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FORMER OFFICER DENNIS RADABAUGH
Kensit advised that former Officer Dennis Radabaugh
passed away on Nov. 2nd. Because John had no further
information, we asked for and received the wife's phone
number in New Jersey.
I spoke with Bernita Radabaugh last Saturday and learned
that Dennis underwent radical surgery for prostate
cancer that had been diagnosed about 8 years ago.
Continuing treatment over the years proved not to be a
cure, and Dennis underwent a clinical trial for the
cancer 6 months ago. It, too, was unsuccessful, and he
continued to slip away until his heart stopped on
Sunday, Nov. 2nd.
Dennis resigned from the Dept. in early 1991, then
worked as a deputy for the Alameda Co. S/O for about
three years before moving with Bernita to Blairstown,
New Jersey, where he earned a Master's Degree in
clinical psychology from NYU. He then opened his own
practice that dealt with social work which proved to be
Private services are being held this week in Blairstown.
LINK will take you to a brief death notice where you
can express your condolences.
Condolences can be sent to Bernita via email at
ALAS, IT LOOKS LIKE THE FAT LADY HAS SUNG…
Admits Defeat in Race
Liccardo named winner of tough battle, with 3,500-vote
News — Nov. 12, 2014
— Sam Liccardo will be the next mayor of San Jose, as
the city councilman emerged victorious following a year
of campaigning, two close elections and a week of
County Supervisor Dave Cortese called Liccardo to
concede the race late Monday, as it became clear a
last-second comeback would be just about mathematically
impossible. With only a few thousand ballots remaining,
Liccardo was leading by about 3,500 votes and had 51
percent of the tally — an advantage he has held since
the first results were released on Election Night.
44, will take office Jan. 1 and replace termed-out Mayor
Chuck Reed, who had held the post since 2007. Liccardo
will be joined by several new council members and
figures to have the votes on his side to champion a
frugal approach toward slowly restoring services
following nearly a decade of mostly budget cuts under
“With Mayor Reed having led us through very stormy seas,
this is a great opportunity for a new mayor to come in
and really take San Jose to the next level, and I’m
excited about that opportunity,” Liccardo said.
Liccardo praised Cortese for being a “very formidable
opponent” who “ran a very strong and spirited campaign.”
Cortese noted how close he came in celebrating that his
“message was heard by voters.”
“While I was certainly in this race to win, in a larger
context my duty was ultimately to carry the torch for a
new conversation at City Hall, standing for equity and
fair play,” he said in a note to supporters. “That was
my job and I did it — we did it. For that we can claim
On the biggest issue in the campaign, Liccardo had vowed
to continue fighting for voter-approved pension reforms
and use the savings to hire more police officers, though
the city has seen its short-staffed police force shrink
dramatically in part because the retirement cuts have
angered officers. Cortese had vowed to undo parts of the
pension reform to appease cops and open the floodgates
for hiring officers more quickly using revenue from the
recent economic boom, but there were serious questions
over whether the city could afford it.
Cortese had gained the most votes in a June primary that
featured five major candidates and had a slight lead in
polls last month. But Liccardo was apparently able to
consolidate support from backers of the three
pension-reform candidates who were eliminated in the
primary while winning over enough of the huge chunk of
voters who were recently undecided.
Political experts say the historically low turnout also
benefited Liccardo. With about 43 percent of San Jose’s
registered voters casting ballots — roughly 10
percentage points lower than in the last open mayoral
contest, in 2006 — analysts say those who did
participate were likely to be more conservative.
Although both candidates in the nonpartisan race are
Democrats, Liccardo was seen as more of a moderate and
was endorsed by Republicans.
Heading into Tuesday, there were roughly 5,000 estimated
provisional votes left to be counted in the mayor’s
race, although some of those ballots will get
disqualified. Cortese was trailing by 3,479 votes.
County elections officials expect to post new results
daily and be finished by Friday evening. County
Registrar Shannon Bushey said the proposed outside
independent review of the election, requested after
concerns over the registrar’s head of IT quitting just
before Election Day, would not affect the ballot
counting. In fact, it was unclear if a review would even
take place, as the California Secretary of State, which
Bushey asked to conduct the review, said Monday it
doesn’t perform audits or personnel reviews.
Although the contest was bruising at times, Liccardo
said there are no hard feelings and that Cortese was
“very gracious” in his concession phone call. Liccardo
said the two candidates worked well together on the City
Council last decade and he has no doubt they’ll do the
same while Cortese serves two more years on the Board of
But Liccardo added: “I’m certainly happy that the
campaign is behind us.”
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Mercury News editorial page editor Barbara Marshman, who
is likely gloating over Liccardo's win, has some words
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Work Together on City Problems
News — Nov. 12, 2014
rumors of a ballot challenge that had festered since
Election Night, Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave
Cortese graciously conceded the San Jose mayor’s race
Monday to Councilman Sam Liccardo.
It was a relief for the campaign-weary city and a signal
for Cortese’s supporters, particularly the police and
fire unions, to take a breath, collect their thoughts
and develop a new approach to moving forward.
For two years, city unions’ primary aim has been to
elect their candidate for mayor to succeed Chuck Reed.
They failed — but voters did not choose four more years
of Reed. They chose Liccardo, who shares Reed’s fiscal
concerns but is a very different person. We are
confident he can bring people together. We wouldn’t have
recommended him so highly otherwise.
The 2 percent margin in this race was no resounding
mandate like San Jose’s previous mayoral contest in
2006, when Reed defeated Cindy Chavez 59 to 41 percent.
But 2 percent is not an unusual margin of victory.
It was the gap between former Mayor Ron Gonzales and his
opponent in 1998, Pat Dando.
However, the previous contested race, 1990 — now that
was a nail-biter.
It took days to declare Susan Hammer the winner over
Frank Fiscalini, not because of a plodding count but
because the margin was razor thin. Hammer won by 0.8
percent in what we’ll euphemistically say was also a
hard-fought campaign. Yet Hammer became a very popular
mayor and worked with Fiscalini, who later joined the
City Council. They rose above philosophical differences
to the statesmanlike stature each enjoys today.
Liccardo and Cortese could do the same. They certainly
share some goals. Housing the homeless is an obvious one
that will require city and county collaboration. Before
an election, getting credit for ideas is important. From
now on, getting things done is what counts.
This election outcome is hardest on city unions, who
were joined by state and national unions in investing
close to $1 million to defeat Liccardo.
The race was seen as a referendum on pension reform. As
if to confirm this, a Wall Street Journal editorial
Tuesday cheered Liccardo’s win because he will defend
voter-approved Measure B pension reforms in the courts.
Liccardo is ready to do that. But the main goal of San
Jose’s mayor can’t be making a point in the courtroom.
It has to be the good of the city.
We supported Measure B in the absence of serious
negotiated pension reform, but we continue to believe a
negotiated agreement that makes pensions affordable in
the long run would be far better. Liccardo has said the
same in public forums. Court battles cost a fortune and
aggravate rather than bridge differences.
We hope everyone thinks about that in these
catch-our-breath days between the election and the
changing of the guard.
PBA MEETS NEXT WEDNESDAY
time, same place, same open bar selection, similar
probably the same people, but don't let that stop you
Opens at 5:00
at 6:00 or thereabouts.
there was an important development in our collective
effort to overturn the unlawful Measure B.
IFPTE Local 21 received a "proposed ruling" by
California Public Employment Relations Board
Administrative Law Judge Eric J. Cu concluding that the
City violated the law when it failed to meet and confer
in good faith with IFPTE Local 21 over placing Measure B
on the June 2012 ballot.
This "proposed ruling" details the numerous attempts
Local 21 made to reach an agreement with the City over
lawful pension cost savings. It also details the city's
failure to bargain in good faith and complete disregard
for the established law governing collective bargaining
Both IAFF Local 230 and IFPTE Local 21 filed separate
unfair labor practice complaints with PERB alleging the
City failed to meet its legal obligation to meet and
confer in good faith and exhaust all impasse procedures
prior to placing any measure on the ballot. We are
awaiting the judge's ruling in Local 230's case, but the
facts behind the two complaints are nearly identical.
As you know, the POA has also sued the City-through a
quo warranto action with the California Attorney
General-asserting the same violation: that the City
failed to meet and confer in good faith before placing
Measure B on the ballot. Because peace officers do not
fall under the Public Employment Relations Board's
jurisdiction, our action is in the Santa Clara County
Superior Court. It is scheduled for trial in the Summer
of 2015. Because the POA bargained over Measure B in
coalition with Local 230, our facts are essentially
identical. If like Local 21, Local 230 prevails, it
will potentially have a huge impact on our case. Public
Employment Relations Board administrative law judges are
presumed experts in the field of labor relations and
their decisions enjoy deferential treatment by judges.
There are several additional steps prior to the Local 21
"proposed ruling" becoming final. These include an
initial 20-day period for both parties to identify
elements of the ruling it takes issue with and an almost
certain City appeal to the full Public Employee
Relations Board attempting to overturn the "proposed
In addition, as the attached "proposed ruling" explains,
the remedy of repealing Measure B is something that can
be ordered by the Public Employment Relations Board but
the actual invalidation of a vote of the people would
require a court action based upon the "proposed ruling"
becoming final. We are many, many months away from a
final outcome in this process, but this is very welcome
Here is the statement IFPTE Local 21 issued to the
"IFPTE Local 21 is pleased with the proposed ruling from
California Public Employment Relations Board
Administrative Law Judge Eric J. Cu that validates the
City of San Jose violated the law when it did not
bargain in good faith in its rush to place the divisive
Measure B on the ballot in June of 2012. This ruling,
if upheld, will continue the process to invalidate
Measure B and force the City of San Jose to return to
the bargaining table and negotiate legal pension cost
savings with its workers."
The full "proposed ruling" can be found
city council voted unanimously not to initiate an
investigation of the Police Department or the POA with
regard to ongoing recruitment and retention issues the
department faces. The matter will remain with the City
Manager as part of his ongoing analysis of how the City
could better attract and retain Tier 2 police officers
and why so many Tier 1 police officers have left the
A separate memo by outgoing Councilmember Pete Constant
requesting that the city explore suing the POA was not
Ed. — Click
to review Pete Constant's City Memo referenced above.
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Area: Council Votes Not to Investigate the POA Click
HERE to view.
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Ed. — The Mercury News' article on the same topic is
just below in the Trials and Tribulations column…
You are not alone if you don't recognize the names of
any of the personnel
who have been elected to handle the responsibilities of
the SJPOA for 2015.
Director Election Results
President: Paul Kelly
President: James Gonzales
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD
This is the story alluded to in the POA Updates column
above. You politician wannabes may want to note that if
you are a friend of and supported by the Mercury News,
you get your photo published in color…
Police Union Shelved
Council votes to postpone divisive investigation—
News — Nov. 8, 2014
SAN JOSE —
With the election over, it might be a new, perhaps
calmer day in San Jose City Hall for the city’s most
heated political feud. The City Council, led by likely
mayor-elect Sam Liccardo, voted unanimously Friday not
to investigate the police union for allegedly telling
cop recruits to quit as part of a political campaign
against the city. The allegation, which the police union
strongly denies, was the latest flash point in the
ongoing war between the rank-and-file cops and city
leaders — and surfaced just before Tuesday’s election.
The vote was an olive branch of sorts from Liccardo and
his allies to their biggest political foe.
Reed, who is termed out of office at the end of the
year, proposed two weeks ago to hire an independent
investigator after a former cop recruit wrote an op-ed
in this newspaper claiming police union president Jim
Unland told her to quit during the academy.
The union, which strongly opposes the voter-approved
pension reforms championed by Reed and Liccardo, has
given officers and recruits information about
better-paying cities as part of a drive to highlight San
Jose’s police staffing shortage in pushing to elect a
new mayor and council members. But it has always denied
pushing cops out the door.
Now, a lot has changed in the last week. Liccardo, whom
Reed endorsed, was holding a steady 3-percentage-point
lead in Tuesday’s mayor’s race and has declared victory
over police union pick Dave Cortese, a county
With Liccardo trying to mend post-election fences with
the police union, he proposed Friday to put off the
investigation indefinitely and instead ask a human
resources contractor to do exit interviews with recruits
who quit. The move, Liccardo said, would help the
council “ better understand” the “ politically divisive
battles” between them and the cops without inflaming the
tension between the two sides.
It’s unclear whether the move will be the first step
toward peace, as each side remains firmly entrenched in
opposing political beliefs. But on Friday, at least, no
one from the public spoke at the meeting, and council
members on both sides of the spat not only held their
tongues but even voted in favor of the same thing — and
the session was all over within a few minutes. It comes
after the clash between the council and the cops has
dominated City Hall politics over the last two years,
with long, heated arguments and split votes over the
issue becoming routine.
Here's another election result to ponder. Although it's
still not decided, the challenger has held on to a 2% to
3% lead throughout and has even gained in numbers
through the counting of the absentee ballots.
I'm talking about the race for Sheriff in Monterey
County. It shows just how systemic the problems are with
the Democratic method. Unfortunately (for me that is) I
have very reliable knowledge of how things went in this
Here's the low down. Incumbent Sheriff Scott Miller was
a longtime law enforcement officer with over thirty
years of service. He was highly educated with two BA's
and a Masters in Criminal Justice Administration, fluent
in Spanish, and well thought of throughout the
community. Many thought he was a shoe-in for the job.
However, he didn't have a lot of money to finance a mass
media campaign, so he had to rely on speaking to
individuals and small groups wherever he could.
Contrast that with the vote leader and presumed winner:
Deputy Steve Bernal. He went to King City High but did
not graduate, although he does have a GED. He does not
think speaking Spanish is all that useful for a Sheriff
whose main jail is in Salinas, where Spanish is spoken
by 60% of the inmates. He flunked the sergeants' exam
and would have a great deal of trouble in an interview
for a job as dog catcher. But he had money. Lots of it,
tons of it in fact. His relatives (mostly his
mother-in-law) financed a non-stop blitz media campaign.
All of it was comprised of negative ads against Scott
Now the $90,000,000+ Sheriff's budget will be in the
hands of a person who has no administrative experience,
only a GED and is a deputy who failed the sergeants'
test. Local reporters are saying that they are really
going to have to keep watch on this 'train-wreck.' Ya
Is the entire system out of balance, out of sorts, and
just plain out of whack? Cannot we correct ourselves?
Good luck to the citizens in Salinas and Monterey
This is not to belittle the issue in Monterey County,
Dave, but if "luck" is needed anywhere, I suggest that
the active-duty guys and gals who wear the uniform of
the SJPD jump to the top of the list.
KEITH KELLEY CLUB 2014 CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE
—Make your reservations now — only 150 tickets will be
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).
Cocktail Party — 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Cocktails General Members — 6:30 to 7:30 pm
7:30 to 9:00 pm
— 9:00 pm to Midnight
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:
____ 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
PISSED OFF? YOU SHOULD BE BECAUSE THIS GUY THINKS YOU
exception of those of you who believe that the end
justifies the means, this should make you madder than
hell. If this story had broken prior to the election,
the GOP could easily have wound up with a veto-proof 60+
seat majority in the Senate.
We're talking about MIT professor and resident nitwit
Jonathan Gruber, who was one of the primary architects
of the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare). Seems that
the motormouth got caught on video admitting that the
passage of Obamacare was based on a fraud. If you only
watch the network news, it's unlikely that you have seen
THIS "smoking gun" video as it has been running
primarily on Fox News. The bigwigs at ABC, CBS and NBC
are probably squirming and worrying that they may be
forced to cover the issue on their news shows if the
heat gets any hotter. If the Mercury News is forced to
run the story, it will probably be buried behind the
controversial Obamacare has been from the beginning,
this story should be front page news in all the
newspapers in the nation and the lead story on all the
TV newscasts, both network and cable. But will it
happen? Not a chance in hell, despite Gruber's admission
that Obamacare passed only because of lies, subterfuge
and what he condescendingly refers to as us "stupid
voters." This political hack, who was paid $400K to help
create Obamacare, is typical of a holier-than-thou
bureaucrat who thinks he knows what's best for the
public and will go to any extreme to make it happen. If
I had the power, I'd force him to meet with a urologist
and order the doctor to castrate the son-of-a-bitch
without any anesthesia. That would be my idea of
~ ~ ~
Late breaking news: Perhaps Fox News has lit a fuse.
If you go to Google and perform a search for "Gruber and
Obamacare," you will find numerous links about this
story on multiple pages. Some of the links refer to
second and third videos newly discovered video clips in
which he made similar statements about the stupidity of
Forbes is one of the media outlets that has covered the
story in print. Click
HERE to read it.
A SURPRISE DECISION FROM THE 9th CIRCUIT COURT OF
Court Decision Likely Ends California's Restrictions On
The California Rifle and Pistol Assn. is affiliated with
the National Rifle Assn.
Californians may not need to justify their need to carry
concealed weapons, after the same three-judge panel that
struck down restrictions on the permits earlier this
year ruled Wednesday that it is too late for new
opponents to join the fight against the ruling.
The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
would bar other law enforcement officials, including
state Attorney General Kamala Harris, from appealing its
ruling in a case originally brought by an independent
journalist who sued the San Diego County Sheriff’s
Department over its policy of requiring a specific
reason for being allowed to carry a concealed weapon in
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has said he will not
fight the ruling, meaning there is no one with standing
left to challenge the decision made in February.
The case originated in 2009, when resident Edward Peruta
filed a complaint against San Diego County and Sheriff
William D. Gore in the U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of California after being denied a
concealed carry license. Peruta argued that San Diego’s
“good cause” policy violated his Second Amendment right
to keep and bear arms. According to Peruta’s attorney,
“It was deemed the Plaintiff did not have good cause,
because Plaintiff could not document any specific threat
of harm, and primary reasons for desiring a license to
carry a concealed weapon were due to the fact that he
often carried large amounts of cash, valuables and
equipment in his motor home, and also because his duties
as a news investigator placed him in high crime areas.”
Later on, several other plaintiffs joined the case,
along with NRA’s California state affiliate, the
California Rifle and Pistol Association (The CRPA
In addition to being an important milestone for Golden
State residents, the ruling could affect policy in other
states. Another Ninth Circuit ruling in the case of
Baker v. Kealoha held that a district court in Hawaii
erred when it held that the state’s restrictions on
carrying firearms outside the home did not implicate
protected Second Amendment activity. Further
proceedings on that case, however, have been deferred
pending resolution of the post-opinion matters in Peruta.
Meanwhile, the U.S. territory of Guam passed legislation
in response to Peruta that changed its concealed carry
licensing regime from "may-issue" to "shall-issue."
"This is a great victory for all of California and
Second Amendment advocates. The CRPA Foundation was
proud to be an instrumental partner in this important
case." - John C. Fields, CRPA Executive Director
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This item from Bloomberg News that was released
yesterday (Wed. the 12th) may shed some light on the
above. As we read it, for California A.G. Kamala Harris
to appeal the 9th Circuit's ruling further, she would
have to bring the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court.
If we are wrong, perhaps one of you legal beagles can
set us straight. Click
HERE for the Bloomberg item.
LINK will take you to yesterday's Fox News report on
the California concealed-carry issue.
For more, go to Google and search for "9th circuit
decision on concealed carry"
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Postscript: This story from today's (Thurs.) Mercury
News goes into more detail over the 9th Circuit's
Carry Ruling Sticks
—Court denies attempt to block loosened permit
restrictions across state—
News — Nov. 13, 2014
ruling that dramatically loosened California’s
restrictions on concealed firearms came closer to taking
effect Wednesday, as an appeals court quashed legal
maneuvering that might have staved it off.
As a result, sheriffs all over California — including
the Bay Area, where many are reluctant to grant
concealed- carry permits — could soon have to hand them
out based on nothing more than the applicant’s stated
wish to carry a gun for self-defense.
Currently, some sheriffs require applicants to prove a
specific threat to their safety requires a concealed
weapon while other sheriffs don’t. Those in most urban
counties hand out permits by the dozens; those in many
less-populated rural counties hand them out by the
thousands. The court ruling involved a San Diego
The state is one step closer to removing the concealed
weapons permit decision from police chiefs and sheriffs,
said Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of
California. “We’re starting to smell the hint of freedom
in the air, and it smells good,” he said. But the Brady
Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which like California
Attorney General Kamala Harris had tried to intervene in
the case, said Wednesday’s ruling was “incorrect and
contrary to 9th Circuit and Supreme Court precedent.”
The shooting deaths of unarmed teenagers Jordan Davis
and Trayvon Martin by licensed concealed-gun holders —
both in Florida — highlight the dangers of restricting
law enforcement’s control over granting such permits,
said Jonathan Lowy, director of the Legal Action Project
for the Brady Center.
“We think San Diego and any other city has the right to
reasonably restrict the carrying of loaded, hidden
handguns in public, and we are confident that position
will ultimately prevail,” Lowy said, adding his group is
“weighing all of our legal options in this case.”
The ruling stems from a San Diego case in which gun
rights activists challenged a sheriff’s strict
guidelines for permits. The case reached the 9th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals, which in February sided with
the gun rights activists on a 2-1 vote; the San Diego
sheriff said he would not appeal.
Alarmed, Harris, the Brady Center and two police groups
sought permission to join the case so that they could
take over the appeal, keeping the ruling from taking
effect. On Wednesday, the court — in a ruling from
judges Diarmuid O’Scannlain and Consuelo Callahan — said
it’s too late for them to join.
“Most importantly, the opinion never ‘draws into
question’ the ‘constitutionality’ of any California
statute” as Harris claimed, they found. “It only
questions San Diego County’s exercise of regulatory
authority under such state statutes,” the ruling says.
Judge Sidney Thomas dissented, saying his peers’ ruling
“deprives one of the parties most affected by our
decision the opportunity to even present an argument to
us on an important constitutional question affecting
millions of citizens.”
Even with Wednesday’s ruling, the February decision
still won’t take effect until the case is sent back to
the federal district court in San Diego. Harris and her
allies still could seek permission to join the case from
an 11-judge “en banc” 9th Circuit panel or from the U.S.
Whether this case is final or not, appeals still pending
in similar cases — including one from Yolo County —
could still imperil this ruling, said Chuck Michel,
attorney for the California Rifle and Pistol
Association, which is among this case’s plaintiffs. “We
would welcome Supreme Court review … to resolve this
Harris’ office wouldn’t comment Wednesday except to say,
“We are reviewing the ruling.”
State law requires concealed- carry permit applicants to
show “good moral character,” take a training course and
establish “good cause.” But it’s up to county sheriffs
to define “good cause,” and sheriffs have set a wide
range of standards.
The lawsuit, filed by Edward Peruta and several other
San Diego County residents plus the California Rifle and
Pistol Association, challenged that county’s
interpretation requiring “a set of circumstances that
distinguish the applicant from the mainstream and causes
him or her to be placed in harm’s way.” Concern for
“one’s personal safety alone is not considered good
cause,” the county’s policy said. Applicants must
provide documentation — such as restraining orders,
letters from law enforcement or prosecutors — to prove a
special need for self-protection.
A federal district judge had ruled that’s OK in order to
protect public safety, but the appeals court reversed
that ruling in February, finding that the county’s
policy “impermissibly infringes on the Second Amendment
right to bear arms in lawful self-defense.” The sheriffs
in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have
policies similar to San Diego’s, and all three said
Wednesday they’re consulting their county counsels about
what to do next. Likewise, the Contra Costa County
Sheriff’s policies “will be modified to comply with the
court’s decision should any changes be necessary,” said
spokesman Jimmy Lee. He declined to describe the current
Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern noted people still
must pass background and criminal history checks,
undergo psychological evaluations, take a firearms
training course and pass a firing-range test in order to
Josh Richman covers politics.
IF THIS EDITORIAL IS CORRECT, STOCK UP ON AMMO AND CLEAN
This editorial from a San Diego newspaper has created a
buzz on a Facebook group comprised of active and retired
San Jose cops. Check out the underlined fourth paragraph
from the top and you will see why.
Prediction: California Crime Wave Coming
San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board
unfortunate but realistic prediction: Six months from
now, a year at most, Californians will look at a
troubling new wave of crime and ask, “What happened?”
Here’s what happened: Last week’s voter approval of
This new public policy will be responsible for the early
release of thousands of criminals now behind prison
bars, including some serving life sentences under the
state’s three-strikes law. Thousands more who commit new
crimes, and who would have faced prison or jail time
before Proposition 47, will now continue to walk the
Many of these people will be drug offenders. Prosecutors
who previously could hold the threat of incarceration
over the head of drug abusers as a tool to force them
into treatment will no longer have that tool available.
Many more drug abusers who want to get into already
crowded treatment programs will find it even more
difficult to find a program that can take them.
Proposition 47 was the well-intentioned idea of
former San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne and San
Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. Their
argument was that criminals convicted of certain
nonviolent offenses, particularly drug crimes, belong in
treatment programs, not prison.
To achieve that, Prop. 47 reduced six categories of
nonviolent crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. It
provides that criminals now in prison for such crimes
can petition for immediate release. And it says that
savings stemming from the reduced state prison
population, an estimated $100 million to $200 million a
year, must be divvied up among mental health and drug
abuse programs, school truancy and dropout programs and
the state crime victims compensation fund.
Sadly, there are many ways that the specifics of the
initiative fail its good intentions.
Of perhaps most concern is the provision that
automatically recategorizes the theft of a gun worth
less than $950 from a felony to a misdemeanor. As
current San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman says,
nearly all handguns retail for less than $950. “People
don’t steal guns so they can add to their gun
collection,” she said. “They steal guns to commit
The simple possession of date-rape drugs, previously a
felony, is now a misdemeanor, potentially undermining
laws combating sexual violence.
The money earmarked for mental health and drug treatment
programs will not materialize for probably a year and,
when it does show up, it will be a relative pittance for
a state the size of California. Besides, Prop. 47 does
not mandate that drug abusers even seek treatment.
Addicts who cannot get or do not want treatment tend to
commit more crimes to get money to buy more drugs.
Police and prosecutors throughout the state are said to
be busily trying to figure out how to deal with Prop.
47. Wish them luck.
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Nov. 5 —
news is the midterm elections. Last night Republicans
picked up a dozen seats in the House to give them their
biggest majority since World War II. Or as they put it,
"Time to party like it's 1939!"
Republicans also took control of the Senate after
gaining another seven seats. I haven't seen the GOP get
this many seats since Chris Christie made an airline
Republican Scott Brown lost his bid for Senate in New
Hampshire last night, two years after he was voted out
as Senator in Massachusetts. When asked what he was
planning to do next, he said, “Are they still looking
for a mayor in Toronto?”
Verizon and AT&T are facing criticism after it was
revealed that they use “supercookies” on smartphones to
track users' Internet activity. Americans said, "That is
a total violation of our — wait, did you say supercookie?"
Now that the midterm elections are over, President Obama
has invited congressional leaders from both parties to a
meeting at the White House tomorrow. When asked if he's
nervous, Obama said, "Oh, I'm not going to be there. I
just invited them over. They can figure it out
After Michael Jordan recently criticized President
Obama's golf game, Obama responded by saying that Jordan
should spend more time thinking about his basketball
team, the Charlotte Hornets. Then Jordan said, “Do you
really want to talk about whose team got crushed this
On Tuesday, Utah Candidate Mia Love became the first
black Republican woman elected to Congress. She's also a
Mormon. Yeah, a black female Republican Mormon. Even
unicorns are saying, "Not buyin' it."
There’s a rumor that the Today Show is going to hire
Kate Middleton's younger sister, Pippa, as a news
correspondent. It goes to show you that if you work hard
and go to journalism school, you'll lose your dream job
to a woman whose sister married a prince.
I'm so excited. Jay Leno is on the show tonight. He
brought some really funny jokes and some great stories.
Although I'm a little concerned he also brought his old
desk and Kevin Eubanks.
I just want Jay to be comfortable, but not too
NBC Sports will air a special that follows Tom Brokaw as
he goes pheasant hunting in South Dakota. He doesn't
even shoot them. He just talks to them for two minutes
until they go to sleep.
In an effort to boost ticket sales, the country's
largest movie theater chain, Regal Entertainment, is
adding motion, smells, wind, rain, and even bubbles to
certain theaters — or you can go the cheaper route and
watch Netflix on your phone in a car wash.
Pepsi is testing a new drink flavor, which is a mix
between Mountain Dew and Doritos. Or as stoners call it,
The October jobs report was released and it showed that
unemployment has hit its lowest point in six years. Also
hitting its lowest point: anyone who tried that new
Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew.
Both President Obama and former President George W. Bush
were interviewed on "Face the Nation" over the weekend.
President Bush said there's a 50 percent chance his
brother Jeb will run for president in 2016. Then he
said, “But there's an 80 percent chance he won't."
It was the 60th anniversary of "Face the Nation." During
his interview, President Obama said, “Our country
doesn't fear the future. We grab it.” Nothing says you
grab the future like going on a 60-year-old show hosted
by a 77-year-old-man to speak to a 90-year-old audience.
President Obama is in China now for an economic summit
in Beijing. The president wore a traditional purple silk
shirt along with Chinese President Xi Jinping and
Vladimir Putin. That's after they taught Putin how to
put a shirt ON.
After President Obama announced his support for net
neutrality yesterday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted
that “Net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet.”
While Ted Cruz continues to be the Taylor Swift of not
getting over Obamacare.
The restaurant chain Joe's Crab Shack is under fire
after its location in Colorado Springs accidentally
served alcohol to a bunch of young children. Which
explains why the karaoke bar had so many sign-ups for
songs from “Frozen.”
Yesterday, LeBron James apologized to fans for not
dunking enough this season. LeBron says he's trying as
hard as he can, but at the end of the day he's just one
Republican Party had a big day in yesterday's midterm
elections and now controls the House and Senate. And
don't ask me how this happened, but the Republican Party
also gained control of three seats in our show's band.
For the first time ever, a black Republican woman has
been elected to Congress. President Obama told her, "You
are all set. This country never turns against a black
The country music awards took place tonight. The big
winners were all white guys in cowboy hats. That's two
nights in a row.
For the first time in years, Burger King has beaten
McDonald's in sales. They attribute it to their new
offering: chicken fries. That’s why today McDonald's is
offering burger shakes.
Bob Dylan's grandson is going to release a rap album
next year. The album is titled, "Yo, Yo, Yo, I'm Bob
President Obama and Vladimir Putin are both in China
attending the same economic summit. Obama saw Putin and
said, "After those midterms, it's nice to finally see a
Justin Bieber hung out with the Pittsburgh Steelers
before yesterday's game and then the Steelers lost.
Apparently the Steelers were not inspired by his speech,
"Win one for the Bieber."
A new book claims that Jesus had a wife and two kids. In
other words, he suffered even more than we thought.
Scientists have discovered a virus that lowers the
intelligence of people it infects. The virus is called
Welcome to our special "Sons of Anarchy" show. I'm a
huge fan. When I was a young man, I ran with a gang of
redheaded punks. We were called the Ginger Snaps. Our
biggest enemy was sunlight.
"Sons of Anarchy" is the No. 1 show in its time slot.
They were No. 2 but then they had the No. 1 show
executed in an abandoned warehouse.
Critics love "Sons of Anarchy." Critics have called the
show "Hamlet on motorcycles," which is better than the
original concept — “Macbeth on Segways.”
"Sons of Anarchy" takes place in a fictional California
town filled with degenerates and endless mayhem. They
had to choose between making it a fictional town in
California or any real town in Florida.
was Election Day. If we have any Democrats in the
audience, I'm sorry but you're going to have to give up
Was the election a drubbing or was it a shellacking?
That's my only question. It's embarrassing. Even the
Washington Redskins are demanding that the Democrats
change their name.
A lot of issues were on the ballots. In New York City
there was Proposition 14. That would put a ceiling on
the number of late-night talk shows. And California
passed Proposition 21. That would change guacamole
officially to guac.
You know what happened today? When is this going to
stop? There was another fence jumper at the White House.
This time it was Obama trying to get out.
What a day. It's 53 and gloomy — like President Obama.
I was backstage, we hadn't even started the show, and I
heard Fox News officially declare that it's too close to
call this a show.
How about that election night? Here's the breakdown. The
Republicans won the popular vote. The Democrats won the
President Obama has two years left as president. I
wouldn't be surprised if he gets to appoint two new
New York City has 2 million rats. We used to have 8
million rats. Now we're down to 2 million. You know what
that means? We lose four electoral votes.
The Democrats were crushed in the midterm elections. The
Republican juggernaut pounded the Democrats, and the
pundits say they will not really know what happened to
the Democrats until they find the black box.
The movie "Interstellar" opens today, starring Matthew
McConaughey. There's trouble in the universe. And you
know things have gone bad if Matthew McConaughey is
going to straighten them out.
Here's the plot of "Interstellar." Refugees — they're
known as Democrats — they're looking for a new planet.
Pepsi has a new Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew. No, we
don't have an Ebola vaccine, but we do have the
Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew.
You know Kim Jong Un, the evil dictator of North Korea?
Apparently, a guy in his inner circle used his ashtray
while smoking and Kim Jong Un had him executed. I
remember the same thing happened when a guy used Martha
Stewart's personal lemon zester.
President Obama is in China. Today he visited the kids
who make our cellphones.
Obama took a tour of the Great Wall of China and said,
"We need one of these things around the White House."
Today is Veterans Day. Thank you to all our men and
women who have served the United States armed forces. In
honor of Veterans Day we are marching out a few jokes
that have already served.
Here in New York City you can now walk around smoking
weed and all they will do if they see you is write you a
ticket. Unfortunately, the ticket will be to a Jets
You've got to be careful smoking weed. It causes memory
loss. And also, it causes memory loss.
President Obama is in China. Also in China is evil
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. They're both in China
at the same time. It's like running into your
ex-girlfriend on vacation.
heaven Election Day is over. No more campaign ads, no
more mud-slinging, no more candidates pretending they're
straight. It's over!
For the first time in history, Congress has 100 women in
it. Congratulations. Welcome to modern times, America.
It's great having 100 women in Congress. Unless you're
in line for the congressional bathroom.
It's fantastic that Congress has an increasing number of
women. Experts call an increasingly female presence in a
previously male space "the Bruce Jenner effect."
Clay Aiken ran for Congress in North Carolina. But he
didn't make it. Clay Aiken is famous for coming in
second in a TV popularity contest that most people got
fed up with years ago. He also lost on "American Idol."
Netflix is making a series based on the Lemony Snicket
books. I was in a Lemony Snicket movie they made back in
2004. I was a person of indeterminate gender. I can't
remember who I played in the movie but I was a person of
That was the last movie I made before I came here to do
this show. We talk-show hosts are middle-aged white guys
and we make fun of people. I don't know why. It’s just a
Miley Cyrus is apparently dating Arnold Schwarzenegger's
son. When Arnold heard about this, he said, "My son? You
mean the one with Maria or the one with the maid?"
It is a great day for the great state of Texas. The last
person being tested for Ebola has come back clean. So
Texas is now Ebola free. This was a big week for them.
They're now free of Ebola — and Democrats.
Democrats in state legislatures are at their lowest
level since the 1920s. President Obama has a can't-miss
strategy to save the party in 2016. He's leaving.
Director Oliver Stone says he's going to make a movie
about Vladimir Putin. I can't believe anyone would want
to work with that insane communist. And Putin is a
little crazy as well.
It is Veterans Day, when we honor everyone who served in
all of the campaigns. We honor them with dignity and
respect, and of course mattress sales and tire
It's cold in a lot of the country. How cold is it? It's
a cold-pocalypse. A snow-mageddon. An ice-a-palooza.
It's so cold the Chicago Bears went into hibernation.
Happy birthday to Leonardo DiCaprio. He turns 40 today.
It's time for a Titanic prostate exam.
It's also Demi Moore's birthday. Leonardo DiCaprio and
Demi Moore are very different, of course. One was in
love with Bruce Willis for many years. And the other is
was Election Day. Republicans picked up a lot of seats
and won control of both chambers of Congress. That's key
because whoever controls Congress controls the lunch
menu at the cafeteria.
Republicans now have a majority in the Senate and House
of Representatives for the first time in eight years. I
guess when it was all said and done, the Republicans
just had the better lawn signs.
Washington, D.C., voted to legalize recreational
marijuana. Vice President Joe Biden celebrated quietly
at home, contemplating the infinite nature of the
Imagine Washington, D.C. If you thought Congress didn't
get a lot of work done before, just wait until they get
Welcome to Hollywood. This is where it all happens. If
you want to see where the stars live. Or if you want to
see where the movies get made. Or if you want to see a
panhandler dressed as Spider-Man asking for cigarettes,
this is the place to be.
Discovery, formally the Discovery Channel — they changed
it to make it more confusing — has a special on December
7 called "Eaten Alive" that will feature a man being
eaten alive by an anaconda. So, if you were disappointed
by the fact that Nik Wallenda didn't fall off that
tightrope, this is your show.
"Eaten Alive" is causing controversy. Animal rights
activists say it's cruel to the snake to feed a person
to it and then yank the person out of its stomach. The
right thing to do is to let the snake digest the guy.
I’ll bet "Eaten Alive" gets big ratings. If it does, I'm
going to feed my sidekick Guillermo to a hippo.
Amazon has a new digital assistant. It's their version
of Apple's Siri. It's called Echo. They say it's going
to revolutionize the way we loudly repeat ourselves at
PepsiCo is developing a Doritos Mountain Dew called
Dewitos. I think I’ll wait until they come out with Diet
It's unclear when Dewitos will be released. But if it
does come out, stoners are going to have some very tough
choices to make. Do I eat my Doritos or drink them?
I'm working on a combination of Ruffles and Red Bull. It
tastes like America at its worst.
Today is Veterans Day. It's a day we honor those who
serve and have served in our armed forces. So thank you
for your service to our country and the sacrifices that
you made. I'm talking about actual veterans. Playing
"Call of Duty" does not count. I don't care how many
missions you've completed.
Sesame Street turned 45 years old. If you are not
familiar with it, Sesame Street is how we entertained
our children before we could just hand them an iPhone.
Things have changed on Sesame Street since 1969 when it
first went on. The street itself is totally gentrified.
It's all Muppet hipsters now. And Oscar's garbage can is
a fair-trade coffee shop. Mr. Hooper's store is a
Lululemon. Cookie Monster is gluten free.
The long wait is finally over. The McRib is back at
McDonald's. The McRib is the Punxsutawney Phil of
sandwiches. It comes out of its hole for a little while
and then it disappears. And it's actually made out of
to data from yesterday’s midterms, only 13 percent of
voters were under 30 years old. So America didn’t rock
the vote so much as we soft-rocked the vote.
Republicans won enough seats to gain a majority in the
Senate and increase their majority in the House. For
those Democratic candidates who wanted to distance
yourselves from Obama, congratulations. You did.
A North Carolina man says he used his “Never Ending
Pasta Pass” from Olive Garden to eat at the restaurant
95 times in the past six weeks. Well, he didn’t say
that, but his tombstone does.
The drummer for rock band AC/DC has been charged with
attempting to have two people killed by hit men.
Authorities say the drummer would've done it himself but
his last hit was over 20 years ago.
A new study shows that despite previous estimates there
are only 2 million rats living in New York City. I guess
the other 10 million are commuting from New Jersey.
It’s been announced that a Union soldier who fought at
the Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War will be
awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama over 151
years after his death. Even better, he finally got an
appointment at the VA hospital.
This weekend George W. Bush said it’s a toss-up whether
his brother Jeb will run for president in 2016. Bush
said there’s a 40-40 chance.
A pastor at a controversial church in Harlem said last
week that Starbucks is ground zero for Ebola. Unless
“Ebola” is a new Norah Jones CD, I’m betting he’s wrong.
A Veterans Day concert was held tonight at the National
Mall in Washington, D.C., featuring Bruce Springsteen,
Rihanna, and Carrie Underwood. So if you’re a fan of
Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, and Carrie Underwood...who
The Mormon church said this week that their founder
Joseph Smith may have had between 30 and 40 wives. And
just to be safe, he started every conversation with,
A man in Florida has been sentenced to six months in
prison for stockpiling weapons at a compound just 11
miles from Disney World. Eleven miles from Disney World?
So...in the parking lot?
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• Is a U.S. company hiring
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• Brittany Maynard, 29, took her life on 1 November 2014
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President Obama slam stay at home moms in a recent
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• Was a
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mother sneaked him onto the ride?
• Did Jaden Smith say that he was going to
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• Did President
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Starbucks team up with Monsanto to sue Vermont over
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• The Republican Party of Virginia claimed that poorly
voting machines favored a Democrat candidate.
• Did Danai Gurira, who portrays Michonne on The
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location in Africa?
• Did Michelle Obama give voters permission to
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spider eggs used to stuff Beanie Babies started
• New Jersey diners were frustrated to learn the
bottle of wine they ordered cost $3,750.00, not
• A man was caught cheating on a drug test when
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• Was a mentally ill man named Kaldrick Donald
shot and killed by a police officer after his mother
called 911 because he wouldn't take his medication?
• Does a
Common Core worksheet for fourth graders feature a
highly inappropriate exercise on marital infidelity?
• Will a new Discovery Channel special show a man being
eaten alive by a snake?
• Did the Disney Junior show Doc McStuffins portray
curse words and implied profanity?
• Is a
racially provocative South Carolina exit poll for
• A New York City Pastor fell for a
satirical story about Starbucks using semen in its
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the mutt on the right — likes his ice cream. To show you
how much, have a look at what
HAPPENS when he and his sister Daisy go through the
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long and at an elevation of over 5,000 feet,
THIS could be an 'iffy' landing. (2:01)
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Can you imagine out-accelerating a 650 hp Ferrari and
reaching a top speed of 207 mph on a bicycle? Les Nunes
calls this another addition to his growing of things he
will never do.
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Bob Tenbrink says
THIS was Texas Congressman Roger Williams' ad in his
2012 campaign for the 33rd Congressional District of
Texas. He won two years ago and was reelected last week.
Meet the Donkey Whisperer. (1:34)
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ELEPHANT calf. Its first thought is to chase a
vehicle, then it has second thoughts and runs away in
embarrassment when it hears the people laughing at him.
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earlier this week, but how many people know how it came
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