parks. I think that's why I gravitated towards training. It was my way of getting revenge for that tear gas experience!  — Leroy

There seems to be a lot of misinformation about Fremont's "pay-to-stay" hoosegow. First, it has nothing to do with the Federal prison system. The Federal Correctional Facility (FCI) in Pleasanton (actually Dublin) that was often referred to as a "country club" for Federal prisoners opened in 1974 as a minimum security prison for men. In addition to junk bond king Michael Milken, it also housed Jeffrey MacDonald for a period of time. He was the Green Beret medical doctor who was found guilty of murdering his pregnant wife and two children in 1970. The facility was converted in 2012 to a female only FCI.
<http://tinyurl.com/2a8ta3>

The Fremont jail where misdemeanants can "pay-to-stay" is an entirely different facility. Following are some pertinent excerpts from a KTVU Channel 2 news report about the jail facility:

Lt. Mark Devine, who oversees the program, said it is designed for those who have committed a petty theft or a DUI and need to serve one or five, or maybe 10 days in jail.

"It's still a jail; there's no special treatment," Devine said. "They get the same cot, blanket and food as anybody in the county jail, except that our jail is smaller, quieter and away from the county jail population."

The program might give Fremont an economic boost, Devine said. If the jail is able to house about 16 inmates for at least two nights a week, the city could turn an annual net profit of about $244,000, he said.

"The jail has 58 beds, but at any one time on the weekend we're lucky if we have a dozen people using it," Devine said. "We have a lot of unused capacity, so we have unused taxpayer-invested money just sitting there."

Similar pay-to-stay jail programs are offered in other California cities, including Anaheim, Beverly Hills and Roseville, which is located near Sacramento.


For the full story, click on this link:
<http://tinyurl.com/m4s3ggf>


 

RETIREES ASSN. NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON-LINE

To download the June/July 2013 issue of the Billy & Spanner to your desktop, click on the link below, then double-click the icon to open it...



<http://tinyurl.com/kah4p9j>



 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN



An Addendum to Last Week's California Cheese Co. Homicide

Reading about the Cheese Factory homicide in the latest Farsider brought back a couple of memories related to one of the SJPD investigators who had a small part in the case. For this addendum he shall remain nameless.

With a change of venue that moved the trial to Los Angeles, the investigator was required to fly to L.A. to testify. It was to be a turn-around for him; fly down, testify, fly back the same day. This would be an all-day ordeal for him because it required an early flight out of San Jose and an afternoon departure for home.

One day after court he engaged in a conversation with the defense attorneys and hitched a ride with them to LAX. After they bought their tickets they continued to converse while they proceeded to board the airplane. Their conversation continued until the plane was about halfway between L.A. and the Bay Area when one of the attorneys mentioned that he was surprised the investigator was bound for San Francisco and not San Jose. "Oh s%&#," said the detective. "Wrong plane."

How he got home from SFO is another story.

When the same investigator later split up with his wife he moved into an apartment as a single. His new residence needed a good cleaning, but the detective didn't have a vacuum cleaner. When he came to work the next day he asked Sgt. Jim Cornelius if he could borrow his. Jim agreed and brought it to work with him the next day and told the investigator that he left it in his unlocked VW Bus that was in the city employees' parking lot.

The investigator drove over to the parking lot in his unmarked car, found the vacuum and proceeded home to clean his apartment. But when he found the vacuum didn't work, he took it to a repair facility to have it fixed. It was soon returned, and the detective took it home and completed the job of cleaning his apartment.

When he asked Jim the following day where his car was parked so he could return the vacuum, Cornelius was quite surprised. He told the detective that he assumed he had taken the vacuum home, cleaned his apartment, then returned it to his VW Bus the same day. It didn't take a great deal of investigative work to determine that the investigator had initially taken the wrong vacuum, and that in the owner's eyes, it had been stolen. Our unnamed investigator was now faced with the problem of returning the fixed vacuum to the owner's car without being seen, but he managed to pull it off.

Somewhere there was a city employee who, to this day, probably wonders how strange it was for someone to steal a broken vacuum cleaner out of his car, only to find a few days later that it had been returned and in working condition. He or she may even have wondered if it might have been "divine intervention."


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JULY 27, 2013

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox




Did a machine shop worker who tore his scrotum
on a piece of machinery staple it back together?

New Articles

• Photograph purportedly shows a service technician who was dragged off a motor scooter and beaten by a mob of "Trayvon crazed thugs."
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/beating.asp>

• Video clip purportedly shows an airplane making a safe landing after losing a wing.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/airplane/onewing.asp>

• Did Paul Simon take the title of his song 'Mother and Child Reunion' from the name of a chicken-and-egg dish on the menu of a Chinese restaurant?
<http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/motherchildreunion.asp>

• Did an 1875 report by the Horseless Carriage Committee warn about the dangers of gasoline-fueled vehicles?
<http://www.snopes.com/history/document/horseless.asp>

• New pastor secretly poses as homeless man, then reveals himself to unsympathetic congregants.
<http://www.snopes.com/glurge/homelesspastor.asp>

• Do the colored squares on toothpaste tubes identify the composition of the toothpaste enclosed therein?
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/toothpastemarkings.asp>

• Have musical acts declined to perform in Florida over that state's 'stand your ground' law?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/floridaboycott.asp>

• In commemoration of the anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, we present a collection of legends related to man's first trip to the moon.
<http://www.snopes.com/science/moon/moon.asp>

• Medical case report about a machine-shop worker who tore his scrotum in a piece of machinery and then stapled it back together.
<http://www.snopes.com/medical/emergent/stapled.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

• Did presenting a rare 1943 copper cent to Ford entitle the bearer to a free brand-new automobile?
<http://www.snopes.com/business/redeem/1943ford.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>


 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



You know the drill. Select Large or Full Screen for YouTube videos...


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In light of the Asiana Flight 214 (a Boeing 777) that recently crashed at SFO while attempting to land on runway 28-Left, we thought we would reprise this video from the Jan. 3rd Farsider that shows how the landing should have gone had the main landing gear of the aircraft not have impacted the seawall at the beginning of the runway.

If you would like to be a fly on the wall of the cockpit of the world's largest commercial passenger jet, click on the link below and you will immediately find yourself aboard Lufthansa Flight 454 as the massive A380-800 Airbus makes its approach and lands at SFO to a wet greeting by two of the airport's fire trucks. (14 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIepQxjWavI>


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Speaking of the Asiana crash, David Byers says he heard about a recent modification to the SFO runway that will hopefully prevent any further landing mishaps...




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While we are on the topic of commercial aviation, a satellite representation of air traffic over a 24 hour period condensed down to a little more than a minute might make one wonder why there are not more catastrophic accidents than there actually are. That there are not is a testament to the safety of flying. Note how the amount of traffic is heaviest during the daylight hours over North America and Europe as the earth revolves. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gkJTJIPWqo>


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Speaking of air traffic, this link received from Jim Silvers will allow you to identify by flight number the track of virtually all commercial aircraft in real time. Look closely and you can see the planes moving, and clicking on one with your mouse will show you its flight number and, on the left, more info about the flight. You can also use your mouse to move the terrain to keep up with a specific flight. The website has other features. so take a look around if this subject interests you.



<http://tinyurl.com/l7s7wav>


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(Confidential to PBA Secretary-Treasurer Larry "Lumpy" Lundberg. Word has it that nearly 90 percent of the membership have signed a petition directing you to follow this New York cop's example of raising dough to supplement the Association's treasury, which will allow you to reduce the amount of their monthly dues. Given your fortitude and love for the almighty buck, it should be easy providing the BART employees don't walk off the job again.) (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47e3vjA_4uc>


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Harry Mullins writes: "Have you utilized this fine display of Scottish manliness and patience? It is more evidence that shows how modern technology is designed to frustrate as well as irritate." (4 Mins.)



<http://dotsub.com/view/6c5d7514-5656-476a-9504-07dd4e2f6509>
 

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Are you old enough to remember this song that accompanies some clever editing of film footage from performers of yesteryear that includes Stan and Oliver? (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4B90Knx57w#at=83>


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If you like to think of yourself as a movie buff, here's your chance to prove it. How many of these movie quotes do you recognize besides "Badges? I ain't got to show you no stinkin' badges!" (11 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FExqG6LdWHU>


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If $139K was a little too steep a price for the Icon A5 sport plane we showed you last week, think of the fun you can have with this $100K Honda powered WaterCar, especially if it comes with a blonde in a black bikini. This clip from Alice Murphy touts it as the fastest amphibious car in the world. (1 Min.)





<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51u4M0rERLI>

Click here for more info:
<http://WaterCar.com>
 

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Lots of people turn to YouTube for instructions on how to handle different chores, install various items, etc. The key is to make sure the person presenting the tutorial knows what they are doing. This clip from Sharon Lansdowne is an example of a video that should not be followed by young ladies who want to know how to operate a curling iron. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdVuSvZOqXM>


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We wouldn't call the guy in this video sent in by Alice Murphy a virtuoso on the violin, but when it comes to balancing acts he's not half bad. (4 Mins.)



<http://tinyurl.com/lqof9d4>


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Speaking of balancing acts, Don Hale says this one looks to be impossible. (He's obviously never seen Leroy practicing a similar routine on a clothesline tied to two trees in his backyard.) (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO2F4tAOdz4>


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Some have suggested that if President Obama wants to raise his sinking poll numbers, he should insert a little humor in his speeches. After all, it seemed to work for Ronald Reagan. (12 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrRTau5jusU#at=234>


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This moving story about a wedding and a broken fork we received from Chuck Blackmore looks familiar, but because we couldn't find it in the Farsider Archives we thought it was worth including. If you choose to watch it you will understand why it has subtitles in Hebrew. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q98z9COsgqI>


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Here's a quarter-mile drag race that features several super cars and should be of interest to you gearheads. Unfortunately, there are only a couple in the line-up that most of us can afford. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaS7n6qKQe4&feature=youtu.be>


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This short clip received from Don Hale is a moving and patriotic TV ad by Food City that ran in some parts of the country in early July. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoABty_zE00&feature=youtu.be>


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We chose as a closer this week this contribution from Bruce Morton. Titled "The Rainbow Bridge," it speaks to those of you who have ever lost a pet. (4 Mins.)





<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoBO6kJCBvw&feature=youtu.be>


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C'ya



Pic of the Week





THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 8/1/13

Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

No changes

To receive the email address of anyone on the list -- or to receive the roster with all of the email addresses -- send your request to
<bilmat@comcast.net>.

Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Adams, Roy
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Dave
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
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