November 29, 2012
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THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND
Guess who Scott Herhold's column was about in last Sunday's
Advises Next Chief
Mercury News — Nov. 25, 2012
At the age of 77, Joe McNamara has arguably defied life
expectancy in a family whose males are afflicted by heart disease. By his count,
he’s had 16 heart surgeries and two more for cancer. Walking down the stairs
cheats him of breath.
But the former San Jose police chief has hardly faded away. As a fellow at the
Hoover Institution on the Stanford campus, McNamara has continued multiple
careers as an expert witness, a critic of the war on drugs and a police
novelist. (His fifth book, “Love and Death in Silicon Valley,’’ was published
this year.) Given all the problems with morale in the San Jose police and fire
departments, I thought it would be a good idea to get the former chief’s take on
a difficult situation. So a couple days before Thanksgiving, I visited him in
his magazine-strewn second floor office, where he has a picture on the wall of
Joe DiMaggio shaking his hand.
As is his wont, McNamara was happy to talk about his own experience.
When he came to San Jose in 1976 — he had done a stint
as chief in Kansas City after moving up the ranks in the New York Police
Department — morale had dipped as low as it is now.
A dysfunctional force
There were differences, of course: The San Jose force of 1976 had a
dysfunctional command staff — some top cops didn’t talk to one another — and an
exceptional reputation for roughness with the minority community.
McNamara instilled discipline, putting out news releases when he punished the
troops. He created a system of rotating assignments that opened up coveted jobs.
He demoted assistant chiefs. For his pains, he was rewarded with a vote of no
confidence. “I have to laugh, remembering my first five years,’’ he told me. “It
hurt to know that people hated me. Now they’ve forgotten all of that.’’ The
chief had the wind of rising resources at his back: A boom town in the 1980s,
San Jose could afford police raises. Before he stepped down in 1991, McNamara
presided over one of America’s most highly respected departments. So I asked him
about the similarities he sees between the present and the time he first
arrived. “The unfortunate part of this is that the police themselves feel the
public has turned against them,’’ he said.
“I do sympathize with these guys. They negotiated in good faith. They didn’t
occupy City Hall. And they don’t believe the city’s numbers.’’
Aside from the public revolt against what he acknowledges were too-generous
pensions, McNamara doesn’t believe the cops have lost the esteem of the public,
ranking much higher than journalists.
But he says the chief who will succeed Chris Moore will have to stand up for the
troops while invoking discipline and cooperating with the public.
The task is a political one, and McNamara, like a repertory actor who filled
multiple roles, is talking about what he did himself. When the cops did a sting,
he beat the drum.
The next chief won’t be a miracle worker. “I think the chief has to have modest
aspirations, and then work hard on morale,’’ McNamara said.
“He has to convey the idea that what they do is important.’’
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Regarding Herhold's column
above, Leroy provided me with a link to a blog shortly before deadline that was
created by who he believes may be an active female SJPD officer. (Without
confirmation, I'm withholding the person's name.) So why am I mentioning this?
Because the person's blog entry was an interesting response to Herhold's column
about JoeMac above. So is the blogger's opinion fair? You be the judge.
Reed Destroying What Chief
I have to wonder if the Mercury News editorial staff (maybe Barbara Marshman)
promised that she would publish an op/ed that "lavishes praise" on JoeMac if
only he would give Herhold the ammunition that he was obviously looking for.
JoeMac didn't give him what he wanted, so he starts the piece painting Joe as a
"lucky to be alive" feeble old man working in an office that is unkempt and
decorated with an ancient photo of a dead sports hero. Herhold, ever the
vindictive type (much like Mayor Reed), proves again that he is about as low
class of an individual that exists.
It is pretty clear from the disjointed, incomplete piece that Herhold submitted
it at deadline and did not get what he was looking for. He was clearly looking
to draw a parallel between McNamara then, and Mayor Reed now. In fact there is
nothing more disparate and divergent than JoeMac and Mayor Reed.
McNamara came to San Jose and "fixed" things that were broken in the SJPD. He
broke a few eggs and pissed many off, but in the end, he accomplished his
mission. When that mission was completed he maintained and tweaked it as
necessary. Love him or hate him, McNamara led and, with the cooperation of his
officers, he succeeded in making SJPD the premier police department in the USA.
In the end, JoeMac earned the respect of more officers than anyone would have
imagined given his tenuous early years. Shame on Herhold for trying to get him
to turn on his department.
On the other hand, Reed sucked up to employees by promising better pay and
benefits in exchange for endorsements from them and their unions. He delivered
through 2 terms as a Councilman, and until shortly after winning his first
election for Mayor. When sworn in as Mayor he took over a City whose employees
were motivated and took pride in their work. He loved to brag that San Jose was
the City that was able to do "more with less" because of their professionalism,
high self-imposed standards and work ethic.
Not long after he was sworn in as mayor, Reed personally made the rounds to
speak to the employees who had supported him. That was when his true self was
revealed. He leveled insult upon insult on the very employees who helped elect
him. The public was led to believe that police officers and firefighters had
been "riding the gravy train," that their pay and benefits prevented "real"
crime fighting strategies by limiting the number of hours libraries and public
pools were open, that there wasn't money to mow the grass at city parks or fill
the potholes on city streets.
McNamara tore down then rebuilt, won over doubters and ultimately improved
morale as SJPD's reputation grew. Reed inherited the fruits of McNamara's labor
-- a motivated, highly functioning police department -- and has since destroyed
it. He demonized all City employees, but none more than the police and
firefighters. He set the standard that aspirants to his job subscribe: Make
promises, then break them, insult and demean employees to the press, and do
everything you can to undermine their credibility and authority to the public.
As for JoeMac, he did a great job handling Scott "the Tool" Herhold. The retired
Chief won't be getting any lavishing op/ed praise from the Mercury News anytime
soon, but then, I don't think he wants, needs or ever expected it!
A last-minute check of the
blog at 6 a.m. today (Thurs.) as I was piecing the Farsider together produced an
additional entry on Chief Moore's resignation. I'll include it under the next
• • • • •
When KTVU Channel 2
conducted a short interview with Chief Moore on Tuesday night's 10 o'clock news,
Chris explained why he was leaving, and what the City Council could have done to
keep him here. Following is a transcript of what was said. (We couldn't find a
video of the interview.)
SJPD Police Chief Speaks to
KTVU Before Leaving Post
KTVU Channel 2 — Nov. 27, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore is
retiring after two years in San Jose and more than 30 years in law enforcement.
However, he's leaving behind a police department in turmoil dealing with
pension reform, pay cuts, low morale and an increase in crime.
He says called the staffing levels in the department, dire.
"The issue we are facing is although we have people in the academy, we continue
to lose people to resignation and retirement," said Moore.
Chief Moore was criticized by city council member Pete Constant for his
shortened service time as chief.
City Manager Debra Figone said she regrets having to conduct a new search.
Moore said he would not be retiring if the city council voted in August to put a
sales tax initiative on the ballot to help pay for more resources and officers.
"The issue for me was the unwillingness to even put it
on the ballot," said Moore. "If that measure, tax measure had been put on the
ballot I think we all could have lived with that and said that's the choice the
taxpayers made but they never had the choice to vote on it."
The city is holding four community meetings to get public input on the next
At the first meeting Monday night, several people told city staff they wanted an
internal candidate. But Moore says no one inside the department is interested in
the top job.
"Once it was determined that nobody from inside the organization for all the
same reasons felt compelled to seek this job, it opened up the opportunities for
other chiefs, sitting chiefs."
Moore says he's going to take a month off, and then consider other career
possibilities, including police chief jobs in other jurisdictions.
"I'm evaluating some opportunities that people have put before me that are
really gracious and wonderful,” said Moore. “Some of them have nothing to do
with law enforcement."
As one of his last major acts, Chief Moore says he'd like to see every officer
have a mounted camera on their uniform to record every interaction. He says that
would save the city time and money when dealing with complaints from the public.
~ ~ ~
This is from the same
(unnamed) blogger who responded to Scott Herhold's column above. I spotted the
entry just prior to pasting up today's Farsider...
Chief Moore Breaks Silence on
Well here it is straight from the Chief's mouth. He is retiring because, on Aug.
7, Mayor Reed and his Council voting block (Nguyen, Herrera, Liccardo, and
Oliverio) decided NOT to put a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to fund public safety
on the Nov 6th ballot. Gang of Six member Pete Constant missed that vote as he
was allegedly recovering from back surgery (see below for further).
Mayor Reed and the City Council are back-stabbers! They used Chief Moore and all
other City Department Heads to convince employees that a 10 percent salary
reduction was necessary for the Mayor to be able to sell the revenue generating
scheme to the voting taxpayers. Once the employees delivered on their end of the
bargain (the 10 percent salary reduction) Mayor Reed, Constant and the rest
reneged on theirs.
Chief Moore resigned because the Mayor and Council lied to him and to all City
Employees. Reed and company cannot be trusted in any capacity. I applaud the
members of the San Jose Police Department for standing in solidarity with Chief
Moore and refusing to apply for the Chief's job!
SJPD has learned and is applying the old saying: "Fool me once, shame on you;
fool me twice, shame on me!"
Pete Constant can crow all he wants to about Moore "leaving early." Pete was
caught "lying" on his City Council time sheet when he missed the Aug 28, 2012
City Council meeting by claiming to be recuperating from back surgery. Constant
was actually in Tampa, Florida attending the Republican National Convention as a
Delegate for California. Constant reimbursed the City for the time he
misappropriated, and the matter was dismissed. When character counts, you can
count Constant out. He is a former San Jose Police Officer whose early
disability retirement was based on a back injury.
Gal or guy, this blogger
has spunk, and I like that. I wonder if he or she might be interested in
becoming a regular Farsider contributor?
• • • • •
While not directly
related to the SJPD, Herhold's column in today's (Thurs.) paper touches on an
interesting part of San Jose's past, the St. James Park Lynching of 1933...
Lynching Tale Still Grabs
Mercury News —
Nov. 29, 2012
When I sauntered into the San Pedro Market Bar to sample a drink called
“Swift Justice,’’ I should have known it would have coconut flavoring. It was
I will eat and drink just about anything on a menu, with two exceptions: beets
and coconuts. Don’t ask why these two ingredients offend me. It’s a matter of
taste. This time, I had to literally swallow a prejudice I’ve honed for years.
The drink pays tribute to the 1992 Harry Farrell book, “Swift Justice,” the
story of the 1933 San Jose lynching of two men accused of killing department
store heir Brooke Hart.
And there’s a reason why the name lives on at the San Pedro Market. Its
co-owner, ex-San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery, is one of the city’s foremost history
When I met him at the market the other evening — McEnery, a former bartender,
drank a Coke — he informed me that “Swift Justice” was the drink favored by
Brooke’s younger brother, Alex, who grew up to run Hart’s Department Store.
Then McEnery smiled, acknowledging that no one had written down the rum, fruit
juice and coconut concoction the younger Hart favored. This version I was
drinking had been created by a bartender and McEnery’s nephew.
What mattered was not the mix but the history it evoked: The 1933 lynching rings
in San Jose history, and the new San Pedro Market, which pays tribute to other
historical events, is the place to talk about it. (For more on McEnery’s take on
the block, see <www.mercurynews.com/scott-herhold>)
Brooke Hart was 22 when he was kidnapped outside his father’s department store
and forced to drive north toward Milpitas. More than two weeks later, his body
was found in the mud flats near the Dumbarton Bridge.
Two men, Jack Holmes and Harold Thurmond, confessed to Hart’s killing. Both were
white. What enraged the people of San Jose was that they had bargained to return
young Hart to his family after he was already dead.
Seventy-nine years ago this week — Nov. 26, 1933 — a mob stormed the downtown
jail and lynched Holmes and Thurmond in St. James Park, shouting chants like
“Hold that Line!’’ The governor of California, Sunny Jim Rolph, commended the
It was a gruesome moment in a city’s history, though the majority of people in a
much smaller San Jose did not believe it was an injustice.
I’ve talked with a now-elderly man whose father drove him to the square that
night to watch the action from the courthouse steps. Even Harry Farrell called
his book “Swift Justice.” An old-school journalist who protected his sources in
a long Mercury News career, Farrell named few names, though he was too thorough
a researcher not to know who the conspirators were.
The other day, I re-read “Swift Justice,” now out of print, though available on
Amazon.com for $20.95 plus shipping. I was struck again by how good a reporter
Farrell was: He furnishes details that transport you back to the square that
Someday we may learn the whole story, including the identities of the lynchers.
It was no secret at the time. Even I have heard a few names. Meantime, I’ll have
to content myself with drinking a coconut-flavored concoction called “Swift
Justice.” Oddly, it went down very smoothly.
Results from last week's poll...
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
You may already have the info, but I noticed an obituary in today's Merc-News
that Retired Officer Norm McCain's wife passed away. The funeral service was
listed as 10:00 a.m., but no day or date was listed. I happened to be in
Campbell when I read the article so I stopped by the funeral home listed in the
obituary. For those interested, the service will be held tomorrow, Friday the
30th, according to the staff. They said tomorrow's obituary will carry a
Following is the
obituary Carm is referring to...
Aug. 22, 1941 - Nov. 25, 2012
Resident of Newman
On Nov. 25, 2012 Nancy A. McCain lost her battle with lung cancer. Survived
by husband Norman K. McCain, retired police officer of San Jose Police Dept.
Loving mother of Tracey; Ken; Katie, and Phillip. Devoted grandmother of 9. Dear
sister of Marilyn Maack; Louella Kennedy, and Liz Rettke.
Nancy, a Campbell, CA native, was devoted to her family. A mother to be admired,
a wife to be adored and a friend to be cherished.
Friends and family are invited to a viewing and funeral service at 10:00 AM at
Darling & Fischer Memorial Chapel, 231 E. Campbell Ave. Burial to follow at Los
Gatos Memorial Park.
MEMBERS CAN SIGN UP NOW FOR THE CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
The Annual Association Christmas Luncheon is just
around the corner and we need to get a count on those members and their guests
who plan on attending. We'd like you to sign up by December 7th so we can make
the lunch plans accordingly. The details are as follows:
Annual Association Christmas
11:00 a.m. to
San Jose P.O.A.
1151 N. 4th St
San Jose, CA
Cost: $5 per
Members are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for
the toy drive if possible.
You can sign up by visiting the Association website at
The sign-up page is linked at the top of the website.
As always, this is a great event to catch up with old friends and meet new
members as well. We hope to see you there.
Jim Spence, President
THE 30th) IS THE FINAL DAY TO GET YOUR TICKET(S)
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 -
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 -
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 breakfast
for two. Call (408) 453-6200 and mention the Keith Kelley Club to get your
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.
Right click the mouse again and select Paste.
[ ] I WILL BE ATTENDING WITHOUT A GUEST
[ ] I WILL BE ATTENDING WITH A GUEST – ATTACH CHECK
ZIP CODE_____________ PHONE ( ) ______________________
Your dinner ticket(s) will be
ready for pick-up on the night of the party. Mail this reservation form to:
116 Fox Ave.
San Jose, CA
FOLLOWING THE WHITE
A Dallas Cowboys' PR guy sent Bill this photo
that was taken during the Thanksgiving Day game between the Cowboys and the
Redskins. As for his upcoming schedule, he will be working the Cleveland at
Oakland game this Sunday, which will be followed by a bye week on Dec. 9th. Then
he's flying east to work the New York Giants at Atlanta game on the 16th.
WILL WE ALL BE
AROUND ON DEC. 22nd?
This Forbes magazine
article that I received from my good friend and retired police artist Tom Macris
captured my attention because it's about a subject I first became aware of
several years ago, long before the general public had even heard of the Mayan
Calendar End-of-the-World prophecy, which is indeed a mystery. But an even
greater mystery is what on earth could compel Tom to read Forbes?
Mayan Doomsday Forecast:
By John Seigenthaler
Perhaps you’ve read the Mayan calendar will end
December 21, 2012. Or heard predictions that the end of the Mayan calendar
means our world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. Or the slightly
sunnier prediction of a cataclysmic shift in world order, whatever that means.
Damn. December 21 is my birthday.
An image of the Mayan calendar
Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Doomsters support their apocalyptic forecast with examples like Hurricane
Sandy, the impending fiscal cliff, the global economic slowdown, earthquakes,
tsunamis, continents breaking apart, polar icecaps melting, solar storms raging
and planets colliding. Almost any sign of impending doom helps support the Mayan
end-of-the-world prediction. Forget the facts, the buzz is getting louder.
The New York Times reports some Mayan meltdown believers are traveling to a
French village called Bugarach, where they think a mountain will keep them safe.
More disturbing, a recent Reuters survey shows 1 out of 10 people around the
world believe the end of the Mayan calendar could mean the end. One in 10 also
admit to anxiety or fear because they’re concerned that we’re all going poof.
Reuters reportedly surveyed 16,000 people in 21 countries. Who are these people?
And why do they believe the world is coming to an end? Based on what?
One travel agency offers a December trip to Central America to “party like it’s
the end of the world.” A Denver hotel advertises a special December 21 package
called “Party Like There’s No To-Maya.”
Fear is in the air. Witness today’s headlines:
“Debt Ceiling Clock Running Out”
“Fiscal Cliff Fears Linger”
“Al Qaeda On The March”
“More Superstorms in the Future”
“The Growing Dangers of Global Warming”
Whether it’s the economy, politics or the environment, fear and outrage remain a
constant in the news. The real trick in today’s world of fractured media is to
identify what is fact and what is fiction. Or is it a little of both? With the
onslaught of social media hoaxes and fake news, how do you know what is true?
People tell me they don’t know what news and information they can really trust.
Is it biased? Hyped? Made up? I guess news consumers have been asking those
questions for a long time.
Here’s the simple answer. Support news organizations, reporters and bloggers who
are reliable, consistent and accountable. Call out the rest when they spread
rumors, make things up or get the facts wrong.
Take the word of educated folks like Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden
Planetarium at the New York Museum or Natural History who tweeted: “End of the
world prophecies for 2012 are hoaxes perpetrated by the scientifically
illiterate on the scientifically uninformed.”
Mainstream scholars don’t buy into the Mayan calendar mess. But mainstream
scholars don’t usually make headlines. And Mayan scholars say associating the
end of the calendar with the end-of-the-world misinterprets the Mayans original
intention, which, actually, was to insure that everything stays the same.
Not a bad birthday present.
I wish I had read this before I blew over a grand
purchasing a year's worth of freeze-dried and dehydrated food from Costco, and
another half-grand on survival gear a couple months ago. Bummer!
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN
LEGEND UPDATE AS OF NOV. 24, 2012
behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Does entering your PIN in reverse at any ATM summon the police?
• Does the U.S. government grant multi-year tax holidays to immigrants?
• Ben Stein's television commentary about the observance of Christmas.
• About the first Thanksgiving proclamation issued by a U.S. president.
• Can the selection of a U.S. President be thrown to the House of
Representatives if electors from one-third of the states do not cast Electoral
• Did Hostess executives receive large pay increases
while the company was preparing a bankruptcy filing?
• Did NBC edit an interview with the family of a
deceased Navy SEAL to remove a reference to Christ?
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a
collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Did President Kennedy call himself a jelly donut in his famous 1963 speech
in Berlin, Germany?
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Don't forget to set the YouTube preferences to large or full
• • • • •
Don Hale sent in a ditty
that works well as a theme song for the majority of us. As the song points out,
be grateful you're on the green side of the grass. (4
• • • • •
Lumpy says it is very
convenient to be pulled over by a traffic cop in the former Soviet Union country
of Azeerbaijan. Why? Because you can pay your traffic fine right on the spot.
• • • • •
(For men only):
Lumpy also has a holiday treat for you guys who are inclined to ogle a good
looking gal performing a striptease in the middle of the street.
• • • • •
Here is some Internet
technology that will be making the rounds this holiday season. The first link
below will show 90 percent you what your residence looks like inside a snow
globe. (If you are among the 10 percent that it doesn't work for, it means that
Google hasn't yet taken photos of your home.)
This second link is
arguably better as it shows snow falling in your neighborhood to the
accompaniment of Christmas music.
• • • • •
This CBS video from Maureen
Logan is about a retiree who rides a motor scooter and found himself being
adopted by a goose. A longer, more detailed account of the same story is
currently airing on a program entitled "Unlikely Animal Friends" on the National
Geographic Wild channel. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
This prank that is
beginning to go viral takes place in an elevator in Brazil. Here's the set-up:
People enter the elevator unaware that a young girl made up to look like a ghost
enters the car through a trap door when the lights go out. When they come back
on, all hell breaks loose. Funny? You be the judge. The producers of the prank
are very fortunate that none of the "victims" suffered a heart attack, or that
none of them punched out the little "ghost." (7 Mins.)
• • • • •
Speaking of viral Internet
videos, meet "Psy" from South Korea. Closing in on 9 million views, it has now
set the record for the most number of hits ever. Why? No one knows, but it has.
Perhaps it's the beat of the music, because it sure as hell isn't the lyrics.
• • • • •
If you happen to be a lousy
shot with a rifle, Don Hale says you may want to equip your long gun with
Tracking Point technology. Get a load of this. (90 Secs.)
• • • • •
We have passed along
several "Just for Laugh" gags over the past few years. Here's a compilation
video of what the producers claim are their best sexy pranks.
• • • • •
Are you old enough to
remember the show "You Asked For It" that was sponsored by Skippy peanut butter,
hosted by Art Baker and was popular in the early to late 1950s? One of the shows
featured "Dagwood," a ping-pong playing feline which shows they don't make cats
today like they used to. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
And finally, Alice Murphy
and Dave Scannell each sent in a link that should default to large screen and
help you get in the holiday spirit. Sponsored by T-Mobile, one might call it the
mother of all holiday Flash Mobs. Pay no attention that it's a year old, just
click on the link below, kick your sound level up a notch, then sit back and
enjoy. (4 Mins.)
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Pic of the Week