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October 31, 2013


Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
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Many of you should be able to I.D. the costumed song-and-dance personalities in this Halloween stage production created by our Webmaster whose hobby is choreography. If you need a clue, the performers include Moir, Lundberg, Tannehill, Bridgen and Wysuph. You won't see Leroy because he's in the orchestra pit watching the performance and hoping against all odds that no one trips or screws up their lines…

(Click on the middle of the screen)

(Well done, Leroy.)



According to this story from last Saturday's paper, City Manager Debra Figone and Councilman Pete Constant hope Esquivel will stay on for "several years" as San Jose's permanent Police Chief. Good luck with that. If they and the rest of the Council fail to make the SJPD a more inviting agency to work at, Larry will be able to write his own chief's ticket in 2016 when he completes 30 years of service. Anyone want to give odds that he will be heading another Bay Area police department in two years?

Acting Chief Picked for Post

—City manager to appoint veteran insider to top job permanently—

By John Woolfolk, Robert Salonga and Eric Kurhi — Staff writers
Mercury News — Oct. 26, 2013

SAN JOSE — Nine months after suspending a national search for a new police chief amid crime spikes and pay battles with the officers’ union, San Jose City Manager Debra Figone said the best person for the job is the one who’s been in charge of the department since January.

Figone said late Friday that she’s poised to appoint acting Chief Larry Esquivel as San Jose’s next police chief, saying the 28-year department veteran has demonstrated a commitment to helping see it through tough times while earning the respect of the ranks as well as the city’s leaders.

Acting San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel
is credited with stanching gang crime.

“I’d love to have him as our chief,” Figone said after a meeting with a panel of community members she convened to advise her on the search. “I’m really very impressed with his commitment and the leadership he’s shown. He’s really impressed me as somebody who really cares about the city right now, and I think that’s golden.”

Figone said she still needs to “circle back” with Esquivel about the appointment but believes he will accept.

Esquivel, who leads a department that has shrunk from nearly 1,400 officers in 2009 to about 1,000 now, was not available for comment.

The department in recent years has been beset with low morale as budget shortfalls driven by soaring benefit costs amid a weak economy forced job cuts and the department’s first-ever layoffs while crime spiked in what had once been deemed America’s Safest Big City. The San Jose Police Officers’ Association has been locked in a bitter feud with City Hall over pay and benefit cuts they say are driving cops out of the force.

Amid all this, city leaders agree that Esquivel has done a remarkable job tamping down crime spikes and cracking down on gangs while earning respect from the ranks.

Under San Jose’s charter, the city manager appoints most department leaders including the police and fire chiefs, with ratification by the City Council. Figone, who has announced plans to retire in December, said she hopes to bring Esquivel’s appointment before the City Council in late November.

Figone had begun a national search for a new chief in September 2012 after Chris Moore announced he would retire from the top post in January, after less than two years.

But after concluding in January that three outside contenders weren’t the right fit, she suspended the national search and appointed Esquivel, one of the city’s four deputy chiefs, to lead the department until she named a new chief.

“I think he’s done an excellent job providing much needed leadership for the rank and file,” said Councilman Pete Constant, a former city officer himself. “He’s really been a steady hand at the helm, something greatly needed at the department at this time. He’ll make an excellent chief, and I hope he’s willing to stay in the position for several years.”

City Councilman Xavier Campos agreed with Constant that Esquivel is an ideal candidate.

“Larry’s a perfect example of someone who’s come up through the ranks and understands our needs here in our city from a public safety standpoint,” Campos said.

Acting San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel, right, hands
newly sworn Officer Alex Ribeiro a badge in March. The
city has struggled to retain officers amid low morale.

But Councilman Ash Kalra said it is a sad state for the city that it seems unable to attract chief candidates nationwide.

“It’s nothing against Larry, he’s doing a good job under the circumstances,” Kalra said. “But since when does the city of San Jose not seek the best of the best? To abandon a nationwide search process speaks volumes about where we’ve come as a city.”

Since taking over, Esquivel’s term has seen a largely effective summer-long crackdown on gang activity following a string of gang slayings. He also resurrected the gang suppression unit.

There was some controversy at the beginning of his term when he suspended the outgoing chief’s requirement that officers collect demographic data when they detained suspects on the street, particularly the act of “curb-sitting” suspects.

The program was finally rolled out last month after the department addressed concerns from rank-and-file officers that it would discourage proactive policing.

Even so, officers continue to leave the department.

“I hope in the coming days we can find out a little more about the search process that went into this decision,” said Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association.

The city’s independent police auditor, former Judge LaDoris Cordell, sat on the community panel that interviewed four candidates in the previous search for a chief that came up empty. She said there was “fatigue” with the process and that Esquivel is a fine choice.

“He’s been tested,” she said. “You can’t be tested harder than this, going through these challenging times.”

Two peas in a pod; one new, one not-so-new:
Retired Chief McNamara and then-interim Chief
Esquivel at the recent PAAF Award's Dinner.

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This follow-up story from last Sunday's paper provides a little more insight on the City Manager's decision to recommend Larry Esquivel as SJPD's permanent boss…

Remove ‘Interim’ Tag?

—Leaders weigh in on city manager’s recommendation—

By Robert Salonga
Mercury News — Oct. 27, 2013

SAN JOSE — San Jose City Manager Debra Figone’s hushed announcement Friday that she’ll recommend acting Police Chief Larry Esquivel for the permanent job has been embraced by community and civil-rights leaders, who lauded his stewardship in the face of thinning ranks.

“He’s been doing a great job under the circumstances,” said Walter Wilson, a board member of the African-American Community Service Agency. “The fact is he’s been holding the thing together during a difficult time.”

Indeed, Esquivel, 51, has been credited with creatively using limited resources — just over 1,000 officers to protect a city of nearly 1 million people, down from 1,400 cops five years ago — to combat spiking crime rates. Most notable was last summer’s crackdown that cooled boiling gang tensions.

Those efforts didn’t go unnoticed in neighborhoods in the southern and eastern parts of the city that have been historically plagued by gang violence.

“They’ve got these guys on the run now. They’re not hanging where they used to be,” said Pastor Sonny Lara, a prominent anti-gang activist in San Jose.

Part of the reason, Lara said, is that Esquivel stands to be San Jose’s first homegrown chief in recent memory. A graduate of Yerba Buena High School in the East Side Union High School District, he was raised by a single mother near 24th Street and Virginia Avenue — long a hot spot for gang activity.

“He’s lived here all his life,” Lara said. “He knows what it’s like out here.”

Esquivel, who has had the “interim” tag since Chris Moore retired in January, could not be reached for comment Saturday.

As would be expected with any big-city chief, the 28-year department veteran has found himself in political cross hairs, most notably with his handling of a breakthrough policy compelling patrol officers to record the ethnicity or race of people who were detained but not arrested during street stops. Previously, the stops were not routinely documented — something that was criticized by community and civil-rights advocates, who argued that members of disadvantaged minority groups were disproportionately ordered to sit on street curbs while being interrogated and searched by police.

One of Moore’s last acts in office was to put his signature on the new policy, but Esquivel suspended it shortly afterward, citing the logistical demands of updating computer systems and retraining the rank and file — many of whom complained that it was cumbersome and as initially drafted stood to discourage proactive patrols.

The decision elicited concerns from community groups and Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell, a former judge who spearheaded the policy. It even earned a harsh rebuke from former local NAACP branch President Benjamin Todd Jealous at an April function in San Jose — which appeared to blindside Esquivel.

Cordell later said Jealous’ criticism was unfair and eventually came around to Esquivel’s thinking in terms of how to roll out the policy with maximum buy-in from his officers. Cordell’s comments were echoed by Raj Jayadev, coordinator of the civil-rights collective Silicon Valley De-Bug. He had similar initial concerns but was heartened to see the chief follow through with the policy, which is now being enforced. “My take-away from that is that he will listen and — more importantly — respond to community concerns to inform his decisions,” Jayadev said. “From a civil-rights perspective, it is that type of leadership we need in San Jose to build back public trust in law enforcement.”

The primary troubles that have hounded Esquivel’s 10 months in charge were inherited — namely a bitter pay and benefits battle between the police union and City Hall that many blame for driving out officers, who since 2011 have either retired or resigned at a clip of nearly 100 a year. Adding to the pain was the revelation last week that nearly half of the recent graduating police academy class are exploring jobs elsewhere in search of better compensation.

His pending appointment as permanent chief has also raised questions about how robust the search for Moore’s replacement really was.

Cordell, who sat on the citizens advisory board that interviewed prospective candidates, said members may have suffered “fatigue” from an initial January search that proved fruitless. Like his colleagues, Wilson said he backs Esquivel but acknowledges that could be problematic in future searches.

“We need to be able to reach out and find the best and brightest,” Wilson said. But Lara, the anti-gang activist, is less enchanted by the idea hiring a chief from outside who has to learn the city. He touted Esquivel’s experience with the Police Department and as a product of one of San Jose’s grittier communities.

To Lara and the people he serves, they take notice when he does neighborhood walks in full dress blues, when he routinely makes personal visits to the families of homicide victims in the city.

“He’s not the magic bullet. No one is,” Lara said. “But he can hit it running. He’s already running.”



Oct. 28th

KTVU: Female officers are fleeing SJPD at an alarming rate. (video)


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Community leaders weigh in on pending promotion of acting police chief. (article)


Oct. 25th


The City sent us the attached letter <http://tinyurl.com/ok8dqx9> asking for us to continue talks with them in mediation. We responded to them <http://tinyurl.com/oz2ux3n> and said we are willing to continue talks in that forum. The rules of mediation are such that we will not be able to give you updates on any proposals floated by either side. It is designed to give the parties more flexibility in the negotiations process. There can be no deal without a membership ratification.

In a normal cycle of negotiations, a failure in mediation leads to arbitration. Since we are in a closed contract, we cannot be forced into binding arbitration. So, if talks break down in mediation, we will be in the same place we are now.

Tier 2:

There have been some who have implied that the Tier 2 officers should stay, advising them to have patience and let things get worked out. We know of no efforts being made by the City to change anything about Tier 2. We want to remind everyone that any improvement to this plan must be approved by the voters of San Jose.

Here is the referenced section from Measure B...

Section 1504-A. Reservation of Voter Authority

The voters expressly reserve the right to consider any change in matters related to pension and other post employment benefits. Neither the City Council, nor any arbitrator appointed pursuant to Charter Section 1111, shall have authority to agree to or provide any increase in pension and/or retiree healthcare benefits without voter approval, except that the Council shall have the authority to adopt Tier 2 pension benefit plans within the limits set forth herein.

There is plenty to "get worked out" when it comes to the 2nd Tier but unfortunately, it cannot be fixed overnight. Taking a revised Measure before the voters is a challenging and expensive undertaking. To compound the problem with fixing things, there is no political will to effect any change. While the 2nd Tier officers have patience, they hit the streets every day hoping they are not seriously injured and forced to rely on their private insurance policy which provides only minimal coverage.

Retirees and Backgrounds:

There seems to be a handful of retirees who are signing up to do backgrounds for the City. The same City that is trying to suspend their COLA, increase their healthcare costs and eliminate their SRBR payments. It is disappointing that we would have some of our own ignore the request of the POA to boycott this activity. Jim Spence, the president of the Association of Retired San Jose Police Officers and Firefighters, echoed our call. "We respectfully ask that you please reject the opportunity to make a few dollars to show our active officers that we have their backs. Let's stand together and show the City that they must treat employees and retirees fairly if they want to clean up the mess they created."

You can read all of Jim Spence's comments by clicking here:

We want this job to be done by active employees. We cannot accomplish this if the work is done by a retiree workforce.

It is difficult for us to fathom this act of defiance by a few at the expense of what can be accomplished by a successful show of unity. We understand that for some retirees, this job, and the money that comes with it, might be appealing. We are asking you to look beyond your own self-interests and desires. The actives have done so much and sacrificed for several years now in this fight against a City that would take everything from us (actives and retirees).

To those who have accepted re-employment with the City or are contemplating it, we ask that you reconsider your decision. Please stand together, actives and retirees alike, and help us prevent the civilianization of our police department.

Oct. 30th

KTVU: Liccardo wants police recruits to take out a loan to work in San Jose (video)…


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KGO TV: Council plans to make indentured servants out of recruits (video)…


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Daily Fetch: SJPOA's Unland says the circus is in town (article)…

Khanis, Nguyen and Liccardo




It's not surprising that the Mayor and City Council are not happy that some recruits straight out of the academy are headed to higher paying police departments. And they are not alone. Add the Mercury News to the list...

S.J. Needs to Recover Cost of Its Recruits

Mercury News Editorial — Oct. 27, 2013

The exodus of new graduates from San Jose’s Police Academy is unsettling for a number of reasons. But seeing other cities hire them away immediately after San Jose has paid some $170,000 apiece, including salary, to recruit and train them? You know, that’s just wrong. San Jose needs to require recruits to reimburse the city for training costs if they jump to another department rather than making use of their skills here. If that makes some think twice about applying to San Jose — well, those are the ones most likely to leave, anyway.

San Jose is down to about 1,000 sworn officers, 100 fewer than the current budget calls for and way below the high of 1,400 in better times. Experienced officers have been leaving for higher pay and benefits in the wake of a pay cut and pension reform ballot measures, a consequence of 10 years of deficit budgets from which the city is just beginning to recover. So now, for the first time in years, San Jose is hiring and training rookies, with 40 at a time going through its highly regarded academy.

But five of the first 40 are leaving already. And if you believe the police union, nearly half of the class members are looking to jump ship, just as they begin their field training.

This is bragging on the union’s part. Its leaders now encourage officers, new and veteran, to leave, inviting recruiters in to help them find other jobs. They have rejected city offers of raises, the most recent being 3 percent, demanding more progress toward recovering the 10 percent pay cut officers accepted several years ago.

The union would likely oppose a policy to discourage recruits from jumping ship. So we hope lawyers determine that an agreement recruits would sign before being hired is outside the union’s purview.

Some California cities, including Los Angeles, already require reimbursements. Ironically, the list includes some that are coming after San Jose’s officers. Oakland and Hayward, for example, have their recruits sign agreements to repay at least part of their training costs if they leave in the first few years. Hayward has recruited four of San Jose’s trainees so far. (Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban, a former assistant chief in San Jose, knows quality training and a bargain when she sees it.) The fairest way to handle this would be a state law requiring all cities to reimburse one another when they hire away newly trained recruits. Georgia has such a law. But logical as it seems, Sacramento is unlikely to take it up for San Jose in the midst of a union dispute, so the city needs to forge ahead.

Fortunately, Councilman Johnny Khamis is working on a proposal with Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen. It’s important to get something on the table now, since it’s clear more academy classes will be needed to get the department up to strength.

It’s just wrong to keep spending $170,000 to train each recruit without at least trying to protect the public investment.


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"Leave town and we'll make you pay," says Councilmembers Johnny Khamis, Sam Liccardo and Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, referring to recruits who seek a police job for better pay and benefits after graduating from the academy…

Council Weighs Making Recruits Pay for Moving On

—But proposals don’t get at real problem, union’s chief says—

By Robert Salonga
Mercury News — Oct. 30, 2013

SAN JOSE — The latest salvo in a city struggle to keep new police officers from skipping town is aimed at their wallets. Not in the form of raises, but a message: Leave town, and we’ll make you pay. Literally.

San Jose City Council members have generated two separate proposals to compel rookie officers to stay with the Police Department or else pay the city back for the costs of training them. The moves come on the heels of recent revelations that as many as half of the latest police academy graduate class is exploring employment with other agencies, in response to being the first group who will earn lower pay and benefits than the colleagues they’ll be working alongside. Since 2011, an average of about 100 officers have retired or resigned each year, shrinking the force down to just over 1,000 after fielding more than 1,400 five years ago.

The proposals — one co-authored by Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Councilman Johnny Khamis, the other by Councilman Sam Liccardo — are vague in details but have a similar aim, namely to recover San Jose taxpayer dollars that go toward training an officer who ends up working elsewhere, effectively turning SJPD into a training ground for other Bay Area police.

“We want to look out for our taxpayers,” Khamis said.

Liccardo echoed the sentiment.

“We’ve heard for years the frustrations of residents who invest millions of dollars to train officers that go on to serve in other cities,” he said.

But Sgt. Jim Unland, the union president, said the repayment ideas deflect focus from addressing the pay and benefit disputes he says are driving out officers in the first place. He initially issued a prepared statement specifically addressing Liccardo’s plan, and later said it extends to the rest of the council but declined to comment further.

“Sam Liccardo should untie his oversized shoes and remove his red nose and stop coming up with clownish solutions to the very problems he created; academy graduates are leaving because pay is low,” Unland said. “(This) circus act has run its course and it’s now time for serious solutions from serious people.”

Both plans, presented through city memos, accuse the San Jose Police Officers’ Association of encouraging officers to leave by hosting outside recruiters. The union has said times have gotten so grim for officers that San Jose cops may be better off somewhere else.

And while the suggested policies could result in retaining more officers, the language in the memos revolves around creating a financial disincentive for officers to leave so quickly after getting their badges.

By some estimates, it costs as much as $170,000 to recruit, run background checks, hire, teach and field train each officer. But neither plan details a precise repayment amount.

The plan from Khamis and Nguyen details what they call a retention provision that would require departing officers to pay back a prorated share of training costs that would decrease and eventually disappear as they approach five years of service with SJPD.

Liccardo proposes the city create a non-profit that would issue a zero-interest loan for training costs where officers who leave early would pay back a similarly pro-rated part of the loan.

Both Khamis and Liccardo openly acknowledged that under their plans, incoming recruits would have to sign on to the repayment terms before joining the academy to get around potential legal challenges by the police union.

Khamis said under his plan, officers who change careers would generally be exempt.

The effectiveness of these repayment policies — Oakland, Hayward and Los Angeles are among California cities to have one — is mixed at best. In many cases, a police agency that wants to hire away an officer subject to such a plan will simply cover the cost.

“Fine. Let them pay us,” Khamis said, referring to outside agencies. “So be it. If you don’t want to apply to the city of San Jose, don’t apply.”



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Oct. 30th


(Asst. Chaplain) Jim Becknall was asked to include the following information in the Farsider.

Mary Morrill, wife of Retired Officer Greg Morrill, has stage four cancer and is scheduled for surgery this Friday (Nov. 1st). Readers who would like additional information about Mary and the surgery can go to
<CaringBridge.org> and type Mary H. Morrill in the "Visit" box.


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Oct. 25th


There are 50 tickets remaining for Retirees to attend the KKC dinner dance. Please let the Retirees know that when the tickets are gone, no more will be available.

(Thompson) <sssq@aol.com>

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We had a few readers ask if we knew Bill Leavy's NFL schedule for the next few weeks, so we wrote and asked:

Oct. 28th

Hi Bill,

I am working the Cincinnatti at Miami game this Thursday night (tonight) on the NFL network, and on the first Sunday in Nov. (the 3rd) I will be working the Chicago vs. Detroit game. Will let you know more as I get the games.


(Leavy) <mwc127@earthlink.net>

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Oct. 28th


While most of your subscribers probably enjoy the very generous medical plan they received at retirement, this is an interesting web site about Obamacare. Not making it right or wrong, just giving folks some information about it. Here in socialist Kaliphony (California), the state runs its own website, so this link just takes you there.

The author first started making easy-to-understand websites about genealogy. I suspect some of your subscribers may have an interest in that subject, so here is the home link if you want to take a look.

(McFall) <tdmcfall@yahoo.com>

Ed. — Tom is one of our two retired FBI subscribers. Their health care plans are not nearly as generous as those most of us have through the City.

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Oct. 30th

Hi Bill,

You said I could write up something on a couple of old rifles I'd like to sell and that you'd place the information in the Mail Call column.

For sale: Remington .43 cal. Rolling Block Rifle Stamped: REMINGTONS ILION N.Y. U.S.A. PAT MAY 3D NOV 15TH 1864 APRIL 17TH 1866

(1) a Harpers Ferry Model 1816 original flintlock musket. It has original 42" barrel, 57 3/4" overall length, produced and stamped 1832. It has an original 1816 bayonet with the original bayonet scabbard and steel ramrod which is 41 7/8" long.  I purchased it in 1992 for $1800 and would like to get at least what I paid for it.

The barrel is 33 3/4" long , rifle is 49" overall. There are two barrel rings and a sling, also a bayonet with a brass handle it is 23 1/8" overall length, bayonet is stamped on the blade near the guard:  W.R. KIRSCHBAUM SOLINGEN (the bayonet came with the rifle, but I don't know if it is original to the rifle) Also an original box of .43 cal. ammo for the rifle. The rifle seems in sound condition but I have never fired the rifle.

I will take offers over $400.

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Remington .43 cal. Rolling Block Rifle. It is stamped: REMINGTONS ILION N.Y. U.S.A.  PAT MAY 3D  NOV 15TH 1864  APRIL 17TH 1866

The barrel is 33 3/4", the overall length is 49". It has a sling and a bayonet with a brass handle, the bayonet is 23 1/8" long, stamped on the blade just below the handle guard is: W.R. KIRSCHBAUM  SOLINGEN (the bayonet fits the rifle like a glove, but I don't know if it is the correct bayonet for the rifle.)

There is also a 31 1/2" steel ramrod which appears to be correct for the rifle.

Also included is a vintage original box of twenty .43 cal. cartridges.

And I purchased a leather "McKeever" Cartridge Box with "US" embossed on the cover and was told it was correct vintage for the rifle and .43 cartridge. The .43 cartridge seem to fit correctly in the canvas slots, but I can't guarantee it is correct for the 1864 Rolling Block rifle.

The Harpers Ferry Musket & bayonet go together. $1800

The Remington Rolling Block Rifle and the brass handled bayonet and box of .43 cartridges all go together. I'll take offers over $400

I'll sell the leather cartridge Box separately and am asking $90 for it.

The Harpers Ferry and its bayonet go together.

The Remington Rolling Block and the brass handled bayonet and the box of .43 cal. ammo go together. I'll sell the leather ammo box separately.

Steve Postier

E-mail Steve for additional information and/or photos if interested.






120 Cops Sought for Stadium Duty; Pay is $55 Hourly

—Council OKs $200,000 in contracts for 2 firms to perform background checks—

By Mike Rosenberg
Mercury News — Oct. 31, 2013

SANTA CLARA — Looking for some overtime? Have a gun and a badge? Want to get paid for soaking in the atmosphere of a San Francisco 49ers game?

You’re in luck: With Levi’s Stadium set to open next summer, Santa Clara officials are looking to hire 120 police officers for stadium duty.

The pay for the part-time gig is $55 an hour. The cops will be needed only during the Niners’ 10 to 12 home games each year, plus big special events such as concerts, college football games and, oh yeah, the 50th Super Bowl in 2016.

The Santa Clara Police Department will put some of its officers on 49ers duty, too. But the number of cops needed to patrol the 1.9 million-square-foot stadium and the surrounding streets is more than the 150-member department can provide while still laying down the law throughout the rest of the city.

So many Niners cops are required, in fact, that the City Council on Tuesday approved $200,000 in contracts for two outside firms just to perform background checks on candidates.

The officers’ pay will not be cheap, either. Although city officials did not disclose the total stadium law-enforcement budget, the full roster of outside officers would cost $6,600 an hour, or $52,800 for an eight-hour day.

The money for the background checks and the officers’ pay will come from stadium revenues and not from the city’s $31 million budget that funds fighting crime.

The city will hold the candidates to the same standards of regular police officer hires, and the stadium cops must be either employed at a law enforcement agency or retired from one. Officers are expected to apply from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and other Bay Area agencies, which have a combined pool of several thousand active officers.

Security at the $1.3 billion suburban stadium, in a city where the crime rate is relatively low, will be a big concern after high-profile violence the last few years at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

Fans there have reported booze-fueled brawls, stabbings and shootings, most notably during a 2011 preseason game against the Oakland Raiders that led to the end of the annual cross-bay exhibition series.

Last month, a fan from Hayward who witnesses said appeared intoxicated fell to his death from an elevated walkway.

In addition to preventing and breaking up fights, the Levi’s Stadium officers will direct traffic, make sure vehicles are not parked illegally, look out for DUIs and haul unruly fans to a jail being built below the stands.

“I believe it’s very important that we have sufficient staffing levels during these events to ensure safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees,” police Chief Mike Sellers told council members.




Policing the Eastwide During the Not-So Golden Years

Here's a walk down memory lane for my SJPD family who worked on the eastside King & Story areas in the 70's & 80's. Remember the 1963, 64 & 65 Chevy Impala was the preferred car for most that cruised the boulevards in downtown and the eastside. The cars were loaded with hydraulics, fancy paint jobs, polished engines, shiny rims, small undersized tires, lowered to the pavement and sound systems that would rock the neighborhoods with gangster rap. The vato outfits worn by most gangsters included a white beater tank top t'shirt, button up to the neck Pendleton shirt, overly baggy pants, bandanna in the back pocket or tied around the forehead, dark sunglasses (even at nighttime), shiny pristine black shoes and a bushy go-tee. Many proudly displayed this image of the Los Angeles gangster that was being played out across the Nation by our media.

We proudly worked the eastside of San Jose and embraced the action, danger and work load that others wouldn't work. We handled accidents and crime reports by filling out a white 3X5 card with the details, put them in our pocket and quickly went back to work. There were no computers, spell check or GPS just a notepad and beat map. Eating was practically never an option and covering your teammates butts was the ultimate priority. Working midnights on the weekends out at King & Story will never be forgotten by those who worked out there. Constantly listening to the business and homeowners plead with the police about their property and city being taken over nearly every week by out of the area visitors, car clubs and gangsters.

Every night was an experience with the good, the bad and the ugly of society. PCP was smoked by many and we were known as the "PCP Capital of the World." Running into PCP influence was as frequent as Budweiser alcohol influence every night. Radio traffic was so busy that you could not get on the radio, running folks for warrants was impossible unless you switched over to another slower channel. Code 33 on the channel was normal just to gain some type of sanity to what was going on. The dispatcher regularly activated the emergency tone so much that we became numb to the mere sound. Calls for service were back logged and were routinely sent out with no one to respond. We were taken on routinely, attacked, punched, kicked, hit with everything imaginable. Objects were thrown at us, we were shot at and attempts to run us over with a car were frequent.

Code 3, Code 20's and the old Code 30's were a regular cry for help in those days on the eastside. The streets would light up with the emergency spinners, blaring sirens and the roar of the 440 engines of the responding police cars. Our riot helmets, gas masks and batons were easily available for the next cluster that you knew would happen. We all carried extra ammo for our six shot revolvers, extra rounds for the shotgun and at least three pairs of handcuffs. All of us who worked together were close and despite the heavy radio traffic every night, we knew when each other needed help we would all bust our asses driving over curbs, sidewalks, center islands or anything else in our way to get to them despite bumper to bumper traffic.

The original gang team was known as the Youth Service Detail (YSD) because it was politically correct not to have the word gang in the name. We chased San Jose gangsters that were imitating Los Angeles gangsters who's criminal activities were broadcasted over our media time after time like a gangster's life training video. Memories of the early days of gangs called Vicki's Town, Southside Ganga, Palmas, Horseshoe and others were frequent flyers in the violence. Memories of going to the Sunnywood Apartments, San Jose Apartments, Foxdale Apartments, El Rancho Verde Apartments, Roosevelt Park, Solari Park, Guisti Park and many other locations were routine for calls of gang violence and emergency officer assistance calls.

Memories of the City barricade truck, 10 foot long wooden barricades, flare & cone patterns, pylons, shots fired, gangs, cruisers, large fights, people running around crazy while screaming and pulling off all their clothing. Being high on PCP was routine everyday action. If you pulled over one car with someone loaded on PCP it was inevitable that everyone was blasted in the car. It was Zombie Land or Night of the Living Dead with all the KJ'ers roaming around. I'll never forget fighting with the KJ'ers who never responded to our presence, our commands, pain compliance or the use of force. We were given few weapons to fight with but if we had the current tasers we would have been asking for more taser ammo nightly.

You had to be in great shape mentally and physically and a little lucky while trying to apprehend KJ'ers and packs of gangsters while taking them into custody without you getting injured. It was routine to get injured on a call, suck it up and go back to work. Many had guns and crude weapons. We had police wagons that we filled beyond capacity to get only the most violent and annoying people out of the area. We wrote tons of criminal citations and traffic citations while keeping tow companies busy and their tow yards full. There were activists (Juan Haro) and cop haters who would stalk us and start filming our traffic stops and pedestrian stops while alleging profiling, abuse and police harassment.

After a shifts work we would all get together and be thankful that each one of us made it through that shift and returned to the department. We then spent the next 3 to 5 hours taking those white 3X5 cards we had in our back pocket and completed our reports. Many times I caught myself dozing off while trying to finish my crime reports in the old PAB briefing room. A 15+ hour shift was routine with most shifts going beyond that. We would eventually come down off the roller coaster ride high we were on and drag our sorry asses home for a few hours of sleep and few moments with the kids and family. A few hours of sleep, a quick hardcore workout at the little old gym at PAB then back to another wild crazy ride on the streets of San Jose.

I remember pride and honor being the fuel to keep me at the top of my game and always in the hunt. I'll forever remember my King & Story work buddies and I've got nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for all of them working under those conditions and coming out the other side with their sanity, health and their heads held high for doing a great job. On so many occasions we stared death in the eye and even challenged the menace with our courage, defiance, attitude and devotion. Memories that will never go away and things that we experienced that no other people or police jurisdictions encountered or will ever encounter. We survived and living the good life in a retirement we earned.



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If you spent last Sunday evening watching football or the World Series and skipped "60 Minutes," you missed a scathing indictment of the Obama administration on the Benghazi attack. It is must viewing for anyone who questions whether the White House and/or the State Department's failure to act were partly or wholly responsible for the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. (15 Mins.)


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Some subjects are worth repeating, like this one from Don Hale of Switzerland's Top Secret Drum Corps. It's an updated version of the performance we included a few years ago. Trust us, this is definitely worth a watch. (6 Mins.)


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On a night-time dive near Hawaii, 2 divers were found by a bottlenose dolphin and started to swim around them over and over again. When looking closer, one of the divers discovered the reason for this strange behavior: the dolphin had a fishing line hooked around it, hindering its ability to swim. They cut him free, and the dolphin swam away, relieved. That a dolphin would come to humans for help is once again evidence of its amazing intelligence, as most injured animals would never come close to a human and would actually be aggressive and defensive. This is amazing to watch and a lifetime experience for the two divers who got to share a moment of true understanding with a wild animal. (3 Mins.)


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It's hard to say how old this young lady is, but you can bet she is still years away from getting her driver's license. Her youth, however, hasn't stopped her from learning how to handle a semi-auto pistol and a shotgun. If you look at who submitted the video to YouTube, you might wonder if a well loved SJPD Capt. didn't return from the grave and teach her how to shoot. (1 Min.)


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Breaking News

WASHINGTON—Responding to widespread criticism regarding its health care website, the federal government is about to unveil its new, improved Obamacare program, which allows Americans to purchase health insurance after installing a software bundle contained on 35 floppy disks.

“I have heard the complaints about the existing website, and I can assure you that with this revised system, finding the right health care option for you and your family is as easy as loading 35 floppy disks sequentially into your disk drive and following the onscreen prompts,” a senior White House adviser explained.

The nearly three dozen 3.5-inch diskettes contain all the data needed for individuals to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The updated Obamacare software is mouse-compatible and requires a 386 Pentium processor with at least 8 MB of system RAM to function properly.

“Just fire up MS-DOS, enter ‘A:\>dir *.exe’ into the command line, and then follow the instructions to install the Obamacare batch files. It should only take four or five hours at the most. And if you run into any problems you can press F1 for help. Also be sure that your monitor’s screen resolution is set at 320 x 200 or it might not display properly.”

The White House adviser added that the federal government hopes to have a six–CD-ROM version of the program available by 2016.

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For years I've heard that Coca Cola can remove rust from metal but doubted that claim until I watched this video of a Russkie bring back a shine to his bumper. It can't fill in the pits in the metal, of course, but it seems to do a good job otherwise. (3 Mins.)


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Acknowledging that today is Halloween and that it's too late this year, Lumpy says he's going to get one of these flying Grim Reapers so he can scare the hell out of people next year and possibly create some business for cardiologists. (2 Mins.)


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If you are planning a trip to China, the odds are 1 in 10 that your meal will have been prepared using "gutter oil." If you have already traveled to China, you may not want to watch this clip. (3 Mins.)


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Language Warning: Without the top few inches of his skivvies showing, the gods of the Hood probably wouldn't have protected this Rhodes scholar from eating the big one as he tests his new bullet-proof vest. In our view, the shooter should have aimed low and done society a favor by ensuring that the bad ass can't produce any offspring. (3 Mins.)


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JET pontificates on Japanese sex...

A Japanese couple is having an argument over ways to experience highly erotic sex.
Husband: Sukitaki

Wife replies: Kowanini!
Husband: Toka a anji rodi roumi yakoo!

Wife (on her knees literally begging): Mimi nakoundinda tinkouji!
Husband replies angrily: Na miaou kina tim kouji!.
And YOU just sit there reading this gibberish as if you understand Japanese?


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If you happen to bring a puppy home from a shelter or a pet store, don't spend a wad of dough buying him or her a ton of toys. Just set your new pet down near a door stopper. (3 Mins.)


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Honda has come up with another spectacular ad, one that incorporates illusions like those one-dimensional sidewalk scenes made from chalk that most of you have seen from time to time. Have a look at this clip that is a work of art in itself. (1 Min.)


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The story of Jim and Barb according to D.B.

A couple was having dinner one evening when the husband reached across the table, took his wife's hand in his and said, " Barb, soon we will have been married for 30 years, and there's something I have to know. In all of those years, have you ever been unfaithful to me?"

Barb replied, "Well Jim , I have to be honest with you. Yes, I've been unfaithful to you three times during these 30 years, but always for a good reason."

Jim was obviously hurt by his wife's confession and said, "I never suspected. Can you tell me what you mean by 'good reasons'?"

Barb replied, "The very first time was shortly after we got married and we were about to lose our little house because we couldn't pay the mortgage. Do you remember that one evening I went to see the banker and the next day he notified you that the loan would be extended?"

Jim  recalled the visit to the banker and said, "I can forgive you for that. You saved our home, but what about the second time?"

Barb continued, "And do you remember when you were so sick, but we didn't have the money to pay for the heart surgery you needed? Well, I went to see your doctor one night and, if you recall, he did the surgery at no charge."

"I remember that," said Jim. "And you did it to save my life, so of course I can forgive you for that. Now tell me about the third time."

Barb replied. "So do you remember when you ran for president of your golf club and you needed 73 more votes?"

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We double-dog dare you to ride along with this mountain biker as he flies down a perilous trail and does a backflip over a 72-foot wide canyon. He's wearing a GoPro camera on his helmet which allows you to imagine you are sitting on his shoulders. (2 Mins.)


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The passing of Morris Schwartz from D.P.

Morris Schwartz is dying and is on his deathbed.
He is with his nurse, his wife, his daughter and two sons, and knows the end is near.
He says to them:
"Bernie, I want you to take the Beverly Hills houses."
"Sybil, take the apartments over in Los Angeles Plaza."
"Hymie, I want you to take the offices over in City Center."
"Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings downtown"
The nurse is blown away by all this. As Morris slips away, she says to the wife, "Mrs. Schwartz, your husband must have been such a hard working man to have accumulated so much property."
Sarah replies, "Property? The schmuck had a newspaper route."

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Do you suppose this is how Mick Jagger started out? Oh, right, TV wasn't available to the public in 1943 when the rock star to be was born. (1 Min.)


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With all the B.S. going on in Washington, we thought we'd conclude this week's Farsider with this Tim Hawkins classic called "The Government Can." You may not recognize the lyrics, but we can guarantee you will remember the melody. (3 Mins.)


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Pic of the Week

As embarrassing as the ObamaCare website roll-out has been for President Obama and HSS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, they both went on the air earlier this morning and said it is now working perfectly. Click on the link below, then on the "Apply Now" button and take a look around. It looks like an easy site to navigate, and the prices of the four plans are amazingly low. And worry not, you won't be asked for any personal information or committing to anything...




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