The Farsider

Oct. 23, 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.
 

 

SHE-SAID-HE-SAID IS A RED HOT BUTTON ISSUE

This item from last Sunday's paper doesn't bode well if it's true. But is it? The substance and tone of the guest article authored by a former Academy recruit seems to fit the Mercury News' ongoing negativity towards the POA and the pension issue. Below the opinion piece you will find a response that retired Capt. Tom Brewer posted on his Facebook page hours after appeared in the paper. And below Tom's message is a follow-up article from Tuesday's Mercury News which, in turn, is followed by a personal message regarding the issue authored by POA President Jim Unland...

Union Urges Recruits to Quit

—San Jose needs more police, but applicants damage the POA’s cause—

By Elyse Rivas — Guest Writer
Mercury News — Oct. 19, 2014

I am a Latina who was born and raised on the East Side of San Jose. I am a graduate of Bard, a prestigious liberal arts college. I am also an attorney.

Over the years, my family and I have watched our neighborhood transform from a relatively safe place to a neighborhood plagued by drug dealers, violent crime and an alarming number of homicides. Crime around the area of Tully and King roads has grown like a cancer; and like cancer, the problem seems to be spreading throughout the city.

I wanted to be part of the solution. I applied for and was offered a job with the San Jose Police Department in May.

As a recruit, I was required to attend the six-month San Jose Police Academy program. During my time in the academy, I was ranked academically No. 2 in my class by midterm.

But a few weeks before graduation, I was forced to resign. I had never before handled a firearm, and I was told by one of the academy’s sergeants that he would recommend my termination due to my poor firearm safety training performance.

I believe that with additional training, I could have passed the safety training component. But this is not about sour grapes. Rather, it is a cautionary tale about what I believe is a serious problem within the San Jose Police Department.

The San Jose Police Officers Association (POA) constantly complains that the department is understaffed and overworked. The department’s leadership says it is unable to fill the vacancies in its incoming academy classes. My class consisted of only 29 recruits; when I left, the number had dropped to 21.

The feeling I got while I was there was that the rank-and-file officers are not invested in building a bigger and better police force for San Jose. I believe this because on the first day of the academy, our orientation included the opportunity to meet Jim Unland, the Police Officers Association’s president.

In no uncertain terms, he blamed Measure B for the departure of hundreds of officers — and he told us that it would be better for the department and for us if we would just quit, right then and there. He said that our employment with the department did not help the POA’s cause in proving Measure B was killing the department’s recruitment capabilities. He urged us to find jobs elsewhere. He told us all of this as if he were doing us a favor.

As we listened to Unland, most of my fellow recruits and I knew that our very presence in that room belied the POA’s assertion. Measure B obviously had not deterred us. To the contrary, we were excited about the opportunity to join the department.

From a pool of more than 1,000 applicants, my class yielded 29 hires. This means that it is harder to get into the San Jose Police Academy (a 2.9 percent admission rate) than it is to be admitted to Harvard (a 5.9 percent admission rate).

Has the department deliberately kept the number of recruits artificially low at the behest of the POA? If so, then Unland and his POA members have done a major disservice to the people who live and work in San Jose.

Maybe I didn’t fit the San Jose police mold because I am a woman, or because I am outspoken, or because I am a lawyer. I was tossed from the academy because of my poor firearm safety training performance, without being provided the opportunity to undertake additional department training. I would have thought that a police department so desperately in need of good recruits would have gone the extra mile to provide training. It didn’t — and I have moved on.

I will be fine. But I worry about my community. I can’t help thinking that there is something seriously amiss in the San Jose Police Academy.

Elyse Rivas lives in San Jose and is substitute teaching until she resolves her career goals. She wrote this for this newspaper.
 

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Retired Capt. Tom Brewer responded to the article above on his Facebook page...

I always wonder about articles like this one by a guest writer that appear in the Mercury News and purport to state facts, especially around election time. This one doesn't pass the smell test and is obviously biased against the POA. I would have hoped that the Mercury News would have performed some follow-up to the writer's story with the police department like the KNTV Investigative Team does.

I personally know the Chief, Asst. Chief, Dep. Chief and Capt. who are in charge of hiring, firing and releasing recruits in the academy. All are honest men and above reproach. Three of the four are minority command officers with the utmost integrity and would 'never' allow what the writer states to happen.

Why hasn't the Mercury News contacted some of her academy classmates to validate her story? Why hasn't the paper contacted POA President Jim Unland and asked him to comment? Is it because the Mercury News is attempting to push the voters to its anointed mayoral candidate (Sam Liccardo) while simultaneously trying to smear the POA and Jim Unland as the reason for the loss of recruits in the academy?

The writer obviously had some difficulties dealing with firearms, and I would assume with other areas of the hands-on training, but we will never know the facts because of such a disservice by this newspaper and its lack of clarity and journalistic integrity!

Neither Chief Larry Esquival, Asst. Chief Eddie Garcia, Dep. Chief David Knopf, Capt. Dave Honda or the Academy training officers would ever allow what was alleged to have occurred.

Tom Brewer <tbop23@aol.com>

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The charge by POA President Jim Unland suggesting that recruits "quit for the good of the SJPD and for themselves" has turned into a red hot she-said-he-said pissing match. Two days after Tom Brewer's Facebook retort (above), the paper apparently decided it would be wise to send a reporter to gather information about the charge against Jim and the POA. Unfortunately, even if it could be proven that the author (Elyse Rivas) lied, the damage has been done, and we would support a lawsuit by the POA against the Mercury News for not vetting Rivas and her accusation prior to publication of her article. Such a lawsuit wouldn't go anywhere, of course, but we feel better for having said it.

Union Leader Denies Charges

—Police officers’ group president accused of urging cadets to quit—

By Eric Kurhi <ekurhi@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 21, 2014

SAN JOSE — The head of the police union on Monday denied an accusation that he told academy cadets to drop out because it would best serve them and the department — allegations the mayor called “troubling” and vowed to investigate.

In a letter published Sunday in this newspaper, attorney Elyse Rivas said Police Officers’ Association President Jim Unland told a roomful of recruits at orientation that “it would be better for the department and for us if we would just quit, right then and there.”

On Monday, Rivas said that she could not say Unland used the word “quit,” but maintained that the thrust of his message was that the department would benefit by a dismal academy showing to demonstrate the failure of Measure B pension reforms.

“He said San Jose is not a good place to work, that it used to be great, but the city cut our pension,” Rivas said. “He said, ‘You guys being here doesn’t help our cause. The more recruits we get, the worse it is for our cause because we’re trying to show we can’t get people in here.’ ” Rivas also said she was forced to resign from the six-month academy program because of poor gun handling techniques, which she believes she could have passed had she been given additional training.

Unland said his routine orientation speech — which he does on his own time as part of union duties — does go into pension reform and its effect on officers and the need to opt into supplemental disability insurance, but he never told recruits to quit.

“If you are accusing me of educating incoming recruits about benefits, I’m guilty as charged,” he said. “But I was accused of telling them to quit right then and there, and that’s a lie.”

The allegation comes in the midst of a heated mayoral campaign that has union-backed county Supervisor Dave Cortese running against City Councilman Sam Liccardo, whose platform includes maintaining the current pension reform course.

Mayor Chuck Reed said that if Unland encouraged recruits to leave during the orientation, it would be a “violation of ethical code.”

“What was said and who said it has to be figured out,” he said. “We’ve certainly had other complaints about the police union interfering with recruitment, but this is the most specific public case. That’s what makes this one extraordinary.”

However, the police union provided a statement backing Unland from two officers who were at the meeting as well as the union’s office manager.

“I have sat in on every single cadet orientation that Jim Unland has ever spoken at,” wrote office manager Joanne Segovia. “What Ms. Rivas alleges is untrue; at no time have I ever heard Jim Unland tell the recruits or any recruit to quit.”

But those critical of the union said they didn’t think it was a stretch that Unland would make such a comment. Since Measure B’s passage by an overwhelming majority of voters in 2012, the city has seen an exodus of officers and the union cites pension reform as the cause. Even before the measure was on the ballot, editorials in the union’s Vanguard publication urged members to leave an agency they described as in decline. In fact, last year the union hosted a job fair where other agencies courted San Jose officers.

“I haven’t heard him say the word ‘quit,’ but he definitely discourages people from staying,” said Robert Gallardo, a retired Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy who has served on various law enforcement boards in close contact with Unland. “I have heard him say that San Jose officers should leave after a year or two to go to other departments.”

Rivas’ statement about her experience on the gun range and the department’s lack of interest in improving her performance was also disputed.

“That is an outright lie,” wrote firearms instructor Pat Comerford of the San Jose Police Department in an email to this newspaper. “I personally spent several additional hours (at least seven) with her outside of regular range time working on her firearms skills. I had gotten her to where she was shooting well enough, but her safety with the firearms still was not there.”

Rivas said she was blindsided by her dismissal and while she received training in marksmanship, her failings in gun safety were noted but remediation was not offered.

Reed called that grievance irrelevant to the issue, and said the city will continue to look into what was said at the orientation.

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This was Jim Unland's response... 
 



Oct. 21st 

The Truth About the Elyse Rivas Lie

The Mercury News should be ashamed of itself. This weekend I found myself on the receiving end of an attack piece in the form of a Mercury News op-ed authored by former police cadet Elyse Rivas. I was not given the courtesy of a phone call or opportunity to respond to Ms. Rivas's lies. In her opinion piece, Rivas clearly and unequivocally stated that I told the recruits in her class on their first day of work that they should quit. These are her words from the op-ed, "He told us that it would be better for the Department and for us if we would just quit, right then and there."

To be clear, I never said that or anything like that. In fact, upon follow-up questioning by Mercury News reporter Eric Kurhi, Rivas herself now says that she could not say I used the word "quit." In the op-ed, she says I did; upon further questioning, she's not sure? This stinks. Here is a statement from two officers who escorted that academy class that day and heard my discussion with the recruits.

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This email is in response to the article by ex-Police Recruit Elyse Rivas where she alleges that she was told to quit there on the spot and that her employment did not help the POA's cause in proving that Measure B was killing the department's recruitment capabilities.

Ms. Rivas attended the Orientation on Friday, May 15th, at the San Jose Police Department. Officer Kevin Mank and I escorted the Academy class during the orientation while at the Police Administration Building. The academy was divided into two groups. Officer Mank and I were at the presentations regarding the POA benefits and at no time heard Sgt. Unland tell the recruits to quit then and there, and that they were not helping the POA's cause in defeating Measure B.

In the article Rivas says this is not about "sour grapes" when in our opinion that is exactly what her article is about. If Rivas would have successfully completed the academy, to the minimum standards per the State of California, I wonder if she would have written or been encouraged to write the article. We will never know.

Officer Greg Salas
Officer Kevin Mank

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Also, here is the statement from Joanne Segovia, the POA office manager, who has been present for all of the orientation classes I have given over the last few years.  All three (Salas, Mank and Segovia) state clearly and unequivocally that I did not tell the recruits to quit. It's a lie.

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 I have sat in on every single cadet orientation that Jim Unland has ever spoken at.  What Ms. Rivas alleges is untrue, at no time have I ever heard Jim Unland tell the recruits or any recruit to quit. It simply did not happen.

Joanne Segovia
Office Manager
San Jose Police Officers' Association

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To further challenge Rivas' credibility, please read the statement below from a range instructor who worked with Rivas. As you will see, she was given extra help.  This is another area where Rivas' op-ed claims don't match reality. In her op-ed she states, "I was tossed from the Academy because of my poor firearm safety training performance without being provided the opportunity to undertake additional Department training."  She is not telling the truth, she was given extensive one-on-one training.  

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To Whom it may concern:

I served as a San Jose Police Officer for 14 years and am currently the Lead Firearms Instructor for the San Jose Police Academy.

A letter was recently published in the San Jose Mercury News from a former police academy recruit who resigned from Class 21. The recruit was Elyse Rivas.

She made statements alleging that she "…was tossed from the academy because of my poor firearm safety training performance without being provided the opportunity to undertake additional department training," and that, "I would have thought a department...would have gone the extra mile to provide training. It didn't..."

I dismissed Recruit Rivas from the range portion of training. The dismissal was based on a culmination of safety violations throughout the course of the 16 weeks (to that point) that we had been doing range training. I had seen her point her loaded pistol at her own arm, other police academy recruits, and right in the face of one of my fellow instructors.

She alleges that the department did not provide her with additional training. That is an outright lie. I personally spent several 'additional' hours (at least 7) with her outside of regular range time working on her firearms skills. I had gotten her to where she was shooting well enough, but her safety with the firearms still was not there. There are only 4 basic firearms safety rules she needed to remember, but couldn't.

I have trained approximately 400 police recruits, hundreds more active police officers, and countless civilian clients in the safe and effective use of a firearm. It is a serious business. Teaching firearms is the bread and butter of my livelihood. The accusations against the range program at the academy are a direct attack on my profession and my program. They are completely baseless and borderline slanderous.

I take these attacks personally and only want the truth to be known, regardless of how much it hurts. Former recruit Rivas was a danger to herself and everyone else on the range, and I could not stand idly by waiting for someone to get hurt or killed. The citizens of the City of San Jose should be thankful that I helped prevent such a dangerous liability from becoming a San Jose Police Officer.

Officer Pat Comerford

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So why did the editorial board of the Mercury News allow this now debunked accusation to be run in their paper? It's simple. They back Liccardo and know that he is losing this race. What you have witnessed this weekend is a newspaper and its Editorial Board Editor lose any semblance of credibility. Shame on them for stooping so low as to print the ranting of a self-professed liar.

Jim Unland, President, SJPOA

More on this topic as well as the mayor's race appears in the Trials and Tribulations column below...


 

POA UPDATES 
 

Oct. 22nd

Cortese is Right...New Leadership is Needed

Last night, San Jose Mayoral candidate and current County Supervisor Dave Cortese called for new leadership at the POA and City Hall. He did so during this NBC interview, and I am told he also said something similar at a Mayoral debate on Monday.



Click HERE

Many of you may have been surprised by the Supervisor's remarks. You may also be surprised to learn that I completely agree with Supervisor Cortese in his call for new leadership at the POA and City Hall.

The level of toxicity, animosity and dysfunction between the City and the POA has hit a new high. Recently, a former recruit made an allegation against me in my role as POA president. Notably, when pressed about it, she has already recanted. We know that this election will bring a new Mayor to our City, but to be clear, Sam Liccardo would NOT constitute a change in leadership at City Hall. He would be a continuation of the attacks on the members of the San Jose Police Department and other City employees. It would mean more years of litigation, fighting, and the continued dysfunction that Reed, Liccardo and their Council allies have created.

Dave Cortese is the only candidate for Mayor who constitutes real change at City Hall. He is the only candidate for Mayor who has a chance to save our Department.  I support his election unequivocally. I have donated personal money, both in the primary race and the general election, in support of his candidacy. I have walked precincts to ask voters to support him, most recently on Monday night. I will continue to do so through the remainder of this campaign. I ask you to do the same.

As for me, I knew the deal when I took this job. I was clear to all that I supported legal pension reform and made every effort to achieve that. Unfortunately, there were few at City Hall to work with. Reed and Liccardo's "my way or the highway" approach left us with just one course of action: fight. I won't recount what that entailed here; you all lived through it. Dave's call for new leadership at City Hall and the POA is absolutely spot on.

If we are to turn the page on this terrible chapter in our Department's history, those most closely entrenched in the fight must move on. New leadership at City Hall in the form of Dave Cortese and new leadership at the POA with Paul Kelly and James Gonzales is the right formula to repairing the chasm that separates City Hall and the POA.   

Jim Unland <president@sjpoa.com>

 

Oct. 23rd

From Jim Unland <president@sjpoa.com>

Yesterday the SJPOA strongly fought back against an orchestrated smear campaign perpetrated by Mayor Reed in his last ditch effort to get Sam Liccardo elected. SJPOA produced several sworn declarations directly refuting the lies contained in a Mercury News opinion letter that was published on Sunday. Below are the highlights of today's events.
 
Click HERE to watch SJPOA attorney Gregg Adam at Tuesday's City Council Rules committee meeting demanding the Chuck Reed and Sam Liccardo be investigated for possible involvement in the Rivas op-ed that she has since recanted.

Click HERE to watch parts of the SJPOA press conference where sworn declarations were presented to the media refuting what Rivas claimed.

Click HERE to read the letter sent to City Manager Ed Shikada demanding Mayor Reed and Sam Liccardo be investigated for their involvement in with the Rivas smear campaign.

Click on the links below to read the declarations:

Kevin Mank

Joanne Segovia

Jim Unland

 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

Following are a few letters pertinent to the SJPD and the race for mayor that made the paper this week. Keep in mind that the letter writers do not provide the headline; they are created by the Letters' Page editor...

Bullying-With-a-Badge Mentality Hurting City

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Oct. 21, 2014

Elyse Rivas’ oped (Opinion, Oct. 19) regarding the San Jose Police Academy and its treatment of new recruits struck a chord with me, especially since the very day it was published, I drove by Great America, where the electronic billboard featured information aimed at recruitment by our police department. Deceit in advertising came to my mind based on the insight she shared from her personal experience. It seems to me that the academy would assist and support someone such as Rivas, who is clearly intelligent, homegrown, and representative of the community she had hoped to serve. What a loss. For the police union president to discourage recruits on their first day of orientation in such a heavy-handed way is illustrative of SJPD’s “recruitment” efforts serving as part of the bullying-with-a-badge mentality hurting our city. Yes, Rivas will be fine, but will San Jose?

Dolores Garcia
San Jose

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Family Backs Cortese for San Jose Mayor

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Oct. 21, 2014

When opening the Mercury News, we were surprised to see that Sam Liccardo was supported by someone sharing our name, Mike Fox (“San Jose mayor’s race: Can tight-fisted Sam Liccardo really save the police force?” Page A1, Oct. 15).

As we are each deeply involved in numerous philanthropic and public causes, we did not want Mercury News readers to think that either of us is backing Sam Liccardo for mayor. In fact, the opposite is true.

We are pleased to endorse Dave Cortese for mayor of San Jose because he has proved his worth and value to this community many times over. His ties to all sectors of the community have led to exceptional skills at bringing people together for the greater good.

He has shown time and again that he has common sense values to fight for what is right, whether working to ensure homeless veterans have a place to sleep at night, or keeping San Jose a safe place so that families and businesses can thrive.

Mike Fox Sr., Chairman M.E. Fox and Co.
Mike Fox, President and CEO Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley

This is the excerpt from last week's article referenced in the letter above.

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.

Click HERE to view last week's Farsider. To pull up the article in question, scroll down to the headline that reads "Is Cortese the Answer to San Jose's Public Safety Woes? — then scroll down to the article headlined "Liccardo Vows to Continue Pension Fight."
 

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Liccardo Will Exert Fiscal Responsibility

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Oct. 21, 2014

Halloween truly must be Dave Cortese’s and the San Jose Police Officers Association’s favorite holiday. For months, they have been filling my mailbox with fliers portraying San Jose as scary as Amityville. Shame on them.

I’m among the 70 percent of San Jose voters who approved Measure B to gain control over escalating retirement expenses; that was the right decision. I do not trust a mayoral candidate who, having consistently voted for increased pension benefits as a council member, now vows to cut a deal as mayor to bring costs under control. I’ve lost faith in a police union that, out of self-interest, discourages police recruits from joining the force to perpetuate a staffing shortage and perception of crisis. I do trust Sam Liccardo to restore diminished public services and hire more police officers by exerting fiscal responsibility. That’s the path to true security. He has my vote.

John Fensterwald
Former member Mercury News Editorial Board San Jose
 

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Today's (Thurs.) paper included four letters to the editor, three of which support Liccardo and one for Cortese…

Cortese Didn’t Broker Compromise; He Misled

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Oct. 23, 2014

Dave Cortese and his campaign allies are falsely trying to credit Cortese for reportedly working with the Tri-County Apartment Association and San Jose landlords over a decade ago (2002) to mediate a compromise on a controversial proposal that would have restricted landlords’ ability to remove gang members and drug dealers from rent controlled housing.

That’s simply not true. I was the government affairs director for Tri-County during this period. Cortese misled us and then tried to rush his radical proposal through the San Jose City Council. Thank God the majority of the City Council members took the side of the neighborhoods and rejected his approach that would have made it virtually impossible to evict drug dealers and gang members from rental housing.

The recent mailers and campaign literature by Cortese and his allies are nothing more than a desperate attempt to revise history.

Robert Hines — CEO, 2003-2005 government affairs director, 2001-2003 Tri-County Apartment Association
 

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Liccardo Will Continue Chuck Reed Nonsense

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Oct. 23, 2014

I will not be voting for Sam Liccardo despite the preponderance of lawn signs I see in my somewhat affluent neighborhood. Willow Glen has been my home for almost 50 years. Mayor Chuck Reed’s destructive ideologies and actions have wreaked havoc on public employees and the vital services they provide.

He has waged an us vs. them campaign by blaming public employees for everything and anything financial and probably will throw in Ebola before he exits City Hall. San Jose is the heart of Silicon Valley. It is not Detroit or Stockton, and it will not go bankrupt despite political sound bites to the contrary.

Liccardo will continue this divisive nonsense, especially on public safety. I am voting for Dave Cortese.

Mona Keegan
Willow Glen

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Police Union Leader Must Be Investigated

Letter to the Editor
Oct. 23, 2014

It should come as no surprise to anyone in San Jose that the San Jose police union has absolute contempt for the city leadership (Mayor Chuck Reed) and for the 70 percent of residents who voted for Measure B. They have tried everything they could to fight Measure B even though an overwhelming majority voted to control pension costs.

Where I come from that is a clear mandate. Those of us who voted for Measure B in 2012 still strongly support the ability of the city to manage pension costs against all the other services that residents require. Fighting Measure B in court is one thing, but telling new recruits to leave the SJPD crosses the line and puts the lives of San Jose residents at risk. Whoknowsmanyrecruits would have stayed here to protect and serve residents? The city attorney needs to see what ethics violations were perpetrated by Jim Unland and put a stop it.

Nina Seth
San Jose

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Liccardo Offers Honest, Practical Solutions

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Oct. 23, 2014

I appreciate a person who will look me in the eye and tell the truth, even when that truth is an unpleasant reality. Too many politicians practice the art of telling constituents and special interest groups what they want to hear or what the politician thinks will make the listener feel good. The first sentence describes Sam Liccardo, the second Dave Cortese.

Liccardo offers honest, practical and common sense solutions to problems facing the city. He has not pandered to special interest groups or made promises he can’t keep just to gain votes. He is interested in doing the job — not just getting it. Vote for the candidate who will always tell us the truth, the candidate with vision, the one we can trust to do the right thing for the right reasons. Vote for Liccardo.

Edward Perry
Assistant sheriff, retired Santa Clara County San Jose
 

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This edition of The Daily Fetch (click HERE) not only raked Mercury News columnist Scott Herhold over the coals, it also took a well-aimed shot at Reed and Liccardo. Even Chief Esquivel got hammered when a graphic artist on the Daily Fetch staff came up the following illustration to belittle the Chief for what it calls "juking" the crime stats.

To quote from the Fetch: "Chuck Reed and Sam Liccardo say that with a 30% drop in gang crime the San Jose Po-Po will have eliminated any and all gang crime in San Jose. Crime problem solved. But of course, Reed and Liccardo are relying on stats produced by Chief Larry Esquivel who had to take an erasure out and fix the last set of “Gang Crime is Down” stats when he was caught juking the stats."

But is this new news? Hardly. The following NBC Bay Area investigative report about this issue is dated Nov. 2013, almost a year ago when Esquivel was the Acting Chief.

 

Click HERE

 

CORTESE LEADING IN THE POLLS, MUCH TO THE CHAGRIN OF THE MERCURY NEWS
 

San Jose Mayor Up for Grabs

—Cortese has a lead over Liccardo, but a huge number of voters undecided—

By Mike Rosenberg <mrosenberg@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 19, 2014

SAN JOSE — County supervisor Dave Cortese is leading Councilman Sam Liccardo in the race to become the next mayor of San Jose, a new poll shows. Still, the post remains up for grabs, because a huge number of people haven’t made up their minds.

The poll of likely voters, conducted last week by San Jose State University’s Survey and Policy Research Institute and commissioned by this newspaper, found 34percent of respondents favored Cortese and 26 percent supported Liccardo. Those figures mirror the same percentage of actual votes the candidates received in the June primary, when they outlasted a hand­ful of other contenders.

As for everyone else? A whopping 40 percent of those surveyed reported that they’re still undecided or had some other reason for not picking a favorite.

“There are so many undecideds I would be very hesitant to pick a winner at this point,” said Melinda Jackson, the San Jose State associate professor of political science who conducted the poll. “It could go either way.”

By contrast, a San Jose State poll a month before the last open mayoral race, in 2006, found less than 18 percent of respondents hadn’t yet settled on their choice, though the dead heat suggested by that survey was followed by a blowout victory for Chuck Reed on Election Day.

In this year’s race, each candidate has areas of strength, according to the new poll. While both contenders are Democrats in the nonpartisan race, Democrats, who make up 45 percent of voters in San Jose, supported Cortese by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. He had similar advantages among respondents who were Latino or Asian (demographics that combined make up two-thirds of the city’s population), and about 10-percentage-point leads among young voters and women. But Liccardo held a slight edge in the poll among no-party-preference voters (who make up 30 percent of voters), Republicans (21 percent) and whites.

Many of the undecided voters are likely new to the race — nearly twice as many people are expected to cast ballots in the November election compared to June. The others on the fence may have voted for one of the candidates who fell short in the primary and haven’t settled on their new choice, Jackson said.

Several respondents who spoke to this newspaper afterward said they simply haven’t been paying attention to the race. There was no shortage of registered voters who said they didn’t know who the candidates were, what they stood for or even how many people were running.

“I just don’t know much about the candidates,” said Dale Holness, 52, who has no party preference. “When it gets to the last week of the election, that’s when I really pay attention.”

Jackson said the number of undecided voters is likely a product of the fact that there haven’t been any scandals, serious attacks, bombardment of TV ads or regional media coverage of the race. What’s more, both candidates have similar backgrounds and agree on several issues.

“It’s been a pretty tame race overall,” Jackson said. “People are just kind of checked out.”

The results are more troubling to Liccardo, who planned on closing the gap from June by consolidating support from voters who cast primary ballots for a trio of unsuccessful mayoral candidates who are ideologically aligned with him. Winning over supporters of those three ousted candidates — Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and council members Pierluigi Oliverio and Rose Herrera — is crucial, as they made up a combined 37 percent of ballots cast in June.

Nguyen and Herrera — along with termed-out Mayor Reed — have since endorsed their ally on the council, Liccardo, and while Oliverio has not made an endorsement, his hometown Willow Glen district leaned toward Liccardo in the primary. But the poll numbers suggest that support hasn’t yet paid dividends for Liccardo.

Further complicating matters for anyone looking to forecast a winner, the pollsters also asked whether spending more on the police and fire departments (Cortese’s top priority) or maintaining voter-approved pension reform (a main goal of Liccardo’s) were the most important issues for likely voters. The results: 26 percent said police were most important, and 26percent picked pensions. In an apparent advantage for Cortese, however, 52percent said public safety was “important but not the most important issue,” compared with 40 percent for pension reform.

Respondents gave wide-ranging reasons for supporting their candidates but also felt strongly about the two issues the candidates care most about.

Cortese clearly has found support by focusing on crime.

“His main mission is to get public safety reinstalled back in San Jose,” said Jonathan Walker, 51, a Democrat and poll respondent who has gone to mayoral forums and supports Cortese. He says Cortese’s plan to settle the police union’s lawsuit opposing pension reform “would help ameliorate the tension between the Police Department and the city right now.”

While Cortese wants to spend more money to hire more officers, Liccardo wants to rebuild the police force by using savings he hopes to win by fighting for the voter-approved reforms designed to weaken generous pensions given to cops and other city workers.

“I know no one that gets that kind of retirement,” said Dale McMahon, a retired 67-year-old Republican who backed Liccardo in the survey. “The rest of us should be so lucky.”

Cortese said his edge in the final two weeks will be the hundreds of volunteers encouraging the large number of undecided voters.

“I’m not overconfident, but I’m very optimistic,” Cortese said. “Positive results like that from a poll are always encouraging.”

Liccardo says he has confidence he will win over the undecided voters and swing the race to his side. His strategy will be to counter what he considers misleading attack ads from Cortese’s supporters that claim crime has gotten out of control during Liccardo’s time as a council member and will only worsen if he’s elected mayor.

“We believe a campaign focused on solutions rather than scare tactics will persuade deep-thinking voters to support a mayor who can offer real leadership in this city,” Liccardo said.

The English-only telephone poll surveyed 571 randomly-selected likely San Jose voters over the last week, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

 

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Is the paper's candidate of choice (Liccardo) trailing Cortese in the polls rattling some cages at the Mercury News, and if so, is it conceivable that columnist Scott Herhold was directed to subtly push the 40 percent who are undecided to vote for the paper's candidate?

"If you lean toward trimming pensions and preserving the environment, pick Liccardo. If you’re pro-union and look more kindly on traditional homebuilders, choose Cortese." —Scott Herhold


Sounds plausible to us. Check out Herhold's column from this past Tuesday…

Voting for Mayor Can’t Be Ignored



By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Oct. 21, 2014

San Jose is famously a town of late RSVPs. There are several explanations for this: In a city with a weak social hierarchy, there’s rarely a punishment for responding too late. And online invitations let you hedge your bets by seeing who else is coming to the party.

The biggest reason for our late decision-making, however, is that we are a deadline- driven society. This is a common feature in tech. But it afflicts almost all of us. When my editor asks what I’m doing next week, I respond with a mystified expression. Next week? Too far ahead. I mention all this because we have a major deadline — an unforgiving RSVP, if you will — coming in the public realm. Two weeks from Tuesday, we’ll have a mayoral election in San Jose between two men who represent very different parts of the city’s political spectrum.

A poll done recently by the Mercury News showed that 40 percent of the electorate is undecided — or has some other reason for not responding — in the race between Supervisor Dave Cortese and Councilman Sam Liccardo Among those who do have a preference, the poll showed Cortese leading 34 to 26 percent. I’m less concerned about what the poll says than about what it doesn’t say: In a race that has been going on for at least a year, with battle lines firmly drawn between pro-pension reform (Liccardo) and pro-union (Cortese) factions, two in five voters are withholding judgment.

Busy lives

OK, I get it: People lead busy lives. San Jose voters are not dumb, but they are preoccupied. And a mayoral election between two guys with Italian names — both lawyers, both Bellarmine grads, both veteran public servants — may not quite seem top of mind.

Quick: Who is the guy closer to the position of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association (Cortese)? Who is the guy who takes a firmer line on not busting the environmentally-oriented general plan (Liccardo)? Who wants the A’s here (both)? I understand if you’re more interested in your next propane barbecue set.

And yet my background in San Jose tells me the choice matters, in ways that we cannot always foresee. Cindy Chavez would have led the city in a very different direction than Chuck Reed. Susan Hammer led it in a different direction than Frank Fiscalini would have.

I think it’s likely that whoever is elected will try to come to some agreement with the cops and firefighters — and that there will be a sales tax proposal put to the voters under either man. No city can endure this level of fractiousness with its most important unions indefinitely.

But differences on development matter: Liccardo supports an “impact fee” on developers, which would provide money for affordable housing. Cortese, endorsed by the Building Industry Association, does not.

A quarter-hour

So here’s my challenge to you, dear undecided voter. Toss out the mailers. Dedicate 15 minutes to perusing the websites of the candidates at (cortesecampaign.com or samliccardo.com). Or to make it quick: If you lean toward trimming pensions and preserving the environment, pick Liccardo. If you’re pro-union and look more kindly on traditional homebuilders, choose Cortese.

Whatever you do, you should know that an unforgiving RSVP is approaching. Voting is one invitation too important to ignore.
 

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Herhold wasn't through. Now he's pontificating about the charge that Unland told recruits to quit for the good of the SJPD. This appeared in today's (Thurs.) paper...

Unland, with an Asterisk



By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Oct. 23, 2014

What is one to think of the Affair Unland? The accusation that the head of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association told cadets to quit last May has rippled through the placid surface of the city’s politics.

Unland, who blames pension reform for the Police Department’s difficulties in recruiting, has denied the charge. On Wednesday, he demanded an investigation into whether it was coordinated with city officials, including Mayor Chuck Reed and mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo.

So where does that leave us? Oddly, this really isn’t a he-said, she-said story. Elyse Rivas, a thoughtful attorney who was washed out of the academy, wrote in an op-ed last weekend that Unland had told cadets that “it would be better for the department and for us if we would just quit, right then and there.” By early this week, Rivas had backed away from the word “quit,” maintaining that Unland had conveyed the message that the department would benefit from a dismal academy showing. “The message he delivered was, ‘You guys wouldn’t be here if I had it my way,’” she told me. Unland, meanwhile, said he had informed cadets about their benefits, which are lower than those of veterans. “But I was accused of telling them to quit right then and there, and that’s a lie,” the savvy union chief said.

So let’s assume that Unland did not use the word “quit,” or that it is impossible to prove that he meant then and there. My guess is that Mayor Chuck Reed’s call for an investigation of the incident will go nowhere.

In a larger sense, however, there is no question that the POA leadership has been delivering the message that young officers would do better elsewhere. A cadet from last year’s academy told me that Unland had left the clear impression that the recruits should find other options. In a story Tuesday, a retired sheriff’s deputy, Robert Gallardo, was quoted as saying about Unland, “I have heard him say that San Jose officers should leave after a year or two to go to other departments.”

What does all this mean? First, it bespeaks weak leadership in the Police Department. The union leader has the right to address the recruits on POA matters, but it’s clear that the department under Chief Larry Esquivel has allowed Unland wide latitude to influence the career choices of recruits. And the direction the POA leader is pointing hurts San Jose’s investment in those recruits.

(When I asked Esquivel about this, he said that while the department had been dealing with the POA’s messaging to recruits for a while, “let’s keep in mind’’ that the officers were leaving for better compensation and pension packages elsewhere.) Don’t get me wrong: I believe in the union leader’s right to freedom of speech. All the same, Unland doesn’t get to have it both ways. He can’t complain about the ever-increasing burden on San Jose cops and the incidence of serious crime without acknowledging the POA’s own role in diminishing the force.

We should put an asterisk next to Jim Unland’s name in news reports. The explanation can run across the lower screen on television, like a surgeon general’s warning.

“Jim Unland speaks for the interests of his membership in the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. He does not speak for the San Jose Police Department. He does not represent the city of San Jose.”

So no one gets confused.

MAIL CALL

Oct. 16th

Mr Mattos,

For all the aviation buffs out there, maybe this YouTube video would be of interest. Anyone who can sing a song about vortex generators is way up there in my book.

Stan Faulwetter, 1856 Ret. <mrnotar@yahoo.com>

 

Click HERE

I used to fly, Stan, and I know absolutely nothing about vortex generators. But I stayed with the 3-minute video anyway to see what the gal in the hot tub was going to do.

 

NOT YOUR TYPICAL NFL FOOTBALL

Ed. — My sister-in-law came across the following article in the Oct. issue of the Smithsonian Magazine about the Nuclear Football that our Marine Corps nephew carried for Presidents Bush and Obama for a tour of duty. The
Marine Corps. Lt. Col. and former F/A-18 Top Gun pilot retired a short time ago and is now working for a major military aircraft manufacturer in the L.A. area.

The Real Story of the "Football" that Follows the President Everywhere



—Take a peek at the mysterious black briefcase that has accompanied every U.S. president since JFK—

By Michael Dobbs
Smithsonian Magazine — October 2014

It is the closest modern-day equivalent of the medieval crown and scepter—a symbol of supreme authority. Accompanying the commander in chief wherever he goes, the innocuous-looking briefcase is touted in movies and spy novels as the ultimate power accessory, a doomsday machine that could destroy the entire world.

Officially known as the “president’s emergency satchel,” the so-called nuclear “Football”—portable and hand-carried—is built around a sturdy aluminum frame, encased in black leather. A retired Football, emptied of its top-secret inner contents, is currently on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. “We were looking for something that would demonstrate the incredible military power and responsibilities of the president, and we struck upon this iconic object,” says curator Harry Rubenstein.

Contrary to popular belief, the Football does not actually contain a big red button for launching a nuclear war. Its primary purpose is to confirm the president’s identity, and it allows him to communicate with the National Military Command Center in the Pentagon, which monitors worldwide nuclear threats and can order an instant response. The Football also provides the commander in chief with a simplified menu of nuclear strike options—allowing him to decide, for example, whether to destroy all of America’s enemies in one fell swoop or to limit himself to obliterating only Moscow or Pyongyang or Beijing.

Although its origins remain highly classified, the Football can be traced back to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Privately, John F. Kennedy believed that nuclear weapons were, as he put it, “only good for deterring.” He also felt it was “insane that two men, sitting on opposite sides of the world, should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization.” Horrified by the doctrine known as MAD (mutually assured destruction), JFK ordered locks to be placed on nuclear weapons and demanded alternatives to the “all or nothing” nuclear war plan.

A declassified Kennedy memo documents the concerns that led to the invention of the Football as a system for verifying the identity of the commander in chief. The president posed the following chilling, but common sense, questions:

“What would I say to the Joint War Room to launch an immediate nuclear strike?”

“How would the person who received my instructions verify them?”

According to former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, the Football acquired its name from an early nuclear war plan code-named "Dropkick." (“Dropkick” needed a “football” in order to be put into effect.) The earliest known photograph of a military aide trailing the president with the telltale black briefcase (a modified version of a standard Zero-Halliburton model) was taken on May 10, 1963, at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Since 1963, the Football has become a staple of presidential trips, and was even photographed in Red Square in May 1988, accompanying President Ronald Reagan on a state visit to the Soviet Union. (Reagan’s Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev, was accompanied by a military aide who was clutching a very similar device, known in Russian as the chemodanchik, or “little briefcase.”)

A recurring complaint of presidents and military aides alike has been that the Football, which currently weighs around 45 pounds, contains too much documentation. President Jimmy Carter, who had qualified as a nuclear submarine commander, was aware that he would have only a few minutes to decide how to respond to a nuclear strike against the United States. Carter ordered that the war plans be drastically simplified. A former military aide to President Bill Clinton, Col. Buzz Patterson, would later describe the resulting pared-down set of choices as akin to a “Denny’s breakfast menu.” “It’s like picking one out of Column A and two out of Column B,” he told the History Channel.

The first unclassified reference to the existence of the Football is contained in a formerly top-secret memorandum from 1965 obtained by the National Security Archive of George Washington University. Tasked with reducing the weight of the Football, a senior defense official agreed this was a worthy goal, but added, “I am sure we can find strong couriers who are capable of carrying an additional pound or two of paper.”

For the Football to function as designed, the military aide must be nearby the commander in chief at all times and the president must be in possession of his authentication codes. Both elements of the system have failed on occasion. According to the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Hugh Shelton, Clinton mislaid his laminated code card, nicknamed the “Biscuit,” for several months in 2000. “This is a big deal, a gargantuan deal,” the general complained in his 2010 autobiography, Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior.

An even closer brush with disaster came during the attempted assassination of Reagan in March 1981. During the chaos that followed the shooting, the military aide was separated from the president, and did not accompany him to the George Washington University hospital. In the moments before Reagan was wheeled into the operating theater, he was stripped of his clothes and other possessions. The Biscuit was later found abandoned, unceremoniously dumped in a hospital plastic bag. It seems unlikely that a crown or scepter would have been treated so cavalierly.

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Feb. 6, 2009, White House: Dave Kalinske (my nephew who is hidden behind the Aide from the Coast Guard) meets with President Obama and the four other Military Aides to the President, one from each branch of the service. The five rotate on a 24/7/365 basis and stay close to the President while maintaining custody of the Nuclear Football seen in the lower right.

When Dave was promoted to Lt. Col. in 2010, the official ceremony took place in the Oval Office with the President and Dave's wife pinning the insignias on his shoulder. The promotion would result in a transfer of assignment several weeks later.


Dave would rotate out of his Military Aide assignment a few months after being promoted to Lt. Col. and happily be given command of the "Black Knights," an F/A 18 squadron based at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in Southern California. With 20+ years of service, Dave chose to pull the pin (probably a bad term for someone retiring from the military) a few months ago after being offered a job at a major military aircraft manufacturer in Southern California that he felt he couldn't turn down, especially given the cuts the military is having to endure.

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
     
Oct. 15 thru 21

During an interview, Senator John McCain declared that the U.S. isn't winning the war against ISIS. Even ISIS said, “Well, not with THAT attitude.”

Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested for stealing cologne and a two-pack of underwear from a store in Texas. That's disappointing for two reasons. First, he was stealing. Second, he couldn't outrun a mall security guard. He’s an NFL running back. Break a tackle!

The marriage rate has hit an all-time low, with 1 in 5 adults over 25 having never been married. In fact, an ad firm has come up with slogans to get people on board. One slogan is: "Marriage, satisfaction guaranteed or your money back — half of it, anyway."

Another marriage ad slogan is: "Marriage — look how happy your parents turned out." And finally: "Marriage — because happy people are annoying."

The Pentagon just announced that its fight against ISIS will be called “Operation Inherent Resolve.” They came up with that name using "Operation Random Thesaurus."

The Pentagon has picked “Operation Inherent Resolve” as the name for its fight against ISIS. Unfortunately, two terrorists got away while they were busy thinking of that name. Who cares what you call it. Just do something!

A Dutch motorcycle gang called “No Surrender” has declared war on ISIS, and plans to ride their motorcycles through Syria and Iraq. When they heard the name “No Surrender,” the Pentagon said, “Damn! That would have been a perfect name!"

A group called Clowns of America International — how does that name make any sense? — is criticizing the FX show “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” saying its portrayal of clowns feeds into the fear of clowns. Yeah, "Clowns of America International." Even ISIS said, "Now THAT is a scary group!"

The head of the TSA is stepping down after more than four years on the job. Well, he actually stepped down a while ago, but he's been going through security for three and a half years.

TSA Chief John Pistole announced that he is stepping down. So whoever takes his place is going to have some pretty big shoes to take off.

President Obama just appointed someone named Ron Klain as the new “Ebola czar” to oversee the government’s response to the crisis. You know that’ll be a tough job, but not as tough as introducing yourself as the Ebola czar and extending your hand.

Whole Foods is introducing a new system that will label its produce “good, better, and best” depending on their supplier's farming practices. Good means “no pesticides,” better means “environmentally friendly,” and “Best” means “still not worth five bucks for an apple.”

All NFL teams have received a newsletter informing them about the dangers of Ebola. Meanwhile, Ebola has received a letter about the dangers of the NFL.

President Obama is trying very hard to put people at ease about Ebola. Obama said he hugged and kissed some of the nurses in Atlanta who had treated the patients with Ebola. Man, Obama will do anything to get out of that job right now.

Earlier today the head of the TSA announced he's retiring. His employees toasted him with less than 3 ounces of champagne. Then they gave him a gold watch and he had to take it off and put it in a bin.

CBS will soon offer a paid subscription service. That means you can continue to watch CBS for free or you can pay for it. It's your call.

Over the weekend President Obama told Americans not to panic about Ebola. Then when asked about the Democrats' chances in the upcoming midterm elections, Obama said, "Man, that Ebola sure is scary."

After embracing the gay community last week, the Vatican is now distancing itself from those comments. The Vatican explained, "Hey, that was just one crazy weekend, OK? We've all had them, right?

A new study has found that men who are vegan have a much lower sperm count compared to those that eat meat. Even worse, the few sperm vegan men do have refuse to go anywhere near an egg.

Brad Pitt is saying his role in "Fury" taught him to be a better father. Nicolas Cage said his role in "Ghost Rider 3" taught him he shouldn't have done "Ghost Rider 3."

Looks like they're working out the Ebola situation. The CDC has released new guidelines about what healthcare workers should wear to protect themselves when treating Ebola patients. For starters, this Halloween they've outlawed the slutty hazmat suit.

At a polling station while President Obama was standing next to a woman, a man shouted out, "Hey, Mr. President, stay away from my girlfriend." He didn't say this because Obama was flirting with her, but because his girlfriend is a Democrat running for re-election.

The NFL has created a sportsmanship award that will be presented to the winner on the eve of the Super Bowl. The winner will be whichever NFL player's not in jail on the eve of the Super Bowl.

Actor Matthew McConaughey says he doesn't want the Washington Redskins to change their name. When asked for a comment, a spokesman for all Native-American tribes said, "I guess that settles it. Just waiting for word from Matthew McConaughey. Now we can move on."

New York City is overrun with rats. We have so many rats that today Mayor Bill de Blasio was on live television asking every citizen here to make sure to have your rat neutered.

A running back for the Dallas Cowboys was arrested for shoplifting $123 worth of underpants and cologne. He was planning a big night out, I guess. I'm sure the NFL is thinking to themselves, "Oh, thank God it was just shoplifting."

Donald Trump goes through $123 in cologne before lunch.

I was very happy to see that our old friend Jay Leno is coming back to television. He's coming back to CNBC and he's got a brand-new show. Jay drives a variety of exotic vehicles, and each week he runs down a different NBC executive.

New York City has a terrible rat problem. As a matter of fact, today the mayor, Rick de Blasio — no, that’s Bill de Blasio — said every rat that comes into New York City must have its temperature taken.

These New York City rats are infected with countless viruses and bacteria. To put it in perspective, no one has tested positive for this many things since Alex Rodriguez.

Ladies and gentlemen, you've come to the right place. As a public service tonight, I will be taking the temperature of all viewers.

In pop culture news, Lady Gaga got married. And yes, she was wearing white meat.

President Obama doesn't think he stands a chance of being re-elected.

President Obama was out playing golf today. He hit one tee shot 250 yards. Even golf balls are trying to distance themselves from him.

Today they arrested a White House intruder who was jumping over the fence to get OUT of the White House.

Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle issued an apology to his teammates today after being arrested for shoplifting underwear and cologne. Randle says the incident was the biggest mistake of his life. Easy there, Randle. It's not like you signed with the Raiders.

A group called "Clowns of America" is speaking out against the way they're depicted on TV. They're especially angry at the show "American Horror Story." The problem with clowns is the angrier they get, the funnier it is.

The president of "Clowns of America" says they should be treated with dignity and respect. Sounds to me like they don't want to be treated like clowns.

It's still dry here in L.A. The mayor said residents should cut water use by 20 percent. Unfortunately, he said it in English so nobody understood him.

The government of Gibraltar gathered about 30 monkeys that they call "problem monkeys" because of their destructive behavior, and shipped them off to live in Scotland. What does it say about my homeland when a government sees "problem monkeys" and says, “You know where we should send them?”

When Justin Bieber's monkey heard about this, it said, “Why didn't you just abandon them in Germany, like some people?”

I don't know about mixing monkeys with Scottish people. They can be violent and nasty and unpredictable. So be careful, monkeys.

Last night the governor of Florida refused to come out for a debate. He was upset that his opponent had a fan under the podium to keep cool. Now a governor and a fan are very different, of course. One oscillates back and forth, blowing hot air in everybody's face. And the other one is a fan.

"Travel and Leisure" magazine released a list of the snobbiest cities. You know what No. 1 is? It's wherever Gwyneth Paltrow is.

Gwyneth Paltrow doesn't watch broadcast TV. She's not going to say, "I finished my kale, so let's watch CBS."

"Time" magazine today released a list of the 25 most influential teenagers. When they heard they made it on the list, every teenager had the same response: "What's a magazine?"

You know who is on this most influential teenager list? Kim Kardashian's younger sisters. They've been very influential. They've influenced a lot of people to change the channel.

Amazon announced they're opening a store in Manhattan. In other words, Amazon doesn't understand the point of Amazon.

Last night in Denver Peyton Manning he threw his 509th touchdown pass, an NFL record. Peyton's brother Eli Manning called him to congratulate him, but unfortunately the call was intercepted.

Rock 'n' roll legend Tom Petty turned 64 years old today. He's gone from the Heartbreakers to the Hipbreakers.

Tom Petty has gone from "I Won't Back Down" to "I Can't Get Up." He's gone from "Runnin' Down a Dream" to "Scooterin' Up a Ramp." He's gone from "Learnin' to Fly" to "Forgettin' How to Drive."

It was Game 1 of the World Series tonight. The Kansas City Royals haven't been in the World Series since 1985. Things were very different back then. Tensions were high with Russia, Congress locked up in partisan bickering, my career was in the dumps. These are all bad examples.

If San Francisco wins the World Series, you can expect a big parade. If San Francisco loses, you can expect a big parade. If you go to San Francisco anytime, expect a big parade.

Scientists have done a virtual autopsy on King Tut's body. They say King Tut had buck teeth and a club foot. If they want to know what King Tut looked like, why didn't they just ask Larry King?

Macy's announced that this year they will open their stores starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving day for Christmas shopping. So now there's even less time between sitting down to pray and be thankful and fighting a grandma for a flat-screen TV.

If you still have the energy to go shopping after you eat Thanksgiving dinner, you didn't do Thanksgiving dinner right in the first place. If only there were some kind of a device you could use where you could buy things and have them shipped directly to your home.

Colorado police are worried that children on Halloween might mistakenly eat edible marijuana. Marijuana is legal there and includes candies and baked goods. You can tell if your kid is high if he won't stop asking "Why?" when you answer his questions, or if he believes he has an imaginary friend.

Does your kid ride a bike around and around in circles? Does he take naps in the middle of the day or think there's something or someone hiding under the bed? Does he sit in front of the TV all day? If your child exhibits any of that behavior, call the police immediately. You probably have a little stoner on your hands.

Forbes has released their list of top-earning deceased celebrities. And the richest famous dead person this year is Michael Jackson. He earned $140 million this year. You have to admire Michael's work ethic. A lot of big stars stop working when they die.

Apple announced a new generation of iPads and iMacs and a new operating system. They also announced that there's no such thing as the Apple Watch. That was all a joke. Actually they said the Apple Watch is coming out early next year, which is funny because they already announced the Apple Watch last month. So now we're getting excited when Apple reannounces things to us.

They should build apartments outside of Apple stores so people can live in line, waiting for their products. They just had a big announcement event recently. I wonder if they're aware that the phrase “An apple a day” is just an expression. They don't have to take it literally.

Warner Brothers has announced 10 new movies based on DC Comics. Finally, Hollywood is giving comic book movies a shot. Between DC, Marvel, and some smaller comic book companies, they're projecting around 40 superhero movies by the end of the decade. We need a superhero to save us from all these superhero movies.

Today was the much-anticipated launch of Apple Pay, the mobile payment system that allows you to buy stuff with your iPhone. So now you don't have to go through the excruciating experience of going into your wallet, handing them your card, and putting the card back in your wallet.

Here's how the new mobile payment system works. If you so much as even glance at an Apple product, Apple Pay automatically deducts the full amount from your checking account.

According to a new survey, almost 40 percent of new moms create social media accounts for their newborns. A good way to know you shouldn't have a baby is if you think it's a good idea to set up a Twitter account for it.

One of the reasons moms are said to be doing this they don't want to clutter their own Facebook feed with baby pictures so the baby gets its own page which you have to like unless you want the mother to hate you.

As of today, Starbucks will allow their employees to display tattoos and ear gauges. Those are the round plugs that some people put in their ear lobe to let the world know their dads never played catch with them.

Bill Murray is with us tonight. Booking Bill Murray is not unlike capturing a leprechaun.

In Kansas City tonight is Game 1 of the World Series. I love baseball. You know, baseball was our national pastime before selfies took over.

Kim Kardashian turned 34 years old. I hope she got the day off from work. Can you imagine trying to buy Kim Kardashian a gift. What do you get for the woman who has everything for no apparent reason?

Kim Kardashian, by the way, shares a birthday with Benjamin Netanyahu and the scientist Alfred Nobel. Which just goes to show you: Horoscopes are crap.

Today Bono apologized to fans for automatically adding the new U2 album to every iTunes account. Though it doesn’t help that the apology comes pre-loaded on the new Apple Watch.

It must have been a scary moment for people when they saw a U2 album in their iTunes and thought they’d accidentally grabbed their dad’s phone.

A new poll shows that only a slim majority of Americans think the country is prepared for an Ebola outbreak. But I think we deal with outbreaks pretty well. It only took us a couple of months to completely eradicate Gangnam Style.

The New York Giants have reportedly been debriefed about Ebola in preparation for their trip to Dallas to play the Cowboys this weekend. Though if this game is anything like last week, I wouldn’t worry about the Giants catching anything.

It was announced today that the head of the TSA will retire after 31 years. I guess he wants to spend his time sitting around doing nothing instead of standing around doing nothing.

A gang member turned rabbi has been arrested in New York for impersonating a police officer. A gang member, a rabbi, and a police officer. He’s basically a one-man version of the Village People.

 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF OCT. 18, 2014

The facts behind the legends, information and

misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• A US Airways flight attendant reportedly refused to hang up an Army Ranger's uniform jacket.

• Did the 'middle finger salute' derive from gestures of English archers whose fingers had been severed at the Battle of Agincourt?

• Did CNN report that Ebola has been found in packages of hair extensions?

• A primer on 'What is an American,' purportedly penned by an Australian dentist.

• Is Congress 'moving to appoint Barack Obama to a third term' in 2016?

• Another injury results from someone trying to rescue a dog from the scalding waters of a hot spring.

• Does an automobile's dashboard gas pump icon indicate which side the vehicle's fuel door is on?

• Has the Obama administration ordered $1 billion worth of disposable coffins for use with Ebola victims?

• Did three healthcare workers die after an open drink was left at a nurses' station?

• Was a supposedly deceased Chicago woman rescued after funeral goers heard screams coming up from her grave?

• Is the outbreak of Enterovirus (EV-D68) due to an influx of immigrant children?

• Is Costco giving out free $200 gift cards to Facebook users?

• Is the U.S. government planning to implement mandatory Ebola vaccinations for all residents?

• Have ISIS militants been captured by Border Patrol in the last 36 hours?

• Was a 50-foot crab dubbed 'Crabzilla' spotted off the coast of the UK?

• Have the Coen brothers announced plans to begin filming a Big Lebowski sequel in January 2015?

• Did actress Meryl Streep originate a statement about no longer having patience for things that displease her?

• North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first public appearance since 3 September 2014, state media reported.

• Was a swastika ring available for purchase from the Sears Marketplace?

• Did the Army change its dress code to allow turbans and beards?

• Has the town of Purdon, Texas been quarantined because a family of five tested positive for Ebola?

• Has the federal government issued a travel warning due to Ebola cases in Texas?

• A second healthcare worker in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola.

• Is trisodium phosphate (TSP) a dangerous ingredient lurking in kids' cereal?

• Did the City of Houston subpoena pastors' sermons?

• The CDC confirmed the second nurse to test positive for Ebola flew from Cleveland to Dallas before she fell ill.

• Does the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization only give 20% of their donations to cancer research and pay their CEO $684,000 per year?

• Can a species of cephalopod known as the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus live on both land and water?

• Did residents of Ghana discover Ebola is fake and only affects those who got Red Cross shots?

• Did a spider live inside a man's scar for three days?

• Did President Obama say Americans are too "small-minded" to handle individual rights?

• Contrary to reports, researchers at CIDRAP have not confirmed that 'Ebola is now airborne.'

• Social media report that Ebola has broken out in an Alaskan school.

• 25 years ago today: Legend holds that after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, a car thief was found crushed to death in the vehicle he'd stolen.

• A Columbus woman allegedly used Ebola fears to receive faster 911 response.

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


Worth a Second Look

• Is Coca-Cola an effective contraceptive?


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list 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.

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THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



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We felt it was only a matter of time before Saturday Night Live would decide to lampoon the TV ads asking viewers to make a monthly pledge (usually $19 per month) to help support a charity or other non-profit cause. That time is NOW. As Lumpy said of this Saturday Night Live skit, some may find it racist and/or otherwise in bad taste. If so, it wouldn't be the first time that SNL pushed the envelope. (3 Mins.)




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If you haven't already visited Israel, we suggest you give it some consideration. It is far different from what is depicted on televised news programs. HERE is an excellent video preview of what you can expect if you decide to vacation in the only Middle Eastern country we can call a friend. Just make sure you plan your visit before the Iranians develop The Bomb, otherwise the country might not be there when you arrive, and all you will have to show for your travels is a case of radiation poisoning. (6 Mins.)




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Speaking of Israel, some people feel the conflict in the Middle East is too complicated to understand, but it really isn't. This explanation by Dennis Prager that was sent in by Bill Leavy takes the complexity out of how the Middle East conflict of today came to be. THIS is the straight scoop; it is not intended as humor. (5 Mins.)




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Hey, THESE guys are good, and their performance is as relevant today as it was in 2010 when it was first posted on YouTube. Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for "The Three Terrors." (3 Mins.)




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This clip from Les Nunes runs less than a minute and begs the question: How many idiots have died performing stunts they RECORDED with a GoPro video camera in an attempt to show off? Raise your hand if you think they should be featured in a special Darwin Awards' category. (51 Secs.)




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The challenge in watching THIS clip is to see if you can get through all 2 minutes and 50 seconds of it without yawning or falling asleep.




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How this guy delivers a bucket full of sand to the fourth floor SHOWS a lot of ingenuity. Check it out. (59 Secs.)




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This 1-minute clip should make you feel good — or not — about RENTAL COSTS in the Bay Area compared to the rest of the country.




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Pete Salvi posted on his Facebook page a link to a Wall Street Journal article that included a brief video containing footage from 1976 that documents the discovery of the Ebola Virus. Click HERE to view it.

 

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Is THIS clip received from Don Hale not reminiscent of the famous (some would say infamous) Stanford-Cal game of 1982 in which the Cardinal Band helped the Bears win the game? (2:30 Mins.)


Click HERE if you would like to see a replay of "The Play" in which the Stanford Band helped Cal win the big game in '82. (46 Secs.)

 

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Jim Silvers says THIS compilation clip should restore your faith in humanity in four minutes. Know what? He's right.



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Here are some new DASH CAM fails courtesy of Bob Moir. (It appears that the "Fail Army" logo is what the poster calls himself.) (5 Mins.)




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Was there ever any DOUBT which band would win this drum battle between South Korea's Army Band and the Marine Corps. Expeditionary Force Band? (5 Mins.)




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This final item is the story about two WW II aviators that can only be described as divine intervention, or one of the most amazing coincidences that came out of the war. One was a B-17 bomber pilot with the 15th Air Force, the other flew a P-51 Mustang with the famed Tuskegee Airmen that escorted the bombers to and from their targets. The VIDEO is definitely worth a few minutes of your time if you are an aviation and/or WW II enthusiast. (7 Mins.)

 

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THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 10/23/14

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

Bertie Cooke — Added

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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
Cooke, Bertie
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