Oct. 30, 2014
Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher
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THE JOSEPH D. MC NAMARA MEMORIAL TRIBUTE
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
THIS out. (2:14)
If you want
to see more "victims" and how the Grim Reaper was made
to fly, click
When it comes to scaring the you-know-what out of
THIS prank is hard to top. ((3:58)
unless you count the political dust-up between the
and Liccardo camps pension news. And why not?
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.
Reed's Campaign Consultant Implicated in Pay-to-Play
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.
HERE to view it.
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HERE to read Aaron Ettinger's sworn declaration of
the events that transpired.
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
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Area: Ex-San Jose Police Officer Says Mayor Reed Aide
Told Him to "Lie" (Click
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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
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POA calls mayor gang numbers a lie. Click
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Daily Fetch: Ajlounygate Update (Click
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."
San Jose: Two tales of One City
—Mayoral candidates painting different public safety
images, but what’s the real picture?—
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
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
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
“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
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
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.”
• • • • •
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
News — Oct. 28, 2014
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
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
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
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!
• • • • •
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
Rates Decline, S.J. Still Has Much to Do
to the Mercury News — Oct. 28, 2014
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
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.
• • • • •
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
Mayor May be Best Job Manager
Herhold — Columnist
News — Oct. 29, 2014
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
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
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
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ago of the cargo rocket that began to go astray and had
to be put out of its misery.
• • • • •
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.
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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…
Check: San Jose Mayor's Race
—Mailers for Both Candidates Misleading—
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
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
“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
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
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
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—
Robert Salonga and Mark Emmons — Staff Writers
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
The No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend was
"Ouija." It's based on the popular board game made by
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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The facts behind the legends, information and
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Was a puppy-sized spider spotted in the South American
• The hit AMC drama
Breaking Bad is still not returning for a sixth
• Did a woman find an
infestation of maggots inside a package of Huggies
"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?
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
• Do Las Vegas casino owners want to
legalize dog fights?
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
• 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
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
• 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
• Did President Obama order
34 million "blank green cards?"
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.
print ballots at home and hand them in to "vote
• 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
• 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
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stories from around the world!
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so named because an English king once knighted a piece
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• Visit our
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THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
or Full Screen recommended for YouTube videos.
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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)
the video the idiots
POSTED on YouTube on Tuesday of last week. (2:27)
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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.
• • • • •
Give our cousins on the other side of the Pond a round
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)
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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
• • • • •
A husband went to the police station to report his wife
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...
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
Officer: Did she go in a car?
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.
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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
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
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)
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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.
• • • • •
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)
• • • • •
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.
• • •
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)
• • • • •
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
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
Cirillo featured the dogs prominently in his Instagram
photographs, where he called the German Shepherd "My
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Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Long (Huntwork), Eunice
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Ng, Dr. Jonathan
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve