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The Farsider

August 29, 2013


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



We found nothing new that relates specifically to retiree pensions.



Numerous POA Membership Alerts this week...

Aug. 22nd

KTVU Channel 2 — Video

Tensions Increasing Between San Jose Officials, Police Union



Aug. 22nd

San Jose Inside — Article

Acting Police Chief Larry Esquivel in Negotiations Crossfire


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Silicon Valley Daily Fetch — Article

Acting SJ Chief Esquivel Acts Out


Aug. 23rd

KTVU Channel 2 — Video

Mayor Reed Caught in Lie Over Police Pay


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Silicon Valley Daily Fetch — Article

FPPC votes unanimously to hold Probable
Cause Hearing on Reed's illegal activities


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San Jose Inside — Article

Acting Police Chief Larry Esquivel Caught in Labor Crossfire


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KGO Radio (YouTube audio clip)

Jim Unland and Mayor Reed Interviewed


Aug. 25th

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 reply.

"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 was mailed.

The second issue concerns our arbitration. A recent Silicon Valley Daily Fetch blog posting
<http://tinyurl.com/ot6pxxk> 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.

Jim Unland
John Robb


Aug. 26th

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 <http://tinyurl.com/oadggts>). 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.

Jim Unland
John Robb


Aug. 27th

We received a new letter from the City today. Click here to review it: <http://tinyurl.com/nu2oxk5>

The negotiations team has not yet had a chance to review it.  We will be in touch when we have more information.
Jim Unland
John Robb


Aug. 28th

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 value.

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 response letter:

Jim Unland
John Robb



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 Squad

Making a dent: Culminating with two murder arrests in a single day, an
aggressive street-level campaign has ‘kept a lid’ on the city’s violence

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — 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
by San 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
break as 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 weapon.

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 crackdown.

Restoring safety

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
detain two 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 on.

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,” Esquivel said.

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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Aug. 22nd


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 if possible.


(Boggess) <boggess1541@yahoo.com>


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Aug. 22nd

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
<brucehodgin@yahoo.com>. 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).

Bruce (Hodgin)
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 spring.

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 90 minutes.

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 408.866.2700.

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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Aug. 25th


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.

Bob (Moir)

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...

Hey Bill,

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 the game.

Bill (Leavy)

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.

Bill is 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 Elephant Whisperer"

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 light.

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 trailer.

Elephant Ankus

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.

“Thanks officer!”

“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 Center.”

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 control.

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 this day.

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 circumstances.

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 uniformed pursuers.

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 ensued.

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...




—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 Protection

Mercury News 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 unions.

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 lists.

Brown’s veto of this bad bill can get them started.



The POA and the Retirees Assn. sent out alerts earlier this week regarding the future of the Chaplaincy Golf Tournament that helps fund the program...

In less than 4 days we may be required to cancel this year's Chaplaincy Golf Tournament due to lack of interest.

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.



Contact Jack Baxter at
<drjoaquin1525@gmail.com> for more info.



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• Photograph shows the moment torero Alvaro Munera became an opponent of bullfights.

• 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!

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• Can titanium rings only be removed from swollen fingers through amputation?

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• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.

Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.



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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 to Walmart

From Bert Kelsey

Yesterday I 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 poisoned me.

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 attack.

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? (8 Mins.)

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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 other side."

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 Scotland?"

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. (1 Min.)


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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 Mins.)


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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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