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September 12, 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
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.


 

LARRY STUEFLOTEN'S OBITUARY AND ARTICLE

—Celebration of Life at POA Hall this coming Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.—

The following obituary appeared in last Sunday's Mercury News along with an accompanying story. We incorrectly noted in last week's Farsider that Stu passed away while walking his daughter's dog at his second residence in Los Angeles; it was his daughter's home in the Foothill Ranch community of Orange Co. Other past residences that we listed as a result of a Google search were also in error. Following his retirement, Stu relocated from his Walden Square home in San Jose to the Orange Co. city of Mission Viejo, although he also owned a vacation property in Princeville on the island of Kauai.

Larry N. Stuefloten



Nov. 11, 1937 — Sept. 2, 2013
Resident of Mission Viejo

Larry Stuefloten passed away on Monday, September 2nd in Orange County, CA. He was born in San Jose, and had a career with the San Jose Police Department for 28 years.

Larry is survived by his loving wife, Helen; children Deborah and Rick Westerlund, David Stuefloten, Kathryn and Jonathan Paul, his granddaughter Ella Rose, brother, Chris, and sister Arlene Stuefloten.

Larry touched many lives and will be deeply missed by all.

Friends and Family are invited to a Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 15th from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Police Officers Association Hall, 1151 North Fourth Street San Jose, 95112.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, or any charity of your choice, in Larry’s name.
 

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Retired S.J. Deputy Chief Dies

—Stuefloten left in ’87, taught kids to swim, took up art—

Mercury News Staff report — Sept. 8, 2013



Former San Jose Police Department deputy Chief
Larry Stuefloten, seen here in 1986, died Sept. 2.

Larry Stuefloten defied easy categorization. A man of quick humor who could laugh at practical jokes played at his own expense, he was also an astute police administrator.

A keen competitor who looked like a muscular surfer, he was also a talented painter. In retirement, the ambitious ex-cop found satisfaction teaching handicapped kids to swim.

The former San Jose deputy chief of police died of a massive heart attack at age 75 on Labor Day while walking his daughter’s dog in Foothill Ranch, an Orange County community.

In recent years, he had split his time between Southern California, where his three grown children live, and the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Because of his deep roots in San Jose — he was a longtime member of the San Jose Athletic Club and St. Christopher’s Catholic parish — he was an easily recognizable figure.

“He was a very smart guy, and he had his opinions, but I think he really enjoyed his life,” said one of his best friends, former Assistant Police Chief Tom Wheatley. “He was just a great guy.’’

Stuefloten, who had been seen as a potential chief himself, retired from the San Jose Police Department in 1987 after a clash with then-chief Joseph McNamara, who had promoted him to deputy chief.

In 1986, Stuefloten wrote a memo that questioned whether the department correctly handled the case of an officer who was allegedly high on cocaine and threatened to kill himself.

After a lengthy investigation, Stuefloten was placed on paid leave. He finally retired after 28 years with the force, taking a $47,000 yearly pension and finding a new passion in landscape painting. At his death, he left behind 27 crates of art.

Born Nov. 11, 1937, in San Jose, Stuefloten was the son of Dorothy Stuefloten, a nurse’s aide at Valley Medical Center, and Clifford Stuefloten, a salesman. After graduating from James Lick High School in 1955 and San Jose State University in 1959, he joined the San Jose police, rising swiftly to become the youngest lieutenant in the department’s history.

As a veteran San Jose officer, he was present at some key moments in the city’s history, including the alleged stoning of then-candidate Richard M. Nixon outside the Civic Auditorium in 1968. Among other things, he supervised field operations and the detective unit.

Stuefloten is survived by his wife, Helen, a children’s author; a son, David, of Irvine; daughters Deborah (Rick) Westerlund, Foothill Ranch, and Kathryn (Jonathan) Paul, Ladera Ranch; and a beloved granddaughter, Ella Rose Paul.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the San Jose Police Officers’ Association hall, 1151 N. Fourth St., San Jose.

 

 

RETIRED STATE PAROLE OFFICER LOUIE GARCIA

Last week's Mail Call column included a message from Bill Salewsky advising of the passing of Retired State Parole Officer Louie Garcia. Last weekend we received from Judy Appleby a link to Louie's obit that appeared in the Sept. 9th edition of the Sacramento Bee...

Luis (Louie) Garcia Galban

1945—2013

An El Dorado Hills resident of 11 years, he passed away on August 30th at Mercy Hospital in Folsom. He leaves behind his loving wife of 43 years, Candace (Candy), three brothers: Al, Julio, and Ramon, and three sisters: Elena, Ana, and Isabel. Louie was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States with his family in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Chico State University and worked in law enforcement for about 25 years. Louie enjoyed fishing, studying history and was a fantastic cook and an avid reader. After his retirement, Louie and Candy moved to El Dorado Hills, Ca. and spent the last several years traveling throughout Europe.

Click on the link below to view and/or sign the guest book:
<http://tinyurl.com/nkhsmmk>


 

PBA MEETING REMINDER

(Hush up you little rug rat!) The SJPBA will be holding it's Sept. dinner meeting at the POA Hall next Wednesday, Sept. 18th. As usual, the bar will be pressed into service around 5:00 p.m. with a buffet dinner following somewhere around 6:00.

 

PENSION NEWS

Nothing new to report this week.


 

POA NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE



Sept. 6th

KCBS Radio: SJPD Staffing Crisis (YouTube Audio)
(Graphic that reads KGO Radio is in error)




<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALvy7urSdLc&feature=youtu.be>


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Sept. 10th

Sign the Petition to Give San Jose Councilmember Liccardo a Dose of Truth


Click the link below and share far and wide...

<http://tinyurl.com/n9fo8er>


 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Hiring San Jose cops to replace those who are leaving reminds us of the famous quote by Lewis Carroll of Alice in Wonderland fame: "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get." This article from Monday's paper explains why...

Council Plan Aims to Halt the Exodus of Cops

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 9, 2013

SAN JOSE — At first glance, a City Hall plan to add 200 officers over four years sounds like salvation for a depleted San Jose Police Department that dresses fewer than 1,000 officers to fight rising crime in a city of nearly 1 million. But San Jose might struggle to maintain the current number of street officers even with the additional positions, according to an analysis by this newspaper. If current trends continue, the number of officers leaving the department could well outnumber the prospective new officers the department hires. “It’s a difficult time for us,” acting Chief Larry Esquivel said in an interview. “We’re always triaging. I know the city wants stability. Our community needs it.”

In 2011 and 2012, an average of at least 100 officers each year retired or left for other law enforcement agencies, and until the graduation last spring of the first San Jose police academy in three years, there was scant relief.

The architects of the new hiring strategy, Mayor Chuck Reed and Councilman Sam Liccardo, understand that new officers won’t make a dent if just as many leave. It’s why they propose restoring, at the same time, the 10 percent pay cut the department took two years ago. They hope that will be enough to persuade more officers to stay.

“I don’t expect that any officers will embrace anything said by elected leaders in City Hall until they see substantive increases in their paychecks,” Liccardo said. “Now, with revenues recovering, we have an opportunity to talk about how to restore pay.”

But the police union insists the Reed-Liccardo proposal doesn’t offer enough to turn the tide, saying officers still are worse off because of a significant jump in their contribution to their retirement benefits. The soon-to-graduate academy class will be the first hires under this new pension plan, and Sgt. Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, said he wouldn’t be surprised if the officers, upon completing their training, bolt for greener financial pastures.

“We need to be more competitive if we expect people to stay,” Unland said.

At the same time, the union is so disillusioned with the City Hall leadership that last month it hosted recruiters from other police departments looking to hire San Jose officers.

To date this year, 75 officers have either retired or resigned, and that is expected to increase. Even with the spring academy of 41 officers hitting the streets now — current academy recruits won’t be ready for duty until winter 2014 — and a smattering of lateral hires, the department will likely have a net loss of more than two dozen sworn staff by year’s end.

“Hiring is not the issue,” Unland said. “Retention is.”

According to the latest staffing figures, released Aug. 29, the department has 996 street-ready officers, a tally that includes administrators such as the chief.

Even counting this year’s academy graduates, the department is at least 60 short of its “authorized” strength of 1,109. The authorized force topped 1,400 five years ago before the introduction of economy-driven austerity measures and, later, pay cuts and a bitter pension reform fight. Of the 996 officers street-ready today, after subtracting for injuries and limited duty, the force is fielding 917 for active duty. About half are assigned to patrols, but the roughly 460 officers directly policing the streets is short of the department target of 492, so overtime shifts backfill a workload equivalent of more than 30 officers. It’s increasingly common for officers to work six-day weeks and beyond to prop up patrol and key initiatives such as the summer gang-suppression crackdown that helped spur a 16 percent decrease in gang violence this year.

“This couldn’t be accomplished without overtime,” said Sgt. John Boren, a supervisor in the elite Metro unit that supplemented the gang detail. “It’s a way of life.” Unrest is growing within the rank-and-file as overtime shifts, supposedly voluntary, have begun to feel like they are mandatory or at least expected given the staffing situation, according to officers who spoke with this newspaper under condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. One officer reported taking a sick day to recover from working six days in a row. On the weekend of Aug. 3, when a nursing student was killed in a gang crossfire near Third and East San Salvador streets, the department forced officers to work overtime in the downtown “entertainment zone” because there were no volunteers. Police insiders say the absence was a loosely organized act of defiance by exhausted officers. Esquivel chalked it up to a scheduling anomaly. He says officers are volunteering for overtime shifts out of financial necessity and is optimistic things will turn a corner. Esquivel maintains a large city like San Jose offers unique policing opportunities, and he is heartened the department is now on track to fielding two academies a year. “You can go somewhere else, you can make more money, but this department is like no other,” Esquivel said. But until the city and police can agree on a way to bolster the force, overtime, as short-term a solution as it might seem, is the prevailing practice. The gang-suppression detail, for instance, will continue to be staffed each week by 13 sergeants and 52 officers, all working on top of their regular schedules.

“The city is lucky we can do this, that the officers are motivated enough to do it. But they’re getting tired,” Boren, the Metro unit supervisor, said. “You have guys doing 30 hours of overtime in a 40-hour week. They’re reaching a breaking point.”
 


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

As some of you are aware, Mike Lowry is in ICU with some serious medical issues. David Byers and Joe Wicker visited him late last week and had the opportunity to speak with Mike's wife, Bonnie. She said it was fine to include the following message in the Farsider...

Sept. 9th

Retired Officer Mike Lowry is currently in ICU Room 113 at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital in late July for a heart procedure, but some complications developed and he remains in ICU. Mike can't communicate verbally because of a tracheotomy tube, but he is aware of his surroundings and who is there. And he does welcome visitors at this point.

If you wish to visit, enter through the east entrance of Good Sam, go to the second door of the ICU and pick-up the phone on the wall. You will have to be allowed in by the nurse. The numbers of visitors at any one time should be no more than two.  Mike tires easily, so keep it short. The staff requests no visitors from 0700 - 0830 and from 1500-1600 due to shift changes and stuff like that.

David
(Byers) <dng_byers@sbcglobal.net>
 

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Sept. 9th

Hi Bill,

We are trying to I.D. the first group of FTOs from 1972 and have identified everyone in this photo with the exception of the first guy on the left who is kneeling, and the man standing behind Joe Nunes with his head tilted. Any help from your readers would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,


John (Carr Jr.)
<Johnjr.Carr@sanjoseca.gov>
SJPD Historical Society

The guy kneeling looks a little like Gary Leonard to me, and the guy standing with his head tilted bears a resemblance to Jay Martin, but I'll let those readers who are older and wiser than me provide the identifications since I've misplaced my ten-dollar cheaters. Please direct your replies to John Jr. at his e-mail address above.

 

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Paul Gardner sent in the following message hoping we could provide him with an e-mail address for Jorge Gil Blanco, but we were unable to help because he never subscribed to the Farsider. If you have contact with Jorge, please pass along the substance of the message below and tell him to get in touch with Paul if he wants or needs any additional info.

Sept. 9th

Bill,

I see in the paper that Jorge Gil Blanco has $312 coming for a pay job he worked at DeAnza College. It was in today's local section printed by the college for payroll checks that were never picked up. If you have his e-mail, please get in touch with him and let him know. It's not on the old e-mail roster I got from you several years ago. Please send me a current list when you have a minute.

Hope all is well with you.

Paul
(Gardner) <paulgardner1757@yahoo.com>


 

SEPT. EDITION OF THE VANGUARD IS NOW ON-LINE

To view it, click on the POA website link below, then on the image of the Vanguard.



http://www.sjpoa.com/


 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN

This space available.
(There were no submissions this week).


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 7,  2013

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

New Articles

• Video clip shows President Obama being snubbed while attempting to shake hands during a visit to Russia.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/snubbed.asp>

• Photographs show a barn full of vintage automobiles discovered by the purchaser of a Portuguese farmhouse.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/automobiles/barnfind.asp>

• Has a Canadian youth soccer league eliminated the use of a ball from all games and practices?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/soccer.asp>

• List of safety tips offers counters to being victimized in random violent crimes.
<http://www.snopes.com/crime/prevent/ninetips.asp>

• Actor Steve Buscemi was once a firefighter and assisted the FDNY after the 9/11 attacks.
<http://www.snopes.com/rumors/buscemi.asp>

• Mychal Massie's opinion piece about "Why I Do Not Like the Obamas."
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/dontlike.asp>

• CVS pharmacy had an issue with an employee wearing ties bearing religious symbolism at one of their Virginia outlets.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/cvs.asp>

• Do coins left on military grave markers denote visits from living soldiers?
<http://www.snopes.com/military/coins.asp>

• Will the contents of a few cans of frozen shaving cream expand to fill an automobile when thawed?
<http://www.snopes.com/science/pranks/shavingcream.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

• Apology letters sent to wronged customers are marred by attached instructions to send the usual grovel.
<http://www.snopes.com/business/consumer/bedbug.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

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


Fraud Afoot

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


 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



Select Large or Full Screen for YouTube videos...


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Ever wonder what it's like to be a Navy or a Marine fighter pilot who is landing on a carrier for the first time? Here's an excellent Vimeo video that will give you a rough idea. (7 Mins.)



<http://player.vimeo.com/video/31549908?autoplay=1>

To determine the type of aircraft the pilots were flying I e-mailed my USMC Lt.Col. nephew who was the Commander of a Marine Corps squadron of F/A-18s at Miramar in San Diego until the Corps recently chose him to attend Harvard. This was his response:
 

Those are T-45s — the same aircraft I flew to become carrier qualified back in flight school. Harvard is an interesting place. Will send you a longer email soon. Hope you are well.
 

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Whoever thought up this apocalyptic meteor prank for high def LG TVs should do hard time in the pokey for scaring the bejesus out of people. (1 Min.)



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


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It's a well known fact that Chris Galios is the best golfer within the SJPD retirement community, which is why some of us are trying to develop his unique swing when teeing off. He says it's all in the follow through. Check this out as it only lasts for... (11 Secs.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md08xx3n1o4>


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Speaking of golf, if you know the difference between a 9-iron and a pitching wedge, watch this video and see if you recognize any of the people you play with. (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PNsMXe170Q>


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Don Hale says it's amazing what some people will do to pass the time. In this case, the unicycling Darth Vader with the flaming bagpipes is taking advantage of YouTube to secure gigs as a piper. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnVjkE87FDY&feature=youtu.be>


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In memory of the victims of 9/11 in New York City, Washington, D.C., Shanksville, PA and in last year's attack in Benghazi, Libya, we are reprising the following from the Farsider we published on the 10th anniversary of the attacks...

Meet Me in the Stairwell

You say you will never forget where you were when
you heard the news On September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.



I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room
with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' I
held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the
peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it
is OK...I am ready to go.'


I was with his wife when he called as she fed
breakfast to their children. I held her up as she
tried to understand his words, and as she realized
he wasn't coming home that night.



I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a
woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been
knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said.
'Of course I will show you the way home - only
believe in Me now.'

I was at the base of the building with the Priest
ministering to the injured and devastated souls.
I took him home to tend to his flock in Heaven. He
heard my voice and answered.



I was on all four of those planes, in every seat,
with every prayer. I was with the crew as they
were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the
believers there, comforting and assuring them
that their faith has saved them.



I was in Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan,
Afghanistan. I was standing next to you
when you heard the terrible news.
Did you sense Me?



I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew
every name - though not all know Me. Some
met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.



Some sought Me with their last breath. Some
couldn't hear Me calling to them through the
smoke and flames: 'Come to Me...this way...
take my hand.' Some chose, for the final
time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.



I did not place you in the Tower that day. You
may not know why, but I do. However, if you
were there in that explosive moment in time,
would you have reached for Me?



Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey
for you. But some day your journey will end, and
I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while
I may be found. Then you will know you are
ready to go at any moment in time.



I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.


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C'ya


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