September 26, 2013
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
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FOR GEORGE COCHERN SCHEDULED
We can confirm that a memorial service for former
Chief of the SJPD Reserves George Cochern will take place on Friday, Oct. 18th,
at the Venture Church, 16845 Hicks Rd in Los Gatos. (It was formerly known as
the Los Gatos Christian Church.) The service will begin at 10:00 a.m. No further
information was available as of press time.
California's Fair Political
Practices Commission (FPPC) ruled that Mayor Reed did in fact violate the
Political Reform Act when he illegally transferred $100,000 from an Independent
Expenditures Committee (IE) he controlled to another IE supporting Rose Herrera.
The case revolved around an election law that prohibits "candidates" from doing
what Mayor Reed did.
Jim filed a complaint with the FPPC at the time. The FPPC ordered the Herrera IE
to return any unused money. Mayor Reed argued at the time that he was not a
candidate because he was not running for any office and was termed-out as Mayor
in December of 2014. Reed was hiding behind a semantic wall. He argued that he
was an office holder, not a candidate. The law doesn't see it that way.
As was argued by the FPPC's Chief of the Enforcement Division, Gary Winuk, every
office holder is a candidate but not every candidate is an officer holder. The
Mayor's attorney's argument seemed to be, Mayor Reed doesn't believe he broke
the law, so he didn't break the law.
The FPPC determined that Reed did in fact break the law. Unfortunately, the FPPC
is not known for its teeth. They fined Mayor Reed one dollar. Call it a moral
victory for us. The FPPC told Reed he was wrong. It turns out that lawyer Reed
doesn't know the law as well as he thinks he does.
What Reed does know how to do is skirt the intent of the law. Let's remember the
Independent Expenditure Committee that Reed controlled and used to help Herrera
was set up as a ballot measure committee. Reed raised large contributions, some
in excess of $25,000 dollars from developers, bankers, real estate investors,
hedge funds, and others to pass Measures V, W and B. Reed then used that money,
raised for ballot measures, to funnel over to an IE created to help Rose
Herrera, thus skirting San Jose's campaign contribution limits.
Punishments are used to punish and deter. It is unfortunate that the one dollar
fine did neither. The illegal transfer of $100,000 in a city council race can
have a big impact on the outcome of that election. Election laws are in place to
protect us from unscrupulous individuals who would steal elections if they
could. While Reed was called on the carpet today, it is unlikely that future
Reed's will be deterred from trying this again.
Notable News Clips Impacting You
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Times Reports on SJPD Exodus (Article)
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California Superior Court Judge Rules Retiree Health Care is a Vested Right
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NBC Bay Area
New York Times Photo of San Jose Sparks City Debate
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If you have not signed the
SJPOA's petition demanding that Sam Liccardo stop playing games with public
safety, please do so. You may use the POA's address, 1151 North 4th Street, San
Jose CA 95112 when you sign the petition. Ask your friends and family to sign as
CONTINUING TO ROLL BACK PENSIONS
Craig Shuey sent in a link to this Sacramento Bee story about
Chuck Reed and the pension issue...
San Jose Mayor Leading Push to
Roll Back Pensions
By Jon Ortiz — Staff Writer
Sacramento Bee — Sept. 24, 2013
A new push to ask
California voters to let state and local governments roll back pensions for
current employees is taking shape, with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed leading the
In a telephone interview Monday evening, Reed said that he recognizes the
economic pressure on state and local budgets has eased and that he hasn’t raised
any money yet, but that he is convinced the need remains to dial back public
“I’m not seeing signs that the public thinks this isn’t a problem that has to be
dealt with,” the Democratic mayor said, noting that pension costs have been in
the spotlight for financially struggling cities such as San Bernardino, Stockton
Language for the proposed ballot measure is still in the formative stages, he
said, but it would ask voters to change California’s constitution to explicitly
allow state and local governments to alter pensions going forward for current
Reed said he has been meeting with mayors across the state, and his calendar
shows that he has been in discussions with several pension reform crusaders,
including Dan Pellissier, who led a group that unsuccessfully tried to put a
pension measure on the 2010 ballot. That effort failed to raise enough money to
gather qualifying signatures.
Unlike previous proposed measures that never reached voters, Reed’s measure
wouldn’t mandate a one-size-fits-all change to pensions. Instead it aims to
settle a state constitutional question about whether public pensions may be
altered prospectively once promised to employees.
“I’m not trying to be prescriptive,” Reed said. “We need to empower local
The default assumption for years has been that the state and U.S. constitutions
protect pensions as a contractual agreement and a vested property right. That
has meant that rollbacks to pension formulas, including the less-generous
package mandated in a pension law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last year, affect
only new employees. Reed’s measure would not address federal law.
Governments could enhance pension formulas retroactively, and did, until the new
pension law forbade it this year.
Reed and others say that those changes, while necessary, don’t go far enough.
They contend that the more generous pension formulas that have kicked in over
the last 14 years and the Great Recession delivered a double-whammy to pension
funds. Altering pensions for current workers, Reed says, is the only way to
address projected shortfalls that run into the hundreds of billions of dollars.
Steve Maviglio, a spokesman for the union-backed Californians for Retirement
Security, called Reed’s idea a “radical attack on the retirement security of
teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public servants.”
“Because he is incapable of providing the leadership to solving pension issues
at the bargaining table and in the Legislature,” Maviglio said in an email
Monday, “Mayor Reed has decided to try to advance his political career by going
to the ballot box in a costly campaign.”
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Guilty as charged and you are hereby fined the sum of one U.S.
dollar. That is the essence of this story from last Saturday's paper...
S.J. Mayor Fined $1 for Not
Intentionally Breaking Law
ally funds for re-election race, state watchdog says—
By Tracy Seipel
Mercury News — Sept. 21, 2013
SAN JOSE — The state’s
political watchdog commission has ruled that San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and his
pension reform committee violated state law when it funneled $100,000 to an
independent group that supported City Councilwoman Rose Herrera’s re-election.
But the Fair Political
Practices Commission, which had proposed a $3,500 fine against Reed, on Thursday
agreed the mayor had not intentionally violated the law and fined him $1.
FPPC Chairwoman Ann Ravel said that “while the letter of the law was certainly
not adhered to by Chuck and the committee” there were still “many mitigating
circumstances to consider that justified a minimal penalty.”
The case, filed against Reed in October by Jim Unland, president of the San Jose
Police Officers’ Association, alleged that a $100,000 campaign contribution to
Herrera from the committee, called San Jose Fiscal Reforms, Mayor Reed, Chamber
PAC and Issues Mobilization PAC Proponents, was unlawful because it was
controlled in part by Reed.
Reed has always maintained that he did nothing illegal because he was not a
candidate last fall and had not been a candidate since January 2011.
“They (FPPC) are trying to apply rules that apply to candidates to me because I
am an officeholder,” said Reed. He contends the FPPC’s decision relied on “a
vague and confusing’’ regulation to prohibit officeholders’ free speech and that
restricting contributions and expenditures by an independent committee is
Reed said he is considering filing an appeal in federal court.
Herrera, who won reelection to represent District 8, is a Reed ally who supports
implementing the Measure B pension reform, which the police are trying to block
Unland’s reaction to the FPPC’s decision was steadfast.
“It’s unfortunate that instead of owning up to his wrongdoing, he (Reed) instead
is full of excuses,’’ he said.
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Reading the Farsider rang a bell in my old brain when I read the link to Al
Taddeo and the original Blue Angels. Growing up in Portland and later the SF
Peninsula, I had the occasion to meet him a few times (I was young and don't
remember how many times), but he was a good friend of my father's. I called my
mom and she said they both grew up together and were best friends since grade
school. In fact, he was the best man when my parents got married in 1940. She
also said he took them flying a couple of times in one of his training planes.
It was his influence that got my dad to enlist in the Army Air Corps during
WWII. He ended up as a navigator flying transports during the war. Had he lived
as long as Al, he would also have been 94.
It made my mom happy just to hear the name and relive some old memories.
Thanks for the upper today,
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I received a reply to my snail mail to Sandra Erickson asking her permission to
thank her publicly for her donation to Rotaplast. She not only gave me
permission for the acknowledgment, but after researching the work of Rotaplast,
she doubled her gift toward our trip in March 2014. Please post this public and
very heartfelt thank you.
"I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Sandra Erickson, widow
of Officer Rich Erickson, for her very generous donation of $500 toward Saratoga
Rotary's medical mission to Guatemala in March of 2014. After she sent her gift,
she tells me she did some research on these types of medical missions and
decided to double her gift. It's been forty years since I worked a couple of
shifts where Rich was in unmarked uniform cars and I was working what was then
called Beat 2. With the little that an "older" person like me can remember about
someone you worked with over forty years ago, what I do remember tells me Rich
would be very proud of what Sandra has done.
I cannot begin to thank Sandra enough. Upon the completion of the mission I will
be sending her "after surgery" pictures of the two children her $1,000 donation
saved from a life of darkness, not being able to play for fear the "evil
spirits" within him or her would "infect" other children or pregnant mothers. In
adulthood the children she has saved would not be able to find employment
because of the open discrimination toward those with birth defects. On my two
previous trips to Guatemala I witnessed the severe psychological damage a child,
now 16, carries after all those years of being shunned. Their cleft lips, now
corrected, but the sadness in their eyes told me they could not yet see a
"normal" person living within.
Sandra, thank you. Because of your gift, two children will not have to live a
life of being shunned. Your gift will literally save their lives. I am
privileged to be able to see their transition with just an hour's worth of
surgery. When I get back from our trip, I hope to be able to convey to you the
overwhelming gratitude the parents of those two children send you. Thank you
And thank you to the Farsider for making Sandra aware
of the needs of Rotaplast. In Rotaplast's 20 years of existence, the dedicated
volunteer medical professionals and Rotarians have provided free cleft lip and
cleft pallet surgeries to almost 16,000 thousand families around the world. We
couldn't do it with the generosity of people like Sandra Erickson.
Discount Tickets Available
We still have seats
available for our Oct. 5th fund raising concert, and in honor of Sandra
Erickson's gift, I am offering a $10 discount on all tickets purchased by anyone
receiving the Farsider. At $38 for Orchestra seating and $28 for Balcony
seating, this two-hour concert is a bargain, I guarantee you will love it or
your money back. When calling in for tickets, use the code word "Farsider" and
the box office at the Campbell Heritage Theatre will apply the discount. Their
phone number is 408-866-2700. Every twenty tickets sold gives a life saving
surgery to a poor child like Carlos a new lease on life.
Bruce E. Hodgin
Saratoga Rotary, Rotaplast Lay Volunteer
Long ago Badge 31, SJPD
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Does anyone know what OB's stupid law is going to do to our insurance? Think the
city will dump us or something? I know November
(Open Enrollment) is coming. Just wondered how it was going to affect
I have had numerous conversations with other retirees over this issue. The
consensus of opinion — including mine — is that the City only has to provide us
with a health care plan as a vested right, but not any particular plan or type
of coverage. Based on that logic, there is nothing to prevent the City from
putting us on one of the Obamacare health care exchanges if it so decides.
Should that happen, those of us over 65 will have the advantage of also being
covered by Medicare. In my particular case, I would be willing to pay whatever
is necessary to retain my Kaiser Senior Advantage (Kaiser + Medicare) coverage
to ensure that I retain the same doctors. Readers who have a differing opinion
are encouraged to share it with the rest of us.
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Just returned from a trip to the Arkansas where I had the opportunity to visit
the William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock. Beautiful place. Thought I
would send you a photo of the museum itself and a copy of a photo of Bill
Clinton at the age of 8 that appears in the lobby...
Name Withheld by Request
Bill Clinton at Age 8
CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE NEWS
Kelley Club is happy to announce
be limited to 250, so make your reservations early.
Saturday, December 14th
San Jose Holiday Inn, 1350 N. First Street
Guest Ticket $70
Reservations/Sales begin October 1st
Ticket Reservations for Retirees:
Margie Thompson, Retiree Tickets
seating will be limited to 250, so get your reservations in early!
This is Bill's NFL schedule for the next few weeks...
Sept. 29th — Washington at Oakland
Oct. 7th — NYJ at Atlanta (Monday Night Football)
Oct. 13th — St. Louis at Houston
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If you are an avid football fan, Bill thinks you may enjoy this
clip of Johnny Carson talking with former Defensive Tackle Art Donovan who
explains how the game used to be played. (6 Mins.)
THE HISTORY OF
THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
No submissions this week.
"Passing the SJPD Background = $500?"
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 21, 2013
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Work crew discovers a decades-old wrecked car with
several skeletons inside.
• Are the red food colorants cochineal and carmine made from ground bugs?
• Did President Bill Clinton issue an executive order disarming soldiers on
• Is it illegal to pick bluebonnets in Texas?
• Was the town of Paradise, California, named for the 'Pair-o-Dice' saloon?
• Is the federal government planning to eliminate 16 states from the U.S.?
• Do cups of instant noodles pose a danger to consumers due to their wax
• Has the town of DeQuincy, Louisiana, made twerking illegal?
• Was an Associated Press news article about the Washington Navy Yard
shootings published the day prior to the events it described?
• Customer inadvertently receives crude reply from a company CEO in response
to a complaint letter.
• Actor Jackie Chan is still not dead.
• Has President Obama pardoned and released all the
prisoners being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp?
• Has actor Mel Gibson's daughter married a Jewish man?
• Photograph shows President Obama not saluting the flag during the playing
of the U.S. national anthem at a 2013 Korean War anniversary ceremony.
• Account of three animal rights activists who went
missing after protesting the use of leather at a motorcycle gang rally.
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• In the days when the "rabbit test" was used to determine if a woman was
pregnant, did the death of the rabbit indicate a positive result?
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
It appears that YouTube has modified its menu
by removing the Small
and Large Player and leaving only the Full Screen as an option.
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Some might argue that the
Dutch army has too much time on their hands based on this clip from Don Hale.
With helmets worn for safety, behold the Dutch Army Bicycle Band. P.S. Keep your
eye on the drummer. (5 Mins.)
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There's no question that
cats can be jerks. Click on the link below if you require proof. Then again, if
you are a cat owner you won't need proof. (2 Mins.)
Want more evidence? Click
on this link and have a look at this YouTube compilation video from the
Huffington Post website. (2 Mins.)
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While we're on the subject
of four-legged critters, check out these dogs dancing the salsa. Seems likely
that it's just a matter of time before there is a new TV hit titled "Dancing
with the Canines." (2 Mins.)
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leave the animal kingdom, have a listen to this catchy little song that
accompanies this video about kittens and puppies. It's titled entitled "If It
Fits, I Sits." (2 Mins.)
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Were Al Qaeda
operatives responsible for some of the wild fires impacting California, Colorado
and other states? Take a few minutes and listen to William Scott of the Economic
Warfare Super Panel. Is he onto something, or is he a loon? We report, you
decide. (9 Mins.)
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How many times in your life
have you seen this classic Norman Rockwell illustration titled "The Runaway?"
illustrations helped make the Saturday Evening Post one of the most popular
magazines of the 1940s. Conversely, the Post made Rockwell one of America's most
famous illustrators, and this link from Chuck Blackmore will show you his
amazing collection spanning decades.
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Every year, English
teachers from around the nation are invited to submit their collections of
actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are
published each year for the amusement of teachers across the country, and here
are some of the past winners...
1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently
compressed by a Thigh Master.
2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like
underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who
went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with
a pinhole in it, and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about
the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a
pinhole in it.
4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E.Coli, and he was room-temperature
5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just
before it throws up.
6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.
8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his
wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly
surcharge-free ATM machine.
9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball
10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with
11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal
quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at
7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them
in hot grease.
14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the
grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left
Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m.
at a speed of 35 mph.
15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that
resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.
16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also
17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East
18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that
had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.
19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan
just might work.
21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a
22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real
duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
23. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind
her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power
25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she
were a garbage truck backing up.
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Based on this clip Paul
Salerno received from a cop-buddy back in Connecticut, our friend and former
Chief who has headed the San Diego PD for the past several years continues to
enjoy himself. (3 Mins.)
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Here's a question for you
aviation buffs: What would happen if an Airbus A-330 enroute from Toronto,
Canada to Lisbon, Portugal with 306 souls on board was to run out of fuel midway
over the Atlantic? Such a scenario actually occurred back in Aug. of 2001 and
was made into a documentary by National Geographic. This is the story of the
flight if you are interested to learn what happened.
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A handful of readers sent
in a link to what is described as "Some of the Best Shots You'll Ever See." Here
is one example. Click on the link below to see the rest...
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When it comes to popping a
brewski, Bruce Morton says he's in the process of working his way through this
compilation video. (OK, perhaps he didn't come right out and say it, but we
suspect we've given him an idea.) (3 Mins.)
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If the BART employees
strike again and management makes good on its promise to operate a limited
number of trains, you can bet the experience for riders will be similar to this
scenario in China. (It says China, but we suspect it's actually Japan.)
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For this week's closer we
decided to reprise this performance from four years ago of a Barbershop Quartet
Times 50. You won't find any introverts in this group of men known as the
Ambassadors of Harmony. We invite you to sit back and enjoy.
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Pic of the Week
Ronald Reagan speaks from the grave...