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RETIRED OFFICER PETE GUERIN
Born Nov. 25, 1943
Appointed Sept. 13, 1965
Retired Jan. 28, 1995
Died Feb. 22, 2019
Below was the original message we posted on the 10-7OD Facebook page at 5:45 p.m. last Friday, Feb. 22nd.
We just received word from Chaplain Jim Becknall that Pete Guerin passed away at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon from cancer that he had been fighting for the past several years. He had been under hospice care at home for the last several days. When additional information is received it will be posted here, and a special Farsider ahead of the regular Thursday edition ‘may’ be distributed early depending on the date of the funeral.
Pete’s passing brings to an end three generations of the Guerin Family’s long legacy with the SJPD. Farewell Special Friend. No one in the history of the SJPD had more true friends. You had virtually everything that made you a special man, a special cop and a very special friend!
11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 7th
St. Christopher Catholic Church
2278 Booksin Ave. at Curtner, San Jose
Graveside Service at Oak Hill will be Private
Reception to follow the service
Three Flames Restaurant
1547 Meridian Ave.
The following obituary arrived late yesterday afternoon...
was born and raised in Willow Glen and attended Sacred Heart Elementary School,
Willow Glen High School and San Jose City College where he studied
Administration of Justice and Law Enforcement. Pete then joined the U.S. Navy
and was stationed in Florida where he met the love of his life, Yolanda. They
were soon married and settled back in San Jose where Pete joined the San Jose
Police Department, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and
After a 30-year career where he worked in a myriad of assignments that included a tour in the Intelligence Unit where his identity was partially concealed by a beard, 30 years came around quickly which enabled Pete to partake of his two favorite hobbies: golf and bicycle riding with the Los Gatos Bike Club. Traveling and seeking out new venues also was important to Pete and Yolanda, even if they weren’t far from home. Lake Tahoe remained one of their favorite spots to visit.
Pete will always be remembered as being a great friend, husband, brother and uncle. He was loyal, proud to be Irish-American and very protective of his friends and family. Once you were Pete’s friend, you were a friend for life, and you always knew he had your back.
Pete leaves behind his beloved wife Yolanda, his sister Marie Carr and her husband Mike; their children Tim, John and Anne Marie; and numerous friends and cousins. He will be missed beyond belief.
To get an idea of how Pete’s friends and coworkers felt about the last of the Guerins who chose San Jose and its police department for their homes and working careers, we have compiled the following list of comments about Pete's passing from three Facebook pages and in email replies…
Comments from the 10-7OD Facebook Page (Craig Clifton, Admin.)
• Jennifer Dotzler: I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Pete. What a gentleman and an awesome cop. RIP.
• David Dulong: A class act and a gentleman. Rest In Peace Pete
• Theresa Theberge Videan: What a shame. I always enjoyed working with him. Our condolences to his family.
• Al Ferla: He was a kind man and always had time for others. RIP dear friend.
• Tom Brewer: Absolutely one of the finest SJPD officers I ever met or knew. Just too sad for words. RIP my friend.
• Karen Hildebrandt: I worked on a team with him. Such a good guy. Another good one, gone too soon.
• Dennis J Dolezal: Damn. Great man and a Gentleman. He will be missed. RIP Pete.
• Karl Kleman: A wonderful man. He will be missed. RIP.
• Michael W. Ross: Absolutely one of the kindest, most noble, humble and finest men I ever had the pleasure and privilege of knowing. Pete was the ultimate professional at work, selfless, giving and a wonderful person to everyone I saw him with. He was my role model and the person and cop I tried to emulate. I've got many fond memories of this amazing man who I respected and admired as no other. He and his family are literally police legends at the SJPD. My sympathies and condolences to his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers to his kind gentle soul who's given so much to others during a lifetime. He made a positive difference in countless people's lives. You can rest now brother because you no longer have to fight your nasty health issues. You've obviously earned a very nice and prime spot among the angels in Heaven! RIP my old friend and brother, you will never be forgotten! Until we meet again old-timer!
• Chris Galios: Very sad news. Pete was a great cop, a great person and a great friend. RIP my brother.
• Steve Papenfuhs: Pete was the officer that I always stated was the example of cop who knew how to de-escalate before the term was ever coined. This is so sad.
• Phil Pitts: So so sorry to hear this. Pete was such a great guy. We hear this a lot, but Pete has been a great friend to many of us and will be truly missed. Very, very sad to hear this. RIP Pete.
• John Kensit: Sad News. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. RIP Pete.
• Joe Wicker: Very sad indeed. Pete always had kind words for people. One-of-a-kind man who was well liked and respected by everyone. I’m in disbelief.
• Anna Vanegas: Such sad news...RIP Pete.
• Noe Longoria: Rest In Peace, Pete. You were a great cop and a better man. Your work here is done. See you on the other side.
• Bertie Rocha Cooke: Rest in peace, Pete.
• Lynne Caro: Pete was the definition of class and charisma and I was proud to call him and his wife Yolanda my friends! He was a fabulous cop and human being and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him! I never heard him complain once and I still can’t believe this horrible news. RIP my friend.
• Glenn Baldwin: Great cop. I was assigned to his District Sam team right outta FTO. He and Fred Esparza kept me out of trouble. He was a great mentor. God's Speed sir.
• Humberto Caro: A class cop and a very well liked cop. God bless you Pete. You will be missed.
• Mark Conrad: Farewell my friend...see you on the other side.
• Rod Gomes: Great and kind man!! RIP Pete.
• Steve Wilson: I rode bikes with him once. Really great guy! R.I.P.
• Harry Stangel: RIP, Pete. God Bless!
• Bob Beams: I am so sad at the passing of Pete. I respected him and held him in the highest esteem. He was all that made SJPD great and looked-up-to around the world.
• Astrid Kozlowski: Always a such a gentleman. Rest in Eternal Peace and prayers for the Guerin Family.
• James Lucarotti: I am so sad to hear this.
• Deanna Scanlan 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
• Bob Nalett: RIP Pete. He was a true gentleman.
• Bob Collins: Just an overall great guy. He will be missed. RIP Pete.
• Joe Schenck: Pete was a class act among class acts. We are better persons for knowing him. I’m honored to have worked with him and been called his friend and vice versa. RIP my friend till we meet on the other side.
• Camille Giuliodibari: I will miss talking to him when at the golf course he marshaled at.
• Donald Harris: Words can not express my sadness over the lost our friend Pete. He was a legacy in our Department. Such a great friend and colleague, lost too soon. Rest In Peace my friend.
• Ron Belleci: God Bless you and Yo, Pete. Thanks for doing my background. It gave me the opportunity to get to know you and the many others of our SJPD family.
• Michel Amaral: Wow! Shocking! My wife and I just saw Pete and Roger at tomato thyme. He was a great guy with a good heart and soul. He always had time to talk to you. His dad and my dad knew each other from the old San Jose PD days. He will be greatly missed. Thanks Pete.
• Steve Caraway: One of the nicest and greatest cops I ever knew. Always had a smile and brightened the room when he came in. RIP Pete until we meet again on the other side my good friend!
• James Arthur Wood: God Bless you and keep you Pete. RIP.
• Guy Bernardo: RIP Pete. May God bless and keep you. All of my memories of any interaction with Pete, whether it was on the job, social events or out on a weekend bike ride, are delightful. He always had a smile and warm greeting whenever we met. He will truly be missed by many people, not the least of which is me. Our collective hearts are in mourning.
• Bruce M Wiley: No finer or more honorable man or woman ever wore the uniform.
• Jim McMahon: Pete was a man to be emulated and a peace officer who saw the big picture but treated everyone he met with respect and deference. You knew he was SJPD through and through with a rich family history of service, but he was his own man, just another part of the legacy. You will be missed.
Comments from the Vintage San Jose Police Facebook Page (Ivano Comelli, Admin.)
• Rich McGuffin: Sad to hear of Pete’s passing. What a law enforcement legacy! My condolences to his family.
• Jeff Dooley: Very sad. Pete was one of a kind, great man, husband, cop and friend. RIP buddy.
• Ivano Franco Comelli: I have lots of memories of Pete, going back to those Vintage Days in the late 1960s, when Pete and his Mid-night car partner Mike Micelii kept trying to keep away from the prying eyes of then-Midnight District Sergeant Ivan Comelli, who usually caught up with them at Winchell's on Foxworthy. R.I.P. Pete.
• Maggie Terry: So sorry to hear the news. Pete was one good guy. RIP
• Daniel Jensen: We had many great hours riding bikes in the Santa Cruz Mtns. He was a real gentleman and gave good advice when asked.
• Harry J. Mullins: Good man and good cop, a sad ending to a family legacy of service.
• Micki Hippeli: A good cop and a really good man.
• Stuart Jaquez: RIP
• Robert Russell Jones: Peter Guerin was a class act; great guy, excellent cop. So sad to hear the news of the loss of a good friend. Pete, you will be missed. My condolences to the family.
• Carm J. Grande: He was surely one of the best. A very gentle person as well as a Gentleman.
• Jim Silvers: Very sad to hear, Pete was a great guy. RIP my friend
• Joseph Ryan: i was on his team my first night out of the FTO program. Great guy.
Comments from the Keith Kelley Club Facebook Page (Margie Thompson, Admin.)
• Jennifer Dotzler: What a gentleman. Sob....RIP.
• Craig Shuey: What a loss — the best of the best.
• Andy Trevino: I’m in shock. You’ll be missed my friend. RIP Pete
• Sandi Lichtenstein Holloway: The definition of the word gentleman! One of the best. RIP
• Debbie Boyd: Such a kind man. RIP Pete.
• Tara Roberts Doxie: Oh Pete, so sad to hear. I have great memories working with him when I was dispatching for Airport Communications. He was such an amazing man!
• Ken Barker: RIP Pete, great person and a great Cop. Bless your family.
• Yolando Cooksey: My condolences to his family and the SJPD family!
• Jack Baxter: I checked in on Pete every week but for some reason it was difficult to believe he was as sick as I knew he was. Never once did I hear him complain and he was always positive and upbeat. He was more concerned about how I was doing than he was for himself. Pete was a fine man and a great Cop. He always went out of his way to show how much he cared for others. Those of us who share the same age now find ourselves sitting on the sunset side of the hill. Sadly our ranks are getting smaller by the day and the passing of our old friends becomes much more difficult. A toast of Irish whiskey in your honor my dear friend. Until we all meet again in a better place my dear friend.
• Cheryl Babineau: One of the kindest men i ever met. RIP Pete.
• Jaime Saldivar: Too many are going to soon…
• Cori Lynn Smith: This is such sad news. I have many fond memories of this classy old school police officer. Prayers for all who love him
• Joe Salamida Jr: I have known Pete for over 50 years. He was a great friend May he Rest In Peace.
• Darrell Cortez: One of the good ones. So sad.
• JC Carlton: He was such a gentleman and a cop’s cop! He will be so missed at the round table, God Bless and keep him!
• Jose Montes: I remember when he pulled me out of my academy class to tell me there was a contract on my life. I said, "I know, don’t worry about it!”
• Patricia Jaime: I didn’t know him but I sure appreciate his and all of the commentators here who kept the streets safe while I was growing up in east SJ. Thank you for your service.
• Patrick Boyd: He set the standard of what you should be as a cop and a person. RIP my friend.
• James Overstreet: Great man!
number of emails advising of Pete’s passing were sent out at the same time
time the information was posted on Facebook. These were some of the replies:
• Bill Yarbrough: I have always respected Pete. I was surprised and in disbelief on the news of his passing. I was sure he would be reading about my passing rather than the other way around. Take heart, Pete, we will join you soon.
• Harry Mullins: Pete was a good person and officer. Sad ending to a family legacy of service.
• Jim Silvers: This is a huge loss. Pete and I were in the same academy and worked on the same team in Patrol. He was a role model for everyone and will be deeply missed. So sorry, RIP my friend.
• David Byers: Pete was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I had the pleasure of working with him for several years, and he certainly kept the office lively and on its toes. What a true loss to Yolanda and all of us.
• Bruce Fair: Pete always looked great in uniform, was always cool, suave and a pleasure to be with. Take care and God-speed.
• Paul Gardner: This really hits home with me. I worked around Pete on many occasions. An old school cop that always was successful in every assignment, especially on the walking detail downtown with Fred Esparza. My 94-year-old father knew Pete's Uncle who would stand at the stop sign at Vine and San Fernando in the early ’30s. My dad lived on the corner and was a small boy at that time. When Pete's Uncle would observe a traffic violation he would wave down the next car coming through the intersection and proceed to ride on the running board of that car who was ordered to chase down the traffic violator ahead. Pete is another victim of cancer that has claimed so many. Rest in peace Pete!
• Lumpy Lundberg: Sad day. He was a great guy. Last had coffee with Fred Esparza and Pete at Tony P's about a month ago.
• Rich Daulton: Another GREAT GUY taken from us. One of the nicest guys a rookie officer could ever know. God Bless him.
• Mike Thompson: So sad. What a great cop and a true gentleman. We kept in touch over the years via e-mail. RIP
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THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Records Reveal Criminal Officers
releases info, but state doesn’t want you to see it—
By Robert Lewis and Jason Paladino
Mercury News — Feb. 26, 2019
ranged from shoplifting to embezzlement to murder. Some of them molested kids
and downloaded child pornography. Others beat their wives, girlfriends or
The one thing they had in common: a badge.
Thousands of California law enforcement officers have been convicted of a crime in the past decade, according to records released by a public agency that sets standards for officers in the Golden State.
The revelations are alarming, but the state’s top cop says Californians don’t have a right to see them. In fact, Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned two Berkeley-based reporters that simply possessing this never-before-publicly-released list of convicted cops is a violation of the law.
The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training — known as POST — provided the information last month in response to routine Public Records Act requests from reporters for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and its production arm, Investigative Studios.
But when Becerra’s office learned about the disclosure, it threatened the reporters with legal action unless they destroyed the records, insisting they are confidential under state law and were released inadvertently. The two journalism organizations have rejected Becerra’s demands.
“It’s disheartening and ominous that the highest law enforcement officer in the state is threatening legal action over something the First Amendment makes clear can’t give rise to criminal action against a reporter,” said David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that advocates for free speech and open records.
The documents provide a rare glimpse at the volume of officer misconduct at a time of heightened interest over police accountability. The list includes cops who trafficked drugs, cops who stole money from their departments and even one who robbed a bank wearing a fake beard. Some sexually assaulted suspects. Others took bribes, filed false reports and committed perjury. A large number drove under the influence of drugs and alcohol — sometimes killing people on the road.
The Berkeley journalists chose not to publish the entire list until they could spend more time reporting to avoid misidentifying people among the nearly 12,000 names in the documents, said John Temple, director of the Investigative Reporting Program.
Still, the details are stunning in a state where officials have fought for years to keep virtually any record of police misconduct a secret. And they come amid a larger battle playing out in courtrooms throughout the state over California’s new police transparency law, Senate Bill 1421. Law enforcement groups have sued to limit the impact of that law, claiming it shouldn’t expose police disciplinary records created before the law took effect on Jan. 1.
Becerra himself has rejected public records requests from his own agency, and he is now being sued by a prominent First Amendment group for failing to comply. Many other agencies in California have followed the attorney general’s lead.
“Once you disclose a document that’s confidential and private, you can’t take it back,” Becerra told reporters earlier this month. ”You don’t get a second chance to get it right, you got to get it right the first time.”
While that law has garnered the most attention and a public fight over police disciplinary records, it was another law that took effect Jan. 1 that led to the disclosure of the convictions of thousands of law enforcement officers and applicants.
The secret list
Tucked into a public safety omnibus bill last year was a provision allowing the state’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to keep information in its records showing when a current or former law enforcement officer is convicted of a felony or other crime that would disqualify them from being a cop.
Police departments often check POST’s records as part of the routine background check process when hiring new officers. But until the law changed, POST only labeled someone as being disqualified from serving in law enforcement when the person was convicted and had exhausted all appeals — which could take years and was difficult to track. The new law allows them to disqualify someone after a conviction, according to a POST spokesman.
So at the start of this year, Becerra’s office provided POST for the first time a list of what the agency says are convictions of current and former law enforcement officers and people who at one time had tried to become a cop.
POST provided 10 years’ worth of convictions — nearly 12,000 names in all — to the Berkeley-based investigative reporting organizations in early January in response to a public records request. Three weeks later the attorney general’s office sent a letter saying the records were “inadvertently” released and were considered confidential.
Becerra’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Nic Marais, an attorney with Keker, Van Nest & Peters representing Investigative Studios, said the state’s assertions that the documents had been released “inadvertently” was hard to believe given that POST spent four weeks weighing the reporters’ request. In a letter to Becerra, Marais wrote that because the documents appear to be a summary of public records, the disclosure exemptions cited by POST and Becerra’s office do not apply. Finally, he wrote that state law exempts reporters from prosecution for receiving records.
Snyder, of the First Amendment Coalition, argued the underlying records are in the public interest.
“Police officers are vested by the public with extraordinary power,” he said. “In order to monitor the use of that power, the public needs to know when they are over the line.”
But attorney Mike Rains, who represents police officers, questions why they should be singled out by such a list.
“To the extent the public wants that to be public record, I can understand that,” said Rains, who is leading a legal fight to block the release of officer disciplinary records under the new law.
“Why don’t we make that known for everybody?” Rains said of convictions, pointing out there’s no broad disclosure for lawyers, doctors, teachers and other trusted professionals.
What the conviction list reveals
Many of the indiscretions in the new documents released last month to the Berkeley investigative reporting organizations have never been revealed publicly until now. Some of the officers were fired from the force only after an arrest. Others remain on the job despite a criminal conviction.
About 3,500 names on the list appear to match the names of police officers in state personnel databases, and about 2,250 of those have been on the force within the last five years. But without more information, the exact breakdown of which individuals were in law enforcement as opposed to applicants to become an officer is still unclear.
Phil Caporale, a spokesman for POST, said his agency is using the list to check if active officers have committed crimes that should prevent them from working in law enforcement.
“There’s that potential. That’s what we’re trying to eliminate … to make sure no one out there is a peace officer today who shouldn’t be,” Caporale said.
The agency also is on the lookout for former cops with convictions who try to get back into law enforcement, he said. “We want to make sure those folks don’t slip through the cracks.”
Greg Jeong is on the list. He was an Emeryville police officer for a few months but failed his field training program. So he went to work as a dispatcher for the department. In August 2017, Jeong claimed to be a cop in order to buy a gun and three high-capacity magazines in San Jose, according to court records. He was ultimately convicted of impersonating a police officer. Jeong declined to comment for this story.
Hayward police officer Joshua Cannon also is on the list. In October 2010, Cannon was arrested for driving drunk in Alameda County with blood alcohol nearly twice the legal limit. A CHP officer clocked him going 92 mph, and when the officer tried to pull him over, Cannon quickly pulled off the highway and down a side street, court records show.
Cannon eventually stopped and told the CHP officer that he was a cop and carrying an off-duty weapon. According to the CHP officer, Cannon “started asking me for a ‘break,’ ” the report said. “He also asked me that if I was in his situation what would I do.”
Cannon was convicted of misdemeanor driving under the influence — and remains on the force. He declined to comment for this story, citing department rules against talking to the media.
The list also included a new revelation about a San Francisco police sergeant who had been the subject of numerous media reports for use-of-force complaints and shootings.
In 2014, Sgt. John Haggett was accused of helping a girlfriend dig up dirt on tenants. Internal Affairs started investigating after one of them claimed Haggett’s girlfriend made a disturbing threat: “My boyfriend is a police officer and will take care of you.”
Haggett, who is now retired, pleaded guilty in 2015 to a misdemeanor for accessing the confidential information. He did not respond to an interview request.
The San Francisco Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.
Robert Lewis can be reached at <email@example.com> and Jason Paladino can be reached at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Jeremy Rue contributed research for this story. The Investigative Reporting Program is a professional newsroom and teaching institute at UC Berkeley. Investigative Studios is a nonprofit production company formally affiliated with the university.
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Scanning the headline of the editorial below and seeing it associated with the pic of the California A.G. stopped us in our tracks…
Attorney General Becerra Must Stop Shielding Bad Cops
Mercury News Editorial — Feb. 28, 2019
California Attorney General
poisoning the office of state Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
It’s not the first time. But the recent stonewalling by California’s top lawyer on release of records documenting police abuse shows, once again, that he’s putting political ambitions ahead of needed reform.
And now he’s making unconscionable threats of legal action against reporters for possessing a list of thousands of cops who broke the law — a list the reporters legally obtained from a state agency through a Public Records Act request.
The list contains nearly 12,000 names. Their crimes include shoplifting, embezzlement and murder. Some cops molested kids and downloaded child pornography. Others beat their wives, girlfriends or children; trafficked drugs; stole money from their departments; and, in one case, robbed a bank.
The attorney general should be working to expose this behavior, not hide it.
Becerra was a congressman when then-Gov. Jerry Brown appointed him two years ago to fill the post left vacant by Kamala Harris’ election to the U.S. Senate. Since then, he has made a national name for himself challenging President Trump in court 46 times on issues ranging from immigration to the Affordable Care Act.
But on state and local issues, Becerra has shown himself to be more a manipulative politician than a defender of the public interest. He has pandered to:
• Doctors by delaying implementation of a statewide prescription database to curtail opioid overdoses.
• Brown and labor unions by skewing summary wording for initiative petitions to reverse the state’s gas tax increase.
• Labor unions by suddenly relinquishing representation of Brown’s state Supreme Court challenge to pension vesting rules. Meanwhile, he has never explained what happened to his office’s four-year-old investigation of Brown ally Michael Peevey’s atrocious behavior as president of the California Public Utilities Commission.
And his thus far unsuccessful attempt to block Santa Clara County’s purchase of two bankrupt hospitals should boggle the mind of anyone who cares about South Bay health care.
Now comes his stonewalling on the long-overdue release of records about law enforcement abuse.
For decades, police in California enjoyed unparalleled insulation from public accountability. But a new state disclosure law, effective Jan. 1, began prying open the door of secrecy. It requires release of records pertaining to cops’ discharge of firearms, use of major force, sexual assault and dishonesty.
Police unions up and down the state claim the law does not apply to records created before this year. Thus far, three of four local judges have rejected that tactic. But the issue is headed for the Court of Appeal and probably the state Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, local jurisdictions complying with the new law have produced records showing exactly why it is so badly needed and why the retroactivity is crucial.
In Burlingame, police department findings concluded that a cop had offered to help a suspect in exchange for sex.
In Rio Vista, an officer put false information in a report to bolster felony charges against a suspect. Another officer without a warrant entered the home of a suspect, shoved him against the wall and put him in a potentially deadly choke hold — then later lied about what happened.
In Watsonville, two officers repeatedly had sex with civilians while on duty — in the front seat of a squad car and at private residences when they were supposed to be working.
In Kensington, officers accessed a highly confidential state law enforcement database at least nine times to gather information on an elected official who was critical of the police department.
An investigator for the San Bernardino County sheriff and state Department of Consumer Affairs stole thousands of rounds of ammunition and other items for decades — but was never charged.
In Capitola, a sergeant violated harassment policies by sending hundreds of texts — with escalating inappropriate comments and photos — to a young police volunteer.
In Fairfield, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, three police officers engaged in sexual misconduct with members of the public and four others had sustained findings of dishonesty.
Despite clear evidence that the new law is doing exactly what it was intended to do — cast sunshine on abusive police behavior — Becerra is blocking release of records about law enforcement officers in his own agency.
This from the attorney who is supposed to defend the state’s laws. And who has even agreed in a tangential case that the new law should be applied retroactively.
Becerra says he’s waiting for the courts to rule on the retroactivity issue. That could be a year or more. The First Amendment Coalition last week had to sue Becerra to try to force release of records from his office. If he sincerely believed in the law, he would be complying with it and trying to ensure other agencies did too.
Meanwhile, reporters for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and its production arm, Investigative Studios, filed the request with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training for the list of police convicted of crimes.
Becerra insists the records were mistakenly released — even though the state agency took four weeks weighing the reporters’ request. He is demanding the reporters return the records and is threatening them with legal action.
Becerra must decide whether he wants to rid the state’s police departments of bad cops, or enable them. And he must decide whether he will run his department with the integrity it deserves, or continue pandering to special interests.
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SHOULD REID-HILLVIEW AIRPORT BE CLOSED DOWN?
John Carr, Sr. — who chairs the Santa Clara County Airports Commission — wrote an op/ed back in December in which he opined on the controversial issue about closing the Reid-Hillview Airport. We just ran across the piece and found it made for an interesting read. Following are the three lead paragraphs. If they pique your interest, there is a link below you can click on that will display the entire opinion piece (Good job, John!)
Reid-Hillview Airport is a strategic County Asset
An airplane takes off at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose. The Santa
Clara County Board of Supervisors is considering closing the airport.
By John Carr — Mercury News Op/Ed — Dec. 26, 2018
On Dec. 4, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to stop accepting FAA grants that assist in the operation of Reid-Hillview Airport and to close it in 2031. They intend to use the land to build housing, including some for low-income residents. How this action came about is a quintessential example of the lack of transparency in government that voters have come to detest.
Whether the county should close Reid-Hillview is a longstanding issue. In 1993, then San Jose City Councilwoman Blanca Alvarado attempted to repurpose the land for housing. The issue she cited was safety. The Stanford Research Institute conducted a risk assessment study and concluded that the safest use of that land was as an airport, not a housing site.
In 1996, closing Reid-Hillview came up again. San Jose Director of Aviation Ralph Tonseth presented a report to the city council, stating “Reid-Hillview Airport’s role in support of the regional transportation needs of the city make the facility an irreplaceable asset and that the technical reports underscore there could be no reasonable replacement site, that the airport as a regional asset is vital.”
Click HERE to continue with the op/ed
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From the Archives
Two police officers call into the station.
"Hello. Is this the Sarge?"
"We have a case here, Sarge. A woman has shot her husband for stepping on the floor she had just mopped clean."
"Have you arrested the woman?"
"No sir. The floor is still wet."
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From the Archives
We were dressed and ready to go out for a dinner and theater evening. We turned on a 'night light,' turned the answering machine on, covered our pet parrot and put the cat in the backyard. We phoned the local taxi company and requested a cab.
The taxi arrived and we opened the front door to leave the house. As we walked out the door, the cat we had put out in the yard scooted back into the house. We didn't want her shut in the house because she always tries to get at the parrot.
My wife walked on out to the taxi while I went back inside to get the cat. The cat ran upstairs with me in hot pursuit.
Waiting in the cab, my wife didn't want the driver to know that the house would be empty for the night, so she explained to the taxi driver that I would be out soon. "He's just going upstairs to say good-bye to my mother."
A few minutes later, I got into the cab.
"Sorry I took so long," I said, as we drove away. "That stupid bitch was hiding under the bed. I had to poke her in the ass with a coat hanger to get her to come out. She tried to take off, so I grabbed her by the neck and had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her from scratching me, but it worked. I hauled her downstairs and threw her out into the backyard! She'd better not crap in the vegetable garden again!"
The silence in the taxi was deafening.
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From the Archives
Doug Smith is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. His nurse, his wife, his daughter and 2 sons are with him.
He asks for 2 witnesses to be present and a camcorder to be in place to record his last wishes. When all is ready he begins to speak:
"My son Bernie, I want you to take the Mayfair houses."
"My daughter Sybil, you take the apartments over in the east end."
"My son Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the City Center."
"Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the banks of the river."
The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says,
"Mrs. Smith, your husband must have been a really hard-working man to have accumulated all that property".
"Property?" Sarah replies, "The idiot had a paper route.”
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From the Archives
She's single and she’s gorgeous and she lives right across the street.
I can see her place from my front window.
I watched as she got home from work this evening.
I was surprised when she walked straight across the street, up my driveway and knocked on the door.
I rushed to open it.
She looked me in the eye and said, ”I just got home and I have this strong urge to have a good time, get a little tipsy and party tonight! Are you doing anything?"
I quickly replied, "Nope, I'm free!"
"Great!” she said. “Could you watch my dog?”
Being a senior citizen really sucks.
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From the Archives
The day after her husband disappeared in a kayaking accident, a woman in Booth Bay Harbor, Maine answered her door to find two grim-faced Maine State Troopers.
"We're sorry Mrs. Wilkens, but we have some information about your husband,” said one of the troopers.
"Tell me. Did you find him?” she asked.
The troopers looked at each other, then one said, ”We have some bad news, some good news, and some really great news. Which would you like to hear first?"
Fearing the worst, Mrs. Wilkens said, "Give me the bad news first."
The trooper said, "I'm sorry to tell you, ma’am, but this morning we found your husband’s body in the bay."
"Oh my God!" exclaimed the wife. Swallowing hard, she asked, "What could possibly be the good news?"
The trooper continued, "When we pulled him up he had 12 of the best looking Maine Lobsters that you have ever seen and 60 good-sized Rockfish clinging to him. We haven't seen lobsters like that since the 1960s, and we feel you are entitled to a share of the catch."
Stunned, Mrs. Wilkens demanded, "If that's the good news, then what's the great news?"
The trooper replied, "We're gonna pull him up again tomorrow."
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Nine years ago Ray Stevens had a hit song titled “Come to the USA.” Gary Leonard thought it might be time to reprise the hit and see if it takes off again, and we recall liking it so much we agreed. Ready? Tap your FOOT to Ray Stevens’ version of “Come to the USA.” (3:18)
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I would have to remind myself NOT to watch this ceremony at the Pakistan-India border should I somehow wind up in that a little corner of the planet. Why? Because I would surely be arrested and taken to jail for showing disrespect by my uncontrolled LAUGHTER! (3:11)
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There wasn’t a G.I. in WW II who didn’t know and love the Andrew Sisters, and THIS is why. (2:17)
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We are now gong to perform a little magic by saying goodbye to the Andrew Sisters from the early 1940s to saying hello to Andre Rieu in 2016 and changing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to a beautiful song made famous by Judy Garland even before World War II. THIS cut is from Andre Rieu’s DVD “Falling in Love in Maastricht.” (5:11)
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This opinion by the late Johnny Carson about late night comedians is what made him the absolute greatest in our opinion, especially the second "60 Minutes" segment with Mike Wallace. Give him a LISTEN and see if you don’t agree. The clip runs less than two minutes. (1:41)
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If you want to know where the Prez got his extreme views on illegal immigration, have a look at this video provided by Mike Thompson. You can’t make THIS stuff up, folks. (2:19)
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These new trick shots in this new posting from last Thursday by the Dude Perfect guys are uncanny, until you realize that each success may have been preceded by a few hundred misses, a few of which appear at the end of the clip. Even so, these Dude Perfect guys are STILL fun to watch. (3:42)
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This week The History Guy is presenting one of his short lessons about three planes that flew themselves. TRUE. (7:49)
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Hope for Paws Update
Posted on Feb. 26th (2 days ago). This young lady — appropriately named LADY — was left for dead on the side of the road for an entire day before someone bothered to place a call for help. (4:54)
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Posted on April 13, 2016: This Hope for Paws video from a while back has received 2.5 million views which, in our opinion, makes it worth seeing again if this isn’t your first time. It’s about EDEN, a little Pit Bull. Eldad was accompanied by Lisa and Julie in this rather unusual rescue. (7:51)
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Posted on Feb. 12, 2019: On the other side of the planet is a dog rescue organization similar to Hope for Paws, but this one is called Animal Aid Unlimited, India. This rescue of an injured TOGGLE had its mother wailing and hoping the humans could do something to help. (3:46)
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It’s been a while since we included a funny elephant compilation video, and thanks to Kerry Smith we have an opportunity to present one AGAIN. (2:15)
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Having a bad day? If you are, Kerry Smith rides to the rescue again by suggesting you take a couple of minutes and watch THIS. (3:10)
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Is Costco’s Rotisserie Chicken one of the warehouse’s best buys? Watch THIS short video and find out. (4:05)
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This is what happens when a guy is tased and the charge hits a loaded magazine in the subject’s back pocket. Had this been at night, it would have looked like a miniature 4th of July celebration shooting up in the sky from his butt. (For civilians reading this, pardon the officer’s language, but stressful situations often generate “STREET TALK” by a cop when he or she is trying very hard to communicate a command to a suspect.) (1:54)
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When the creator of this compilation clip titled it “Near Death Experiences,” he or she was pretty close to the mark. If some of these scenes have you sitting on the edge of your chair, try not to FALL off! (10:00)
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Speaking of near death experiences, “Happens quick, don’t blink” is how we titled this contribution received from retired Tom "Feebie' Weston. Seriously, if you BLINK you may miss it! (0:06)
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If you don’t find this week’s contribution from Bill Leavy a powerful and emotional video, you may need to visit Lucy. Although the clip is less than five minutes long, we are adding a “60 Minutes” segment on the same subject in the event you would like to learn more. The video is about a remarkable gentleman named Nicholas Winton who died in 2015 at the age of 106. That’s him with his head outlined in red below. Click HERE for what is arguably the most powerful and emotional video we have run in a long time. And don't miss the "60 Minutes" segment about Nicholas Winton below. (4:40)
THIS “60 Minutes” segment will tell you how Nicholas saved the lives of 629 children.
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