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September 20
, 2012

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
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IN DEATH THERE IS LIFE


By Pete Salvi

It has been over two years since my friend John Periman was killed in a tragic accident. I recently found out some information which I would like to share.

John was an organ donor, and upon his death, his eyes, kidneys and cartilage were harvested for transplant. His skin was also harvested and used to treat Iraqi war veterans burned in combat.

CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, who was recently killed, was also a donor, and several of his organs were harvested as well.

I encourage all of you to be organ donors and to possibly save a life. Below is a link to register as a donor in California.

<https://register.donatelifecalifornia.org/register/>




 

POLICE RETIREE TRUSTEE NEEDED


There will be an opening for a Police Retiree Trustee after Nov. 30th. Applications will be accepted at the City Clerk's Office between Sept. 17th and Oct. 5th.



"Baci"
<baci1786@aol.com>


David "Baci" Bacigalupi has been a member of the Retirement Board for the past 14 years, 8 as the Police Representative and 6 as the Board Chairman. All of us who are retired owe Baci a great deal of gratitude for the time and effort he has devoted on our behalf. Next time you see him on the golf course or at a PBA meeting, shake his hand and express your sincere thanks.

For information on the position, clicking on the link below will download a .pdf file to your desktop from which you can open and view the memo with a double-click of your mouse.

<http://sjpba.net/images/Notice_%202012_Police_Retiree%20Election.pdf>




 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

This story from Tuesday's paper won't be news to most of you, but for the many of you out of state it may be...

S.J. Police Chief Retiring

Moore’s announcement that he is leaving behind a force beset
by morale and budget woes catches city officials by surprise


By Tracy Seipel
<tseipel@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 18, 2012


SAN JOSE — Police Chief Chris Moore, beset by budget troubles that forced him to lay off officers for the first time in the department’s history, stunned his rank and file and many city officials Monday by announcing his retirement after less than two years on the job.
 



San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore, 51,
announces his retirement Monday.


“This is my decision — I was not forced into it by any means,” Moore, 51, said at a hastily announced news conference at police headquarters.

But he also noted there was “no secret that there have been a number of challenges” during his tenure.

Department insiders said the decision, which Moore told reporters he made in early August, was sealed after a City Council vote Aug. 7 not to proceed with a city tax measure on the November ballot.

After watching his department endure 10 percent pay cuts, 65 layoffs in the summer of 2011, and a bitter battle over pension reform, the tax measure could have helped solve the department’s budget woes.

When that decision went down in a 5-5 vote, insiders said, Moore had had enough.

Moore could not be reached for comment on the matter late Monday.

Moore will leave the top spot after 30 years as a cop, 27 of them in San Jose. The chief — who in 2011 earned a $199,000 annual salary — will depart with almost 80 percent of his pay, or $155,000, annually. That does not count the $200,000 he has accrued in sick pay.

Mayor Chuck Reed, who expressed disappointment with the chief’s decision, said Moore would not be easy to replace. While he was surprised by Monday’s announcement, he said he knew Moore had been thinking about it, pointing to comments Moore made to this newspaper that if his $200,000 of sick leave pay was ever changed by city policy, he would leave his job.

“I thought he would stay longer, I was hoping he would stay longer, but times have been difficult,” said Reed.
 



San Jose police Chief Chris Moore chats with
councilmen Ash Kalra, center, and Xavier Campos
after his retirement announcement Monday.


But Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, whose members are suing the city over the pension reform ballot measure, said “there was nothing for Moore to stay for” anymore.

Retired San Jose Sgt. Noe Longoria, who stayed on as a reservist until October of last year, said he worked with Moore when he was a rookie in the department.

“He was pretty exceptional, very sharp,” Longoria said. “When I saw him rise through the ranks, it didn’t surprise me.” However, Longoria added that he believes Moore “walked into a bad situation” when he was appointed.

“Before that, there was talk that the department could downsize,” he said. “The mayor was telling the troops in the POA that benefits needed to be reduced as well as pay, so morale started dropping. Consequently, when Chris took over morale was already on the way to its lowest levels.”
 


In particular, Moore was forced to grapple with Measure B, passed overwhelmingly by voters in June, which would limit retirement benefits for future hires and require them to pay half the cost of a pension. Current employees would keep the pensions already earned but have to choose either a more modest and affordable plan for their remaining years on the job or pay up to 16 percent more of their salary to continue with the existing benefit. Retirees could see their 3 percent yearly pension raises suspended up to five years if the city declares a fiscal crisis.

While recruiting new officers has not been difficult, Moore said Monday, trying to retain veteran officers has been frustrating. Moore’s announcement comes after a summer spike in violent crime as well as rising burglary rates that the shrinking department cannot respond to. “There’s never a good time, but today is the right time,” Moore said of his decision. “I’ve got a daughter in high school. I’m going to take a break.” Moore said 80- to 90hour work weeks, which he knew came with the job, have been brutal, but that the position has been rewarding all the same.

In particular, he cited time spent getting to know the community and “beefing up” relationships that had suffered with some of the city’s minority communities after allegations the police department practiced racial profiling.

City Manager Debra Figone, to whom Moore reported, was teary-eyed at the meeting. “This is a bittersweet moment for me,” she said. “Serving as a chief is one of the toughest jobs, and he has served it just as admirably as I could expect.”

Figone said the city is launching a nationwide search for a replacement.

But, she said, if the process isn’t finalized by the end of January, the city will not rush into that decision.

 

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Not one to duck TV cameras, former SJPD cop-turned City council member Pete Constant is pissed about Chris deciding to pull the plug. The council member is on record as saying in front of a TV camera that if he knew Moore would only stay around for 18 months, he wouldn't have voted to confirm him. Well duh! Is it conceivable that the actions by Constant and the rest of the City Council who were allies of the mayor might have been a factor is Chris deciding to retire? Also interviewed in this news clip is JoeMac, who sympathizes with Chris.

If this NBC Bay Area news report about Chris' resignation hasn't been removed from the website, the link below should take you to it. If it does, give the video a few moments to load...
 



<http://tinyurl.com/8c72ne3>

 

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The Mercury News added its two-cents to the news about Chris' planned departure as expressed in this editorial in the same Sept. 18th paper...

Moore Can Still Leave a Solid Legacy

Mercury News Editorial — Sept. 18, 2012


Chris Moore’s legacy as San Jose’s police chief may be determined in large part by what happens in the next four months.

The chief plans to retire at the end of January, just short of two years since he was sworn in. He announced this Monday, on the eve of a crucial City Council meeting Tuesday night on public safety that should be even more interesting as a consequence.

In one way, this is no surprise.

After 30 years in law enforcement, he will have generous retirement benefits. And running the department these days has to be a nightmare: pay cuts, layoffs, plunging morale and, perhaps most unnerving, an exodus of young talent to other police departments. Oh, and an uptick in crime.

And no real sense of when things will get better. Moore has made no secret of his disappointment that the City Council didn’t put a tax on this fall’s ballot to shore up services, after the department had done its part to cut costs. So no, definitely no surprise. But Moore knew it wasn’t going to be easy when he took the job in 2011; nearly a decade of budget cuts already were taking their toll, although the worst definitely was yet to come.

Moore started the job full of promise. He worked to rebuild trust in the community that had faltered under his predecessor, and he led the department for the first time into a productive relationship with the Independent Police Auditor’s Office under retired Judge LaDoris Cordell. These were important because a longtime cooperative relationship between city neighborhoods and the police had seemed to be deteriorating.

But it’s hard to shine when you’re constantly having to shrink services, making nobody happy — not officers, not the public — and seeing your workers’ union in the negotiating equivalent of mortal combat with the city administration.

The area in which Moore did shine was on higher-level policy, working on federal proposals for a wireless public safety communication network for first responders. In his first year as chief, his travels in this role often left him out of town when problems erupted. But city officials praised the work as extremely important, and this spring legislation provided funding to get the project off the ground.

Two years is a short time to make a real mark, but these next four months offer an opportunity. Far from having diminished power, a lame duck chief can feel freer to speak his mind and perhaps act more boldly. We hope Moore will fully engage in the public policy debate this fall over how to rebuild this police department and the morale of the fine officers who remain committed to their jobs.

The effectiveness of the plans developed from this debate will make a big difference for the next chief — and for the city’s ability to recruit the best candidates, whether within or outside the department.

Moore knew it wasn’t going to be easy when he took the job; nearly a decade of budget cuts already were taking their toll, although the worst was yet to come.
 

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And let's not overlook columnist Scott Herhold, who had this to say in the same paper...

We Haven’t Seen Last of Police Chief



By Scott Herhold <sherhold@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 18, 2012


Chris Moore began the news conference Monday to announce his retirement about 30 seconds early.

He looked like a man who couldn’t wait to make it official. “This is a good day,” said the 51-year-old San Jose police chief. “I’m sitting here smiling.” When he started the job, Moore talked about staying four years.

When he steps down at the end of January, he will have stayed two.

Something happened in the meantime. Despite what Moore said Monday, it wasn’t all about his family. Yes, the 6-foot-5 chief acted the part of the good soldier at his news conference at police headquarters. He praised the folks in the room, even the media. He threw garlands at his fellow officers. And he did talk about spending more time with his wife and daughter. But he was so diplomatic and took so many detours that the reporters in the room kept pressing for more candor.

Just why was he leaving?

Elephant in the room

A man of political savvy, Moore came close a couple of times, talking about “the elephant in the room,” the city’s budget situation. “You’ve got good people on all sides who are working hard,” he said. “The frustration is when you’re caught in the middle.”

It’s no secret that the chief, who also trained as a lawyer and is a water policy geek on the side, had problems with Mayor Chuck Reed’s Measure B pension reform. “I’ve been disappointed that we were unable to get some things done through negotiation,” he told reporters.

Moore said he had reached his decision in early August, though he wanted to give City Manager Deb Figone time to work through the implications. Figone, who now must recruit a new chief, tried hard to talk him out of leaving.

My sources close to the department point to that timing as critical. In early August, the council deadlocked 5-5 on a plan to put a half-cent sales tax on the ballot, a proposal that would have made it easier for the chief to retain talented employees.

While I can’t read Moore’s mind, I have to think that the council’s deadlock was the final straw for the chief. It meant that a hope for reversing the department’s long slide had been postponed.
 

Ugly work

Remember, Moore had to do the ugly work that gives bosses migraines: Lay people off, or explain that they need to take a pay cut. Without the hope of a sales tax, he had nothing to offer them but more blood, sweat and tears.

I don’t mean Moore was a perfect chief. He wasn’t. His flirtation with borrowing two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last year was politically tone-deaf, though you could understand his need for manpower. He spent too much time in Washington, D.C. Yet he promoted good people who were willing to work hard — among them, Rikki Goede, the assistant chief, whom I have seen on the phone talking with community members on a Friday night. San Joseans complain about crime these days, but less about police. The hallmark of Moore’s tenure might be that he stopped to listen.

In the end, you have to give the chief an incomplete.

Just don’t assume that Chris Moore is retiring. Whatever his family needs, he has too much talent to stay out of public life.
 

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This follow-up article on the search for a replacement for Chris appeared on the front page of the local section of today's paper. One requirement is missing from the "Must be..." paragraph at the top of the story: "A little bit crazy."

Big Role to Fill in Search for Chief

—Many attributes sought, including leader, diplomat—

By Robert Salonga and John Woolfolk — Staff writers
Mercury News — Sept. 20, 2012


Wanted: New San Jose police chief.

Must be able to repair community rifts, uplift the spirits of a demoralized officer force, navigate contentious political waters and efficiently respond to spiking crime in the country’s 10th-largest city with a dwindling workforce and shoestring budget.

“We’ve got to have a healer, a leader and someone who understands the politics who is diplomatic and effective,” said LaDoris Cordell, San Jose’s independent police auditor and a former judge.
 


Chief Chris Moore surprised many Monday by announcing his retirement effective in January, ending a 27-year career with the department, including the past two years as chief.

Two years ago, when she was looking to replace Rob Davis, City Manager Deb Figone picked insider Moore over Anthony Batts, then the Oakland police chief, even though some thought she would go with an outsider to reform the department. With the firestorm in San Jose over pension reductions, police cuts and the spike in crime, the same choice looms even larger. Does the city want an outsider who is ready to go even further to shake up the department or someone with experience in the department who can rally the dispirited rank and file? And community groups and business interests will be lobbying for someone who can address their issues.

There will be no shortage of potential candidates, although Batts may not be interested this time. He’s now the police commissioner in Baltimore. As far as insiders, there are a number of possibilities since at least four Bay Area police chiefs spent a considerable amount of their careers in San Jose. Some feel it’s time to have an outside chief for the first time since Joseph Mc-Namara, who served from 1976 to 1991 and is credited with many of the reforms that earned San Jose the distinction of being America’s safest big city. To those in this camp, Moore has shown too much resistance to operational changes used in other departments that could put more officers on the streets, such as greater use of reserve officers. “It’s important to get somebody to handle the difficult budget part of the job,” said Mayor Chuck Reed. Pension reform, the mayor said, is the key to controlling city spending and ultimately freeing up money to rebuild the police department. Councilman Pete Constant, a retired San Jose cop, agrees. “We really do need an outside viewpoint because we’re facing continuing challenges in the city of San Jose, and we keep getting the same group of people making the same decisions over and over again,” Constant said. “We need to realize there are other options out there.”

But police union President Jim Unland said the new chief has to be able to “speak truth to power.”

At the same time the department has shrunk from more than 1,400 down to about 1,050, the city has seen an upswing in crime across the board, from burglaries to homicides, including eight in an 11-day span in August. Cops blame the staff reductions and the salary and benefit cuts to a department that for the first time has seen more officers resign for other jobs rather than retire.

“We’ve got to have a chief that is willing to say, ‘You’re nuts, I don’t know what you’re thinking.’ And if saying it to them in private doesn’t do it, he’s got to be willing to go public. That’s where this last chief dropped the ball,” Unland said. “You saw how quickly the chief was losing support internally, and he’s respected around here.”

Figone will spearhead the search, and spokesman Dave Vossbrink said because gone through the process fairly recently, there’s a sense that it could be streamlined, though he said the city still would seek community involvement in the selection. A timeline hasn’t been established. Ideally, the city would like a replacement by the time Moore leaves at the end of January, but if the search takes longer, so be it.

“We’re not going to take shortcuts just to meet a deadline,” Vossbrink said. “This is probably the most visible and sensitive appointment the manager has to make.”

Cordell, the police auditor, said she hopes the city repeats the extensive search process it used to find Davis’ successor two years ago, which featured an advisory panel with civil rights leaders and numerous public meetings.

“That search was one of the most thorough processes I’ve seen,” Cordell said. “I don’t want them to cut corners.”

The city will use the same executive recruiter involved in the last police chief search, Teri Black & Co., led by Teri Black-Brann of Palos Verdes, Vossbrink said.

Some in the community want to see a successor who will continue Moore’s work to mend fences with them. Downtown business owners are hoping the next chief will carry on his efforts to reform what many had criticized as heavy-handed and racially tinged policing in the entertainment zone under former Chief Davis, when the department was accused of abusing discretion in misdemeanor disturbing- the-peace arrests that appeared to disproportionately target Latinos and other minorities.

Businesses felt such tactics drove many potential customers out to the upscale Santana Row or suburban districts.

“Chief Moore really rebuilt the community policing model after it had tanked under his predecessor with the attitude arrests,” said Scott Knies, executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association. “All that really damaged the trust. Whoever is going to replace Chief Moore hopefully will build upon his successes in communicating with the community.”

Richard Konda, executive director of the Asian Law Alliance, which had criticized officers’ fatal shootings of Asian residents suffering mental health issues, also credited Moore for his effort to build bridges and restore trust between the department and minority communities.

Online Extra: Find more coverage of the San Jose Police Department at
<www.mercurynews.com/san-jose-police>

 

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The Saga of the Mayor's Traffic Ticket Won't Go Away...


Had someone asked us last week when the news broke that a San Jose beat officer had tagged Mayor Reed for a turn signal violation what the odds would be that Scott Herhold would weigh in, we would have said it was a near certainty. The Mercury News columnist didn't disappoint...

Poor Call in Handling of Mayor’s Ticket

By Scott Herhold
<sherhold@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 14, 2012


There’s no other way to say this except to put it bluntly. Giving a ticket to San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed for not signaling in a right-hand turn lane — and then posting a photo of the ticket online — constitutes a public relations fiasco for the San Jose police.

You can understand why the cops are furious with Reed: Last June’s Measure B took direct aim at their pensions. Now they’re facing more erosion in their health benefits. If I were a cop, I’d feel betrayed.

That doesn’t change the hard truth. Almost everything about this episode, from the questionable ticket to the decision to photograph it to seeing that it was posted on Twitter, smacks of petty vindictiveness.

And that can only increase public distrust of the cops.

Let’s begin with the ticket itself. Reed was ticketed at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday at White and Mabury roads as he was on his way to work. The mayor was in a marked right-hand turn lane, or pocket, on southbound White.

He could only turn right onto Mabury Road.

The cops I trust say that the officer who wrote the ticket, Kevin Kyono, did not target the mayor, and did not know initially whom he had stopped. I’m willing to believe this. From all accounts, the stop was handled professionally.


Trivial infraction

But the ticket is a trivial infraction, if it is an infraction at all. My authority, Mr. Roadshow, Gary Richards, checked with his traffic sources, who told him that a driver in a designated turn lane does not have to continuously use a turn signal unless it affects oncoming traffic or the cars behind.

To get a sense of comparison, I spent a half-hour Thursday at San Pedro and Taylor streets, where cops leaving headquarters turn right onto Taylor to get to Highway 87.

In the marked right-hand turn lanes, less than a quarter of all drivers used their blinkers. None of the five marked police units I saw did so. Put another way, the cops are ticketing Reed for something they ignore themselves.

The questions about the ticket were dwarfed by the shenanigans that followed. Someone took a photo of the ticket — not Kyono, I’m told — and made sure it appeared on a police-friendly Twitter feed, where it was quickly snapped up by the media.

This is doubly stupid. In the first place, most people don’t like the notion that their traffic violations will be broadcast. It’s painful enough to pay the fine and deal with the insurance headaches.
 

Vindictiveness

In the second, it looks incredibly vindictive. People want to believe that cops treat everyone the same. Here is living, breathing proof that they do not — at a time when serious crime is on the rise.

“It was a stupid thing to do,” said Police Officers Association President Jim Unland. “I understand on a basic human emotions level how this happened. But it’s a mistake.”

Police Chief Chris Moore has said he will investigate who took the photo and how it was leaked online. And I wish him well.

Someone clearly needs discipline.

In a larger sense, however, the political damage has already been done. Whoever engineered this caper is probably moonlighting as Mitt Romney’s foreign policy adviser. The residue has the same ugly quality.

 

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This letter to the editor from last Saturday's paper comes as no surprise as there is little doubt that it reflects the feelings of many citizens, including a number of active and retired cops based on a sampling of e-mails we received. How many times during your career did you tag someone for failure to signal a turn from a right-turn lane? Think of the pressure this puts on the guys and gals who are pushing the blue and whites around the streets of the city.

S.J. Police Becoming an Embarrassment

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Sept. 15, 2012


While I am not San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s staunchest supporter, I do appreciate the enormity of the task he has and respect the office. I wish I could say the same for police Chief Chris Moore’s team.

Ticketing the mayor for failing to signal a turn? I have spoken with a number of friends and no one can remember the last time they saw a police officer use a turn signal. Every day I read about stabbings, shootings, rapes, robberies and other crimes. Criminal activity is clearly on the rise in our city. So how is our police department dealing with this? They ticket the mayor and then to top it off they take a picture and publicize it. Stellar police work and a fine use of their time. Our police department, which used to be one of the best, is fast becoming an embarrassment. Moore needs to set some direction or relinquish the job to someone who can.

Kurt Aichele, San Jose

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The ticket fiasco continued last Sunday with this excerpt from the section the paper calls Internal Affairs and describes as "an irreverent inside view of the week."

The Mayor Can Be Formidable in Court, Too

Mercury News — Sept. 16, 2012

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed hasn’t said whether he will contest the ticket he was issued last Tuesday for allegedly not signaling in a right-hand turn lane. In his career as a lawyer, he did real estate and business deals rather than appear as a litigator in court. But as a young attorney more than 30 years ago, Reed defended himself in traffic court — and won. It seems that the young Reed was ticketed for speeding in Redwood City in an old Toyota of questionable quality. The cop who nailed the future mayor had used a radar gun not far from the Redwood City courthouse. Convinced that he did not reach the speed he was accused of, the methodical Reed spent time measuring distances and calibrating the acceleration of his Toyota. The result? Ticket dismissed.

Call it innocence by clunker.

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On the front page of Monday's paper was this article that resulted from a press conference held by the POA...

Battle Waged Over Public Perception of San Jose Crime

—City Council, police union both will hold meetings on Tuesday—

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 17, 2012


SAN JOSE — The late-summer bloodshed that grabbed headlines and city leaders’ and residents’ attention has ebbed some in recent weeks, but worries about crime in San Jose — once crowned America’s Safest Big City — continue to roil City Hall.

In an election year, with the balance of City Council power at stake, city leaders and the powerful police union are in a tug-of-war over public perception of crime in San Jose — how much it has risen and whether city policy is to blame.

The council has scheduled a 7 p.m. Tuesday “study session” at City Hall on “police response to recent crimes and gang activity.” At 6:30 that same night, the police union and other city labor groups are holding a “crime-prevention meeting” in East San Jose offering residents tips on “how to protect your family and your property.” Union members were going door to door over the weekend urging residents to attend. Don’t expect quite the same message at each meeting.

San Jose Police Officers’ Association President Jim Unland said the neighborhood meeting aims to empower residents amid a crime wave he said is spurred by police layoffs and a department exodus driven by pay and benefit cuts. He dismisses the City Hall meeting as mere spin.

“What’s to study?” Unland said. “The council majority cut too many cops, and crime is skyrocketing in San Jose. It’s not rocket science. So on Tuesday, instead of sitting and listening to politicians huff and puff about how it’s not their fault, we will be volunteering our time to host a community crime prevention meeting to equip residents to protect themselves, their families and their property.”

Councilwoman Rose Herrera, a key ally in Mayor Chuck Reed’s quest to curb costly pensions for police and other city workers who is fighting for her re-election, hopes the City Hall meeting will separate crime facts from what she suggests is a fear campaign being waged by unions backing her opponent. “I’m concerned about public safety. We want to get a handle on the numbers, the statistics. Politics should not be involved in it,” Herrera said.

The backdrop for the dispute is Measure B, Reed’s controversial ballot measure to reduce pension benefits whose costs have tripled in a decade and helped drive multimillion-dollar budget deficits that led to the police department’s first layoffs last year.

Police and other unions are suing to block the measure, which voters overwhelmingly approved in June. They argue it violates their vested benefit rights.

Reed said leaving employee benefit costs unchecked would force the city to cut even more police officers and other workers to balance its budget.

But cuts in officer pay and benefits have taken a toll on morale, and a rash of departures has left the already thinly staffed police department below its budgeted levels. There’s no dispute the city has seen a spike in crime, though whether that is a temporary surge or a long-term trend is debatable. San Jose by the end of August had recorded 33 homicides, compared to 29 at the same point in 2011, putting the city on pace to surpass last year’s total of 39 homicides, a 15-year high.

Police Chief Chris Moore’s report to the council for Tuesday’s meeting acknowledges that major violent and property crimes in the first half of 2012 are up 23 percent over the same period last year. The report says those crimes “fluctuate over time” but have decreased since the 2006-07 budget year.

Given the recent crime spike, the chief’s report states that “it is unclear at this point if the crime activity in 2012 exceeds that experienced in 2006-07.” The chief also said the department, budgeted for 1,109 sworn officers, is down to 1,051 due to vacancies, and an additional 56 officers are out on disability or long-term leave, leaving fewer than 1,000 cops available to police a city of nearly 1 million.

The department has been recruiting and expects to hire 61 out of 579 qualified applicants. An additional 331 applicants are going through background checks.

The chief’s report said that with reduced staffing, the city has not been meeting its targeted six-minute response time to life-threatening calls, and that efforts to respond to those calls have come at the expense of calls that may involve injury and property damage.

Herrera, who faces a November runoff, questioned the police union’s motives in scheduling a meeting on crime at the same time as the council study session and a day before she had planned her own neighborhood meeting. Herrera suggests the timing is a union tactic to intimidate city officials.

But Unland said the union-sponsored meeting is just “the first of several meetings we will be conducting in areas that have seen large increases in crime.”

“When a 70-year old woman gets carjacked at knife point in broad daylight at the local Target store in Evergreen,” Unland said, referring to an Aug. 25 armed robbery at a shopping center, “it’s time to stop the chatter and take some action.”

 

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Mayor Reed and members of the City Council held a meeting at City Hall on Tuesday of this week with Chief Chris Moore and some members of his command staff. Chris provided a report detailing the dramatic increase in crimes and police response times in San Jose. Earlier, members of the POA and the Fire Union held a crime prevention community workshop in the Evergreen area that drew a crowd of about 120 citizens. The following article from yesterday's (Wed.) paper provides the details of the two meetings...

Dueling Meetings on Safety in San Jose

—Cops vs. City Hall—

By John Woolfolk and Eric Kurhi — Staff writers
Mercury News — Sept. 19, 2012


With San Jose’s police department crumbling from the top down while crime trends upward in a city that still calls itself one of America’s safest, city and union leaders made separate pitches to residents in simultaneous meetings Tuesday evening aimed at shaping perceptions of public safety.

The San Jose Police Officers’ Association and other unions invited residents to hear crime tips in a district where incumbent Councilwoman Rose Herrera faces a re-election battle. The subtext: She and Mayor Chuck Reed are driving away cops with a crusade to cut pay and pensions, right up to Chief Chris Moore, who stunned City Hall with Monday’s announcement he’ll quit next year. And the crooks notice, with major crimes up 23 percent over last year.

That message resonated with resident Julie Aragon, 59, a retired Santa Clara County social services manager who was among about 120 who attended the neighborhood meeting with police.

“In 32 years I’ve never seen it so bad,” Aragon said, adding that she believes “the word is out” among crooks that “they’re not going to get a response” from the cops. She accused Herrera of “downplaying crime” to help her re-election, claiming she “doesn’t want the dissatisfaction of residents to surface.”

The City Council later in the evening held a “study session” on the police department response to recent crimes and gang activity, with the goal of putting the crime uptick in perspective. A Friday report from Moore to the council noted, for example, that major crimes have dropped since Reed took office in 2007 and it remains unclear whether the recent surge will push them above those levels.

The stakes are high in an election year with the balance of power on the divided City Council at stake, and Moore’s pending departure threw gas on the coals.

“You have a chief who’s seen his department disassembled before his eyes, one officer at a time,” said Councilman Ash Kalra, who has sided with the officers’ union in its disputes with the city and shared its dismissal of Tuesday’s City Hall study session as political whitewash.

“What I’m worried about is spin — that it’s not as bad as it is,” Kalra said before Tuesday’s afternoon council meeting. “We’ve been spinning long enough. We need to realize we’re in a dire situation.”

Reed, who counts Herrera among allies who form a narrow council majority, was resolute before the meeting that his “fiscal reforms” avoided deeper layoffs of officers and other workers and are keeping San Jose from falling into “service-level insolvency” due to employee retirement bills that have more than tripled in a decade.

Voters in June overwhelmingly approved Reed’s Measure B pension reform plan to make cops and other city workers either reduce the retirement benefits they earn for their remaining years on the job or pay more for their current plan. The officers’ association and other unions are suing to block it.

Reed said the cops are seeking restoration of pay cuts that helped keep libraries open, and accused the officers’ union of “trying to take advantage of the situation” with crime and the chief’s resignation.

“Things have improved — that’s a message we want people to get,” Reed said. “San Jose is still one of the safest cities in the nation.”

James Gonzales, a detective and police officers’ association board member who addressed the crowd at the neighborhood meeting, denied it was politically motivated, saying the forum was among several planned to aid residents amid a crime spike.

“This is something the police department used to do,” Gonzales said. “But since we no longer have a crime prevention unit, we’re filling a void.”

At the City Hall session, attended by a similar-sized crowd as the union-sponsored meeting, Moore said the city hasn’t had a homicide since Aug. 23. He credited an “all gangs, all the time” focus for suppressing violence and said, “We have always been proud to be one of safest cities in America, and we still are.

“We are a problem-solving department,” Moore said, but added that “many of these strategies” — which included overtime police work — “cannot be sustained over a very long period of time.”

Moore never hid his frustration with leading a department demoralized by pay and benefit cuts that also affect him. He’d stated publicly he’d quit before letting the city revoke a perk that would pay him six figures for unused sick leave upon retirement. Discussions on clipping sick leave cash-outs, a $10 million annual cost, continue.

But Moore’s pending departure irked Councilman Pete Constant, a Reed ally and the council’s only ex-cop, who said he would not have supported him as chief knowing he would leave in less than two years and that the “void of leadership in the coming months will hamper our ability to deal with the serious public safety issues.”


 

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Here are video news excerpts that show how Bay Area TV stations covered what the paper refers to as the "Cops vs. City Hall" article above. (Looking good, Marge.)

NBC Bay Area News, Sept. 18th, 11 p.m.



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98Zmuei2cSE&feature=youtu.be>


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KPIX CBS 5, Sept. 18th, 6 p.m.



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jri1uuhTeR4&feature=youtu.be>


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KTVU Fox 2, Sept. 18, 10 p.m.



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8aWIBX0KNo&feature=youtu.be>


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NBC Bay Area news, Sept. 18th, 6 p.m.



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6P-KLth_oQ&feature=youtu.be>


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ABC 7 News, Sept. 18th, 6 p.m.



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7lBWWzVqCI&feature=youtu.be>


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ABC 7 News, Sept. 18th, 11 p.m.



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K2yo7rtD8k&feature=youtu.be>


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KRON 4, Sept. 18th, 11 p.m.



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oUSGBs6tcs&feature=youtu.be>




 

PENSION NEWS


This front page article from last Saturday's paper should make you retirees happy that you retired when you did, unless you checked out with no sick leave on the books. While police and fire aren't mentioned in the so-called deal, it's easy to see where the City is headed.

City Closer to Halting Retirement Cashouts

—Deal with three unions would end sick leave perk for many new hires—

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 15, 2012


SAN JOSE — Cash-strapped San Jose, whose retirees have the highest payouts for unused vacation and sick leave in the Bay Area, is moving toward ending some of the costly perks — at least for new employees.

City officials and three unions have agreed to eliminate for new hires the sick-leave cashouts that cost the city millions each year.

The deal with unions representing city engineers, architects and mid-level management personnel, which the City Council is scheduled to approve Tuesday, marks the city’s first agreements with employees limiting an expensive benefit unheard of in private business.

“We think that’s a really important step, at least to not continue this into the future for people we’re hiring now,” said Deputy City Manager Alex Gurza. “It’s significant that we reached agreements, and they were ratified by overwhelming margins.”

However, the changes aren’t expected to deliver savings for years to come because they affect only new hires in a limited number of job categories — which don’t include police officers and firefighters, who enjoy far more generous sick-leave retirement cashout benefits than other city workers. The agreements call for further talks about reducing sick-leave cashouts for current employees in future contract talks.

City Manager Debra Figone also has proposed ending sick-leave cashouts for new hires in executive management and other non-union positions.

Benefits consultants say that allowing employees to accrue hundreds of hours of sick leave time and cash it out for a huge retirement bonus is a perk unique to government work. Private employers typically allow workers to bank sick leave hours for use if they fall ill but don’t allow them to cash out unused sick leave when they retire.

The sick-leave perk is now starting to bite Bay Area cities as they face a wave of retirements from aging baby boomers and government downsizing amid a struggling economy, costing hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars a year.

This newspaper analyzed thousands of public employees’ salaries recently and found more than 370 Bay Area government workers who retired last year took home final paychecks of more than $50,000 apiece — much of it for unused sick time.

San Jose in 2011 topped Bay Area cities with retirement leave cashouts totaling $11.8 million. That figure also includes unused vacation payouts, but San Jose and other cities put tighter limits on vacation accrual because it is part of employees’ earned compensation that must be paid out. The city argues that sick leave cashouts are a negotiated benefit that can be changed in bargaining.

San Jose has what Gurza called a “very generous” sick leave policy that allows most employees who have worked at least 15 years to bank as many as 30 weeks — 1,200 hours — of unused time and cash it out at their final pay rate. After 20 years on the job, police and firefighters can cash out unlimited sick time, allowing many top officials to collect six-figure bonus checks when they retire.

The City Council last year voted to eliminate sick leave cashouts for both current and future employees starting this year in four civilian unions representing electricians, librarians, planners, analysts and other workers.

But a former librarian sued, claiming her $28,080 worth of banked sick pay is a guaranteed retirement benefit. The suit remains unresolved.

The city has asked police and firefighters to consider eliminating sick-leave cashouts for new hires but otherwise may have to resolve the issue in arbitration.

The deals to be considered Tuesday involve the City Association of Management Personnel, the Association of Engineers and Architects and the Association of Maintenance Supervisory Personnel, which together represent about 620 city workers.

John Muhkar, president of the Association of Engineers and Architects, said the city in reaching a negotiated agreement seemed to be softening its posture toward employees. Unions have criticized city leaders for imposing benefit cuts through council votes and ballot measures rather than at the bargaining table.

“Apparently, the city is rethinking its approach as to how it can retain its experienced workforce in the face of the mass exodus of non-sworn city workers leaving to other jurisdictions where they are not castigated and blamed for every ill in society,” Muhkar said.



 

ON THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT, JUST WHAT IS THE TRUTH?


The White House, through U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, says the killing of Libyan Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the three other consulate workers was solely the result of the Mohammad video posted on YouTube. Others — including Sen. John McCain — say protesters don't carry RPGs and automatic weapons to a protest, and that the attack on the consulate was pre-planned by terrorists to occur on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

So what is the truth? Could both sides be partially right? The link below these three photos of Ambassador Stevens may shed some light on what actually occurred in Benghazi, but don't bother looking for this on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News or any other mainstream media organization. This may be a relatively rare instance where the World Wide Web can be beneficial to uncovering facts the mainstream media isn't interested in, doesn't want to deal with, or wants to keep from the public.

We've positioned this item here because you may find it applies to this week's poll below.


   
<http://libyasos.blogspot.com/2012/09/us-ambassador-killed-in-benghazi-libya.html>




 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...




For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/>

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

 

 

MAIL CALL

 

Sept. 12th

Hi Bill,

I am forwarding the attached flier for insertion into the Farsider, if and when there is room. No hurry. The show isn't until October 19th. I am no longer producing the shows as Sacred Heart in Saratoga, but the Men's Club is continuing the tradition and it should be a great evening. Active duty officers will have to ask their parents or grandparents who the Kingston Trio are, but their music is loved by all, so bring the whole family.


Bruce (Hodgin)
<brucehodgin@yahoo.com>



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Sept. 13th

Guys,

I have one of the San Jose Police Department mirrors that was produced back in the '70s. Before I put it on eBay I was wondering if anyone would be interested? I’m asking $250.

Thanks,

Joe Ryan (#1654)
<Joe.Ryan@advantest.com>
 

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The following e-mail was received from Phil Norton. When we wrote back and asked if he wanted the exchange to appear in the Farsider, he answered in the affirmative...

Sept. 14th

Hi Phil:
 
San Jose is not the only Santa Clara County city that has an idiot for a mayor. Check this out. You might want to send (the following message) on to your SJPD contacts so they know what is going on.
 
Bob (McKean)
<cop2rn@aol.com>

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Subj: Important Announcement

Retirees,

As you may have all heard, last month 3 members of the City Council voted to have an RFP sent out to invite other departments, namely the Sheriff's Department, to bid for the opportunity to provide police services in Milpitas. In essence, the option of outsourcing police services and dissolving the Milpitas Police Department is being explored.

The MPOA is diligently working on a public information campaign to convince the council that this option, no matter what the savings, is unacceptable. Mayor Esteves  has made numerous public comments over the last several months that lead us to strongly believe that he is not entirely against the idea of outsourcing. He is a political ally of Sheriff Lori Smith and a long time County of Santa Clara Employee.  Currently, Mayor Esteves is running for re-election on a joint ticket with two other candidates. He's attempting to gain three votes on the council so that he can impose is agenda on the city.

I would ask that all of our retirees reach out to everyone you know who lives or works in Milpitas. Let them know what's going on and ask them to support our efforts to let the Council know that the outsourcing of one of the finest police departments in California will not be tolerated.

Have them contact their elected officials at
<http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/council/speak.asp>.

Or email their comments to
<KeepMilpitasPD@yahoo.com> and we'll forward them to the City Council.

Thank you for your support.

Matt Toffey


Ed. — Toffey is president of the Milpitas Police Officers' Association.

 

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The following missive is from Sharon Lansdowne's son, Mike Young, who is living and working in Saudi Arabia...

Sept. 13th

Bill and Leroy,

I have been reading The Farsider from Saudi Arabia when time allows, and I want to thank and congratulate both of you on the many years of service to the SJPD and the LEO community. Your passion to serve continues into retirement and I am sure everyone appreciates the work both of you perform, I just want to say thank you myself. Being part of the extended SJPD family for many years, I also appreciate that you allow me this window into their interests and community news with access to the Farsider.

I read some comments on sofrep.com, a site I read and thought the perspective relevant.

<http://sofrep.com/11369/stoking-the-flames-of-insurgency/>

<http://sofrep.com/11401/glen-doherty-and-ty-woods-americas-best-lost-in-libyan-consolate-attack/>


As this is sort of close to me, I take a bit of interest. It's about some interesting military developments following the Benghazi attack that cost the life of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other American officials, one of whom was a former Navy SEAL.

<http://theaviationist.com/2012/09/13/deployment-benghazi/>

Thank you again,

Mike Young
<jecasmi@gmail.com>
(Sharon Lansdowne's kid)

Not knowing what Mike is doing in Saudi Arabia, I e-mailed his mom and asked. Sharon replied with the following:

Bill,

Mike works at KAUST as a civilian contractor. KAUST is one of the top research universities in the world. He and his family live in a compound at the University which about a hundred miles south of Jeddah. (Below is a link to the university.)  

He previously lived in Saudi Arabia when he worked for CRAY, the supercomputer company. My granddaughter was born there.

<http://www.kaust.edu.sa/>


Sharon
<slansdowne@earthlink.net>

Below is a photo of Mike (in blue) and his 12-year-old daughter, Cassandra. Sharon says her granddaughter is 5' 6", 140 and a really strong swimmer who also loves bicycling, basketball, soccer and playing golf with her dad.


 

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Sept. 17th

Bill,

This is for your aircraft aficionados.

Ryan Sanfilippo, my nephew's son, was the pilot of the aircraft that flew the deceased home from Lybia. He is a twin and the son of my nephew, James Sanfilippo, formerly of Santa Clara and now residing in Colorado. The other son, Brian, is a paramedic in Colorado.

Bob
(Moir) <robillard1045@gmail.com>

Ed. — There is no relation between retiree Roy Sanfilippo and the relatives named in Bob's e-mail. The photo and caption below is from the KTVU.com website.
 


(Photo caption:) Carry teams move flag draped transfer cases of the remains of the four Americans killed this week in Benghazi, Libya, from a transport plane during the Transfer of Remains Ceremony, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., marking the return to the United States of the remains of the four Americans killed this week in Benghazi, Libya.

 

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Sept. 18th

Bill:

Can you put this item in the Farsider?
 
I'm writing about an organization of people involved in the beef industry here in Kansas that provides FREE steak dinners and all the trimmings to various units in our armed forces. We try and concentrate on units that are slated to be shipped out to (or recently returned from) Afghanistan, Pakistan or anywhere else in the world where they are in harm's way.  
 
We do all the prep work, cooking and serving to hundreds of troops and their families. All the equipment, including barbecues, convection ovens, coolers and roll-about racks of supplies is donated (or reduced in price) as is the food. Further, various trailer manufacturers donate trailers and  permanently mount most of this equipment so it can be hauled by heavy duty pickup trucks which most of the "good-old-boys" drive out here in cattle country.  
 
The pictures are from our last feed at Ft. Riley, KS. We fed about 500 members of an Apache Helicopter Attack brigade slated for Afghanistan early next year. Each time we hold one of these feeds we are reminded of how young they all appear. Even the officers who are in their mid-40's or later appear young. Their wives and children accompany most of the troops to the feed, which is also heart warming. I haven't heard so many "Thank-you, yes-sir and yes ma'ams"  since I was in the Army. (Hmmm, I think  Andrew Jackson was the president at that time  and we were fighting in New Orleans, or something like that.)
 
Anyway, everything is donated or provided at greatly reduce prices. So we do have to put out some money for diesel fuel, propane, napkins and basically anything we can't find for free. Hence, we do solicit donations, great and small. So if any of the vast members on your mailing list would like to donate and say thanks to the troops, we would greatly appreciate any and all donations.
 
Here is the web site
<http://www.steaksfortroops.com/>

Thanks,

Bruce
(Fair)
<bhfair@lcwb.coop>
 
PS: Yes, I do plan on making it out to the coast for next July's PBA feed/barbecue. Hey, more steak!  Bye for now.






 
 

 

NEWS FROM THE RETIREES' ASSOCIATION



Volunteers Needed to Assist with Public Safety Appreciation BBQ

From Association. President Jim Spence



Sept. 18, 2012


Councilmember Donald Rocha is hosting a community BBQ on Sunday, Sept. 23rd to thank San Jose's Public Safety Officers for their service to our community.  

As we all are well aware, some City leaders have spent the last several years demonizing police officers, firefighters and public employees in general. This BBQ is a reminder that not everyone shares their wrong-minded opinion.

We're seeking volunteers to help Councilmember Rocha make this event a success. Following are the details for the event:

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Volunteers needed at 12:30 PM

BBQ Event from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Houge Park in San Jose (near Camden & Bascom)
See map at
<http://www.sjaa.net/houge.html>


For those interested in volunteering, please contact Jim Spence at 408-559-1573 or via e-mail at
<president@retiredsjpoff.org>.

We really appreciate your willingness to help. Thank you.




 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 15, 2012
 

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

New Articles

• Are fisherman on Réunion Island employing live dogs and cats as bait for shark-fishing?
<http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/sharkbait.asp>

• Did a backdrop of naval vessels displayed at the Democratic National Convention include images of Russian warships?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/dncships.asp>

• Did President Obama's 19-year-old son appear at the Democratic National Convention?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/obamason.asp>

• In June 2012, were 79% of General Motors' sales made to the federal government?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/gmsales.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a Texas store closed on September 11 to honor an Islamic terrorist.
<http://www.snopes.com/rumors/photos/martyr.asp>

• More celebrity death hoaxes: Morgan Freeman and Adam Sandler are not dead.
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/celebritydeaths.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

• Did NASA scientists discover a "missing" day in time which corresponds to Biblical account of the sun standing still in the sky?
<http://www.snopes.com/religion/lostday.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 AND OTHER ODDS AND ENDS


I got caught up watching this full episode of a British version of the American TV show "Cops" because it was especially well produced. One of the major differences that stood out is that these police constables of the UK are so damned polite. I also found the similarities and dissimilarities used by cops on the two sides of the Pond very interesting. Perhaps you will too. If you decide to watch the video, make sure your YouTube control panel is set to large or full screen. (58 Mins.)





<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqquOk3MMWs>


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We are temporarily suspending our pre-election rule about shying away from decidedly partisan political ads to show you how Broadway has joined Hollywood to keep President Obama in the White House for four more years. Why? Because this video that parodies a song from Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables" is so well done that it is likely to have Obama supporters jumping up and down with excitement. For the 10-15 percent of you who are Democrats (see this week's poll), don't let it be said that we have never provided you with some political red meat. (6 Mins.)



<http://onetermmore.com/video_subtitles.html>


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After preparing (writing) the pro-Obama item above, I sent the following message to the conservative subscriber who forwarded it to me:

"Hi ----, I decided to include the video you sent in the next Farsider, but so your friends don't disown you, I promise that I won't mention that it came from you."

I also added Leroy as a cc to the e-mail so he wouldn't have a heart attack when he and I get together to post the Farsider on the website. Our conservative Webmaster replied with the following message and link to his very own YouTube channel that includes numerous videos he created over the past several years.


"You can use my name. Tell them that I am encouraging a boycott of Hollywierd and pointing everyone to healthy, family and PBA oriented movies. —Leroy"



<
www.youtube.com/alamedamarine>


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For you fans of WW II military aviation, Jim Silvers provided this training film that will take you step-by-step on how to fly one of the most popular fighters of the Second World War: the F4U Corsair. Don't bother taking notes. It's so easy that virtually any of us can jump in the cockpit, fire the engine and roar off into the wild blue yonder. (20 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpxyyLQ7u7g>


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From Tom Macris comes this fascinating TV news report about an astonishing discovery in Bosnia of what may be the largest man-made pyramids in the world. If you have even the slightest interest in archaeology you should watch this clip. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo8_2RcKNn4>


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Leroy and I have been asked countless times why we gave up competing in hill climb events. The answer is simple: Our last attempt didn't work out so well. (1 Min.)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyB6U2JhX_E


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Raise your hand if you can relate to this Dymo ad sent in by Lumpy. Higher, higher, don't be shy. Lumpy's on his toes and he still can't see any hands. (30 Secs.)



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


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Should the cameraman who was filming this drag race have bought a lottery ticket on his way home? Watch all of this clip received from Bill Leavy and decide for yourself. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obGB63TyIEA>


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This is an excellent tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on achieving 60 years as the constitutional monarch of the British Commonwealth. Take a few moments to watch it and you will see what makes it extraordinary. On behalf of our cousins on the other side of the Pond, "Long live the Queen." (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8nJhG1xE5o>


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And that brings us to this final item called the Smart or Stoopid quiz. It's easy to miss one or two questions if you ignore the orange timer on the right that gives you only 8 seconds to click on an answer. That's what happened to me. If you want to try and beat the score below on your FIRST ATTEMPT, click on the link below and go for it...



<http://www.flashbynight.com/test/>


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C'ya


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