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November 2
9, 2012


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


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of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



Guess who Scott Herhold's column was about in last Sunday's paper?

Ex-SJPD Star Advises Next Chief

By Scott Herhold <sherhold@mercurynews.com>
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.’’

Public esteem

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 McNamara Built

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 article below.

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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 chief.

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.

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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 Resignation

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?

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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 Reader

By Scott Herhold <sherhold@mercurynews.com>
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 fitting justice.

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 buffs.

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


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 lynchers.

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 night.

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.




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Nov. 28th


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 correction.

(Grande) <marcdanger@sbcglobal.net>

Following is the obituary Carm is referring to...

Nancy McCain

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.



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 Luncheon

Thursday, December 13th

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

San Jose P.O.A. Hall
1151 N. 4th St
San Jose, CA

Cost: $5 per person

Members are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive if possible.

You can sign up by visiting the Association website at
<http://www.retiredsjpoff.org>. 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 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.  

<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 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. Right click the mouse again and select Paste.




CITY_______________________________    STATE__________   

ZIP CODE_____________   PHONE   (             ) ______________________  



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



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.



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: Really?

By John Seigenthaler

Forbes Contributor

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 on Cosumel
Island' 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!



The facts behind the legends, information and
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• Did NBC edit an interview with the family of a deceased Navy SEAL to remove a reference to Christ?

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



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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 Mins.)


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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. (3 Mins.)


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(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. (1 Min.)


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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.




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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.)


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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.)


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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. (4 Mins.)


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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.)


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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. (8 Mins.)


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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.)


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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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