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The Farsider

October 24, 2013


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.



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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

March 29, 1943 - October 15, 2013
Resident of San Jose

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, Santa Clara.



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...




Oct. 18th

Almost Half of San Jose Police Recruits Want Out (Video)


This is the text that accompanied the video on the NBC Bay Area website...

Nearly Half 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 Liccardo.

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 cadets.

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.

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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.



As reported in last Saturday's paper...

SJPD Troubled by Departures

—Department 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 years.

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.

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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...

San Jose 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.”

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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.

John Masters
San Jose


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Oct. 20th


A reminder about the Keith Kelley Christmas Dinner Dance. Please include in the Farsider.
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...



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Oct. 20th


I tried to check this through Snopes but had no luck. Can you find if this is accurate or a hoax?

Don Hale

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...



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Oct. 21st

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.

Bill Yarbrough


Photo is from the "Return to Makin Island" video that was the final item in last week's Farsider...


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Oct. 21st

Dear San Jose retired officers,

My name is Jeff Jones, and I am a researcher with a television production company based in Hampton, VA.  We produce documentary programming for Investigation Discovery.

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 Crew.

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
757.722.1400 x250
757.724.2183 cell

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.

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Oct. 22nd

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.

Bob (Moir)

Manuel G. Pereira “Manny”

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.



No submissions this week.






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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.)


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Cats vs. Dogs. Which of the four-legged house pets is the real wuss? Phil Norton reports, you decide. (3 Mins.)


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If I had this cat and dog, I think I would dump the canine and try to grow fur on my back. Seriously. (1 Min.)


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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.)


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"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.

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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.


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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.
(8 Mins.)


Click on this Wikipedia link for confirming info on Rep. Tammy Duckworth...



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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...



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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.

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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 night."

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 said.

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 sleep."

Moral: With age comes wisdom.

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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. (3 Mins.)


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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. (3 Mins.)


Click on this Wikipedia link for confirmation and further details...


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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.)


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Pic of the Week

For the 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 stripes
of Old Glory have long since faded to white due to
harsh radiation. Click on the link below for more info....



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