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November 20, 2020

An open letter to past, present, sworn and non-sworn San Jose Police Department personnel :

Chaplain Jim Becknall has always been at the beck and call of any Department member; to preside at a wedding, a funeral, a memorial service or as a pillar of support during many of our trying and sometimes dark periods.  Jim does all the above, and more, with the unequivocal support of his wife Nancy.

Today, I would like to make an appeal for Nancy.  She is undergoing treatment for cancer, which has included surgeries.  I reach out and ask for your wholehearted support, thoughts and prayers for Nancy and Jim as they persevere through this tribulation. 

The power of devotions can make a difference as does the strength in numbers.  Please take a few moments of your time and in your own manner and form, utter a prayer of sponsorship, shine a light or send a message of support to Nancy and Jim to let them know that they are not alone in this fight and that the Department family will stand with them as they have for us.

Thank you for any support you may be able to provide,

Ernie Alcantar, President
San Jose Police Benevolent Association

Visitation at 11/23/20 5:00 PM 

The current coronavirus pandemic is impacting funeral planning and attendance. Many funerals and memorial services are being altered, postponed, or cancelled due to the threat of COVID-19.  

We encourage you to check the obituary for updated service information and to contact the funeral home in advance to confirm service day, time, and location. 

Send flowers to:
Stephen Windisch’s upcoming service

Racing cars on the roof of the Fiat Factory in Turin, Italy (1923)

The Fiat factory was the first of its kind because it had a racetrack directly on top of the roof!


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 month! 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:

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Some Quick Humor

 More Humor from Ted Sumner

San jose, Santa clara and more

Submitted by Richard Couser


What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves.  Chocolate is just another snack.  You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Wrinkles add character.  Wedding dress – $5,000. Tux rental – $100. People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes – one color for all seasons.   You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife.   You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache… You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier!


Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.

If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.


When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50.  None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.

When the girls get their bill, outcome the pocket calculators.


A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.

A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.


A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.

The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337 A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.


A woman has the last word in any argument.

Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.


A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.

A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.


A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t .

A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.


A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.

A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.


Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.

Women somehow deteriorate during the night.


Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.

A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.


A married man should forget his mistakes.  There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!

So, send this to the women who have a sense of humor …. and to the men who will enjoy reading.

Submitted by Bucky Harris 

Submitted by Russ L Russell


In the last several years, people have fled communist regimes to come to America, but they never expected that this great nation would one day become the focal point of the battle between communism and freedom.

Many Americans believe communism is an abstract concept, something that only affects faraway nations, without realizing that it has already arrived at our doorstep.

Communism has spread in America under names such as socialism, progressivism, liberalism, neo-Marxism, and so on, in a slow process over decades of systematic subversion by first the Soviet Union, and now the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

This cumulative battle for the future of America—and with it, the rest of the world—is now coming to a head in the U.S. presidential election.

This year, a record number of Americans voted to choose their next leader.  We have since learned that this process has been subverted. Numerous credible allegations of voter fraud have emerged, pointing to a systematic effort to change the outcome of the election.

The far-left and the communist devil behind it—are using lies, fraud, and manipulation in an attempt to deprive the people of their rights and freedoms.

One of the two major U.S. parties, the Democratic Party, is no longer the political party it used to be. Over the decades, it has gradually been infiltrated by the same Marxist ideology that has created the most brutal and repressive communist regimes in history.

Communist ideology, including socialism and its associated ideas, is not a normal ideology. It is the systematic undoing of all that is good that humankind stands for. It is diametrically opposed to goodness, fairness, truth, and compassion.

A Choice Between Good and EvilThis is a conflict that transcends party lines, a battle between whether we as Americans can stay true to our founding principles and follow God’s will, or whether we will be subjected to forces that seek to control and destroy our most fundamental rights.

America has now come to the brink of falling into a communist abyss.

At the center of this battle is now President Donald Trump, who has clearly said no to socialism and communism and ended decades of appeasement of the Chinese regime by enacting a nation-wide effort to counter its influence and infiltration.

More and more people are realizing that the 2020 U.S. election is not a two-party fight, not a dispute between Trump and Joe Biden, but a battle between tradition and socialism, a battle between good and evil, a battle between the divine and the communist devil.


Submitted by Steve Postier

Newsom’s Outrageous Gambit
From: Kevin Kiley

Hi Friend,

I’ve just published a new blog post:

Newsom’s Outrageous Gambit

James and I have been working furiously the last few days to quickly turn back the Governor’s outrageous and dishonest gambit with the Court of Appeals.

Here’s the timeline of what has occurred: Last Friday around 5 PM, Judge Heckman issued her final ruling. On Monday, Newsom rushed to the Appeals Court to try to get released from the Permanent Injunction. That same day, he locked down the vast majority of California; yesterday, of course, he purported to impose a curfew.

Rather than go through the ordinary appeals process, the Governor is trying to jump the line with a 73-page “extraordinary writ” petition that includes a 4-volume, 900-page Appendix. He tells the Court the Permanent Injunction must be immediately put on hold because it “calls into question vast swaths of the State’s emergency response” and threatens to invalidate “dozens of other executive actions.”

The Appeals Court shortly thereafter stayed the Injunction, but only “pending the receipt of opposition.” So we put together a Preliminary Opposition as quickly as possible, which you can read here. It begins:

“The very business day after the trial court’s final Statement of Decision, Petitioner has sprung on Real Parties in Interest and Respondent Superior Court a battery of new evidence and legal arguments – replete with false statements and mischaracterizations – that were not introduced at the trial or in hundreds of pages of briefing. Such sandbagging should not be rewarded with the extraordinary remedy of writ relief, which Petitioner seeks to abuse as a vehicle to re-try the case.”

Newsom’s filing is breathtaking in its dishonesty, suggesting that Judge Heckman’s Injunction would “hamstring State action if a wildfire or earthquake were to strike tomorrow.” Other Governors have been responding to wildfires and earthquakes since California’s founding without upending the rule of law and turning the state into an autocracy as Newsom has.

I started counting the outright falsehoods in the Governor’s petition and got to 13 in just one section. His strategy seems to be stoking fear with apocalyptic claims while throwing so much paper in front of the court that there isn’t time to ferret out his false representations.

Let me give you one example. At trial, we produced an order from the Secretary of State that demolished the Governor long-pursued hopes of getting out of the case on a mootness technicality. So what did Newsom do? In a page out of Orwell’s 1984, he apparently ran to the Secretary of State and had him put out a new order “correcting” what he said before.

So now, in the Appeals Court, the Governor has produced this new order for the first time, telling the Court that the “correction” was issued “long before the election.” After managing to find Memorandum # 20232, buried in the Governor’s massive appendix, I discovered it is actually dated not “long before the election” but 2 days before ballots were mailed – a crucial difference for the point being argued.  

Now that our Preliminary Opposition has been filed, we hope the Court will lift the stay on the Injunction as it suggested. Many people have asked how this might affect the curfew and new draconian lockdowns. Newsom states his own opinion on that in Footnote 11 of his filing:

It is clear, however, that the trial court’s ruling would leave intact the most contentious aspects of the State’s public health response to COVID-19—for example, the requirements to engage in physical distancing, to shutter certain businesses, and to wear masks. Those public-health measures are independently supported by separate provisions of the Health and Safety Code; they do not depend on the Governor’s authority under the Emergency Services Act. (See, e.g., Health & Saf. Code, § 120140.)

I will address Footnote 11 at greater length soon, and you can see the Pacific Legal Foundation’s explanation as to why the Health and Safety laws he refers to, dealing with quarantining, do not in fact support the lockdown. But for the moment, it’s worth noting that the Governor appears to have made a significant concession: that the Injunction does limit his authority as to these restrictions under the Emergency Services Act, which is his primary legal basis for imposing them.

We fully expect this case will ultimately be decided by the California Supreme Court, but we are urging the Appeals Court as strongly as possible not to suspend the Injunction in the meantime. That would give Newsom a green light to continue his attack on our Constitution and civic institutions.

Help me keep fighting to stop Newsom from wrecking our state

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Kevin Kiley,
California Legislator

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