April 9, 2015
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A FINAL FAREWELL
—From last Friday’s paper, the day after Michael’s
WE HONOR OUR FALLEN BROTHER”
—Thousands bid farewell to one of their own, who died
protecting the city he loved—
Robert Salonga, Mark Emmons and Mark Gomez — Staff
News — April 3, 2015
SAN JOSE —
A community came to a stop Thursday. It paused as a long
procession of sorrow slowly traveled through streets
lined with people paying their respects. At the downtown
SAP Center, a somber sea of law enforcement, shoulder to
shoulder, gathered to mourn the death of San Jose police
Officer Michael Johnson.
It was there, amid an emotional day of tears and
anguish, that David Solis made a simple request. Solis,
a police academy classmate of Johnson, noted the “Shark
Tank” normally was the site of raucous hockey games.
“This is obviously something different,” said Solis, now
a Menlo Park officer. “But I truly believe Mike is
looking down on us right now. So I would like us to give
Mike a standing ovation for the life that he gave to
us.” And for the next two minutes, SAP roared with the
sound of deafening cheers and clapping.
They stood to thank a man who was shot and killed in the
line of duty on March 24 while responding to an
emergency call. But true to Solis’ words, this memorial,
which drew more than 8,000 people, focused on his life,
not his death.
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to view and/or share your condolences by signing a guest
book for Michael Johnson
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casket of Michael Johnson is carried to the stage at SAP
Center, where more
8,000 people paid their respects to the fallen San Jose
Jose Assistant Police Chief Eddie Garcia, left, and
Piedmont Police Chief Rikki Goede hug before the
memorial, which drew officers from around the nation.
remembered him as the epitome of everything a police
officer should be — fair, firm and compassionate. Family
remembered him as someone who always was there for them.
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, the head of the Catholic
Diocese of San Jose, compared Johnson, who was 38, to a
meteorite that flashes across the sky and disappears all
don’t last long, but those who experience their light
remain forever dazzled,” McGrath said. “And that was
true with Mike.”
enforcement officers came to the memorial from
California and from around the country, representing
distant states, including Illinois, Texas and New York.
Attorney General Kamala Harris, the state’s top law
enforcement official, said Johnson’s death underscores
the inherent risks police face every day they put on a
“This ultimate sacrifice is an eternal reminder that
safety comes at a supreme price, and that price must
always be remembered by a grateful state and her
people,” Harris said.
In the time-honored tradition of police memorials, law
enforcement came from around the country, representing
agencies from distant states, including Illinois, Texas
and New York. But the death of Johnson, a married,
14-year veteran of the force, has been most keenly felt
in his hometown of San Jose.
residents took to the streets as the procession made its
way from a Los Gatos funeral home to SAP, evoking the
sort of patriotism seen on the Fourth of July. Diane
Urbano and Patrick Donahue held signs that read “Rest In
Peace Michael Johnson” in Los Gatos. Small children in
strollers waved tiny American flags.
At St. Lucy Catholic Parish church on Winchester
Boulevard, bells tolled as more than 350 schoolchildren
in their blue plaid uniforms stood quietly, also holding
American flags, as the motorcade passed.
“All of us are so appreciative of the sacrifices all
police officers have made for the community,” Pastor
Kevin Joyce said. “We all feel this tragedy.”
Marianne Williams and Carol Jerger stopped ironing
church linens for Easter Sunday to join the sidewalk
“He’s one of ours,” said Williams, choking up. “Police
have been so good to me over the years.”
As the motorcade passed Santana Row, Morgan Hill
resident Terry Shaffer waved a large American flag,
tears filling his eyes.
Jeff Sauer, a 20-year San Jose resident, said he often
walks his dog through Jeffrey Fontana Park, past the
bronze statue honoring the last San Jose police officer
killed on duty, in 2001. He said news of Johnson’s death
impacted him much differently this time.
“It’s such a tough job they have, and I know they’re
understaffed,” said Sauer, 47. “I was a younger man last
time this happened — I have a different level of respect
Marnie Wilhoft of Los Gatos wipes away tears as
the funeral procession passes through Campbell.
At SAP, an
entire length of Autumn Street was filled, rows deep
with police officers and their families who were silent
as the motorcade arrived. Law enforcement officers —
including from departments in Los Angeles, Riverside,
Benicia, Vacaville, Lodi, Fresno and Hanford — saluted
the hearse carrying Johnson.
arena, the crowd was pin-drop quiet as a bagpipe player
and honor guard escorted pallbearers carrying the fallen
officer’s casket to the foot of a stage.
Speakers remembered Johnson as a loving husband, son and
uncle, loyal friend, committed police officer and
shining light in the lives of the people who knew him
Jamie Radack, Johnson’s older sister, offered the crowd
a glimpse into her brother’s upbringing and his apparent
destiny to protect and serve, in part to follow in their
father’s footsteps as a police officer.
“I knew he would grow up to become a cop,” Radack said.
“Whenever Mike and I played cops and robbers as kids, he
always insisted on being the cops and I always had to be
the bad guys.
“That turned out to be fortuitous, not just because Mike
grew up to become a cop, but I grew up to become a
lawyer,” she said, eliciting laughter from the crowd.
Radack also recalled her brother’s commitment to
mastering everything he did.
“He didn’t just play chess, he was captain of the chess
team,” she said. “He didn’t just do jiujitsu, he became
an instructor. He didn’t just make a cheesecake, he made
the best damned cheesecake you ever had from our
grandma’s super-secret recipe. And he not only kept the
recipe secret, he literally stored it in his gun safe.
He didn’t just scuba dive, he dove with great white
sharks in the Farallon Islands.”
And she lamented the loss of a person who was tirelessly
devoted to his family. Her brother was the one who
helped with every move, always was the designated driver
and made it to every family event no matter how briefly,
sometimes while in uniform.
He shared his love of martial arts with both her
children, teaching his niece how to do a sleeper-hold
when she was 3. He would play Barbies with her, too.
“Mike loved his family with his entire heart, and he
expressed that love by always being present,” she said.
“And now, he’s gone.”
Police Chief Larry Esquivel described March 24 as the
hardest day of his career. But Esquivel added that he
and the rest of the department have been heartened by
the vast outpouring of public support in the wake of the
“The state of the San Jose Police Department is strong,
and that’s because of officers like Michael,” Esquivel
said. “… This horrific event has galvanized our city.
It’s made our big city feel like a small community.”
Solis remembered his friend chose “to live differently,”
and that included becoming a police officer. He spoke
directly to current police academy cadets and told them
that in the face of the tragedy, to turn to Johnson’s
sense of duty as inspiration.
It was a plea made all the more poignant by the fact
that Fontana was a member of the same academy class as
he added, “We thank you for your life and your sacrifice
to us. Death did not make you a hero. You were already a
hero while you lived. You are forever stitched to us,
bonded to us, and now your heart will beat through
The memorial concluded with one final police ritual. A
San Jose police dispatcher broadcast was piped into the
arena, making a symbolic, last call.
“Officer Michael Johnson, badge 3718,” the dispatcher
said. “Officer Johnson, you will always be remembered
and honored for your service and bravery. End of watch,
March 24, 2015. Attention all units: Resume all normal
Then, the procession reformed outside to complete this
painful journey at Oak Hill Cemetery, where a private
funeral service was scheduled. Officers streamed out of
SAP, some wiping their eyes and hugging one another.
They once again lined up to salute Johnson and his
One officer instructed others to stand straight and
bring their right hands to their heads in salute.
“It’s time for him to go home.”
Staff writers Julia Prodis Sulek, Katie Nelson, Erin
Ivie and Sal Pizarro contributed to this report.
OTHER VIEWS THROUGH THE LENS OF THE CAMERA
couple of minutes and watch
THIS footage of the funeral procession from Los
Gatos to San Jose and we will wager that you have never
seen so many police motors at a single gathering. The
video was shot in the vicinity of Lark and Winchester
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impressive was the procession from the SAP to Oak Hill
for the private burial not covered by the media.
THIS footage appears to have been captured by a
helmet cam. It includes 100 Patriot Guard Riders who
rode in honor of Michael. (Use the scroll bar to FF
to the 2:00 mark.)
HERE for info on the Patriot Guard Riders.
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This 34-second dashcam video posted on Facebook by Corey
Green will give you an idea of what Michael’s family saw
as they approached the
SAP Center for the Memorial Service.
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Four NBC Bay Area video clips can be found using
THIS link. The first one is about local fundraisers
in support of Mike’s family; the second one features
some of those who spoke at the service; Mike’s sister
told those assembled in clip 3 more about her brother;
and the final video is uncut raw footage of the
helicopter flyover that was part of the service.
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We can only hope we will never again see our BFO
Briefing Room filled to near capacity with police
personnel and not an SJPD badge or shoulder patch in
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And finally, this is audio posted on Facebook by Louis
Quezada of the Moment of Silence broadcast live by
Communications during the Memorial Service. Hearing the
station identifier of “KMA359”
at the end brought back a flood of memories.
A PARTIAL LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES
During my conversation with Johnny Nguyen at the funeral
reception at the POA Hall, he mentioned that he was
donating his food and services for the event. He said
that the POA has been so good to him by using his
catering service over the years that it made it possible
for him to send his two kids to college, and that he was
donating the food for the officers’ reception at the
Hall. I don't know if he was expecting over a thousand
to show up, but they did. John had more than enough food
and deserts on hand for the event and deserves to be
recognized for the respect he has shown for the officers
he admires so much. Likewise for his wife Nina, who was
right alongside him in the preparation and service for
so many in such a trying time for our Dept. Perhaps a
plaudit in your publication would alert the readers of
our good fortune in having such a good friend and
supporter as Johnny Nguyen and Golden Harvest Catering.
As a sidenote, Margie Thompson and Debbie Evangel were
at Vasona Park in Los Gatos at 0530 to serve coffee from
two 50 gallon containers donated by Starbucks along with
some baked items to over 250 motor officers from
throughout Northern Calif. who assembled there prior to
the service at the Mortuary and the procession to the
also are due to all of the "behind the scene" folks that
made it all happen. That means we should not overlook
(PBA Board Member),
Steve Windisch, Jr.
(PBA Vice Pres.)
and Lumpy Lundberg
who "manned" the bar at the POA Hall for the post
memorial officers’ reception from 1:00 to after 7:00
p.m. Cases upon cases of wine and liquor as well as kegs
of suds were dispensed by these thoughtful guys from the
PBA. It’s proof of the "brotherhood" of our PD family —
especially in a time of crises.
Postscript: Three troopers from the New Jersey State
Police related that they were given two days by their
agency to attend the funeral, but took an extra day on
their own time for travel. Virgin Atlantic afforded them
$20 air fares from New Jersey to our area. At the post
memorial reception at the POA they were able to
interface with Officer Johnson's mother, who was
gracious enough to stop at the bar to meet and greet
them personally. While thanking the troopers for
attending her son’s service, she also thanked the bar
crew for their endeavors. Classy!
Point One: I have reason to believe that this is a photo
of Pete Salvi schmoozing with the three New Jersey State
troopers referenced above who flew out to attend
Michael's memorial service...
Point Two: Bob Moir, the humble PBA Sgt. at Arms, failed
to mention that he worked the bar alongside Dave, Larry,
Steve and Lumpy, not an easy task when it involves
spending over six hours on one's feet to provide liquid
refreshment to over 1,000 people.
I often take issue with what I perceive as the uber
liberal editorials of the Mercury News. But this one
from last Friday’s paper about the previous day’s
memorial service for Mike Johnson was spot on…
Community, Police, Family Unite in Grief
News — April 3, 2015
evokes the pinnacle of honor and, at the same time,
plumbs the depths of sorrow quite like a memorial to a
fallen police officer.
But for San Jose Officer Michael Johnson’s service
Thursday, the somber spectacle of the police motorcade,
the honor guard of more than 1,000 officers at the SAP
Center and then the parade of uniforms filing in while
an utterly silent crowd of thousands stood in respect —
that was not the half of it.
The real magic was the eloquence of the individual
speakers — halting at times, as emotion gripped each —
and the poignancy of their portraits of the officer
himself, their personal grief from different
perspectives and the deeper implications of a tragedy
like this for a police department and the community it
Police Chief Larry Esquivel was particularly stirring as
he told what it was like for him to experience the worst
nightmare of every chief and department. In a profession
whose members across the nation see themselves as
family, grief is intense.
But the chief and other speakers from inside and outside
the department at this high-profile event stretched
beyond police solidarity to envelop the community. Each
of them in some form noted the outpourings of sympathy
and shared grief since the March 24 tragedy — as if a
door had opened to a renewed spirit of common cause and
mutual respect that has faded in recent years.
“We need to capture that in a bottle — not let it die,”
Esquivel said. Make it “a catalyst for the new normal.”
He honored Johnson as the kind of officer for whom
community connections came naturally.
Johnson’s class was particularly close, having lost a
member, Jeffrey Fontana, to gunfire shortly after
graduation. Officer David Solis, now with Menlo Park,
spoke on their behalf with humor, grace and a touch of
rhetoric more often found in another profession that’s
known as a calling: preacher. He spoke of the inevitable
grief loved ones feel at all the things left unsaid in a
sudden loss. But instead of dwelling on it, he said,
“Choose to live differently” — tell people you love them
and appreciate them. Do it in honor of Mike, he said.
Johnson’s big sister, Jamie Radack, elicited giggles and
tears as she fleshed out his personality through his
many interests, from martial arts to baking, and his
devotion to family. She expressed gratitude to the
police family, naturally — but also for the community’s
If you never met Mike Johnson, you left the service with
a sense of personal loss for having missed out. If you
ever call the San Jose police for help, you want
somebody like Mike Johnson to be the one to respond.
Let’s take Officer Solis’ suggestion to heart. To honor
Mike Johnson, let’s choose to live differently. Put
divisions of the past behind us and move forward as a
BOB LOBACH RECOVERING FROM KNIFE ATTACK
According to his friends on Facebook, retiree Bob Lobach
is reportedly in pain but doing OK otherwise after being
stabbed in the back during an incident at a private
security gig last weekend that he was working with Pat
Boyd. This story from Tuesday’s paper describes the
Stabbed at High School Ball Field
News — April 7, 2015
SAN JOSE —
A retired San Jose cop working as a school security
officer was injured in his latest line of duty when he
was stabbed while breaking up a group of loiterers at
Branham High School over the weekend.
Robert Lobach, who retired from the police force in
2007, told this newspaper he was working as an armed
security guard for the Campbell Union High School
District on Saturday night when, around 10 p.m., he and
a partner spotted seven males of varying ages apparently
drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana around the
school’s baseball fields.
Police corroborated the basic details of Lobach’s
All but one of them cooperated with the security
officers’ requests to have their photos taken and
disperse. But one became argumentative, Lobach said, but
relented after Lobach pulled out handcuffs. He
reportedly feigned cooperation, then punched Lobach and
struck him at least twice more.
As the security officers were starting to give chase,
Lobach said he felt something warm in his back, and
called out to his partner.
“I said, ‘Hey Pat, I think I got stabbed,’ ” Lobach
They called 911, and he was taken to the hospital.
Lobach said the knife used to stab him fatefully struck
his spinal column, which deflected it from causing more
“I’m really lucky: two centimeters from a vital organ,”
he said. “I’m in pain and hurting like a son of a gun.”
Sunday morning, police tracked down the suspect at his
workplace in San Jose, where he also lives. Jesus
Miranda, 24, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a
deadly weapon and was booked into the Santa Clara County
Jail, where he is being held on $500,000 bail.
POA PENS A THANK YOU MESSAGE TO SAN JOSE
POA President Paul Kelley and Vice President James
Gonzales authored the following that appeared on the op/ed
page of yesterday’s paper…
Police Say It’s Time to Heal Wounds and Rebuild
Kelly and James Gonzales
News — April 8, 2015
It has been
a gut-wrenching two weeks for the men and women of the
San Jose Police Department. On the night of March 24,
Officer Michael Johnson was taken from us, doing the job
he loved. He gave his life keeping our community safe.
From the despair of that evening, our department pulled
itself through. We cried together, and we leaned on each
other for support. We took enormous pride in the
memorial service that saw thousands honor the ultimate
sacrifice Michael made. And we continue to be touched by
the incredible outpouring of support shown to Michael’s
family by the greater San Jose community throughout
these very dark days.
Thank you, San Jose.
Officer Johnson’s memorial brought hundreds of former
San Jose police officers back to the city to honor our
fallen brother. For one day, the San Jose Police
Department was whole again. But it was fleeting. Hours
after Michael was laid to rest, all those departed
officers returned to their new departments.
The San Jose Police Officers’ Association now turns to
the business of trying to resolve what led those
officers to leave. Yesterday, we, along with the San
Jose Fire Fighters met with the City to begin to replace
Measure B, end litigation, legally reduce pension costs
to restore services and turn our city around. Our goal
is to make San Jose an employer of choice at an
As we consider how to replace the decades of experience
the police department lost, we must confront the reality
of what caused these officers to leave. As ill conceived
as Measure B was, the vilification of our officers and
the Chuck Reed brand of reform that accompanied it broke
the bond our officers had with the city. We are reminded
of the day in 2010 when Chuck Reed stood in front of our
officers and accused them of being on the “gravy train.”
When asked if his comment was meant to extend to the 11
brave men who at that time had given their lives
protecting our community, Reed had no answer.
We are confident that the thousands of residents who
attended Thursday’s memorial service and lined our
city’s streets and mourned with us now reject Chuck
Reed’s approach. This was the real San Jose, the San
Jose we must get back to; and not just for one day.
That will take leadership and compromise on all sides.
San Jose needs leaders willing to stand up for what is
right and decent and willing to strive to bring people
together. Unfortunately, in San Jose’s recent history,
too many, including the Mercury News along with former
mayors and current and former city council members,
failed to question and fully grasp the negative outcomes
of the city’s visceral pursuit of pension reform at any
Our city suffered because of that lack of leadership and
unwillingness to compromise.
The murder of Officer Michael Johnson will be with us
forever, but so will his even keel, his good humor and
his decency as a human being. We will honor Michael and
all those who wear the San Jose uniform by doing our
best to heal the wounds that have been festering for
years and begin to move our city forward. We hope the
new makeup of our city leadership will ensure a willing
partner in this endeavor, so that together we can begin
to repair what has been broken.
Sgt. Paul Kelly is president of the San Jose Police
Officers Association and Officer James Gonzales is vice
president. They wrote this for this newspaper.
Police officer Michael Johnson, who was slain while
March 24, is shown with his sister, Jamie Radack, who
delivered an eloquent eulogy at his memorial service
two great events coming up to honor fallen Officer
Michael Johnson. Please click on the links before for
April 12th at 9:00 AM
will be in the Coleman shopping plaza, by Panera Bread.
The event will kick off across the street in the park.
There will be volunteers positioned along the way to
offer water and keep everyone on the right path. Click
HERE to view the course.
If you have further questions, please email Paul Fukuma
CrossFit Moxie Fundraiser:
Saturday, April 18th starting at 8:00 AM
Moxie has designed a "CrossFit Hero Workout" to honor
Officer Johnson. The workout will start at 8:00 AM with
heats starting every 20 minutes. Everyone is invited to
attend, but if you plan on participating in the workout,
please preregister for the event by clicking on the link
above or the flyer below. We recommend that all
participants are familiar with and have some experience
with CrossFit. We can make adjustments for all levels of
There is a recommended donation of $25 per entry.
Commemorative t-shirts/tank tops will also be sold at
the event. All of the proceeds will go directly to
Officer Johnson's family.
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Want to experience indoor skydiving?
like to thank law enforcement in the Bay Area for all
their hard work done to protect and serve. They would
like to invite the San Jose Police Department and their
families to experience a human flight along with
enjoying some great food. This is just a small token of
appreciation for all that you do.
50% off all profits raised on May 4th from 6:30 PM -
10:00 PM will be donated to fallen officer Michael
Johnson's family. The cost is around $60 per person, but
they are comping the first flight and the second flight
will be $20.
Flights are based on a first come, first serve basis.
Calling ahead to make a reservation with the front desk
is highly recommend.
If you wondering "What is iFLY?" or need more
information, please click
THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Area posted this item on its website a few weeks ago…
Police Losing Significant Number of Female Officers
to view the video or read the article below…
police force is losing a significant number of its
female officers -- a blow to the department's
reputation for diversity and adding another obstacle in
its crucial recruiting efforts.
The San Jose Police Officers Association said there are
currently 85 women officers in the department, about 8.5
percent of the force and the lowest of the major Bay
"When I wrote my resignation letter I cried," SJPD
Officer LeeAnn Alfonzo said. "And it's very emotional
for me to talk about it right now because I don't want
to leave this."
Alfonzo is leaving the department this week after nearly
18 years on the force. She said she's leaving because
the pay and benefit cuts are too severe. Alfonzo, who
currently works the Almaden Valley area -- which has
seen a spike in burglaries -- also said she is leaving
for her safety.
"It was once an eight-person staffed area to patrol,"
Alfonzo said. "Well, now we're down to four."
Alfonzo is one of four women officers who have resigned
from SJPD in the past two months. She believes the
departures will hurt recruiting.
"We do have a diverse department. We do have opportunity
here," she said. "But as staffing is depleted, the
opportunities become less and less."
City officials and the union agree the impasse on labor
issues is making it worse.
"Ours has a department that people want to leave," said
James Gonzalez, union vice president. "And other
departments are taking advantage of that."
Mayor Sam Liccardo said the city needs more women
"We need more men officers, too," Liccardo added.
But the need has not brought the city and union any
closer to reaching a deal. So Alfonzo, born and raised
in San Jose, is leaving.
"When I took this job 17-and-a-half years ago, I was
both honored and humbled to be coming to San Jose PD,"
Alfonzo said. "And I almost feel cheated in a sense
because I anticipated retiring here after 30 years."
IT’S DIFFICULT TO CRITICIZE FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER PETE
CONSTANT FOR THIS
Officials Eye Memorial to Police, Firefighters
News — April 8, 2015
SAN JOSE —
A few days ago, after the funeral of police Officer
Michael Johnson, City Hall dusted off an old proposal
for a memorial to cops and firefighters who died in the
line of duty. “Like many great ideas, it’s a borrowed
one,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said Tuesday afternoon. “In the
wake of Officer Johnson, several of us started talking
about a memorial.”
Now he and freshman Councilman Raul Peralez, a former
cop, are resurrecting a proposal spearheaded in 2008 by
former councilman and police officer Pete Constant. A
council committee that year actually approved the
memorial, but the effort ran into the Great Recession
and was shelved as City Hall began cutting services and
payroll. “All plans came to a halt,” Liccardo
spokeswoman Ragan Henninger said. City officials today
figure the memorial would cost about $180,000. Under
Liccardo and Peralez’s proposal, the mayor and
councilmember would cover half of the cost through their
official discretionary funds. Liccardo would kick in
$75,000 from his office’s discretionary fund. Public and
private donations would cover the other half.
Reached at City Hall, where he is a part-time adviser to
Liccardo, Constant said he was heartened by the
project’s return to the drawing board. He was a police
reservist in 1989 when two officers, Gene Simpson and
Gordon Silva, were killed in front of what is now the
plaza of City Hall. He was a freshman councilman when he
formally proposed the memorial.
“I’m happy to see it coming back,” Constant said. “At
the same time, I think the shooting of Officer Johnson
was a tragic reminder that we are one of the biggest
cities without a memorial.”
Although the original proposal never reached the hand of
an artist, city officials did come up with some
prerequisites: The memorial should list the names of the
fallen, inspire visitors to contemplate their sacrifice
and its design should complement the modern architecture
of the new City Hall downtown.
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Speaking of Pete Constant, this little nugget of news
was spotted in the on-line Internal Affairs column of
the Mercury News on Tuesday…
Ex-Councilman Constant Knows Way Out of SJ
News — April 7, 2015
Jose Councilman Pete Constant, now an aide to San Jose
Mayor Sam Liccardo, is moving to Roseville with his
family around the end of June. In IA’s world, it’s not
precisely an earthquake. But it is a tremor,
particularly in Republican circles.
blunt-spoken Constant recently accepted a gig as a
senior fellow with the Reason Foundation, a
libertarian-leaning public policy organization. It’s a
job that he says will take him frequently to Sacramento.
He also intends to continue to work part-time with
Liccardo, a gig limited to 960 hours per year.
Constant said he would miss many things about living in
San Jose – but the overriding reason for the move was
family: His wife’s parents live in Roseville, and the
Constants are under contract to buy a house that he says
is more than twice as large as his 1600-square foot home
in west San Jose.
The ex-councilman has five kids – twin girls, age 14; a
twin son and daughter, aged 12, and his youngest
daughter, age 9. “The schools are good,’’ he said of his
new Roseville neighborhood. “We’re in a real
The former San Jose cop was briefly a potential mayoral
candidate in late 2013, and he has talked about running
for various offices over the years, including sheriff.
His wife, Julie, is expected to step down from her seat
as a member of the Campbell Unified School District
Did anyone else pick up on Kamala Harris' kudos to the
SJPOA? Her reference to an employee organization such as
the POA in my experience is rarely if ever done in a
public forum like a funeral. The POA was given more than
equal status with the City. I recall that Harris put a
spike in Mayor Reid's state ballot issue with her
description of the initiative ballot introduction
Perhaps I put too much of a reading into her remarks,
but I don't think so. It was intentional and forceful.
Take a look for yourself and see what you think. I think
it bodes well for the POA, at least in Sacramento’s
As for the funeral service; I thought it was well
planned and executed; a beautiful tribute to a good man.
I did note that neither the Mayor nor any Councilperson
spoke at the service. Very odd that the employer didn't
offer any supportive remarks. I'm sure the absence of
City leaders was noted by political officials present.
Under the circumstances, I’m of the opinion that the
City Hall residents who were there chose well to show
up, but not speak, whether it was their decision or that
of their advisers.
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I can't thank you enough for the time and work in
getting the Farsider out to us old retirees; your
efforts are deeply appreciated.
The attached photo is of Larry Fernsworth (Nails) and
myself enjoying a spring training game in Phoenix on
April 1, 2015. Larry was on his way home to Idaho and
stopped by my place in Chandler for a few days and, as
expected, there were a few cold ones consumed, some lies
told and many laughs had.
into Jim Moran a few months back; he too lives in
Chandler. Same as Nails; a few cold ones, some lies and
laughs. Appears to be a theme down here doesn't it?
Keep up the great work to keep us in touch with other
Thanks for the kind words, Bob. I'll return the favor by
saying you two guys look much younger than the ages I
know you are. Could it be that laughs, lies and some
cold ones are as effective as Botox at maintaining a
young appearance? I'll have to look into that.
PBA MEETS NEXT WEDNESDAY
the bad news is that next Wednesday is Tax Day, also
known as April 15th. For others, April 15th is good news
because it is the third Wednesday of the month, and that
means the PBA will be holding its general membership
dinner meeting at the POA Hall. The bar will be pressed
into service at 5:00 as usual with a buffet dinner
following sometime between 6:00 and 6:30, and all PBA
members are encouraged to attend.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Obama has reduced the sentences of 22 federal prisoners
who were arrested for drug-related crimes — eight of
whom were serving life sentences. It marks the first
time someone has said “Thanks Obama” but actually meant
Rand Paul is taking a week-long break from talking to
the media to spend time with his family before he
officially announces that he is running for president.
Because nothing motivates you to be on the road for two
straight years like a week alone with your family.
We have first lady Michelle Obama on the show tonight.
As you'd expect, security's been pretty tight. On my way
in I got five pat-downs, and that was just from Joe
We actually had to tape earlier than usual today. Not
because of the first lady's schedule, but so the Secret
Service could make it to happy hour.
According to a new survey, almost half of the voters in
Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania say that they do not
trust Hillary Clinton. Republicans immediately got
together and said, "OK, this is a huge opportunity for
us. How are we going to screw it up?"
After months of negotiations, Iran has finally agreed to
reduce its nuclear weapons program. Which was great
until Putin showed up and said, “Hi, I’m here about
Craigslist ad for nukes.”
Iran said it will give up trying to make a nuclear
weapon. But it got awkward when Iran said, “But just for
Lent. We’ll start again on Monday.”
Many people are noting the difference between Hillary
Clinton's friendly public appearances and her blunt and
direct Twitter account. Yeah, she's nice in person, and
mean on the Internet. You know, kinda like EVERYONE.
A new survey out says 64 percent of Americans own a
smartphone. Which is interesting because in a related
survey, 100 percent of smart phones say they own an
President Obama just made his first presidential trip to
the state of Utah. Obama spent his time in Utah just
like you'd expect — telling people, “Uh, no, I don't
play for the Jazz.”
While he was in Utah, Obama discussed immigration reform
with leaders of the Mormon Church. Obama introduced the
first lady. Then the church's president introduced HIS
first lady. And his second lady. And his third, fourth,
and fifth ladies.
Jeb Bush is facing criticism after it was just revealed
that he checked off his race as "Hispanic" on a voter
registration form back in 2009. When asked if he regrets
it now, Bush said, "Si.”
There was a big upset in March Madness over the weekend.
The Wisconsin Badgers beat the undefeated Kentucky
Wildcats to play in tonight’s National Championship.
When asked how they felt about the loss, Kentucky's
players were already in the NBA and couldn't care less.
Rand Paul is officially running for president. He even
revealed his campaign slogan, which is “Defeat the
Washington machine. Unleash the American dream.” It’s
hard to tell if he's running for president or doing an
infomercial for Bowflex.
A massive power outage in Washington, D.C., today
affected a number of federal buildings, including the
White House. When asked when they could restore power to
the White House, officials said, "2016?"
A new survey found that a growing number of millennials
want to work from home and get more time off. They would
have said more, but they had to pick up their gold star
for participating in that survey.
According to a new study, students who write out their
class notes instead of typing them have a better
understanding of the lessons. While students who pay a
friend for Xerox copies of THEIR notes are more likely
to one day host “The Tonight Show.”
governor is coming under fire for a new law that some
people feel is anti-gay. The governor now says he is not
anti-gay. Then immediately afterwards he said, "April
Fools." It wasn't his best joke.
For the first time, a vegan gluten-free bakery has
opened at Disney World. The place is called "It's a Sad
World After All."
A 95-year-old man has officially become the world's
oldest pilot. He's also become the first pilot to fly at
25 miles per hour.
In Tennessee, a man sued Pizza Hut after he allegedly
broke a denture biting into an excessively hard crouton.
Which begs the question, who goes to Pizza Hut and
orders the salad? Seriously.
The Rolling Stones announced a 15-city tour of North
America. Mick Jagger said it's the biggest tour they've
done on a single continent since the Stones toured
Pangaea. See, that's funny because Pangaea was back when
all the continents were one, easily 2 billion years ago.
Regardless of your religion I hope you had a nice
Easter, which makes no sense. You better have worshiped.
On Easter, the Pope asked for peace in the Middle East.
There are two groups the Pope has to contend with —
Jewish people and Muslims. They couldn't wait to hear
Today was the annual Easter egg roll on the White House
lawn. Usually when you see something rolling on the
White House lawn it's a drunk Secret Service agent.
March Madness is coming to an end. On Saturday after
losing to Wisconsin, Kentucky fans went into the street
and started burning things. Meanwhile, Wisconsin fans
went out and starting frying things and covering them
Election officials say that in 2016, it may be possible
to vote for the president on your smartphone. Can you
imagine that? With one swipe you can choose a president
and at the same time tell him or her where you want to
The top 15 contenders for the Republican nomination own
at least 40 guns among them. If we elect a Republican
president no one is hopping over the White House fence
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has a new book coming
out that slams president Obama. You can buy it from
Amazon or download the version directly from Cheney's
Someone in Utah has come down with a rare allergy to
water. The person's going to be fine though because they
just moved to California.
Fools' Day. So be careful. And don't forget to turn back
Here's what my son did to me today. I forgot it was
April Fools' Day. He switched my Lipitor with my Flomax.
The world's oldest person died at 117. That moves me up
to No. 7.
President Obama and his wife are going to Kenya. Donald
Trump said, "While you're there, pick up your birth
Kids in Washington every year have the big Easter egg
roll on the White House lawn. The kids found 300 Easter
eggs. They also found about 10,000 missing Hillary
Right after the show tonight, I'm going to the New York
City car show. You get to see the models that will be
crashed next year by drunken Secret Service agents.
It's the only auto show in the world where you might
actually find a body in a trunk of a Chevy.
At the auto show, they have a car that parks itself. And
they had it out on the streets of New York to
demonstrate how the car parks itself. Couldn't find a
I am the
host of the show. My name is Bobby. Just kidding, it's
Jimmy. April Fools.
Today is April Fools' Day. Do you know that Brazilian
wax that women get? That was a prank. That started on
April Fools' Day.
In Indiana, state legislators played a hilarious April
Fools' prank on gays and lesbians. They convinced them
they'd passed a law that would let businesses
discriminate against them.
The world's oldest person passed away. So now the title
of oldest person alive belongs to Gertrude Weaver, a
116-year-old woman from Arkansas. Not only is Gertrude
the oldest woman in the world, she is the only woman in
the world still named Gertrude.
heard about the Indiana religious freedom law? Some
people think it’s anti-gay. Well, presidential hopefuls
Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker have all come out
in favor of the new law. Well, I guess I shouldn’t say
It’s being reported that Kim Kardashian may be pregnant.
Or maybe she was just standing backwards.
A new guide for airport security urges agents to look
for whistling, recently shaved beards, and excessive
yawning. Which I guess explains why I saw two TSA agents
frisking each other.
A new report finds that by 2050, the number of Muslims
across the globe will be nearly equal to the number of
Christians. For much more on this story, mention it to
Madison, Wisconsin, has become the first city in the
nation to make it illegal to discriminate against
atheists. Said atheists, “This is the law we’ve been
‘not praying’ for.”
According to The New York Times, Jeb Bush identified
himself as Hispanic on his 2009 voter registration form.
While Hillary Clinton identified herself as "President."
Jeb Bush identified himself as Hispanic, so I guess it's
actually pronounced "Yeb Bush."
Rand Paul announced he is running for president and
bloggers pointed out that his campaign symbol, a small
flame, looks nearly identical to the logo for the dating
app Tinder. It's appropriate because in either case you
have no idea what you’re getting into and it probably
won’t work out.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing criticism
from working-class voters after he was caught on camera
today eating a hot dog with a knife and fork. And he got
criticism from wealthy voters because he used a
A leaked memo from Apple suggests they no longer want
long customer lines outside of their stores for new
product releases. And they figured out how to solve that
problem: they’re going to release a $5,000 watch.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF APRIL 4, 2015
HERE for the most current (April 4th) update.
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If you are not familiar with the “Fallen Project,” you
PERHAPS everyone in the country should be. (5:09)
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Doesn’t matter to
THIS Bulldog whether it’s water, snow or a sidewalk.
All he wants is a board so he can go “Surfin’ USA.”
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Here’s a video that should get the juices flowing in you
GEARHEADS. It’s a drift battle between a 375 HP RX7
and a 175 HP Kawasaki ZX10. The excellent action footage
is provided by several videos cameras, including one
that his mounted to a very fast and very small
radio-controlled race car. (4:45)
Battle 2 is a well-staged sequel to the one above. This
one, however, pits a local cop in a 550 HP Mustang
against a couple of errant bikers. Click
HERE to have a look at just how well it is staged.
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If someone was to describe what these guys can do with a
basketball and a Frisbee, most people would say it’s
impossible. But we live in a day and age where video
makes the impossible become real. Watch Brodie Smith
with his Frisbee challenge a friend with a basketball to
what has been called the “Greatest Game of
HORSE Ever.” (6:29)
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the guy in this Woman’s Self Defense class movie was
paid, it was not enough. Then again, perhaps his kink is
masochism. Check out
THIS 1947 film that was posted on Facebook by Art
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If you enjoy watching successful fake plays, you will
want to watch
THIS one received from Russ Jones that took place
during a woman’s soccer game in the UK last week. (1:02)
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Do you remember
THIS video from back in 2008 of an acrobatic
aircraft losing a wing but landing successfully?
after that video went viral, Snopes determined it was
fake; it turned out to be a digitally produced viral
video promotion for the German clothing company
HERE for the details.
But steps can be taken by pilots that will allow them to
survive if their airplane does in fact lose a wing in
HERE’S an example. (1:33)
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Don Hale and Bert Kelsey are gambling that
THIS video will pique the interest those who are
interested in military aviation. The eight minute video
(an ad for an upcoming documentary) describes the
miracle of Israel's survival as a nation when it was
formed back in May 1948. Arab nations were within 10
miles of Tel Aviv with a 10,000 man force and ready to
totally destroy the new country. All that stood in the
way were four Messerschmitt BF-109's left behind by the
Nazis in the Czech Republic, hurriedly assembled in
hangers and never test flown, and piloted by volunteer
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If you want to hear and see something magical, you have
come to the right
PLACE. It’s not just the beautiful harmony you are
about to hear that has a touch of magic, it’s also the
fact that all four of these individuals are the same
person, the Rev. George Bennard. True. Look closely at
the faces, the same black wrist watch on the left arm.
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Given what we have all be through over the past few
THIS Pan flute rendition of a well recognized
instrumental seems like an appropriate fit for this
week’s final item. (3:12)
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Pic of the Week
So what's wrong with this picture?
Nothing, except that it's located at Coleman and
(The City is fortunate that it wasn't placed on San
Pedro across from the garage entrance.)
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