The Farsider

Nov. 6, 2014

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience of
the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.

 

POA UPDATES
 

This Membership Alert arrived just as we were going to press. 
 

 

Nov. 6th

Election Results Update #1

Last night at 8pm, we all hoped to see Dave Cortese leading Sam Liccardo in the race for Mayor. As it stands, Liccardo leads Cortese by 2% with over 50,000 absentee ballots remaining to be counted.  For those who watched the results and gave of your time, money and energy, this was a tough ending to a tough campaign.  Voter turnout for this election was at an historic low and that certainly contributed to Liccardo's lead.

As you know, we are not in the business of delivering false hope.  It is possible but unlikely that Dave can gain the ground to overtake Sam's lead; however, no one has yet conceded this race.  The vote counting will continue  until a winner in this race is formally declared.  We will keep you posted as we learn more.

On a brighter note, Raul Peralez won his race handily and will represent the residents of District 3 (downtown and the surrounding areas).  Raul will bring firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing our Department and can articulate our troubles recruiting and retaining officers due to the fact that we are below market in wages, disability protections, retirement security and now healthcare.

The District 7 race to replace Madison Nguyen was won by Tam Nguyen.  He has always advocated a pro public safety message and has opposed Measure B.  Charles "Chappie" Jones won the District 1 race to replace Pete Constant.  His message has been to restore police in a fiscally sound manner.  

Speaking of Pete Constant, our termed-out Councilmember ran in the West Valley-Mission Community College District race.  Forgive our moment of pettiness, but we're happy to report he got trounced 59% to 41%.

This battle may be over but our fight to protect your rights and restore our department goes on.

Jim Unland president@sjpoa.com 
John Robb vicepresident@sjpoa.com 

 

LICCARDO THE LIKELY WINNER

—For you out-of-towners who are unaware—

The three items below from today's paper will bring you up to speed on the mayor's race. While Liccardo is the likely winner, don't count Cortese out just yet. Bay Area TV stations reported last night that over 120,000 mail-in ballots and 10,000 provisional ballots have yet to be counted. As of 6 p.m., Liccardo had accumulated 59,079 votes while Cortese's count totaled 56,528 — a difference of 2,551. Could there be another Truman/Dewey moment? Possible, but unlikely given that Liccardo has maintained a slight lead from the beginning. What we do know is that the official winner of the mayor's race won't be officially called by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters until all votes are counted — possibly some time over the weekend. As noted, the three items below are from today's paper…

San Jose Mayor

—Liccardo declares win, but Cortese not conceding—

By Mike Rosenberg <mrosenberg@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Nov. 6, 2014

SAN JOSE — Councilman Sam Liccardo declared victory Wednesday in the mayoral race after early mail ballots and live precinct votes showed he had consistently maintained his narrow lead.

But county Supervisor Dave Cortese refused to concede the race as election officials continued tallying stacks of late mail-in ballots that might not be fully counted until the weekend, casting some doubt on the outcome of one of Silicon Valley’s most hard-fought contests. Liccardo, the downtown city councilman, emerged with slightly more than 51 percent of the vote in a close, tough battle in which he pushed to maintain the fiscal and pension reforms of outgoing Mayor Chuck Reed, who endorsed him. Cortese, who promised to abandon some of the voter-approved pension reforms to ease an exodus of police officers, was falling short with just less than 49 percent. About one-third of the ballots still needed to be counted. Liccardo’s campaign says it is confident because the results have not budged since the first ballot counts began trickling in Tuesday night.

Barring a significant turnaround in the final vote count, the victory would be especially sweet for Liccardo because Tuesday’s election for several City Council races was enough to maintain the current fiscal-reform majority in City Hall that Reed enjoyed.

With the council votes on his side, Liccardo should be able to push his agenda for at least the first two years of a four-year term. Among his priorities: fighting in court to defend voter-approved pension reform measures that cops and other city employees oppose; pushing to use technology more at City Hall to improve services; and giving businesses tax breaks and other incentives to bring more jobs to the city.

“We are facing serious challenges — from rebuilding our police force to addressing our homelessness problem to creating economic opportunity and middle-class jobs for more families,” Liccardo said.

But he knows his biggest challenge would be to mend the broken relationship between City Hall and its police union while trying to hire hundreds of officers. Under Reed, a police union infuriated over the mayor’s pension reforms launched a campaign that contributed to hundreds of officers retiring or quitting for better- paying cities. The police union promised hundreds of additional resignations if Liccardo won.

Liccardo plans to move slowly but surely to rebuild the police force using savings from the pension cuts, and he has vowed to work with the new union leadership in hopes of calming the ongoing feud.

“I think when you get beyond an election, perceptions change dramatically,” he said, noting that he called the police union president Wednesday in hopes of starting a new dialogue.

On the other side, Cortese and his employee union allies had tried to strike fear into voters, saying a possible officer exodus under Liccardo would result in a crime wave that would rock one of the nation’s safest big cities. Cortese said he would make peace with the cops by rolling back parts of the pension reforms that are tied up in court. But voters, as they did in passing the Measure B pension reforms in 2012, appeared to be more concerned with how to pay for the generous benefits of the officers, who can retire at age 50 with six-figure pensions.

Even with Liccardo’s 2 percentage-point lead holding steady in the 24 hours since polls closed — whether counting early mail voters or live precinct ballots — Cortese remained optimistic that the last batch of votes, which will be counted as late as Sunday, could turn the race around. Cortese said he would not make a decision on a possible concession Wednesday “out of respect to our supporters and the voters in general.”

“Although I congratulated Sam Liccardo this morning on a great campaign, this race is still too close to call,” Cortese said Wednesday. “I’m confident in the democratic process and want everyone to understand that every vote does indeed count.”

But Cortese and some other union-backed candidates pushing to roll back parts of pension reform and increase taxpayer spending struggled on Election Day. The results in the City Council races, which are definitive, will prevent organized labor from taking back the power it had over City Hall last decade.

Among the new council members, Charles “Chappie” Jones in District 1 is a business candidate, Raul Peralez in District 3 is a labor pick, and Tam Nguyen in District 7 is seen as independent. It comes after union favorite Xavier Campos in District 5 was ousted from his council seat in the June primary in favor of Magdalena Carrasco, whom businesses supported. And labor-friendly Councilman Kansen Chu in District 4 was elected to the Assembly on Tuesday, creating an open seat through 2016 that will be filled by either a special election or an appointment by the council.

The results are crucial for Liccardo, as San Jose is an unusual big city in which the mayor relies completely on a majority of the 11-member City Council to advance his or her agenda.

Regardless, the deep divisions on the council remain — and the near-even split of votes in the mayoral contest underscores just how divided the city electorate is, as well. Liccardo has already started calling some of his opponents to talk about how they can work together when he would take office Jan. 1.

“We’re at a turning point right now,” said Melinda Jackson, an associate professor of political science at San Jose State. “Now that the campaign is behind us, this is the time to mend fences and kind of shake hands and think about moving forward.”
 

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No one is above gloating, and this is especially true of Barbara Marshman and the rest of the Mercury News editorial board. Like the article above, this editorial is also from today's paper…

Local Races Turn Out Well — Tentatively

Editorial
Mercury News — Nov. 6, 2014

We’ll say this for San Jose voters: They don’t scare easily, and they don’t cotton to carpetbaggers.

Across Silicon Valley, there were other revealing outcomes Tuesday. Voters tossed out disruptive school board members, pummeled an outrageous casino gambling bid and narrowly approved a tax to protect open space.

If Wednesday’s margins hold up through late ballot counts, this will be a hopeful election locally. Nationally, with GOP control of the House and Senate, not so much. But we’ll leave that for another day.

San Jose

Tuesday’s results for mayor left Sam Liccardo two points ahead of Dave Cortese, who benefited from more than $800,000 in independent expenditures by police, firefighter and other unions. Their campaign theme was that the city was spiraling into apocalypse and would, as a whole, perish in gunfire if Liccardo were mayor.

Cortese supporters were confident this would produce a rout. But even in the unlikely event that new ballots reverse Liccardo’s lead, a rout it was not.

Now the District 1 city council race — that was a rout: Chappie Jones won 60 percent of the vote against Assemblyman Paul Fong, who had moved from Cupertino to San Jose last year to be labor’s candidate. The theory was that name recognition and Asian voters would make him a shoo-in. But West Side voters tend to be less liberal, and they warmed up to Jones, a moderate Democrat and longtime community leader who will represent their interests ahead of unions’.

District 3’s choice, also by 60 percent, is novice politician Raul Peralez, a police officer with charm to spare but no experience in development, downtown business, the arts or historic preservation. These challenges pile high on a District 3 representative’s plate and are important for the entire city. He needs to quickly get up to speed.

And in District 7, Tam Nguyen will succeed Madison Nguyen (no relation). Tam, a lawyer, has been a lifelong protester and activist. We hope he continues to be independent and can adapt to the political process to move his agenda, which is mainly advocacy for the underdog.

Water board

Gary Kremen, whose first millions came from sex.com, bought and paid for a seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District board, spending upward of $400,000 to defeat incumbent environmentalist Brian Schmidt, who raised $13,000. The margin was 3 percentage points, which indicates Kremen needed every penny. Capping his slime campaign was a late mailer that featured the sound of a flushing toilet. Kremen agrees with Schmidt on the need to eventually use recycled water for drinking, but lacking an ethical compass, he used the idea against his opponent. We can’t wait to see what he does on the board.

School boards

Santa Clara Unified and San Jose Unified voters opted for change, and it’s heartening. The Santa Clara district chose Noelani Sallings and Jodi Muirhead over allies of Chris Stampolis, the board member under a restraining order for menacing a principal. In San Jose Unified, newcomers Susan Ellenberg and Paymon Zarghami will replace 20-year incumbents who had never been challenged before. Santa Clara has real damage to repair. On the San Jose board, it’s a matter of needing new ideas and better connecting with residents.

Measures

One defeat and one victory are worth celebrating. Milpitas voters resoundingly said no to Bay 101’s bid to move there from San Jose and expand with minimal oversight. San Jose voters also rejected an expansion plan a few years ago. If one or both card rooms in San Jose wanted to close, it would be A-OK with us. Expanding is what’s out of the question.

And finally, the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority should have stable funding if its narrow two-thirds victory holds up. The authority ran a terrific campaign showcasing all it has accomplished and making the case that a parcel tax will benefit residents across the valley. Well done.

 

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And we can't overlook columnist Scott Herhold's two-cents. He probably woke up this morning with the same grin as the one is his photo...

Independent Streak Ran Through Vote



By Scott Herhold, Columnist
Mercury News — Nov. 6, 2014

If he hasn’t already, Matt Harris will have to get fitted for a new robe. Mike Honda should not be surprised if Ro Khanna assails him again in 2016. The Bumb family must go back to the drawing boards to decide the future of their Bay 101 casino. And Sam Liccardo has a narrow window to exercise his diplomacy with cops and firefighters.

Every election has consequences. But if you had to tease a single thread from Tuesday’s results, it might be that the old verities of local politics — the turnout machine of the unions, the power of brand names, even the built-in edge enjoyed by female candidates — reached their limits. In an extraordinarily low turnout, the voters showed resilient independence. They rejected Paul Fong’s desperate attacks against Chappie Jones in San Jose Council District 1. In Milpitas, they didn’t buy the promises of the great things that Bay 101 would bring.

And they upset the old order by turning out two veteran incumbents on the San Jose Unified school board, Rich Garcia and Veronica Grijalva Lewis, in favor of Susan Ellenberg and Paymon Zarghami.

In their bitter fight in the 17th Congressional District, Khanna finished close enough to the 73-year-old Honda, the guy with the ultimate brand name, to retain credibility in 2016. That will force Honda to decide whether he wants to run once more against a man nearly half his age.

Mayor’s race

In the San Jose mayor’s race, another guy with a recognizable name, Dave Cortese, was the apparent loser despite an ugly campaign against Liccardo by the unions.

Insiders had been betting the labor-friendly Cortese would win after leading in the polls. But the low turnout worked against him. Liccardo’s more conservative base turned out in greater numbers.

(Eight years ago, more than 198,000 people voted in the mayoral election. The estimates this year are in the 160,000-plus range. Many votes are uncounted.) Finally, voters turned out an incompetent judge, Diane Ritchie, in favor of a solid but low-key prosecutor, Harris. Six years ago, Ritchie was elected largely on the basis of her gender. This time, it was not enough to save her from an avalanche of criticism.

There were exceptions to the rule of good sense. Sex.com founder Gary Kremen beat Brian Schmidt for a North County seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District board with a campaign that was tawdry and unfair (One piece sent out by an allegedly independent pro-Kremen committee was a talking card that had the sound of a toilet flushing.)

Conscientious choices

In general, though, the voters chose conscientiously. Now, the winners should show they deserve that confidence.

In San Jose, the mayor’s election underscored the deep division between the pro-union and pro-business camps. Although Liccardo has staunchly backed Measure B pension reform, you would expect that any new mayor would attempt to heal the long and fractious dispute with employees.

Myself? I’m looking forward to it all. I’d like to attend trials in Judge Harris’s courtroom. I’d like to see Susan Ellenberg question the established way of doing things at the San Jose Unified School District. I want to see newly elected San Jose Councilman Tam Nguyen quiz the city staff.

Democracy isn’t just the lesser of evils. It’s the cardiac pump of fresh blood, something we need desperately.

 

PENSION NEWS

Nada.

 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

This earlier Scott Herhold column from last Sunday's paper touched on the issue of Mayor Reed calling for an investigation as to whether the POA suggested that police recruits look for jobs elsewhere.

Mayor Reed Starting Duel He Can’t Win



By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Oct. 2, 2014

Litigation is the modern duel: Instead of slapping a foe with a glove and demanding satisfaction, we serve them with court papers and request oaths. An investigation and a public hearing often form the prelude to the courtroom.

And just like dueling, legal maneuvers invite a scrum. Consider Mayor Chuck Reed’s proposal for a publicly funded investigation of the recruiting and training process in the San Jose Police Department. You probably know the background. Reed was the author of Measure B, which cuts the maximum pensions and benefits for new recruits — and attempts to limit what veteran officers can amass.

The police union, no surprise, loathes Measure B. And its leaders have been doing what they can to suggest that new officers should seek greener pastures. If the city cannot produce new cops, the shortage puts an enormous strain on the reformers. Two weeks ago, an attorney who washed out of the academy, Elyse Rivas, wrote an op-ed in which she accused San Jose Police Officers’ Association President Jim Unland of telling recruits that they should quit then and there.

Rivas has since backed off the word “quit” — losing a bit of credibility in the process — but she has stuck to her major point that Unland was discouraging the recruits from sticking around San Jose.

And did I forget to mention? This is all enmeshed in the mayoral battle between Supervisor Dave Cortese, a friend of the union, and Councilman Sam Liccardo, an ally of the mayor and a pension reformer.

Probe requested

Now Reed wants to take it one step further by asking the council at a special meeting Friday to authorize an investigation into whether the recruits were improperly induced to leave the department.

Let’s call this what it is: a mistake, the last zinger in an utterly broken relationship. In the first place, there’s no price tag put on this investigation. It’s very easy to see it costing $200,000 or more. Summoning young cops to testify under subpoena against a POA leader will hardly cement their loyalty to San Jose. It will make it more likely those officers will leave for other cities. Second, even dissident cops have rights to freedom of speech. In its memorandum of agreement with the city, the POA specifically has the right to talk to recruits about insurance, wellness programs, mentorship and “other Association matters.” A big loophole. Third, we know pretty much what this investigation will show: The POA has been discouraging recruits from long-term careers in San Jose — by hints, catcalls, whistles. After all, the association held a job fair in which it invited other departments to hire San Jose officers. Need more?

Reed has specified that this investigation is not linked to discipline or breaking laws, two areas in which cops have substantial rights. Is another lawsuit the answer? The cops won most of the first round on Measure B.

Yes, an investigation can bring political intimidation. But unlike a duel, it doesn’t offer much satisfaction. Chuck Reed, the guy who offered two-buck Chuck at his victory party in 2006, knows how to use money better.
 

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For more on this issue of investigating the POA, click HERE to view a City Memo from Councilmember Pete Constant.

 

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And that brings us to this excerpt from the Internal Affairs column in last Sunday's paper…

 

Offer of ‘Cash to Lie’ about Union Tactics Not Quite True

A recent article by former San Jose police recruit Elyse Rivas accusing the city’s police union head of telling cadets to quit continued to resonate over the past week in the politically charged atmosphere of an election season centered around public safety concerns.

Rivas wrote that the San Jose Police Officers Association was undermining city recruitment efforts to advance its political argument that pension reform is driving officers away and spurring crime. Others later came forward with similar accounts.

POA President Jim Unland insisted he never told recruits to quit — only that they could do better elsewhere, but ultimately it’s up to them. The union promptly produced a sworn statement from another former recruit, Aaron Ettinger, backing Unland.

But the juiciest part of his declaration was a conversation Ettinger recounted with political consultant Vic Ajlouny, who has worked for Mayor Chuck Reed and the chamber of commerce.

As POA spinmeisters put it, Ajlouny offered Ettinger “cash to lie” about the union. That was too good for local TV to resist, even if Ettinger’s declaration fell short of that assertion.

Ettinger, who was Ajlouny’s neighbor growing up, said Ajlouny had called him to talk about Rivas’ article and about Ettinger’s interest in returning to the full-time officer job he’d quit over the pay and benefits. According to Ettinger, Ajlouny told him Unland had duped him out of his dream job by misleading him about the city’s police benefits. Ettinger said Ajlouny told him to demand his job back, that the mayor was considering legal action against the police union for undermining recruitment efforts, and that Ettinger could potentially “make some money” for being part of that, presumably from a favorable judgment if a case was successful.

Not exactly “cash to lie,” even if true. Ajlouny of course remembered the conversation differently and had his lawyer demand a retraction from Ettinger.

“You are aware,” the lawyer wrote, “that those statements were never made and you mischaracterized the conversation with Mr. Ajlouny.”

Since then, Councilman Pete Constant, a Reed ally and retired police officer, has formally requested the city consider suing Unland and the POA for allegedly “encouraging police officers to leave.” It would be considered in committee Wednesday; we’ll see if there’s still interest in that after the election.


 

MAIL CALL

Oct. 30th

Bill,

Thank you for including the video explaining why we "lost the war in Vietnam." I did two tours of duty there, the first in "I Corps" in the Hue/Phu Bai area. During that tour I was attached to the 3rd Marine Amphibious, and it ended with the battle for the City of Hue (pronounced "way"). The battle lasted 26 days and we lost 147 Marines. We secured the victory, however, by retaking the city. The next year would find me in the Mekong Delta.

Upon returning home it was readily apparent that our victories were not being reported and that our government had no intentions of winning. It was kind of like being in an MMA fight and knocking your opponent out, then having your corner throw in the towel before he hits the mat.

Thank you for bringing the truth to light!

Dave
(Walker) <davethreewits@sbcglobal.net>

You are welcome, Dave, and thank you (and all other Vietnam vets who served overseas) for your service. (Dave is referring to THIS video that was in last week's Farsider.)

 

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Nov. 5th

A political comment full of vast intellectual commentary:

I will start by sharing that I am a registered Independent and an opinionated bastard who dislikes politicians of all stripes. The Republican party has played off the anger and frustration of the majority and is now in power. So be it. The Democrats asked for it and they got it. My political opinion and prognostication is that in two years the voting public will be just as pissed off at the unfilled campaign lies as they were this time around, and that there will be a shift back to the Democrats' viewpoint. We Independents will be watching the ball bounce back and forth again.
 
I freely and fully admit that my political opinion is worthless in the real world, but I feel better for having sharing it. Who we really need to elect are people that are concerned with creating cooperative and integrated solutions to very complex national and international challenges. We need to stop electing narrow-minded partisans of whatever party.

Big problems are not solved by small minds.

Harry Mullins
<hmullins08@yahoo.com>


 

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KEITH KELLEY CLUB 2014 CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE: A ROCKIN’ ROLL CHRISTMAS

If you don't know how to select and print only the mail-in form below,
send a request to <bilmat@comcast.net> and we'll email it to you.
 

This year’s Christmas Dinner Dance will be held on December 13th at the San Jose Holiday Inn, 1350 N. First Street, San Jose, CA. All Retired KKC members attend free of charge, guest ticket is $75. Send your dinner reservation to Margie Thompson, 116 Fox Avenue, SJ 95110 and include your check for $75 (for guest).  

Retiree Cocktail Party — 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Cocktails General Members — 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Dinner — 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Dancing — 9:00 pm to Midnight

—Only 150 tickets will be available—

Special room rates are $89 plus tax per night (includes breakfast for two). Call 408.453.6200 for reservations and Mention the KKC.

Complete and Mail:

Name___________________________________

Address_____________________________________

Phone #_________________________________    

Email________________________________________

____   I’m Attending dinner dance     _____   Bringing A Guest?

Mail to: Margie Thompson, 116 Fox Avenue, SJ 95110. Tickets will be given at the door the night of the dinner dance.       

 

FOLLOWING THE WHITE HAT




This is Bill's schedule for the next few weeks:

Nov. 16: Seattle at Kansas City
Nov. 24: Baltimore at New Orleans (Monday night)
Nov. 30: Cincinnati at Tampa Bay
 

 

LAST WEEK IN SPORTS


SAN FRANCISCO — Joyously celebrating after his hometown team defeated the Kansas City Royals to clinch the championship, local 2-year-old Daniel Balane admitted to reporters Wednesday night that he never thought he would actually see the San Francisco Giants win a World Series in his lifetime.

"I've waited my whole life for the Giants to win the World Series, and it's just so surreal to actually see if finally happen," said the 2-year-old toddler, adding that as far back as he can remember, the Giants have only been a mediocre National League team that couldn't even make the playoffs. "Deep down, I always held out some hope that it could eventually happen, but after waiting so long, you start to think they'll just get over the hump. So, when they finally won last night, all that pent-up emotion just came pouring out. I still don't think it's fully sunk in yet. I mean, we did it — we're world champs!"

Balane went to to say that the Giants' playoff run was the most exciting he's witnessed since watching the San Francisco 49ers make it to the NFC Championship Game all the way back in 2013.


 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
     
Oct. 29 thru Nov. 4

The man in charge of investigating the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal has quit after he himself was caught with a prostitute — which explains why President Obama just appointed an irony czar.

David Nieland, the man investigating the Secret Service prostitution scandal, was caught with a prostitute. I don't know what's more surprising — that they caught him with a prostitute, or that the Secret Service actually caught someone.

Next month Joe Biden is scheduled to make stops in Turkey, Ukraine, and Morocco to discuss foreign policy issues — while his advisers are learning how to say "We're sorry" in all three languages.

Apple CEO Tim Cook officially came out as gay. But knowing Apple, a new Tim Cook will probably come out next week.

Yeah, Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay. Then the CEO of Samsung came out as being even gayer. Those guys are always competing.

Halloween is tomorrow. A group of wine experts has actually come up with a list of the best wines to pair with Halloween candy. They say, “White wine goes great with Skittles, red wine goes great with Twix, and . . .we're alcoholics, aren't we?”

Happy Halloween. It seems like people are going all out with their costumes this year. In fact, last night the Cleveland Cavaliers went as the Knicks.

The Cavaliers lost their season opener against the Knicks in LeBron James' first game back in Cleveland. LeBron felt a little slow and awkward out there. Then he looked down and realized that former Miami teammate Dwayne Wade was still hanging onto him.

Health officials in countries affected by Ebola are encouraging people to stop shaking hands, and instead give an “Ebola handshake,” which is when you bump elbows with someone. That would be a great idea if they hadn't spent the past five years telling us to sneeze into our elbows.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the only person who could play him in a movie is Denzel Washington. Do you know who I think should play Holder? Oprah's boyfriend, Stedman.

Mary Keitany from Kenya won the women’s race at the New York City Marathon. You can tell she was fast because guys on the street didn't even have time to finish their catcalls.

Mary was fast. Experts say it's one of the most impressive races they've seen a woman run. Then Hillary said, “Stay tuned.”

Politicians are really getting desperate. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent out a final fundraising email to Democrats with the subject line, “I'm begging.” Because what better way to show you're a strong leader than acting like you're drunk and dialing your ex?

Last night daredevil Nik Wallenda successfully completed a tightrope walk of 500 feet between two Chicago skyscrapers. And then he took part in an even more dangerous stunt — walking through Chicago on the ground.

Today is the midterm elections. The Washington Post is predicting that there's a 98 percent chance of the Republicans taking the Senate and The New York Times says there's a 75 percent chance. And CNN said, “Wait, that’s today?”

President Obama spent Election Day away from any press coverage, attending closed-door meetings inside the White House. But on the bright side, it is nice to see some doors actually closed at the White House. It's a whole new Secret Service security thing.

During a speech on Sunday, President Obama said to the crowd, “We've got to vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote.” This went on for an hour until someone finally fixed his teleprompter.

Democrats have been doing everything they can to get young people and college students to vote in the midterms. Though if you want students to participate in something, maybe you shouldn't call them midterms.

The investigator who led the probe in the Secret Service prostitution scandal was caught with a prostitute. When cops found them together, he said, "Hey, I'm investigating here."

Former baseball slugger Jose Canseco accidentally shot himself in the hand. In a related story, he figured out a way to make baseball a little more exciting.

Sources are saying Russia may have hacked into the White House Internet system. The problem was discovered this morning when suddenly Obama's screen saver was a shirtless Vladimir Putin.

Kim Kardashian said she might let her daughter North design clothes for her fashion line. I think North is up for it because she already created a bib that says "Get me out of here. Please, free me from these people!"

This Halloween, if you see a blue pumpkin, that means the house is handing out allergy-free treats. That's true. Of course, if you see a blue pumpkin, it could also mean the house is using last year's pumpkin.

Yesterday was the New York City Marathon. The marathon was won in record time by a Democrat candidate running away from President Obama.

Tomorrow is Election Day. That's the day we Americans wake up, consider our options, and then remember we didn't register to vote.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda broke a record when he walked blindfolded between two Chicago skyscrapers. Wallenda said he didn't do it to set a record. He did it because that's the safest way these days to walk through Chicago.

Christian Bale has dropped out of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. He was going to play Steve Jobs. He explained that he doesn't want to be typecast as a guy who wears all black and has a lot of gadgets.

Kim Kardashian tweeted that she is supporting President Obama in the midterm elections. I think it worked because all of the polls are predicting that after tonight Barack Obama will still be president of the United States.

In the midterm elections, a 102-year-old woman voted for the first time in a U.S. election. Unfortunately, she voted for Woodrow Wilson.

Utah could elect its first black Republican woman to Congress. In other words, Utah finally got one black person and the first thing they want to do is send her to Washington.

In Montana, a math teacher is running for the Senate. Win or lose, she plans on demanding a recount because math is fun.

Welcome to "The Late Show," ladies and gentlemen, where the only thing contagious is laughter.

I try to be level-headed when you have a problem like the Ebola outbreak. A couple of years ago there was what they call a pandemic. I called my doctor and I asked him what to do in the case of a pandemic. He said to make sure you sterilize your pan.

I want to settle everybody down. Let me put this in perspective for you. Your chances of catching Ebola are the same as the Jets' chances of making the play-offs.

The White House computers were hacked. They stole all of Michelle Obama's secret kale recipes.

Did you watch that World Series Game 7? Normally the winning team sprays each other with champagne. But because of recent disease and medical scares, last night the San Francisco Giants slathered each other with Purell.

The San Francisco Giants had a celebration after they defeated the Kansas City Royals last night in Kansas City. After that, they had another tribute to Derek Jeter.

If you get a doughnut and a croissant together, it's called a cronut. The Hello Deli next door has its own hybrid called the Eboli. It's half Ebola, half E. coli.

The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, announced he is gay. Rival Samsung responded by saying their CEO is 50 percent more gay.

Years ago I gave up the typical passing out of treats on Halloween because I thought it's bad for the kids to get them all gooned up on candy. So for the last few years I put out a complimentary salad bar.

This year for Halloween, my wife and I are going as the Clooneys. And Rene Zellweger is going as Rene Zellweger.

Who doesn't want to let strangers into their house during an Ebola epidemic?

Sunday is the New York City Marathon. Good luck to everybody who will be participating. Hillary Clinton, by the way, has not yet decided whether she'll be running.

Yesterday was the New York City Marathon. Republicans won in a landslide.

The marathon in the men's division was won by a Kenyan. Meanwhile, in Kenya, a pie-eating competition was won by an American.

Anybody last night watch that Wallenda guy? He first went across Niagara Falls, then across the Grand Canyon, and last night he walked between two Chicago skyscrapers. He got his start in this line of work as a White House fence jumper.

Tomorrow is Election Day. It's what they call the midterm elections, and you can cut the indifference with a knife. It's the day Americans leave work early and pretend to vote.

Today is the day I wait for. It's National Cat Day. It's the one day of the year we can ignore the fact that if cats were any bigger, they would kill us all.

A candidate for governor in Arkansas has revealed he used to be a male stripper. The stripper-turned-candidate is encouraging everyone to head to the polls next Tuesday. And also to go out and vote.

A man in a President Obama mask robbed a store recently. Police describe him as “armed and incapable of reforming immigration.”

After the Obama mask robbery, someone in a Hillary Clinton mask came in and promised to clean up the mess he left behind.

Congratulations to the Giants for winning the World Series. Last night in San Francisco, there were big parades, with men dancing in the streets and taking their clothes off. Then they heard about the World Series and things got really crazy.

Marvel announced the next nine superhero movies. There will be African-American superheroes and female superheroes. In the first movie, African-American and female superheroes combine superpowers to face the impossible task — becoming late-night talk-show hosts.

Former major league player Jose Canseco accidentally shot his finger off while cleaning his gun. On the bright side, he's taken so much human growth hormone that the finger grew right back.

According to the tabloids, Kris Jenner decided to skip Bruce Jenner's birthday party this week. Bruce was so hurt, he cried. Well technically, he emitted saline from tubes implanted beneath his cheek.

I like Halloween because it's the one day of the year I hear "Boo" and it's not someone reacting to my monologue.

I was thinking of going as Honey Boo Boo, but my costume got canceled.

I saw a kid dressed in bones. I said, "You a skeleton?" He said, "No, I'm a CBS viewer." Then I saw a kid dressed as an old woman. I said, "You a grandma?" He said, "No, I'm Bruce Jenner."

In Afghanistan researchers have found something called the "fanged vampire deer." It is an animal that hasn't been seen for 50 years. To be fair, if I lived in Afghanistan I would be keeping a low profile too.

The fanged vampire deer looks like what you'd get if Dracula hooked up with Bambi.

Apparently Tom Cruise is dating Lindsay Lohan. I think this is just a rumor started by the only people who desperately want it to be true — late-night talk-show hosts. We pray to the comedy gods for something like this.

Tom and Lindsay are dating. I can't believe this happens just as I'm about to get out of the late-night game. I might have to do another show. Just when I thought I was out, they keep pulling me back in.

Google is working on a pill that will detect cancer and other diseases in the human body. It contains tiny magnetic particles that would travel through your bloodstream to search for malignant cells. We spent years searching Google, and now they are going to search us.

A pill like this would give Google access to very sensitive personal information, but Google says they have no intention of using that information for commercial purposes — and that promise is good enough for me.

People are taking selfies with bears and then using them as their profile pictures on dating apps. The forest service would like people to stop doing this. I don't know. I say if people want to take selfies with bears, let them do it. It's called natural selection.

And it's a win-win, because either you get to post a picture showing everyone how brave you are, or the bear gets to post a picture showing what it had for lunch.

Last night the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the World Series. Condolences to the Royals fans and congratulations to the one Giants fan here in Los Angeles.

It was a great game, and of course after the game fans in San Francisco celebrated as fans are known to do — by lighting their city on fire. I've never understood that.

If your team wins, why not celebrate by destroying the other team's city?

A little boy dressed like a pumpkin said "Trick or treat" at 8 a.m. What are you supposed to do — make him an omelet?

Is trick or treating early in the morning a new thing? Now the early bird gets the gummy worm, too?

If you came to my house at 8 in the morning, I would turn a hose on you.

Daylight saving time ends this weekend. Don't forget to change the clocks in your house on Sunday, and the one in your car sometime in the next six to eight weeks.

Last night daredevil Nik Wallenda walked blindfolded between two Chicago skyscrapers. The Discovery Channel used a 10-second delay so producers would have time to cut away if anything went wrong — thereby depriving viewers of the reason they were tuning in.

Here’s what I was thinking about today. If Nik Wallenda had mailed in an absentee election ballot and fell to his death last night, would his vote tomorrow still count?

Did you know more Americans will go to Starbucks tomorrow than will go to the polls to vote? I made that up, but it sounds kind of true, doesn't it?

Starbucks had a disappointing quarter revenue-wise. They might want to reconsider their business model of selling one mini-muffin to an unemployed writer who then sits there for 10 hours working on his screenplay without buying anything else.

Today isn't just Election Day. It's National Candy Day today. I don't know. Didn't we just have National Candy Day — Halloween? That's National Candy Day. Today should be National Candy Nobody Wanted to Eat But It's the Only Thing Left in the Trick-or-Treat Bag Day.

Tomorrow is National Healthy Eating Day. But tomorrow is also National Doughnut Day, which seems like bad planning.

And then Thursday is National Nachos Day. Poor National Healthy Eating Day. It's totally outgunned.

I have my own tradition. On the night of National Healthy Eating Day, I leave a plate of kale out for Michelle Obama.

Today is National Cat Day. Of course, to cats every day is National Cat Day. They don't need a day to act like they have to be celebrated.

For National Cat Day, be sure to give your cat a big hug and then get yourself a box of Band-Aids.

The government in Cuba is encouraging citizens to have more children because the country has the lowest number of newborns in Latin America. And nothing gets you in the mood like a direct order from Fidel Castro.

A new study found that avid drinkers of milk have a 16 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease, while avid drinkers of almond milk have a 100 percent chance of being white. That's just science.

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants! Last night the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 to win the World Series. Finally, an excuse for the city of San Francisco to have a parade.

Ebola is still in the news. Today Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was kept in an isolation tent in New Jersey earlier this week, defied a quarantine order and went for a bike ride with her boyfriend. So it’s official: There is NOTHING that will get you out of a bike ride with your girlfriend.

Kellogg’s has reported a 31 percent drop in profits this quarter after sales of breakfast foods and snacks fell in the U.S. When asked how he’s doing, Tony the Tiger replied, “Not great.”

Tomorrow is the midterm elections. It's very important, so don't forget to head down to your local polling place and cancel out your dad's vote.

Don't ever let anyone tell you your vote doesn't count. You can cancel out your dad's vote.

The New York Marathon was held yesterday. The winning time was two hours, 10 minutes, and 55 seconds. Even more amazing, that is exactly how long it took my cab to get from 14th Street to 19th Street.

Members of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra released a video of themselves performing while eating the world's hottest chili peppers. In response, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released a video of themselves eating a Danish.
(See the Lighter Side column below.)

Oprah’s list of favorite things came out today and includes her book, titled “What I Know for Sure.” Chapter 1: “You Will Buy Anything I Tell You To.”

Godzilla turned 60 yesterday. In the next movie, Godzilla will battle his newest enemy — bone density.

Next Monday "Sesame Street" will turn 45. “And yet still no ring,” said Bert to Ernie.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF NOV. 1, 2014

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• Did an immigrant who tested positive for Ebola escape custody in Leicester?

• Rumor claims comedian Bill Cosby has sexually assaulted at least thirteen different women.

• Have Kenyan authorities released papers confirming President Barack Obama's birth in that country?

• Rumor claims that actor Judd Nelson has died.

• The case of a woman who sought medical help to remove a deer tongue she had used for self-pleasuring purposes.

• Walmart.com featured a Halloween page for "fat girl costumes."

• Did Florida governor Rick Scott adopt a dog during his campaign and return it once he was elected?

• Photographs show Asian law enforcement officials negotiating with (and shooting) a suspect who was holding children hostage.

• Was a Marine banned from his daughter's school for objecting to a lesson on Islam?

• Why was a mysterious tractor trailer truck convoy under police escort in Virginia?
(See today's Lighter Side column below.)

• A giant cat appeared on Auckland's Google Maps.

• Did Michele Bachmann appear on Fox News and doubt the veracity of dinosaur bones?

• Did a group of third grade students in Olathe, Kansas, contract Ebola from a substitute teacher?

• Is the IRS seizing the bank accounts of innocent citizens without cause?

• Is Fireball Whiskey being recalled?

• Did Harpo Marx change his given name from Adolph to Arthur to avoid association with Adolf Hitler?

• Pope Francis said evolution and the Big Bang theory are compatible with religious beliefs.

• Did Gov. Chris Christie cancel trick-or-treating due to fears about Ebola?

• A Kohl's $100 Gift Card survey scam is preying on Facebook users.

• Will the federal government be enacting a nationwide minimum hunting age of 21 in 2015?

• Did a woman call 911 and pretend to order a pizza so police would respond without her attacker's knowledge?

• Were voting machines in Cook County, Illinois, rigged to favor Democrats?

• Is the government arresting people for anti-Obama Facebook posts?

• Has the Texas Department of Corrections granted a cannibal's request for a child as his last meal?

• Do a growing number of college students support "post-birth abortion?"

• Did the Missouri state government issue "nigger hunting" licenses in 1995?

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!


Worth a Second Look

• Is the popular soft drink Dr Pepper made from prune juice?


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.


 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



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Do you post videos on YouTube? It's free, simple and fun if you have a video camera or a smart phone. HERE is an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide on how to do it. (4:22)




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We can't determine if this was a dare, a challenge, or a publicity stunt by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. The video description says that the orchestra is conducted by Chili Klaus, a Danish Chili Pepper enthusiast. Whatever the case, the orchestra sets out to play Tango Jalousie, then pauses to eat the world's hottest chili peppers before starting up again. WATCH their reactions and how many of their faces turn red. (5:03)




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If you were hoping you might see a truly spectacular musical number in this week's Farsider, 'I won't let you down,' which, not coincidentally, is the name of THIS song. (And by the way, where did they get those cool electric scooters?)




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This compilation clip of various Hollywood ladies dancing to "Green Onions" by Booker T and the MG's was carefully put together. Of special interest to Ann Margret fans (guilty on all counts) is the segment at around 1:15. The video was received from a professional musician friend who lives in Riverside and has impeccable taste in music and ladies. Click HERE if you are so inclined. (2:54)




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Speaking of dancing, you fans of Seinfeld may remember the episode where Elaine put on a dancing exhibition that was — how shall we say? — a little different. To refresh your mind, THIS is a short clip of that segment. (1:35)


The reason we bring this up is because we received THIS amateur video of a gal at an outdoor party who seems to follow in Elaine's footsteps and proceeds to "dance like nobody's watching." (2:02)




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If you were ever awed by the Harlem Globetrotters, THIS video of the Lords of Gravity is a must-see. They make the Globetrotters look like they belong in a nursing home. Then again, most of the original Trotters are either dead or IN a nursing home. (2:47




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If you want to see something else about gravity that is truly amazing, take a couple of minutes and watch THIS experiment that shows a bowling ball dropping at the same speed as some feathers. (4:41)



 

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More teens should have the strength of character of THIS one who was featured on a CBS "On the Road" segment. Watch what he does. (3:03)



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Received from our in-house NFL Referee was this letter to the editor of a Kansas City newspaper that was authored by a Giants fan following the 6th game of the World Series. It represents what Bill Leavy calls Midwestern values.

 

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In Russia, you cannot obtain car insurance unless you have a dash cam in your vehicle. Why? Because the country is so corrupt that with the right amount of money and/or influence, you can change virtually anyone's story. Apart from a handful of Russian traffic videos we have presented in the past, Dick Tush says to hold on to your seats because THIS clip is going to take you on several 'new' rides through a Russian city and the countryside. (4:21)



 

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Speaking of traffic, don your thinking cap and see if you can EXPLAIN this strange sight that was captured on video with a passenger's smart phone as she and the driver were cruising down Interstate 64 in Richmond, VA last week. (1:55)


If you can't figure out what the trucks under a police escort were up to, scroll back up to the Snopes Update for the explanation if you haven't already read the entry.

 

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Ever heard of Ernie's Dwarf Car Museum in Maricopa, AZ? We covered his 1949 Dwarf Mercury at a car show a year or two ago. THIS clip received from Bruce Morton takes you into his museum. (4:35)

 

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Too cool is the only way to describe the new AeroMobile flying car. THIS is the company's official video we received from Dirk Parsons. Click on the arrow in the middle of the screen to view it. (3:52)

 

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Captain Jack's Seafood Grille 

Received from Gary Leonard

A group of 15-year-old boys discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at the McDonald's next to Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because they only had six dollars among them, they could ride their bikes there and Jennie Webster, that cute girl in Social Studies, lives on the same street and they might see her.
 
Ten years later, the group of now 25-year-old guys discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the beer was cheap, the bar had free snacks, the house band was good, there was no cover charge, and there were lots of cute girls.
 
Ten years later, at 35 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was decided they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the booze was good, it was near their gym and, if they went late enough, there wouldn't be too many whiny little kids.
 
Ten years later, at 45, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the martinis were big and the buxom waitresses wore tight pants.
 
Ten years later, now 55, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the prices were reasonable, they have a nice wine list and fish is good for your cholesterol.
 
Ten years later, at 65 years of age, the once again group discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the lighting was good and they have an early bird special.
 
Ten years later, at 75 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the food was not too spicy and the restaurant was handicapped accessible.
 
Ten years later, at 85 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because they had never been there before.
 

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While we are on the subject of seafood, hand-feeding fish is one thing. Feeding a huge stingray that wants in on the action is something that would be WELL OUT of my pay grade. (1:13)

 

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Watch THIS short clip and we think you will agree that penguins are as clumsy as they are cute. (1:24)

 

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There is no need to worry that the world is coming to an end, despite THIS video that portends that something is going on and that the curtain could be about to come down. After all, this clip was posted on YouTube in 2012 and we're still here, right? (19:38)

 

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If this foreign public service video doesn't touch your heart, it's probably because it has ice water flowing through it instead of blood. Give it a LOOK and see what you think. (2:10)

 

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In observance of Veterans Day this coming Tuesday, Nov. 11th, Chuck Blackmore gave THIS song two thumbs up. That means a lot because Charlie is known to usually raise one digit, not two. Be that as it may, he was referring to this song titled "Hometown Battlefield" which was written and recorded by JP Bormier. Although it has received only 241,000+ views on YouTube, Facebook is showing over one-million hits. (5:42)

Happy Veterans Day to all of you who have a DD-214 tucked away in your files.




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Cheers!

 

Pic of the Week

Bad taste? Perhaps. But it shows that
a picture 'can' be worth a thousand words.



To coin a phrase once used by Obama to assembled
Republicans,"Elections have consequences."


 

THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 11/6/14

Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

No changes

To receive the email address of anyone on the list -- or to receive the roster with all of the email addresses -- send your request to <bilmat@comcast.net>.

Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Dave
Brightwell, Larry
Britton, Rosemarie
Brocato, Dom
Brockman, Joe
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Corinne
Bulygo, Mary
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carter, Ernie
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chevalier, Brian
Chavez, Ruben
Chewey, Bob
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Contreras, Dolores
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
Cossey, Kent
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Bob
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Frechette, Dick
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goates, Ron
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Hazen, Skip
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Keffer, Frank
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Lanctot, Noel
Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Larson, Merton
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
Long (Huntwork), Eunice
Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
Lu, Elba
Luca, Dennis
Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
Lyons, TB
MacDougall, Joanne
Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
Mendez, Deborah
Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
Miller, Keith
Miller, Laura
Miller, Rollie
Miller, Shirley
Miller, Stan
Mills, Don
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
Moore, Dewey
Don Moore
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Ng, Dr. Jonathan
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Niquette, Paul
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
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Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
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Pegram, Larry
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
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Peterson, Bob
Phelan, Bill
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Pitts, Ken
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Propst, Jay
Puckett, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
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Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
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Rasmussen, Charlene
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Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Joe
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Rose, Wendell
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salerno, Paul
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
Taylor, Joyce
Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thomas, Dick
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, Gil
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
Tush, Dick
Tyler, Diana
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Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
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Vasquez, Danny
Rich Vasquez
Vasquez, Ted
Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
Vidmar, Mike
Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
Walker, Dave
Wall, Chuck
Ward, Jean
Ward, Ray
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
Webster, Ron
Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
White, Rich
Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Williams, Rick
Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Lee
WIlson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
Winter, Bill
Winters, Pres
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
Younis, Tuck
Yuhas, Dick
Yules, Ken
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
Zwemke, Doug