The Farsider

Dec. 18, 2014

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

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

 

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THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

Philip White’s Tweets — Act I — When is free speech not so free?

—Officer Criticized for Tweets About Protests

—Case is under review; ‘speechless’ activist says ‘ he must go’ now—

By Mark Emmons <memmons@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Dec. 15, 2014

SAN JOSE — A San Jose police officer drew sharp criticism throughout social media Sunday because of provocative, threatening posts on his Twitter account that were directed toward protesters who have been demonstrating after the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement.

One post on Officer Phillip White’s account read: “Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLives-Matter.”

Another tweet added: “By the way if anyone feels they can’t breathe or their lives matter I’ll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun.”

By mid-Sunday afternoon, White’s Twitter account was in “protected” mode, meaning his posts no longer could be accessed by the public. But posts on his account were captured on screen grabs by others on social media and this newspaper, as well as the BuzzFeed website, which first reported the story. White, who also is a Menlo College assistant basketball coach, recently was profiled in this newspaper for his good work with local schoolchildren. He did not immediately respond Sunday to attempts to reach him for comment.

A San Jose police spokeswoman said the department is “aware of the issue and forwarded it up the chain of command for review.” Added Sgt. Heather Randol in an email: “We will not have a response until the review process is complete.”

The department has “established guidelines” about how employees should conduct themselves on social media, Randol wrote. In a 2011 story in this newspaper about the potential perils of social media, the SJPD said it had a general policy not to post in ways that would constitute “conduct unbecoming of an officer.”

Sunday, the San Jose Police Officers’ Association also could not be reached for comment.

But Raj Jayadev, of Silicon Valley De-Bug, an advocacy group that has looked to improve the relationship between the San Jose Police Department and minority communities, wrote in an email to Chief Larry Esquivel that he was “speechless” after reading about White’s Twitter account.

“If these comments are his, he must go, immediately,” Jayadev wrote in an email that he shared with the media. “I know Chief you must be as appalled as I was reading his tweets. I am certain his words do not represent what the SJPD wants to reflect, and every second he has a badge and a gun, our community is at risk.”

Protests have continued throughout the Bay Area and around the nation over what demonstrators view as rampant racial injustice by law enforcement and the legal system. The protests have occurred in the wake of grand juries declining to indict white officers in the deaths of African-Americans Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York. Garner’s last words — “I can’t breathe” — have become a rallying cry among demonstrators. Their ranks have grown to include professional and college athletes, including the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, which wore “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts on Saturday before its game against Michigan. Also, #BlackLivesMatter has become a common hashtag that sympathizers use on social media.

Other posts on White’s account, which were republished by BuzzFeed, including some dating back several weeks, indicated anger about the ongoing protests. Other posts this weekend disapproved of a statement made by the UC Berkeley women’s basketball team before their game Saturday night against Long Beach State. Team members wore homemade shirts with the words “Black Lives Matter” and “We Are Cal” on the back, and the names of black victims of violence on the front.

A post on White’s account about the Cal team’s actions read: “This is BS. Free education. Don’t forget who is paying for your school … me & other CA tax paying cops.”

According to the Menlo College website, White is a first-year basketball assistant. He previously was a junior-college assistant and a head basketball coach for eight years at three different high schools.

An October story in this newspaper detailed his success with a six-week-long pilot gang prevention education program for schoolchildren. The program drew widespread praise for discussing life issues with youngsters, including choices and consequences, peer pressure and bullying and harassment prevention.

White, identified as a 20-year-veteran officer, was described as “really dynamic with the kids,” according to police Capt. James Randol, who supervised the program.

One 10-year-old student added of White: “He teaches us about what to do and what not to do.”

White added in that article that the classroom work was just as worthwhile as taking criminals off the streets.

“I think we all sign up to help people and put bad guys in jail,” he said. “Having an opportunity to help the community in a manner in which we’re doing with this program is very rewarding.”
 

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Philip White’s Tweets — Act II  — The continuing saga of a personal train wreck…

Officer Placed on Leave Over Tweeted Threats

—Cop’s angry responses to protests also cost him job as basketball coach—

By Robert Salonga and Mark Emmons — Staff writers
Mercury News — Dec. 16, 2014


SAN JOSE — For weeks, San Jose police Officer Phillip White had been using his personal Twitter account to vent displeasure over the ongoing protests in Oakland and around the country about the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement.

But when his posts turned threatening last weekend, White learned just how far-reaching words can be on social media. The San Jose Police Department placed White on administrative leave Monday as the furor over the officer’s posts showed no signs of abating.

An online petition at change.org demanding his firing gained more than 5,000 signatures in less than a day. Civic leaders questioned how he can continue to be an effective cop. Menlo College, where White was an assistant basketball coach, cut ties with him.

The most inflammatory tweets, which evoked the strongest social media reaction, read, “Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter” and “By the way if anyone feels they can’t breathe or their lives matter I’ll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun.”

Community leaders, particularly advocates for minority groups, called on the Police Department to fire White.

“I couldn’t believe it was real, that he would put his face out there in the Twittersphere and make these statements as if he’s baiting the public to engage in a violent altercation,” said Walter Wilson, who sits on the board of the city’s African American Community Service Agency. “If this is real, he should not have a gun and a badge. The Police Department deserves better than this guy.”

San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel said in a statement that White’s posts do not reflect “the thoughts or feelings” of those on the force.

“The San Jose Police Department recognizes the sensitive nature of this matter,” added Esquivel’s statement, which announced White is on paid leave while an investigation is conducted.

Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell said her office forwarded a community complaint about the tweets to the department’s internal affairs unit, where White was once assigned. The department also received a direct complaint.

The police union spoke out against the posts without mentioning White by name.

“Offensive, disrespectful and inappropriate social media comments have no place in the public discourse surrounding the tragic loss of life from recent officer-involved incidents,” according to a statement. “We condemn these comments.”

White also lost his coaching position at Menlo College, which said in a statement that the school “will not be represented by expressions of intolerance and bigotry on the campus, on social media, or on the Internet.”

Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo said he hopes the posts don’t taint the broader department.

“It undermines everything that our officers are working to accomplish in our Police Department to build relationships with trust in our community, and I’d support the chief taking any and all disciplinary actions, including termination, to ensure this kind of conduct does not continue,” he said.

White, a 20-year-veteran officer, could not be reached for comment Monday. An October story in this newspaper detailed his success with a pilot gang prevention education program for schoolchildren.

The controversy marks the latest black eye the department has received nationally. This fall, the department was roundly criticized when a sergeant moonlighting for the San Francisco 49ers complicated a domestic-violence investigation involving defensive lineman Ray McDonald, who ultimately was not charged.

San Jose police officials have said they have a policy not to post in ways that would constitute “conduct unbecoming of an officer.”

White’s Twitter posts, which were first reported by Buzzfeed on Sunday, are protected speech under the First Amendment, said Steven Clark, a legal analyst, defense attorney and former prosecutor. But they do not preclude him from discipline if they prove to diminish his effectiveness as a police officer.

“Because of the nature of his job and his interaction with the community, it creates a problem,” Clark said. “At a time when police should be building bridges with communities, this is the opposite of that.”

Lauri Stevens, a Boston-based social media strategist who works with law enforcement, agrees the First Amendment gives officers the right to state their opinions, but that doesn’t mean it is wise. She urges police to actively tell their story — like all the good things they do.

“But they have to keep it positive,” Stevens said. “And if they’re thinking about saying something that they probably shouldn’t, then they should just not say it.”

Cops, she added, are feeling like their profession is under siege. This officer, she said, might have been expressing what is a common frustration — that their lives matter, too.

“He’s angry just like the protesters are angry,” Stevens said. “They can say what they want. But because he’s a police officer, he can’t.”

Demonstrators have been protesting what they view as rampant racial injustice by law enforcement.

They have occurred in the wake of grand juries declining to indict white officers in the deaths of African- Americans Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York. Garner’s last words — “I can’t breathe” — have become a rallying cry, and #BlackLivesMatter now is a common social media hashtag.

Staff writer Mike Rosenberg contributed to this report.
 

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Philip White’s Tweets — Act III — The Mercury’s Editorial Board piles on…

Threatening Tweets are a Black Mark

Editorial
(Written and/or approved by Editorial Page Editor Barbara Marshman)
Mercury News — Dec. 16, 2014

Around the San Francisco Bay, we have two extremes of police officers’ public reactions to the protests over the recent deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcement.

In Richmond, Police Chief Chris Magnus joined protesters last week under the rallying cry “Black lives matter” — or, in Twitterspeak, #Black-LivesMatter. He stepped into the crowd and held a sign to that effect.

In San Jose we find the other extreme. Officer Phillip White fired off a series of tweets over the weekend that moved from being critical of the protests to sounding ominous and belligerent. The most damning: “Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter.”

White has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, and Police Chief Larry Esquivel on Monday assured the community that the officer’s tweets “do not reflect the thoughts or feelings of the men and women here at the San Jose Police Department.”

We know that’s true for the vast majority of the force, but it would be naive to think the anger White expressed is unique. Proclaiming it publicly compounds the problem, however. It shows a tone deafness to community concerns and an abysmal lack of judgment.

It’s hard to imagine White returning to active duty in San Jose, where his behavior from now on would be scrutinized in light of his own statements. Defending your life or your family is one thing, but — a “right and duty to kill you”? Really?

It’s easy to become jaded about the Black Lives Matter protests.

While many marchers are standing up for a cause, others are opportunists grasping an excuse for vandalism and violence.

The movement has had a high financial cost for Oakland and other strapped cities, reducing resources to meet other community challenges.

But you can’t argue with the national pattern of law enforcement’s treatment of blacks. Blacks comprise 25 percent of the U.S. population and nearly 40 percent of prison populations. According to an NAACP analysis, if current trends continue, one in three black males born today is likely to go to jail at some point.

In these Opinion pages Thursday, conservative columnist George Will declared it an outrage that the killing of Eric Garner, who was selling cigarettes illegally, was found to be justified.

In Richmond, Chief Magnus is in hot water with his union: He was wearing his police uniform when he hoisted the Black Lives Matter sign, and state law bans political activity in uniform. Magnus says, “When did it become a political act to acknowledge that black lives matter ... ?”

Defining politics is tricky. But at least Magnus knows his city.

In San Jose, White’s tweets confirmed the worst fears of minority communities leery of anyone in uniform. He hasn’t helped his colleagues who struggle every day to earn the community’s trust.
 

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Philip White's Tweets — Act IV — Throwing more gasoline on the fire as only a newspaper can…

#Stupidity Unbecoming an Officer



By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Dec. 17, 2014

When San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel decides what punishment to give Officer Phillip White for his threatening tweets, he will need a supply of antacids. The default question has to be stern.

The question is not whether White should be fired. On the surface, he has given the chief plenty of reasons. The question is why White should not be fired. There might be answers to that. But I’m not convinced they are very persuasive.

A veteran police supervisor I know used to guide young cops through the basics — how to write reports, how to handle tough situations, etc. Then he’d add this reminder: “Don’t do stupid stuff.”

What the 20-year veteran did was beyond stupid. It was conduct unbecoming an officer. And I say that as someone who supports free speech for cops. They are as entitled as the rest of us to broadcast their political opinions. There is, however, one big difference. Cops carry guns. And when White sent out a tweet saying, “Threaten me or my family and I will exercise my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you,” he was putting other San Jose police officers at risk.

When he added another tweet that said, “By the way if anyone feels they can’t breathe or their lives matter I’ll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun.” he drove the idiocy home.

Probe underway

Naturally, there will be an extensive investigation. Every tweet that White ever sent, every social media message, will be analyzed and dissected. The cops who worked with him will be quizzed.

And they may well find mitigating circumstances. White taught an anti-gang program in the schools. He coached basketball at Menlo College. The probers might find his tweets were the product of frustration at work or home.

(I’ve often thought that Twitter could profit by offering a 20-minute delay option on tweets. A timed message would ask whether you really wanted to send your rant. But that’s a topic for another time).

Yet the damage has been done: Even the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, usually quick to defend an officer, put out a statement condemning White’s sentiments.

If Esquivel does not fire the officer, he will certainly face a furious political reaction. By Tuesday, more than 10,000 people had signed a petition asking that White be fired.

I couldn’t reach Esquivel or White for immediate comment. But to insiders in police departments, this situation presents an irony. Esquivel can fire White. But whether a firing will stick is another matter.

Binding arbitration

If White were to appeal a firing to binding arbitration, my sources tell me, he would stand a good chance of getting his job back, with back pay, albeit after a year or so without a paycheck. It is very difficult to fire a cop. White could argue that his transgression was a matter of words, not action. And that’s one more reason why Esquivel will need a supply of antacids: By canning White, he can send a message to the rest of the troops that such a mix of prejudice and threats will not be tolerated.

But it may be a very expensive message.

 

MAIL CALL


Not satisfied with the skimpy number of readers the Farsider is capable of providing, Pete Guerin preferred to have tens of thousands of people see his missive, so he sent it to the Mercury News instead…

San Jose PD Displays Its Professionalism

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Dec. 13, 2014

I am a retired San Jose Police Department officer (1965-1995).

Watching the film coverage as well as reading the news reports of the situations involving police officers in Missouri and New York makes me think of our own local police department.

What a shame that our city officials and many citizens don’t understand and appreciate what a talented, educated and well trained group of men and women they have here, who by their quality of work don’t make the headlines and film at 11 p.m.

Peter T. Guerin, San Jose

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Dec. 15th

Hi Bill,

I would like to thank you and Leroy for your work that is so meaningful for us and those who no longer live in San Jose.

Sandy and I have sold our floating home and have settled in Port St. Lucie, FL. This is a state where you can get a CCW permit with just a DD 214 or a gun safety class. It is honored in 38 states, but not those on the West Coast.

I read Russ Jones’ “Honorable Intentions” and would like to email him so I am requesting his email address. His book was a great recall tool.

Thank you again for the Farsider.

Jim (Anderson) <janderson15@hotmail.com>


You should have received Russ’ email address by now, Jim. Enjoy your new home. You were probably wise to move far away from California as it seems to be getting bluer and bluer every month.

 

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Dec. 11th


After nearly twenty years in a blue and white I have only one thing to say, Bad guys are bad guys regardless of color.

Hells Angels, Gypsy Jokers, Skin Heads are almost all white, but I don't like or trust them.

The Bloods, Black Panthers are all black, and I don't like nor trust them.
 
MS 13 are all Mexicans, and I don't like or trust them.
 
I don't like or trust criminals of any color.

As a cop who has dealt with just about every type and color of criminal, I can say that the fine Blue Line is slowly disappearing. Let the general public keep on condemning the Police and calling the criminals the victims and surely the last line of defense in our country will disappear.

When a 185-pound cop must fight to retain his weapon inside a police car, he has the right and responsibility to protect his life. When a six-foot-four inch, 295 lb. criminal attacks a cop while on duty and in uniform, the cop has every right to use all means and force to save his life.

Tom Sellick in the TV series "Blue Bloods" made a great statement: “It is better to be judged by twelve people than to be carried to your grave by six.”

When a 350 lb. man resists arrest, someone is going to get hurt.  I am very glad that all the arresting officers in New York City got to go home to their families that night.

I have almost always been a strong supporter of Bill O'Reilly's, but after he stated in the Garner arrest that he would have loosened his neck hold on Garner while making an arrest, I realized how little he knew about the job of making an arrest. That arrest was a team effort, and each officer depended on each other to do the best they could to protect all the arresting officers. I saw nothing in the video that I would have done differently. The bad guy choose to resist arrest, and he is responsible for the results.

Put cameras on every officer. Make policies and procedures to govern the cops. Take videos showing the use of force. Judge every action of a police officer while sitting in your armchair. The truth is that each and every day a police officer makes split second decisions to protect your life and his life.  Go ahead and live in your glass house and continue to throw stones.

Bill Yarbrough <billyarbrough36@yahoo.com>    

 

CORDELL TAKES CENTER STAGE ON GRAND JURY ISSUE


Both the Mercury News and the Chronicle covered an Op/Ed penned by San Jose Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell. This is the Chronicle’s version followed by a rebuttal that was authored by retired Asst. District Attorney of Santa Clara Co. William Larsen, who worked as a prosecutor for more than 39 years.

Abolish Criminal Grand Juries



Op/Ed by San Jose Police Auditor LaDoris H. Cordell
San Francisco Chronicle — Dec.12, 2014 

 

Congressional staff members protest grand juries’ failure
to indict officers in the killings of unarmed black men.

In our system of law, police and prosecutors have strong and close relationships. If prosecutors file charges against police officers, however, they alienate the police on whom they depend to investigate the crimes they prosecute. If they don’t file charges, they face outrage and condemnation from the public. The criminal grand jury process allows prosecutors to emerge unscathed, leaving the jurors to be blamed and vilified no matter what the jury decides.

In short, there’s nothing grand about criminal grand jury proceedings. It is time to get rid of them.

The grand jury decisions in the aftermath of the officer-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner are demonstrations of the mischief that is done when court hearings are held in secret. Criminal grand jury proceedings are antithetical to our system of justice and an affront to our democratic values.

Grand jury proceedings were designed to protect the reputations of accused individuals should the grand jury decide they should not stand trial. In them, witnesses testify but are not cross-examined. Because there are no rules of evidence, no one objects. The only lawyer in the room is the prosecutor; the jurors hear only his or her side of the story. Prosecutors present evidence in whatever fashion they choose to get the results they want. The entire proceeding is shrouded in secrecy, closed to the public. This sounds like the description of a trial in repressive countries such as China or Iran.

In fact, these star-chamber-like hearings happen in several states across America.

In state courts, preliminary hearings are commonly held to determine if there is probable cause to believe that a person should stand trial for felonies. Judges preside, and the proceedings are open to the public. The accused, defense attorneys and prosecutors all participate, and the rules of evidence apply. Preliminary hearings are adversarial, with checks and balances to ensure that the rights of the accused and the rights of the people are protected.

Criminal grand juries, on the other hand, are convened by and at the sole discretion of prosecutors. Their purpose is the same as preliminary hearings — to determine if there is probable cause. Unlike preliminary hearings, these proceedings are closed to the public. They are so secret that the prosecutor and even the court personnel (court clerk, court reporter and bailiff) are prohibited by law from disclosing anything that occurs inside the courtroom.

When the proceeding is over, the grand jurors can never disclose to anyone how or why they reached their probable-cause decisions. Prosecutors choose the witnesses, question the witnesses and decide what evidence the jurors will consider. There are no checks and balances. Behind closed doors, prosecutors can — and do — have their way with grand juries.

Our criminal justice system is founded upon principles of public accountability, fairness and transparency. The grand jury process undermines these principles; and in doing so, it undermines our trust in the courts. The public’s loud and widespread protests against the grand jury decisions in the Brown and Garner cases make that abundantly clear.

One-sided, secret proceedings have no place in our criminal justice system. In 1791, the framers of our Constitution followed England’s lead in bringing the grand jury system to America. In 1948, England abolished criminal grand juries, and all of the countries in the former British Empire have followed suit.

We should do the same.

LaDoris H. Cordell, a retired Santa Clara Superior Court judge, is San Jose’s independent police auditor. She monitors the Police Department’s investigations of its own officers.
 

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Ed. — Retired Santa Clara Co. Asst. D.A. Bill Larsen (a Farsider subscriber) wrote an excellent rebuttal to LaDoris Cordell’s opinion about abolishing the grand jury system and sent it to the Chronicle. It starts HERE and concludes HERE.

 

OH TO HAVE BEEN A FLY ON THE WALL WHEN THIS HAPPENED...

Negotiator with S.J. Employees Reassigned

—Gurza escorted out of building by two security guards—

By Mike Rosenberg <mrosenberg@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Dec. 13, 2014

SAN JOSE — The city’s chief negotiator in its heated, ongoing dispute with employees has been escorted out of City Hall by security guards and is no longer representing the city at the bargaining table — at least for now. But it’s not yet clear why. San Jose Deputy City Manager Alex Gurza is still employed by the city but is “out of the office” and his employee relations duties have been “temporarily reassigned” to other officials, City Manager Ed Shikada said in an email to council members Friday.

Lenka Wright, a city spokeswoman, said there has been “a change in (Gurza’s) responsibilities” but she could not reveal further details because it was a “personnel matter,” though she indicated more information may be released next week. Even council members said they were denied information on what happened. Wright said two city security guards escorted Gurza out of City Hall on Thursday. Wright declined to comment on why there was a security escort or why he was still employed by the city. Gurza’s most high-profile duty has been representing the city as its lead negotiator with its employee unions. The city for years has sparred with its unions over the Measure B pension reforms voters approved in 2012, a topic that has landed in court and continues to be the biggest ongoing issue at City Hall, and dominated the debates in this year’s election.

This week, incoming Mayor Sam Liccardo vowed the city will return to the negotiating table with its unions in January in hopes of settling the dispute, which has contributed to the departure of hundreds of police officers. But it’s now unclear who would represent the city in those talks.

Gurza did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. Contact Mike Rosenberg at 408-920-5705. Follow him at Twitter.com/ RosenbergMerc.

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Labor Negotiator Alex Gurza demoted with a 71 percent cut in pay? Ouch! He probably wishes now that he had belonged to a union.

San Jose City Executive Escorted Out by Security Gets New City Job with 71 Percent Pay Cut

By Mike Rosenberg <mrosenberg@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Dec. 16, 2014

SAN JOSE -- The high-ranking city official who was escorted by security out of City Hall last week will remain on the payroll -- but he has been terminated from his old role and given a huge pay cut in an unusual shake-up that grew even more mysterious Monday.

Alex Gurza, who had served as the San Jose's top labor negotiator during its contentious battles with its employee unions over pension reform and other key issues, had made $222,921 a year as a deputy city manager, one of the top appointed positions in City Hall.


Gurza

On Monday, city officials disclosed that Gurza started work in a much lower position: as an entry-level analyst in the Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services department making $64,459 a year -- a 71 percent pay cut.

Gurza said City Manager Ed Shikada relieved him of his duties Thursday but gave him no reason, and he has no idea why he was escorted out of the office by two city security officers -- a rare practice for the city.

"Security escorts are normally used if there is reason to believe there is a concern related to workplace violence or other safety concerns, which is absolutely not the case in my situation," Gurza said. On being fired from his old job, he said: "If I could summarize my reaction in one word, I think it would be 'shock.' "
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City spokeswoman Lenka Wright said Monday that because it is a "personnel matter," the city could not provide any details on why Gurza was ousted from his old position after 3½ years or why he was escorted by security. When the security escort was first reported Friday, Shikada's office would only say that Gurza was "out of the office" and that his employee relations duties had been temporarily reassigned.

Without union representation, Gurza could be axed from the deputy city manager's role for no reason. But having previously been a union-represented employee, he was automatically offered a replacement union job, though Shikada gave him the lowest possible slot, an entry-level position Gurza held when he was first hired by the city 20 years ago. Gurza said he took the replacement job for at least the time being while he ponders his future.

His demotion appeared sudden; in an agenda released Friday, Gurza is still listed as the chief negotiator for an employee bargaining session set for Tuesday morning.

It could be the start of a long-expected shake-up at the top of City Hall. The City Council on Tuesday is set to discuss the fate of San Jose's top appointed official, and Gurza's old boss, Shikada, and he, too, may be replaced.

It's long been believed in San Jose political circles that Shikada, who took over the day-to-day operations of the city a year ago this week, has been filling the role only on a temporary basis until after the November election, when the new mayor and City Council can tap their own city manager. The city manager also appoints other department heads who could be replaced, including the chiefs of the police and fire departments.

Sam Liccardo replaces termed-out Mayor Chuck Reed on Jan. 1, and will be joined by four new council members, with a fifth coming after a special election later in the year.

Contact Mike Rosenberg at 408-920-5705. Follow him at Twitter.com/RosenbergMerc.
 

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There is another angle to Alex Gurza’s ouster as the City’s Lead Labor Negotiator as reported by San Jose Inside. Unlike the Mercury’s reporting, this article includes some readers’ comments at the bottom that don’t speak well of City Hall. Click HERE if you are interested.


 

NOT MUCH LOVE SHOWN BETWEEN THE MAYOR OF THE BIG APPLE AND HIS COPS
 

Cops Tell de Blasio: Stay Away from Our Funerals

By Tara Palmeri
New York Post — Dec. 12, 2014



New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Al Sharpton

Not over their dead bodies.

Cops are warning Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa ​Mark-​Viverito to stay away from their funerals should they be ​killed in the line of duty.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association distributed a flier to members, blaring: “DON’T LET THEM INSULT YOUR SACRIFICE!” Cops were encouraged to sign and submit the “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” waiver to ban the cop-bashing pols from their funerals.

“I, as a New York City police officer, request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am killed in the line of duty,” the waiver states.

“Due to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve, I believe that their attendance at the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer is an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice.”

Officers can download the form on the PBA’s Web site and drop off a signed copy to their PBA delegates.

The mayor traditionally attends funerals for fallen officers.

“This is deeply disappointing,” the mayor and the council speaker said in a joint statement.

“Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics.

“The mayor and the speaker both know better than to think this inappropriate stunt represents the views of the majority of police officers and their families.”

Sources say the revolt was sparked by the mayor’s lack of support for the NYPD following the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer involved in the death of Staten Islander Eric Garner.

De Blasio added fuel to that fire in a press conference about the grand-jury vote where he said he had warned his 17-year-old, mixed-race son, Dante, to be careful around police officers.

“We’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him,” the mayor said.

PBA President Patrick Lynch reacted to that by accusing the mayor of throwing cops “under the bus.”

The Post reported that amid protests on the Garner verdict, a “Pro-Cop Rally” at City Hall is being planned for next Friday.

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
     
Dec. 10 thru Dec. 16

Time magazine has named “Ebola Fighters” the 2014 Person of the Year. The Ebola fighters said they were honored to be chosen and look forward to the ceremony. Then Time said, "Oh no, we'll just mail them to you."

Facebook revealed that Ebola was the most popular Facebook topic in the U.S. this year, with the World Cup coming in sixth. So welcome to America, where even Ebola is more popular than soccer.

President Obama was talking about the new report on CIA interrogation techniques and praised our country’s ability to quote, “face our imperfections, make changes, and do better.” Which sounds less like a speech on torture and more like the comments on a kindergartner's report card.

Jeb Bush’s brother Neil said that their mother has “come around” to the idea of Jeb running for president in 2016. Because if there's anything that says you're qualified to be president, it's your own mom saying, “I guess you could do it."

Joe Biden will assist in the 35th annual lighting of the National Menorah at the White House. When he heard that, Smokey Bear said, “Hold my calls. This is not gonna end well.”

This week Biden said that he will decide on a potential 2016 presidential campaign by the spring or the summer. Then he said, “Whichever comes first.”

During his weekly address, Pope Francis assured the crowd that all animals go to heaven. Then cats said, “Have you met us?”

Golden Globe nominations were announced, but some people are upset that “The Walking Dead” and “Modern Family” were snubbed. It’s OK. President Obama has issued an executive action granting them all a path to a nomination.

Over the weekend the co-chair of Sony Entertainment broke her silence about the recent hacking scandal to apologize for some offensive emails she sent about President Obama. In response, Obama said, “Don't worry. I secretly read those emails months ago."

The world's largest travel guide publisher has declared Queens, New York, the best place in the U.S. to visit next year. And if you don't believe it, neither does anyone who lives in Queens.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently installed a fence around Gracie Mansion for privacy and security concerns. De Blasio wants to make sure the wrong person doesn't get into the mayor's mansion — while New Yorkers said, “Too late.”

Next year, Iowa will become the first state to offer residents an app that allows them to use smartphones as their driver's license. That way you can have the one thing you lose most on the thing you lose the second most.

President Obama recently said that his day is all about politics, so in the mornings he likes to watch ESPN. So if you get the feeling he's repeating himself every half hour, that's where he learned it from.

During an interview, former President George W. Bush discussed his painting hobby and said, “Never paint your wife or your mother.” Then he added, “Because it's almost impossible to get the paint out of their hair.”

This evening marks the beginning of Hanukkah. It's that special tradition where people find out their friend is Jewish and think back on the number of times they've asked them what they were doing for Christmas.

A FedEx truck crashed in New Jersey and spilled packages on the highway. Police would've responded, but when anything falls off a truck in Jersey, it's actually the law to NOT ask questions.

A woman on a Southwest Airlines flight gave birth to a baby. As soon as he was born, the baby said, "I had more leg room in the womb."

Reindeer populations are falling fast, according to a study. We are three years away from Santa using Uber.

The General Mills cereal Cheerios will soon come out in new flavors like quinoa. The CEO of General Mills said the new flavor is in response to an overwhelming demand by no one, absolutely no one.

 The Justice Department ruled that Native American tribes are allowed to grow and sell marijuana on reservations. This decision was hailed as a victory by Native American leader Giggling Eagle.

This morning, due to a massive storm, at least 150,000 people in San Francisco were left without power. Of course, people in San Francisco without power are usually called Republicans.

According to a new study, almost 300,000 tons of plastic are currently floating in the world's oceans. About 200,000 tons of that plastic are discarded Bruce Jenner faces.

Some people are criticizing the new movie "Exodus" for casting the part of Moses with a white actor. They're also not thrilled about the scene where Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt driving a Prius.

Today in Washington, D.C., several government buildings were left without power. Of course, the White House will be without power for two more years.

Sy Berger, the designer of modern baseball cards, has died. He will be laid to rest in a shoe box somewhere in an attic.

Among the top Google searches of 2014 were Ebola and the movie "Frozen." One leaves you with something highly infectious that's impossible to get out of your system. The other is Ebola.

The hackers who hacked into Sony have leaked the upcoming script for the new James Bond movie. Some of the executives said the news left them shaken but not stirred.

Russia has named Vladimir Putin its man of the year for the 15th year in a row. Putin got 143 million votes and the guy he was up against got killed in a mysterious boating accident. The boat was in a warehouse.

A "Walking Dead" spinoff is going to be set right here in Los Angeles. The zombies are expected to do the two things that people in L.A. refuse to do — walk and eat meat.

Meryl Streep is on the program tonight. I like to throw her a little work whenever I can.

I spoke to Meryl Streep just a few minutes ago backstage. She's such a good actress, she was actually pretending to be happy to see me.

The royal couple, Kate and William, left town. Right now the couple is at the JFK airport getting patted down by security.

The new CIA torture report is 6 million pages long. It's almost as long as a George Clooney pre-nup.

Welcome to "The Late Show," ladies and gentlemen. I'm Dave Letterman. Just another lame duck.

A company has developed a grease burn protection so you can fry a skillet full of bacon naked. You can now fry bacon naked. I know you think it's a joke, but that's how Orson Welles died.

I did that once. I'm so embarrassed. I thought it would be fun to cook bacon naked. And then Denny's fired me right on the spot.

Here in New York City they have what they call a Santa pub crawl. And like 30,000 Santas, early in the morning, start going from bar to bar to bar, all day long. Last year it was won by a guy from Kenya.

A guy in Pennsylvania was arrested because he was drunk in his golf cart going from bar to bar. So they arrested him. I said: Wait a minute. Isn't that golf?

On Sunday night you can tune in to the countdown with Barbara Walters and find out who the 10 most fascinating people in the world are. And I want to tell you something, ladies and gentlemen, the suspense is eluding me.

Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People. Great, more torture.

Today is the busiest package transporting day of the entire holiday season. UPS today will handle 585 million packages. They don't deliver them, they just handle them.

By the way, if you don't mail your package today, it will not be destroyed by Christmas.

I'm so excited for my son. On Christmas morning I want to see his face, to be there when he opens the gifts. I want the see what my assistants got him for Christmas.

The Giants and the Jets won their football games yesterday. Astronomers say this will not happen again until the year 2164.

Guess who's running for president? Jeb Bush. Jeb was governor of Florida and he speaks fluent Spanish, which raises the question: What language did his brother speak? What was that?

I feel like Bush presidencies are like "Godfather" films. You should stop at two.

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. Earlier today out on the street, I saw a sidewalk Santa — I think he was drunk — and he was fighting with a sidewalk rabbi.

The Giants won on Sunday and the Jets won on Sunday. The Pope declared it a miracle.

Do you know what I hate? People say "Craig, you're retiring." Whoa, I'm not retiring. I am just not doing this crap anymore.

I'm not retiring. Dave's retiring. I have more to do. I will probably do ads for local car dealers.

You have got to figure that if they bring back "Hollywood Squares" I'll be in there. I'm not saying center square. I'm not saying that.

I wish I had more time to do the monologue. But if you want jokes, there are plenty of other middle-aged white guys telling jokes on TV. It's not like, "If only there was a middle-aged white guy telling jokes. There is plenty of that."

In a remote village in Alaska, their one mailman quit. He said the sad environment and icy working conditions left him so miserable he had to walk away. Wait, sorry, that's what I said because it's my last week in this dump.

YouTube has revealed their 10 most watched videos of the year. May I be the first to say, "Congratulations, cats."

Jeb Bush announced today on the Internet that he may run for president. The next presidential election could be Bush vs. Clinton. It will be like 1992 all over again except I won't be in rehab.

What is Jeb Bush's full name? Jebediah? Jebaroni?

Things were very different back in 1992. There was unrest in the Middle East, we had a gridlocked Congress, and everybody was talking about Bill Cosby.

The Danes are causing a bit of trouble. The kingdom of Denmark claimed the North Pole as their own. Hey, you can't just reach out and take something if you want it, Denmark. That's Russia's job.

Congress goes on recess starting tomorrow night. By the way, that's all you need to know about Congress. They get recess. A bunch of middle-aged adults get three weeks off to play kickball?

Time magazine named their person of the year today. It was not a member of Congress.

This year, the person — it's persons, and those persons are the Ebola fighters. The people who were on the front lines, working to keep Ebola contained. I think it's a very good choice. Congratulations, guys. I'd love to shake your hands, but you know . . .

This will be the first time an acceptance speech has included the phrase, "We couldn't have done it without Ebola."

There's a holiday gift giving trend that's supposedly on the rise this year called self-gifting. I don't know why everything has to have a term. Didn't that used to be called shopping?

It's OK to buy a gift for yourself. But buying a gift and wrapping it for yourself, that's pathetic.

For lunch today, I gifted myself a roast beef sandwich.

I haven't figured out gift cards. It's kind of like saying I care about you, but not enough to leave the line at Albertson's to find a real gift.

Nothing costs exactly the amount on the gift card. If it's less, you wind up with a credit for like $3, which you'll never use. If it's more, then you're partly buying your own gift.

Sony was the victim of a massive cyber attack from hackers presumed to be based in North Korea. In an embarrassing email, a producer called Angelina Jolie a minimally talented spoiled brat. Which makes this all seem like a high school drama more than an international act of cyber terrorism.

Angelina Jolie, meanwhile, is now unable to promote her new movie, not because of this controversy with Sony, but because she's got chicken pox. But that is some timing. Now she doesn't have to go out and answer questions about Sony.

It is kind of funny that Jolie directed a movie about a guy who survived a plane crash, got lost at sea, and was held in a Japanese prison camp, and she cannot promote it because she has chicken pox. I mean, put on a turtleneck and get out there.

In London magic mushrooms were discovered growing at Buckingham Palace in Queen Elizabeth's garden. You know, I was wondering why she knighted Jerry Garcia. And that's probably why she changes the guards every hour. She's completely paranoid.

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. And who better to celebrate Hanukkah with than our guest tonight — Garth Brooks. Right?

Hanukkah, for those of you who aren't overly familiar with it, is the reason cashiers say "Happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" when you're at Jamba Juice or wherever.

Here in Los Angeles, we celebrate Hanukkah by lighting a medicinal menorah.

Hanukkah lasting for eight nights is a good idea. When you give gadgets to older relatives, it gives you more time to explain them. I gave my aunt an iPad for her birthday. She uses it as a cigarette tray.

Time magazine has named Ebola healthcare workers as their person of the year. The Ebola workers were very excited when Time magazine gave them the news — via Skype.

Today Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi received the Nobel Peace Prize. And they’re giving an honorable mention to whoever has to announce them.

Kim Kardashian said recently that she gained weight while she was pregnant because God was punishing her for being “so hot.” Though if God is making more Kardashians, I think WE’RE the ones being punished.

Producers at Sony say that hackers have gotten a hold of a script for the upcoming James Bond sequel. Although if you really want to know what happens in the new James Bond movie, just watch every other James Bond movie.

Yesterday the prime minister of Haiti announced his resignation after several days of protests. Said the prime minister, "Haitians gonna hate."

A man was recently admitted to the hospital for surgery after doctors discovered he still had surgical scissors in his stomach from a procedure performed 12 years ago. Said his new doctor, "The surgery was a success. Now where are my keys?"

Lindsay Lohan says she wants to move to London permanently. It's a perfect fit because she already drives on the wrong side of the road.

Jeb Bush announced on the Internet that he is exploring a 2016 bid for president. And to increase his chances, he’s going to run as just “Jeb.” He said, “My last name? It’s not important.”

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. Hanukkah lasts for eight nights — unlike Christmas, which lasts for two and a half months.

President Vladimir Putin has been named Russia’s man of the year. Second place went to “Or else.”

This week Kourtney Kardashian gave birth to her third child. So she now holds the record for the most times a Kardashian has experienced labor.

 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF DEC. 13, 2014

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

New Articles

• The family of Addie Fausett, a 6-year-old girl with a terminal brain disorder, has asked the public to send Addie a "lifetime of Christmas cards."

• Has Michigan passed a law exempting emergency medical personnel from treating gay people?

• Was a whale carcass found in a field in Utah?

• Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has converted to Islam?

• General Mills is bringing the cereal French Toast Crunch back to stores in the United States.

• Are gang members really using Super Soakers to hide big guns?

• Does James Bond actor Daniel Craig get free Aston Martin cars for life?

• Were Deandre Joshua and Shawn Gray murdered after testifying before a grand jury in Ferguson?

• Has Selena's killer Yolanda Saldivar been granted early parole?

• Was Iggy Azalea born biologically male?

• Musician Bret Michaels becomes the most recent in a long line of celebrities who have not died in Jet-Ski accidents.

• NFL quarterback Cam Newton was injured in a car crash.

• Will changes to Facebook's terms of service change on 1 January and allow the service to send data to the FBI, CIA, and NSA?

• Does Al Sharpton owe more than four million dollars in unpaid taxes?

• Did illegal loggers cut down the world's oldest tree?

• Does a circulating video show Mike Brown beating up an older man?

• Did Kristen Stewart slam the military and defend 9/11 terrorists?

• Can food stamps now be used to purchase alcohol and tobacco products?

• Did ABC pay Darren Wilson for an interview?

• Does Home Depot spray trees with a chemical that killed a kitten?

• Did Kylie Jenner announce that she was pregnant on Twitter?

• 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 Coca-Cola recall an advertising poster due to a risque image hiding within it?


Still Haunting the Inbox

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


Fraud Afoot

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

 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



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To start, we say that the country needs more Secret Santas and police-citizen stories like THIS one from the CBS “On the Road” series. (2:49)

 

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Can this ambulance drone save your life someday? This video says the answer is YES. Have a look. (3:22)

 

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This unique form of motorcycling is called “trials riding,” and many will argue it is the most difficult to master. Watch what Red Bull rider Dougie Lampkin is capable of after he unloads his trial bike from the dogsled and fires it up. With beautiful photography and an excellent audio track, THIS video should be well worth a few minutes of your time. (6:57)

 

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Five Airbus A350 jumbo jets flying in formation isn’t something you see every day. THIS Airbus ad called “Family Flight” should be worth a few minutes of your time if you are interested in aviation, just don’t look for any Blue Angel or Thunderbird maneuvers. (6:30)

 

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The Jetman flies again, THIS time over Dubai in formation with an aerobatic aircraft. (1:10)



 

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From Bob Kosovilka comes THIS contribution comprised of an extensive collection of photos (circa 1956) of San Francisco that many of you should be able to relate to. Just make sure you give them a few moments to load.



 

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Steve Postier felt it was time for another VISIT to Paul Harvey’s “Freedom to Chains” broadcast from 1965. And pay particular attention to the part where he points out that all other successful nations that have taxed their citizens more than 25 percent have only lasted about 150 years before they began to decay. (12:34)



 

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Speaking of Paul Harvey, Bert Kelsey says THIS broadcast that was originally titled “What is a Policeman?” also needs to air again. Various individuals have changed the slideshow photos over the years, but it continues to remain a power presentation. (2:09)

 

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Meet Ethyl 

Ethyl was a bit of a speed demon on her electric scooter and loved to charge around the nursing home, taking corners on one wheel and getting up to maximum speed in the long corridors.
 
Even though she was a few fries short of a Happy Meal, the other residents tolerated her, and some of them even joined in.

One day Ethel was speeding up one corridor when a door opened and Kooky Clyde stepped out with his arm out stretched.

“STOP,” he shouted in a firm voice. “Have you got a license for that thing?”

Ethel fished around in her handbag, pulled out a Kit Kat wrapper and held it up to him.

“OK,” he said, “you can go,” and Ethel sped away down the hall.

As she took the corner near the TV lounge on one wheel, Weird William popped out in front of her and shouted, “STOP, do you have proof of insurance?”

Ethel dug into her handbag, pulled out a drink coaster and held it up to him.

Harold nodded and said “OK, you can go on your way.”

As Ethel neared the final corridor, Crazy Craig stepped out in front of her. He was butt naked and holding his you-know-what in his hand.

“Oh no!” yelled Ethel, “Not that damn Breathalyzer test again!”

 

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So what is this woodworker creating? Suffice to say that it is an exceptionally fine piece of Christmas art. Click HERE if you want to see something truly amazing. (4:07)

 

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Planning on having guests over for the holidays? HERE'S an inexpensive way to impress them, courtesy of Alice Murphy. (2:09)

 

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Familiar with the Shooter’s Grill in Rifle, Colorado? If you are pro Second Amendment, you might want to eat THERE. Just don’t get sassy with the waitresses. (7:20)

 

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We began this column with a clip that should be seen by the masses, but won’t be. Here’s another STORY about cops and citizens that seems to have been ignored by most of the media with the exception of Fox News. (4:09)

 

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Cheers, all, and Merry Christmas.
Remember, there will be no Farsider next Thursday.

 

Pic of the Week:

 

Few things piss cops off more than tons of overtime just prior to Christmas.




THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 12/18/14

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

Sandy Haynes — Added

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