The Farsider

October 20, 2015

 

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

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.

 

DAVE BRIDGEN’S STATUS

Gary Johnson reports that Dave is doing better, that he is more talkative and alert. This is similar to what Chaplain Jim Becknall passed along to the PBA membership at last night’s (Wed.) monthly meeting. It's possible that he may be able to return home from the rehab facility before too long. We are still providing Dave’s home address to folks who wish to send him a get-well card. Send your request to <bilmat@comcast.net> or <leroypyle@alamarwebs.com>

This pic along with the comment below was posted by Pete Salvi on Facebook last Sunday...


Aug. 16: Ernesto Vallecilla and I stopped by to visit Dave at the rehab facility this morning. He's looking good and communicating well. Hopes to be out by next Saturday. Dave is a selfless man. He was wishful that his procedure might also help others, including stroke victims.

 

RESULTS OF THE POA MEMBERSHIP VOTE

Aug. 17th

First and foremost, I want to start by thanking the membership for being so supportive during the Global Settlement negotiations.  We haven't just started a new chapter in our police family, but we have begun a new book that will allow us to start to become competitive again and legally continue the process in fixing the toxic Measure B with our new Global Settlement Framework. I'm excited about sharing with you the results of our general membership vote that has taken place over the last four days.

794 Votes Cast
715 (90% Yes)
79  (10% No)

I have given the results of the ratification to the City Manager and his team. Our City Council will take our ratification along with SJ Fire's ratification and vote on it in open session.  We still have work to do as we weave through the court process, but enjoy today's results! I look forward in working with you all in turning our department back around to what we all know it use to be...the best!

Paul Kelly, POA President
 

SO HOW DOES THE AGREEMENT IMPACT RETIREES?



Aug. 18th

Dear Members,
 
We're pleased to report that the San Jose City Council has reached a settlement agreement with the SJPOA and Local 230 over Measure B. Formal Council approval should occur next week.
 
As you recall, Measure B made unlawful changes to pensions for active employees--driving hundreds of employees from the City. Retirees faced impacts as well. Most notably, the City gave itself the ability to eliminate or reduce our guaranteed annual 3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for a period of up to 5 years if they deemed it necessary. Further, the City defined the "lowest cost plan,” which our health care benefits are based on, as any plan, available to any city employee. The potential impact to us on retiree health care was an unlimited cutting of our benefit to meet the City's financial need.  
 
As we reported in the last newsletter, the agreement reached between the SJPOA and Local 230 improves the positions for active and retired employees.  Yes, it will create a 2nd tier pension, but that was an issue that all sides already agreed on.  
 
As it relates to retirees, the Measure B provision granting the City Council the unilateral authority to cut our COLA's is eliminated.  
 
With regard to retiree healthcare for current retirees, the following will occur:

• The City will be prohibited from lowering a retiree's health care benefit below the "silver" level in the Affordable Health Care Act. This provides current retirees with a guaranteed benefit going forward. Currently, the city could continue to degrade the lowest cost plan and that would be the plan provided to current retirees.

• The SRBR benefit for retirees will be eliminated (we've been without it for several years now). However, in its place will be a "Purchasing Power Agreement" which will ensure that the purchasing power of the current retiree's pension will not fall below 75% of its value. This new provision is intended to accomplish something similar to what the SRBR was created for- — to help those long-time retirees who need the most help making ends meet. In addition to our COLA, the Purchasing Power Agreement will guarantee our pensions hold value over the long term.  
 
Below are links to recent news stories providing a little more background and context:
 
(Ed. — The stories appear in the “Pension News” column below.)

Mike Alford, President <mikealford2553@gmail.com>

 

PENSION NEWS

San Jose, Police Union Reach Deal

By John Woolfolk <jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Aug. 15, 2015

SAN JOSE — The City Council on Friday approved a tentative agreement on raises with the police union after agreeing to the officers’ demands for implementing a settlement on voter-approved pension reforms. Both sides saw the deal as crucial to retaining officers in the depleted police force. The one-year pay agreement, tentatively reached earlier in the week, calls for 8 percent raises, plus a 5 percent, one-time “retention” bonus and return incentive for officers who have left the force for other jobs. The current police contract expires at the end of the year. The San Jose Police Officers’ Association had said it would not ratify the pay agreement unless the city agreed to a “quo warranto” process to implement a settlement of lawsuits over the Measure B pension reforms city voters overwhelmingly approved in 2012. Under that process, a judge would invalidate the measure, and it would be replaced by the negotiated agreement. City officials were concerned about a citizen lawsuit and favored returning to voters for approval of the settlement. But the soonest that can happen is November 2016, and the union said it could not afford to wait that long with officers continuing to leave the force.
 

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This follow-up item from yesterday’s paper provides the result of the ratification vote by POA members…

Police OK Wage, Measure B Accords

By Ramona Giwargis <rgiwargis@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Aug. 18, 2015

SAN JOSE — Nearly 90 percent of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association membership ratified a wage agreement and tentative framework to replace Measure B on Monday, representing the last step before the pair of agreements head to the City Council. But the council won’t take up approving the two accords for another week, city officials said late Monday. The tentative wage agreement offers police officers 8 percent in ongoing raises and 5 percent one-time bonuses. But the POA leadership said it wouldn’t take the wage offer to members without a full benefits package — meaning the city had to reach a compromise over Measure B, the highly litigated pension reform measure voters approved three years ago. Though city leaders announced a tentative Measure B settlement agreement with police and fire unions last month, union leaders said the city was backing away from a legal proceeding that would replace Measure B with the settlement.

But on Friday, the city announced it will move forward with the “quo warranto” action to invalidate Measure B, replace it with the framework and then put it out to voters in 2016. It was enough to satisfy the POA, and members began voting on both deals late Friday.

Of the 794 votes cast by POA members over a two-day process, about 715 voted yes. The firefighters union also ratified the Measure B settlement in July.

As anxious as both parties appear to be in putting the contentious negotiations behind them, there’s another delay. City officials on Monday said the approval of the agreements would be deferred until the Aug. 25 City Council meeting.

“My understanding is that it was a technical matter because of our ‘sunshine’ policies,” said city spokesman David Vossbrink. “It didn’t meet our standard posting requirements, and we want to make sure everyone has a chance to read it.”
 

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Columnist Scott Herald chose the to pontificate about the proposed Measure B settlement in last Sunday’s paper…

Epitaph for Measure B: Never mind

By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Aug. 16, 2015

Never mind. When all the words were said Friday afternoon, when all the justifications were proffered, that was the political epitaph for San Jose’s Measure B pension reform.

Never mind that 70 percent voted for the measure back in 2012, told by the council majority under Mayor Chuck Reed that it was essential to save the city from financial ruin. Never mind that scores of talented employees left city government and the Police Department because they found their pension and salary deals inferior to what they could find elsewhere. Never mind that the city spent more than $4 million on lawyers, or that the pension debate infected political debate for more than four years, dividing people who might be allies. In legal terms, the city conceded that Measure B was a mistake, an error, a massive foot fault. The council agreed to ask a judge to invalidate it, to brand it formally as incorrectly designed law.

Meanwhile, San Jose plans to put the resolution of the conflict before the voters in November 2016. Over the next 16 months, the cops and firefighters will get a 5 percent bonus and an 8 percent raise.

Best deal available

In truth, this might have been the best deal the city could get. With cops fleeing to other departments, Mayor Sam Liccardo was under enormous pressure to reach a settlement. And he could legitimately argue that the city had achieved concessions in negotiations, obtaining savings he estimated at $1.7 billion over 30 years. San Jose was able to save millions by forgoing the so-called “bonus checks” to employees. And the city and its public safety unions agreed on a cheaper health plan. All sensible steps. Yet there were two moments at a news conference in the City Hall rotunda that underscored the political agility act that Liccardo and the council were managing as they reached peace.

The first came from yours truly. I read the mayor a statement from his campaign website last year: “How we get past our budgetary burdens will depend on whether we have a mayor who will fully litigate — and implement — Measure B reforms,” he wrote. When I asked Liccardo whether he was eating his words, the mayor responded by pointing again to savings the deal achieved. He called me back later to enlarge on the point. “There’s a time to litigate, and a time to settle,” he said. “Sometimes you need to litigate until you settle.”

Cortese’s point

That was fair enough, though I couldn’t help but think about Supervisor Dave Cortese, his labor-backed opponent in last year’s election, who had urged that the city stop litigating Measure B. Cortese’s answer was not that different from what the city achieved Friday.

The second agility test came when KLIV radio reporter Jason Bennert asked Paul Kelly, the president of the Police Officers’ Association, whether he would have taken the same deal four years ago, before Measure B. “Absolutely,” Kelly said.

Liccardo later quibbled with that, suggesting that not all of the city’s unions would have approved cuts in health care four years ago. But Kelly’s statement underscored a growing consensus about Measure B: Never mind. We didn’t really need our long civic nightmare.
 

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Daniel Borenstein is a columnist and editorial writer for the Contra Costa Times, a sister newspaper to the Mercury News. This op/ed piece appeared in Tuesday’s CoCo Times and Wednesday’s on-line edition of the Merc. It provides further evidence that the California A.G. has the back of government workers when it comes to pensions...

Kamala Harris is Right About Chuck Reed's Latest Pension Initiative

By Daniel Borenstein — Columnist
Contra Costa Times — Aug. 18, 2015

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed claims his latest pension reform initiative would not reduce the future benefits of current public employees. Attorney General Kamala Harris says it could -- and she's right.

Last week, Harris released the initiative summary that would appear on the ballot if backers collect sufficient signatures. She began by saying it "eliminates the constitutional protections for vested pension and retiree health care benefits for current public employees."

That contradicts how Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio portrayed the measure when they unveiled it in June. They said they wanted to avoid an attack on California's vested rights doctrine protecting the rate at which current employees accrue pension benefits.

On Monday, DeMaio still maintained that "nothing in our initiative changes the vested benefits for existing employees." Reed echoed that: "We don't believe the initiative affects current employees."

But it does, as an excellent legal analysis by McGeorge Law School Professor Clark Kelso makes clear. The analysis was prepared for labor leaders fighting the initiative, but its conclusion was supported by four top pension attorneys who did not want to speak publicly.

No retirement law experts have defended Reed and DeMaio's position. They now have two options if they plan to start the signature-gathering phase: They could challenge Harris' ballot wording in court, and almost certainly lose. Or they could embrace it and accurately promote the initiative as one that would truly reform California's public employee pension system.
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But they shouldn't continue to falsely pitch the measure.

At issue are public employees' protections for pension accrual rates. Take for example most California public safety workers. Each year that they work, their future pensions increase by 3 percent of final salary. After 30 years, their starting pensions are 90 percent of that salary.

But what if the employer cannot afford such generous benefits? A private-sector company could reduce the rate of future accruals. It could tell workers that they can keep the 3 percent credit for each year already worked, but going forward they will earn pension benefits at a rate of, say, 2 percent a year.

However, once a California public employee starts working, that accrual rate can never be reduced. The state Supreme Court issued a series of rulings, the most recent in 1991, that reductions would violate the contract clauses of the state and federal constitutions.

Amy Monahan, University of Minnesota law professor, has sharply criticized the "California Rule." California courts, she writes, have "established one of the most protective legal approaches for public employee pension benefits of any state in the country."

Reed and DeMaio claimed their initiative would not change the California Rule. They said they were only trying to alter the rules for new employees by making those pensions subject to voter approval, and for current employees by requiring ballot approval for future increases.

But, actually, one part of the initiative would amend the state Constitution to give voters the right through an initiative or referendum to reduce the future pension accrual rate for current employees. This could be applied statewide or in each local government jurisdiction.

Thus, if the initiative passed and withstood court challenge, voters could eliminate current workers' vested rights protections under the California Rule.

In an earlier column on the measure, I missed the significance of this section. Harris' ballot summary prompted my re-examination.

Reed and DeMaio could take the lemons Harris handed them and make the proverbial lemonade. They certainly should stop demonizing her for making a politically calculated move to please union supporters as she prepares her U.S. Senate campaign.

Rather than running from the wording of their initiative, they could embrace it. Government employers -- in this case, voters -- should be able to scale back future pension accruals if they're too costly.

To be clear, no one should reduce benefits workers already earned. The issue here is the accrual rate for future labor.

As the Little Hoover Commission, a state bipartisan watchdog group, presciently wrote in 2011, pensions will strangle funding for needed public services unless officials reduce future accruals for current workers.

The initiative could let voters do that. But Reed and DeMaio should be honest about it, or abandon the measure.

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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Don’t be misled by the headline of this Wall Street Journal article sent in by Laurie McNamara. The subject matter concerns all of California’s public employee unions, not just Calpers…

Calpers vs. Voters

—The union-run pension fund tries to stop a reform referendum—
 
Wall Street Journal — Aug. 12, 2015

Opportunities for government reform are about as rare and needed in California as rain. So it’s a pity that public unions are trying to block a promising ballot initiative that could end defined-benefit pensions and save taxpayers billions of dollars.

Earlier this summer San Jose’s former Democratic mayor Chuck Reed proposed a referendum for the November 2016 ballot that would require governments to obtain voter approval to continue defined-benefit pensions for new workers after 2019. Voter approval would also be necessary to boost pensions for existing employees or to subsidize more than 50% of the cost for new worker retirement benefits. Notably, the initiative would be California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers) tamper-proof.

In the past Calpers has threatened to impose punitive “termination fees” on local governments that propose modifying worker pensions. The pension shark threatened to bite the bankrupt city of Stockton with a $1.6 billion fee—nearly eight times its $211 million unfunded liability—if it scaled back current workers’ unearned benefits. Calpers has also threatened litigation to head off reforms.

Mr. Reed’s initiative would require retirement boards “to fully and faithfully implement” voter-approved pension reforms, and it bars Calpers from imposing financial penalties on government employers that propose closing their defined-benefit plans.

Not surprisingly, Calpers is pre-emptively campaigning against Mr. Reed’s initiative. Assemblyman Rob Bonta, who chairs a key committee in the California legislature, last month requested a legal analysis of the initiative from Calpers. This invitation for self-dealing would be akin to the Federal Election Commission soliciting Democratic opinion about Republican compliance with campaign-finance laws.

Calpers CEO Anne Stausboll warned in response that the referendum could “threaten the system’s tax exempt status” and “make providing death or disability benefits extremely impracticable.” Ms. Stausboll also suggests that the initiative could allow voters to cut current workers’ future benefits and “it is not clear whether such a retroactive impact would be legal.” Only in the world of public unions is scaling back future benefits considered “retroactive.” The CEO’s claims are particularly incongruent since the measure explicitly states that it would not limit disability or death benefits or alter current workers’ benefits for past work.

The letter appears to be a test-run for the political attacks unions are likely to wage should Mr. Reed’s initiative qualify for the ballot. All the more reason for reformers to make sure it’s presented to voters.

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There were 105 readers’ comments regarding this article when we pasted it up. Click HERE to review them if you are interested, and if the page is still on the WSJ website.

 

THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

That the Mercury News editorial page editor (Barbara Marshman) believes that Gov. Moonbeam’s decision to ban grand juries from investigating police shootings is a good idea comes as no surprise. Her views almost always reflect those of Brown's.

The editorial below points out that the Ferguson grand jury cleared (refused to indict) Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, but it conveniently overlooked the fact that Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. came to the same conclusion.

So the decision to indict or not indict officers in police shootings is best left to a local prosecutor for the sake of transparency, eh? How is that working out in Baltimore?



Was the sole decision by Marilyn Mosby to indict the Baltimore Six good for the justice system? Bypassing a grand jury opens the door to political bias against the police, as Mosby’s decision in Baltimore has shown. Want to argue the point? That’s what the Mail Call column is for…

Grand Jury Law Will Help Rebuild Trust

Editorial — Mercury News — Aug. 19, 2015

In the wake of Ferguson, California this month became the first state in the nation to outright ban the use of secret grand juries to investigate police killings of civilians.

Like most broad-brush solutions, this has downsides. But on the whole, encouraging transparency in deciding whether to file criminal charges against officers is the right thing to do. In many communities across the country, there’s a crisis of confidence in the police, and rebuilding trust is critical to public safety — including the safety of the officers themselves.

Another law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this summer is equally important: clarifying that it’s legal to take video of police in public places.

The public outrage over secret grand juries ignited after the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in the racially polarized city of Ferguson, Missouri. Along with several other killings by police in questionable circumstances, this ignited the national “Black Lives Matter” movement.

The Ferguson grand jury declined to indict the officer, who said he believed his life was in danger. A public proceeding might well have ended the same way, but the secrecy obscured any merit in the argument of self-defense.

A similar grand jury finding in a Staten Island case intensified the perception of injustice.

The downside of banning grand juries for police cases is the loss of their investigative value, says Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen.

Grand jury subpoenas can elicit testimony from witnesses who otherwise might not cooperate.

That said, DAs in most major counties don’t routinely use grand juries in police cases these days.

Rosen never has. Instead, they investigate, decide for themselves whether to prosecute and then issue public reports explaining why, ideally in great detail.

This doesn’t guarantee transparency, but people can hold DAs accountable at election time.

And let’s just take with a truckload of salt the comment last week by Mark Zahner, CEO of the state’s District Attorneys Association: “It’s absolutely ludicrous to espouse or believe that police officers get treated any differently than anyone else.” Noted.

Not all incidents of police killings are created equal. There’s a big difference between Ferguson and, for example, the two shootings by police in San Jose this week. Both of them occurred in confrontations with armed suspects last week that had been captured on security video.

Most people are grateful to officers for risking their lives to track down killers.

But in San Jose, Oakland and other Bay Area cities, minorities often feel they’re targeted by officers for no reason. Confidence needs to be rebuilt. California’s new laws on videos and grand juries can help with that.

 

MAIL CALL



Aug. 13th

Bill and Leroy,

You may have heard the name “Tyrone Harris” but can’t remember when and where. Allow me to spark your memory:

• Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot by police during protests in West Florissant Road in Ferguson, MO, on Sunday, a year since the death of Michael Brown

• His father claimed he was innocent, but police say he opened fire on them with a handgun he pulled from his waistband.

• Now his social media profile shows he posed with pistols and rifles, called himself 'Ty Glocks' and wrote 'f*** da police'

• In one post he said he would 'do da hit by myself' and his friends also made gang signs for the camera.

• He was critically injured and has been charged with four counts of assault on law enforcement and five counts of armed criminal action.



My question is, why do I have to depend on the Daily Mail based in London in order to learn about this gang banger? (Click HERE to see the London newspaper article.)

Talking Points <Talking.Points@Comcast.net>

That's a rhetorical question, right TP? If it's not, the simple answer is that the mainstream media here in the U.S. wouldn’t dare publish what the British tabloid did. (I took the liberty of grabbing the 2 pics above of Tyrone from the Daily Mail link that TP included with his message.)
 

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Aug. 13th

Bill,

I need your help. At present I am in a fight with the city to obtain needed medical treatment that is being denied. I got the ear of Channel 7 in San Francisco and they are interested because of other retired SJPD cops who are also being denied and fighting the system. I would appreciate it if you could put something in the Farsider and ask people who are having a similar problem to contact me.

(Hank Schriefer)

I sent an email back to Hank and told him his message would appear in the next Mail Call column AND that I would also post it on an SJPD Facebook group. He replied the following morning with this message…

Thanks, Bill. If anyone would respond I would like to have them give me a short, if possible, email with details of their problems with the city and its denials. I would also like their names, contact information, and ask if they are willing to be interviewed by ABC Channel 7 in San Francisco. Thanks so much for your help. Hope everything is going well with you.

Hank
(Schriefer) <hankonie@comcast.net>

 

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Aug 14th

Hey Bill,

I came across THIS article in the Mercury News yesterday. In case you didn't read it, give it a look-see.

<http://www.mercurynews.com/scott-herhold/ci_28627318/how-san-jose-grew-topsy-turvy-way>

It contains some interesting historical information that might be of interest to some of the other 'older guys' who were born and/or raised in San Jose, or were working the streets back in the ’60s when Dutch Hamann was our City Manager.

The story is about Joel Clark, an engineer trainee with the City's Department of Transportation who created an animated time map of the geographical growth of the City from the early 1900s up to the present.

The article also provides a brief historical review of the widespread annexation that took place in the 1950s and 1960s.

Remember when we were adding new beat numbers and new pages to our beat-maps with a blue cover on an almost quarterly basis as the City grew in leaps and bounds?  

Clark's animated time map has been made into a YouTube video that only takes 46 seconds to watch. I found it to be pretty impressive. The newspaper article provides the wrong YouTube link. This is the correct one that takes you to the map.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5sDrsHEtPI>

Jim (Carraher) <jim.carraher@yahoo.com>

Both the Herhold article and the animated time-lapse map showing the growth of San Jose are interesting, especially the latter time lapse video clip that runs from 1901 to the present day. We recommend viewing both.


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Aug. 16th

Bill,

I’m sending you a video and hoping that your readers who agree with the president’s nuclear agreement with Iran will watch it. Dennis Prager makes an excellent case why a sufficient number of Democrats need to join the Republicans so that Obama’s promised veto can be overridden if it comes to that.

(Please withhold my name as I prefer to maintain a low profile. Thanks.)

Not a problem. Wait, there is a problem. Nearly all members of Congress vote with their party, whether they personally feel an issue is right or wrong. Why? Because they don’t want to risk not getting reelected or landing a juicy assignment within their party. That’s why Obama is confident the Dems will flock to his side and make his promised veto on the nuclear agreement stand.

Having watched the video sent in by what’s-his-name, I feel it is the most clear and concise argument I have heard to date on why Congress should nuke the deal when the vote is taken on Sept. 17th.

Dennis Prager, who appears in this video, is a conservative nationally syndicated radio talk show host, columnist, author and public speaker. Click HERE to listen to what he has to say. (5:37)

P.S. Don't miss the stand-alone article below titled "How Ridiculous Is This." (Look for Columbo.) It relates to the nuclear agreement and it should cause your head to spin...
 

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Aug. 16th

Bill,

Remember back in 2008 when Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin about the “Bush Doctrine” and the VP candidate didn’t appear to know what it was? A few days later, after the media made Palin out to be an idiot, political experts said there was no central doctrine; that any one of three or four explanations would be accurate.

I’m no apologist for Sarah Palin, but fast forward to now. Couric has been relegated to Yahoo News after it become clear the networks no longer wanted her services. In her quest to become newsworthy again, Couric probably thought she was going to enjoy a Palin moment with GOP candidate Carly Fiorina in a recent interview on the topic of Climate Change. Unfortunately for the former news anchor, it didn’t go as planned. Watch the video I have attached.

By the way, tell Talking Points that his criticism about Donald Trump is bull pucky. The polls don’t lie.

Red State <RedState@comcast.net>

Click HERE to view the Couric-Fiorina interview about climate change that Red sent in. To our surprise, this was the only missive we received this week that mentioned TP’s letter from last week in which he blasted The Donald and said he was unelectable. We thought at least some of you would take umbrage over his letter.

 

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Aug. 18th

Hi Bill,
 
My buddy (SFPD-Ret.) over at the LE Division of the Lottery has another investigator opening at the Hayward office and asked if you would post it.  He says it's a nice job for a retiree. If anyone has questions they can contact Tatyana Langton in Admin. Services at 916-822-8230.
(Ed. — Click HERE for info about the job.)

Thanks,

Dan Katz <andjay2@aol.com>

 

“FEELING LUCKY?”

—To benefit the Cops Care Cancer Foundation—



Contact Cynthia Theobald at 408-537-1270
or Mike Ghezzi at <ghezzimichael@comcast.net>
for more information.

 

HOW RIDICULOUS IS THIS?

Yesterday we (the country) learned that the inspections that will determine if the Iranians are cheating on the nuclear agreement will be performed by — wait for it — the Iranians. Isn’t that a little like taking a test in high school or college and having the instructor tell you to take it home, grade it yourself, then turn it in the next morning? Feel free to choose your own metaphor…

Iran Experts Will Inspect Site

—U.S. not part of unusual, separate nuclear agreement—

By George Jahn, Associated Press
Mercury News — Aug. 20, 2015

VIENNA — Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.

The revelation is sure to roil American and Israeli critics of the main Iran deal signed by the U.S., Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the deal is built on trust of the Iranians, a claim the U.S. has denied.

The investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the International Atomic Energy Agency is linked to a broader probe of allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons. That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear deal.

The Parchin deal is a separate, side agreement worked out between the IAEA and Iran. The United States and the five other world powers that signed the Iran nuclear deal were not party to this agreement but were briefed on it by the IAEA and endorsed it as part of the larger package.

Without divulging its contents, the Obama administration has described the document as nothing more than a routine technical arrangement between Iran and the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency on the particulars of inspecting the site.

Any IAEA member country must give the agency some insight into its nuclear program. Some countries are required to do no more than give a yearly accounting of the nuclear material they possess. But nations— like Iran — suspected of possible proliferation are under greater scrutiny that can include stringent inspections.

But the agreement diverges from normal inspection procedures between the IAEA and a member country by essentially ceding the agency’s investigative authority to Iran.

It allows Tehran to employ its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence for activities that it has consistently denied — trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Evidence of that concession, as outlined in the document, is sure to increase pressure from U.S. congressional opponents as they review the July 14 Iran nuclear deal and vote on a resolution of disapproval in early September. If the resolution passed and President Barack Obama vetoed it, opponents would need a two-thirds majority to override it. Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has suggested opponents will likely lose.

The White House has denied claims by critics that a secret “side deal” favorable to Tehran exists. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said the Parchin document is like other routine arrangements between the agency and individual IAEA member nations.

 

ACLU RULE #2: IF IT’S A GOOD IDEA, OBJECT TO IT

Picking Up More Than Just Trash?

—Proposal: Garbage trucks with scanners—

By Ramona Giwargis <rgiwargis@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Aug. 20, 2015



A garbage truck operated by Garden City Sanitation collects trash
Wednesday in San Jose. A city proposal to place license plate
readers on garbage trucks is currently being debated.

SAN JOSE — The noisy garbage trucks that lumber down San Jose streets every week could soon pick up more than just trash — they might also scan your license plate and all your neighbors’ tags, too, in a proposed citywide sweep for stolen vehicles that has civil libertarians crying foul.

Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmen Johnny Khamis and Raul Peralez proposed that the city consider strapping license plate readers to the front of garbage trucks, allowing them to record the plates of every car along their routes. The data would be fed directly to the Police Department from the privately operated trash trucks, prompting an officer to respond to stolen vehicles or cars involved with serious crime.

“We can cover every street at least once a week and possibly deter thieves from coming into our city,” Khamis said. A committee chaired by Liccardo that sets the council’s agenda voted Wednesday to continue exploring the idea.

While license plate readers are increasingly being used by police across the Bay Area, some are alarmed that San Jose is considering turning the garbage collector into an agent of law enforcement. Councilman Chappie Jones was opposed to what he called an “extreme” policy, evoking the “Big Brother” government of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Civil rights advocates said the unusual plan raises “significant concerns” and could invade the privacy of San Jose residents because of how the data is collected, stored and analyzed.

“The idea is they would also collect the location of cars as they drive down the street,” said Chris Conley, a policy attorney for ACLU of Northern California who said he has not heard of any other city gathering license plate records in such a way. “If it’s collected repeatedly over a long period of time, it can reveal intimate data about you like attending a religious service or a gay bar. People have a right to live their lives without constantly being monitored by the government.”

While most residents may not know it, six San Jose police cars already are fitted with license plate readers that scan car tags every day while out on patrol. This year’s budget pegged an additional $68,400 to pay for two more plate readers.

Khamis said mounting the plate readers on garbage trucks instead of police cars wouldn’t be any more intrusive than what’s already being done. “This is a public street,” Khamis said. “You’re not expecting privacy on a public street.”

Garbage trucks travel the entire city each week, Khamis added, giving them broader reach than a patrol car and lending a hand to a shrinking police force with roughly 950 cops.

Khamis called the idea a unique approach to maximizing technology to thwart crime. The city and county of San Francisco uses license plate scanners on its Muni buses, but only to identify vehicles that are blocking bus stop access for towing or citation. San Jose Assistant Police Chief Eddie Garcia said the department welcomes any outside help with combating crime but worries about how the department’s thin staff would respond to a hauler’s discovery of stolen cars.

“In a perfect world with the right staffing, I think it would be beneficial,” Garcia said. “But right now, we need to ask ourselves if we have the capacity to take on something like this. If we don’t have the staffing, it just puts an added burden on us at that point.”

The Police Department can use its 26 community service officers to respond to a stolen vehicle, but only if it’s unoccupied. Otherwise, a police officer would have to be called.

There are also questions about whether the city’s four private haulers will agree to the idea. Khamis said he spoke with one company that was “enthusiastic” about it.

Officials from Green-Team of San Jose, which services about 48,000 single- family homes in west and central San Jose, told this newspaper the company is on board.

“GreenTeam of San Jose would love to help the city of San Jose thwart crime,” said outreach manager Weslie McConkey. “We are interested in learning more about the proposal to install license plate readers on our garbage and recycling trucks.”

But Conley also worries San Jose is not doing enough to engage residents in the debate, comparing it with how the city’s Police Department quietly purchased a drone that drew outcry over potential privacy concerns when it became public. “Our hope was they would have learned from the drone once it became a public fiasco,” Conley said. “They need to put the plan in writing and let the public review it.”

Khamis said Wednesday’s action is only the first step in a long process. The proposal calls for city officials to explore the “feasibility, legality and civil liberties implications” of garbage-truck mounted license plate readers. Questions the council members asked the city to consider include the process of transferring license data from the private garbage trucks to the police, whether they would be subjected to the same or different policies governing police car license readers and whether other cities have taken similar measures and how they worked.

“We’ll look at privacy concerns and talk to ACLU before we do anything,” Khamis said.

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

Aug. 12 — Aug. 17

Aug. 12: Bernie Sanders is polling at 44 percent among Democrats in New Hampshire and has passed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic front-runner. And in another new poll, zero percent of Hillary's staffers wanted to be the one to bring her that news.

Officials investigating Hillary's email scandal found that two of the four classified emails on her private account had information labeled “Top Secret.” That was pretty stupid. Everyone knows if you want to hide stuff on your computer, you put it in a folder labeled "Tax Stuff 2008.”

Things might be slowing down a bit for Donald Trump. He recently dropped nine points in some of the latest polls. When he heard that, Trump said, “Oh no. Was it everything I said?”

In a recent interview, Jeb Bush revealed that his brother George gave him the nickname “tortoise” because he's making slow, steady progress. Though I think the bigger story here is that compared to George, Jeb is the slow one.

Aug. 13: Writer Jonah Winter is writing a children’s picture book about Hillary Clinton's life. They say it's the perfect gift for the nephew you hate. “Happy Birthday! Here's a picture book about a woman in her 60s.”

North Korea has declared its own time zone that they are calling “Pyongyang Time,” and set their clocks back half an hour. So if it's say, 11:40 here now in New York, in North Korea it's still 1925.

Aug. 14: According to a new report, the word that Donald Trump said most often in last week’s debate was “I'm.” The word he says the least: “Sorry.”

Rand Paul recently told reporters that his campaign is going to focus on taking down Donald Trump. Then Trump said, “I've tried it myself. It doesn't work.”

There are reports that Justin Bieber's next album will be released in November. As usual, Justin is expected to collaborate with a number of other artists including Skrillex, Diplo, A$AP Rocky, Flipcoin, 2 Chainz, Lowdown, and Rihanna. And yes, I just made up at least two of those names.

Aug. 17: There are reports that if Joe Biden runs for president, he would promise to serve for only one term — because nothing says confidence like promising your presidency would be over quickly.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed a bill that bans powdered alcohol from the state. So if you live in New York and you’re consuming powdered alcohol, your life just somehow got even worse.

Guinness World Records just declared a cat named Corduroy the oldest living cat, at 26 years old. Or as his owner put it, “Don't remind me.”

At this weekend’s Rogers Cup semifinals in Montreal, tennis star Novak Djokovic complained that the smell of marijuana near the court was throwing off his game. Which really is classic Djokovic — great on clay, but always struggles on grass.

Aug. 12: Astronomers report that the universe is dying and we only have a few billion years left to live. With that in mind, tonight let's waste an hour of that time together.

Bernie Sanders is now leading Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. He's seven points ahead. So forget those emails from when she was secretary of state. I want to see the emails Hillary sent out this morning.

Donald Trump refuses to give details about his policy plans. Trump apologized by saying, "When I announced I was running for president, I had no idea people would take me seriously.”

Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are the highest paid female athletes in the world. After hearing this, Ronda Rousey beat them up and took their money.

Aug. 13: Despite all of his sexist comments, 20 percent of Republican women still support Donald Trump. When asked why, the women said, "Because he's paying us alimony."

Yesterday was National Middle Child Day. It's a holiday that doesn't matter much — just like a middle child.

If you didn't notice National Middle Child Day, you celebrated it correctly, by the way.

A new study claims that first grade students are getting three times more homework than they should be doing. This is coming from the lead researcher, "Timmy."

Aug. 17: Chris Christie said he will top Donald Trump's Iowa State Fair helicopter entrance by riding in on a pony. As a result, all the ponies in Iowa have gone into hiding.

This weekend many of the Republican candidates said they used a fit bit. In fact, Jeb Bush uses his to see how much distance he can put between himself and his last name.

Starbucks announced that their pumpkin spice latte will now be made with a little bit of pumpkin. Also, their Frappuccino will now be made with a little bit of Al Pacino.

A man set a new world record after kicking himself in the head 134 times in one minute. He broke the previous record of zero.

Aug. 17: This is our first show back after a two-week break, a hiatus. In television, we don't take vacations, we go on hiatuses. I have no idea why. We just do.

I made it through a whole hiatus and took no selfies at all. My camera phone doesn't even know I exist.

Donald Trump was photographed at the Iowa State Fair eating a pork chop on a stick. That's what I love about America. You can fly on a private jet and eat at five-star restaurants. But if you want to be president, when they hand you a pork chop on a stick in Iowa, you have to eat it.

Donald Trump landed his helicopter at the state fair and offered to take some kids on a ride in the helicopter. Twenty kids took the helicopter ride with Trump. He dropped them off in Texas. They're now building a wall on the border.

Aug. 12: In Kentucky a high school senior and starting point guard on the basketball team was omitted from the team's yearbook page. Some are saying it's because he's gay. His school says it was an oversight. That's like not putting Tom Cruise on the poster for "Mission Impossible."

I was omitted from all of the sports team photos at my high school. Worse than that, I was actually omitted from all of the sports teams.

You know what really gets me? I had some great auditions for the football team, for the cricket team, and they said one of the reasons they wouldn't have me is that I called the tryouts "auditions."

Aug. 12: Bernie Sanders has now passed Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire polls. It’s the first time anyone’s ever been passed by a guy in a Prius.

Donald Trump said in a new interview that he believes his performance in the polls shows that he has not crossed the line of appropriateness. You can read the entire interview in this month’s issue of Juggs magazine.

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith broke his jaw yesterday in training camp after getting punched in the face by a teammate. Smith tried to punch him back but his fist was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

Aug. 13: Donald Trump gave a speech yesterday where he accused Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton of being under the control of lobbyists, special interests, and deep-pocketed donors. Trump says we should vote for him because he’s not under control at all.

Despite no longer working for Donald Trump, former campaign strategist Roger Stone said today that he still fully supports his former boss. At which point, Trump said, “OK, cut him down.”

The CEO of the dating app Tinder is leaving after just five months with the company. Though five months is still Tinder’s longest relationship.

Aug. 17: Donald Trump’s new policy paper would not give automatic citizenship to children born in America if they have foreign parents. Said Trump, “It’s nothing personal, Sasha and Malia.”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said today that Hillary Clinton's arrogance is “breathtaking.” Of course, he also said the same thing about a flight of stairs.

Employees at a Days Inn in Tampa are claiming that managers told them to flip a mattress instead of replacing it after a guest died in bed. Even worse, the body is now stuck between the mattress and the box spring.

A winery in France is currently facing a rosé shortage. For those of you not familiar with these terms, a winery is a group of women who have run out of rosé.

 

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The stark reality of the California Drought cannot be understood in articles alone. Sometimes it takes graphic images to fully understand how serious the situation is. That’s exactly what this BuzzFeed page does. After you click HERE and the images appear, move your mouse left to right or vice versa to view the before and after effects of the drought.




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We are no doubt living in an era where dash and body cameras can be a cop’s best friend. Have a look at THIS news report that was posted on YouTube a couple of weeks ago by an NBC affiliate in Kansas. (2:28)




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Our “Chase of the Week” took place a few weeks ago in the heart of Hot Chase Country (Los Angeles). If you have the time and want to ride along with a news chopper that covered it from start to finish, click HERE and you will see a bad guy who refused to give up after he foot bails. (20:15)




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Like hits from yesteryear? Like the U.S. Navy? Have a LOOK and listen to the “Jersey Boys of the USN,” courtesy of Don Hale. (10:20)




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With apologies to the late Gene Kelly and his phenomenal dancing skills, this performance at the Festival Cirque de Demain in Paris received from Alice Murphy certainly deserves a CLICK. (4:31)




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Speaking of dancing, here’s a hypothetical question: What would be the reaction of the late Capt. BILL BROWN if he had caught you directing traffic like this Filipino cop? No answer necessary. That question is as rhetorical as it is hypothetical. (3:54)




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One lucky family flying home to Northern Ireland to visit family members for the holidays got a surprise flashmob courtesy of the Tourist Board, airport and airline employees, and the Belfast Community Gospel Choir. Family members who hadn’t seen each other in years got to share THIS warm memory together. (3:28)




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Lumpy may be one of those big game hunters that has been drawing criticism recently from portions of the public after the taking of Cecil the Lion a few weeks ago, but that’s not to say he doesn’t have a heart.

Here’s a pic of the retired lieutenant holding one of Cecil’s offspring who he plans to raise until it’s fully grown, after which he’s going to set it free, then go after it with his bow and arrow as soon as he learns how to use one. (Settle down, animal lovers. That was intended as a joke. Sort of.)


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One thing about modern life is for sure: They don’t make TV commercials like they used to. Check out this vintage ad for Luckies, a popular brand of cigarettes from the ‘50s and ‘60s that many guys rolled up in the sleeves of their white T-shirt because the pack would get crushed if it was placed in a pocket of a tight pair of Levis. More importantly, it made you look really COOL, especially if you used Pomade hair grease and had a D.A. (1:00)




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Warning, graphic video: Watch what happens when THIS boat captain tries to dock his fishing boat. (0:26)




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Warning, this video contains nudity: It shows a streaker at a Cricket Match in the UK who gets chased down and CAPTURED by a security officer. (0:42)




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Insanity, pure insanity. Here is a guy who looks like he’s auditioning for a Darwin Award:

Slacklining is a sport similar to tightrope walking, involving walking on a line (usually made of some kind of webbing material) that is tensioned between two anchor points. A major difference, however, is that slacklines are usually left somewhat loosened so that there is a slight bounce to them akin to a trampoline while traditional tightropes are held under very tight, stiff tension. Additionally, tightropes are more of a rope form (as the name suggests) while a slackline is flat and ribbon-like.

Earlier this month, Spencer Seabrooke set the new world record for longest free solo slackline walk in a spot known as "the Itus" in the mountains of Squamish, British Columbia. His 64-meter (about 210 feet) walk smashed the previous record by 7 meters (23 feet), and he did it with a 290 meter (951 feet) drop below him. There were definitely some hair raising moments where he slipped and fell, literally grabbing hold of the line to save his life, but victory belongs to the bold and Seabrooke certainly EARNED it.


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If “The Donald” wins the GOP primary and talks his way into the White House, we have it on good authority that he’s going to sell Air Force One and use his own plane to get around. Why? Because it’s a helluva lot nicer and more luxurious than the president’s 747. Can you say “KING TRUMP?” (3:30)




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Most of you have probably seen humorous airline safety briefings by Southwest Airlines’ flight attendants. Here’s one that a passenger recorded of a Westjet Flight attendant that has garnered almost 3 million YouTube views. The only downside is that the person who recorded the VIDEO didn’t know the proper way to hold his or her smart phone (horizontal vs. vertical). (2:27)




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When it comes to short take offs and landings, there’s not a lot of difference between this Super Cub and a helicopter. Have a look at THIS short clip. (0:42)




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Any similarity to the location of this video and I-5 from the Bay Area to L.A. is purely coincidental because this clip was captured by a motorist’s dashcam on a highway in Russia. Bravo to whoever posted it to YouTube as he or she selected the perfect musical sound track to accompany the SHOT. (3:35)




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As someone who lived in Kodiak, Alaska as a kid, Jim Silvers wants to know why you should bother with a rod and reel or a net if you want to catch a large salmon for dinner. Why not let your DOG do all the work? (3:58)




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Have a cat? Here’s a toy that can ENTERTAIN it for hours that you didn’t even know you had. Just don't run out of gas or let the battery go dead. (0:53)




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Remember this movie from 1970? Looks to us that the real thing has gone VIRAL in Japan. Check this out. (1:59)




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Over the years we have all heard the cliché “That’s as difficult as herding cats” to describe something that is virtually impossible. Whoever was first to use that phrase that eventually caught on never saw this clip from 9 years ago. Yes, herding CATS is difficult, but it can be done. (1:08)




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We are closing this week’s Farsider with a touching video that Lynne Caro posted on Facebook. It’s a Steve Hartman “On the Road” segment from a recent CBS Evening News program about a little boy named JADEN HAYES who is wise beyond his years. (2:54)




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C'ya next week...



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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, 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, Brian
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
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
Boales, Tina
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Dave
Brightwell, Larry
Brocato, Dom
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Corinne
Bulygo, Mary
Burke, Karol
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carter, Ernie
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chevalier, Brian
Chavez, Ruben
Chewey, Bob
Christian, Brian
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Contreras, Dolores
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
Cossey, Neil
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daley, Brian
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Dennis, Sandra
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fagalde, Kevin
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Garcia, Lisa
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goates, Ron
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Doug
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
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
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Ernie
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Dave Hober
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
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
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Lanctot, Noel
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
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim
Little, Keith            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
Lu, Elba
Luca, Dennis
Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
Lyons, TB
MacDougall, Joanne
Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marin, Julie
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mattocks, Mike
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McNamara, Laurie
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
Mendez, Deborah
Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
Miller, Keith
Miller, Laura
Miller, Rollie
Miller, Shirley
Miller, Stan
Mills, Don
Mindermann, John
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
Moore, Dewey
Don Moore
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosley, Joe
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mulholland, Kathy
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagel, Michael
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Nimitz, Stephanie
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
North, Jim
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
Parsons, Dirk
Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Petersen, Bruce
Peterson, Bob
Phelan, Bill
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Propst, Anamarie
Puckett, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
Quayle, John
Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Rasmussen, Charlene
Raul, Gary
Raye, Bruce
Realyvasquez, Armando
Reed, Nancy
Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Joe
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rheinhardt, Bob
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Rose, Wendell
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Sauao, Dennis
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Ted Sumner
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
Taylor, Joyce
Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thomas, Dick
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, Gil
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
Tush, Dick
Tyler, Diana
Unland, Jim
Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Vanek, John
Vasquez, Danny
Rich Vasquez
Vasquez, Ted
Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
Vidmar, Mike
Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
Walker, Dave
Wall, Chuck
Ward, Jean
Ward, Ray
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
Webster, Ron
Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
White, Rich
Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Williams, Rick
Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Caven
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Lee
Wilson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
Winter, Bill
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Woo, Paul
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
Younis, Tuck
Yuhas, Dick
Yules, Ken
Zalman, Ginny
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
Zwemke, Doug