This from Eddie Chan:
This  is Eddie Chan #3735. I was a member of the 10-7OD FB group when it was  taken down last June. Like many of you, I was infuriated by what Paul  Kelly did and I resigned my position from the Board of Directors the  same day Paul condemned all of us and called us a “ring of hate.”
I  am running for POA President this November. Per the bylaws, retirees  who are still POA members can vote for elected POA officers. The website  address is www.SJPOA.com. Once you reach the site, you can go to  whichever log in applies to you. Here is a screen shot of the log in  screen. There are 4 different areas. Pick which applies to you. If you  have any questions about logging in or voting, you can reach Joanne at [joanne@sjpoa.com.](mailto:joanne@sjpoa.com.)
I  will be providing a candidate statement shortly. This is an opportunity  for you to collectively show your objection to what was done to us.  Thanks for your support!
Eddie Chan #3735
From Eddie Chan 10-6-2020   
He is running for POA President and recommends several other members be voted onto the board next month.  He decided to run for President after the current POA President and other Board members called the 800 plus members of 10-7ODSJ a RING OF HATE. Here’s his statement. 
For those of you who do not know me, my name is Eddie Chan #3735 and I’m running for POA President. I was on the board of directors for seven years. During that time, I represented the most officers in IA, voiced my concerns about officers’ rights, and working conditions. I planned Ofc Mike Johnson‘s memorial service and took care of his family during this horrible ordeal. I have always put the memberships needs in front of my own. I have served as a director with no personal gain to myself except the satisfaction of being there for all of you and your families.
Right now, Paul Kelly and Sean Pritchard are very worried about my candidacy for POA President. Sean Pritchard contacted me the day I announced I was running and tried to convince me not to run.
You guys are a very large voting block. When I was a member of your Facebook group, there were over 800 active and retired members on that page. There isn’t a single member of that group who was not furious at Paul Kelly for what he did to us. They know this and this is why they are worried that you guys are going to elect me POA president.
The current mood at the PD is not good. Like many of you, the majority of the membership lost confidence in Paul and Sean. Simply put, they don’t trust them. Without trust, there is no leader ship. I know several of you are veterans of the military. We all understand without trust, there is no leadership. Without leadership, no organization can be affective. This is where the POA is at right now. This is why I decided to give everybody a choice on who leads our union.
I have crossed paths with many of you during your careers. For those of you who have worked with me or around me, you know what I am about.  I am straight forward and will tell you exactly what I think about what’s going on. I do not have friends in high places. I do not believe in taking a knee or sucking up to command staff or elected officials. I owe no favors. My allegiance is to you and you alone. I can retire this minute, so I am not concerned about any future promotions or specialized assignments. The POA used to be something that we were all proud of. Sadly, that is no longer the case.
If you have been paying attention to the membership email blasts, you will see that Paul and Shawn are quick to point out the fact that they have the support of the entire Board of Directors. This is precisely the reason why I immediately resigned when Paul publicly condemned us and threatened us with expulsion. I was not going to support or condone such traitorous actions by our union president. This is why I would like you to consider voting for Sgt John Cary #2989 and Ofc Steve Valentine #3985 for the Board of Directors. I have worked with both of them. John is currently in Homicide and Steve is a field training officer on my team. They too were furious about what’s happened and decided to put themselves out there to break up the status quo.
As retirees, you are entitled to vote for elected officers of the POA. Some of you vote, some of you do not. Collectively, you guys are still the largest voting block. If you are angry about what Paul and the rest of the board did to us, please take the time to vote. It can only be done electronically. Elections are November 3rd through the 10th. Show the current regime that you guys cannot be ignored. If we are successful, I commit to you that I will never ever throw you under the bus. I will never endorse a candidate or take a political position on your behalf that will weaken us as a union.
We have all spent decades of our lives working at this great department and being part of this great union. If you do not like the direction the POA has gone in the last few years, make your voice is known and please vote this November. Log on to SJPOA.com and check to see if you can still access your account. There are four different options in the colored boxes. Pick one that is applicable to you. If you still cannot get into your account, you can email Joanne at: Joanne@sjpoa.com
Thanks for the support and kind words!
Eddie Chan




The SJPOA Board of Directors has learned of patently false and misleading information being distri- buted about a matter of serious concern to our organization. We have a responsibility, as well as a fiduciary duty, to correct that false information so that it does not do harm to our institution.

When the controversy of the online Facebook 10-7ODSJ group began, it came at a time when the SJPOA and law enforcement was under attack from all sides. Our contract was not resolved, proposals to alter well established department practices were being proposed, and our profession was being belittled and demeaned for something that occurred in another part of our country. I did speak out against anyone who participated in “promoting racist, misogynistic, or other hateful speech” as I and the Board of
Directors have done in the past. I did not, nor did the SJPOA Board, condemn everyone in the Facebook group, only whomever actually promoted, liked, or shared clearly racist, misogynist, or other hateful speech. I made it clear that everyone involved deserved due process.

I understand that in my effort to swiftly address the Facebook controversy, I did not communicate as clearly as I should have. I own that, took responsibility for that, and corrected it. I did so personally with many SJPOA members directly. Unfortunately, former Board member Eddie Chan has recently taken it upon himself to attempt to smear me personally and our Board of Directors by disseminating provably false information and deliberately omitting important facts in his quest to be in charge of our union
and its Board of Directors. Eddie Chan quit, not only the Board, but he quit the SJPOA and threatened to go to another union and recruit other SJPOA members to leave and join another union. Eddie was reinstated to the union after asking to be reinstated, but his resignation from the Board was accepted.Here are the facts:

It is false to say that the SJPOA did not represent those investigated by the department over the Facebook incident. The SJPOA provided representation to those affected members and, as of this writing, two of them have already been exonerated and have returned back to work. I cannot speculate as to why Eddie would choose to spread falsehoods around these facts or leave out important information like this, but those are the facts and you deserve to know them. It’s as simple as asking the involved officers
in the Facebook incident to hear this is true. Our profession, our department, and this organization face the gravest challenges I’ve seen in my 27 years here. This is not an easy time for any of us. Now is not the time to divide our membership for personal agendas or personal gain. Now is not the time to quit the SJPOA and it certainly is not the time to try to dilute the power of our organization by going to another

The SJPOA Board of Directors unanimously approved this message. Please get a hold of me with any questions you may have. You will only hear the truth from me and those that remain on the Board of Directors who will continue to fight for you day in and day out.

Paul Kelly
President, SJPOA

I talk about the Fremont Drag Strip in my book, Honorable Intentions. While at the drag strip, which was right next to the glider airport, I was fascinated by the gliders. Went over to the airport the following Sunday, took an introductory flight, and
within weeks had my gliders pilots license . I was 16. My instructor was John Percival (sp), former Marine pilot, and a former SJPD officer. He was close friends with John Edwards, SJPD. That led to my going into the Army and flying helicopters, then returning to SJPD. The rest is history, fully documented in Honorable Intentions by Russell Jones, available on Amazon. Thanks for the opportunity for a shameless plug.

As an ocean sailor, combat helicopter pilot, police officer, narcotics detective, DEA task force officer, and intelligence agent, Russell Jones experienced a life of adventure, risks, and struggles against man, machine, and nature. He served in Vietnam, Iran-Contra, and the War on Drugs, yet constantly questioned the policies that were taking the lives of those who were serving honorably.


Ronald S Ledesma

August 11, 1947 – June 9, 2020

Ronald Ledesma, 72, left us on 06/09/2020 to be with his Lord and Savior in heaven. He passed due to complications
of heart disease at Marshall Hospital in Placerville, CA. Ronald was born in August 1947 in San Jose, CA to Jess Joe and
Jennie Ledesma. He graduated from Westmont High School in Campbell, CA. He attended West Valley and San Jose City
College and received a degree in law enforcement. He joined the San Jose police force in 1974 and retired as a sergeant after
23 years of service. He then began a second career as a commercial wine grape grower in Lodi, CA for another 18 years.

View Obituary HERE


RIP Richard Raymond Gurley

Richard Raymond Gurley, 82, of San Jose, California, passed away with his family by his side on September 11, 2020 from congestive heart failure.

He was born in Van Nuys, California on June 11, 1938 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1955.  He married the love of his life, Jada Mattert-Gurley and they remained together for more than 48 years.In 1963 he began his career with the San Jose Police Department. He valiantly served the San Jose community until his retirement in 1994. During his time with the SJPD he served as a member of the SJPD Motorcycle Unit, SWAT Team, and Range Unit but his most cherished time on the Department was spent with the Special Operations Division of the San Jose Bomb Squad for more than two decades.He was preceded in death by his father Richard Gurley, Senior; his mother Mae Funderburk; and his little brother Ronnie Lee Gurley who also served as a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department until his death in 1974.He is survived by Jada Gurley his wife of 40 years; his son and his wife David and Lisa Gurley of Redondo Beach, California; his daughter and her husband Denise and Bud Stiarwalt of Folsom, California; his baby daughter and her husband Janine and Rob Carnaroli of El Dorado Hills, California; his stepson and his wife Don and Carol Mattert of Chula Vista, California; his five beautiful grandchildren Shane, Michael, Mia, Ryan and Gia; his sister and her husband Linda and Bobby Langone of Stockton, California; and his cousins, nieces, and nephews.   He was a dedicated father to his four kids, an amazing “Poppy” to his 5 grandchildren and treasured time spent with family. He had many residences throughout his life, but “home” was the farm he lived on with Jada and their animals for the past 37 years. When not on the farm, he relished motorcycle adventures with his wife.  He enjoyed many years tinkering on cars with his brother-in-law Dave and his nephew Bryan. An avid reader constantly learning about the world, he was quick to provide his point of view on all things great and small.  He will be remembered as a Costco loyalist – it was a rare Costco product that evaded his grasp.Most importantly, he saw life in black-and-white terms, was a strong moral compass to his children and set a solid example to his family by inherently understanding what is right, what is wrong, and living his life within those guiding principles.A memorial service will be held at the San Joaquin National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.  Due to COVID-19 limitations the service is closed to all mourners. There will be a celebration of life for all friends and loved ones when the pandemic allows.The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care he received from the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center.

One of our local Girl Scout troops made some pictures and dropped off some
cookies for our officers. Thought I would share some of them with you!!!

 Just curious, who ate the cookies?


During the Pandemic period during which we are all bored to the bone, staying at home with little to do other than
communicate by email, let me encourage you to use the time to to do you part in recruiting new members to the PBA.

If you are communicating with sworn personnel from ours or any agency, invite them to join is in the SJPBA. Sweeten
the  pot with the promise of an open bar and dinner once a week! That oughta do it if they’ve been a cop for more
than 3 weeks 🙂


On the first meeting night after the pandemic restrictions are lifted,

TAKE NOTE: Membership to the PBA is open to all sworn members of the Police Dept., active or retired.
Associate membership is open to all sworn officers of other agencies — active or retired — of any local, state or federal agency.

Invite them as a guest or just point them to

Origins of expressions….

SHOT OF WHISKEY – In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on
cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a “shot” of whiskey.

 This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average
farm so if you died you “bought the farm” for your survivors.

 This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.

RIFF RAFF – The Mississippi River was the main way of travelling
from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a “riff” and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.

COBWEB – The Old English word for “spider” was “cob”.

SHIP STATE ROOMS – Travelling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were
not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.

Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a crisscross pattern. A straw mattress
was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get
a better night’s sleep.

SHOWBOAT – These were floating theatres built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small towns along
the Mississippi River . Unlike the boat shown in the movie “Showboat” these did not have an engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing
which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is “showboating”.

OVER A BARREL – In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would
be rolled back and forth in an effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.

BARGE IN  Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats.
These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats, People would say they “barged in”.

HOGWASH – Steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad they would be washed before being put on board.
The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless “hog wash”.

CURFEW – The word “curfew” comes from the French phrase “couvre-feu”, which means “cover the fire”. It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as “curfeu” which later became the modern “curfew”. In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called-a “curfew”.

BARRELS OF OIL – When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.

HOT OFF THE PRESS – As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it’s hot. The expression means to get immediate information.

During coronavirus era, most of these urban eateries are open but their longtime customers are working from home

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 30: Outdoor seating at SoFA Market on South First Street in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Déjà vu all over again as smoke blankets East Bay, keeps temperatures down

Forecasters say dirty air won’t abate anytime soon


California woman arrested for stealing fire engine while firefighters
were treating homeowner

Yes, You Can Build Your Own AR-15 “Ghost Gun” Just Like Mine And
The Government Will Never Know About It!
Question: So How Much Do The Gun Parts Cost?
Answer: Much Less Than You Think!


SJPD Class of 1973

The latest Vallejo police badge controversy: Investigation ‘resurfacing’
of 1907 badge with backwards swastika
Editor’s Note: From Robert Tenbrink
Leroy, Concerning the backward swastica on the found badge. The owner may have had Navajo ancestry.
It was explained to me years ago that the sign was a spirit symbol for the Navajo tribe. In the early 40’s, the
Navajo Nation discontinued its use of it on their blankets etc. They said that evil people had corrupted
heir spirit sign and would no longer use it. Bob T. #1468



My buddy, Eric Duran, used to race at the Fremont Drag Strip. When I was with Fremont PD,
we would work the starting line for $2 bucks an hour, cash, and all the chicks you could meet!
The best part with Eric’s race,
he invited the girls from the topless joint in Newark to help crew!

BTW-Eric is also the computer/Internet Guru who is responsible for setting up the Farsider
for your viewing! I collect the items of interest and lay it out, but he is the brains behind the operation!
112 mph, 12.89 et run!

Lucky guy also ran the Booby Hatch car, an A-Altered (A/A).
Had a 454 injected Chevy and ran in the 9’s at 150+ mph.  


sjpd open house

SJPD open House flyer back side