The Farsider

Oct. 30, 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.


 

THE JOSEPH D. MC NAMARA MEMORIAL TRIBUTE

Officer John Reinert of the SJPD Video Unit has posted on YouTube the Memorial Tribute for JoeMac that was held at the California Theater on Oct. 2nd. for those of you who would like to see it.

The speakers include Ret'd Chief Rob Davis; Chaplain Jim Becknall; Chief Larry Esquivel; Joe's daughter, Karen McNamara-Rust; Duncan Madison of the Hoover Institution; Ret'd. Los Gatos Chief (and SJPD Capt.) Scott Seaman; Ret'd. Chief Chris Moore; Ret'd. Chief Lou Cobarruviaz; Ret'd. Ofcr. Carm Grande; Former Mayor Tom McEnery; with an opening and closing song by Michael Taylor of the West Bay Opera of Palo Alto.    

Congratulations to the SJPD Video Unit for doing an exemplary job of capturing the details and the mood of the Memorial Tribute. Click HERE to view the video.

 

GETTING IN THE HALLOWEEN MOOD?

Who wants a radio controlled airplane when you can scare the hell out of people tomorrow on Halloween with the Grim Reaper? Check THIS out. (2:14)

If you want to see more "victims" and how the Grim Reaper was made to fly, click HERE (3:31)

When it comes to scaring the you-know-what out of people, however, THIS prank is hard to top. ((3:58)


 

PENSION NEWS 

Nada, unless you count the political dust-up between the
Cortese and Liccardo camps pension news. And why not?

 

POA UPDATES

Many of you have no doubt seen the NBC Bay Area video that is part of this POA Membership Alert as it was sent to POA members and posted on Facebook a few hours after we went to press with last week's Farsider.

Oct. 23rd

Mayor Reed's Campaign Consultant Implicated in Pay-to-Play

Today, a former SJ police officer came forward with a declaration sworn under penalty of perjury that suggests Mayor Chuck Reed's political consultant Victor Ajlouny offered money and his San Jose police officer job back if the former officer would claim that the POA asked him to quit. Click HERE to view it.


 

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Click HERE to read Aaron Ettinger's sworn declaration of the events that transpired.

 



Oct. 24th

Continued news coverage a former SJ police officer came forward with a declaration sworn under penalty of perjury that suggests Mayor Chuck Reed's political consultant Victor Ajlouny offered money and his San Jose police officer job back if the former officer would claim that the POA asked him to quit.

ABC 7: Former SJPD Officer Claims He was offered Money to Lie (Click HERE)


 

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NBC Bay Area: Ex-San Jose Police Officer Says Mayor Reed Aide Told Him to "Lie" (Click HERE)

 

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Today, Oct. 24, POA Board Member James Gonzales attended the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force meeting and accused Mayor Reed of lying about violent gang crime being down 70%. Gonzales chastised the Mayor for cherry-picking the month of January 2014 which had the highest number of violent gang crime to the month of September 2014 which had the lowest amount of gang crime and leaving out all the other months. Crime is up is San Jose and the Mayor knows it.

Raw audio: POA accuses Mayor Reed of lying about a 70 percent drop in gang crime Listen to the 2-minute public comment made by Gonzales HERE.
 

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KCBS: POA calls mayor gang numbers a lie. Click HERE.

 

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The Daily Fetch: Ajlounygate Update (Click HERE)

 

 

 

Oct. 25th

NBC Bay Area's Investigative Unit has once again exposed Chuck Reed using FUZZY MATH to hide the truth about San Jose's rising crime rate. Reed claimed violent gang crime had decreased by 70%, UNTRUE. NBC did the math and it actually INCREASED BY 47%. See for yourself in THIS report that aired last night.


 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

"You, Mr. Salonga, shall go forth and author an article explaining to the good citizens of San Jose that crime is on the decrease and that all is well despite the police department being severely understaffed," said the City Editor. "And don't be afraid to use hyperbolic terms like 'crowbar-wielding masked thieves lurking at nearly every residential corner' if you can pin that description on the police union."

"Yes sir," replied the reporter. "I'll give it my best shot and finish it in time to meet our Monday deadline."

Crime in San Jose: Two tales of One City

—Mayoral candidates painting different public safety images, but what’s the real picture?—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 27, 2014

SAN JOSE — This year’s mayor’s race has been dominated by public safety on a level unseen in San Jose’s modern history, with one side pushing promising trends and the other side portending scary times ahead for the country’s 10th-largest city.

Almost daily, campaign brochures that appear in mailboxes illustrate those opposing contentions: Crime rates are either heading downward, in Sam Liccardo’s telling, or there are crowbar-wielding masked thieves lurking at nearly every residential corner, if you believe Dave Cortese and his supporters.

So what’s really happening?

A 10-year look at crime data shows property crimes in San Jose rose sharply between 2008 and 2012 before starting to dip in 2013. Statewide, there were corresponding but less dramatic ups and downs, while national trends show a consistent decline over those same years. But San Jose’s violent crime rate has stayed well below state and national averages and in 2013 was the lowest of any large U.S. city, according to figures from the San Jose Police Department, state attorney general and FBI.

With property crimes, the city is leveling off from a recent peak in 2012, when its rate of 2,930.2 incidents per 100,000 residents marked the first time in at least a decade San Jose exceeded the state and national rates. There has been some relief by way of successive 10 percent decreases in 2013 and the first six months of 2014. In 2013, San Jose’s property crime rate ranked sixth lowest among the 35 U.S. cities with at least 500,000 residents, a list that includes New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. But it remains far higher than many longtime residents are used to.

Violent crime in San Jose saw a similar rise and fall along with the rest of the country, though the violent- crime rate of 326.6 incidents per 100,000 residents has remained persistently below big-city peers. The city’s violent-crime rate is now at its second-lowest level of the past decade, even with a 4 percent rise in the first six months of 2014.

In this political year, what the voters are really seeing is candidates who slice and dice those statistics to support their campaign, according to Greg Woods, a lecturer in the criminal justice studies department at San Francisco State whose expertise includes criminal justice research methods.

City Councilman Liccardo, a close ally of outgoing Mayor Chuck Reed, is focusing on the recent drop in property crime. Meanwhile, Supervisor Cortese, the candidate backed by the police union, is emphasizing the overall increase in property crime over the past few years.

“That’s why we should view this data critically. In a vacuum, statistics don’t do anything — it’s in how you use those numbers,” Woods said. “It’s playing with fear. It’s not about two plus two equaling four, it’s about emotions.”

A particularly vivid example came when Reed recently put out a news release boasting a 70 percent drop in violent gang crimes through the first nine months of this year. Upon closer scrutiny, it became clear the percentage was so high because the first month of the year had the worst numbers and the ninth month had the best; the numbers in the intervening months did not substantiate the trend Reed cited. A more reliable comparison, which Reed said he was warned against doing because of data limitations, shows the drop to be closer to 15 percent.

Woods noted that property crimes have outpaced violent crimes in the public consciousness because of the economic profile of San Jose, where home ownership is relatively common.

“When you have high percentages of the population that own things, high property crime is going to be more meaningful to them,” Woods said.

San Jose is not alone in seeing fluctuations, particularly the elevated property crime rate that parallels a similar upward trend in California, although the city’s increase prior to 2013 was more pronounced. Law enforcement and civic leaders throughout the state have attributed the rise at least in part to “realignment” policies instituted by the Legislature and governor in 2011 that allowed early release for offenders convicted of certain nonviolent crimes — often property crimes — in response to court orders to relieve prison overcrowding.

Many cities in the state have also cut police staffing amid budget tightening and contentious pension reform efforts. That is probably most evident in San Jose, which in six years has gone from 1,400 officers to just over 1,000. The police union and its allies contend the result has been lagging police response times, deflating residents to the point where they are reporting nonviolent crimes less frequently. Arrests have also dropped by half in the same time frame.

Woods said it leads to a paradox that becomes difficult to quantify. When people feel unsafe, what’s changing: the level of crime or our awareness of it?

“Usually it’s pretty simple: The more police you have in the community, the less crime there is in the community,” Woods said. “Are we only perceiving more crime because there are more cops on the street, or seeing less of it because we have fewer cops on the street?”

Perception may be the most important factor in the political debate over crime. For several years in the 2000s, San Jose was second lowest, after New York City, in property crimes per capita among large U.S. cities. At the time, San Jose was routinely lauded as the safest large city in the country. Property crime has generally risen since then, and residents have noticed.

“If one of the reasons people live here is that it’s a safe city, and crimes against people go up, it might not be the worst city, but considering where it was, there are expectations,” said Larry Gerston, a longtime San Jose State political science professor and analyst. “Unfortunately, when you gain a reputation for something, it’s a lot easier to lose it.”
 

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The editorial staff at the Mercury News with Barbara Marshman at the helm is pulling out all the stops to elevate Liccardo to the mayor's throne. With the election just a few days away, this editorial from Tuesday's paper sounds like a last minute plea to convince the undecided to vote for a candidate who is akin to the "Second Coming."

Campaigns Reflect the Candidates

Editorial
Mercury News — Oct. 28, 2014

The campaigns for San Jose mayor say a lot about the candidates — but not necessarily in the way the interests paying the bills for them would like.

The campaigns by Sam Liccardo and by his supporters making independent expenditures are positive, ethical and forward looking. Liccardo’s character, philosophy and approach to governing are laid out clearly.

This reflects well on him and on the business and community leaders, such as former Mayor Susan Hammer, campaigning for him. You get a full picture of the former prosecutor whose dedication to public service has led him to this point. He is independent, and he will be an honest and ethical mayor. This is the message of the campaigns on his behalf.

Dave Cortese looks to the past — and his supporters running independent expenditure campaigns are almost exclusively unions: local police, firefighters and retirees and an array of state and even national labor organizations spending $700,000 since the primary, mainly trying to to scare the daylights out of residents.

Cortese implies all the budget cutting since he left the council was somehow unnecessary, even though the city still is projecting a budget deficit next year. He preaches hope for a better future, but it’s a false hope based on financial practices that got San Jose into the quagmire that still holds it back.

Liccardo is an optimist who is realistic about budget challenges and does not pander.

It’s important to look at all the campaign material — and who’s paying for it. But also look up facts. For instance, as reporter Robert Salonga wrote this week, San Jose always has had the lowest level of violent crime among comparable cities; it is not mayhem central, as pro-Cortese mailers would have you believe.

As to low police staffing — yes, pension reform and pay cuts, since restored, are part of the problem.

But the police union has done everything it can to drive officers out and to discourage recruits. It is part of the fear campaign. Mailers from the police and firefighters are among the most irresponsible.

Cortese slams Liccardo for his support from “out of- towners.” These would be Silicon Valley tech leaders who employ city residents, do business here and decide where to locate expansions. He has called them “carpetbaggers.” But state and national unions pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into his campaign are ... just good citizens? Duly noted.

Liccardo’s relationships with valley leaders, business and otherwise, are part of what makes him the mayor for the future.

One example: When the city was so strapped that it couldn’t subsidize Christmas in the Park a few years ago, Liccardo called on those tech relationships to pull together what’s now the annual Santa Run. It saved the day, and it’s now a new holiday tradition.

Cortese has relationships, too. With unions.

Union mail pieces misrepresent Liccardo’s positions on issues. He was not against raising the minimum wage, for instance. He favored phasing in the 25 percent hike, as San Francisco did, to help small businesses. He supports the city’s living wage ordinance, just opposed an expansion of it, along with a majority of the council.

Our favorite is the claim that he voted to disband the burglary unit. What a crock. Liccardo voted to back the police chief at the time, Chris Moore, who said officers on patrol were a higher need. Moore now supports Cortese, who presumably would have had the wisdom to reject his advice.

The unions’ campaign for Cortese has mostly slimed Liccardo. But Liccardo’s campaign and the independent expenditures on his behalf largely take the high road. That says a lot about his character, and the character of his supporters. He can pull San Jose together and lead to a better future.

The unions’ campaign for Cortese has mostly slimed Liccardo. But Liccardo’s campaign and the independent expenditures on his behalf largely take the high road.

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We're at the point where we are conflicted about the Mayor's Race. Yes, we want to see Cortese win because we feel he would be best for the City, the SJPD and its retirees. But almost as importantly, a win by Cortese would piss off the management and editorial staff of the Mercury News, and that counts for a lot!

 

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We could be cynical and start this by quoting the City Manager as saying, "You, Chief, shall go forth and prepare an article to quell the citizens' fears and explain that crime is on the downswing in San Jose, even though more work needs to be done." But would that be fair to SJPD's current boss? Whatever the case, the following piece by Larry Esquivel made it onto the editorial page of Tuesday's paper directly below the editorial above. Coincidence? There are no coincidences in politics.

As Crime Rates Decline, S.J. Still Has Much to Do

By Larry Esquivel
Special to the Mercury News — Oct. 28, 2014

There has been much discussion recently about crime rates and public safety. The overall San Jose crime rates for violent and property crimes have been on a decline since January 2013, which is a move in the right direction.

As we continue to grapple with staffing levels, these reduced crime rates do come at a price. We have had to be creative and implement various operational plans that bring officers from their regular assignments back to patrol, on a temporary basis, in order to satisfy staffing needs. Out of necessity, we will continue to assess operational and patrol deployment strategies to ensure our community remains as safe as possible.

I believe the overall downward crime trend in San Jose can be attributed to the caliber of officers we have, the professional work ethic of our men and women, technological advances such as analytical software and social media, being afforded the opportunity by city leaders to be creative, the engagement of our community-based organizations, and the strong partnership with our community.

With staffing levels lower than in past years, general response to quality of life crime and blight has suffered, as has our ability to proactively address them. Knowing this, we have had to reshape and adjust strategies such as employing community service officers, deploying special task force teams and utilizing overtime assignments in identified neighborhoods to assist with these shortcomings.

Police staffing is and should always be on all our minds. We continually assess, strategize and seek ways to address staffing concerns.

To begin with, we have increased our police academies to three per year and have enhanced our recruiting efforts. We now a have continuous testing process for prospective police officers so that applicants do not stagnate on a waiting list. We are also working with a marketing firm to assess and enhance our recruiting efforts.

We will continue to look at ways to more effectively use retirees and reserve officers, and we are bringing forward a proposal to retain our highly experienced, retirement-eligible officers. We look forward to the city and police union negotiating this matter in the hope of implementing this plan soon.

These strategies and plans are not all-inclusive but a snapshot of areas we are evaluating and addressing. Whichever mayoral candidate is elected, it will be incumbent upon him not to-let this public safety momentum fade. While our mayoral candidates have distinct platforms, both have placed public safety as one of their top priorities. It is too important to all of us not to. All stakeholders must be willing to collaborate in addressing and stabilizing Police Department staffing levels. This will have a positive effect on our ability to attract the high-caliber applicants we are accustomed to as well as to retain experienced veteran officers.

Any resolution must be realistic and balanced, yet minimize the decrease of other city services. It’s not an easy task, and I know that whatever decisions are made will not please everyone. However, the ultimate goal should be to focus on the greater good, improving the quality of life for our residents while being sensitive to the needs of our employees.

As stated, San Jose’s crime rate is generally on the decline, which is a positive trend. But steps still need to be taken, collectively, by all stakeholders to bring about change.

I will continue to work hard with our community, employees, city administration and the newly elected mayor to put San Jose back where it belongs as the safest big city in America. Larry Esquivel is San Jose’s police chief. He wrote this for this newspaper.
 

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You are unlikely to learn anything new from this Herhold column about Cortese and Liccardo that appeared in yesterday's paper, but here it is if you want to give it a shot...

Best Mayor May be Best Job Manager



By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Oct. 29, 2014

Journalists are used to tallying scorecards of candidates. This guy stands for that. That guy stands for this. Pick your favorite and democracy will triumph.

But there’s another dimension to holding office, perhaps more important, that has nothing to do with ideology. That’s how the official manages the job.

How do they assemble and treat a staff? How do they deal with opponents? Do they try to forge compromise or dictate a course? Are they big delegators or enmeshed in the weeds of policy? In the contest for San Jose’s mayor, the differences between Sam Liccardo and Dave Cortese are sometimes pronounced, and sometimes subtle. Full disclosure: On policy issues, I lean closer to Liccardo than to Cortese. But here are five non-ideological categories to consider:

FOCUS — Any successful mayor has to focus on one or two big things. Early in the campaign, this appeared to be a problem for Liccardo. It seemed like no problem arose, from nightclubs to school hours, that didn’t demand a Liccardo position paper. In the general election, he has been more disciplined, focusing on public safety and government efficiency.

Cortese is fundamentally more conservative about throwing out new ideas. He approaches decisions from a more intuitive political viewpoint: What is the back story? Where is the line of compromise? Whom do I owe? Like ex-President Bill Clinton, the supervisor can sometimes be influenced by the last person he talked with. Liccardo isn’t immune to political considerations. But at bottom, he is more of a policy wonk.

STAFFING — You will find deep loyalty among the staffers of both men, usually a sign the politician treats the staff well. Neither candidate has thus far shown the willingness to hire the independent-minded talent that characterized the staffs of mayors Tom McEnery (David Pandori, Pat Dando, Dean Munro) or Susan Hammer (Bob Brownstein, Gary Robinson, Sean Morley).

Even the best mayors need to delegate big pieces of the job — and be willing to endure private criticism from their own staff. For both Cortese and Liccardo, their most important advisers are their wives (Pattie Cortese and Jessica Garcia­-Kohl).

CREDIBILITY — In the campaign, Cortese has had to wrestle with this issue more often than Liccardo. He still tells audiences that he voted against the 90 percent pension for public safety officers, which is technically true but misstates the context: In late 2005, as a mayoral election loomed, Cortese stood with the firefighters, who wanted what amounted to a richer way of getting to 90 percent. Cortese has talked about his support for BART, but he is a late adherent to the cause: He did not endorse the 2008 BART tax. (For the record, neither did I. Liccardo, meanwhile, was a BART supporter as early as 2000.)

CHARISMA — Fourteen years younger than Cortese, Liccardo, 44, has the edge in this department, although his charisma, like his jokes, can come across as studied. (The standard Liccardo anecdote is a Reaganesque vignette about how Gabe, the Bellarmine barber, told him that government should get out of the way. The standard Cortese anecdote is about how he received a personal letter from liberal U.S. Rep. Don Edwards as a kid).

Cortese, 58, has gotten much stronger in delivering his message about crime, curbing a tendency to disappear down a bureaucratic rabbit hole of talk about joint-use agreements. Though he is a serious, straight man, he can flash a wry wit.

DEALING WITH OPPONENTS — Neither man likes to create opponents. In that sense, they are like former Mayor Susan Hammer, who extended an olive branch to her foes after she was elected in 1990. Innately, Cortese is a believer in compromise. But he also remembers slights: He has exchanged tart words with Mayor Chuck Reed, for example, over the county’s paramedic contract.

Liccardo is quietly firmer about where he stands on budget and environmental issues. I’ve seen him say no to friends, a quality he will need if he is elected. But he has taken the extra step to forge compromise, particularly in the bruising Little Saigon battle seven years ago.

What does it all mean?

Well, that’s up to you.

But hopefully you’ve got a slightly more three-dimensional picture of the candidates. A mayor has to do more than complete a scorecard. The game is too complicated.


 

MAIL CALL

Oct. 23rd

Bill,

I just sent my name to fly on Orion's flight test, scheduled to launch Dec. 4-6, 2014. Orion is NASA's new spacecraft that will carry humans into deep space.

Get your own Boarding Pass for NASA's journey to Mars by sending your name to this website: <go.usa.gov/vcpz>
                  
Mike Young <jecasmi@gmail.com>

I signed up and my name is already getting nervous after seeing footage of that explosion in Virginia a few days ago of the cargo rocket that began to go astray and had to be put out of its misery.
 

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Oct. 29th

This vent is in response to the disgusting inundation of political advertisement via TV, radio, robo-calls, and junk mail. I have already voted based on my reading and research of the fact plus my personal beliefs and values. I do not need professional sound byte advertisements filled with distorted half-truths and outright lies telling me how to vote. Frankly, I would believe a drunken hooker telling me I am a super stud before I would believe any political advertisement in any form.

There, I have vented. Thank you, I feel better already.

Harry Mullins <hmullins08@yahoo.com>

 

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Members are Free; Guest Ticket is $75

Contact Keith Keith Kelley Office Manager Margie
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STOP THE PRESSES!

Can it be true that politicians' campaign ads are not 100 percent truthful? I'm dumfounded! Avoid this item from yesterday's Mercury News at all costs unless you are willing to risk your lily white opinion about the people we vote into office…

Reality Check: San Jose Mayor's Race

—Mailers for Both Candidates Misleading—

With the tight race for mayor to be decided Tuesday, many San Jose voters are still trying to make sense of the dozens of mail advertisements they’ve been receiving from the competing campaigns and special interests. This newspaper asked the campaigns for both mayoral finalists— Supervisor Dave Cortese and Councilman Sam Liccardo — to pick an ad they thought was misleading or incorrect, and then we fact-checked them.

 

Cortese’s ad on the city’s cop exodus is right about pension reform but ignores the budget

The Dave Cortese for mayor campaign recently sent campaign mail attacking Sam Liccardo.

 

Pictured is the second page of a multi-page mailer
from the Dave Cortese for mayor campaign.

Cortese’s opponent, San Jose City Councilman Sam
Liccardo, questions the facts presented.


WHAT DOES THE AD SAY?

“Sam Liccardo’s risky and flawed pension scheme drove 400 San Jose police officers to turn in their badges.”

“Over the last five years, more than 400 police officers have left the San Jose Police Department, causing crime to skyrocket, long response times from police and fire and putting our neighborhoods at risk. Sam Liccardo’s policies have driven this exodus and made it nearly impossible for the San Jose Police Department to fill these vacancies.”

“Meanwhile, with Liccardo’s support, the city has spent $5 million to appeal a court ruling that found the scheme to be illegal.”

IS IT TRUE?

Not really. It is true that the cops have left the city, but the ad makes a huge leap in stating that pension reform was the sole reason for the exodus. A quick look at the claims:

COP EXODUS: The ad blames the pension reforms Liccardo supports for the police short-staffing. But a chart in the ad shows 300 of the 400 officers who recently left the force did so before 2012, when voters approved the retirement cuts — which so far affect new recruits, not officers already on the force. Most of the cops who left didn’t quit for better- paying cities — they retired, thanks largely to a generous but costly plan allowing them to collect a pension as early as age 50. It’s true that in the year following the pension vote, more than 80 cops did quit to work somewhere else — compared to an average of nearly 30 per year over the prior half-decade. But that extra loss was nearly equal to the number of officers the city laid off in years prior because of a budget crisis that was exacerbated by skyrocketing pension costs that the reforms sought to curb.

RECRUITMENT STRUGGLES: Most academies since the pension reform vote have attracted only a few dozen candidates per session, after yielding nearly twice as many before. But the recruitment has not been “near impossible,” as the ad claims. And the police union that backs Cortese has contributed to recruitment troubles by telling recruits they can do better elsewhere.

WASTING MONEY IN COURT: San Jose has spent several million dollars defending the pension reforms in court against a lawsuit brought by employee unions. But those lawyer fees are one-time costs, and the reforms upheld so far have yielded $25 million in annual savings, with the potential to grow much larger if the city can win more in a court appeal.

— Mike Rosenberg, Mercury News Staff

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Pictured is the second page of an election mailer
from the Sam Liccardo for mayor campaign.

Liccardo’s opponent, Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
member Dave Cortese, questions the claims presented.

Liccardo’s mailer is correct that he has made crime a priority, but so has Cortese

The Sam Liccardo for mayor campaign recently sent mail claiming only he has a plan for more police and crime prevention.

WHAT DOES THE AD SAY?

“Only Sam Liccardo has a plan for more police. Only Sam Liccardo has a plan for more prevention.”

“Sam Liccardo is the only candidate for mayor with a real plan to hire more police — and a way to pay for it. Last year, Sam led an initiative to reinvest the savings from pension and other fiscal reforms — $35 million this year alone — to put more cops on the street.”

“Sam’s opponent, Dave Cortese, has only one idea to reduce crime: increase pension payments, even though officers retiring today will receive an average $200,000 annual pension from taxpay­ers by their 70s.”

“As mayor, Sam will implement a summer jobs program for at-risk teens, expand after-school programs for youth and build community trust with officers by keeping them in the neighborhoods longer, instead of rotating them out every six months.”

IS IT TRUE?

Not really. Liccardo has made crime a top priority in his campaign, but opponent Dave Cortese has built his entire campaign around it, too, and there are doubts over whether Liccardo’s public safety plan will really be successful. A quick look at the claims:

MORE POLICE: Liccardo and his allies on the City Council have tried for years to increase the police force, only to see it shrink even more (it’s now down to less than 1,000 officers after peaking at 1,400 last decade).

MORE PREVENTION: Liccardo’s plan to keep cops in neighborhood beats longer to foster relationships with the community would require union support that Liccardo doesn’t have.

ONLY CANDIDATE WITH A PLAN: Cortese does have plans which he considers “real.” He plans to settle a lawsuit the police union and others filed over voter-approved pension reforms. Both he and the rank-and-file cops say this will allow the city to hire hundreds of additional officers that would otherwise look to better-paying cities. There are serious questions about how the city will pay for these officers’ pensions, but Cortese has given voters the option to choose that risk in exchange for putting more officers on neighborhood patrol in the short term. In terms of crime prevention, Cortese has vowed to put more cops into the depleted gang prevention and burglary units and have more officers work in and around schools, and is working on expanding teen jobs and homework center programs.

— Mike Rosenberg, Mercury News Staff

 

THE CONTINUING SAGA FOR THE NINERS AND WHAT 'WAS' THE PERFECT PAY JOB

Was the nearly perfect pay job sacked or sent to the sideline with an injury by the Ray McDonald 49ers' incident? That there was one SJPD coordinating officer and 16 other officers enjoying the fruits of their off-duty labor rings a bell. Anyone remember working security at Westgate for a sergeant with the last name of Gerdts? That was just one of many pay job fiefdoms that proliferated during the good ol' days. (P.S. Hans was a helluva guy and one of my favorite sergeants.)

Oversight of Officers’ 49ers Gig was Lax

—Before top brass shut down moonlighting, cops acted as ‘ liaisons’ for team’s security—

By Robert Salonga and Mark Emmons — Staff Writers
Mercury News — Oct. 26, 2014

SAN JOSE — Just like the 49ers, a cadre of officers inside the San Jose Police Department had Super Bowl aspirations this season.

Sgt. Sean Pritchard wrote in an August email to other cops that off-duty work for the NFL team could be a “cash cow” with “strong potential as we move forward that there will be the opportunity to work directly with the team if they make the playoffs/ Super Bowl.”

The email, one of hundreds of internal police documents obtained by this newspaper about the security detail in which SJPD officers moonlighted for the team, adds to a growing picture of the department’s lax oversight of its officers’ relationship with the team. Two cops, Pritchard and Sgt. Lawrence Day, appear to have served as gatekeepers of that relationship, handpicking colleagues for the plum jobs.

Critics of the arrangement say the emails punctuate potential problems with such “secondary employment” relationships: that the demanding off-duty detail could lead to fatigue when officers return to regular duties, and that the relationships between officers and players could become so close as to undermine the ability of SJPD to investigate team members in criminal cases.

“This sounds too much like the SJPD was acting like the department was part of the team. …You shouldn’t have officers acting as liaisons with outside companies,” said Peter Keane, a Golden Gate University School of Law professor and a former San Francisco police commissioner. “This situation sounds like they created their own football bureau. You have Juvenile, Homicide and Football. Maybe it should be its own office.”

SJPD brass halted all off-duty work with the 49ers over concerns about whether some officers had unduly close relationships with the team. The move occurred after it became public that Pritchard was present at the home of defensive lineman Ray McDonald on Aug. 31 before officers arrived to investigate a suspected domestic violence incident that night involving the 49ers player and his fiancee.

Problems with secondary employment within the SJPD are nothing new. A sharply critical 2012 city audit said that “significant reform” was needed, in part because officers who helped coordinate the work were amassing disproportionate influence in the department.

None of the report’s recommendations have been adopted, said LaDoris Cordell, the city’s Independent Police Auditor.

“Given all the things that have come up, the time has come to have the discussion about whether SJPD should have a system of privately paid policing,” she said. “It’s a political hot potato, but when you have issues that surface where it may appear there’s a double standard, it’s now something to consider.”

The SJPD has a Secondary Employment Unit, which is supposed to oversee off-duty jobs. But from the documents provided through a public-records request, that unit appeared to do little managing of the officers who moonlighted with the NFL team. Instead, Pritchard and Day spelled out the nature of the 49ers assignment to other cops, whom they apparently had a large hand in choosing.

In one email, Pritchard, a member of the gang suppression unit, said the team would pay for their uniforms, including black Tommy Bahama-style short-sleeve shirts bearing the 49ers logo.

He added in the same email: “There will be other benefits that we will explain in person.” He concluded by writing, “Thank you and we look forward to working with all of you, making some decent money, and having a good time.”

Pritchard and Day, who is part of the robbery unit, both traveled with the team. In one email to a friend, Day wrote about being “dog tired” while flying back from a preseason game in Baltimore. “Worked 78 hours this week and get home to go back to detective work tomorrow,” Day wrote.

In a Sept. 2 email to colleagues, shortly after McDonald’s arrest, Day wrote that officers were selected for their reputation and integrity. He said the officers’ work was “valued” by team officials, adding, “They do not want to lose our assistance as we move forward.”

He continued: “Because of circumstances beyond our control, we are under the spotlight in regards to our interaction with the team,” saying that their role as law enforcement officers is “first and foremost.”

McDonald was arrested on suspicion of causing “visible injuries” to his pregnant fiancee, according to an official police account. Pritchard, who was on duty and in uniform, had been called to the home by McDonald before other officers arrived in response to a 911 call. Sources have told this newspaper that he also had been there earlier in the evening during a birthday party McDonald threw with teammates.

Even before the ban on work with the team — affecting 17 officers — Pritchard was barred from moonlighting for the team, pending the results of an internal investigation into the case. Sources say Pritchard’s presence contributed to why it took the department a month to present the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, which continues to examine the accusation.

Both Pritchard and Day are well-regarded veterans of the police force. Pritchard did not respond to a request for comment, and Day declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

SJPD Assistant Chief Eddie Garcia maintains that both the McDonald investigation and the ongoing Internal Affairs inquiry into Pritchard’s actions that night are above reproach. He cautioned against jumping to conclusions.

“I understand the perception, but our members are extremely professional,” he said. “If they show they are not, then we can take action.”

But Garcia has become ensnared in conflict-of-interest talk involving the 49ers. Emails obtained by this newspaper chronicle how excited he was to receive complimentary VIP passes to an Aug. 24 preseason game at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Deputy Chief Jeff Marozick attended as his guest. Photos of Garcia’s appearance there and at a similar event last year at Candlestick Park recently surfaced amid the McDonald controversy. Garcia noted that they were part of a broader law enforcement appreciation event held annually by team owners and attended by other police departments.

The assistant chief said he paid back the cost to the team last week.

But Cordell contends that the acceptance of the passes was a violation of the police duty manual and its gift policy guarding against organizations trying to curry favor with police. SJPD officials said they strongly disagree with her interpretation.

The 49ers have stressed that the team didn’t hire officers. A third-party vendor, Oakland-based Star Protection Agency, manages the hiring for security.

Emails from Pritchard and Day indicated that most of the work centered on providing security at Michael Mina Restaurant at Levi’s Stadium. Nine officers were needed for each game at the upscale eatery, which becomes a $5,000-a-season VIP tailgate party on game days.

Collin Wong, vice president of Star Protection Agency and a former Oakland police officer, said he understands the department’s rationale for suspending the work. But he hopes to have the officers back eventually.

“It was a surprise until I started learning more based on what has been reported,” he said. “You pretty much have to put them on the bench until the dust settles.”

In comparison, at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, all secondary employment opportunities must go through the department and they are offered to all full-time sworn staff. They also are not allowed to work for third-party security companies, barring them from emulating the SJPD arrangement.

Garcia said he hopes the controversy does not sour the public’s view of all relationships between the department and the team, some of which he says are rooted in charity and community service. “If we can craft policies and procedures to ensure this kind of perception doesn’t occur again, we’re going to take a look at that,” he said.

But Keane said it’s troubling that a “direct branch” appears to have developed between the team and police. “There just should not be a cozy relationship between a metropolitan police department and an important local company.”

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
     
Oct. 22 thru 28 

Halloween is just a few days away and the Obamas have invited children to go trick-or-treating at the White House on Friday. It will be fun until the Secret Service tackles a kid and says, "We finally got one. He’s dressed like a ninja turtle and tried to get in here."

Mayor de Blasio said New Yorkers will not get Ebola from riding the subway. He said, “Let's focus on actual things you might catch on the subway. There's the SARS virus, bird flu, rat flu, West Nile, East Nile — plenty to choose from. Ebola's way down the list.”

Queen Elizabeth recently sent her first tweet. Prince Charles commented, “Call me when she sends her LAST tweet.”

During a campaign event, former presidential nominee Bob Dole told the crowd that Mitt Romney should run for president in 2016. If there's anyone who knows that the third time is a charm, it's a guy who lost three times.

President Obama and Michelle Obama went to a parent-teacher conference at their daughters' school this week. The teachers say their daughters are doing well, but with a few billion more in education funding, they could be doing great.

Taylor Swift announced she would become New York City's new tourism ambassador. New Yorkers said, "How could we let a woman who's not even from New York welcome people to the city?" And then the Statue of Liberty said, "I know, it's just crazy. Can you believe it?"

Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman says there's no such thing as man-made global warming. It's actually not the first controversial statement Coleman has made about the weather. He also said, "I've been naming all the hurricanes after girls who dumped me in high school."

Due to a technical glitch, Taylor Swift's new single was released as eight seconds of static, and it still went to No. 1 on iTunes.

A diet pill endorsed by Dr. Oz was found to be based on bogus scientific research. Yeah, people are shocked that you can't trust a TV doctor named after a lying wizard.

Politicians in Miami have passed a resolution to split Florida into two states. Yeah, the two states would be known as Geezerville and Methylvania.

Musician Kenny G. was in Hong Kong showing support for protesters there. Kenny G. played three notes and they immediately surrendered to Hong Kong.

Yesterday yet another person jumped the White House fence. It happened again. On the bright side, at least Michelle Obama is finally getting more Americans to exercise.

The stock market is going crazy. Earlier this week, Warren Buffett lost $2 billion. Luckily, Buffett found it this morning under a pile of $8 billion.

Scientists found they have evidence that human beings had sex with Neanderthals. Apparently the evidence is any episode of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey."

Kenny G caused a controversy. I never get to say that. He tweeted his support of the Hong Kong protesters. Now China's communist government is mad at him. China has threatened to pull Kenny G's music out of all of their elevators.

An Apple computer built by Steve Jobs in his garage in 1976 sold for nearly $1 million. It makes it the most affordable Apple product currently on the market.

It's not just Friday. It's United Nations Day. The U.N. Is the world's foremost institution for drafting strongly worded letters.

Critics have accused the U.N. of being indecisive. To that, the U.N. replied, "Uh, not true."

Today in New York, a schoolteacher celebrated her 100th birthday. All of her students hid in the classroom and surprised her with a big party. They were hiding when they shouted, "Surprise!" May she rest in peace.

Actually the 100-year-old teacher is fine. Today she was hired as a junior reporter for "60 Minutes."

Before the World Series game last night, Aaron Lewis from the band Staind botched the National Anthem. To make things worse he started the song with, "Are you ready for some football?"

A new report claims that by the year 2020 the marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL. Either way, it's a good time to be in the couch business.

The city of Detroit says it has come up with a plan that could finally get it out of bankruptcy. The plan involves Detroit getting on a bus and moving back with its parents in Ohio.

France is seeing a rise in armed clowns terrorizing people on the streets. The good news is they're scaring off the mimes.

For Halloween, a woman in Vermont is handing out kale to trick-or-treaters. If you're in Vermont and you want to stop by, look for the house that's been set on fire.

LeBron James and his wife have just welcomed a new baby. The baby was born in Cleveland but plans to move to Miami if it gets a better offer.

HBO just announced it will be laying off nearly 150 employees. That's not HBO staff. That's just characters getting killed off in the next episode of "Game of Thrones."

Cosmo magazine is encouraging female students in North Carolina to vote by offering a party bus to the voting polls that includes shirtless male models — just as our forefathers intended.

The No. 1 movie in the country is "Ouija," as in the Ouija board. I can hardly wait for the next blockbuster motion picture — Yahtzee!

In the movie "Ouija," they use the board to contact the dead. In the opening scene they're talking to the Jets.

Over the weekend another guy jumped the fence at the White House. This time he was tackled by three security guards. They released him and then later in the day he was signed by the Jets.

If you think there's a lot of people trying to get into the White House now, just wait about a year.

Here is a new and important announcement from the CDC: You will not become a Jets fan through casual contact with a Jets fan.

Neil Patrick Harris is getting a new variety show on NBC. If you're excited about Neil Patrick Harris and his variety show at NBC, it means one thing: You have never seen a variety show.

You know what will happen a week from today? Midterm elections. Can't you just feel the indifference?

People running for re-election are distancing themselves from President Obama. He's very lonely. He has no close friends in the White House. In fact, an intruder hopped the fence on Sunday, made it all the way to White House, and Obama begged him to stay and watch football.

Yesterday on Hollywood Boulevard, Batgirl and Mr. Incredible got into a fight. And the fight was broken up by Chewbacca. That is true. That is also, coincidentally, the plot of the next "Star Wars" movie.

You should never get involved in a fight between superheroes. That's a wookie mistake.

There are big political protests going on in Hong Kong. Today the protesters were visited by frizzy-haired maestro Kenny G. You know the protest is peaceful when it brings in the king of smooth jazz sax.

Kenny G tweeted his support for the Hong Kong protesters. The Chinese government must have been furious. They responded the only way they can. They called in Enya.

It's a great day for America — or is it? Because today is National Talk-Show Host Day. Yep. That is a real thing. How sad is that?

"National Talk-Show Host Day" is the day we honor middle-aged white guys brave enough to mock the misfortunes of others from the safety of their TV studios. Hooray!

There is a big party tonight at the late-night talk-show host clubhouse. No women or minorities allowed. Hey, I didn't make the rules!

The good news is that today CBS sent me a cake for National Talk-Show Host Day. The bad news: It said "To Craig Kilborn."

Vladimir Putin announced he's abolishing daylight saving time. He said he doesn't want to set Russian clocks back. I will say this: He's done a pretty good job of setting the Russian calendar back — to about 1983.

Now that Putin's gotten rid of daylight savings, it's just a matter of time before he decides to get rid of daylight altogether.

The No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend was "Ouija." It's based on the popular board game made by Satan.

I think Ouija boards are a bunch of superstitious crap. At least that's what my Magic 8 Ball told me.

The French are under attack by clowns. People dressed as clowns are going from town to town committing crimes. Instead of spraying people with water, they use Perrier.

French clowns don't make balloon animals. They make baguette animals.

Pope Francis gave a speech where he said the theory of evolution is real. He also said the Big Bang theory is real. I wonder what he thinks of "Two and a Half Men."

The Pope is saying that evolution is real. That's quite a shock. That's like a Kardashian saying, "No pictures, please."

The annual Wastebook report was released today. This is an annual report that lists what Senator Tom Coburn describes as wasteful government spending. I didn't read it. I'm waiting for the movie to come out.

Our government spent $387,000 giving rabbits a daily massage. That doesn't sound wasteful to me. That sounds adorable.

It's kind of ironic for a member of Congress to be complaining about government waste. I think we spend around $5 billion every year on Congress. We don't seem to be getting anything out of that, right? What we got is a report on how much money they waste, so thank you.

Speaking of major expenditures, a new Starbucks drink is on the way. Starbucks soon will be offering a chestnut praline latte. And I have to say, it's hard to criticize the government for wasteful spending when we pay $7 for candy-flavored coffee twice a day, right?

They say a chestnut praline latte is the perfect beverage to buy a rabbit after a relaxing massage.

Last night, someone jumped the White House fence again. See, the problem is, if the pizza doesn't get to Obama in 30 minutes, it's free. And that comes out of their paycheck.

A 23-year-old man from Maryland scaled the fence and started running on the White House lawn. He didn't get very far. He was almost immediately attacked by two Secret Service dogs, which is good news, because I think we finally found a plot for "Air Bud 3."

There have been seven fence jumps now at the White House so far this year. Maybe it's time the president gives Joe Biden a key.

Fortunate for the intruder, dog bites are covered under Obamacare, so he will be fine.

Maybe people would stop trying to jump the fence if the first lady weren't taunting us by growing gardens full of that sweet, sweet kale.

Rob Ford had to withdrawal from the mayoral race in Toronto to undergo cancer treatment. He has vowed to run for mayor again in 2018. I don't know if I can wait that long.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said today that he has not yet decided whether he will run for president in 2016 — at which point Hillary Clinton took her foot off of his neck.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited an orphanage over the weekend. Well actually, it wasn’t an orphanage when he got there.

Dominican officials arrested a woman for trying to smuggle over $69,000 in a briefcase and more than $70,000 in her stomach. When asked what she was planning on using the money for, she said, “To buy a second briefcase.”

While Mitt Romney was in Nebraska at a campaign rally to support a local Senate candidate this week, the crowd started chanting, “Run, Mitt, Run.” And now, nobody can find Mitt Romney.

Papa John's has released a new pizza that comes topped with beef, chili, onions, cheese, and Fritos corn chips. And they’re on sale right now — buy 1, get Type-2 free.


 

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

The facts behind the legends, information and
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Was a puppy-sized spider spotted in the South American rainforest?


New Articles

• The hit AMC drama Breaking Bad is still not returning for a sixth season.

• Did a woman find an infestation of maggots inside a package of Huggies brand diapers?

• Did "CDC whistleblower" Brent Hopskins reveal that all doses of the Ebola vaccine contain an RFID chip?

• Photograph shows a masked partygoer who killed seven people on Halloween 1962.

• Was street artist Banksy arrested and unmasked by London Police?

• Were semen samples found in Starbucks stores?

• Did 17 kindergarten students in Texas test positive for Ebola?

• Was a puppy-sized spider spotted in the South American rainforest?

• Do Las Vegas casino owners want to legalize dog fights?

•Did a corpse go undiscovered for two weeks at a Halloween haunted house attraction?

• Are men who eat grits 70 percent more likely to father gay children?

• Was a couple hospitalized when their getting romantic in the ocean resulted in an unbreakable suction?

• Is Nabisco planning to release Red Velvet Oreos for Valentine's Day 2015?

• New photos of Renee Zellweger spark social media speculation.

• Jarring promotional video uses young "princesses" who profanely rant about gender inequality.

Ed. — (Language warning) Perhaps it's just an age thing, but if I had my way, the parents of the children and the producers of the video in the entry above would be arrested and charged with child abuse.

• Photograph purportedly shows a truck in Texas bearing an anti-Obama decal.

• Will drinking or injecting bleach protect you against Ebola?

• Did President Obama snap and say "don't you dare paint all of Islam with the same brush" in an ISIS briefing?

• Was a Florida hardware store ordered to remove its American flag display?

• A young woman was disfigured when her bong exploded.

• Did President Obama order 34 million "blank green cards?"

• Can Muslim nurses refuse to wash their hands in accordance with Islamic law?

• A new church was moved by a hurricane onto a plot of land that church members had originally attempted to purchase for it.

• Can Colorado voters print ballots at home and hand them in to "vote collectors?"


• Did a Johns Hopkins scientist write a scathing report about flu vaccines?

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

• A New York City doctor tested positive for the Ebola virus.

• Did the 1956 Republican party platform look like today's liberals' planks?

• Has TV crime host Nancy Grace been arrested for murder?

• Did Macy's stop selling SodaStream because it's made in Israel?

• Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright teased Conan O'Brien on Twitter.

• 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 the cut of steak known as a "sirloin" so named because an English king once knighted a piece of beef?


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.

 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



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One might think that as a former prosecutor, Sam Liccardo would want to withhold comments and opinions about the Michael Brown case in Ferguson until the Grand Jury's findings are released. Then again, he is running for mayor and every vote counts, RIGHT Sammy? (1:25)

 

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Is it possible for a truck or motorhome full of ISIS terrorists to get through a Border Patrol checkpoint with a so-called
"lone wolf American terrorist" at the wheel? The answer might surprise you. Check out THIS YouTube video sent in by Steve Postier. (14:42)

 

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This is last Thursday's KTVU news coverage of a band of 50 bikers (a/k/a "Squids") who basically told a lone CHP motor officer to get lost while they were squirting adrenalin all over themselves and Hwy 680 in northeast San Jose. The FOOTAGE went nationwide when it also appeared on Fox News later in the week. (2:06)

 

This is the video the idiots POSTED on YouTube on Tuesday of last week. (2:27)

 

 

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Those of you who served in Vietnam back in the '60s and early '70s should find this clip of interest. Agree with it or not, the video purports to explain WHY the US lost the Vietnam War. (5:45)

 

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Want to hitch a ride with the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron and sit aside the boom operator in a KC-10 aerial tanker while he refuels a USAF cargo aircraft, two F-16 Fighting Falcons and two A-10 Thunderbolts (a/k/a Warthogs)? If you do, don a set of HEADPHONES and listen in to the radio communications as the "flying gas station" goes through its paces. (10:04)



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Give our cousins on the other side of the Pond a round of applause. THIS clip from Dirk Parsons shows a police helicopter flying over Birmingham, England tracking down a "lout" shining a laser pen on the chopper. (1:30)




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Bruce Morton calls THIS ditty a "Warm up for the upcoming holiday season." At our collective ages, it likely contains more than a modicum of truth. (2:31)




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If you don't think it's amazing what this little blue pill is capable of, take a few moments and watch THIS Fiat commercial. (1:19




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A husband went to the police station to report his wife missing.

Husband: I've lost my wife. She went shopping yesterday and has still not come home.

Officer: What is her height?

Husband: Oh, 5 something...

Officer: Build?

Husband: Not slim, not really fat.

Officer: Color of eyes?

Husband: Never noticed.

Officer: Color of hair?

Husband: Changes with the season.

Officer: What was she wearing?

Husband: Dress, suit, blue jeans — I don' really remember.

Officer: Did she go in a car?

Husband: Yes.

Officer: What kind of a car was it?

Husband: 2015 Corvette Stingray 3LT with the Z51 Performance Package, shark gray metallic paint, with the 6.2 litre V8 engine with Direct Injection generating 460 horsepower, 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, GT bucket seats, and has a very thin 2-inch scratch on the front left door four inches above the door sill. (At this point the husband started crying.)

Officer: Don't worry, sir. We'll find your car.


 

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Ever had trouble trying to feed medicine through an eye dropper to your dog or cat? Try it with a couple of young PANDAS who want nothing more than to play. (1:52)


 

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Want to see what it's like to soar with an eagle? In an attempt to catch up with GoPro video camera sales, Sony has entered the fray and came up with the following.

On Sept. 28th, for the first time ever, a white-tailed eagle flew over the streets of Paris, soaring from the very top of the Eiffel Tower to the Trocadero Gardens, onto the forearm of its handler, thousands of feet away.

The white-tailed eagle has been extinct in France for over 50 years. To celebrate this momentous flight, they decided to attach a Sony Action Minicam to its back to RECORD THE EVENT from a point-of-view of the eagle itself.  

The event was a collaboration with the non-profit organization "Freedom," whose objective is to re-introduce the white-tailed eagle into its natural habitat in the French and Swiss Alps. (1:27)




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Ever wonder how a professional bicyclist PLACES his bike on top of his car for transport? It's easy if you know how. (0:48)




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If you are amused by unbelievable soccer kicks, check out the kids and the one old man in THIS Brazilian McDonald's commercial. (1:51)



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Don't bother sending us an email suggesting THIS is really a video of a Muslim extremist bedding down for the night with his "special friend." We have already heard every possible zinger. (0:43)




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Have you ever experienced winds so strong that they cause a waterfall to reverse direction and blow back up to the top? That's what happens in THIS 48-second clip.




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I may have to start tuning into John Oliver on HBO if THIS clip received from Phil Norton is typical of what the show is about. It appears the name of the program is "Last Week Tonight." Check it out for yourself and see what you think. (5:39)

 

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Want to see what the Earth looks like from the top of Mt. Everest at 29,035 feet? THIS extraordinary 3-D video presentation that takes you from the bottom of the mountain to the top was received from Stan Miller. Have a look, and don't forget your oxygen bottles. Also don't forget to click on the Menu in the upper right of the screen.




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This is a feel good story about a couple of kids and a Pittsburgh detective with 22 years on the job. If the story is as advertised, he is a very rare and SPECIAL kind of cop. (2:46)




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Two dogs owned by Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the Canadian soldier who was killed in Ottawa last week, were spotted peeking out from under a fence waiting for him to come home.

Cirillo was killed on Wednesday by 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who shot the soldier at close range as he stood guard at Ottawa's National War Memorial. Zehaf-Bibeau was later killed after he ran into the Canadian Parliament building, firing his weapon. Canadian officials have called his attack an act of terrorism.

Cpl. Cirillo featured the dogs prominently in his Instagram photographs, where he called the German Shepherd "My baby girl."

 

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Antoine, Steve
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Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
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Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
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Bariteau, John
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Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
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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
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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
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Hendrix, Dave
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Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
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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
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Hosmer, Dewey
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Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
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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
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Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
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Kozlowski, Astrid
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Kregel, John
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LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Larson, Merton
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
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Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
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Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
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Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
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Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
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Low, John
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Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
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MacDougall, Joanne
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Macris, Tom
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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
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Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
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Miller, Laura
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Mills, Don
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Modlin, Dick
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Moir, Bob
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Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
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Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
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Moreno, Norma
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Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
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Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
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Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
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Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Ng, Dr. Jonathan
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Nichols, Mike
Niquette, Paul
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
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Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
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O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
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Padilla, George
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Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
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Paredes, Carlos
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Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
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Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
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Patrino, Lyn
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Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
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Pegram, Larry
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Percival, John
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Peterson, Bob
Phelan, Bill
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Pitts, Ken
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
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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
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Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
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Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
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Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
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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
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Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salerno, Paul
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
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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
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Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
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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
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Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
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Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thomas, Dick
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
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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
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Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
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Rich Vasquez
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Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
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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
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Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
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Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
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Wheatley, Tom
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Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
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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
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Yules, Ken
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
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