Bill Santos firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: At a time when we are unable to gather and we MAY have extra funds. Is it out of the realm of possibility that our organization donate money to the reward fund down south/ L.A.S.O.???
Just thought I’d ask . Thanks in advance
|September 14, 2020
From the President:
Greetings to all; I will get to the bad news first; the September meeting is canceled.
The good news is that some of you are celebrating a birthday this month. I provided Leroy with the list for publishing. I wish you all well on your respective days and a remembrance for members who are now departed. I would encourage a photo of any celebration you may have, however small, for inclusion in the Farsider.
Kudos to the Emerald Society for their participation at the annual memorial for Officer Robert (Bob) Wirht.
Looking ahead, it appears that large gatherings such as the PBA BBQ, Keith Kelly BBQ and Xmas Dinner/Dance, and the POA Xmas Open House will not occur this year. My hope that things will open up at the beginning of next year, which would allow the PBA to host the annual Valentine’s Dinner/Dance.
The POA Hall has already been reserved. It would be a great opportunity to enjoy a reunion of friends and your own groups of eight along with dinner, drinks of your choice and some dancing. After this long shutdown, that would be good time in the making.
Lastly, I would like a pitch, again, for new members. A recap of the PBA:
I believe in this time of visceral dislike and disrespect for the brave women and men who currently serve, we have to continue the camaraderie, friendships and family unity that developed after many years of service, working long hours, missing important events, getting injured on the job and supporting each other in the field.
Please consider signing up or bringing in a new member when we open up again.
Take care all and be safe,
From George Graham’s daughter, Stephanie Huber.
George A. Graham. Retired Lieutenant
My dad was born on March 25, 1958. Served in the sheriffs department, Sunnyvale fire and PD, San Jose PD for the duration of his career and lastly
as an extra help deputy sheriffs department when he retired from San Jose PD on February 2013. Passed away on September 12, 2020. The celebration of his life and service will be held shortly and we will notify the membership when it is scheduled.
Per Gary Johnson, George passed on Saturday (9/12) in his hometown
of Reno, reportedly of natural causes.
Hired SJPD 8/18/85
Hired Sheriff’s Office Feb 2013
Tickets on sale for this year’s drive-thru Christmas in the Park
I have enclosed a photo I took of “6 Old Fart Retirees” living in the Grass Valley, CA area enjoying breakfast, company and stories this last Saturday 09/12/2020. The attendees (from left to right around the table are) Norm Punneo, Dennis McKenzie, Tom Seck, Craig Shuey (Lincoln CA area – who came up for the breakfast) Dan Bullock and Stan (The Range Man) Russell. Don’t know if you want to use it for the Farsider or not, but thought I would submit it for your use as you see fit – possible wanted posters for the future?
YOU BET! WE ALL WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU ALL HAVE BEEN UP TO!
STAN STILL TOSSING CABERS?
Brown Brothers on their yearly trip to Puerto Vallarta.
Going left to right:
Armando Realyvasquez, Curtis Jackson, Danny Vasquez, George Padilla, Ted Vasquez.
Here’s hoping all is well with you Leroy. Hard to believe it’s been 44 years since you were teaching us how to don a gas mask. A description I hold dear to my heart to this day. Can’t even begin to imagine the hoopla you’d get today if you uttered that description. Michelle and I split our time between our two homes in Nevada. Our mountain home in Verdi is on the Eastern slope of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains and our desert home in Mina enjoys a view of the Pilot Mountains. Take care.
“TRUMP 2020. NO MORE BULLSHIT”.😀👍
Our mountain home in Verdi is on the Eastern slope of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains
Our desert home in Mina enjoys a view of the Pilot Mountains
OK, OK, I may just have to stop including this section. Everyone’s making me jealous! Editor
LUMPY’S IN OHIO
Prepping for RoadKill Chili!
He dragged this one off the road for the picture!
San Jose Police Emerald Society remembers Bob Wirht on
Sept 8, 2020.
THE SAN JOSE POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY OFFERS SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE FAMILIES OF OUR FALLEN OFFICERS.
OUR GOALS ARE TO:
- Support and have a physical police presence in ceremonies and memorials of fallen active duty or retired officers.
- Build community bonds, partnerships, and understanding through sharing knowledge of San Jose police history, Emerald Society history, and Irish/Celtic culture.
- Maintain open communication with community groups, the business community, and the public to build support for police services and the profession.
We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
How San Jose police union contracts shield officers accused of misconduct
After police officer photographed in Hawaiian shirt, Oakland chief
dismisses ‘Boogaloo’ ties, says ‘many diverse’ people wear
The candidate ran with the slogan, ‘F*** the Police’
‘Transexual Satanist anarchist’ mocks system by winning GOP nomination for sheriff in New Hampshire
Rarest Muscle Cars That Made It Into Production
The muscle car market has been an interesting beast to track over the last few decades. After the explosion of mainstream popularity of auto auctions, cars that were once disregarded by a clueless owner, are now the most sought after cars around. This has also effectively turned car collectors into treasure hunters, who would appreciate these rare muscle cars, with less than 10 examples that ever made it to the road.
Less than 10 of each of these cars were ever made.
|If you’ve never seen a Cuda ‘Vert in person, you’re not alone. Only seven people were able to get their hands on the Hemi Cuda in 1971, and if you can find one today, expect to dish out somewhere near $4 million if you want to own it.
The Hemi engine didn’t start showing up heavily in four-door cars until the second coming of Dodge, but there were a few examples that were made in the past. One being the 1966 Coronet sedan with a Hemi engine, but only two of these cars were made.
When the luxury muscle car Chrysler 300 was made, some were given the Hurst treatment. The car were white and gold, and powered by a 440 Magnum engine, and only one convertible was made.
|Said to reach speeds of 170-mph, the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake was made to break the rules. With the power of a 427 engine, this car had the soul of a GT40 race car. The car last sold in winter 2019 for $2.2 million.
If your mind goes to 1968 when you hear the mention of a GT500 convertible, that’s natural, but there were some convertibles made in 1966. The problem would be buying one back then, since they were only available to Shelby’s close friends and family. Although rarely up for sale, one did cross the auction block at Mecum with a hammer price of $1.1 million this July.
My personal choice after 45 years of marriage and the lust for speed has escaped me. 45 years???? That makes me old!
I just thought it would take longer 🙁
What does love means to 4-8 year old kids??
Slow down for three minutes to read this.
A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?’
The answers they got were broader, deeper, and more profound than anyone could have ever imagined !
‘When my grandmother got arthritis , she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time , even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’ Rebecca- age 8
‘When someone loves you , the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’
Billy – age 4
‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’ Karl – age 5
‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ Chrissy – age 6
‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ Terri – age 4
‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him , to make sure the taste is OK.’ Danny – age 8
‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen.’ Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)
‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.’ Nikka – age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)
‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’ Noelle – age 7
‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ Tommy – age 6
‘During my piano recital , I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ Cindy – age 8
‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ Clare – age 6
‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’ Elaine-age 5
‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’ Chris – age 7
‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ Mary Ann – age 4
‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’ Lauren – age 4
‘When you love somebody , your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image) Karen – age 7
‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross..’ Mark – age 6
‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ Jessica – age 8
And the final one:
The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard , climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry.’
CHICAGO, CHICAGO, MY KIND OF TOWN!
Chicago Uber driver ‘very lucky’ after car is shot up and passenger killed
The gunshots stopped and he rushed out of his car and ran down an alley. He saw a car down the block and
was afraid the shooter would come back, so he hid by a trash bin and called 911.
He didn’t know if his passenger was alive. He heard the man scream and saw gunshot wounds to his chest.
The 27-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, died at the scene, according to Chicago police. They did
not have a description of the gunman, just that the shooter was inside a dark-colored vehicle. No arrests have
Aqeel said he didn’t see who was shooting but it must have started behind them. Someone may have been
following and waiting for his passenger, he thought. Officers didn’t give him any explanation or motive.
The man was one of at least 57 people who were shot over the weekend, according to data kept by the Chicago
Tribune. At least 13 of them died.
It was more deadly than the recent Labor Day weekend, when at least 51 were shot, nine fatally.
FALLOUT FROM WILDFIRES
That orange glow when smoke gets in your skies
Dear Gavin Newsom
As you sat on this person’s property and held your very, set up press conference, with these professional photos, our town is suffering. As you discuss global warming you left out how many lost their fire insurance, or are paying astronomical rates for mediocre coverage. My insurance was canceled. I had to fight to find coverage and make adjustments. Not everyone can do that. People have nothing.
The Early Ratings Are In For NFL Season Opener And They Are UGLY
The early ratings are in for Thursday night’s NFL season opener and if they are an indication of what’s to come, it is going to be a long season for Roger Goodell.
The NFL bet the house on going “woke” in order to appease Black Lives Matter and those who worship at the altar of Colin Kaepernick rather than sticking with a formula that has been proven to be successful for one of America’s most enduring brands.
But the newborn season is already facing stiff headwinds with early television ratings for the game between the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans falling off a cliff.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the game’s ratings dropped 16.1 percent from last year’s nationally televised opener and could end up being the lowest in a decade.
NOW THEY IN MCDONALD’S ACTING A FOOL?
If Y’all don’t know what (The Tatum Report Is?) You’ve been living under a Rock!! 😂💪🙏🇺🇸
|GUN PERMIT PROBE
Sheriff and undersheriff plead the Fifth
Leaked grand jury transcripts reveal pair refused to answer questions
By Robert Salonga
During a Santa Clara County criminal grand jury probe into alleged pay-to-play corruption in the issuing of concealed gun permits earlier this month, Sheriff Laurie Smith and Undersheriff Rick Sung both invoked their right against self-incrimination, and Supervisor Mike Wasserman repeatedly claimed that his bad memory prevented him from remembering whether he knew he was getting an illegal favor with a permit renewal, sources have confirmed.
The revelations are contained in grand jury transcripts, excerpts of which were first published in San Jose Inside and the Morgan Hill Times and subsequently corroborated to this news organization by multiple law-enforcement sources, regarding proceedings that took place in late July and the first week of August. The transcripts become officially public Monday, the day that the five defendants charged in the corruption case, including a sheriff’s captain, are scheduled to be arraigned.
Neither Smith, Sung nor Wasserman has been charged with a crime in the case, which the District Attorney’s Office said remains active.
During an Aug. 3 appearance before the grand jury, both Smith and Sung pleaded the Fifth Amendment when questioned by Deputy District Attorney John Chase, head of the DA’s Public Integrity Unit, and Deputy District Attorney Matt Braker.
Smith, while being addressed by Chase, said, “I assert my privilege against self incrimination. Therefore, I’m declining to answer your questions” and repeated that she was asserting the same privilege when Chase asked additional questions related to the case.
Sung, when being addressed by Braker, invoked his Fifth Amendment rights at the outset of questioning, for a question about how long he has served in the sheriff’s office.
After formally reciting his Constitutional rights, he said, “I respectfully decline to answer” to Braker and affirmed that would be his answer to any subsequent questions.
The sheriff is the sole person in her agency with the official authority to grant the concealed gun permits. Her attorney, Allen Ruby, emphasized that Smith has not been charged with any wrongdoing and said the opaque nature of the grand jury process should invite skepticism.
“If there was a so-called investigation for a year or more, why wasn’t there something yielded that was more appropriate for a public forum?” Ruby said. “The sheriff has not been even accused of anything. I think there is a particular need to be cautious of drawing conclusions from a proceeding that is conducted in secret.” Sung’s attorney, Chuck Smith, offered similar comments.
“He asserted his rights based upon my advice, based upon my understanding of the case. It was the wisest course for him to take,” Chuck Smith said Friday.
He also defended Sung against being implicated by association with the case.
“He was subpoenaed as a witness. Not as a suspect, not as a target of the grand jury,” Chuck Smith said. “Based upon that, I don’t believe he’s culpable of any wrongdoing.” To date, conspiracy and br iber y-related indictments were leveled against sheriff’s Capt. James Jensen; Christopher Schumb, a South Bay litigator and assistant treasurer of the Santa Clara County Public Safety Alliance that backed Laurie Smith’s reelection in 2018; attorney Harpaul Nahal; and Milpitas gun-maker Michael Nichols. Similar charges were filed
last week against Christian West, former CEO of executive security firm AS Solution.
Prosecutors allege that Schumb, Nahal, Nichols, West and uncharged coconspirator Martin Nielsen schemed to get $90,000 in third-party donations to the Public Safety Alliance and another group supporting Smith’s reelection two years ago so that AS Solution, which was run by West and had Nielsen managing executive protection for Facebook, could acquire up to a dozen concealed-carry weapons permits from the sheriff’s office.
Jensen is accused of helping broker a $45,000 donation to the PSA and working with uncharged AS Solution manager Jack Stromgren to falsify applications for its security agents with in-county addresses to fulfill, on paper, residency requirements for the coveted permits.
Nielsen, who is heavily mentioned as an operator of the scheme in the grand jury indictment, has not been charged even though he was the one who wrote the $45,000 check that touched off the investigation after Laurie Smith was elected for a sixth term in November 2018. Sources have told this news organization that he cooperated with investigators and helped gather incriminating evidence against the known defendants.
Jensen also was indicted on the charge of falsifying firearms proficiency forms for seven permit recipients, including Nielsen and Wasserman, the county supervisor.
In grand jury testimony that spanned July 27 and 28, Wasserman repeatedly claimed his faulty memory prevented him from recalling whether he actually fulfilled required gun proficiency tests to renew his CCW permits for two Glock pistols registered with the county.
“What probably everybody here doesn’t understand is I don’t recall the birth of my children. I don’t recall high school, college. I don’t recall my marriage – excuse me, my getting married. My mom calls me the absent-minded professor. People I don’t see often I don’t recall,” Wasserman testified.
Wasserman went on several tangents in response to Chase’s questioning, which centered on whether he remembered going to the sheriff’s gun range in South Santa Clara County – a region he represents – and who conducted his range exam. He also voiced uncertainty about whether he would remember Jensen.
“I don’t remember either way, him taking me or not taking me. Nobody took me to the range,” Wasserman said.
Later on, Wasserman repeated his claims of having a bad memory saying, “If you asked my chief of staff, if you ask my staff people what my Achilles heel was, they would say
memory. If you ask my chiefs what part of the responsibility was, when we were out in the public events, they are to tell me the name of the person coming. I can recognize faces that I have seen before, but I can’t always place them.” At another point during his testimony, Wasserman recognized his handwriting on a liability form but said he could not explain why it was not signed. In other instances, he was evasive, often not directly answering questions from either Chase or a juror.
Wasserman’s appearance before the grand jury, and particularly his heavy emphasis on being forgetful, belies his conduct at Board of Supervisors meetings in which he showed no apparent memory problems when weighing in on county issues. He has worked as a financial planner and tax preparer and currently manages rental properties. In his testimony, he reaffirmed a commonly known fact that he once operated a baseball card shop; he has also been known to demonstrate a passion for baseball that includes robust recall of baseball players and statistics.
Inquiries to Wasserman’s office seeking comment were not returned Friday, as has been the case with previous messages by this news organization asking about his being called on by the DA investigation. Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920- 5002.
|Saturday, September 5, 2020
After 6 months of COVID-19 lockdown, what do you miss the most?