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August 29, 2013
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
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We found nothing new that relates specifically to retiree
Numerous POA Membership Alerts this week...
KTVU Channel 2 — Video
Tensions Increasing Between San Jose Officials, Police Union
San Jose Inside — Article
Acting Police Chief Larry Esquivel in Negotiations Crossfire
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Valley Daily Fetch — Article
Acting SJ Chief Esquivel Acts Out
KTVU Channel 2 — Video
Mayor Reed Caught in Lie Over Police Pay
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Valley Daily Fetch — Article
FPPC votes unanimously to hold Probable
Cause Hearing on Reed's illegal activities
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Inside — Article
Acting Police Chief Larry Esquivel Caught in Labor Crossfire
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(YouTube audio clip)
Jim Unland and Mayor Reed Interviewed
We wanted to touch base
with you on two recent stories.
The first is in regards to the letter that the City sent to all of your homes.
As you are aware, the City cannot directly deal with individual employees
working in our bargaining unit when it comes to benefits. While the letter the
City sent could be characterized as falling into the gray area on this issue, we
will be looking into whether or not it crossed the line.
The Mayor was asked who wrote the letter and who authorized it. Here is his
"Our union negotiators operate with the direction
and the authority of the San Jose City Council. The entire Council meets, we
give them marching orders and they go carry it out. That's the way it works in
San Jose. Whatever they said was done with the authority of the City Council."
We wish we had a more direct answer than that. We still don't know who wrote the
letter and if the Council knew about it or had seen and approved it before it
The second issue concerns our arbitration. A recent Silicon Valley Daily Fetch
wrote about the Judge in our case and his wife's apparent ties to library
funding and support. The question the blog posed was whether or not those ties
created some type of conflict of interest that should have been disclosed. On
its surface, the answer would be no, but we will have our attorney take a look.
The City sent us a letter last
week in response to the questions we asked, including one about their authority
to reach an agreement that did not include the Measure B reopener language
(click here to read it
They did not answer the questions but did ask us to meet them at the table.
As we have said numerous times, as long as that language is part of their offer,
we will not reach an agreement. We sent them a letter today asking if a
one-year deal without that language is possible.
Click here to read the POA's
new letter to the City:
Once we have their answer we
will let you know.
We received a new letter
from the City today. Click here to review it:
The negotiations team has not yet had a chance to review it. We will be in
touch when we have more information.
While it took longer than we'd
have liked, we are encouraged that the City has finally dropped the Measure B
reopener language as well as earlier contingency language from their latest
offer. Now that the reopener is out of the way, we hope to begin face-to-face
talks with the City in an attempt to secure a wage restoration worthy of your
It is clear that the City's 2.5% in the first year offer will do nothing to stem
the tide of officers fleeing for other agencies. In fact, because the first
year 2.5% in the City's offer is not retro-active back to July 1, 2013 it is
more like a 1.8% or1.9% offer.
We have sent the City a response letter asking them to return to the bargaining
table this Tuesday, August 3rd.
Click here to see the POA's
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
It's highly unlikely you will recognize the names of any of the
officers mentioned in this front page article from yesterday's paper, but it
sounds like the cops on the force today are as serious about the job as the vast
majority of we were, despite their justified low morale over pay and staffing.
Riding with San Jose's Gang
Making a dent: Culminating
with two murder arrests in a single day, an
street-level campaign has ‘kept a lid’ on the city’s violence
By Robert Salonga
— Aug. 28, 2013
SAN JOSE — Dusk hadn’t yet
taken hold when Officer Bruce Barthelemy spotted the suspected triggerman in one
of the city’s darkest murders of the year.
A photo bulletin about 23-year-old Johnny Lozano was distributed to officers
earlier in the day. There he was, suspected of killing an innocent nursing
student, walking in broad daylight near Senter Road in the city’s south side,
either unaware or unafraid of the fact he was the most wanted man in San Jose.
Within moments, another officer arrived, and Barthelemy, no stranger to danger
after two shootouts in the past nine months, teamed up with him to detain
Lozano, who surrendered quietly. The parolee was carrying a loaded handgun and
illegal drugs when he was arrested the evening of Aug. 7.
Cracking down: A handcuffed
suspect is questioned
Jose police's gang-suppression detail.
In an unusual twist, Lozano
happened to be walking with 18-year-old Darius McNary, who was wanted in the
fatal shooting of a bouncer outside a Sunnyvale bar in June. Two murder arrests
spawned from a serendipitous police stop.
It marked one of the most successful nights for acting Chief Larry Esquivel’s
gang-suppression campaign, launched at the start of the summer to combat a surge
in gang violence alarming enough that it prompted crisis-level meetings between
police brass and the city’s gang interventionists.
Efforts paying off
To date, San Jose police have made more than 300
gang-related felony and misdemeanor arrests and, more significantly, there have
been no gang killings since police began to saturate the streets on June 20. The
largely overtime-funded plan, highlighted by 20 two-man gang cars and more than
40 extra officers deployed during the week, bolstered ongoing efforts by the
Gang Investigations Unit and the elite Metro and MERGE (the city’s SWAT unit)
teams. As a result, a 16 percent drop in violent gang crimes reported in July
appears to be holding steady as the department draws down the summer surge.
On patrol: Sgt. John Boren
checks in after a dinner
he manages the gang-suppression detail.
“They’ve done their job and
kept a lid on this stuff. They’ll keep on doing it every day,” said Sgt. John
Boren of the Metro special enforcement team, which has long doubled as a de
facto gang unit in the department’s “all gangs, all the time” mission. The
handgun seized from Lozano was of considerable interest given its potential role
in the slaying of 19-year-old Kimberly Chico, a San Jose State nursing student
who the previous weekend was riding in a car among the bars and clubs downtown
when a bullet whistled into the vehicle.
She was caught in a crossfire, police said, with investigators describing her
as a “true victim” who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and city leaders
calling her killing a “punch in the gut.” Lozano, who police say has gang ties
and is suspected of firing the fatally errant shot, has since been charged with
murder. The handgun is undergoing tests to determine whether it was the murder
A veteran officer, Barthelemy was two hours into his shift monitoring one of
several known gang “hot spots” when he saw Lozano. Other such spots include
Virginia Avenue and King Road, where a 16-year-old boy’s execution-style slaying
June 19 at the hands of a gang mob was a tipping point in inspiring the
Detectives designated the hot spots based on consultations with such groups
as the city’s civilian gang task force, which has deep community ties in
neighborhoods where gang violence is an everyday part of life.
“It’s an example of San Jose’s collaboration,” said Mario Maciel, superintendent
of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force. “We can re-establish a sense of
safety after an uptick.”
About an hour after Lozano’s arrest, other officers in the same gang detail
rushed to reports of a brawl in the carport of an apartment complex at
Tradewinds Drive and Eagles Lane, behind Oak Grove High School.
The combatants were gone when police arrived. But they stopped a gray truck with
two men inside that witnesses said was fleeing the area.
One of the men, adorned in more than a dozen tattoos
showing allegiance to the Mexican Mafia, recently served eight years in a Texas
prison on a burglary conviction. He also told officers he was stabbed 15 times
in an attack on 14th Street in San Jose more than a decade ago.
In the streets: Officers with
the gang-suppression detail
men after a vehicle stop in South San Jose.
He and an acquaintance sat on
a curb while police searched their vehicle, finding an illegal butterfly knife.
The men were eventually released — though their truck was impounded because of
the driver’s suspended license and the weapon confiscated — as the team moved
Practical decisions are made throughout the night: weighing an arrest and
prospects for prosecution against the amount of time it will keep police out of
the field. On this night, they decided the priority was to eliminate the threat
of the weapon and, perhaps just as important, announce their presence in a
neighborhood where trouble is on the rise.
After nearly two months of targeted patrols, there has been a noticeable drop in
gang activity out in the open, both police and gang interventionists say.
“There was a time when everyone would be out,” Boren said. “People would either
hunt (for rivals) or meander down here.”
Maciel said residents have taken notice of the clearer sidewalks and streets.
“We may not always be able to stop the spikes, but this
shows when we set our efforts in the same direction, we can have a visible
effect on communities,” he said.
Checking the ink: Officer
Anthony Baza shines a light on
a parolee's tattoos while patrolling San Jose as part of
the police department's effort to stop gang violence.
Police brass hope that will
continue with the August launch of the Gang Suppression Unit, a team of officers
dedicated solely to gang issues. It’s a resurrection of sorts of the Violent
Crimes Enforcement Team, a successful gang squad disbanded in 2010 for budgetary
reasons. It was credited, along with city efforts like the Mayor’s Gang
Prevention Task Force, for San Jose repeatedly attaining the status of the
nation’s safest large city in the early to mid-2000s.
Several officers in the new group are enforcement team veterans, seasoned in
tracking and identifying gang trends and intelligence.
The formation of the new unit creatively reallocates limited police
resources: Two sergeants and 12 officers were shifted over mostly from Metro, a
team that traditionally handles vice crimes like prostitution and executes
high-risk arrests and search warrants.
“It’s symbolic, but yet it’s specific in that our public and citizens know this
is an important issue for us; it’s a priority for us to stem the violence,”
Maciel, the city’s head gang interventionist, said he is heartened by the
formation of the dedicated gang unit, calling it a more sustainable response
given that police say they already spent a “large portion” of its annual $1.1
million gang-suppression budget on the summer surge.
He said such surges in staffing should be standard
during spikes in violence, but it carries significant trade-offs. Those include
questions about the huge overtime costs and officer burnout but also
philosophical ones about over-reliance on police to combat a social problem.
“We should mobilize when we need it,” Maciel said. “But it can’t be all
enforcement. We can’t just be an enforcement city.”
Patrolling the streets
Out on the gang patrol, Officers Anthony Baza and Kris Ferguson walked a beat
along a poorly lit row of apartment complexes behind Independence High School,
flanked by Dumpsters tagged with the markings of local gang offshoots. They
stopped and questioned a probationer, then moved on to a footbridge that spans
10 lanes of Interstate 680 connecting two parts of Madden Avenue between McKee
Road and Alum Rock Avenue.
Officers Kris Ferguson and Anthony Baza
patrol a bridge near Independence High
The bridge is disputed
territory in a trench warfare-like struggle between gangs who use graffiti to
mark the bridge as their own.
“They’ll try to gain ground, see how far they can get before someone on the
other side sees them. People shoot across the bridge,” Baza said.
Back on the south side, Officers Jon Anderson and Adam Dorn slowed their
unmarked car to a crawl as they inspected back alleys and darkened carports of
the dense apartments that dot Roundtable Drive, a long-known hot spot.
The distinct engine sound of the police cruiser is a giveaway to gang mainstays
and wannabes, who often whistle and give other improvised alerts that the cops
are coming through.
To Esquivel, that’s part of the point.
“It’s about being out in the community … and getting to know who those gang
members are and having those citizens feel comfortable talking to the officers
they see on a regular basis,” he said.
“This is our foot in the door.”
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With the posting of more information in the Farsider about Alviso, maybe I can
get some help identifying an Alviso badge I have in my collection.
Retired SJPD Officer Ted Morss (served 1926-1956) gave me his collection of SJPD
memorabilia before he passed away. The attached Alviso officer's badge is unique
in that it has a copper "Deputy Sheriff" flag covering "Police" at the top.
Although Ted's memory was failing at the time, he told me that the officer
gained deputy sheriff status, but kept his Alviso badge because his assignment
was in Alviso.
I'd appreciate any help getting more information on this badge from your readers
• • • • •
Hi Bill and Leroy,
I am producing another fund raising concert for a
medical mission to Guatemala (advertising flyers are attached). If anyone would
like to attend and would like to sit in any of the center front three rows, they
should e-mail me directly at
For all remaining seats, call the Campbell Heritage Theatre box office at
408-866-2700. Orchestra seats are $40 and $50 each (including the theatre fee).
Ph. 408-832-8579 (cell) or 408-370-9444 (office)
Readers who have the
eyesight of an eagle should have no problem reading the flyers. If you are like
us and have the eyesight of a bat, you will need to enlarge your browser or dig
out a magnifying glass. We tried enlarging them prior to pasting them into the
Farsider, but the print got so fuzzy that it appeared as gibberish.
Bruce on an
earlier mission to South America
Bob Moir pointed out that Bruce was featured in this article that
details the worthy fund-raiser...
Saratoga: Rotarians to travel
to Guatemala on a mission to repair cleft palates
By Khalida Sarwari
Mercury News Saratoga Edition — Aug. 26, 2013
In 2010, a team of Saratoga
Rotarians traveled to Guatemala to provide free surgeries to 115 babies and
youth born with cleft lips and palates, a birth defect that affects speech,
hearing and swallowing as well as appearance. The Rotary Club is hoping to
repeat, if not exceed, its achievement when members return to Guatemala next
The trip, scheduled for March, will be the group's third to Guatemala, said
Bruce Hodgin, trip chairman. The first one was in 2008, when the Saratoga Rotary
teamed up with the local Rotary Club in Guatemala and Rotoplast, a San
Francisco-based organization that organizes the missions to provide 122
surgeries to children and youth over the course of 10 days.
With the support of Rotary Clubs throughout the country, Rotoplast organizes
teams of 18 volunteer medical professionals and nine Rotary member volunteers to
provide free cleft lip and palate surgeries to poor families around the world.
The 2014 mission will take place March 9-23 and will involve six to seven
volunteers from Saratoga, including doctors, nurses and anesthetists. Each
doctor will perform three to four surgeries per day. The operation takes 60 to
A typical day for the doctors begins at 4 a.m. and ends between 6 and 9 p.m.,
said Hodgin. The Rotary Club of Guatemala City advertises the surgeries in
advance of the doctors' arrival.
"By the time we arrive there's usually 200 to 300 waiting who have traveled
hundreds of miles," Hodgin said.
Every child that waits in line is evaluated, he said. Occasionally teenagers
will come, too. The oldest person to undergo surgery on the two previous trips
was 16 years old.
Cleft lip and cleft palate formation is a result of malnutrition or a Vitamin C
deficiency, Hodgin said. The condition is most prevalent in places where
nutrition and vitamins are not common or readily available. The cost of one
surgery is roughly $500, according to Hodgin.
The entire mission will cost $85,000, half of which is being covered by the
Rotary District of Northern New England, which is also sending four to five
Rotarians. The cost covers expenses related to renting operating rooms, hiring
people in Guatemala and buying medical supplies and equipment. The volunteers
pay for their own airfare and hotel, Hodgin said.
Of the remaining $42,500, Saratoga Rotary has raised more than $22,000 since
October. To raise the remainder, the club is hosting a multimedia benefit
concert on Oct. 5 at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell. The headlining act will
be Pasquale Esposito and his band. The concert will be held from 8 to 10 p.m.
Tickets are $48 for orchestra seating and $38 for the balcony. To purchase
tickets, visit the Heritage Theatre box office, 1 W. Campbell Ave., or call
Esposito, an Italian native who resides in San Jose, will also appear as the
featured speaker at the noontime Saratoga Rotary meeting on Sept. 13 at the
Saratoga Community Center on Allendale Avenue.
Those who are unable to attend the concert but would like to contribute to the
Guatemala trip can sponsor a child with a $500 donation, said Hodgin. Donors can
also request to be sent a photo of the child they sponsor.
To make a direct tax-deductible donation to support the trip, write a check to
the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation and mail it to P.O. Box 2244,
Saratoga, CA 95070.
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On TV today, in the Dallas vs Cincinnati game with less than 4 minutes left to
play, a tackle was made on the Dallas sideline which caused the side judge to be
included in the pileup. It was apparent to TV viewers that he injured his left
shoulder as he lay motionless on the ground. When he alighted he was tended to
by the Dallas orthopedic team doctor who viewed and tested his left shoulder, as
identified by the broadcasters. To his right on the sidelines was a scene that
would be recognized by San Jose coppers who follow football, specifically our
own #127, Referee Bill Leavy. From under a light blue windbreaker Bill appeared
and made a slight adjustment to the collar of his "zebra costume." But there he
was, ready to replace the injured side judge, or was it the head linesman?
Whatever the injured official's position was, he waived Bill off and continued
to work the game.
My question? How much does Bill get paid to be a "reserve" or "standby"
official? And did he get OT pay for appearing in costume, albeit for only
several minutes? Inquiring minds need to know.
I forwarded Bob's e-mail to Bill with a note that
said many of our readers would be interested if he chose to reply. He did, and
this is what he had to say...
Inquiring minds have a right to know. The NFL is breaking in four “referees to
be” this season. They are NFL officials working different positions on different
crews. They each worked a full game last week as the referee, and this week they
worked the 2nd half of the games to which they were assigned. Adrian Hill was
assigned to my crew and is normally a line judge. When my head linesman was hit
and injured his shoulder, I offered to go back in as the referee, but was waived
off as Bob noted. At the 2-minute warning, the New York NFL representative in
the press box decided that the head linesman was not able to use his left arm
appropriately and radioed down to the field for me to resume as the referee.
Adrian went to the head linesman position to finish out the last 2 minutes of
Bill is a wee bit shy about
revealing the wages he receives from the NFL for his work as a referee, but he
doesn't mind us telling you. He got paid his full salary for the pre-season game
above, which was $4,000 based on his seniority (19th year). And he's the first
to admit that in this case, it was more than a decent check for working a little
over half a game. He and all other officials are graded by the NFL as the season
moves on, and those with the fewest downgrades at the end of the season are
chosen for post-season play, which pays significantly more per game. Work the
Superbowl and the officials are in the chips. They also receive their own
Superbowl ring that seems to weigh almost as much as a Rolex watch.
working his last pre-season Cleveland at Chicago game tonight (Thurs.). He opens
the regular season with the Green Bay at San Francisco game on Sunday, Sept.
8th. That will be followed on Sunday, Sept. 15th, with the New Orleans at Tampa
Bay match-up. And on Sunday, Sept. 22, he will work the Cleveland at Minnesota
game. That's as far as his schedule currently goes.
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
Imagine driving around the
downtown area of a big city at 0300. The drunks have made it home by now, at
least most of them. The streets are as quiet as they are going to get. The hours
from 0300 to 0600 are long, and it’s a challenge to stay awake. More than one
midnighter has been awakened by the sound of a horn honking behind him at a stop
At Auzerais and Delmas I was confronted by a heard of elephants. Yes, real life
elephants. This was in 1967 and that area of town was not the bustling place it
is today. It was run down, seedy and infested with winos, but I had never known
it to be infested with elephants. There were six of them. All sizes ranging from
big to terrifying.
I pulled up and they just stood there and stared at me. I stared back at them.
It was a standoff.
“Ummm, San Jose One B-4.”
“B-4 San Jose go ahead.”
“Uhhh, San Jose I’ll be 10-7 on a heard of elephants at Auzerais and Delmas.”
“B-4, 10-4. Uhhhh 10-9?” (She asked me to repeat.)
“San Jose, I have six elephants at Auzerais and Delmas.”
Unknown beat officer: “What color they are?”
Right now I don’t need a damned comedian, I need a mahout (a person who works
with elephants). Anyway, they were regulation gray.
They seemed friendly and didn’t make any moves toward the car. When I got out
and walked toward them they didn’t move, but they were big animals with
untrustworthy beady eyes. They could love you to death for all I knew.
As this was an mixed use area I started to look around for some place from which
they could have escaped. Down Delmas was an open gate to a wrecking yard that
looked wide enough to accommodate an elephant. Not knowing how to say “stay,”
and hoping they didn’t roam too far, I walked down to the open gate and found a
small trailer inside the yard that had a clown’s circus logo on the side.
I had a suspect.
“Missing something?” I asked the bleary guy who answered to door.
He looked around. “Yeah, a few elephants. You got ‘em?”
“Yup, right down the street.” This conversation is going on in downtown San Jose
as though it was normal. It was not normal. It was like a lost episode of
Twilight Zone. I half expected Rod Serling to appear in the door of the circus
Scruffy got his ankus and followed me back to where his
charges were waiting patiently. He scolded the biggest fellow and touched him
with the ankus. His herd fell into line and followed him down the street.
“Any time. I think.”
“San Jose, B4 is 10-8. Elephants TOT owner.”
“B4 San Jose, 10-4.”
Another ho-hum night in the big city.
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"Cross Channel Communications"
When everyone is on the same
radio channel things are a lot easier. In the '60s when we had outgrown one
channel and went to two, the right hand immediately lost contact with the left.
One early evening I was working the downtown area and in route to the jail with
one of life’s losers in the back seat when a hot chase started just a couple of
blocks away. Getting in a chase with a prisoner in the car is sheer idiocy, so I
pulled over to listen while cursing my luck. In hindsight of what was about to
unfold, my luck was about as good as it had ever been.
Channel One: “ Be advised that car is wanted for a 211 out of Westgate Shopping
Robbery is one of the premier pinches a beat copper can make. This is red meat!
The chase is on, the dogs of war are loose. Curse my luck. I hated the slug in
the back seat.
“Officer? If you have to go I wouldn’t mind.”
“Can’t do it.”
Uh, if ya wanna let me go that’s okay too.”
I was tempted.
Another couple of cars had joined the chase while others were starting to
parallel the pursuit hoping for a chance to get in on the action. The longer the
chase went the more cars that got involved. A sergeant was trying to control the
chase and limit the number of cars, but things had rapidly spiraled out of his
Back and forth through the downtown area went the bad guy. Someone suggested
shooting his tires out after he went through the intersection of Market and St.
John for the third time. Someone else apparently thought that was a good idea
because the brick wall at Fire Station #1 shows pock marks made by buckshot to
Red meat turned into blood in the water. Once uncontrolled shooting starts it
spreads rapidly. Countless undocumented shots were fired at the fleeing bad guy,
some of them actually hitting his car.
The chase left the downtown area and headed to the Westside. Now Channel Two
cars were getting in on the mayhem and, of course, not talking to or hearing the
Channel One guys. This lasted for about 15 minutes, an eternity under the
Bad guy ultimately crashed in Willow Glen, a quiet upper-class tree shrouded
enclave just South and West of downtown. Skidding into a front lawn and hitting
a tree, he was immediately set upon by the howling posse, one of whom fired a
couple of shots through the windshield, miraculously missing the pursued and his
The posse that descended on the car tried to pull the miscreant out from both
sides. A tug-of-war had ensued. One can only imagine the state of mind of the
bad guy, especially after a copper had jumped on the hood and fired shots
through the windshield.
The bad guy, well pummeled and shot at, was finally drug out of the car by the
winning team on the driver's side, cuffed and thrown into the back of a patrol
car. The adrenalin and testosterone flow was slowed, the scene started to quiet
down and it was time to weigh the catch.
And there was a catch.
The officer who put out the original information had been dispatched to Westgate
to take a report of a ‘lily waver’ who had been stimulating himself in front of
a small female audience. This was, in the radio code, a 311. Because of the
perp’s actions, however, the comedian taking the report thought it would be
funny to put out a BOL for the car as a "311 strongarm." But because 311
strongarm crimes didn't exist in radio jargon, Communications put it out on both
channels as a 211 strongarm, which is not uncommon, and unintended mayhem
The scene went from two dozen cars at the scene to two in record time. The
schmuck with the battered body in the backseat of his patrol car got stuck with
both the scene and the report. Gun cleaning kits came out of briefcases, people
found important places to be. I now realized I was one lucky guy with a witness
in the back seat of my patrol car.
I’ve always wondered about the ‘lily waver’ and whether he returned to his
exhibitionist ways. Talk about aversion therapy!
Meyer Weed had a lot to say on his or her blog yesterday. So long
was it that we are only going to provide you with the link to the blog if you
want to access it. So go for it if you want to see what Meyer Weed has to say...
RAISE YOUR HAND IF
YOU WERE ON THE DA's "BRADY LIST"
—Higher, please, we don't see any hands—
Despite having been retired for over a dozen years, we thought we
were up on most items relating to law enforcement, but this topic was new to
us.. It's an editorial from last Friday's paper...
Rogue Cops Don’t Deserve
Editorial — Aug. 23, 2013
Police officers on the
street arresting bad guys provide little value if they can’t later testify in
court to put the crooks behind bars. Cities have to be able to replace cops
whose credibility on the witness stand is questionable because of past deceit.
But a bill backed by police officers and headed for Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk
would make it much more difficult to replace those ineffective cops. There’s a
legitimate concern behind the legislation, but this is the wrong solution. The
governor should veto it and ask lawmakers to solve the real problem instead of
creating a new one.
Under a 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Brady v. Maryland, prosecutors must
disclose any evidence that could help defense attorneys defend their clients.
That includes information about past dishonesty of officers involved in the
case. It’s only fair.
As a result, district attorney offices across the state keep “Brady lists” of
officers who have been identified as dishonest. As a practical matter, landing
on those lists undermines officers’ job effectiveness because their credibility
will be called into question when they testify.
SB313, introduced by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, would make it harder to
remove those cops from the street. In disciplinary proceedings, a local
government could not mention that the officer is on the district attorney’s
Brady list. Similarly, officers could not be denied promotions because their
names have been placed on the lists. Cash-strapped cities and counties would not
be able to take corrective action unless they independently proved in
disciplinary hearings that the officers had lied or otherwise misbehaved.
At the same time, local governments could be exposed to greater liability for
knowingly keeping officers of questionable credibility on the job. That’s why
associations representing cities, counties, police chiefs and sheriffs across
the state oppose the bill. Yet the Senate and Assembly overwhelmingly approved
it. Only five legislators — including Sens.
Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, and Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Assemblyman Tom
Ammiano, D-San Francisco — voted no, a measure of the power of public safety
The legitimate issue is that district attorneys across the state use
inconsistent procedures for placing an officer on the list. In some counties,
officers have a right to a hearing; in others, they don’t, raising questions of
fairness and due process. Some good cops are being kept from testifying — a
wrong that impedes justice, even if it doesn’t endanger the officers’ jobs.
Making sure officers don’t unfairly end up on Brady lists would be good
government. Making it harder for public agencies to deal with rogue cops is not.
The Legislature should be setting standards for the DAs’ construction of the
Brown’s veto of this bad bill can get them started.
REGARDING THE CHAPLAINCY
The POA and the Retirees Assn. sent out alerts earlier this week
regarding the future of the Chaplaincy Golf Tournament that helps fund the
In less than 4 days we may
be required to cancel this year's Chaplaincy Golf Tournament due to lack of
This is your opportunity to help those who help you and your family when you are
in need. Please, purchase a ticket to the Chaplaincy Golf Tournament today.
E-mail Joanne at
We need another 30 people to purchase a ticket by 5PM on Friday or this
important event will be canceled.
AND THEN THERE'S
THIS GOLF TOURNEY
Contact Jack Baxter at
for more info.
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF AUG. 24, 2013
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Do new Pepsi cans omit the words 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance?
• Did an Indian woman give birth to eleven baby boys?
• Account of a dog who reportedly died after picking up a poisoned Nerf
football in a dog park.
• Purported photograph of a woman who sued her
ex-boyfriend for surreptitiously tattooing a pile of excrement on her back.
• Is Arizona implementing a mandatory school program to help homosexual
children become straight?
• Image shows an x-ray of a man with a fork in his urethra.
• Is boiling shampoo and inhaling the fumes to get high a common practice
• Document announces the creation of a United Nations
'Civilian Weapons Confiscation Study Group.'
• Are drug dealers targeting children with colored and
flavored crystal methamphetamine known as "Strawberry Quick?"
• Photograph shows the moment torero Alvaro Munera became an opponent of
• How real is the Discovery Channel's Amish Mafia "reality" series?
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Can titanium rings only be removed from swollen fingers through amputation?
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep
abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Select Large or Full Screen for YouTube videos...
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Hop aboard this Channel
Islands Air National Guard C-130 if you want to ride along on a mission to fight
the Rim Fire as it was burning last Thursday. The fire has created what's called
a pyro cumulous cloud billowing over the Stanislaus National Forest west of
Yosemite. The automated "Landing Gear" reminder you will hear is from the Ground
Proximity Warning System (GPWS) advising the pilots that they should have their
landing gear down due to their low altitude. (7 Mins.)
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We have to agree with Phil
Norton. This is one of the finest, most creative and most difficult aerial
trapeze acts we've ever seen. And we should know. Leroy and I did this for a
living before we pinned on a badge back in the '60s. But enough about us. Some
of the tricks are repeated in slow motion so you can see just how difficult they
are. Bravo to these Chinese trapeze artists. (5 Mins.)
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Is this one of the most
talented jugglers you have ever seen? Alice Murphy reports, you decide. P.S. She
votes yes. Me too. (4 Mins.)
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Also from Alice Murphy
comes one of those Internet web pages that tells you what occurred during the
year of your birth. It's quite simple in the way it works. Just click on the
link below, enter your birth year, click on the question mark and sit back as
the information appears before your very eyes.
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My Last Trip
From Bert Kelsey
was at my local Walmart buying a large bag of Purina Dog Chow for my loyal pet,
Buff the Wonder Dog. I was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if
I had a dog?
What did she think I had, an elephant?
Because I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I
don't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably
shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital the last time, but that I'd lost
50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of
most of my orifices and with IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet, that the way it works is you
load your pants pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time
you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete, so it works well and I was
going to try it again. Everyone in line was now paying close attention my story.
Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food
I told her no, I stopped to pee on a fire hydrant and a car hit me.
The guy behind her was laughing so hard I thought he going to have a heart
Working folks should think before asking a retiree a question because they have
all the time in the world to think up crazy answers.
Unfortunately, as I was walking to my car, the Walmart manager approached and
told me not to shop there anymore.
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As elaborate pranks go,
this one from Japan is pretty extreme and worth a look. The second "victim" (the
female) may have known what was coming. If the first "victim" (the male) did, he
is one hell of an actor. (2 Mins.)
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There are times when
YouTube works like a time machine because I can distinctly remember when Groucho
had Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez on his show. Color TV was still years away, and it
was decades before DVRs were invented. Do you remember Pedro?
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Want your own personal
jetpack? When this Martin prototype 12 goes on sale you'll be able to buy one.
In fact, Jim Carraher and John Hinkle say they are planning to buy one of the
first ones off the line on the condition that Tom Macris is the first to fly it.
(Pack your parachute carefully, Thomas.) The one in this clip has ballast on
board to simulate the weight of an adult male and is being flown by remote
control. (4 Mins.)
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The Story of
the Scottish Cow
From John "JET" Trussler
When the only
cow in a small town in Ireland stopped giving milk, the local folks learned they
could buy a quality yet inexpensive cow in Scotland, so they did. After the cow
arrived it produced lots of milk and everyone was happy. Then one of the locals
suggested they buy a bull to mate with the cow so they would eventually have
more cows and never have to worry about milk again.
They found a local bull and put it to pasture with the cow. But whenever the
bull tried to mate with the cow, it would move away. No matter what approach the
bull would make, the cow moved away and the bull was never able to do the deed.
This made the town folks very upset, so they called in a Vet.
"Whenever the bull tries to mate with our cow she moves away," they said. "If he
approaches from the back, she moves forward. If he approaches from the front,
she moves backward. And if he approaches from the side, she moves away to the
The Vet thoughtfully rubbed his chin. After pondering the situation for a while
he asked, "Did you by chance purchase this cow from Scotland?"
The folks were dumbfounded. They never told the Vet the cow was from Scotland.
"You are a really amazing Vet," they said. "How did you know the cow was from
With a distant look in his eye, the Vet said, "My wife is from Scotland."
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There are some stories that
are very difficult for news anchors to report on without breaking down (or up).
If the topic this anchor is trying to cover is a bookable offense, I can think
of three former car partners who should have been locked up.
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When it comes to on-air
news reporting, the Fox anchor in the clip above isn't the only one who has a
problem at times. Have a look at this collection. (8
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And here is a video a
compilation of bloopers someone put together in 2012. But this one comes with a
warning: Parts of it are R-rated, and one reporter lets loose with three
F-bombs, so get ready to cover your ears if you choose to watch it and are
easily offended. (13 Mins.)
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With the start of football
season, a handful of readers wrote in to say it's time once again to run this
West Virginia University Marching Band salute to the Armed Forces from 2011.
They didn't have to ask us twice, which is why we chose it as this week's
closer. (6 Mins.)
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