October 18, 2013
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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RETIRED SGT. RON
Born March 29, 1943
Appointed Sept. 23, 1968
Retired Oct. 4, 1997
Died Oct. 15, 2013
We were notified at 5:00 p.m. yesterday (Thurs.) by Chaplain
Bridgen that Ron had passed away during the evening hours on Tuesday of this
week after losing a battle with cancer. Dave said Ron's wife was putting an
obituary together and would get it to us ASAP. We waited until press time at
8:00 a.m. today this morning hoping it would arrive. It didn't, but it should
appear in the Mercury News in the next day or two. We will include it in the
next Farsider for those who don't have the opportunity to view it.
A service has
been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. this coming Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Santa Teresa
Church, 794 Calero in San Jose, and it will be followed by a graveside service
at the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St., in Santa Clara.
FOR MIKE LOWRY
Arrangements have been made for a service at 3:00 p.m. on
Thursday, Nov. 7th, at the Dwell Christian Church (formerly Willow Glen Baptist
Church) at 1292 Minnesota Ave. (at Hicks) in San Jose. This is Mike's obituary
from today's (Fri.) paper...
July 8, 1942 - October 4, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Michael Paul Lowry passed away
after complications following heart and cancer surgeries. He fought his hardest
to recover until the very end, and never gave up.
Mike grew up in the hills of Los Gatos, California. He played football as an
offensive lineman at Los Gatos High School, and was inducted into the L.G.H.S.
Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Mike went on to play at Foothill College and San
Jose State University, and lettered every year he played at SJSU.
After college, Mike married the love of his life, Bonnie. After a few years,
they settled in Willow Glen where they remained for more than forty years.
Shortly after daughter Mary was born, Michael joined the San Jose Police
Department and served the City of San Jose for thirty years.
Growing up in the country, Mike enjoyed the outdoors and all types of related
activities in his younger years. Endlessly curious about the world, Mike was a
voracious reader and serious history buff.
Michael was a man with a big personality, big intellect, and an even bigger
heart. He was extremely funny, caring and generous, and was someone you could
truly count on. He wanted to put everyone at ease, even his many visitors while
in the hospital. He will be terribly missed by so many.
Mike is survived by his wife Bonnie, sister Sharon, daughter Mary and son-in-law
Dallon. Also brother-in-law Joe, sister-in-law Sheila, many nieces and nephews,
and even more friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7th at Dwell
Christian Church, 1292 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose California.
The family requests any donations be made to the American Heart Association or
the American Cancer Society.
MESSAGE FROM THE POA TO ALL RETIREES
To our retired brothers and
sisters, we need your help!
The City is planning on hiring retired police officers as independent
contractors in a civilian capacity to conduct the backgrounding function of the
Police Department's hiring process. The active members of the SJPOA are asking
all of you NOT to participate.
As you know, the background process is critical to ensuring the high standards
of the SJPD. The POA's position continues to be that this job is best done by
active, full-time police officers.
Many of you know that last year Chuck Reed and his Council majority (Liccardo,
Nguyen, Constant, Oliverio, Khamis and Herrera) outsourced the job of
backgrounding Department applicants. They did so against the wishes of the POA
and ignored repeated warnings that their outsourcing plan would not work. The
POA went to arbitration over the issue of outsourcing police work. We lost that
fight and Chuck Reed went ahead with his plan to outsource backgrounds.
The POA conveyed to the City our concerns about the selection process, quality
control and the ability of this new model to handle this important work. The
City told us that only hand selected retired SJPD officers with solid
reputations would be used. The City hired two firms who, in turn, hired retired
police officers to conduct the backgrounds. It didn't take long for the City to
realize that they did not have enough retired officers to do the job. Before we
knew it, retired officers from other agencies were doing the backgrounds of
future SJPD officers. At this point, we could find no one who could or would
explain the hiring and selection process. After one year, we have been told that
the City has decided not to renew the contracts with the two outside firms.
Instead, the City has decided to hire retired officers directly as independent
contractors in a non-sworn, civilian capacity to conduct the background checks.
We want to convey to our retirees how serious a breach in trust, brotherhood and
solidarity we would take anyone's participation in this program. The active
members of this Association consider you family. That sentiment must be a
two-way street. We need you to have our back.
The actives have shown an incredible amount of unity over the last four years.
As you know, we are in a fight that has devastated our ranks. Our pension costs
have ballooned beyond anyone's imagination and every attempt at negotiating
legal reforms to our pensions has been rejected by the City in favor of the
unlawful Measure B. It is a reality that today's active SJPOA members are paying
over twice the amount many retired members paid for retiree healthcare (9.5% of
pay as opposed to 3.7%). That extra money supplements the retiree healthcare
fund and keeps it solvent so that current and future retirees can enjoy the
benefits they were promised. At the same time, active member POA dues were
increased 50% while retiree's POA dues have been kept at $5 per month.
It is not easy for our active members to continue to make these payments. We are
in the third year of a 10% wage giveback. Our last raise (1.5%) was in 2008 and
1.25% of that was immediately taken back to pay for retiree healthcare. Our
active officers are taking home less today than they did in 2004. During that
same time period, retirees have rightfully continued to receive their yearly 3%
COLA. Many retirees take home more money than our actives.
Active members honor your service; you did your time here, paid your dues, and
you have earned the retirement you enjoy today. We are happy for you and maybe
even a bit jealous. Your work, dedication and sacrifice over the course of your
careers built this Department. We are proud to carry on the traditions you
One of those traditions is UNITY. You stood together during the blue flu and
other challenges. Our current members have shown the same UNITY. At a time when
all of our members desperately need a higher wage, the active membership stood
together and voted down a 3% wage restoration by a vote of 954 to 2, virtually
There may be some retirees who will be interested in doing the background work.
They'll make a few extra bucks, feel like they're still a part of things here,
keep busy and even do all they can to find quality applicants. But at what cost?
If retirees start to do this job, then what's next, the training unit, permits
or perhaps the range? With every outsourced position, an active officer is
I want to remind the retirees who would consider taking this job of the assault
the City has carried out against you. Chuck Reed and his Council minions are
currently trying to the gain the authority to suspend your COLA, they have
already suspended your SRBR payments and are fighting to take them away forever.
They have moved you to a different healthcare plan resulting in increased costs
to you. Think about it for a minute. We are asking you to stand with us, like we
stood by you in challenging various parts of Measure B that threaten to take
away rights from retirees. If any retiree takes the job, working for the City as
a backgrounder, they are siding with the entity responsible for the attacks on
their hard earned benefits. Please don't do it.
We can never allow the City to manipulate and divide us this way. If the active
members of this Association ever reach a point where they view the retired
members of this Association detrimentally, we are done. The damage wrought by
such a turn of events would be devastating. As an active member who will soon
join the ranks of the retirees, I can tell you that the actives would come out
on top of that fight. The active members of this Association have shouldered the
costs of the litigation over Measure B. This fight will cost the members
millions of dollars. The outcome of this legal battle will affect actives and
Officer Devlin Creighton receives a disability retirement. He was hit by a
motorist while on motorcycle patrol. He broke his neck and back. He was not yet
a top-step officer at the time and lives off of a 50% retirement based on Step-5
wages ($49,200 per year). During this last year he was supplementing his income
by working for one of the firms hired by the City to do the backgrounding for
He was ready to sign up with the City as an independent contractor and continue
that work. That is until he heard of our call to boycott the job. He came to me
and told me that he would not cross the line. He understood the larger picture
and would look for other work. It was not easy for me to make that ask of him.
If he can support us, if he can stand shoulder to shoulder with us if he can
forgo the temptation of the City's easy money, then surely you can as well.
We know that you support the active members and are there for us. You earned the
peace that comes with retirement. What we are asking of you today is to stand
with us and fight the tyranny coming out of City Hall. Do not sign up for this
latest scheme by Chuck Reed to outsource our police department. Your active
brothers and sisters need you to say NO to this latest divisive and destructive
scheme being pushed by City Hall.
64-dollar question is, will Mayor Reed's pension reform initiative make the Nov.
2014 ballot? And if it does, how will the voters react?
Reed Lines Up Pension Allies
Four other mayors join push to place statewide initiative on 2014 ballot
By John Woolfolk
Mercury News Oct. 16, 2013
SAN JOSE San Jose Mayor
Chuck Reed and leaders of four other California cities struggling with soaring
retirement costs announced Tuesday they will seek to get a pension reform
initiative on the November 2014 state ballot.
This initiative gives government leaders the flexibility to solve their pension
problems so they can both provide critical services to the public and make sure
that our employees and retirees are paid the benefits that they have earned,
San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, Anaheim Mayor
Tom Tait and Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe joined Reed in submitting the ballot
initiative to the state Attorney General. All but Tait are Democrats.
Representatives of government labor unions blasted the effort, which Reed has
been working on for more than a year, as nothing more than an attempt by
conservative and corporate interests to punish public employees for financial
woes they blame on Wall Street. They argue the public isnt supportive of
reducing the retirement security of cops, firefighters, teachers and other
It will allow public employers to unilaterally cut the retirement benefits
promised to current teachers, firefighters, police officers and school bus
drivers, said Dave Low, chairman of Californians for Retirement Security, which
represents some 1.6 million current and retired public employees.
But the mayors argued the initiative still would let employees keep the benefits
they earned to date while allowing government employers to negotiate changes
needed to curb runaway costs and avoid further cuts to programs and services.
The proposed Pension Reform Act of 2014 would amend the California Constitution
to give government agencies clear authority to negotiate changes to existing
employees pension or retiree health care benefits. The changes would apply
going-forward, allowing employees to keep the benefits they have earned to
date but letting employers reduce what theyd earn for the remainder of their
We need to fix a very broken system, Kampe said. In Pacific Grove, pension
costs have crowded out library hours, overdue street and infrastructure
maintenance and other important services.
San Joses story is similar. The citys annual bill for its retirement plans
more than tripled from $73 million to $245 million over a decade thanks to
benefit increases, flawed pension fund assumptions and market losses. Career
city cops and firefighters can now retire as early as 50 with pensions starting
at up to 90 percent of their last salary with automatic 3-percent raises for
But to cover the ballooning cost of those benefits, the city has had to leave
jobs unfilled and lay off workers, even police officers and firefighters. San
Jose has lost about a fourth of its total workforce over a decade, even as its
retirement costs continue to climb.
Reed sponsored Measure B on the June 2012 ballot to help San Jose deal with
growing costs of retirement plans that remain some $3 billion underfunded.
Voters approved it by nearly 70 percent. But city unions have sued to block it,
arguing it violates a vested rights doctrine established through California
court decisions that effectively forbids government employers from ever reducing
pension benefits for current and retired workers.
Measure B attempted to work within that constraint by requiring current workers
to pay more for their pensions unless they switch to a reduced plan for their
remaining years. Measure B also reduced pensions for new hires. A San Diego
pension measure that also passed overwhelmingly at the same time as Measure B
required 401(k)-type savings plans for all new hires except cops and temporarily
froze pay that counts toward pensions.
A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge has yet to rule on Reeds pension
measure. San Jose union leaders saw the new initiative as an acknowledgment
Measure B is illegal.
After wasting millions on legal fees, all the while knowing that his Measure B
was unlawful, Reed now wants to change the Constitution so that he can break
promises made to city workers, said Robert Sapien, president of the San Jose
Reed and the other mayors argued that if theyre forced to make changes only for
new hires, they will be driven into insolvency. San Bernardino and Stockton
filed for bankruptcy protection this year, due in part to their pension debts.
If we fail to act, Morris said, then many other cities and counties will soon
follow my city into bankruptcy.
The measure will still face a tough road toward qualifying for the ballot and
passing amid what is expected to be heavy union opposition. Pension reformers
pulled out of a statewide ballot measure last year after complaining that
Attorney General Kamala Harris ballot summary of their proposal was unfair.
Unions are gearing up for a fight over the latest effort.
Stanford University political science professor Bruce Cain said given that most
privately employed taxpayers dont have the generous pensions of government
workers, if it were to get to the voters, youve got to believe that it would
have a shot.
But he also noted that unions will put their most sympathetic faces into the
fight, police and firefighters, making it a tough battle.
You start picking on police and fire, they can sway public opinion, Cain said.
People are grateful to have others willing to put their lives on the line to
Following up on Chuck
Reed's pension reform initiative is this Calpensions article sent in by Craig
"Pension Reform Initiative Would 'Empower" Cities"
Subj: Discounts from Verizon
As many of you know,
Verizon is going through an extensive audit on their discounts. I have had
countless retirees call because their discounts have been questioned. Most of
you have or will receive notification stating that you need to enter a "business
email address" or send them a copy of a current pay stub. Some of you have said
that someone at Verizon has told you that as retirees you are not eligible for
I have contacted our sales representative and he did confirm that retired
members are not (nor should have ever been) part of the discount program.
Obviously no one has been looking at it closely until now. That being said, he
also told me that many of you have sent in your pay stub and are still receiving
the discount. He is not going to try to stop this in any way. Unfortunately,
it sounds like a case by case basis as to whether they let it go or not,
depending on who is receiving the information.
He also said that he is working on a plan specific to retirees that would not be
as large of a discount but would afford retirees some reduced fees. I will let
you all know when I hear back from him on this.
Sorry that we can't be more specific on you receiving the discount but this is
the most up to date information.
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
If you are interested in placing a wager on who will replace
Chuck Reed as the next mayor of San Jose, you might want to put a couple of
bucks on Councilman Sam Liccardo after you see the local luminaries he has drawn
to his camp. This excerpt from last Sunday's I.A. column tells you who they are,
and it does not bode well for Pete Constant and the other mayor wannabes...
Mercury News Oct. 13, 2013
Liccardo Lines Up Guests for Campaign Kickoff
Next years race for San
Jose mayor is still quite a ways off. But one contender sent word last week that
an array of local political luminaries will be kicking off his campaign.
Expected to join Councilman Sam Liccardos Oct. 24 launch at the SP2 restaurant
will be former mayors Susan Hammer, Tom McEnery and Ron James and former vice
mayors Blanca Alvarado , Frank Fiscalini , Shirley Lewis and Judy Chirco.
District Attorney Jeff Rosen and former D.A. George Kennedy plan to be there,
along with Assessor Larry Stone. Also joining the party are former council
member David Pandori and former county supervisor Dianne McKenna, plus school
board members including Magdalena Carrasco and Joseph Di Salvo .
Business types aligning with Liccardo include Silicon Valley Leadership Group
CEO Carl Guardino, former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison, Rocketship Education
founder John Danner, and SunPower CEO Tom Werner .
Several of Liccardos City Council colleagues also are running to succeed Mayor
Chuck Reed: Madison Nguyen, Pete Constant, Pierluigi Oliverio. County supervisor
Dave Cortese also is expected to join the fray.
Of course, its hard to gauge the political coat-tail effect from prominent
supporters. Reed had few marquee names behind his 2006 candidacy before he won
the primary that June, beating presumed front-runner Cindy Chavez.
Last Week's Poll
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases,
The number provided by Paul Gardner in last week's Mail Call
column for Yahoo users whose e-mail accounts are hacked was missing a digit. The
full number for Yahoo Concierge Wayne Barber is 1-800-297-6798. If you use Yahoo
for your e-mail, you may want to make note of it.
This is regarding the
Keith Kelley Christmas Dinner Dance information that was in last week's Farsider...
I've had Retirees call me about the parking. Would you add this sentence in The
Farsider and include it in the next letter announcement?
Parking will be validated free of cost.
Thought this might be of interest in the "Farsider." I have done no research and
am not sure about the costs listed for current motors?
LAPD Tests New Electric
Interesting. While I still think Al Gore with his green agenda is
a nitwit, I recently bought a fully electric Chevy Spark to replace a Honda
Goldwing I sold to Bill Silva. (I decided I was getting a little too long in the
tooth for the bike.) The Spark has a range of 85 miles before it needs to be
charged and is a ton of fun to drive (0 to 60 in 7.5 seconds). And it gets the
equivalent of 120 mpg. With $10K off the sticker price of $27K due to federal
($7500) and CA ($2500) rebates, it cost the same as my Goldwing did back in
2001. Plus I get to drive solo in the HOV lanes and piss off the other solos in
their gasmobiles. Have a look at this lass reviewing the Spark EV...
Craig Shuey thought this
notification might be of interest to some retirees...
To All Members:
A memorial tribute for Robert Koga, LAPD (retired) and lifelong law enforcement
trainer, will be held on Saturday, November 2 at 1300 hours at the Ontario
Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario. Please distribute
this information to personnel in your agency and consider posting the attached
flyer which is included at the bottom of this email.
Anyone planning on attending is requested to RSVP for planning purposes at
Discount hotel rates are available at
The Ontario Convention Center is immediately adjacent to the Ontario Airport.
For anyone planning on attending CPOA's CopsWest event, please note that this
memorial tribute will occur on the Saturday immediately before CopsWest, which
is being held at the same location.
YOU ARE INVITED TO
ATTEND SJPD'S AWARDS' CEREMONY
Tickets available from the website below
Numerous SJPD personnel
will be receiving awards ranging from the Richard Huerta Special Merit and
Outstanding Police Duty awards to the Hazardous Duty and Medal of Honor awards
and numerous citations in between.
To read more
about the Awards ceremony and who the recipients are, click on this link:
Dinner ticket prices, menu choices and other information is
available from the website above. You can either type the link into your browser
or click on it below. As noted, the password, if needed, is mac2013.
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
This space available
Chuck Reed has spent a lot of time recently claiming that the City of San Jose
has bent over backwards to negotiate with the SJPOA and offered a "generous" 3%
non-retroactive pay raise. Reed has claimed that he had reliable information
that the SJPOA membership was eager to accept the offer but were being denied
the opportunity to vote on a contract by SJPOA President Jim Unland and VP John
Well, the SJPOA put the contract before the membership and the results are in.
The City's 3% pay raise was OVERWHELMINGLY rejected by a vote of 954 noes and an
UNDERWHELMING 2 yes votes. Apparently 48 members abstained.
Thanks Chuck for "forcing" the membership to decide!
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF OCT. 5, 2013
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
Want to know the facts about this widely circulated
that has been described as a redneck village or mansion?
A 'Russia's Got Talent' video clip captures a horrifying incident in which
a contestant accidentally shoots his partner in the head with an arrow.
Photograph shows a dead woman who collects the souls of people who don't
share her image.
Rumors claim Facebook is 'deleting all privacy settings' and 'getting rid
Did Pentagon sources issue a warning to Russian
officials to expect a 'radical change' in the U.S. government soon?
Photograph shows an "ancient mermaid skeleton" unearthed in Bulgaria.
Photograph shows a "redneck mansion" composed of several linked trailers.
Video purportedly shows a woman wanted by the FBI for torturing a baby.
Did Vladimir Putin describe negotiating with Barack Obama as being like
'playing chess with a pigeon'?
A fan tries to give away tickets to a last-place
football team's game and ends up with more than he started with.
Has the AMBER Alert system been discontinued due to the federal government
Photograph purportedly shows Mount Rushmore obscured
by a helicopter-suspended sheet due to the federal government shutdown.
Controversy over a claim that Catholic priests may not conduct religious
services on U.S. military bases during the federal government shutdown.
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 Samburu tribesman who was supposed to say "Just
Do It" in a Nike commercial really say something else entirely?
Still Haunting the Inbox
Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Want a slo-mo look at the
goal 19-year-old Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl scored in last week's game? You know
you do if you are a fan of the team, or even the least bit interested in the
sport of hockey. (2 Mins.)
We have presented many a
flashdance here in the Farsider, some outstanding, all excellent. Although this
one sent in by Alice Murphy is called a splashdance instead of a flashdance, it
ranks among our favorites. We can't put our finger on why, but for some reason
it reminds of Bo Derek in the movie "10." (5 Mins.)
Say what you want about
Nancy Pelosi, but the Democratic House Leader (future House Speaker in 2014 if
the GOP doesn't get its act together) can sure carry a tune. Watch her belt out
this tune by the title of "Take Ten Pills and You're Fine."
Interested in a deluxe
motorhome? You can have one like this if you can dig up enough cash or qualify
for a $2.5 million loan. That's what actor Will Smith paid for it. Step in and
have a look around. Tours are free. (6 Mins.)
If "Life is like coffee"
doesn't sound like a profound message, it may after you watch this short video.
This story about a poor
little terrified dog starts out sad, but ends on a happy note after she is
rescued and given the name of Holly. (5 Mins.)
We have included several
links in the past to excellent color photos of various locations in the USA
dating back to the early 20th century. This link received from Jeffrey Hunter
will show you in high-quality color what Russia was like circa 1910. They may
also make you feel good that you were born here in the good ol' USA when you
were. (Be patient as the pics are large and may take a
few moments to load...)
Travel by air much? Alice
Murphy says you might be interested in this "clever hand luggage" if you do.
True to its title, this
Ford-sponsored video is called "Insane Base Jumping-Falling with Style."
And here's a behind the scenes (raw footage) look
at that video clip. (7 Mins.)
Warning: Do NOT watch this clip immediately
before or after a meal. It's about a guy showing off his redesigned slingshot.
All goes well until...
You football fans may be
interested in this video received from Russ Jones. We ran this past Bill Leavy,
who said he hadn't seen it and found it very interesting.
fines begins 'behind closed doors' at NFL office"
Ever see a toddler who is
master of the hoops? Little Titus could be the next NBA all-star unless this is
as tall as he will ever be. Wouldn't that be a bummer?
Space is all about
perspective. The title of this video received from Tom Macris is "Some Strange
Things are Happening to Astronauts Returning to Earth." If traveling from the
Earth to the Moon piques your interest, you may want to watch this.
The Earth as
seen from the Moon
Speaking of the Moon, have
you ever wondered what it would look like if it was the same distance from Earth
as the International Space Station? Of course you haven't, but have a look
anyway. You might find it interesting. (2 Mins.)
Red Bull just released the
full, multi-angle video of Felix Baumgartner's recent jump from space that also
shows his descending altitude and air speed as well as other data. Click on the
link below if you want to ride along with him. (9 Mins.)
"Only Boys Aloud" is a
Welsh choir comprised of male teens age 14-19, and their appearance on Britain's
Got Talent is well worth a look and listen. The boys even had Simon Cowell
rising from his chair. (7 Mins.)
If your computer and
Internet connection is sufficient to play large screen videos, check out this
clip promoting Alberta, Canada. If not, click on the second link. The scenery is
so spectacular that you may need to remember to breathe.
Before we return from
Canada, check out this footage captured on home video of a huge pod of Orcas
(Killer Whales) near Galiano Island, BC that was sent in by Stan Miller.
Leave it to the Scots to
come up with something as ingenious as the Falkirk Wheel. And this from the same
country that invented the bagpipes? Go figure! (8 Mins.)
If you are old enough to
remember the late Paul Harvey, listen to this short commentary that was
broadcast by 1200 ABC radio stations nationwide 48 years ago, on April 3, 1965.
Is this item from the July 12, 2012 Farsider
about WWII worth a third visit? We think so...
When Paul Gardner sent in this clip entitled "Return to
Makin Island" we immediately recognized it as one of the most moving videos that
has ever been in the Farsider. (A check of the Archives showed that we ran it
last three years ago, on June 11, 2009.) Paul said in his email that even if it
has been seen before, it's worth a second look. We agree.
Pics of the Week:
After the government shut down and all the national parks were closed,
this is how the Feds decided to punish the visitors at Mt. Rushmore...
The monument could only be seen unhindered from
side, where visitors all agreed that the famous political figures were
mooning Obama, Biden, Boehner, Reid and the rest of Congress...