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September 5, 2013

 

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

 

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RETIRED DEPUTY CHIEF LARRY STUEFLOTEN



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Born Nov. 11, 1937
Appointed March 4, 1959
Retired Jan. 6, 1987
Died Sept. 2, 2013

We don't have a lot of information about the passing of retired Dep. Chief Larry Stuefloten. After a series of unconfirmed incoming e-mails advising of the 'rumor' that he had died, we finally received one from Carm Grande that confirmed his passing. We then e-mailed several retirees who we were told had been in contact with Stu, but only received one back. It was from Tom Wheatley. Acknowledging that he doesn't have all the facts, Wheat reported that on Monday of this week Stu was at his second home in L.A. (his other home is in Mission Viejo near San Diego) and walking his daughter's dog when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Presuming there will be an obituary in an L.A. and/or San Diego newspaper with the time, date and location of a funeral or memorial service, we will send out a special bulletin to all Farsider subscribers with the info the day it is received. Wheat said the family is in L.A. handling the arrangements as of yesterday (Wed.) evening.

A Google search turned up several links about the retired deputy chief and noted that he had several prior addresses following his retirement. He was not a Farsider subscriber.

On the MyLife website (similar to Facebook), Stu entered this profile on his home page: "Larry Norman Stuefloten was born in 1937. He currently lives in Mission Viejo, California. Before that, Larry lived in Hanalei, HI from 2005 to 2011. And before that, he lived in Santa Ana, CA from 1999 to 2011."

The PeopleSmart website also shows prior addresses in Foothill Ranch, CA, Honolulu, HI, Corona Del Mar, CA, Irvine, CA and Princeville, HI.

Another website noted that Stu was a graduate of the Class of 1955 at James Lick High School in East San Jose (my alma mater, Class of '61) and also the youngest lieutenant in the history of the SJPD.

More information including the date, time and location of a funeral and/or memorial service will follow depending on the date, either next week or in a special bulletin.


 

RETIRED POLICE WOMAN EUNICE (LONG) HUNTWORK

Aug. 31st

Hi Bill,

I'm sending you an obituary for Eunice Long, known to most of us as Eunice Huntwork.  

Eunice was one of the many great Records Clerks who trained us rookies. While we dreaded getting hurt, put on light duty and being sent to Records, we learned things there that we wouldn't have learned on the street, and that made us better cops.

Eunice lived in Plummer, Idaho, about 50 miles from me, so I only saw her about once a year. Her funeral was yesterday. Unfortunately, I was in Seattle and missed it.  But I did talk tonight to her husband, Clyde, who is a great guy. He said he would be pleased if you would make a note of Eunice's passing in the Farsider. He knows that she was close to many of the other retirees.

Should anyone want to talk to Clyde, they can drop me an email and I will pass on his phone number. He said he doesn't do well with these computer contraptions.

Mike Maehler
<maehler@imaxmail.net>

I checked with my contact at Police Personnel for info and a possible photo of Eunice. Nothing was found under the last name of Long, and a search under Huntwork only turned up an old Rolodex card showing her DOB as Nov. 30, 1934 and that she was classified as a Police Woman. Eunice apparently retired so long ago that her records have been purged. This is the obituary Mike sent in...

Eunice C. Long, 78

A graveside service for Eunice C. Long, 78, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Evergreen Cemetery in Plummer. Pastor Kathy Lee Kramer will officiate at the service. Mrs. Long passed away Friday morning, Aug. 23, 2013, at her rural Plummer home.

She was born Eunice Charlene Huntwork on Nov. 30, 1934, near San Jose, Calif., to Dale and Mildred (Pearson) Huntwork. She attended schools in San Jose and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1952. She then attended San Jose State College where she received a degree in law enforcement. After graduating from college, Eunice worked as a police officer for the San Jose Police Department for the next 14 years.

In 1973, Eunice moved to Plummer. She married Clyde Long on April 17, 1974, in Coeur d’Alene and the couple made their home near Plummer where Mr. Long farmed and ranched. Eunice went to work for the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office in St. Maries as a dispatch officer. Eunice retired from the department on Dec. 1, 1995. The couple continued to make their home in Plummer.

Eunice’s hobbies included flowers and horses. She was a member of the Orchid Society and grew orchids for many years. She also enjoyed showing and raising paint horses, and had shown two Grand Champion paints during the early 2000s.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde Long at the Plummer home; one brother, Richard (Carol) Huntwork of Glendale, Calif.; three nieces, Cindy, Rose and Susan; and a brother and sister-in-law, Orville and Pepita Long of Benton City, Wash. Also surviving is her family of Benewah County Law Enforcement officers.

Memorial gifts may be given to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID 83855.

Kramer Funeral Home in Tekoa, Wash., is handling the arrangements.


 

PENSION NEWS

Glenn Bytheway spotted this article on the Huffington Post website. What drew our attention to the story is that it identifies Mayor Chuck Reed as the first of many who attended a "pension summit" in Sacramento where strategies were discussed on how to restrict public pensions. There are numerous readers' comments about the article. To read them you will have to pull up the story on the HP website by clicking on this link: <http://tinyurl.com/mvaggm3>. The Huffington Post calls the column Frying Pan News.

Slash and Burn: The War Against California Pensions

Frying Pan News
By Gary Cohn

The following story was reported by Frying Pan News as part of its California Exposé investigative series, and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post.

Benjamin Gamboa doesn’t know John Arnold, but they are linked by a shared concern over the fate of public-employee pensions in California.

“I’m proud to have a pension,” the 30-year-old Gamboa says. “I believe every American should have a pension.”

The two men live in very different worlds. Gamboa is a research analyst at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California. Arnold is a hedge-fund billionaire from Houston, Texas.

There’s another difference between them: Arnold recently had a representative present at a secret “pension summit” held at a Sacramento hotel, where strategies to limit public employee retirement benefits were discussed; Gamboa, a union member, did not – representatives of labor were specifically not invited.

“Pension reform” has become the latest battle cry in a seemingly endless war that has ostensibly been declared against tax-dollar waste, but whose single-minded purpose has been to slash the job protections and benefits enjoyed by California’s working middle class. Pension-cutting advocates have filled airwaves, websites and op-ed pages with stories about employees retiring in early middle age on six-figure pensions. The reality is that the average state and municipal worker retires on about $26,000 a year.

The Sacramento summit took place May 22 at the Citizen Hotel, a luxury boutique inn two blocks from the state capitol. It was hosted by the Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles-based conservative and libertarian public policy group that embraces privatizing government functions and cutting public employee pensions. The foundation’s most prominent trustee is billionaire businessman David Koch, a longtime advocate of reducing public sector retirement benefits.

The meeting’s agenda – a copy of which was obtained by Frying Pan News — was written in the terse, opaque prose of event planners, but still offers a glimpse into the group’s plans. Among other items, it lists an hour-long session on “Overcoming Opposition: Anticipating and Addressing Government and Union Opposition.” Perhaps the agenda was even more important for what it did not say: That the attack on public sector pensions may soon be transformed into a state ballot initiative that would change California’s constitution.

The participants in the closed-door meeting were Republicans and Democrats, and included public officials and representatives of numerous foundations and think tanks intent on reducing pensions for public employees.

Among those attending were San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed; former San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio; Josh McGee, a vice president at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation; Marcia Fritz, president of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility; Dan Pellissier, president of California Pension Reform; Ed Ring, executive director of the California Public Policy Center (CPPC) and editor of UnionWatch.org; Jack Dean, executive director at the Reason Foundation and editor of PensionTsunami.com, and Steven Greenhut, a journalist and author of the book Plunder! How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation.

Their gathering received no media coverage, with the exception of a brief mention in a column Greenhut wrote for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Despite the pension-cutting movement’s talk of the cause’s bipartisan pedigree, it seems to rely upon transfusions of money from wealthy rightwing personalities and nonprofits. Apart from the Reason Foundation’s close ties to David Koch, Greenhut’s own online hobby, CalWatchdog, is the creation of the Pacific Research Institute, a libertarian think tank with deep pockets.

Both the Reason Foundation and Pacific Research Institute are allied with the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has been writing corporatist model legislation for about 30 years. More locally, however, the nexus for pension-cutting is the Tustin-headquartered California Public Policy Center, a conservative nonprofit led by Ed Ring, who worked to promote the anti-union Proposition 32 last year. CPPC’s advisers include Marcia Fritz and Jack Dean; its president is Mark W. Bucher who helped qualify and pass 2000’s Proposition 22, which effectively banned same-sex marriage in California. (Bucher is also a board member of Family Action, a rightwing Orange County political action committee.) Another CPPC board member, Robert Loewen, also serves as president of the ultraconservative Lincoln Club of Orange County.)

The Sacramento meeting apparently helped set the stage for moves that are now occurring largely behind the scenes.

In an interview, Reed confirmed that he attended the pension summit and that he has been working on a statewide ballot initiative that would allow the state and local governments to reduce retirement benefits for current employees for the years of work they performed after his proposed reforms would go into effect. He says that such statewide reform is necessary for California’s fiscal health, to ensure that the state and local governments can provide a reasonable level of services to the public and to protect public employees.

“What we need to do statewide is make it possible for local governments to change future accruals for work not performed,” he says. He adds that his proposed ballot measure could be voted on as early as November, 2014.

Reed, a Democrat who has opposed same-sex marriage and the raising of the minimum wage of his city’s workers, seems to be what pension-cutters have in mind when they speak of their movement’s bipartisan makeup. (The gathering’s other politician, Carl DeMaio, is a Republican — and Reason Foundation senior fellow — who has advocated replacing San Diego city employees’ pensions with a 401(k)-type substitute.) Last year Reed pushed a ballot measure in San Jose to reduce that city’s retirement costs for its public employees. The measure passed, but is now tied up in the courts. He acknowledges that any such measure is likely to provoke an all-out fight with the state’s public-employee unions. Interviews with labor officials and their representatives seem to bear him out.

A ballot initiative to cut back pensions for existing employees would “change the constitution and would be a horrible thing,” says Steven Maviglio, a publisher of the California Majority Report and a Sacramento-based political consultant whose clients include Californians for Retirement Security, a labor coalition representing 1.5 million public employees and retirees.

Maviglio says that many employees have worked for years at jobs where they were promised certain benefits and that it would be a breach of faith to “throw out that understanding and break that trust. That’s the whole foundation of pension benefits.”

He adds, “If someone is teaching for 25 years and somebody changes the rules of the game, that’s hardly fair.”

Any statewide ballot measure campaign aimed at cutting back public employee benefits would provoke an expensive fight with unions. “It would cost tens of millions of dollars — $30 or $40 million,” Reed says. Fritz, president of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility (whose vice president is the CPPC’s Jack Dean), says that the backers would likely look for funding from the Arnold Foundation, among other sources.

The Arnold Foundation has funded similar efforts in the past. Two years ago, for example, the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that the Arnold Foundation had given a $150,000 grant to Fritz’s group for a series of reports seeking to limit public employee pensions. Last year, another of the foundation’s checks made headlines when it was revealed that the Arnold Foundation was a major backer of Engage Rhode Island, the group that pushed through that state’s pension overhaul law.

The Arnold Foundation is clearly in the forefront of nationwide efforts to scale back pensions for state and municipal workers. On its website, the foundation identifies pension reform as one of its key initiatives, and it provides position papers supporting its stances.

“The current system has allowed politicians to promise one level of benefits without fully funding them,” the Arnold Foundation’s McGee told Frying Pan News in an email last week. “Across the U.S., state and local governments have underfunded workers’ benefits by at least $1 trillion.”

The Arnold Foundation, McGee wrote, works with state and local communities to provide policy information and technical assistance to help them develop pension reforms. He said that a ballot initiative is just one tool to improve the retirement system, and added that the foundation “does not promote or fund ballot initiatives.” He also acknowledged that he attended the pension summit in Sacramento.

“We discussed the need to deal responsibly with accumulated pension debt, secure benefits that have already been earned, and create a system that is affordable, sustainable, and secure,” McGee stated.

Others believe the Arnold Foundation has its eye on California in order to promote public employee pension cutbacks across the nation. The foundation’s thinking, Maviglio says, is that “if liberal California can do it, it can happen anywhere.”

In many ways, Benjamin Gamboa, the 30-year-old research analyst at Crafton Hills College, is typical of those employees who find themselves in the pension-cutters’ crosshairs. Working at a community college, he believes, is serving the public good by helping students to reach their goals.

“I love what I do, and I love the security of my job,” he says. “My plan is to retire with a pension just large enough to spoil my grandkids.” He says that his hope and expectation will be for a pension of about $30,000 a year. “I want to enjoy the simple things,” he says. “There are no European vacations in my future.”

He adds that he is concerned to hear about the continuing efforts to limit his and other workers’ pensions.

“To attack the work I do and the security I treasure...” he says, then pauses. “It’s heart-wrenching. It’s demoralizing.”
 

POA NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

The POA sent out a number of additional Alerts since last week's Farsider. In chronological order, here are those we received. Like last week, we didn't spot anything in these Membership Alerts that directly impacts current retirees.
 



Aug. 29th

We heard back from the City today. We will be back at the bargaining table on Tuesday, September 3rd. This is a link to the City's letter...

<http://tinyurl.com/kg9szwt>

Jim Unland <president@sjpoa.com>
John Robb
<vicepresident@sjpoa.com>

 



Aug. 29th

Liccardo and Reed Can't Fix What They Broke

<http://www.protectsanjose.com/content/liccardo-and-reed-cant-fix-what-they-broke>





Aug. 30th

KTVU Channel 2 (Video)


Reed Liccardo Police Plan Steeped in Controversy



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gV0F5MR8D0&feature=youtu.be>

~ ~ ~

The Daily Fetch (Article)

SJ's Oliverio and Liccardo in Damage Control
and
Is Chuck Reed in Bed with the Koch Brothers?


<http://www.thedailyfetch.com/silicon-valley/>

~ ~ ~

Mercury News

Reed-Liccardo Plan just a rehashing of Reed's 2012 Public Safety Plan


<http://tinyurl.com/kdsvjoh>




Sept. 2nd

Reed/Liccardo Staffing Plan Does Not Add Up


<http://www.protectsanjose.com/content/reedliccardo-staffing-plan-does-not-add>




Sept. 3rd

Pete Constant's Re-hire Proposal Falls Short


<http://www.protectsanjose.com/content/pete-constants-re-hire-proposal-falls-short>


Sept. 4th

Our Offer: We met with the City yesterday and made them a verbal offer of a 6% pensionable wage restoration effective July 1, 2013 for a one-year contract. The City negotiators agreed to take this to the Council for their consideration. We have another meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 2013.




Sept. 4th

KQED Website (Article)


San Jose Cops Fleeing, City Looks to Add Officers

<http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/09/04/san-jose-city-council-police/>

~ ~ ~

Daily Fetch (Article)

Sam Liccardo Changes Tune, Now Calling for 14% Police Pay Raise?

<http://www.thedailyfetch.com/silicon-valley/>

~ ~ ~

KTVU Channel 2 (Video)

Body Found in SJ and SJPOA Calls City Cop Plan a Farce




<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YA3GZ87y9Q&feature=youtu.be>

~ ~ ~

ABC 7 (Video)

San Jose Plan to Add Police Officers Under Attack by SJPOA, Residents



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNAyRdDSP7U&feature=youtu.be>

~ ~ ~

KGO 810 (YouTube Audio)



SJPOA Says San Jose Has No Real Plan to Add Officers

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

~ ~ ~

NBC Bay Area (Video)



Council Votes on Proposal to Add Cops

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOVEiYpnwc0&feature=youtu.be>

 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

As is often said, elections have consequences, and that could be especially true for the SJPD with the next mayor of San Jose. Tuesday's paper had this insight from its first string columnist...

S.J. Mayor’s Race at the Starting Gate



By Columnist Scott Herhold
Mercury News — Sept. 3, 2013

The day after Labor Day has lost the oomph it once had. It used to be the day kids headed back to school. Now that happens in mid-August. It used to mark the time political campaigns began in earnest.

Now they’re in gear year-round.

But we can seize the moment to look ahead to the most compelling political drama in town — next year’s San Jose mayoral race. Forget merit for the moment.

Step into the smoke-filled room of bettors.

We have five likely candidates now — council members Pete Constant, Sam Liccardo, Pierluigi Oliverio, Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Supervisor Dave Cortese. There’s also a very good chance that a fifth council member, Rose Herrera, could join the party.

It’s wrong to think of that as the entire universe. Someone from the outside could still join the fray, as businessman Michael Mulcahy did in 2006.

And someone in the current lineup could drop out. For now, however, it gives us ways to think about the horse race.

“There’s a pathway for each one of these candidates to win,” says political consultant Rich Robinson. “It will depend on how the dominoes fall and how each part of the election is held.”

Perhaps the chief thing to remember about the mayoral race is that it is two elections: a June primary in which the vote will be split five or six ways, and a November runoff.

It’s easily possible to make the runoff with 22 percent to 24 percent of the primary vote.

A double squeeze

In the primary, the dynamic now could be described as a kind of double squeeze in the center — or, in horse-racing terms, two pairs of horses jockeying for the rail.

Liccardo, who could be the favorite if he makes it to November, is being squeezed by Oliverio, who appeals to many of the same groups — Italian-Americans, moderate Democrats, voters in Willow Glen and Rose Garden.

In the same way, Nguyen, who enjoys a sizable advantage now as the lone woman in the race, could be squeezed if Herrera enters.

When I talked to her recently, Herrera sounded very much like a woman who wanted to join, saying that if she did, she would attempt to offer a vision for the city.

The last two general-election races in Santa Clara County have proved the power of female candidates, particularly in lesser-known races.

With the double squeeze in the center, the odds look better that Cortese, as the union-backed candidate, will find his way into the runoff from the left. With a fractured vote, even Constant, the lone Republican, has a chance.

Better off?

Cortese can echo the famous Ronald Reagan message from 1980. As the only non-council member, he can ask whether San Jose voters are better off now than they were eight years ago. With crime and graffiti up, many will be tempted to answer no. Of course, all of this is a snapshot on the day after Labor Day, and things will change. This remains a valley of engineers, who are attracted to a candidate who can lay out a position in detail. The template for this is the 2006 campaign of David Pandori, who published a book about his ideas for San Jose.

He was the equivalent of the horse coming from behind to nearly finish in the final two.

If you like the track, you’ll like this election. Forgive me now while I go to the window to place my bet.
 

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This is yet another reason to spin your prayer wheel and give thanks that you are a retired San Jose cop. If ever there was a policy that would result in street cops doing as little as possible when it comes to interviewing suspicious individuals, this could be it...

Officers Recording ‘Curb Sitting’ Data

—Policy is a response to suspicions of profiling during pedestrian stops—

By Robert Salonga
<rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 4, 2013

SAN JOSE — Patrol officers are now exhaustively recording the instances they detain people on the street and then let them go, marking a new policy borne from concerns about racial profiling.

The San Jose Police Department said Sunday marked the launch of its “limited detention” policy, better known as the “curb sitting” policy because it stemmed from community suspicions that racial minorities were disproportionately ordered by officers to sit on street curbs during pedestrian stops that did not yield arrests.

The accusations were mostly anecdotal because the department didn’t consistently track the informal “stop-and-frisk”style stops.

So if someone wanted to complain, there was nothing to ensure it was in the police record. Now there is.

“Every patrol officer is doing this,” said Officer Albert Morales, a police spokesman. “We want (residents) to understand what we’re doing.”

If someone is detained during a pedestrian stop that doesn’t result in an arrest and report, officers will have to record either on their mobile computers or dictate to a dispatcher, the following: the result of the stop, the reason for the stop, the person’s race, whether a search was conducted and the number of people involved — information long required for any traffic stop.

Officers will also note the detention type — ordered to sit on a curb, handcuffed, placed in police car — and the reason. And with the new system the demographic data can be readily queried to highlight mapping trends for both police brass and civil rights groups.

Officers will initially dictate the information to dispatchers until the department’s car-mounted computers are fully updated in November.

The roll out caps a bumpy road for the policy, recommended by the city’s Independent Police Auditor and signed in January by outgoing Chief Chris Moore.

It quickly came under fire by the rank-and-file, who called it a “don’t get out of your car memo” that they contended would discourage proactive policing.

Acting Chief Larry Esquivel suspended the policy for retooling, and Morales said the administration has struck a balance with officers’ concerns.


 


WEEKLY POLL
 

Last Week's Poll Results




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



 

MAIL CALL

Aug. 31st

Hello Leroy,

I wanted to let you know that Retired State Parole Officer Louie Garcia passed away on 08/30/2013 from complications related to diabetes.

Louie was our neighbor for thirty years when we lived in San Jose. He and his wife Candie moved to El Dorado Hills (CA) in 2001, and we also moved to Elk Grove the same year. He was always great friend and we stayed in touch after the move.

The family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date.

Please toast Louie at the next PBA meeting. There are a number of us who worked with him and most of us have a Louie Garcia story.

Please post in the Farsider.

Bill Salewsky
<bighorn2006@surewest.net>
 

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Sept. 1st

Guys,

Just went through the latest Farsider and it brought back memories as usual. I well remember the Groucho episode with Pedro Gonzales Gonzales. If memory serves me right, there was a another one dealing with Pedro's need for lots of beans because he said he had 8 or 9 children. When Groucho asked why he had so many kids, Pedro's response was "I love my wife," to which Groucho replied, "I love my cigar too, but I take it out on occasion." Subsequently, I think Pedro made a record that I believe was called "The Reluctant Astronaut."
 
Dick Tush
<sonofatush@hotmail.com>

Close, but (pardon the expression) no cigar, Dick. Your e-mail was one of those that prompted me to spend some time researching the subject using YouTube, Snopes, Wikipedia and, of course, Google.

That clip we ran last week was the first and only time Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez appeared on the old "You Bet Your Life" TV show with Groucho. The key word is TV show, because Groucho's popular show originated on radio in the late 1940s.

As for the cigar story, anyone who says they remember that episode is mistaken because it never existed, at least not on TV. If the exchange had taken place on the new medium of television it would surely have been cut because all TV shows on all three networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) of that era had very strict censors on the set overseeing every word and situation. The best evidence suggests that the cigar story was an urban legend that spread like wildfire around the country long before Snopes and the Internet existed. Prior to my research, I too thought it had actually taken place because I heard about it so often. Here is a link to a detailed research effort by Snopes about the cigar story and other surprising facts about Groucho and his show.

<http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/grouchocigar.asp>

And that brings us to your statement about Pedro having made a recording called "The Reluctant Astronaut." As noted, Pedro never went beyond his brief appearance on "You Bet Your Life." I suspect you tied Pedro's heavy Mexican accent with Bill Dana, a comedian whose TV persona was José Jiminéz.

One of Dana's popular characters was that of an astronaut, and he cut a record of the act at the Hungry I in San Francisco with the jacket below. Click on the link under the jacket to listen to the recording...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncBSOyte6lA>

Bill Dana's Biography:

<http://www.bill-dana.com/pages/biography.html>
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Dana_%28comedian%29>

It may surprise some people to learn that Dana is of Hungarian-Jewish ancestry. He is not Hispanic, despite his José Jimenéz accent. The comedian is still alive at the age of 88, according to <www.deadoraliveinfo.com>

While Dana could be characterized as an astronaut reluctant to go into space, I would wager that your reference to the "Reluctant Astronaut" was in regards to a movie of the same title starring Don Knotts.

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Reluctant_Astronaut>

Sorry, Dick. If I have inadvertently convinced you that your memory has gone to hell, don't feel like the Lone Ranger. It has happened to me and probably everyone else who is reading this newsletter.

 

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Sept 1st

Bill and Leroy,

I realize my time has come and gone when it involves wages and benefits, but I have a question: When did the POA become a union? I belonged to the original Police Union way back in the sixties. I can't remember the union number, but it was something like "Police Union 186." It was tied to the Teamsters union. The union was dissolved prior to the '70s due to the Hoffa Mafia connection. The word union depicts a Mafia type control of the members dictated by the Teamsters. The union was dropped and we all joined the POA. Now the POA is called a union. The word union is and will always be thought of as a corrupt and controlled forced membership. An association is a voluntary group of individuals who band together to negotiate with the city. Our dues and loyalties were with the POA. Has that changed?

(Name withheld by request)


To answer your first question, the media refers to the POA as a union because that's what it basically is in the eyes of the media and the public. To call it an "association" would confuse matters.

You are mistaken by automatically assuming that a union is tied to Jimmy Hoffa, the Mob and the Teamsters. There are tons of unions in the country affiliated with the AFLCIO. The Teamsters Union, as large as it may be, is only one of many tentacles of the organized labor movement. At no time did the SJPD police union have a relationship with the Teamsters.

The union to which you refer was the Police Union Local 170. I was its last Secretary, the late Ted Korth was its last Treasurer, and Chuck Blackmore was its last President.

The POA was formed in 1962 (see newspaper article below). Local 170 continued to exist, although it ceased representing the rank and file in terms of bargaining with the City when the POA was formed. Local 170 then became a social organization only. In the mid-'80s, we on the Board of Local 170 didn't think it made sense to continue paying monthly dues to the local AFLCIO since it could do nothing for us, so we decided to disband and create a separate fraternal organization for social purposes only. But when we learned that we would have to turn our treasury over to the AFLCIO, disbandment was put on hold. We then created the PBA and used the money in our union treasury to cover the cost of meetings and the annual Valentine's Day dinner dance. We also used some of the money to donate to local worthwhile causes. No more money found its way into the union treasury, it only went out. The dues we had been collecting from members of the union went into the PBA's treasury. Technically, all members of Local 170 were dual members because they also belonged to the PBA.

For almost two years we would hold two consecutive meetings each month at Manny's Cellar. We would convene a meeting for Local 170, hold a minimal amount of business, then conclude it and immediately convene the PBA meeting. All costs for the food and drink came out of the union treasury while the PBA's treasury began to build from the members' dues. Slowly but surely the union treasury was depleted while the PBA's treasury grew. When the union's treasury eventually got down to less than $100, we went through the process of parting company with the AFLCIO and wrote them a check for what was left in the union treasury. It was 1987 when Local 170 was finally disbanded and all prior union members (about 160 at the time) belonged solely to the PBA.

Today the membership of the PBA is approaching 400, the vast majority of whom are retired San Jose cops. With the exception of the month of December, the PBA has a hosted (no cost to the member) dinner meeting with an open bar on the third Wednesday of every month at the POA Hall. It also hosts a Valentine's Day dinner dance every February.

As a fraternal organization, the sole purpose of the PBA is to provide a means for sworn retirees to get together and socialize once a month, thereby maintaining the camaraderie developed by years on the job. And it seems to work because the monthly buffet dinner meetings always draw a good crowd. The dues are only $8 per month for retirees and $12 a month for active cops, so no one can complain about the cost to belong. New retirees are slowly trickling in, and drawing more men and women to the PBA as they retire is an ongoing goal so that retired San Jose cops can continue to enjoy the fellowship of one another after the current membership has reached the end-of-shift.

If this little history lesson has piqued the interest of any sworn retiree who might be interested in joining the PBA, they should drop a dime on "Lumpy" Lundberg at
<lumpyl@sbcglobal.net>. He's the Secretary-Treasurer of the PBA and can sign you up. The President of the organization is Dave Wysuph and its Sergeant-at-Arms is Bob Moir.

Regarding the birth of the POA, Leroy found this old 1962 Mercury News article on a cops' forum that he frequents...

 

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Sept. 4th

Hi Bill,

Just wanted to let the guys know that Will (Battaglia) had a little accident  on Monday, Aug. 26th. While doing some yard work in the front yard — yes, I did say yard work — he fell and broke his femur on his left leg and tore the quadricep tendon on his right knee. He underwent bi-lateral surgery on Aug. 27th at Good Samaritan Hospital and has been in extreme pain as you can imagine. We have been told no weight bearing on either leg for the next 6 to 8 weeks following at least another 4 weeks of P.T. and O.T. just to get him to the point where he will be able to return home. He was transferred to a nursing home last Saturday to rehab and will remain there for the next 12 weeks unless we can negotiate something to get him home sooner. Since he is not ambulatory, a skilled nursing home was our only option.

As always, Will’s spirits are remarkably high given the circumstances, but being confined to a bed/wheelchair in a nursing home for 12 weeks along with all his other medical issues is going to be a real challenge for him. He is residing at the Woodlands Healthcare Center at 14977 Terreno De Flores, Los Gatos, CA  95032, Room 17. His direct phone number is (408)502-4920. Since they are having a difficult time managing his pain it would be best to call him before stopping by to see if he is up for a visit.

Thanks for passing this along.

Shelly Battaglia
<shellyb1@comcast.net>

 

 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN

Looking Back at the Burglary Prevention Unit

BPU was a gas. The whole idea was to bag a burglar and get him to turn his fence. Then we would do the fence. Worked well, and as we went along new ideas cropped up.

One time we were at a fence doing an inventory of all the stolen property, pursuant to a search warrant of course. The prolific crook’s name was Lundy Taylor. Every room was full of TVs, stereos and other assorted stuff, some valuable, most not. The doorbell rang. It was a burglar with a trunk full of TVs, stereos and assorted stuff. I told him we would take it all. I wasn’t lying. We did. Him too. Before we could process the proceeds another crook appeared at the door with even more goods. He went too. And later that evening a third thief made the scene. Our intended two-hour gig was turning out to be an all-nighter.

Before we could bring in a truck and haul all the loot down to the Evidence Room the following morning another crook showed up with still more stuff. We had to park a patrol car out front to keep us from being overwhelmed.

Hundreds of items had to be tagged, logged, fingerprinted and matched with someone’s burglary report. The crime reports were another problem. People lie. A lot in some cases. People would loose a TV or two, a tape deck and some junk jewelry, but by the time the report was made, the citizen sent a loss list to the PD and the insurance company that looked like the take from the Brinks Robbery. Thousands in cash and family jewels, the finest cameras and a wish list of other items. More than one burglar we caught opined that some of the victims were the bigger crooks. We actually started prosecuting some of the greedier victims for insurance fraud.

The upshot of the Lundy Taylor gig was the idea that we should set up inside a fence operation with the cooperation of the fence. Lundy was not a friend of the police, to put it mildly, so we needed to get a hammer on someone. This was new territory and we sort of made up the rules as we went along. Lt. Phil Norton gave us the reins and we made history. We also made and some mistakes.

We soon found a burglar who snitched on a fence who seemed to fit our needs. The guy owned a furniture store on First Street, south of Santa Clara. Felix Furniture if memory serves. We had a warehouse full of unclaimed recovered property, so it was easy to send in an undercover officer and sell some choice “stolen goods” to our unsuspecting future colleague. Shortly it was time for show and tell.

He was caught on wire and in living color receiving TVs and stereos which he had been told were stolen. He could go to jail, lose his business and cause all sorts of family and personal problems — or — we could use a small area of his furniture store to conduct our own operation. It didn’t take him long to figure it out. He went for it.

The burglars knew he was a crook and we assumed hot goods would start rolling in. They did. But we didn’t have a clue about how to manage the property or the crooks. The ‘How To’ book hadn’t yet been written.

It rapidly became apparent we had to do something with the most aggressive burglars. We couldn’t keep buying stuff from crooks we knew were breaking into houses as doing so was almost like being an accomplice. And besides, it was dangerous. One of these guys could hurt someone, and a simple property crime could become a complicated and serious felony with us sort of involved.

It also was obvious we had to identify the burglars. We would follow the crooks using cold cars away from the fence operation and usually have a marked unit make a routine traffic stop for a vehicle code violation or some other pretext to I.D. the driver. With probable cause, of course. All of us were experienced street cops, and we recognized a lot of our clientele right off. Once we knew who the crook was and where he lived the job got easier.

A couple of buys that were recorded, along with the admission the stuff was hot, was enough to get a conviction, so we developed a technique for interdiction that we hoped wouldn’t burn the operation. But it was time consuming.

We got the crook up in the morning and followed him all day long. We got really good at following dirtbags who were paranoid from drug use. These guys think someone is following them all the time anyway and do weird stuff when driving: U-turns, driving 30 miles an hour on the freeway, sudden swerves to the off ramps and sometimes just stopping in the middle of the street to see who else stops. It rarely worked. Cops are smarter than crooks.

It takes at least three cold cars to successfully follow a paranoid crook. The lead car has the “eyeball” and the others lag or parallel. Most of the time you have a pretty good idea of where he is headed. If the crook stops in the street, the “eyeball” just drives past and keeps going. The “eyeball” then passes off to the next car who takes up the tail as soon as the crook decides to move again. A marked or semi-marked car was held back if a stop was necessary.

Turning the lights on or off, hanging fuzzy dice from the mirror, lowering the sun visors or changing the driver and passenger altered the appearance of our chase cars. It would often throw the addict off his game. There is a reason they call it dope.   

Later on as we got better we would follow big-time bad guys to Lake Tahoe or San Francisco and never got burned.

The early idea was to follow the burglar to a job and stop him on the way to his fence. This was risky. We watched one known burglar break into a home and leave with the goods. Something happened and the stop car didn’t get in position. We were in Sunnyvale and nobody knew the streets. Damn burglars had no respect for City Limits. Lost the burglar and the goods, which we were now responsible for.

Fortunately we had a good idea of where he was headed and managed to find him just short of the fence. Lt. Norton was not amused. We needed a new plan.

One fine morning Sgt. Doug Wright and I were headed in to work from the South Valley when we saw a large column of black smoke rising over downtown. A remarkably large column. We drove as close as we could get and found the furniture shop and our budding sting operation at the base of the remarkably large column of smoke. It was found to be an arson job.

Was it a crook who burned our sting? Or did the crook who owned the furniture store decide to sell it to the insurance company? We decided it wasn’t our problem and let the Fire Department worry about it. We needed a new plan anyway.


 

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The facts behind the legends, information and
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New Articles

• Band decides to play their set list in reverse, then opens a concert with their encore and mistakenly walks off the stage.
<http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/aerosmith.asp>

• Was a spoof of terrorist threat levels written by English comic John Cleese?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/terrorismalert.asp>

• Account describes a 'Russian Sleep Experiment' gone awry from the late 1940s.
<http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/russiansleep.asp>

• Image purportedly shows radioactive seepage spreading across the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear plant.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/fukushima.asp>

• Another celebrity death hoax: Former NFL quarterback Joe Montana was not killed in a car accident.
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/cardeath.asp>

• Does a provision of Obamacare allow federal agents to conduct forced home inspections?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/homeinspections.asp>

• What's the meaning of those "Attention service desk, 201" announcements heard in Vons and Safeway stores?
<http://www.snopes.com/business/consumer/servicedesk201.asp>

• Video clip shows a U.S. Representative putting the "Homeland Terrorism Preparedness Bill" up for vote in Congress.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/hr8791.asp>

• Update on Hobby Lobby's lawsuit over a federal mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/hobbylobby.asp>

• Purported letter from Sean Connery rejects an offer to become a pitchman for Apple Computers.
<http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/connery.asp>

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


Worth a Second Look

• A celebrity is mistaken for a gardener and answers the slight with the ultimate comeback.
<http://www.snopes.com/racial/mistaken/gardener.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

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


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• 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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THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



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An elderly couple walks into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for the wife to undergo a check-up. While they wait, the 90-year-old husband points to a piano and says to his wife of 62 years, "Why not?" The rest his history. God bless 'em. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI-l0tK8Ok0>


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Dirk Parsons sent in this teaser video promoting this year's Reno Air Races scheduled for Sept. 11th through the 15th. It's the 50th anniversary of the event.  (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6WtvXtNtI0>

Click here for tickets and/or more information:
<http://www.airrace.org/>
 

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Bruce Fair says here's a web page designed to amuse young kids and older people. If you are between the ages of 10 and 60, feel free to ignore this. Otherwise you can use your mouse to make this shark follow you around.



<http://img0.liveinternet.ru/images/attach/c/5/3970/3970473_sprite198.swf>


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This item from Bill Leavy is loosely about the Syria issue. In reality, it is an update from a piece that first circulated a few years ago. And while it is credited to British comic John Cleese, he didn't author it as noted in this week's Snopes update...

Europe Raises its Alert Levels Due to the Syrian Civil War


The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when they were threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front lines of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and “Lose.”

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels ..

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be right, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is canceled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

And as a final thought, Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BC.

Regards,
John Cleese
British writer, actor and tall person


President Obama's alert level seems to have ranged from "I'm going to send Syria a message" to "I'm not going to send Syria a message right now," to "I'll wait to see if Congress says I can send the message," to "If Congress says I can't, I'm screwed."
 

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(Rated "R") According to Lumpy, whether you are a member of PETA or just an environmentalist who cares about the planet, here is a cause you should be able to sink your teeth into. It's about the possible loss of one of our most beloved species. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH-sUUfy6ik>


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(Also rated "R") Tom Macris says he wants to be just like 71-year-old Kelly Fox when he grows up. (We're going to presume he's talking about her personality and not entertaining the thought of surgery.) Be that as it may, this is Kelly auditioning on Britain's Got Talent and singing a song that prompted Simon Cowell to do what he's doing in the pic below. (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=584M1rcr9ik>


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Anyone besides Bruce Fair want to take a tour of San Francisco as it was in 1955 when Alcatraz was a working prison and only trucks and trains ran on the bottom deck of the Bay Bridge? It's the cars and the cleanliness of the city that dates the film, along with the lack of hippies and the homeless. And what existed of the beatnik movement of the '50s is also conspicuously absent from the film. Looking back, and despite the Cold War and the duck-and-cover drills many of us endured as kids (I was 11 in '55), the mid 1950a seemed like a far gentler, kinder and more innocent era than today. (21 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxNYAlF688Q>


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We're reprising this dance number from the March 22, 2012 Farsider because it's one of our favorites. The sound editing is so tight that whoever put it together made it look like Rita Hayworth and all the other dancers look like they are hoofin'' it to "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees. In addition to Rita, see if you can spot Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Gene Nelson, Fred Astaire and Phil Silvers dancing to the music. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz3CPzdCDws>


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Have a box of Kleenex handy because Leroy calls this a "tear jerker," which is why we saved it for last. It's about a 96-year-old man who wrote a love song for his recently deceased wife with whom he had shared 75 years of marriage. (9 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDi4hBWsvkY>


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