The Farsider

Oct. 16, 2014

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.
 

 

PENSION NEWS

Oct. 13th

Bill & Leroy,

This guy writes about California pensions, including CALStrs, CALPers and private systems like our San Jose Police and Fire Retirement System. In my view, he pretty much stays on point about the issues and does not use his writings to editorialize. The article which I am including is ALL about San Jose.


Craig
(Shuey) <cvshuey1459@gmail.com>
     

San Jose Vote May Derail Pension ‘Rights’ Ruling

By Ed Mendel

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at <Calpensions.com>.

An appeal of a San Jose pension reform ruling that could cause the state Supreme Court to revisit “vested rights” may be halted by a settlement with unions, if candidates aligned with the policies of Mayor Chuck Reed are defeated next month.

Labor unions opposed to the pension reform are backing a candidate for mayor to replace Reed (barred by term limits from seeking a third four-year term) and three candidates for open city council seats, more than enough to shift the power balance.

Reed has been operating with a thin margin of support, at times just one vote, in a weak mayor system that has 10 council members in addition to the mayor. He helped one ally, Rose Herrera, win re-election two years ago despite heavy union opposition.

A Reed-backed measure approved by 69 percent of San Jose voters two years ago has a provision that does what critics of “unsustainable” pensions, such as the watchdog Little Hoover Commission, think is the key to controlling runaway employer costs.

Pension amounts already earned by current workers would be protected, but the pensions they earn in the future could be reduced. Cuts of this kind are allowed for private-sector pensions.

In California, state court rulings, a key one in 1955, are believed to mean the pension offered state and local government workers when hired becomes a “vested right,” protected by contract law, that can only be cut if offset by a comparable new benefit.

So most pension reforms are limited to new hires, which can take years or decades to produce significant cost savings for employers, depending on the rate of employee turnover.

The San Jose pension reform challenged the conventional view that the pensions of current California government workers cannot be cut, relying in part on a city charter provision that reserves the right to change pensions.

Measure B gives current workers an option: Pay much more to cover the pension “unfunded liability” or debt and keep earning the old pension amount, or avoid the big contribution rate hike (about 16 percent of pay) by earning a lower pension.

Last December Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas upheld 12 of the 15 provisions in Measure B. She ruled that making employees pay the unfunded liability by increasing their pension contribution rate was a violation of vested rights.

The judge upheld a fallback provision allowing the unfunded liability, if the employee rate hike is not allowed by the courts, to be paid by employees through a similar cut in their pay.

Reed said last week the city council has agreed not to attempt a pay cut until next July and has instructed staff to negotiate an extension, while awaiting an appeal of the judge’s ruling. He is optimistic the city would win an appeal.

“It’s been a long time since the California Supreme Court had a clear shot at the issues on vested rights,” Reed said. “Lawyers will disagree, so we will have to wait and see.”

Reed and others have cited a lengthy analysis (click HERE) by Amy Monahan of the University of Minnesota Law School that looks at the origin of the “California Rule” said to prevent cuts in pensions offered at hire, arguing that it’s an error.

A 17-page California Public Employees Retirement System legal brief (click HERE) issued three years ago on member vested rights said “Rule 1” is that the pension benefits of current workers can go up, but not down without their consent.

 

Police magazine cover on mayoral candidates Cortese (left) and Liccardo

If elected, the labor-backed candidate for mayor, Dave Cortese, a county supervisor and former city councilman, is expected to push for a settlement of union suits against Measure B, including the current-worker option and lower pensions for new hires.

The other candidate for mayor, Sam Liccardo, a councilman, worked with Reed on Measure B. Liccardo is endorsed by Reed and three former San Jose mayors. Cortese is endorsed by four former San Jose police chiefs.

A key issue is whether the Measure B pension reforms endanger public safety, further reducing the police force and curbing recruitment. A San Jose police force that once was 1,400 has been reduced to about 900.

Reed said rising retirement costs and budget cuts reduced the police officers to 1,100 before Measure B passed. Since then injuries, vacancies and other factors have dropped the number to about 900 “street-ready” officers.

Police agreed to a 10 percent pay cut to avoid 150 layoffs, Reed said, but now a new contract is restoring the pay cut. He said the city council wants an additional 250 police officers and has added a third training academy.

The police union contends that most of the first new training graduates this fall will leave, due to low pay and pensions. And the police union president, Jim Unland, predicts that 200 officers may leave if Liccardo is elected.

Savings from Measure B are expected to help pay for more police. Reed said more than $50 million will be saved over two fiscal years by eliminating a “13th check” pension bonus for retirees and a change in the lowest-cost retiree health care plan providing full coverage.

At a city council meeting last week, Reed said, staff said the lower pensions authorized by Measure B for new police and firefighters will save the city $65,000 a year per person, compared to current pensions, and $35,000 a year per person for other employees.

In the October issue (click HERE) of the police union magazine, “Vanguard,” Unland said the city should have negotiated with the unions on the “13th check” and retiree health care to find a solution that would have avoided a court battle.

Lower pensions for new hires are part of the reason for an “en masse departure” of new recruits who receive training costing an average of $170,000, he said, which means “this failed experiment has in fact cost the city, dearly.”

Unland said a pension plan for new hires developed by the union with the aid of the city would save the city $300 million over the next 15 years. But the proposal was “scuttled” by Liccardo and other Measure B supporters on the city council.

In the courts, the trial record of the Measure B ruling has not yet been prepared and delivered to the court of appeal. The city also awaits IRS approval of the current-worker option, along with a similar Orange County plan negotiated in 2009.

“It’s in their work plan,” said Reed, who has made several trips in the last six months to urge IRS approval of the option. “There is a great deal of resistance by the national unions who are lobbying against anything that might give employees a choice.”

Last October Reed and four other mayors filed an initiative for a state constitutional amendment giving state and local governments the authority to lower the pensions current workers earn in the future, while protecting pensions already earned.

Reed and the mayors dropped the initiative when state Attorney General Kamala gave the proposal an “inaccurate and misleading” title and ballot summary. After a superior court declined to order a change, the mayors filed an appeal in August.
 

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Remember back in early Sept. when four of our former chiefs held a press conference criticizing the current city leadership and calling for a new direction and an end to the war being waged on public safety?

The local TV stations each devoted time in their newscasts to the press conference. The Mercury News, however, was conspicuous by its absence; not a word about the press conference appeared in the paper. This prompted us to send an email crying "Foul" to Barbara Marshman, the Editorial Page editor. There was no reply.

Fast forward to last Friday when the paper gave Mayor Chuck Reed a quarter of the Op/Ed page to pontificate and try to convince the readers that the "falling crime rate" is keeping the citizens of San Jose safe.

City Can’t Afford to Roll Back Pension Reforms

By Mayor Chuck Reed
Mercury News — Oct. 10, 2014

Four former San Jose police chiefs recently invited the media into the police union offices to talk about the police department and the San Jose mayoral race.

You might have expected them to compliment our current chief and the department for the reduction of crime in San Jose.

San Jose had the lowest rate of violent crimes of big cities in America in 2011 and again in 2012 and the first half of 2013. The record looks as if it will be repeated in 2014. For property crimes, we had the sixth-lowest rate of the more than 30 cities over 500,000 population in the first half of 2013, the last date the Uniform Crime Reports are available on the FBI web site (click HERE). Total serious crimes of all types dropped by 9 percent in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, which had a 10 percent drop from the year before (click HERE).

Those accomplishments certainly deserve praise. But, no, the former chiefs came to criticize the department and advocate rolling back voter-approved pension reforms.

This would take us back to cutting services to pay for skyrocketing pension costs, which is what we did when they were active chiefs and the department shrank by 300 officers. That was before pension reforms.

While I respect the opinions of the former chiefs on policing matters, their argument needs to be evaluated from a mayor’s point of view: How much will it cost, and what cuts in services will have to be made?

Take just those four retired officers. Together, including health care costs, they are now collecting nearly $1 million each year in benefits from San Jose taxpayers. And they can continue to work and draw salaries from other agencies. They earned this right through their many years of service.

They are not alone. The average police officer and firefighter retires with a pension and health care benefits of about $120,000 per year. They, too, have every right to draw their pensions at an early age and work elsewhere. In fact, the retirement system gives them incentives to do so.

These great benefits are extremely expensive. San Jose’s total retirement costs increased by more than $200 million per year in the last decade and will continue to go up for another decade.

These payments threatened to bankrupt our city and meant we could afford fewer officers, firefighters and librarians. Despite repeatedly increasing the budget of the police department, we have fewer officers than we had a decade ago.

Something needed to be done. That’s why Measure B, the pension reform plan, won the support of nearly 70 percent of San Jose voters. Those reforms have already saved more than $50 million and will save millions more every year. Undoing them will have huge negative impacts on services.

The best solution is to invest the savings from reforms in new officers and continue to work to make them more effective, as mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo would do.

A top step officer costs the city about $120,000 per year in pay and another $100,000 in benefits.

Reducing the cost of retirement benefits generates the savings that allows us to hire more officers.

Our police officers and the department leadership have done a great job in reducing violent crime rates despite a shrinking work force. We need to increase the size of the force, but we have to generate savings to do so.

Rolling back pension reforms will mean a smaller police force, not a bigger one.
 

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Just above Reed's piece was this Mercury News editorial regarding the pension issue.

This Pension Measure is Not Controversial

Editorial
Mercury News — Oct. 10, 2014

Stop the presses: There’s a non-controversial, pension-related measure on San Jose’s ballot this fall.

Really. You can vote for it without triggering new volleys of scare-mongering campaign mail.

Measure G is the culmination of reforms to the city’s two pension boards, which once were made up of union and political appointees with little regard for financial expertise.

The city council now appoints a majority of the boards with a standard of independence and financial expertise, improving stewardship of pension funds.

Among other things, Measure G will allow the boards to hire their own executives, befitting their more professional status. They would still be held to public meeting and other transparency standards, and the mayor and council would control their budgets.

Yes, Mayor Chuck Reed, the unions’ nemesis, initiated reform of the pension boards. But Measure G is a consensus, good government plan placed on the ballot by the city council. Vote yes.


 

POA UPDATES



Oct. 13th

Thank you to the 25+ POA members and their families who turned out to walk for Dave, Raul and Paul Fong last weekend. We need to keep this momentum going through Election Day on November 4th.

Your continued participation is vital as voting has started with absentee ballots having been mailed out!

Volunteers Needed for Precinct Walking

Saturday, October 18th & Sunday October 19th
9am-4pm
Come any time
SJPOA, 1151 North 4th Street, SJ

We are also hand-writing small messages on postcards like "Dear xxx thank you for supporting Dave Cortese" that will be mailed out to voters. You can take a stack home with you, fill them out and return them to the POA. Stacks of cards and instructions are be available at the POA office for pick up.

For any campaign related questions please call or email James Gonzales at 510-551-8218 or
<gonzales@sjpoa.com>

If you don't select one of the many ways to volunteer, please consider making a donation to one of your candidates. Your future depends on it.

www.raulperalez.com

www.davecortese.com 

You can use the POA's address for reporting purposes: 1151 N. 4th St., San Jose, CA 95112 



Oct. 14th

Click on the links below to read the latest news.

NBC Bay Area: Low Staffing Prompts SJPD to Consider Mandatory Overtime



Click HERE

 

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ABC 7 News: San Jose Police Dept. Facing Tough Time Recruiting Officers



Click HERE

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Mercury News: San Jose: Already small, police academy shrinks even more.

Click HERE

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Oct. 15th

NBC Bay Area: Police Union Accuses City of "Cherry Picking" Data to Show Crime is Down



Click HERE

 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

For you out-of-towners who don't read the Merc, here is the continuing saga on the 49ers Ray McDonald domestic violence issue that we covered in last week's Farsider. Question: We are guessing that the cops who had a lucrative pay job with the Niners and got to hobnob with the professional jocks can't be very happy over this.

SJPD Bars Officers from Moonlighting for 49ers

By Robert Salonga and Mark Emmons — Staff writers
Mercury News — Oct. 11, 2014

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Police Department has barred officers from working for the San Francisco 49ers after an officer who was moonlighting with team security complicated a domestic- violence investigation by going to lineman Ray McDonald’s home the night he was arrested.

 

The DA’s office is reviewing a case filed by the San
Jose police from a domestic violence investigation at
the house of 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald.

The decision was announced hours after this newspaper reported Sgt. Sean Pritchard, who was on duty and in uniform when he went to the McDonald home Aug. 31, also visited the home earlier that evening during a birthday party the player was throwing with his teammates.

“Due to the complexities of the investigation, both criminally and administratively, we feel that it is in our best interest to suspend all San Francisco 49er secondary employment related assignments until further notice,” police Chief Larry Esquivel said in a brief statement released Friday afternoon.

The department declined any further comment. A 49ers spokesman also said Friday that the team would have no comment, and Pritchard could not be reached.

The development is the latest response by a department that faces tough questions about the relationship between the team and SJPD officers.

Earlier in the week, officials said they were reviewing how the department handles off-duty work by officers, but until Friday had allowed 16 other officers to continue to work for the team.

Pritchard, a gang-suppression unit supervisor, had already been banned from such work, pending the results of an internal investigation.

Under scrutiny is what role Pritchard played in the Aug. 31 domestic-violence incident between McDonald and his pregnant fiancee that ended with the star defensive lineman’s arrest.

Pritchard reportedly was called directly by McDonald that night and was already on scene when other officers arrived in response to a 911 call.

Internal Affairs

Pritchard was in uniform at the time, and questions about whether he was there on behalf of the department or the team has spurred an Internal Affairs probe. Police have not said when they will complete their overall review of secondary- employment policies, particularly with regard to conflicts of interest, which were mentioned in a 2012 city audit urging more oversight of officers’ off-duty work.

Peter Keane, a Golden Gate University School of Law professor and former San Francisco police commissioner, said he thought it was prudent for the department to take a step back.

“They need to make sure that the team isn’t hiring police officers to run interference for them with the law,” Keane said. “That would be very inappropriate if that were part of the job description. … If there’s an understanding that these officers are somehow going to be baby sitters, well that’s just not the proper role of police.”

Steven Clark, a former Santa Clara County prosecutor and now a criminal defense attorney and legal analyst, agreed that Friday’s announcement could be an acknowledgment by the Police Department of the need for a serious review of the relationship between its officers and the team.

“I think they realize that the arrangement with the 49ers raises questions about what are the allegiances of its officers,” Clark said. “Instead of just singling out this one officer, I think they want to examine the overall protocols in these kinds of situations.”

He added it’s understandable that the department is concerned about whether officers are working for the team or the community at large.

“You never want a question like that to be raised,” Clark added. “That’s certainly not something that a DA’s Office wants to deal with in a case.”

All of the SJPD officers working for the team were contracted through a third-party security firm.

Sources say Pritchard’s presence at McDonald’s house also stalled the investigation into the domestic- violence incident, where police said McDonald’s fiancee showed “visible injuries,” and was a factor in the case taking a month to be presented to the District Attorney’s Office.

No charges have been filed and the case remains under review.

The new detail that Pritchard was at the birthday party a few hours before the arrest only fanned criticism that the arrangement has become too cozy to maintain the Police Department’s credibility in investigating players whose team employs its officers.

The 49ers did not answer specific questions about its security arrangements but said in a general statement that it hires off-duty and retired law enforcement to tap their expertise and experience.

Police brass also insist that the department’s ability to investigate the McDonald and other cases remains uncompromised, and that Pritchard, who was described as an “excellent officer,” should be afforded the benefit of the doubt until all the facts of the case are clear.

 

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San Jose cop-turned-lawyer Dennis Luca received some free publicity in this follow-up article about the McDonald spousal abuse case involving the SJPD. (Way to go, counselor, but pardon us if we don't act surprised.)

Cops Walk Tightrope on Pro Team Security

—Ethical issue leads to ban on 49ers gigs for San Jose officers—

By Robert Salonga and Mark Emmons — Staff writers
Mercury News — Oct. 12, 2014

SAN JOSE — When a San Jose police officer who moonlights as security for the 49ers interjected himself into the investigation of reported domestic violence by team defensive lineman Ray McDonald, it did more than just give the appearance of a conflict of interest.

It put the SJPD squarely in the national spotlight and provided a rare glimpse into the shadowy world of close connections between major sports organizations and local law enforcement agencies. It’s common, in fact, for teams to hire local police as an extra layer of security — essentially serving as a protective detail for athletes.

But the case of Sgt. Sean Pritchard, who reportedly has even traveled with the team, underscores how ethical lines can become blurred, calling into question who exactly off-duty cops are supposed to be serving and protecting.

Dennis Luca, a former SJPD lieutenant-turned-attorney and onetime NHL liaison to the Sharks, is blunt about the unspoken agreement when professional sports teams hire sworn officers for security.

A ‘wink and a nod’

“There is that tacit wink and a nod: ‘If something happens, you’re going to be there for us, right?’ ” Luca said. “That doesn’t mean that every officer working a side job is going to do that. But to not recognize every day there is a potential conflict of interest is absolutely foolish.” He added: “Of course, you’ll never get that admission from anyone in pro sports.” The 49ers would not give any specifics about their security arrangements.

McDonald reportedly called Pritchard in the early-morning hours of Aug. 31, and the officer, in uniform, already was at the player’s home in the Silver Creek area of San Jose when other cops responded to a 911 call. McDonald, a key contributor to the 49ers’ defensive unit, would be arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after police said his pregnant fiancee showed “visible injuries.” But Pritchard’s presence, sources say, complicated the SJPD investigation and contributed to why it took a month to reach the prosecutor’s office — a time during which the 49ers’ controversial decision to keep playing McDonald grew into a national fervor. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced on Oct. 2 that it had received the case and continues to review whether charges should be filed.

Former San Jose police Chief Chris Moore said he could not speak specifically to the McDonald case, but he sees no reason for an officer to go to a scene when someone connected to the cop’s second job is involved.

“If it sounds at all like it has the potential for a criminal complaint, you not only tell them to call 911, but as an officer, you also call 911,” Moore said. “Unless it occurs right in front of you, do not become involved. It will just cloud the potential investigation and prosecution.”

Sources also said this week that earlier on the evening of the McDonald call, Pritchard visited the home where the player was throwing his birthday party with teammates. That close relationship is why some on the force are upset about the perception of preferential treatment by police in exchange for rubbing elbows with sports stars on glamorous side jobs.

“These assignments never should have been authorized,” said one veteran officer on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisal from the department.

Andy Dolich, a longtime Bay Areas sports executive who has worked with the 49ers, A’s and Warriors, said most teams have off-duty law enforcement working for them, and that in his experience, it is a positive arrangement.

“The important thing is you want everyone to act professionally and just do their jobs,” Dolich said. “You emphasize that any crossing of the line is unacceptable. Not knowing the circumstances in this case, it does seems like SJPD might be rethinking its policies and making sure that officers are using the best judgment possible.”

Internal Affairs

Last week, Pritchard, who is assigned to the gang-suppression unit, was prohibited from working for the team pending an Internal Affairs investigation. Then on Friday, the department issued a blanket suspension of all officers doing off-duty work with the 49ers “until further notice.” In total, there had been 17 officers moonlighting for the 49ers through a third party security contractor.

But those moves were not swift enough for many inside the department, who have been grumbling privately about the damage the situation has inflicted on the force’s reputation. Just as San Jose officers have begun working after-hours for the team, the 49ers have become the NFL’s bad boys. The team leads the league in recent arrests with 10 since the beginning of 2012. Several of those have occurred in San Jose, including cases involving Aldon Smith and Chris Culliver.

SJPD hardly is unique when it comes to law-enforcement agencies wrestling with ethical concerns about secondary employment. But this was the sort of potential conflict that a 2012 city audit explicitly warned could happen because there wasn’t enough oversight governing the after- hours work performed by officers.

And the McDonald case isn’t the first time pro athletes in San Jose have turned to a police officer working for a team for help. In 2004, former Los Gatos detective Randy Bishop, who moonlighted as a security consultant for the Sharks, was convicted and Judge William Danser was disbarred after a conspiracy to dismiss traffic and parking tickets for players and friends.

Dan Durbin, director of the USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society, said it’s wise to have a police presence at sporting events. He notes that the lack of security has been cited as a factor in the infamous beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow outside of Dodger Stadium in 2011.

But off-duty cops serving as what amounts to bodyguards leaves the potential for too-cozy relationships to develop, he added.

“McDonald obviously felt this was a safety net,” Durbin said. “If you have a cop coming to your house, it’s a lot nicer if it’s a cop you know. So who is going to blame McDonald for doing that? But it really puts the cop in a challenging position because now his objectivity is in question.”

Using local officers

Sports leagues have created sophisticated security operations — often populated with former high-ranking federal law enforcement officials. Each team, including the 49ers, hires its own security staff. “But leagues don’t have the breadth or ability to know everything in all cities, so they work through the teams with local police departments,” Dolich said. “Knowledge really is power, and you want to work to protect your athletes and your fans.” When Dolich ran the business operations of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, the team employed local police. “Officers might travel with the team so that the players are protected from all manner of threats, like from known gamblers or stalkers,” he said. Leigh Steinberg, who has been one of the NFL’s most prominent player agents over the past four decades, said he too has hired off-duty officers to serve as “companions” of his clients when they are out in public.

“High-profile athletes always have people coming at them,” Steinberg said. “Police understand crowd control, sense pending danger and know how to prevent worse things from happening. It’s just smart. If I owned a team, I would have a good group of them around.” Michael Gilleran, the executive director of the Santa Clara University Institute of Sports, Law and Ethics, said it’s not necessarily a bad thing for sports teams to cultivate relationships with law enforcement.

“There’s nothing wrong with them saying, ‘We’d like a heads-up if our guys are hanging out with bad actors,’ ” Gilleran said. “That’s fine. That’s constructive because nobody wants trouble in their community.”

Slippery slope

But Gilleran also is a former NCAA investigator who saw how “cooperation” turned into something more nefarious as police — often in small university towns — actively would help athletic departments cover up missteps by athletes.

“The local chief might call the school and say, ‘Hey, Joe Bob is causing a ruckus. We’ll be there in 20 minutes, so you better get down there in 10 minutes,’ ” Gilleran said.

Luca contends that the risk of conflict is inherent for police officers, off-duty or otherwise, and that it boils down to each officer’s moral fiber.

“This mistake is a judgment mistake by an officer who forgot his primary job is as a police officer,” he said. “It’s about whether or not you recognize your ethical and moral duty and whether or not you can follow the damn rules.”  

 

MAIL CALL 
 

Oct. 9th

Bill & Leroy,

Your composing and editing work (and tireless contribution) constantly impresses me. It seems to get better (how you can endlessly outdo the previous work is beyond me) every time I read. Thanks for keeping us together, up-to-date, informed, educated and entertained. You two are truly heroes.
 
I attended the Louie Hernandez memorial on Sunday at the POA Hall, and it was very well done. Rev'rend Red led the event, and former D/C Arca was essentially the 'official' spokesperson for the Department side of things. Great choice, and he did a good job. Probably a 70-30 mix of attendees; family and lifelong non-police friends making up the 70% number.
 
It was done in great taste, and I'm sure my friend would have been humbled and pleased. His widow, Maria (yet another friend) was almost speechless with the overall great memorial tribute to Louie. Many spoke up with great stories of my friend and early career mentor. A brief slide show of his life was projected (heck of a job on that one, too) and then a buffet was served by John Nguyen while people got to reminisce. Mariachi music picked up the remaining time before we all finally "closed the place."
 
Thanks for including the announcement in the last edition.
 
Kenn Christie
<ChrissakisEime@aol.com>

Thanks for the kind words, Kenn. (Our check is in the mail, but please don't cash or deposit it until the end of the month.)
 

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Oct. 9th

Bill,

I opened the Farsider after missing 3 weeks. I had been traveling for part of that time taking my flying machine to Yuma and flying along the way. My only communication was my iPhone and it was pretty limited. Opening the Oct. 2nd issue reminded me of how important the information is that you print each week. The work you and Leroy do for us is above and beyond. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

As we grow older, we have to expect the passing of people who have touched our lives. Without your dedication to the Farsider we would miss so much of the information. In my radio control hobby we have a saying, "Each of our planes has an expiration date on it someplace; we just can't find it." That holds true for us as well. The older I get the more I appreciate that little thought and truly cherish every day that I have.

John Diehl and I went to the academy together and became friends. Like many friends, we frequently go our separate ways and sometimes lose touch. You and the Farsider often bring us back in touch with those people. Unfortunately, it is sometimes for the wrong reason. John was a special person, different in many ways, but a very special person. I enjoyed reading the Dan Jensen and anonymous writer's letters. They captured who John Diehl was. And thanks to John's sister for sharing his last communication with us. It meant a lot. May he rest in peace.

On a different note, the five missing SJPD officers in the 1965 academy picture are James McElgunn, Jack Woodall, Dave Crandall, Joe Weinreb and Ron Williams.

Standing starting from left. Gary Thompson (LaRault), John Trussler, Jerry Albericci, Mike Destro, Rich Arca, Dave Bartholomew, Paul Farlow, Jim Silvers, Ron Williams, Bruce Fair, Bruce Hodgin.

Middle Row. Jack Morris, Jack Woodall, Dave Crandall, John Kracht, John Diehl, Joe Weinreb, Ken Herrmann, Lou Cobarruviaz

Sitting. Chuck Blackmore, Charlie Belveal, James McElgunn, Pete Guerin.

Dave
(Bartholomew) <Dave@wingsofgold.com>

Thank you, too, for the positive comments, Dave, but you will have to wait until we order some more checks. Stay safe while you play with your flying machine.

 

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Oct. 9th

Bill,

Having worked for Joe McNamara in IA and playing on a couple of softball teams with him, I was a supporter of his. I was very disappointed that I was out of town and missed his memorial service. I've read all the articles and enjoyed the photos, but if there is some way I can see a video of the service I would very much enjoy seeing that and hearing first hand what everyone had to say. Can you help me?

Also, thank you again for all that you and Leroy do for us in keeping us connected with so many in your professional publication of the Farsider. I look forward to it every Thursday and can't even imagine how many hours you two put in for all of us.

Thank you,

Paul Gardner
<paulgardner1757@yahoo.com>

Sorry, Paul, but to my knowledge there was no video taken at the memorial other than a couple of snippets that Channel 2 and possibly one or two other TV stations used in their newscasts. I'll include your message in the Mail Call column in the event someone took some video with their smart phone and is willing to share it with you.
 

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Oct. 9th

Bill and Leroy,

The Farsider has become my Thursday read as it has become a very professional and informative online publication. Sometimes I feel the need to express myself with an article or opinion, but I always place them in my draft folder. Then I wait a while to determine if it is worthy of hitting the Send key. As of late, the Delete key has become the norm. but not this time.

My far right attitude and beliefs have become stronger and stronger. Because of Jane Fonda and her cronies in the liberal film industry I have not in recent memory gone to a theater and paid to watch a movie. And after many wars and the loss of hundreds of thousands of American lives, I cannot believe that my vote can be canceled by an illegal immigrant who doesn't have to show any identification to cast his vote. I cannot and will not give up my freedom of speech to be politically correct. Government intervention has become so pervasive that my way of life is gone, seemingly forever.

What was WW I, WW II. Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom all about? I missed WW I, but have lived through all the rest. Each day I find that our country is losing more of what our founding fathers wrote in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

It seems that I no longer own anything I possess. Half of my earnings are taxed. I feel that my home, car, boat, trailer and everything else of value are only on loan from the government. In one way or another I pay to use almost everything I possess to the government. Fail to pay and the government repossesses, fines or charges interest of up to twelve percent per year.

Upon my death the government distributes my assets. Gone is the handshake to seal a deal. Gone is the traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Gone is the right to repair your own property without a permit from the government. Gone are so many other rights that Americans have taken for granted for generations.

To sum it up, it's probably time for me to go. While I am 79 and may be close, I am otherwise healthy, happy and wise. And when the time comes, I will go out screaming and kicking. But I will forever regret what has become of our once wonderful American way of life.

Bill Yarbrough
<billyarbrough36@yahoo.com>

Don't feel like the Lone Ranger, Bill. I'm sure that your feelings reflect those of many other Farsider readers. Memorize this: Noli nothis permittere te terere. (Click HERE if you are unfamiliar with that Latin phrase.)

 

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Oct. 15th

Bill,

I read Russ Russell's piece on military benefits and think that more needs to be said simply as a reminder to those of us who served.

Burial:

If you were discharged from service with other than dishonorable status you are a veteran. Burial benefits for veterans include a gravesite in any of our 131 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Spouse and dependents are also entitled to this burial space. Social Security provides a $255 death benefit. There are other potential benefits (Click HERE) to explore more. Go to (click HERE) for the information on Social Security benefits.

This benefit is a significant monetary savings. Typical civilian burial plots cost from $2,000 to $4,000 dollars or more, rarely less, depending on where you are buried. For a husband and wife, burial at a VA burial site represents up to or more than $8,000 in savings — plus burial in a distinguished environment. My father is buried at the San Joaquin National Cemetery near Gustine. It is a distinguished resting place which includes the California Korean War Veteran's Memorial. My mother, wife and I will be planted there with my father.

Insurance:

Unless you live under a rock you have seen the USAA (United Services Automobile Association) advertisements on television (click HERE). USAA is a full service financial company which provides banking, insurance (life, auto, umbrella, travel, etc.), investment and discounted travel to military personnel — that is, those who have or are serving. It is hard to beat their rates (I say impossible). This benefit used to be exclusive to officers, but now includes enlisted personnel. I have talked with colleagues of my age who are reluctant to switch from their current insurance company to USAA because they have been with their current company for eons and don't want the hassle of the switch, but those who do not switch will deny their progeny this benefit. If you join USAA, your kids can also join and enjoy the benefits and discounted prices. If you don't, they can't.

Travel:

If you are a veteran and don't belong to the Marines Memorial Club and Hotel, you are missing out. Go to (click HERE) to review this site. To join it will cost you a tax deductible $125 a year. Your membership will allow you to stay in San Francisco at Union Square for less than $200.00 a night. Moreover, they provide you access to reciprocal clubs throughout the world. We have stayed in London, Edinborough, France, and Germany in exquisite properties and low prices.

For retired veterans, the Armed Forces Recreation Centers in Honolulu, Garmisch, Seoul, and Orlando are excellent venues for travel. Take a look at this website (click HERE). We have stayed at many of these.

The Kilauea Military Center (KMC) is another option (click HERE).

Financial:

The Navy Federal Credit Union is another benefit (click HERE). If you don't belong to another credit union, this is a viable choice. If you use a bank, you are throwing your money away.

Those who have questions due to my lack of clarity can feel free to email me.

Regards,
 
Craig Shuey <cvshuey1459@gmail.com>


 

IS CORTESE THE ANSWER TO SAN JOSE'S PUBLIC SAFETY WOES?

It's no secret that the Mercury News is pushing hard for Sam Laccardo to replace Chuck Reed as Mayor. Does that mean there is bias showing in this lengthy article from yesterday's paper? We're not saying it does or it doesn't. That's for you to decide.

Can Cortese Make Plan for Cops Work?

—Mayoral candidate’s proposal too costly for S. J., say foes—

By Mike Rosenberg
<mrosenberg@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 15, 2014

SAN JOSE — At rallies for Dave Cortese’s mayoral campaign, supporters say they are tired of living in fear — not knowing if their house will be broken into before they get home, or if there will be any cops around to investigate it.

Cortese, a Santa Clara County supervisor, says he got into the race to change the course of City Hall, which is currently determined to fight a pension reform battle that has helped spark a public safety crisis headlined by a rash of police officers fleeing the city.

“It was alarming to see the resignations start to stack up and it was very predicable that it would lead to public safety problems,” said Cortese, pronounced Kor-TEZ-ee.

The main difference between him and opponent Sam Liccardo, a city councilman, in the race to replace termed-out Mayor Chuck Reed is that Cortese has vowed to open up the city’s checkbook in an attempt to lower crime and attract cops. He would pay for police raises and block voter-approved efforts to make cops and other city employees pay more for their benefits. With the rank-and-file’s support, he argues this strategy would beef up the depleted police force by hundreds of cops.

“Our argument is: You have people crying out in their neighborhoods for patrols. What’s the holdup?” he said.

But there are serious questions about whether Cortese can deliver on that promise, and at what cost to taxpayers.

Opponents argue that the city isn’t exactly awash in cash. After years of cutting vital services — closing fire stations on some days, laying off cops and reducing library hours — the city has only a flat budget forecast for the next half-decade and has no money set aside for huge increases to officer compensation. Cortese has no concrete plan to pay for the growing cost of employee benefits, saying only that the city has enough cash now and would make cuts if the current boomtimes end.

Unions’ lawsuit

What’s more, Cortese wants to settle the lawsuit city employee unions filed to block about $50 million in annual potential retirement cost savings from 2012’s Measure B pension reform. By contrast, Liccardo, like Reed, strongly wants the city to continue fighting for the voter-approved reforms because city employee retirement costs have more than tripled in the last decade, devouring money for city services. Retirement costs already account for more than $2 out of every $10 San Jose spends on general services, and they are forecast to increase by another 12 percent in the next half decade. Further unsettling his opponents, Cortese has strong support from unions, perhaps the most powerful and well-funded special-interest group in San Jose. Unions have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars buying lunches for campaign volunteers and sending campaign mailers; retired firefighters routinely come in to the campaign headquarters and call undecided voters; and the police union pitches stories to journalists about how San Jose has turned into a crime-ravaged city under Liccardo’s watch, even if he wasn’t mayor. In reality, while the homicide rate remains higher than last decade, the overall rate of major violent and property crimes has started to fall in the past 18 months and is now 3 percent higher than when Liccardo took office.

 

Activist Salvador Bustamante, left, and Santa Clara County Supervisor
and San Jose mayoral candidate Dave Cortese talk with voters.

Critics also argue Cortese would be beholden to interest groups such as the unions that are bankrolling his second attempt in eight years at winning the mayor’s seat. Among those stumping for him are five retired city police chiefs, who get more than $1 million a year collectively in pension payments. Firefighters, who have driven around personal trucks with Cortese campaign signs, strongly agree with Cortese’s plan to keep staffing levels up by maintaining three firefighters on emergency medical calls — a higher staffing requirement than most other cities in the county, and one that critics have called needless. Developers, who seek to negotiate lucrative deals with the city, have written big checks to his campaign.

But Cortese scoffs at the notion he’d be a pushover to any special-interest group. And he points to the current local economic boom time and remains optimistic that the city will have enough money to implement his plans.

“This isn’t Detroit — it’s Silicon Valley,” Cortese said. He adds that he won’t be afraid to make cuts, even in employee pay, if another recession hits.

Cortese, who served as a San Jose councilman and pension trustee during the last decade when the city boosted employee retirement benefits, does want to maintain $25 million in annual pension reform savings already put into place.

Wages and benefits

Cortese notes that there is already funding at City Hall for new cops but that the current wages and benefits are so unattractive that San Jose has been unable to hire new recruits or keep existing officers. That’s led to staffing levels that have dipped below 1,000 officers after peaking at 1,400 cops last decade — and even that figure was already low compared with other cities, on a per-capita basis. “They can’t even get this money out the door to hire more cops,” Cortese said. He says raising the pay for new cops is the only way to attract more to the city. Supporters say they need cops on the street now.

“They’re never sure if someone will break into their house or if their car windows will be smashed,” Cortese backer Salvador Bustamante, a union supporter and leader in the San Jose Latino community, said at a recent East Side vigil. “The general feeling is we’re tired of not getting the same services we used to get.”

Cortese, a 58-year-old who represents the Evergreen area, is the son of a former assemblyman and has been involved in politics since he was a kid growing up on his parents’ ranch. Still, he comes off with a more wooden personality than most politicians, especially in larger groups, and has a tendency to ramble on about wonky policy matters instead of ripping off snappy sound bites like his opponent. He shines more talking with voters and other policymakers one-on-one.

A lawyer by trade, Cortese was elected to the City Council last decade and rose to be Reed’s vice mayor, but not until after he was easily defeated by Reed and others in a 2006 primary for the last open mayoral seat.

As a councilman, he championed home development in his East Side district, even for land approved for jobs, angering opponents who are desperate to see more businesses move to the city to increase its tax base. As a county supervisor, he voted in favor of a countywide ambulance contract for Rural-Metro, a move San Jose leaders opposed at the onset. The company failed to meet contractual response times in late 2012 and went bankrupt, and while it has since consistently met performance goals, the county is still analyzing the company’s finances before deciding whether to renew its contract.

Police exodus

At a recent campaign stop at a Willow Glen senior home, some likely voters in attendance gasped, with one woman exclaiming, “Oh my gosh,” as Cortese laid out recent crime sprees in a stump speech. But illustrating the complexity of this issue, they also questioned the motives of the officers who have painted the cop exodus solely as being about pension reform when there were many other factors at play. For instance, Baby Boomer cops are eligible to retire and the police union has actively encouraged officers to leave, hosting job fairs with recruiters from other cities. “I find it hard to believe that they’re bailing out just because of their retirement benefits,” said Kent Humpal, an undecided voter who lives at the facility.

Although they have received less attention, Cortese has many other goals as mayor that differ from Liccardo — and they also focus largely on spending more money. He would support a bond to help fix potholes and fund the city’s huge backlog of street repairs. He also wants to build more fire stations to help improve lagging response times to emergency medical calls. He has a goal to buy more land for public parks.

Pressed on how he would pay for these improvements, Cortese said he would launch a “retail opportunity” study to search for areas where businesses may want to move, thereby increasing the city’s tax base.

His backers say those worried about the long-term finances under a Mayor Cortese are ignoring the even bigger concern: that a city without a robust police force can’t succeed.

“It’s about the citizens,” said former police Chief Rob Davis, “being able to reclaim those services that they expect from the Police Department.”
 

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On the other side of the pension issue was this article about Cortese's opponent that made the front page of today's paper…

Liccardo Vows to Continue Pension Fight

—Councilman backed by ex-mayors, reviled by unions—

By Mike Rosenberg <mrosenberg@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 16, 2014

SAN JOSE — Seven years before Sam Liccardo began running for mayor, he joined the City Council and was promptly told that the city had more than $1 billion in employee retirement costs it didn’t have the money to pay for.

That bracing revelation led him, he says, to devote his time in office — and now his campaign for mayor — to stopping the pension crisis.

“What became apparent was that the magnitude of these costs was threatening everything else we were trying to accomplish in the city, from safety to restoring services,” Liccardo said.

In the race to replace termed-out Mayor Chuck Reed, the key difference between Liccardo and his op­ponent, Dave Cortese, is how the candidates would balance the city’s fiscal problems with residents’ concerns over public safety.

 

Liccardo pushes a more urban San Jose

Cortese, a county supervisor, wants to give new officers better pay while keeping existing cops’ generous retirement benefits in a cease-fire proposal to appease a police union that has encouraged officers to flee. Liccardo, on the other hand, plans to continue to fight the union in court to enforce the 2012 voter-approved Measure B pension reforms, which force employees to pay more for their retirement.

Liccardo’s argument is simple: Without the pension cuts, the city will run out of money and won’t be able to afford officers, anyway — the city already had to lay off dozens of cops in 2010 after the “tidal wave of debt” from retirement costs, as Liccardo calls it, flooded the city. He plans to modestly improve police officers’ wages in hopes of enticing more to work for San Jose, and predicts the battle with the unions will settle down after election tensions fade away.

“We couldn’t pay officers to work because we were paying them so much to retire,” Liccardo says. “We were able to hire cops now when we couldn’t before.”

The problem? That strategy, used for years under Reed — who endorses Liccardo — has exacerbated the staffing crisis in the Police Department, and it’s not even clear the battle will be worth it for taxpayers.

A judge has already struck down about two-thirds of the planned pension reform savings, prompting the city to spend millions more in attorneys costs on appeal. And Liccardo and others badly miscalculated just how heated a war they would create with the city’s employee labor groups, namely the police union.

Police officers, often encouraged by their union, continue to leave in droves for better-paying cities, and the city struggles to attract new recruits. The union claims hundreds of additional officers will leave the force of slightly less than 1,000 if Liccardo is elected. All the while, response times have increased, and San Jose’s crime rate — while still very low for a big city, and dropping lately — has topped the statewide and nationwide averages.

If the city loses its appeal in court, Liccardo says it may have to cut cops’ and other workers’ pay to make up the difference — and that might cause even more officers to leave.

Liccardo maintains that while the police force has lost 400 of its 1,400 officers over the past half-decade, the vast majority of those departures came before the city enacted its pension reforms. He also points to police data from the past year and a half that show many crimes — including the overall crime rate — are steadily beginning to decline while he and his allies have added an additional police academy to speed up the recruitment process.

While he readily admits the police force needs more cops, he accuses his opponent and the police union of exaggerating the problem — and contributing to the crisis by encouraging officers to leave.

“The union bosses are putting politics over professional duty,” said Liccardo, who thinks voters won’t be “bullied” by the union’s “fear mongering.”

“San Jose voters are smart, and they can look at the math.”

Liccardo, 44, is built in the mold of a classic politician — tall, handsome and ready to break off a sound bite to any reporter who will listen. He’s more polished and personable than his stiffer opponent, quick to take off his suit jacket and roll up his sleeves during campaign events, mingle and crack jokes.

A former sex crimes prosecutor who represents the downtown, Liccardo rose to prominence after helping Silicon Valley business leaders in 2000 pass a ballot measure to help bring BART to San Jose. The Harvard Law School graduate is known around City Hall for an endless stream of proposals that have steadily kept him in the news over the last decade. When he knocks on doors around town to campaign, people tend to recognize him. But one of the main criticisms of Liccardo during his tenure on the council has been that he tries to do too much and is not focused on the biggest issues.

Despite being the more fiscally conservative of the two candidates, Liccardo has shown a progressive streak, backing same-sex marriage (unlike Reed), pushing more transit projects and expanding bike lanes downtown. He’s also launched programs to put the homeless in local motels. More than anyone in City Hall, he’s pushed to make San Jose more urban, starting with incentives for high-rise buildings downtown.

Liccardo’s backers say continuing the fight with the unions over the pension battle is worth the risk to protect the wishes of the voters who overwhelmingly approved pension reform. Along with Reed, his endorsers include three former mayors who say they trust Liccardo to make the best decisions for residents, instead of interest groups such as unions.

“As a mayor, it’s very enjoyable to say ‘yes,’ ” said former Mayor Tom McEnery, a Liccardo supporter. “But it’s those few times you say ‘no’ I found are the most critical to what direction the city will ultimately go in. And I think Sam has proven himself in those areas in incredibly trying times in the last eight years.”

At a Willow Glen house party recently, host Jason Portman said the city could devolve into bankrupt Detroit if it lets the unions get their way on keeping their pensions.

“Throwing more money at (the police force) isn’t necessarily going to fix the problem,” Portman said. “We don’t have the money to throw at it.”

As he was knocking on doors before the party, Liccardo found receptive voices from voters such as Mike Fox. “It’s been an unfortunate situation where we lost so many officers. But the retirement costs are out of control,” said Fox, who said he’d be voting for Liccardo.

But he also encountered the reality facing many San Jose residents: They don’t feel as safe as they used to.

“Burglars around here are unusual,” Deborah Sanders said inside the doorway of her home in a well-manicured Willow Glen neighborhood, where crime historically has been low. “It’s a little frightening.”

Liccardo departs from Cortese on other issues, too, and generally those differences come back to an overall plan to spend “smarter” and not more, while generating new revenue.

He wants to charge fees to developers to pay for affordable housing. He supports more density downtown and retail shops in suburban neighborhoods to promote a larger tax base. He’s backed hiring cheaper community service officers to do desk work and routine tasks to free up sworn cops for more intense duties, a move the police union has resisted.

Just as Cortese’s critics are concerned he will give too much money to the unions that support him, others fear the wealthy CEOs that have spent huge sums backing Liccardo will benefit too much from business incentives. Liccardo, who is also endorsed by environmentalists and District Attorney Jeff Rosen, disputes this notion and says his supporters have much less at stake financially in the mayor’s race than Cortese’s union and developer backers, who negotiate deals directly with the city.

“I don’t think he’s tied to any interest group,” said former Mayor Susan Hammer, a supporter. “He’s evenhanded, and God knows he’s smart.”
 

FOLLOWING THE WHITE HAT

Bill is working the Jets at Patriot game tonight (Thurs.) that will be televised on CBS. On Sunday, Oct. 26th, he and his crew will officiate the Houston at Tennessee match-up. The following Sunday (Nov. 2nd) is a Bye week, and on Sunday, Nov. 9th, he'll be in Detroit for the Dolphins-Lions game. As of now, that's as far as Bill's schedule goes.

 

WELL DONE, GUYS

Sgts. John Carr Jr. and Jarrod Nunes — both of whom are sons of retired San Jose cops — have not only taken it upon themselves to compile a pictorial history of the Dept. and work tirelessly to update a museum of SJPD artifacts, they also will become part of the Dept.'s history itself for their tireless efforts and untold number of hours of volunteer time they have devoted to the San Jose Police Historical Society. They are well deserving of the publicity and accolades paid to them by the paper in the article below, and I'm sure we speak for all of you when we congratulate and extend to them a mega-size attaboy!

Sgt. John Carr, left, holds a vintage lantern and Sgt. Jarrod Nunes
holds a vintage flashlight in front of a historical display of police
memorabilia at the San Jose Police Department. The two veteran
SJPD officers spent two years curating a collection of historical
photos and anecdotes to produce an anthology of the department
dating back to the Gold Rush era and California statehood.

 

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 11, 2014

SAN JOSE — Sgt. Jarrod Nunes and Sgt. John Carr are veteran officers with the San Jose Police Department, and the sons of veteran SJPD officers.

That lineage helps fuel their work for the San Jose Police Historical Society, where they and a small group of both active and retired cops help chronicle the storied past of a force that traces its roots to the Gold Rush era and California statehood.

Lately they’ve been hunting ghosts. But their kind of search has less to do with the paranormal than tracking down obscure bits of department lore and seldom or unseen photographs, as well as gathering anecdotes from early 20th-century officers whose advancing age means the windows on recording their stories is shrinking by the year.

“We talked to people who in 10 or 15 years might not be able to talk with us anymore,” said Carr, a second-generation officer with 18 years on the force. “There were a lot of stories to tell.”

A photo of an officer is part of the display.
Carr and Nunes collected images, as well as
information from early 20th-century officers
whose advancing age means the window on
recording their stories is shrinking each year.

The two officers produced a now-available 127page book, presumably the first of its kind in the department’s history, that takes readers through a picture- heavy narrative starting with the organization’s inception on Sept. 24, 1849, about a year after the first constable was appointed in the city. From there a steady stream of facts and anecdotes flow from the introduction of horseback officers of the early 1900s to the time in 1933 when police had to shoot and kill a mountain lion that wandered to Seventeenth and Santa Clara streets, in what is now the outskirts of downtown San Jose. Among the more distinct images from the book is a “re-imagining” of the 1931 shooting of a Willow Glen police officer (when it was a separate town between 1928 and 1936) by an intoxicated motorcyclist. The image consists of an artist’s drawing of the shooting overlayed on top of a photograph of the neighborhood, and ran on the front page of the San Jose Mercury Herald, a precursor to this newspaper.

 

“The San Jose Police Department (Images of America series)”
is on sale now at local bookstores and major online booksellers
including Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Also the POA

Flipping through the pages of “The San Jose Police Department,” an entry in the “Images of America” book series, also details a photographic evolution of the city, from the days of dirt streets to the bustling metropolis of today, and all of the periodic changes in police uniforms, cars, weapons and technology.

“The way we approached this was, if someone gets a Reader’s Digest version of SJPD, what would that be?” said Nunes, a third-generation officer with 22 years on the force. He and Carr worked patrol and, off the clock, “locked themselves in a room” to pore over how to cover 165 years of department history into the 127page template of an “Images of America” book. They contacted more than 100 people from coast to coast, examined graying and yellowing photos with a magnifying glass to identify their origin, and debated over what should be included in the book.

“With two people, we had to sell each other on our ideas. Trying to cram the history into 127 pages is impossible,” Carr said.

But for Nunes and Carr, this wasn’t about just writing a book. It was about recording stories — like the former Alviso chief donning an SJPD uniform for a single day to bless the 1968 annexation of the town of Alviso into the larger city — before they were lost to time.

And some almost were: In the Alviso instance, Nunes and Carr talked to surviving family members of those officers.

That notion carried them through what was an exhaustive and entirely extracurricular task that spanned two years.

“When I wanted to throw my hands up and stop, my wife told me, ‘Who’s going to tell the story?’ ” Carr said.

Furthermore, the endeavor centered them about their jobs during a time when the department is heavily steeped in political turmoil and struggling morale as officers have left by the hundreds over the past few years.

“The morale isn’t at its highest, but there were ups and downs back in the day, too,” Nunes said. “Doing this, our pride level went up. Hopefully people who see this can help bring the police department back to where it was.”

It was also a tribute to the police force that has been intertwined in their lives literally since birth.

“For some people, it’s just a job,” Nunes said. “For me and John, we grew up with this.”


 

JOE MC NAMARA AND THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Several newspapers from the Washington Post to the L.A. Times covered the passing of Joe McNamara (see THIS Farsider). The article below appeared in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week. At the bottom of the story you will find a link to a large number of readers' comments about the article and our often controversial police chief.

A Most Consequential Cop

—Joseph McNamara was a philosopher-policeman who had far-reaching effects on U.S. law enforcement— 



By Tunku Varadarajan
Wall Street Journal — Oct. 10, 2014

We’re used to cerebral soldiers. Every American generation has given us a sprinkling. Contemporary generals are expected to be tough and irrepressible. They are also expected to be thoughtful and, increasingly, humane. Not so our cops—or at least not until very recently. If an American police chief has had a philosophy, it has been the stuff of no nonsense, one with which he has presided over an armed workforce that keeps order in a Manichaean world.

Last week I attended a memorial service for a man—a cop—who was a glorious exception, a philosopher-policeman. He was Joseph D. McNamara, a man who had been chief of the San Jose Police Department from 1976 to 1991. He retired from the force just days after calling for the resignation of Daryl Gates, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, four of whose officers had savagely beaten an unarmed black man named Rodney King —an act of violence, caught on tape, that came to be seen as the nadir of American policing.

McNamara had been one of a very few senior American police officials who had condemned Gates in public. In an op-ed on these pages, written in April 1991 while he was still running the San Jose Police Department, McNamara said that “the videotape of the LAPD brutality affects the credibility of all police officers. It has cast a cloud over policing that won’t be lifted until police chiefs drop their own code of silence and speak out against one of their own’s peculiar philosophy of policing.”

McNamara died on Sept. 19 of pancreatic cancer. He had, in the time since his retirement in 1991, been a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford (where I was his colleague for the past seven years). He wrote prolifically — op-eds for newspapers, this paper in particular, and crime novels of a lively (and sometimes best-selling) flavor. His obituary in the New York Times recognized him as the “father of community policing” in this country, which he was indisputably; but he was also much more.

In an email to me, Ray Kelly, until recently the chief of the New York Police Department, described McNamara as “a visionary leader in law enforcement at a time when they were in short supply. Starting as a beat cop in Harlem in the 1950s, he became a scholar and an advocate for progressive policing throughout the country. Never afraid to speak his mind, he was the most influential police officer-academic of his time.”

Although McNamara received a Ph.D. in public administration from Harvard (having earned his bachelor’s degree through night classes at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice), he started his life on the force pounding the streets of some of America’s toughest precincts. Perhaps for that reason, and from beat experience acquired the hard way, he believed in the stop-and-frisk policing policy that lately has been demonized in New York and beyond. McNamara saw stop-and-frisk as a policy that benefits, on balance, the communities in whose midst it is practiced. He supported it for utilitarian reasons: In inconveniencing (or worse) a few citizens, it increased the safety of a much larger number. Yet he was alive to its political flaws as a policing tool.

McNamara was only 39, and not long out of Harvard, when he left the NYPD to become police chief of Kansas City, Mo. “I was then the youngest big-city police chief in America,” he wrote in his last essay before his death, an op-ed for Reuters on the events in Ferguson, Mo., in which an unarmed, young black man was shot dead by police. In the piece, McNamara recalled a very similar incident that occurred only a few days after he took charge in Kansas City, “on a crystal clear day in 1973.” An unarmed 18-year-old black man had been killed by a uniformed officer as he fled the scene of a daylight break-in at a home.

Following the shooting, and despite fierce opposition from his own ranks, McNamara instituted a form of policing that called on officers to be more sensitive to the people they policed, to work closely with leaders, churches and the like, and to be respectful of the citizens they were paid to protect, especially those from ethnic minorities. This was a radical idea, and deeply resented by the force. Speaking at McNamara’s memorial, Chris Moore, a retired San Jose police chief, said that “ Joe engaged the community in a way that no police chief had done to date. He believed that to have legitimate policing in a democratic society, you had to have the consent of the governed.” Today, “community policing” is America’s default mode, however imperfectly it may be practiced.

McNamara also was ahead of his time in other ways. He created a rotation policy at the San Jose Police Department, where he arrived after three years at Kansas City. Officers weren’t allowed to take root in departments, where they ran their own fiefs and kept younger officers out of fresh avenues of experience. He revolutionized the practice of promotion, instituting a “rule of 10,” which allowed him to fill positions by choosing from the 10 most senior available candidates. This enabled him to pick more recently recruited ethnic-minority officers for promotion, and had a salutary effect on police and community relations.

He also had some of the strictest rules in America governing the use of deadly force by officers. After the young man was shot in his first days as police chief at Kansas City, McNamara shredded the department’s policing manual. He didn’t believe that officers should use their firearms unless there was imminent danger to human life. His officers were ordered never to fire except under those circumstances, a command that sprang from the depths of his own morality and from his personal practice as a cop.

In November 2006, a black man called Sean Bell was shot dead by NYPD officers who fired 50 rounds at him. It was an incident that inflamed New York, and brought back memories—still raw in the black community—of the shooting in 1999 of Amadou Diallo. Writing on these pages, McNamara said, “After the Diallo case, I wrote that I, my father, older brother and countless other relatives had collectively served the NYPD for more than a century and a half and that none of us would have fired at Diallo. I say the same about the lethal volley that took Mr. Bell’s life.”

McNamara remained an implacable foe of the way in which American policing became the heavily armed affair that it is today. In the aftermath of the Ferguson episode, he called on American police forces to “recalibrate current militarization policies, in which officer safety is paramount. The fundamental police duty is protection of life. Officer safety should never supersede democratic policing.” He went on to ask, “What justification do the police have for killing an unarmed suspect? The answer is always: None.”

In all these respects, Joseph McNamara, described by a succession of retired police chiefs at his memorial as being “20 years before his time,” deserves to be recognized not just as America’s foremost philosopher-cop, but as one of the most consequential American policemen of the past 50 years.

Mr. Varadarajan, a former editorial features editor of The Wall Street Journal, is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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I DON'T CARE

Here's an interesting opinion piece that is making the rounds. It showed up our inbox from six different readers, so we are including it. By interesting, we mean that it has a been credited to several individuals, the last of which was a "British housewife." Wrong! It was actually authored back in 2005 and published on the <gopusa.com> website. If you choose to read it, you can pull up the original article authored by freelance columnist Doug Patton by clicking HERE, or the version below that is currently circulating around the Internet and wrongly credited to a British housewife. Both read pretty much the same, but keep in mind that it was written 9 years ago…

A British Housewife Speaks Out

Thought you might like to read this letter to the editor of a British national newspaper. Ever notice how some people just seem to know how to write a letter? Here is a woman who should run for Prime Minister! Written by a housewife to her daily newspaper. This is one ticked off lady.

Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores in July 2002, and in New York on 11 Sept 2001, and have continually threatened to do so since? Were people from all over the world not brutally murdered that day in London, and in downtown Manhattan, and in a field in Pennsylvania? Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?

And I'm supposed to care that a few Taliban were claiming to be tortured by a justice system of the nation they come from and are fighting against in a brutal insurgency.

I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11 and 7/7.

I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere belief of which is a crime punishable by beheading in Afghanistan.

I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.

I'll care when the cowardly so-called 'insurgents' in Afghanistan come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques and behind women and children.

I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of Nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.

I'll care when the British media stops pretending that their freedom of speech on stories is more important than the lives of the soldiers on the ground, or their families waiting at home to hear about them when something happens.

In the meantime, when I hear a story about a British soldier roughing up an Insurgent terrorist to obtain information, know this:

I don't care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take this to the bank:

I don't care.

When I hear that a prisoner who was issued a Koran, a prayer mat and 'fed special food' that is paid for by my taxes is complaining that his holy book is being 'mishandled,' you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts:

I don't care.

And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled 'Koran' and other times 'Quran.' Well, believe me! You guessed it...

I don't care!

If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your email friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior!

If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great country!

And may I add: Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. Our soldiers don't have that problem.

I have another quote that I would like to add:

Only five defining forces have ever offered to die for you:

1. Jesus Christ

2. The British Soldier.

3. The Canadian Soldier.

4. The US Soldier, and

5. The Australian Soldier.

One died for your soul, the other 4 for your freedom.

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Amazing how little has changed in nine years, eh? Click on this SNOPES link for details about this article.


 

A MESSAGE TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION

Submitted by Phil Norton

They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are “Baby Boomers” getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We have worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together. Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, and many of us had firsthand experience with them. We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25-cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don’t know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.

We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Vietnam. We can quote the Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. Most of us wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn’t fight for the Socialist States of America; we fought for the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” We may have worn different uniforms, but we carried the same flag. We know the words to the "Star Spangled Banner," "America," and "America the Beautiful" by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you have only read in history books, and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America .

Yes, we are old and slow these days, but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.

It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell for the “Hope and Change” which in reality was nothing but “Hype and Lies.” You have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don’t like it after all. You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or “Climbing the Social Ladder” to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the “Great Lie” in 2008 are now having buyer’s remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn’t have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the ‘Kool-Aid.’ Now you’re paying the price and complaining about it. No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom. This is what you voted for and this is what you got. We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.

Well, don’t worry youngsters, the Gray-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2012 we are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you would like, but we get where we’re going, and in 2012 we’re going to the polls by the millions. This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It belongs to “We the People,” and “We the People” plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the “Gray-Haired Brigade.”

Can you feel the ground shaking? It is not an earthquake, it's a stampede.


 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES     

Oct. 8 through 14

A survey found that more than half of Americans see President Obama's time in office as a failure. While the rest said, "You saw him in his office? When?"

Obama was actually in his office yesterday. He met with his Secret Service director to talk about the recent White House security breaches. First they had to address the elephant in the room. Not metaphorically — an actual elephant wandered into the room. Security's just awful.

A new study estimates that only 3.4 percent of Americans will vote in the midterm elections next month. But on the bright side, 100 percent will still complain about the results.

It's rumored that a sequel is in the works to the 1996 movie “Independence Day.” I'm not sure how scary it will be. An alien invasion would be only like the fifth worst thing we’re dealing with right now.

They just announced that the budget deficit has shrunk to "only" $486 billion, which is the lowest it’s been since President Obama took office. Obama said, “Well, I guess we'll just have to work harder . . . Wait, is that good news?"

Today President Obama gave a speech in California to motivate young voters by discussing his commitment to new technology. Ironically, nobody heard him because they were all staring at their phones.

This week a spokesman for Harry Reid said that even though Joe Biden makes a lot of mistakes, he is still able to connect and tell us what's on his mind. That sounds less like a vice president and more like a chimpanzee that knows sign language.

New York state is spending $750 million to open a solar plant in Buffalo, which will create thousands of jobs. Most of those jobs will be shoveling the snow off the solar equipment.

It’s reported that President Obama may take executive action to shut down the prison in Guantanamo Bay. It will backfire when the terrorists there say, "We're not going out there. Those new terrorists are scary! I got four meals a day here and I get my nails done. I like it here."

President Obama may close the Guantanamo prison. When asked how he plans on letting the prisoners out, Obama said, "I'll replace all the guards with Secret Service agents." They'll just wander out.

This is kind of weird. This week Obama criticized the GOP for being the party of billionaires — while he was speaking at a fundraiser at a billionaire's house!

I don't see how that story could get any worse. But did you see the name of that billionaire? He was Rich Richman. Are you kidding me? Rich Richman is the guy's name? That sounds like a Batman villain.

Rich Richman? Come on. Obama would have stayed longer, but he was late for his lunch with Dollars McMoneybags.

President Obama played his 200th round of golf yesterday. Then Democrats said, “You know what? He can do whatever he wants as long as he's not trying to campaign for us.”

President Obama was in California over the weekend to attend a fundraiser hosted by the creator of “Farmville.” Obama and the creator of "Farmville" have a lot in common. They both really wish it was still 2009.

A new survey found that people in New York are the most generous tippers at restaurants. You can tell the money's good because the other day I met an actress who dreams of becoming a waitress.

Runners from Kenya came in first, second, and third in the Chicago Marathon yesterday. Even crazier, all three runners turned out to be one dude lapping everyone.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance yesterday in over 40 days. But since he saw his shadow, that now means 60 more years of nuclear winter.

A new study has revealed that the reading level of presidential speeches has dropped significantly over the last 200 years. Or as Americans put it, “Why dat?”

The search engine Bing has a new feature that can predict who will lose in the midterm elections — because if anyone's good at predicting failure, it's Bing.

A bar in London has been named the world's best bar for the third year in a row. And if you want to know what it's like being at the world's best bar, just keep drinking in the bar you're at.

A guy purchased Willie Nelson's hair for $37,000. Willy removed his braids and the guy bought them for $37,000. This is the kind of decision you make after spending the day on Willie's tour bus.

Last night they had one of those special lunar eclipses called a blood moon. The moon was glowing red, which means that the Republicans have gained another seat in the Senate.

Kim Jong Un is missing. Nobody's seen evil North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un for about a month now. And his daughter, Kim Kardashi Un, is worried sick.

Today is the 10th anniversary of when Martha Stewart had to go to the penitentiary. Martha was in a minimum security facility, like the White House.

 The speed limit here in New York City used to be 30 miles an hour. Now it is 25 miles an hour. I've gotten out of a cab moving 25 miles an hour.

They're now putting in speed bumps too. For years in New York City it was just pedestrians.

Nobody had seen North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un for a week, then a month, and now six weeks have gone by and nobody's seen him. They really started to get worried when he didn't show up at the Clooney wedding.

They're getting ready for Halloween at the White House. The pumpkins they're carving came out of Michelle Obama's garden. She raised the pumpkins, and the knife they’re using to carve came from a guy who hopped over the fence.

In London you can buy a hamburger for $1,700. Now, wait a minute, before you start bellyaching, yes, it comes with fries. It's $1,700. It's called the McSucker.

You know who they haven't seen in a while, Kim Jung Un, evil dictator of North Korea. They haven't seen him in, like, six weeks. He's probably spending more time executing his family.

Today is the birthday of White House dog Bo. He had a wonderful party at the White House — only three intruders … I believe Bo is actually now distancing himself from the president ... It's a bittersweet day for Bo because he was recently trashed in Leon Panetta's book.

Right around the corner is the midterm elections. There's an anti-incumbent mood in the country. People are sick and tired of people who have been in the job too long and are lazy and overpaid and out of ideas. Wait a minute. I'm sorry. That's me.

The administration now has a name for the war against ISIS. Every military operation has to have a name so people can get behind it, and they now have a name for the war against ISIS — Operation Hillary's Problem.

Happy Columbus Day to everybody. Columbus had three ships: the Kim, the Kourtney, and the Khloe.

Scientists have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is life after death — though they say it's virtually impossible to get decent Chinese food.

Today they announced the Nobel Prize winner for economics. It went to the guy who sold Derek Jeter's socks for 400 bucks.

Vladimir Putin was nominated but did not win the Nobel Peace Prize. Earlier today he said, "Who do I have to kill to win a Nobel Peace Prize?"

Here in New York City we are ranked as the fourth most rat-populated city in North America. We can do better than fourth, can't we?

The reason we're only fourth in rat population is most of our rats grow old and retire to Florida.

Because of health scares, they will be taking your temperature at airport security. Well, that should speed up lines.

Last week was the big fundraiser for President Obama hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow. It was hosted at her house. And people say Obama never reaches out to the inner city.

A fundraiser at Gwyneth Paltrow's house was a good idea for the president. He found the one person in America with lower approval ratings than his.

Gwyneth Paltrow told the president he was so handsome that she couldn't speak properly. I wish Obama would get a little bit more handsome so she would shut up forever.

Gwyneth Paltrow's neighbors were very upset because they didn't know about the fundraiser beforehand. Wow, that's the first time the Secret Service managed to keep a secret. Take that, people who can have me killed!

Dictator Kim Jong Un is back. He'd been missing. No one knew where he was. No one had seen him for a long time. It was like he was hosting a talk show at 12:30 on CBS.

Hulk Hogan says he's going to wrestle again. He hasn't wrestled in years unless you count that sex tape.

Hulk Hogan is 61 years old. That's an old wrestler. He's such an old wrestler, his arch rival is stairs.

Before Hulk Hogan gets his teeth knocked out, he has to put them in. When he grabs a folding chair, it's to sit down. His signature move is a nap.

Did you hear what happened to Willie Nelson's hair? They sold it. There was an auction this week and a pair of Willie Nelson's braids sold for $37,000. It's a good deal because each braid has a street value of $80,000.

Willie's braids were apparently cut back in the '80s when his hair was red. Experts say they would have gone for even more if they had ever been shampooed or conditioned.

I don't know about you, but I don't have money to throw away on country music hair. I have to save up to buy new Apple products every two months.

Apple will unveil a new iPad this month. The last new iPad was unveiled less than a year ago. Unless you can sit on this one and fly, I'm going to stick with the old one.

President Obama's in Los Angeles tonight for a night of fundraising and traffic jamming.

Traffic is so bad here to start with, and when the president comes in it just gets so much worse. Here's the thing: Obama has no understanding of commuting because he works from home. He has a home office.

Tickets for the fundraising event ranged from $1,000 to $32,000. For $32,000, you can meet President Obama. That seems very high, especially considering the fact that you can jump the fence at the White House and meet him for free.

Traffic aside, it's kind of nice to see people in L.A. raising millions of dollars for something that doesn't involve "Transformers" for a change.

A lot of people have a three-day weekend because of Columbus Day. In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue and 522 years later a lot of people still get Monday off to celebrate. No one's received more credit for getting lost than Christopher Columbus in the history of mankind.

Unlike Columbus, if a pizza delivery guy got lost nobody would give him a day. They wouldn't even give him a tip.

As the story goes, Columbus was aiming for India, wound up in the Caribbean, and Americans have been terrible at geography ever since.

The most rat-infested city in the United States is Chicago. New York is fourth. That surprised me. I think that report is a bit misleading. The list is based on the number of calls Orkin got last year in each city. In New York, if you see a rat you don't even bother to call.

Rats are considered to be roommates in New York. All you can do is ask them to pitch in on rent and hope for the best.

It's hard to believe but they say we have more rats here in L.A. than they have in New York City. I guess we're so focused on taking care of the Kardashian infestation that we forgot about the rats.

In North Korea, dictator Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in over a month. He's put on weight and he's carrying a cane. Kim Jong Un is a top hat and a monocle away from being a Batman villain at this point.

New York Comic Con is this weekend. It’s the world’s largest gathering of people who weren’t invited to any other gatherings.

This weekend a man in Oregon who is an advocate for the open carry of firearms was robbed at gunpoint. The thief apparently made off with the man’s entire argument.

Kim Jong Un has been out of the public eye and North Korean officials say that it’s because he needs a total of 100 days to recover from his foot ailments. When asked what kind of foot ailments, they said “liposuction.”

Over 200 airplane cabin cleaners at LaGuardia Airport in New York have gone on strike over fears about the spread of Ebola. But then they saw LaGuardia Airport and decided to take their chances with Ebola.

Bookmakers have listed Pope Francis as the odds-on favorite to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. So if you’re placing a bet on the results of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize . . . you have a gambling problem.

A woman in the U.K. held a wedding ceremony to marry herself. "I don’t know how to tell you this, but I think that lady you just married might be crazy."

Last week North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un missed a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of the country. Experts say it's especially strange because he knew cake would be there.

Nobody knows where he is but the U.S. national security adviser says there is no evidence that Kim Jong Un has been overthrown. If anything, he was probably just tipped over.

Today the Obama administration announced the 140 people selected from across the country to participate in the fall White House internship program. Unlike the White House itself, the internship program is very hard to get into.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un resurfaced yesterday after more than a month out of the public eye. U.S. officials think that the reason no one saw him for so long is that he was starring in an NBC sitcom.

Brad Pitt said in an interview this week that he doesn't feel safe in his own home without a gun. Said Pitt, "I don't even know half these kids."

On this day in 1912, President Teddy Roosevelt was shot, declined to go to the hospital, and gave a 90-minute speech with a bullet in his chest. Then on this day in 2012, I spent the whole day on WebMD because my eyelid wouldn't stop twitching.

 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF OCT. 11, 2014

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

New Articles

• Bodies of suicide victims have been mistaken for Halloween decorations and ignored.

• Can the striped mittenfish change its sex at will by turning its entire body inside out?

• Viral image shows cheerleader experiencing an unfortunate accident.

• Photograph shows children who beheaded their mother on Halloween.

• Did President Obama send a White House representative to thank the mosque of the Oklahoma beheading suspect?

• Did an historian recently discover an eyewitness account of Jesus' performing a miracle?

• Legal activist files a "deportation petition" targeting President Barack Obama.

• Image circulates of a "captured Ebola zombie."

• Photographs show Peng Shuilin, a Chinese man who lost the lower half of his body in an automobile accident.

• Rumor spreads claiming a case of suspected Ebola in Kansas City.

• Are pumpkin spice tampons coming to a drugstore near you?

•  Can cell phone calls from particular phone numbers cause brain hemorrhage and death?

• Are atheists trying to ban a Carrie Underwood song?

• Scientists have developed a crystalline material which will allow anyone to breathe underwater.

• Terminally ill Oregon woman Brittany Maynard advocates for end of life options.

• A man named Adrian Merced has been arrested in connection with an assault.

•  Did Red Bull lose a $13 million lawsuit after promising that its customers would grow wings?

• Did Comcast get a man fired for complaining about his service?

• In 2014 does Halloween fall on Friday the 13th for the first time in 666 years?

• Did a man murder seven people with a chainsaw at a haunted house in California?

• Has a school district ordered teachers to use the term "purple penguins" in lieu of gender pronouns?

• Rumors claim 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins has taken his own life.

•  How the photograph used for a University of Wisconsin application booklet was altered to include the face of a black student.

• Former 'Saturday Night Live' star Jan Hooks has died at the age of 57.

• Cabin cleaners at LaGuardia Airport went on strike, citing fears of Ebola.

• Has the CDC admitted that the Ebola virus is now airborne?

• Will banging on the hood of a car help prevent cat deaths?

• Has an Ebola outbreak in Chicago killed three people?

• Is there a Halloween haunted house attraction so scary that no one has ever finished it?

•  Why does the CDC have a patent on Ebola?

• A 14-year-old girl is pregnant with the son of God?

• Don't forget to visit our 'Daily Snopes' page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!


Worth a Second Look

•  Did a physician once place dying patients on a scale in order to measure the weight of the human soul?


Still Haunting the Inbox

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


Fraud Afoot

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

 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



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This was an exciting and historic moment for the passengers aboard a Virgin America airliner as Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic's "White Knight 2" and "Spaceship 2" rendezvoused with the passenger jet over the San Francisco Bay in preparation for landing at SFO. The VIDEO was sent in by Gary Johnson. (5 Mins.)



Gary also sent in the CONCLUSION of the flight showing both aircraft landing on parallel runways at SFO. (3 Mins.)




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Don't miss this: David Pogue is my favorite tech guru. Much of what I learned about computers and the Internet years ago came from his "Missing Manual" books. They are easy to read manuals that should come with computers and other digital gear, but don't. And they are far better than the "…for Dummies" books.

In this 6-minute Ted Talks video, Pogue offers ten time saving tips that will make your computer and Internet surfing experience faster and easier. Trust me, 99 percent of you should watch THIS 5 minute clip.

 

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What do you know about the news? I missed one of the twelve questions on this Pew Research Center quiz sent in by Alice Murphy, the one that asks what percentage of Americans live at or below the federal poverty line. Give it a shot and see how you do by clicking HERE.

 

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While we're on the subject of the news, were you aware that the NRA is responsible for the Ebola crisis? According to this MSNBC host it is. So should you turn in your membership card and resign from the organization? (9 Mins.)

 

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Jimmy Kimmel has pulled so many pranks on AUNT CHIPPY that at this point he’s worried she’ll catch on, so he sent his cousin Sal to mess with her where she would least expect it: her weekly ceramics class in Las Vegas. (7 Mins.)




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If you plan to invest in one of those expensive quadcopter drones with a GoPro video camera attached, we suggest you refrain from flying it when there is a HAWK in the vicinity as they don't like to have their area invaded. (40 Secs.)




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With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge being yesterday's news, some mishaps have shown up on the Internet, like THIS one from Lumpy that should qualify for a Darwin Award. (40 Secs.)




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Want to see an example of what Jerry Brown's high-speed rail service between Northern and Southern California is going to look like during the first year when only one track is laid down to accommodate both northbound and southbound trains? Stick with THIS clip and you will see how it will be handled. (5 Mins.)




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"Dear Kitten: Regarding the Dog" is the title of THIS entertaining (dare we say cute?) Internet ad from Purina-Friskies. (3 Mins.)




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If you haven't yet been introduced to
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Know anyone who has a porcupine as a pet? Moreover, have you ever seen baby pumpkins make a porcupine squeal with delight? That's what THIS clip is about. (3 Mins.)




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If THESE Bichon Frisés plan to appear on "Dancing with the Stars," one of them is going to need more lessons. (1.5 Mins.)



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If it's fun to WATCH a panda play on a slide, is it four times the fun to see four of them? You be the judge. (1:30 Mins.)



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We could swear we ran THIS funny clip sent in by Paul Gardner before. If so, we couldn't find it in our archives file, so it's eligible for this week's electronic fishwrap whether it's a repeat or not. It's about a post-wedding photo session in Britain. (2 Mins.)




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Here's a bubble and smoke show sent in by Lumpy that you don't see every day. Or every month for that matter. Have a LOOK. (3 Mins.)




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We are finishing up this week by returning to Makin Island for the third time in the past six years because some things in life need to be imprinted on our brains as a constant reminder of the sacrifices others made on our behalf. If we had our way, it would be compulsory for every student who is entering college to watch THIS video. (7 Mins.)




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Pic of the Week


Two weeks to go before Halloween. Better get
  your Sharia costume now before they sell out...






THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 10/16/14

Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

Ron Mozley — Address change

To receive the email address of anyone on the list -- or to receive the roster with all of the email addresses -- send your request to <bilmat@comcast.net>.

Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Dave
Brightwell, Larry
Britton, Rosemarie
Brocato, Dom
Brockman, Joe
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Corinne
Bulygo, Mary
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carter, Ernie
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chevalier, Brian
Chavez, Ruben
Chewey, Bob
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Contreras, Dolores
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
Cossey, Kent
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Bob
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Frechette, Dick
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goates, Ron
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Hazen, Skip
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Keffer, Frank
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Lanctot, Noel
Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Larson, Merton
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
Long (Huntwork), Eunice
Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
Lu, Elba
Luca, Dennis
Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
Lyons, TB
MacDougall, Joanne
Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
Mendez, Deborah
Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
Miller, Keith
Miller, Laura
Miller, Rollie
Miller, Shirley
Miller, Stan
Mills, Don
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
Moore, Dewey
Don Moore
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Ng, Dr. Jonathan
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Niquette, Paul
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
Parsons, Dirk
Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Petersen, Bruce
Peterson, Bob
Phelan, Bill
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Pitts, Ken
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Propst, Jay
Puckett, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
Quayle, John
Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Rasmussen, Charlene
Raul, Gary
Raye, Bruce
Realyvasquez, Armando
Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Joe
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Rose, Wendell
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salerno, Paul
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
Taylor, Joyce
Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thomas, Dick
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, Gil
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
Tush, Dick
Tyler, Diana
Unland, Jim
Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Vasquez, Danny
Rich Vasquez
Vasquez, Ted
Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
Vidmar, Mike
Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
Walker, Dave
Wall, Chuck
Ward, Jean
Ward, Ray
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
Webster, Ron
Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
White, Rich
Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Williams, Rick
Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Lee
WIlson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
Winter, Bill
Winters, Pres
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
Younis, Tuck
Yuhas, Dick
Yules, Ken
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
Zwemke, Doug