October 24, 2013
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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This is Ron's obituary as it appeared in last Saturday's (Oct.
19th) Mercury News. Last week's Farsider included information about the service
that was held on Tuesday of this week.
Ronald Sebastian Bondi
1943 - October 15, 2013
Ronald was called home by
our Heavenly Father surrounded by his family on the evening of October 15th
after a courageous battle with cancer. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph
and Josephine Bondi, sister, Virginia Barone, and brother, Dennis Bondi, beloved
husband to Suzanne Bondi. Deeply devoted father to Gina Ruiz (Donald), Mia Bondi
and Joe Bondi (Shelli). Adored Papa to Ryan, Jacob, Joey, Siena, Brooke and
Aiden. Loving brother to Joe Bondi, Nancy Ferreira and Richard Bondi, fun
loving, spirited Uncle to his many nieces and nephews.
Born and raised in San Jose, Ron spent much of his youth playing “screen ball”
with his buddies at Backesto Park. He attended Grant Elementary, Peter Burnett
Junior High and San Jose High School where he excelled as the Bulldogs'
quarterback and captain of the baseball team.
In the Summer of 1965 Ron met Sue and it was “love at first sight." They married
in July of 1966 and the love affair continued for 47 years. Ron began his career
in law enforcement as a Deputy for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department.
After two years, he accepted a position with the San Jose Police Department/
protecting and serving the community with respect and integrity. Retiring as a
Sergeant in 1997, Ron enjoyed what he loved most, spending time with family,
watching his grandchildren grow and rooting for his San Francisco Giants and the
49ers while talking to his buddy Moe! We will hold his memory close to our
hearts until we meet again.
Vigil Service Monday, October 21, at 7pm at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary,
466 N. Winchester Blvd. Funeral Service Tuesday, October 22, at 10am at Santa
Teresa Catholic Church, 794 Calero Ave., San Jose. Interment Santa Clara Mission
Cemetery. Reception to follow at Mariani’s Restaurant, 2500 El Camino Real,
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. Mike's obituary appeared
in last week's Farsider...
Almost Half of San Jose Police Recruits Want Out (Video)
This is the text that accompanied the video on the NBC Bay Area
New SJPD Cadets Ready to Leave
Just three weeks after being
sworn in, NBC Bay Area has learned 17 of the 40 cadets who graduated from the
San Jose police academy already have one foot out the door.
They’re going to places like Morgan Hill, Hayward, and Oakland.
“Almost half or just under, is either applying or going through backgrounds or
resigned at this time. They just graduated. It’s upsetting because we really
need officers here in San Jose,” said Sgt. Paul Kelly, board member of the San
Jose Police Officers Association.
It costs the city roughly $170,000 to train each cadet.
If 17 of them leave, that’s a loss of roughly $2,890,000 for San Jose.
“We're all concerned about police staffing in the city,” said San Jose
councilman Sam Liccardo. Liccardo backed the mayor’s pension reforms, which are
a major reason officers say they want to leave San Jose.
Liccardo wants officers to vote on a city proposal for a 5 percent wage increase
over two years and a one time, four percent signing bonus. But the city can’t
impose that raise on officers without union approval.
Just like Liccardo says he can’t force new recruits to stay on the job for a set
period of time after graduation.
“The 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits us from forcing anyone to
work. We are in the business of employing folks who want to work here," said
NBC Bay Area has also learned the San Jose police chief has called chiefs from
other cities to see if they would confirm they were actively recruiting his
And a city hall insider told NBC Bay Area maybe it’s time to charge those cities
for the cost of the training.
“I see this crisis just getting worse and worse," said Kelly.
~ ~ ~
Included in this POA Update were two
additional items that we pasted up in the Trials and Tribulations column below
prior to receiving the POA Membership Alert.
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
As reported in last Saturday's paper...
loses officers to other police agencies—
By Robert Salonga
Mercury News — Oct. 19, 2013
SAN JOSE — An ongoing
outflow of officers from an overstretched San Jose Police Department reached new
depths with the revelation that nearly half the members of its latest graduating
academy class are actively considering work elsewhere, mere weeks into their
field training. According to police sources, at least 17 of the 40 SJPD recruits
who first got their badges in September are exploring jobs with other police
agencies. A handful of those have already committed to other agencies.
The revelation is a troubling harbinger for a department already facing an
exodus of officers amid plummeting morale and a bitter and protracted battle
with the city over pay and retirement benefits.
The sworn staff totals just more than 1,000 today, down from the 1,400 the force
fielded five years ago, just before a string of layoffs, pay cuts and other
austerity measures spurred massive yearly departures — retirements and
resignations. Nearly 100 officers a year have left during the past two years.
As of Oct. 3, the city has seen 84 departures with 11 more pending in 2013.
“We’re in serious trouble,” said Sgt. Jim Unland, president of the San Jose
Police Officers’ Association.
Police brass on Friday declined to comment on the issue.
The potential departure of the new recruits is particularly troubling because
retaining them is one of the pillars of a proposal from Mayor Chuck Reed and
Councilman Sam Liccardo to bolster the department by 200 officers over four
But that also would require the city and police department to find a way to stem
the flow of officers leaving for presumably greener financial pastures in other
Bay Area cities, five of which have chiefs who are former high-level SJPD
commanders: Hayward, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Piedmont and Redwood City. If academy
recruits start joining them, it could effectively turn SJPD into a de facto
training ground for other police in the region.
“There’s no magic to the retention issue,” Liccardo said. “We all agree that
increasing pay will retain officers. Police union leadership is preventing that
process from moving forward.”
Last week, the police union rejected a 3 percent raise offer and demanded the
city double it to end the ongoing pay feud they blame for thinning the
department’s ranks, arguing officers are leaving at record rates because San
Jose’s pay and benefits are no longer competitive.
But the councilman noted that came after union leaders refused to present its
membership with a more generous offer: 2.5 percent raises in two consecutive
years and a 4 percent one-time bonus.
Liccardo also pointed to the union’s decision in August to host an informal
recruitment fair for other agencies to talk to current San Jose officers. Unland
said the union has to look out for its members’ best interests and the current
climate suggests that might mean working somewhere else. The officers and other
city unions are locked in a legal battle with the city over a 2012 ballot
measure to reduce future pension benefits that the unions call illegal and city
leaders say was needed to tame retirement costs that more than tripled over a
decade and continue to rise.
• • • • •
Looking back at the
'60s, '70s and '80s, we suspect the personnel on the third floor of the PAB
would stomp their collective feet in anger and make those on the second and
first floors think they were experiencing another Loma Prieta quake if the third
floor detectives had to occasionally don their costumes and hit the streets to
help make up for a patrol shortage. Doing so would probably require many of them
to buy a new uniform, or get the one that is providing a tasty meal for moths in
their closet refitted. But that's just a guess. This item from last Sunday's I.A.
column explains what's happening now...
Detectives Pulling Patrol Shifts
Mercury News — Oct. 20, 2013
Detectives have always
enjoyed an elite status with the San Jose police. But that sheen seems about to
corrode. Under a new plan designed to meet manpower shortages on the street,
they’re going to start doing patrol shifts at least once a month beginning Nov.
1. The move by Acting Chief Larry Esquivel’s department is not popular. With
reason, detectives think it subtracts from their ability to investigate crimes.
And the San Jose Police Officers’ Association has seized upon it as an
opportunity to take a fresh shot at Mayor Chuck Reed .
“When investigators must be taken away from investigating crimes to answer 911
calls, it’s time for bold leadership from City Hall to reverse the failed Chuck
Reed pension and pay cut scheme,” said POA president Jim Unland .
We could not get much that
was straightforward from Esquivel’s office, though this cannot be blamed on the
chief. He is responding to the steady exodus of cops who are ready for
retirement or dislike the mayor’s pension trimming.
Speaking of which: We hear that a significant number of the recent 41 police
academy recruits have already accepted offers from other departments. Under the
“Tier Two” program, they earn lower pensions than officers already on the force
in San Jose, as much as a half-million dollars over a lifetime.
When we asked the mayor for a comment about whether he was worried about
recruits leaving, he said this: “I’m not surprised. The POA has been working
hard to get recruits to leave. Yes, it worries me.
I’d like to give them a pay raise. We have an offer on the table.”
• • • • •
This is a letter to the
editor from today's (Thursday's) Mercury News...
S.J. is Left Holding the Bag
on Police training
Initially, San Jose’s decision
to train more people to work in the police department sounded like a good
policy. But the idea has turned sour since, upon graduation, many trainees
choose to work elsewhere.
That leaves us holding the bag, spending money on training them — and then
watching them walk away with their free education.
Why, oh why, didn’t the city require that these new police officers commit to
working in the San Jose Police Department for a specified period of time — or at
least to compensate for their “learn and run” actions by paying for their
education if they choose to work elsewhere? We have wasted money because the
city did not think out this policy clearly.
Last Week's Poll
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A reminder about the Keith Kelley Christmas Dinner Dance. Please include in the
Parking will be validated. The room rate of $89 per night includes breakfast
for two. Call the SJ Holiday Inn at 408.453.6200.
For full details about
the Christmas Dinner Dance, refer to the Oct. 10th Farsider by clicking on this
link, then scroll down to the dinner dance information...
• • • • •
I tried to check this through Snopes but had no luck. Can you find if this is
accurate or a hoax?
I couldn't find anything
about the statement with the President's signature on Snopes, FactCheck or
TruthOrFiction, but I did find this...
The National Debt is now
over $17 trillion, and your share is a tad over $53,900. But don't worry about
having to dig into your savings to pay off your share. Your children,
grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren will do it as
they look back at our generation as one of least responsible in the history of
the country. Click on the link below...
• • • • •
Bill and Leroy,
Once again the Farsider has provided me with information I would have never
known about if it wasn't for Paul Gardner's posting of Return to Makin Island.
Although Cpl. Mason O. Yarbrough may or may not been a relative of mine, I will
proudly claim him. He was a hero and a patriot, and he volunteered for a place
in our history that makes me proud to be in his shadow by namesake.
Thanks again, Paul.
Photo is from
the "Return to Makin Island" video that was the final item in last week's
• • • • •
Dear San Jose retired
My name is Jeff Jones, and I am a researcher with a television production
company based in Hampton, VA. We produce documentary programming for
I'm contacting you regarding a fascinating case worked by the San Jose Police
Department in the early 1980's and I'm working to track down some detectives who
might have worked the case.
The case is that of the murder of Nancy Wilhelmi (Nancy Jo Crew) at the hands of
her husband Mark Christopher Crew. Nancy and Mark met and married in 1981-1982,
and Mark convinced Nancy to move across the country to South Carolina to live
with him. However, his true plans were to murder her for money and disposed of
her body where no one would ever find it. He did just that and was finally
arrested in 1984 in Connecticut thanks to the help of San Jose Police
detectives, Nancy's family, and the woman Mark Crew was currently living with
under a fake name.
Crew was convicted of Nancy's murder in 1989 and he was sentenced to death. He
currently sits on death row.
We are working closely with Nancy's family to tell this story and her friends
are behind the project. We would like to speak with a police investigator who
worked the case or who has knowledge of the case on the show.
I'm providing a link to an appeal document that outlines the case since it was
so long ago I figured it might help.
I've gotten a few names of investigators I'm looking to speak with, but only one
name from San Jose - Larry Demkowski. I've also noticed that name Ron McCurdy
(DA's office) as an investigator who helped piece together the case against Mark
With that said, I'd love if you could forward this request to any retirees who
might remember the case, might have worked on the case, or who might be able to
help flesh out the investigation for me.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Jeffrey A. Jones
Researcher, m2 Pictures
27 West Queens Way
Hampton, VA 23669
These are .pdf links to
the two attachments that were included with Jones' letter...
If any of you have
contact with Larry Demkowski, you might consider getting this information to
him. We don't have any contact with Larry as he is not a Farsider subscriber.
• • • • •
Tues morning Merc's Obit page included Manny Perriera, he of Manny's Cellar
and Highlands Inn. Longtime cop friend and provider of the meeting place for
the Police Union and later the PBA. Manny's Cellar was also an "infamous"
hangout for judges, lawyers and cops. The youngsters wouldn't know him or about
him, but the "old timers" certainly would. A long life well lived.
Resident of San Jose, CA
Passed away October 17, 2013 at the age of 93
with his loving family by his side. Loving father of Robert (Bonnie) and Linda
Pereira. Beloved grandfather of Michael and Jamie Pereira and Jereme Kuecker.
Great Grandfather of Jacob and Elizabeth. Son of the late Manuel and Maria
Pereira. Brother in law of Dorie Pereira and the late Joe and Tillie Pereira and
Edward Pereira, Emily and Frank Rodrigues, Mary and John Rebeiro. Brother in law
of Alvin (Joyce) Fernandez and the late Juanita and Robert Fernandez. Loving
uncle and great uncle of numerous nieces and nephews.
Manny was a decorated war hero; receiving bronze & silver stars and good conduct
medal, purple heart. He was a restaurateur for 60 years owning Manny’s Hyland
Inn, El Palomer (Santa Cruz) and Manny’s Cellar. He ran the Heineken stand at
San Jose Giants for many years. He was a life member of San Jose Elks and
Disabled American Veterans.
Donations preferred to DAV c/o Al Tortolano at 2358 Benton St. Santa Clara, CA
95050 or Spiritual Bouquets.
Visitation Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 6:30pm followed by Rosary at 7:30pm at
Willow Glen Funeral Home 1039 Lincoln Ave San Jose, Mass Thursday October 24,
2013 at 10am at the Five Wounds Portuguese National Church 1375 e Santa Clara
St. Interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF OCT. 19, 2013
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Internet trivia claims that "The three most valuable
brand names on earth are Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser."
• Halloween hanging stunt goes wrong and hangs a man for real.
• Does a 'Triangle of Life' article provide good advice about earthquake
• Did President Obama fire several military officers
for disobeying his orders to destroy Charleston as part of a 'false flag'
• Message claims that Facebook is removing photographs
of military amputees from their network, deeming them "offensive."
• Is Congress beginning impeachment hearings against President Obama?
• Photograph purportedly shows a pill found in a grape
purchased at WalMart.
• Has the Obama administration proposed a 2,300-page 'New Constitution'?
• Rumor about National Guard resources called out to
block protesting truckers from using I-495 in Washington.
• Person in a state of undress is accidentally left behind at a roadside rest
stop by a spouse.
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Have pins, needles, and razor blades been found in
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
• • • • •
This clip is as amazing
today as it was six years ago when it was first posted on the Internet back in
2007. Rockwell International decided to get into the heavy duty automatic
transmission business and was getting ready to tape its first introductory
video. As a warm up, the stage crew taped what has become a legend in the
training industry. What you are about to see and hear was strictly off the cuff;
nothing was written down, there was no script. This was strictly a rehearsal for
the camera and lighting crew. What is amazing is how this stagehand was able to
make up a story about an imaginary, so-called Turbo Encabulator without skipping
a beat. (2 Mins.)
The video went viral and
was such a hit on the Internet that it was updated in 2009. This was version 2
of the Rockwell Turbo Encabulator presentation. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
Cats vs. Dogs. Which of the
four-legged house pets is the real wuss? Phil Norton reports, you decide.
• • • • •
If I had this cat and dog,
I think I would dump the canine and try to grow fur on my back. Seriously.
• • • • •
Speaking of critters, we
don't normally pass along animated cartoons, but this one from Bruce Morton
about "Bob the Hamster" was too good to pass up. But there's a catch. You have
to watch it to the very end to get to the punch line. Give it a shot. All you
have to lose is...(3 Mins.)
• • • • •
"Yikes! How does he do
this?" was the question posed in an e-mail from Alice Murphy. It's about a
street magic trick by Chris Angel in which he pulled the bodies of a male and
female apart, then switched the tops of the bodies at the end of the trick.
Worth a watch? You be the judge. (4 Mins.)
It's not our intent to break the so-called Magician's Code, but
if you want some clues as to how this illusion was performed, think about this:
• Paid (or volunteer) actors, including those in the crowd who freak out at the
end. And more importantly, two who are human oddities who have no bodies below
the waist as well as two full-bodied actors who are dressed the same.
• Numerous cutaways, which are easy to produce by switching between the
professional cameraman's footage and the footage from the so-called bystander
who uses a smart phone to capture the action from a different angle.
• And while the clip gives the impression that the illusion only took a few
minutes to complete, look at the shadows of the trees on the grass, then on the
sidewalk after the bodies are pulled apart, and you will see that the trick
actually took a half-hour or better to pull off.
• • • • •
Jim Silvers calls the
montage of photos on this web page a "Blast from the Past," and it's hard to
argue the point for those of us in our 60s and 70s. Because there are so many
photos, the site may take a few moments to load, so be patient.
• • • • •
You go girl.
The lady in the photo below is Tammy Duckworth, a Democratic Representative from
the 8th Congressional District in Illinois. An Iraq War veteran, she served as a
U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her
legs and damaging her right arm. She was the first female double amputee from
the war and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army
National Guard along with her husband, Major Bryan W. Bowlsbey, a signal officer
and fellow Iraq War veteran. She is also the first Asian-American woman elected
to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress born in Thailand.
During a June 26th House Oversight Committee hearing, Duckworth severely dressed
down IRS contractor Braulio Castillo who used his military disability status to
receive government contracts reserved for disabled vets.
The catch? The Military Times reports Castillo claimed disability based on an
injury he sustained at a U.S. Military Preparatory School nearly 30 years ago.
When the Military Times reported that he broke his foot at the prep school, but
went on to play football in college, Duckworth pounced. The verbal knock down
was posted on YouTube by California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa's office.
Click on this Wikipedia link for confirming info on Rep. Tammy
• • • • •
This is the raw footage of
the dufas Scout leader who toppled a boulder in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park
that was millions of years old. Should he be prosecuted for defacing state
property or some other charge? Or was being fired from the Boy Scouts punishment
enough. We report, you decide. (3 Mins.)
If you want to read more about this stupid act by the now-ex
Scout Leader, click on this link to the Salt Lake Tribune...
• • • • •
It's not a surprise that
someone has used a clip from the movie "Downfall" to show Hitler's reaction to
the problems with Obamacare getting off the ground. Here's the video courtesy of
Leroy. (4 Mins.)
There are several other
Hitler parodies on YouTube covering other controversial topics where the same
scene was used. To watch them, simply type "Hitler parodies" (without the
quotes) in the YouTube search field.
• • • • •
So four guys go to Las
Vegas for the weekend and book two rooms with two men in each room.
After the first night, no one wanted to room with Bob because he snored so
badly. After a short discussion by the other three, they decided it wasn't fair
to make one of them stay with Bob the whole time, so they chose to take turns.
After spending the night with Bob, Curt came dragging to breakfast the next
morning with his hair a mess and his eyes all bloodshot. With Bob still in the
room, one of the others said, "Man, what happened to you?
Curt said, "Bob snored so loudly, I sat up and watched him all night."
The next night it was Jerry’s turn. In the morning it was the same thing; his
hair was standing up and his eyes were bloodshot. "What happened to you? one of
the two asked. "You look awful."
Jerry said, "Bob shakes the roof with his snoring. I sat up and watched him all
Then it was Brian’s turn, who was the oldest of the four. The next morning he
came down to breakfast all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. "Good morning! "he
Curt and Jerry couldn't believe it. They said, "What happened? How did you
survive the snoring?"
Brian said, "Well, when we got ready for bed. I patted Bob on the butt, tucked
him in, kissed him good night on the cheek and he sat up all night watching me
Moral: With age comes wisdom.
• • • • •
Ever heard of Parov Stelar?
Neither have we. But according to his bio that we found using Google, the up and
coming star was a protege of Tom Macris, who taught the dancer every move you
are about to see if you choose to click on the link below.
• • • • •
Have you aviation buffs
heard the story about the "Cornfield Bomber?" It's about an Air Force pilot who
was on a training mission when his out-of-control F-106 went into a flat spin
that he couldn't recover from, so he ejected. The jet, however, had other ideas.
It recovered from the spin itself and landed in a farmer's field. Damage was so
slight that the fighter was repaired and later flown again by the same pilot.
Click on this Wikipedia link for confirmation and further
• • • • •
Last week we
paid tribute (again) to the heroes of Makin Island, whose remains were recovered
decades after they died at the beginning of WWII. This week we are including
another video from the past called "Eternal Peace." For those of you who haven't
seen it, the video will show and tell you something about the USS Arizona
memorial at Pearl Harbor you probably were unaware of. We first included the
video in the April 5, 2012 Farsider. (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
Pic of the Week
record, the rumor that the French landed on the moon
before the U.S. and were the first to plant their flag is a hoax.
Five of the
six American flags that were planted on
the moon are still standing, but the stars and
of Old Glory have long since faded to white due
harsh radiation. Click on the link below for more