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November
8, 2012

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
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HEALTH & WELFARE
 

—Devastating News about Tony Ranada—

Hi Bill,

While my name is probably not familiar to you, I am a member of the Farsider list, having started my 35+ year LE career as a San Jose Reserve Officer in the '60s, Like SJ retiree Aubrey "Bird" Parrott, I am still actively involved, teaching in Sunnyvale and working as a contract employee with the Morgan Hill PD. After thorough FTO training from long-time friend Ken Hawkes, I took a position with Sunnyvale DPS, retiring in 1996. Since then I have administrated a Sunnyvale retiree e-mail list from my home, sending out e-mail messages to retirees and DPS Administration personnel to keep them informed about activities, health and the needs of members of the "DPS Family" — although my operation is not even close to the sophistication of the Farsider.

Several former Sunnyvale Officers who are now current or retired San Jose Officers are on the DPS Family list. In that capacity, I received the message below from the wife of retired SJPD Sgt. Tony Ranada, who worked with me at Sunnyvale in the '60s, before he made the move to SJPD. I have verified through a phone conversation with Tony that his e-mail address can be included in any message sent out. I remain in contact with him and will keep you posted on any changes.

Bruce Dudley
<bwdudley@msn.com>

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Hi Bruce,

I am sending this information to you for my husband, Tony. In 2009 a small malignant tumor was discovered in his left lung. The tumor was removed along with half of the lung and was followed by several treatments of chemotherapy. That procedure was successful, and Tony remained cancer free until last month. Unfortunately Tony recently began to experience severe back pain, requiring the attention of a doctor. On  Oct. 26 an MRI showed that the cancer had returned with a vengeance. It had spread very rapidly and has metastasized to his spine and bones. There is no effective treatment available, so we just wait, which could be as long as 6 months or as short as 2 or 3 months. I am his primary care giver,  however, we do have the assistance of on-call Hospice service. Please pass this information on to his friends through your Sunnyvale retiree e-mail list.

Thanks,

Rose


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More from Bruce: Tony's spirits remain high as he adjusts to the reality of his condition. His concentration remains on the positive things in his life, including family, as well as memories of his many friends and coworkers from over the years. Pain is well controlled and he has a relatively high energy level, although he is not very mobile. He welcomes receiving e-mail messages, although for the most part he needs to rely on Rose reading incoming messages to him as well as sending replies. Messages can be sent to Tony at:
<trranada@verizon.net>



 

WE HAVE A WINNER IN THE ELECTION PREDICTION EXERCISE
 


We had a relatively small number of readers submit their predictions since last week for the electoral vote outcome of the presidential election. Of those that came in, only two predicted an Obama win. Russ Jones said the president would be re-elected by 7 votes while Mike Egan predicted an Obama win by 164.


Florida was still counting its absentee votes as of late yesterday (Wed.) when this piece was being prepared, which is reflected in the map above. As a result, the Sunshine State's 29 votes are not included in the 303 winning electoral votes for Obama or Romney's 206. As of now, however, Florida's popular vote was running 50 percent for Romney and 49.2 percent for Romney.

Even without Florida's votes, the difference between Obama's total of 303 votes and Romney's 206 is 97, which means Mike Egan was the closest. He was off by 65 votes while Russ missed it by 90. And if Florida's electoral votes go to Romney, Mike will have been off by only 36. Congrats to the Morgan Hill resident.



 

ADDING INSULT TO INJURY

Dear Red States:

Even though we won by re-electing Obama, we remain ticked off at your Neanderthal attitudes and politics, and we've decided we're leaving. We in New York intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the rest of the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of The Enlightened States of America (E.S.A).

To sum up briefly:

You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We also get Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren. You get Bobby Jindal and Todd Akin.

We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard (Princeton, Penn, Haverford, Colgate, U of R). You get Ole' Miss.

We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue. You get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get more single moms.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80% of the country's fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation's fresh fruit, 95% of America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners), 90% of all cheese, 90% of the high tech industry, most of the low sulfur coal, all living Redwoods, Sequoias and Condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools, plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.

With the Red States, you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92% of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and others of their ilk.

We get Yosemite, thank you.

Thirty-eight percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% believe that Saddam was involved in 9/11, and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.

We're taking the good weed too. You can have that crap they grow in Mexico.

Sincerely,

Citizens of the Enlightened (Blue) States of America

 

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The Red States respond...


Dear Blue States:

Imagine our relief that you've decided to secede and form some sort of a bathing-optional commune headquartered in California. The money we'll save in aspirin, now that we won't have headaches from listening to your interminable whining, will be worth it to us alone.

We'll finally be rid of you lazy, moping, latte-sucking Streisand fans now that you're actually going to follow through on your promise of four years ago to finally get off your butts and leave, as so many of you claimed you would every election cycle and then chickened out of actually doing. (Yeah, we're looking at you, Alec Baldwin.)

But not so fast. You don't get to take all the Blue States with you, just the Blue parts.

You see, your Blue States aren't actually "blue." Mostly, they are states full of Red counties with pockets of Blue urban blight occupied by people who vote Democratic in such numbers that they resemble Third World countries. Even California is pretty much a Red State; only the coast cities are blue. You want 'em? We won't fight you for them, that's for sure, but you're going to have to found your New California without 35 of your most beautiful counties and San Diego, your second-largest city. Sorry 'bout that.

Nationally, Red counties make up 2.5 million square miles of the country.  Obama won less than 600,000 square miles, meaning that in most states he was popular downtown and pretty much nowhere else. In other words, your guy won the places that people like him would get shot if he walked through them at night. Romney won every other place.

Bottom line: You don't get the Blue States as they have lots of towns and counties that would rather blow their dams and flood themselves out of existence rather than go with you. No, instead, you get the Blue cities.

But we really feel we owe you full disclosure on this exchange. This might come as an unpleasant surprise, but you don't actually get the lower divorce and single-motherhood rates and all that other good stuff you think you're going to snag. Those are the conditions that exist in the Red counties, pardner, not in the Blue cities, and you can't have them.

Instead you get the urban single moms, not the soccer moms; the drug addicts, not the doctors; the waiters, not the chefs. You get the fine service you've come to expect from the brutal and corrupt inner-city political machines. You get the abysmal literacy rates and schools that are more dangerous than most prisons.

All in all, you get to take with you a public sector in most cities so unmanageable they make Mogadishu seem like a tidily run little municipality by comparison. You get the labor union shakedown artists, teachers who can't pass tests in their own subject, and city government leaders for whom graft, racial spoils systems, and outright theft are a way of life. They're all very enthusiastic Blue voters, as you know, and we're sure they'll stampede their way to New California to start draining your wallets, wrecking your schools, and in general making a mess of your lives. And don't come complaining back to us when socialist central planning does for New California what it did for garden spots like East Berlin and Pyongyang. We're putting a strict visa system into place once you all go.

We, on the other hand, get those Red city suburbs and rural districts. You know, the ones with the good schools, the high property values, the quiet streets and the sheriffs and cops who don't need to walk around armored up like they're about to storm the Sunni Triangle.

And don't even think about keeping the National Parks, the wide open spaces, all those water resources, and all the rest of America's natural splendor, since those are all pretty much located in Red counties. Hell, we even get most of Oregon and Washington. Ain't that ironic? You get the urban liberals in Portland and Seattle and their friends in important social organizations (like, say, drug-running street gangs) and we get the rest of the Northwest. OK by us; we'd be fools not to take you up on it.

So here's how it works. All of you Blue whiners, please feel free to look at this map of the electoral results county by county in each state, and take the people with you who've made it clear they'd like to go. Sorry it's four years old, but we can assure you it will look virtually the same as a 2012 map once one is produced.
 


That means you get places like downtown Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and we get to keep the rest of beautiful Pennsylvania, thank you. You get to administer bloated public services to the violent, drug-addled, gun-slinging populations of delightful inner-city sinkholes of poverty and corruption such as Miami, St. Louis, and the ever-popular District of Columbia, which has been governed by liberals and the occasional crackhead, where even the mayor once asked the President to have the city patrolled by National Guardsmen. Lucky you, it's all yours. Enjoy it in good health, and don't forget to wear your Kevlar. Blue "voters" up there in Northeast DC tend to be jumpy on the ol' trigger finger.

In fact, all around our great nation, you get to keep all the Blue voters who've made urban war zones like downtown Detroit the proud showplaces they are today. We get the rest of Blue states like Michigan and Wisconsin and Illinois and...well...just about every state in the Union with the exception of Hawaii and New England. And even there, we'll hang on to a couple of chunks of New Hampshire and Connecticut. You are especially more than welcome to Rhode Island, which will immediately set up some sort of money-laundering scheme and bilk the rest of you once it has been incorporated into whatever sort of muddle-headed utopia you're trying to create. The former mayor of Providence should be out of Federal prison in time to join your Politburo and help you get things set up, for a small consulting fee, of course. We'll miss the Hawaiian beaches, but since long stretches of coastline from New Jersey down to Florida and yes, even in Southern California (including San Diego) are actually in Red counties, we'll be fine.

Sure, we get the rednecks and holy rollers. But since you're apparently willing to trade them for the gangs and psychopaths terrorizing your Blue cities, what can we say? You want the Crips and the Bloods in their low riders raking your streets with automatic gunfire, and you're offering us Bubba heading off to church in his pickup? Hey, a deal's a deal. Done.

True, you also get Manhattan, but damn the luck, you have to take the rest of the city, including the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn too, as well as Long Island — what's left of it thanks to Hurricane Sandy, which is enough to almost make us feel sorry for you all out there in New California. For our part, we'll take most of the rest of gorgeous New York State, although you get the scam artists who infest the legislature in Albany.

So that's the deal. You get the cities with all the crime, crack mommies and corruption you can stand. And sure, you get many of the elite colleges too, with the professors who think that terrorists in Fallujah are freedom fighters and that the people who worked in the Twin Towers on 9/11 were no better than Nazis.

We get the suburbs, the countryside, and all the other beautiful places that remain unspoiled by liberal hypocrisy and addle-brained social experimentation.

And we'd like a favor, too: Please keep your sky-high tax and crime rates, since we're happy to have the corporations and jobs that continue to flee your Blue cities into our Red states. Much appreciated, since our unemployment rates, to say nothing of our crime, single-parenting, and illiteracy rates, are far lower than yours.

Oh, and one last thing. We get the U.S. military, too. Did we mention that part? You may have forgotten that they're volunteers, and most are happy Red state voters. Not to worry, though, since we're sure that Islamic fundamentalist terrorists, including that midget president in Iran, will be more than happy to reach an accommodation with a society that embraces radical feminism, gay marriage, gun control, hostility to organized religion of any kind, and Salman Rushdie. Good luck with that. But one day when some misogynist Saudi freak — who no doubt will sneak into your country by strolling over over the northern border after a few years of sucking on the Canadian welfare system you all admire so much — blows up a couple kilos of plutonium on Sunset Boulevard, go ahead and send Sean Penn to ask the French for help. We'll be busy that day.

Sincerely,

The Red States

PS: You can keep the marijuana. You're going to need it, since selling it is one of the last stable industries left in Blue counties.



 

PENSION NEWS
 

Nov. 2nd

Bill,

This link is to the September 17, 2012 letter written by the Retirees Association's attorneys to the Retirement Board. Please post it for those who could not find it on the Association's website.

<http://www.sjretirement.com/uploads/PF/7_6citemPFOct12.pdf>

Art (Mogilefsky) <mogel@charter.net>

Clicking on that link should download a .pdf file to your desktop, and a double-click of the icon should display the document.
 

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Jim Lucarotti was the first of a half dozen to send in this story from last Friday's Chronicle that seems to bode well for public employee retirees...

Court Rules Public Pensions Must Be Paid

By Bob Egelko
<begelko@sfchronicle.com>
San Francisco Chronicle — Nov. 2, 2012


A local government can be bound by a past commitment to pay future retirement benefits to its employees even if it says it can no longer afford them, a state appeals court ruled Friday.

The decision by the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento was a setback for cities and counties trying to reduce the costs of covering retirees' health care, but a victory for workers.

"Public-sector employees often give up higher wages because they're relying on the idea of future retiree benefits," said Arthur Liou, a lawyer for an electrical workers' union in Redding (Shasta County), where the case arose.

Unions in San Jose and San Diego are arguing in separate cases that those cities broke their promises to workers by backing initiative measures on the June ballot that reduced their pensions.

In the Redding case, contract negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 2010 had deadlocked when the city imposed its final offer, funding 2 percent of retirees' health care costs for each past year of service, up to a maximum of 50 percent. Redding had funded 50 percent of all retiree health costs in contracts since 1978.

The union sued, citing language in those contracts that said the city would pay half of the health insurance costs "for each retiree in the future."

City officials argued that the language wasn't binding. They said they had an overriding duty to balance the city's budget, and cited the state labor law that allows a government agency to impose its last and best contract offer after an impasse. A Shasta County judge dismissed the union's suit, but was overruled by the appeals court.

A labor agreement can provide "vested rights" that remain in effect after the agreement expires, said Justice George Nicholson in the 3-0 ruling. He said the most reasonable interpretation of the original Redding contract was that "the benefit was promised to active employees when they retired" in future years.

The court reinstated the suit and said the union can now try to prove that Redding made a binding commitment to fund half of retirees' health costs. Lawyers for the city were unavailable for comment.

 

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On the other side of the coin is this item sent in by Phil Norton. It, too, is from the Chronicle...

Maine SJC Millinocket Retiree Decision

San Francisco Chronicle — Oct. 26, 2012


MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court has upheld a Millinocket Town Council vote to cut life-long life and group hospitalization insurance coverage to 29 town workers and retirees.

The Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday affirmed the town's opposition to a class-action lawsuit.

Citing rising costs, the council voted 7-0 in May 2009 to end the free health care benefits paid to the retirees. Since 1999, the town's portion of retiree health benefits had increased from as little as $282.40 a month in 1999 to $599.44 a month in 2009, under a typical plan.

In their appeal, the workers and retirees argued that the council vote was a breach of contract.

Current council Chairman John Davis, who was not on the council in 2009, tells the Bangor Daily News
[http://bit.ly/Y2wGag] the decision is "bittersweet."

 

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Like Phil Norton, Art Mogilefsky also used to practice law. He had a preview of the Maine article above and wanted to contribute to the dialogue...

Bill,

The Maine case of Budge vs. Town of Millinocket, is not what it appears to be. The facts and issues in that case are very different than those in the POA's case. In addition, the Maine court specifically and with disdain rejects what it refers to as  the "California Rule," which provides that certain contracts may be implied.  I don't see the Maine case being more than remotely relevant to what we are dealing with in San Jose.

<http://tinyurl.com/abjc4yk>

Art (Mogilefsky) <mogel@charter.net>



 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD


Last Sunday's I.A. column in the paper included the following item about a retired sergeant who has served the Dept. and the rank-and-file extremely well for many, many years...



Mercury News — Nov. 3, 2012

—Constant, retired cop argue over disability


David Bacigalupi, a 32-year veteran San Jose police officer who retired in 2008, went before the San Jose Retirement Services Department Board of Administration last week to ask that his pension be granted disability status. That might have been unremarkable were he not also a member and former chairman of that board.

So there were questions about possible conflicts of interest from some in the room, including Councilman Pete Constant, a retired police officer himself who had opposed Bacigalupi’s reappointment to the board back in 2008. Bacigalupi had initially denied Constant’s disability pension back in 2000. And the councilman saw him as hostile toward granting them for young officers suffering career-ending injuries rather than older veterans citing an accumulation of hurts. Disability pensions come with a hefty tax break, which a city audit last year estimated at $16,500 a year for officers, and noted that San Jose has an unusually high rate of police and firefighter disability retirements.

Bacigalupi had already said he would recuse himself from voting on his disability request, and the board’s lawyers said there were no legal conflicts for the rest of the board to consider it. But when that failed to ease all the questions, Bacigalupi, who had just one meeting left in his term, resigned on the spot.

“I regret deeply that it’s come to this,” said firefighter and Chairman Sean Kaldor, who had argued for Bacigalupi to remain on the board.

He and the other board members present — retired fireman and Vice Chairman Richard Santos, police Officer James Mason , and public members Bettina Rounds and Drew Lanza — then approved Bacigalupi’s request without dissent, calling his case well documented.

Bacigalupi was on disability leave at the time of his retirement and cited a combination of injuries to his neck, back, knees, ankle, wrist and shoulder. The injuries, he said, stemmed from being rear-ended in his patrol car in 1988 and 2003, being hit by a patrol car in a parking lot in 1994, falling from a police motorcycle during a 1996 training exercise and taking a violent suspect into custody in 2002.

“You get a little banged up but keep coming back,” Bacigalupi told the board. “I love the job.”


 

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This story from Monday's paper should sooth the concerns of the citizens of San Jose, at least until the rookies finish the FTO program and decide to move to higher-paying cop jobs in any of dozens of surrounding cities...

New Academy Grads to Boost Depleted Force

—First class since ’09 should hit city streets by summer—

By Robert Salonga
<rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Nov. 3, 2012

San Jose — Help is on the way.

Times have been tough for a police force depleted by budget cuts, retirements and departures. But with 44 cadets going through the paces of the San Jose Police Department’s first academy in nearly three years, department veterans are glad to see some relief coming. The new recruits are expected be on the street by July at the earliest.

“It’s a beam of light, a ray of hope,” said Sgt. Jason Dwyer, the department’s spokesman. “They’re so excited to be an officer, it’s contagious. It takes you back to when you were at that point.”

Sgt. Paul Cook is one of the officers charged with reviving and running the academy, the first since 2009. A year before that, a bleak fiscal situation sparked a running exodus of personnel — a combination of layoffs, early retirements and officers leaving for better pay in other agencies — that shrunk the number of sworn personnel from about 1,400 to the roughly 1,050 staffing the department today. It is authorized to have about 50 more but has been hard pressed to fill the spots.

The same shortage persists on patrol, which is fielding about 460 officers on the street and where the cadets are expected to be deployed once they’re ready.

Per police protocol, the recruits were not made available for this story.

Cook recognizes the current reality of being a police officer in San Jose, performing the vital duties of law enforcement while political battles and decreasing take-home pay simmer in the background. But he is heartened by the enthusiasm and optimism he sees form the incoming class.

“They’re going into a really hard work environment. The people of San Jose should be glad this high-quality group wants to work for them,” Cook said.

The current cadet crop, mustered through nine months of recruiting and background checks, hails from all walks of life, with military veterans, business owners and new college graduates in the mix. Some were police hopefuls holding day jobs to keep themselves financially afloat as they waited for the moment San Jose would be hiring new officers.

Residents of the greater Bay Area make up most of the group, but it also features transplants from Utah, Virginia and Minnesota.

By the time they graduate in March, they will have logged 22 weeks — breaking down to 888 hours — of classroom, physical, driving and firearm instruction at a training center adjoining Evergreen Valley College. From there, they are expected to undergo an additional four months shadowing a field training officer before they are deemed ready to head out onto the streets on their own.

Some say the injection of new blood — similarly sized academy cycles will commence every six months for the foreseeable future — is a good start but not enough to offset the rate by which seasoned officers are leaving the force. Lateral hires from other departments have slowed to a trickle as the city and police union spar over benefits and pension reform.

“We need a lot more to fix this problem,” Cook said.

Sgt. Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers Association, echoes the sentiment and additionally questions the department’s ability to retain these new officers given that they will be the first class under a less-robust benefits package. “What would you do? Given the choice, and you have a skill set, and everyone wants that skill set, and you can do it anywhere in the Bay Area?” Unland said. Dwyer said department brass is tackling those issues head-on with the incoming officers and said strong leadership will be vital to keeping them focused on the job.

“We’re not going to tell them it’s sunshine and roses. It would be unfair to do that,” Dwyer said. “It’s there, but (they) still chose to be here. They will be expected to meet our standards regardless of what’s going on.”

There will be no time to waste. Crime rates in the city have been rising, though San Jose remains relatively safe compared with other large cities. Dwyer expects the same sense of service that drove the cadets to apply to carry them through the challenges ahead.

“It’s a unique job,” he said. “These are people who crave the fulfillment and satisfaction of being a police officer.”
 

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It looks like our only refuge will be the courts for the next few years based on this local election update story from today's paper...

Results Please Mayor

—Allies Herrera, Khamis leading in races as final votes are counted—

By Tracy Seipel <tseipel@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Nov. 8, 2012


SAN JOSE — For a mayor who has led a fragile majority in a hard-fought quest to reduce mounting employee retirement costs, the outcome of Tuesday’s two San Jose City Council races seemed to reaffirm that voters want pension reform and fiscal responsibility from their leaders.
 


And they want any savings generated to be returned to much needed city services like libraries and community centers.

While about one-quarter of the county’s vote-by-mail ballots still must be counted, by late Wednesday District 8 incumbent Rose Herrera retained her lead over challenger Jimmy Nguyen by about 10 percentage points, while financial adviser Johnny Khamis led sportscaster Robert Braunstein in the District 10 race by about 5 percentage points.

Assuming their positions hold, and both are ultimately declared winners, Reed will have captured a solid 7-4 majority on the council, which he and others say will give him more leeway when it comes to implementing reforms.

“It makes it a little easier for Reed,” said San Jose State political science professor Larry Gerston.

Witnessing Herrera’s victory — despite a heavy union assault in both the primary and general elections — could also embolden Reed’s council allies, who may have feared the threat of the unions’ power and their war chests.

“I can only speculate about labor’s interest, which was they were attempting to punish Rose Herrera for thinking independently and voting in support of pension reform,” said Matt Mahood, who leads the San Jose/ Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, which spent about $230,000 backing Herrera in both the primary and general elections.

“What I think voters want is fiscally responsible and accountable council members who are going to stand up to strong pressure from special interests,” Mahood said.

Reed agreed with that characterization, saying that the election of Herrera and Khamis “means we can move ahead and solve the problems that we’re having to deal with on fiscal issues.” After voters overwhelmingly passed Measure B in June, the city’s employee unions sued to stop it from taking effect. Yet Reed noted that the council can still move forward on small portions of the measure as the city waits to defend its case in court in early 2013.

For example, even as voters were lining up Tuesday afternoon at polls to cast their ballots, the council voted 7 to 4 to approve an ordinance that would eliminate bonus payments to retirees, as called for in the measure.

Without the support of Herrera and Khamis, future decisions on pension and fiscal reforms could be jeopardized, Reed said. The 11-member council, including Reed, typically split 6-5 on pension reform votes.
 



Johnny Khamis, left, speaks to supporters with San Jose
Mayor Chuck Reed while waiting for election results.


In the District 8 campaign, where unions contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in independent expenditures to defeat Herrera, a Reed ally, the mayor said the race “was very clearly about trying to reverse pension reform.”

The message in District 10, he said, was about Khamis, “the person who seemed to be the most solid on fiscal issues and who campaigned on it.”

While both Khamis and Braunstein had backed Measure B, Reed said he believed the police union’s endorsement of Braunstein “made people nervous about the potential influence of the City Hall unions, because they have been very clear that their obvious motive is to undo what the voters approved” in June.

Union leaders disagreed with the characterization of the votes in each district.

Cindy Chavez, executive officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, said she didn’t see the council elections as a rejection of union criticism of Measure B.

“Voters aren’t talking about that,” Chavez said, arguing unions support collaborative pension reforms.

Chavez attributed Herrera’s re-election against heavily union-backed Nguyen to her incumbency and his inexperience in politics.

“It’s hard to unseat an incumbent, and also Jimmy Nguyen is a newcomer,” Chavez said. “When things are confusing, people vote for the incumbent. The opportunity to lead is now back in her court.”

Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, which was among the unions supporting Nguyen against Herrera, said that the message the independent expenditures sent was about law enforcement and public safety. But the campaign rhetoric emphasized that a number of officers fled the San Jose Police Department for greener pastures after Measure B’s passage amid a spike in crime.

He acknowledged, “I get the sense that some of the voters were still in Measure B mode.”



 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...




For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>




 

MAIL CALL
 

Nov. 7th

Bill,
 
Out of frustration, I sat down this morning and began typing my thoughts. After reading them, I thought that it might serve as an opinion piece you might be able to use for tomorrow's Farsider. It's a little bit long, but it says what I am sure a lot of us might be feeling right now.
 
Bill Silva
<varipilot@aol.com>

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The transformation of America will now be completed, and you will be able to tell your grandkids what a free country used to look like.

Yep, Obama and the mainstream media pulled it off. Some of the winners and losers of election night were:

• The U.S. Healthcare System:  Yes, we will get those great Canadian and British healthcare systems so many demanded we have.

• Taxpayers and Workers: Losers. They  will pay for Obamacare, and higher taxes are on the way.

• Justice and Truth and the Rule of Law: Losers. With this victory we have openly condoned lying. The mainstream media will continue to aid in the lying. For a recent example, look at Benghazi.

• America has lost: Our Constitution along with the Rule of Law are now merely written words on pieces of paper, to be ignored as needed. Without a hull, a ship sinks.

Those are just a few of the key losses. For those who supported Obama and thought this election was only about gay marriage, abortion, free birth control, attacking religion, etc, it was much deeper than that. Fortunately for Obama and the Dems, many folks are too shallow and uninformed to see what’s really important anymore. Now the question is, how much more damage can he do to America in the next 4 years?

The markets are telling us all what they expect from Team Obama. We can’t afford to borrow anymore; there is only taxing the so-called rich. And cuts to spending is not something they believe in, unless it’s cutting the military budget. Can you say hello to an S&P of 800? Better be ready to. I wonder what all of those with 401k’s and other retirement accounts are going to say when we get there?

Obama represents the "new Democratic party." Liberty is what they allow us to have. Free speech also is allowed, as long as it is codified. If you don’t agree with them, you are the enemy of the state and need to be put in your place.

Liberty in America will slowly decline until folks live and think as they want you to. This is the new reality.

As for the economy, study California. We live by the tax and tax some more policy and allow them to spend how they like using hot button issues to try and squeeze even more out of us.

Obama and the Libs have just been given the green light to go for it. They have four more years to transform America to the point of no return. And that is going to happen because today’s youth aren’t being educated to understand the past, their history, their founding. They are being educated into believing that the liberal way is the only way. Sad to say, it's over; there is no return.

I have been wrong on a few things over the last several years, but I am not wrong on this one. Our kids and grandkids will suffer for it. Yours, mine, almost all children. Some, however, like mine, will know what’s changed. Others will have no clue because their parents can't see what's right in front of their eyes.

Isn’t it amazing to see folks celebrating the election of an individual and a party that is leading the transformation of America into a socialist state?

Isn’t it amazing to see folks celebrating the election of a party that tells you what to think, what to believe and how to behave?

Isn’t it amazing to see folks celebrating the election of a party that endorses the theft through taxes of the rewards you earned through your own efforts and give them to those who haven't earned anything?

Isn’t it amazing to see a lady involved in a DUI accident now being prosecuted because her baby died during the wreck, but the mass killing of babies without question through abortion is totally acceptable to the same prosecutor?

What’s truly sad is how moronic those celebrating this election are for failing to see what they have supported and are continuing to support. And how moronic is it that they accuse those of us who can see what is taking place and speak out about it by opposing them?

The dumbing down of America has been successful, and the Democrats are supporting those leading us over the proverbial cliff. It's the same party that has already doomed California. I find it amazing that despite the facts, those who see themselves as the more intelligent among us can't really see at all.

Obama and the Democratic party and its policies are going to lead our country’s economy into the tank. Again, all one has to do is study California to recognize what’s coming. It makes me wonder who will be left to pay the bills the Dems will rack up as they try to pay for all of their pipe dreams.

Will America be able to fund those things it is required to take care of as mandated by the Constitution? A document that I suspect the Dems are salivating to modify to fit their vision of the future.

Bill Silva
<varipilot@aol.com>

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Harry Mullins up in Oregon sent this message out to some friends, including our Webmaster. Leroy's response follows...

Nov. 7th


Most of you know that I am dogmatically independent and belong to no political party or movement; so for what it is worth, here is my take on the election outcome.

The election is over and now the focus needs to be on governing. We face immense problems that transcend partisan political diatribe. We need political leadership that cares at least as much for the good of the country as it does for its own position and reelection. Whatever we think about him, we have elected a President who will be gone in four years. Let us get past the name calling and get on with cooperative governing. One party controls the House and one party controls the Senate. We in our communities large and small must demand of our national politicians that they work together and find compromises that addresses the serious problems facing us. Name calling, blame storming, point scoring is not how the business of the nation gets done. We the people elected the President and Congress. Now let’s make sure they understand we want them to work for the good of the Nation. In doing so we must understand that none will get all they want, but all should get some of what they believe is needed.

Harry Mullins
<hmullins08@yahoo.com>

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Leroy replies...

Harry,

I’d like to share your optimism, but the events of the past few years make it difficult.

This man who would be president seems to me to be an empty suit with a gift of gab. But only with a teleprompter assist. Otherwise he is as gaffe-prone as his sidekick. Only a friendly press protects him, compared to the treatment of Bush, or most recently, Romney.

Did he really DO anything in these past four years? He’s given credit for Obamacare, but wasn’t that ram-rodded by Reid & Pelosi against the wishes of the majority of citizens? He traveled the world with various messages, not all to my liking. At home he seemed to be forever on the campaign trail, and his message seemed always divisive. He was effective, too, inciting black against white, young against old and poor against rich — not to mention everyone against the police. There is no need for me to repeat the list of financial disasters occurring during this period and pending still.

And then there is the matter of exaggerations, distortions of the truth and what appears to be outright lies. The “Fast and Furious” debacle and obvious cover-up brings into question the integrity of law enforcement. And not just any law enforcement, but the chief law enforcement officer of the United States Government.

The events of Benghazi are a tragedy, but the bumbled, fumbled, attempted cover-up, stalling, misinformation that exuded from the administration is unforgivable. The Ambassador, an assistant and a pair of Seals died and the administration lied. They watched live for seven hours and did nothing until the two surviving Seals were finally murdered.

The administration denies any wrong doing in either the “Fast and Furious” fiasco or Benghazi. They promise an investigation. When? Four years from now?

We shouldn’t have to explain to the President and Congress that there job is to work for the good of the nation. That’s their job, and until they accept that responsibility I refuse to accept the status quo.

Sorry, Harry, my vote for Romney here in Kalifornia was like a fart in the wind, and all I have left is name-calling. See
<
www.facebook.com/2AMPD>

Leroy
(Webmaster)
<leroypyle@sjpba.net>



 

NEW VANGUARD READY TO REVIEW




Clicking on the link below will download a .pdf file to your desktop,
after which you can double-clip the icon and review the Vanguard.


<http://tinyurl.com/bdx42hu>




 

RETIREES' ASSN. NEWSLETTER  ALSO  READY FOR VIEWING
 


 

Click on the link below to download the latest edition of the Billy & Spanner. Doing so will
create a .pdf file on your desktop that you can open with a double-click of your mouse.

<http://tinyurl.com/b66cbq5>



 

FROM THE "OOPS FILES"


We concluded last week's Farsider with the Pic of the Week shown below and captioned it by saying it was taken during Hurricane Sandy. We were wrong. According to this week's Snopes update, this particular photo was taken during a rainstorm in September.
 


Soldiers did, however, guard the Tomb of the Unknowns during Hurricane Sandy. Snopes provided the photos and caption for the second one below...
 




 

Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), keeps guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Hurricane Sandy at Arlington National Cemetery, VA, Oct. 29, 2012. Hyde lives by the Sentinel's Creed which, in part, says: “Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability." (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.)



 

KEITH KELLEY CLUB CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE INFO

—Note to PBA Members—

Margie Thompson, Ted Vasquez and Mike Diaz will
be attending November's PBA members on Wednesday
the 21st and have KKC dinner dance tickets available.
Retired KKC members attend free, but a guest will cost $60.



The 2012 Keith Kelley Club’s Christmas Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at the San Jose Holiday Inn, 1350 North First Street, San Jose, CA   95112. The Retiree Cocktail Party will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the San Jose Room. This will be a hosted bar to include hors d’oeuvres and music.

The general membership’s no host cocktail party is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Dinner will be a dual entrée plate of filet mignon and salmon, salad, vegetables, dessert and coffee starting at 7:30 p.m. Dancing will take place in the main ballroom and the San Jose Room for all members.  

As a retired Keith Kelley Club member, you will attend as our guest. Retired members are entitled to purchase one guest ticket at $60. Checks are to be made to the Keith Kelley Club. If you will be attending, with or without a guest, complete the form below and mail it accordingly.

DINNER TICKETS -  Margie Thompson -
<sssq@aol.com> or call (408) 891-3760. Margie will be handling the retirees' dinner ticket reservations. Follow the instructions in this letter to reserve your tickets. All reservations are due to her by Friday, November 30th.  

TABLE RESERVATIONS - Ted Vasquez -
<vasquezted@yahoo.com> or call (408) 772-1909. To reserve a table you will need to have purchased your dinner tickets and have the names of the eight people who will be sitting with you. Contact Ted to reserve your table.
 
ROOM RESERVATIONS – San Jose Holiday Inn – (408) 453-6200. Rooms can be reserved at the San Jose Holiday Inn for $89 plus tax per night.  This includes a breakfast for two. Call (408) 453-6200 and mention the Keith Kelley Club to get your discounted rate.

PARKING - Parking is ample and free!  


Ed. — To print the form only, use your mouse to select the text, then right click and select Copy. Now open a blank document and right click the mouse again and select Paste.

       
[   ]  I WILL BE ATTENDING WITHOUT A GUEST
          
[   ]  I WILL BE ATTENDING WITH A GUEST – ATTACH CHECK     


NAME_____________________________________________________


ADDRESS__________________________________________________


CITY_______________________________    STATE__________   


ZIP CODE_____________   PHONE   (             ) ______________________  


EMAIL_______________________________________

 

Your dinner ticket(s) will be ready for pick-up on the night of the party. Mail this reservation form to:

Margie Thompson
116 Fox Ave.
San Jose, CA 95110




 

OL' MOTORMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN
 

From the Editor


Two items in last Saturday's Mercury News tightened my jaws (that's politically correct jargon for "pissed me off").

One was a letter to the editor written by an uber liberal who stated that he "strenuously objected" to changing California's winner-take-all rule of electoral votes. In essence, it means that if one presidential candidate wins the popular vote by even one vote, all of California's 55 electoral votes go to that candidate.

The second item was an article about the Benghazi attack and how, in my opinion, it confirmed the cover-up by the White House.

To assuage my anger (I love those $5 words), I drafted two letters to the Mercury News, one on each topic, strongly suspecting that neither would be published. I was wrong. To my surprise, my letter about the Electoral College made it in on election day Tuesday...


It's highly unlikely, however, that my second letter to the editor (below) will make it in since the Mercury News and virtually all other mainstream media papers and broadcast stations have gone out of their way to protect the President by remaining mum on the Benghazi issue...

Letter to Mercury News

According to the article "New Details in Libya Attack," (Mercury News, Nov. 3rd), "Intelligence officials said they had early information that the attackers had ties to al-Qaida-linked groups but did not make it public immediately because it was based on classified intelligence." Is this why President Obama, UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Press Secretary Jay Carney lied to the public for weeks trying to convince us that the attack was spontaneous and based on the anti-Islam YouTube video? I'm not buying it.

Bill Mattos
Fremont, CA



 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF NOV. 3, 2012
 

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

Many of you have seen this photo and caption that has circulated around
cyberspace over the past few years. But is it authentic? See below...

New Articles

• Photograph shows Vanessa Dobos, an Air Force aerial gunner.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/dobos.asp>

• Were Alabama utility crew workers turned away from helping repair storm-ravaged areas of New Jersey because they were not union members?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/sandyunion.asp>

• Does a U.S. postage stamp commemorate two Islamic holidays?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/stamps/eidstamp.asp>

• Has a Florida grand jury indicted Barack Obama and Joe Biden?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/indicted.asp>

• What's not in Bram Stoker's Dracula might surprise you.
<http://www.snopes.com/language/literary/dracula.asp>

• Can voters cast their ballots in the November 2012 general election by telephone?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/phone.asp>

• Various photographs purportedly capture images of Hurricane Sandy.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/sandy.asp>

• E-mail claims that Lockheed Martin is going to lay off 123,000 workers due to military downsizing but is not sending out layoff notices at the behest of the Obama administration.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/lockheed.asp>

• Did Vice-President Joe Biden make a disrespectful remark to the father of a Navy SEAL killed in Libya?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/biden/woods.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

• The origins of Daylight Saving Time.
<http://www.snopes.com/science/daylight.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>



 

THE LIGHTER SIDE AND OTHER ODDS AND ENDS


Bill Leavy has long wondered what the afterlife was like. Thanks to this video he found of Father Guido Sarducci (formerly of SNL fame), the NFL referee now has a good idea of what's to come. (5 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AKvRvL5r3A>


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Alice Murphy sent in this clip of the type of kids I absolutely despised in high school while I was trying to master the Twist and the Mashed Potatoes. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF80SbicjBE&feature=youtu.be>


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Ready for some trivia? S/O Retiree Tom Beck, who I worked with briefly back in '69 before I jumped ship and landed on the deck of the SJPD, sent in the image below that he received from retired S/O Lt. Jim Hart, along with two questions: How many of you old timers remember this flyer that was posted around town? And what was the year of the opening of Police Headquarters at the old City Hall at 1st and Mission? E-mail Tom at
<beck98@sbcglobal.net>
 





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We have no idea where Don Hale comes up with these unusual clips, but they continue to show up in our inbox. Click on the link below and try to sing along to the Italian National Anthem. If this parrot can do it, why not you? (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfueGjii8iE>


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Here's an interesting clip from Dirk Parsons of a Cessna giving its best imitation of a can opener by trying to peel the roof of an SUV. (2 Mins.)



<http://tinyurl.com/a339f5x>


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If you thought SWAT competition was tough, have a look at this old clip sent in by Joe Wicker of the Royal Navy Field Gun Competition. It's not for wusses. (5 Mins.)



<http://biggeekdad.com/2010/09/manly-men/>


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Those who consider themselves a patriot should consider viewing this CBS "On the Road" segment about a man and his horn in Tacoma, WA. It is definitely worth the 30-second ad that precedes the clip. (2 Mins.)
 



<http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7425136n&tag=strip>


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Bruce Morton says this compilation video showing military fathers coming home and surprising their kids a six-Kleenex clip. We needed eight. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqwTMPErD38&feature=youtu.be>


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And finally, we've all been exposed to video news accounts of the destruction in the northeast that resulted from Hurricane Sandy. But sometimes, still photos can show the destruction in a different light. The link below we received from Chuck Blackmore will open a Web page from a UK online news site that includes dozens of highly detailed photos of the devastation that you didn't see on TV...
 



<http://tinyurl.com/ahqn7bf>


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