April 25, 2013
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I was given a handwritten note by Pete Graves at last week's
(April 17th) PBA meeting that included details about the passing of Bee Hunt,
the wife of retired Capt. Lyle Hunt. Unfortunately, I failed to remember the
note until after we had gone to press with the Farsider the following morning.
Fortunately, Bee's obituary appeared in the Mercury News on Monday of this
Barbara 'Bee' Billing Hunt
Bee passed away April 13,
2013 at home surrounded by family; Lyle Hunt, husband of 59 years, son Steven
Hunt (Allison), daughters Lynn Parker (Paul) and Becky Anderson (Fred) after a
2-year bout with recurring breast cancer. She was 82. She enjoyed her family
tremendously, including grandchildren Chris and Lauren Parker, Hilary and Austin
Hunt, and Stephanie and Casey Anderson. She was raised in Auburn, CA, attended
SJSU, a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, graduating in 1953, BA Degree, in
Occupational Therapy. Upon retiring in 1986, she and Lyle relocated to Penn
Valley, CA. Always found with an exuberant, infectious smile on her face, she
was loved by all. The family has been grateful for her 18 year presence while in
remission, surviving her first bout with cancer that long ago.
No services are planned at this time. Donations in her memory can be made to
your local Ronald McDonald House for which she was an avid pop-top collector, or
to your local Hospice.
One of the "best looking Attorney Generals" President Obama has
ever laid eyes on gave SJ employee unions the green light to move ahead on the
Measure B suit. This is how the Mercury News covered the story...
Attorney General Clears Way
for San Jose Police Union's Pension Suit
By John Woolfolk
Mercury News — April 19, 2013
SAN JOSE -- Attorney
General Kamala Harris this week cleared the way for the San Jose police
officers' union to sue the city over its contention that it did not fulfill its
collective bargaining obligations before putting a pension reform measure on the
The San Jose Police Officers' Association is among several city unions seeking
to overturn the pension reform Measure B, which nearly 70 percent of city voters
approved in June, in court as well as through a state agency that oversees
public employee bargaining rights. The measure sponsored by Mayor Chuck Reed
calls for reduced pensions for new hires and for current employees to either pay
more toward their pensions or choose a reduced benefit formula for remaining
years on the job. But its provisions have not been imposed on police officers
pending legal challenges.
Measure B" backers answer the media's questions in
front of the Superior Court building in San Jose, on June 6, 2012.
Following the resounding victory of Measure B, the firefighters'
and police officers' unions filed suit to protect their pensions.
SJPOA President Jim Unland
said that "Reed ought to reform his position and seek a lawful compromise on
pension reform that can actually save money instead of wasting millions of
dollars in legal fees."
The city argued to Harris that the officers' complaint already was being
addressed in separate proceedings before the California Public Employment
Relations Board. Harris wrote in her decision that "the separate proceedings
fail to present an adequate opportunity for these two parties to air their
respective and opposing positions regarding the ... dispute."
Reed said the city "spent hundreds of hours negotiating with its employee unions
over the Measure B pension reforms."
"While we were unable to reach an agreement, we made a number of changes to our
original pension reform proposal during the course of these negotiations," Reed
said, adding that he is "confident that the courts will agree that the city
bargained in good faith."
This is a more detailed
story on the same Measure B topic as it was covered by the "San Jose Inside"
website, also on April 19th...
Harris OKs Judicial Review of
Posted by Josh Koehn on Friday, April 19, 2013
San Jose Inside
office of Attorney General Kamala Harris said a
judicial review of San Jose’s Measure B is warranted.
The office of Attorney
General Kamala Harris granted the San Jose police union’s request for a judicial
review of Measure B, the controversial pension reform ballot measure voters
passed last year. In an opinion published Monday, Harris and her deputy attorney
general, Marc Nolan, wrote that a review is needed to determine if the city of
San Jose “fulfilled its statutory collective bargaining obligations before
placing an initiative measure on the June 2012 ballot.”
Gregg Adam, a lead counsel for the Police Officers Association (POA) and
attorney with Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP, said the AG’s decision is an
important step in the process of overturning Measure B.
“The opinion of Attorney General Harris will allow the SJPOA to petition a court
on behalf of the People of California to demonstrate that the City did not meet
its obligations to bargain in good faith and that Measure B was prematurely
placed on the ballot,” Adam said.
It’s important to note, however, that the AG’s opinion is not an endorsement of
either side’s position.
“Where, as here, a private party seeks to file an action in quo warranto, that
party must obtain the Attorney General’s consent to do so,” the opinion notes.
“In determining whether to grant an application to file a quo warranto action in
superior court, we do not attempt to resolve the merits of the controversy.”
POA President Jim Unland cited four complaints recently issued by the California
Public Employment Relations Board in comments he made challenging Mayor Chuck
Reed on Measure B’s validity.
“I wonder if Mayor Reed will have the same reaction to California’s top law
enforcement official as he had with the Public Employment Relations Board when
he said; ‘What PERB thinks about what happened is irrelevant,’” Unland said.
“Reed ought to reform his position and seek a lawful compromise on pension
reform that can actually save money instead of wasting millions of dollars in
In a statement Friday morning, Reed countered the union’s argument that the
meet-and-confer process was incomplete.
“The city of San Jose spent hundreds of hours negotiating with its employee
unions over the Measure B pension reforms, including more than 20 sessions with
a state mediator,” Reed said. “While we were unable to reach an agreement, we
made a number of changes to our original pension reform proposal during the
course of these negotiations. I am confident that the courts will agree that the
City bargained in good faith and fulfilled all of its meet-and-confer
If you haven't yet had
your fill about the AG's decision, clicking on the link below will show you how
KPIX Channel 5 in San Francisco covered the story...
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Regarding this story from Tuesday's paper about police complaints
having fallen, a cynical person might deduce it's because the number of cops
have fallen. What's wrong with the logic of more cops, more complaints, less
cops, less complaints? Whatever. We suppose the important thing is to keep San
Jose's one-person civilian review board happy.
Complaints About Police Fall
7 percent comes despite sharp increase in crime, continuing loss of officers—
By Mark Emmons and Eric Kurhi — Staff writers
— April 23, 2013
SAN JOSE — Despite a
difficult year when the San Jose Police Department endured a sharp rise in crime
and a continuing exodus of police officers, including its chief, a new report
reveals that in 2012 the force still received fewer formal complaints from the
The annual review of Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell found that there
was a 7 percent decrease in citizen complaints — numbering 329 — last year.
Independent Police Auditor
LaDoris Cordell is a retired
Superior Court Judge
“That’s a very good thing,”
said Cordell, a retired Superior Court judge, after the 182-page report was
posted Monday on the city’s website. “I’m getting the impression from people in
the community that they understand the police are doing the best job they can
under some very difficult circumstances. At the same time, there’s always room
The number of complaints that resulted in officer discipline after internal
review was also down, from 10 percent of cases in 2011 to 3 percent last year, a
20-year low. The majority of those cases required officers to undergo training
or counseling. None involved resignation or termination of an officer.
San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer said the department took a proactive
stance in the past year to cut down on the number of complaints.
“I don’t know if there was a huge catalyst or a specific event; it’s just an
ongoing effort to improve customer service,” he said. “I think we hit the mark
Dwyer said the department held mandatory training sessions that emphasized the
importance of initial contact between citizens and officers.
“When things go bad, they usually go downhill from the very first meeting,”
Dwyer said. “Either you start off on the right foot or you don’t.”
The auditor’s report notes how Cordell’s office did not agree with the findings
by the department’s Internal Affairs Unit in 16 percent of the 345 cases it
reviewed in 2012 — either by stating “disagreed” or “closed with concerns.” But
even that number was a slight improvement from 19 percent in 2011.
Cordell also singled out the force’s Internal Affairs Unit for praise, stating
that it has become much better in completing investigations in a timely matter
and has improved its level of cooperation with the auditor’s office.
“I think on the whole this is still a very safe city, and that’s remarkable when
you consider just how low our numbers (of police officers) have dropped,”
Cordell said. “That says a lot about the officers, and I applaud them
considering everything they face.”
Crime became the hot-button issue in San Jose last year as the city marked a
20-year high with 45 homicides. Last month, the police department released
figures that indicated a nearly 30-percent increase in property crimes from
2011. The 28,463 property crimes were the most since 1995.
Also, San Jose’s ranking among the country’s safest large cities — based on an
analysis of FBI data — had slipped to fifth. In the previous five years, the
city ranked third or fourth. San Jose ranked tops in the country for a six-year
stretch from 2001 to 2006.
Those figures added fuel to the raging debate between the police officers union
and Mayor Chuck Reed and his City Council allies over the role of pension reform
in reducing the size of the department and whether it is driving officers away.
The force had shrunk to about 930 deployable officers at the start of the year —
before a police academy class of 44 graduated. In 2008, there were more than
1,400 sworn officers. Following officers out the door was Chief Chris Moore, who
retired earlier this year. Acting police Chief Larry Esquivel, a 27-year San
Jose veteran, is heading the department while the city searches for a
replacement. “The last couple of years have been hard on cops and hard on
residents,” Dwyer said. “There’s a heavier workload, uncertainty in pay and
benefits and a lot of flux — these things weigh heavily on officers.”
But the report from council-appointed Cordell represents some encouraging signs.
The auditor is intended to provide transparency and oversight of the police
force by investigating complaints, examining investigations of the Internal
Affairs Unit and recommending improvements to procedures and policies.
No rubber stamp
The 329 complaints either came to her office or directly to internal affairs.
Cordell’s staff also audited all the “force” cases and 80 percent of other
conduct cases that were closed by internal affairs last year. The report, for
the first time, included summaries of cases where her office disagreed with the
department’s final decision. The point, Cordell said, is to show the public that
her office is not a rubber stamp. “We can’t tell the police to do anything,”
Cordell added. “But by shining sunshine on these cases, we’re making the system
better for everyone and hopefully improving fairness.”
The report notes that “contrary to our expectations,” officers with greater
experience received a larger percentage of negative “courtesy and procedure”
allegations compared to officers with less than five years of experience. And
while Cordell was complimentary of Esquivel, the report makes clear that she was
unhappy with the acting chief overturning one of Moore’s final decisions to
document detentions. Moore mandated that officers record information such as
age, ethnicity and cause for pedestrian stops when no arrests were made. That
was a result of Cordell advocating that minorities found the practice of
“curb-sitting” to be demeaning. Esquivel quickly suspended Moore’s change in
procedure. “It wasn’t even out there for 15 minutes,” Cordell said. “He thought
it was written too broadly. But I don’t agree with that.”
Last Week's Poll
With the poll less than 24 hours old, these were the results as
of 6:00 a.m. last Friday, shortly after the
news broke that two Russian-born brothers had been I.D.'d as the Boston bombers.
The question was:
Based on the
latest media reports as of late April 16th, what is your best
guess as to who was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings?
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
As you know, I am the course manager for the POST Executive Development Course
for Chiefs and Sheriffs. I am hearing from those attending that there is an
increase in encounters with individuals claiming to be Sovereign Citizens.
With the Boston situation and other terrorism stuff going on I thought your
readers may be interested in hearing about this group if they haven't already
Two patrol officers killed by so-called Sovereign Citizens
• • • • •
I have had the privilege of sitting on two of these oral boards. I don't like
the way our department is heading and this is something I can do, at least in a
small way, to help.
Our retirees are cordially invited to participate by Officer Noreen Marinelli of
the Recruiting Unit. She is a very pleasant professional and easy to work with.
The board is comprised of an active sergeant, a city employee and a member of
the community. Retirees work very well as community members because we know what
the department is looking for.
It is an entire Saturday or Sunday once a month, or even two months, meeting at
the old Beechnut Plant across from Happy Hollow. I highly recommend involvement
as it helps keeps 'em honest!
Ken included the following message from Norene
with his message...
We are looking for volunteers to work police recruit oral boards Saturday May
11, from 7 a.m. to about 3:30 or 4 pm at the Police Personnel building located
at 1661 Senter Road in San Jose. Please e-mail me if you are interested.
Thank you again to everyone, We realize that giving up an entire day is a big
commitment, and we do appreciate it.
Officer Norene Marinelli #3554
SJPD Recruiting Unit
• • • • •
Finally got the phone, Internet and a new e-mall address, but no TV. I didn’t
expect 3 feet of snow right off the bat, so I traded in shoveling horse(dung)
to snow, I don’t mind living in the Rockies. Got rid of the California license
plates. Went to the Colorado DMV with 2 gals inside. No line and immediately
received my plates. Went to the post office on April 15th (tax day) to change my
address. Two people were in line in front of me. Called the local Estes Park PD
for a VIN check and an officer came to the house to do the check. I asked "Where
are all the gangsters and graffiti? He said "What’s that?"
Even with all the snow on the ground the roads are plowed before I’m ready to
drive into town, and neighbors with their 4WD snow plows clear my driveway when
they clear theirs. Everybody we met here welcomed us.
So what do I miss about California? The weather, maybe. California state tax vs.
Colorado's? No. Friends at the PBA meetings? Yes, but I’ll be back from time to
Feel free to put my goofy picture in the Farsider and edit this email if you
wish. I’ll write more later as it has so far been an adventure.
ABOUT FAMILIES OF OUR FALLEN OFFICERS
All readers are encouraged to read this message
from POA Office Manager Joanne Segovia. If you can't help her locate family
members of our fallen officers, please consider attending the San Jose Fallen
Officers' Memorial ceremony on May 30th at the SJPD.
I am hoping you can help. The POA has managed to get the SJ Memorial moved from
City Hall to the SJPD. One of our reasons for this was because very few family
members attend the ceremony at the downtown City Hall.
Unfortunately, the chaplains' contact information list for the families of
fallen officers is incomplete. A lot have moved away, and we don’t have any way
of reaching them. We are thinking/hoping that perhaps some Farsider readers
might still be in contact with some of them. We would really like to get as many
family members there as possible. Actually, we want to get as many PEOPLE in
general there as possible.
The date is Thursday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the parking lot in front of the
If anyone has any contact information for any family members of SJPD's Fallen,
please call or e-mail me.
Office Manager, San Jose Police Officers’ Association
Ph: (408) 298-1133 / Fax: (408) 298-3151
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
1960 Rome Olympics
It's not widely known that
the SJPD had a wannabe entry/participant in the 1960 Rome Olympics, although he
wasn't yet a San Jose cop. And no, I'm not talking about John Powell, the SJPD
officer and real US Olympian who competed in the discus throw. The cop I'm
talking about eventually did become a member of the Dept. and has since retired
after a 30-year honorable career. For the sake of anonymity we'll call him Fredo.
Prior to hearing the siren call him to the SJPD, while he was sowing his wild
oats on the other side of the Pond, Fredo visited Rome and was able to outfit
himself in Olympic garb and enter the Olympic Village, where he mingled with the
athletes and even dine at the food tables that were set up. During one such
endeavor, however, he was checked, detained and kicked out for impersonating a
real athlete. After the second such occurrence the American Embassy got
involved and told Fredo to "behave." The Italian police, however, had a
difference perspective. Our miscreant was asked by the carabinieri, "Why you no
leava Roma?" Fredo's response: "Why? I didn't do anything wrong" and Into the
slammer he went. After six hours the American Consul showed up and asked Fredo
the same question: "Why didn't you leave Rome?" Again he replied, "Why? I didn't
do anything wrong." He was then given an official directive: "Be out of Rome by
9 a.m. tomorrow."
The next day the future San Jose cop made a sojourn to Germany and found himself
enjoying a wienerschnitzel and a beer at the Munich Opera House when a total
stranger set our European traveler up with two more liters of beer. Fredo
thought it was an extremely nice gesture by the new "friend" he had acquired,
but after finishing the sausage and the beer, the new friend gave Fredo a ring.
Not a call as on a phone, but a ring that one wears on a finger. It turned out
that the amorous friend was wearing white socks, the same color as Fredo's.
After inquiries of the bartender, our visiting cop-to-be learned that white
socks was used as a signal that one was gay and trolling for company.
To this day you will never see Fredo wearing anything other than dark colored
socks. Don't believe me. Check him out at the next PBA meeting.
• • • • •
Last week's story by
Robillard about a horse that needed to be dispatched reminded one of our retired
Captains about one of his own. This is how he remembers it...
Another Horse Story
By Ken Hawkes
A horse, of course, is
heavy. A dead horse is really heavy. I didn’t know this when I was a rookie cop.
It was a hard learned lesson.
San Jose didn’t have an academy in 1966 when I was lured away from IBM with
visions of glory and excitement. Not riches, but glory and excitement. The pay
was 628 dollars a month, paid by a 150 dollar advance on the 15th of every month
and the balance, after taxes, on the last day of the month. It was less than
half of what IBM paid me, but IBM pay came without adrenalin. My career in glory
and excitement started on Jan. 1st. of 1967. I had an understanding wife and two
young children who did not understand that their father was probably a lunatic.
For the first two weeks I was assigned to ride with veteran officers who would
show me the ropes and allow me to learn the streets of the city. A lot of the
instruction seemed to be “Try to stay out of the way and I’ll explain later what
is happening.” This rope learning went just fine for four days, but along came
the fifth night and the City was short of patrolmen.
"We gave you B-11 down in the college district," Sgt. Lee Brown said. "The
streets are numbered so you can’t get too lost. Stay out of trouble and call
someone for help if you have a question.” Lee was a great guy who later became a
police chief and eventually the mayor of Dallas, TX., a brilliant career not
presaged by his administrative decision that winter night to assign me to B-11.
It was the Midnight Shift, 1200 to 0800. What could go wrong?
Things were okay for a couple of hours. It was foggy so things were quiet.
Here comes a guy southbound on 11th going way too fast. Stop him and ask him to
slow down. Probably not going to write a ticket because we are the only two cars
on the road.
I pull in behind him and make the amateur mistake of turning on the red lights
before looking to find a cross street. The clown takes off. Now I’m chasing him
in the fog with no idea whatsoever of where we are or where we're going. No way
in hell am I going to broadcast a pursuit with that non-information. Rookies
caught enough flack as it was; never mind looking for it. Just hang on and see
This seems to be taking a long time and I’m thinking that maybe I should just
turn the lights and siren off and try to find my way back to B-11. Then the guy
stops! I still don’t know where we are, so I stay off the radio and approach the
driver with hand on gun. Maybe he’s a deuce, I know how to process them. Had to
pull him out of the car, cuff him and get him into the back seat of my patrol
car. The two of us drove around until I found a street sign so I could get my
bearings and report my location.
We were at Blossom Hill and Downer! That’s miles south of B-11 and on a
different radio channel. Arrrgh! Well, it is what it is. Can’t fix it.
Predictably, Communications was confused when I went out on a car stop many
miles from my beat. The guy was sober and said he tried to split because he had
warrants. Sure enough, Comm said he did, so to jail he did go since I knew
enough to book him.
My roaming ways were evidently noted and rewarded my next night out. Then-Sgt.
Bill Brown sent me to San Jose’s outback, our own Sahara Desert, otherwise
known as B-24. South and west of civilization, the center of B-24 was Blossom
Hill Road and Almaden which was a four-way stop sign and a fruit stand. There
was some sort of strip annexation by the City which followed Almaden way out to
Crown where a housing development was going in.
About three in the morning Comm calls with an 11-83 (accident, no details) on
Almaden north of Crown. There is, of course, no other units to assist, but that
was okay, it was just an accident, what could go wrong? I had helped on accident
The action wasn’t hard to find. A red '59 Pontiac was sitting off the road with
a smashed front end, and a horse was down and panicked right on the center line
of the roadway. Even though the hour was late, two or three cars had stopped.
One of the bystanders was an old cowboy.
“Yer gonna have to shoot the horse!” he says. “Two broken legs and she’s
bleeding from the mouth.”
Yeah, what could go wrong? An officer is supposed to have a sergeant’s
permission before dispatching an animal, but the only sergeant on this midnight
shift was composting on the Complaint Desk. The only decision he had made in the
last ten years was to not retire after thirty. Comm couldn’t find him anyway,
"He's out to lunch” the dispatcher said with an apparently straight face.
“Gimmie your gun, I’ll do it,” says Cowboy. “Gotta be done now.”
Cops never give up their guns. That’s probably Rule #1. It’s pretty obvious who
is going to do the deed.
“Shoot her right here,” Cowboy indicates.
I did. The big brown mare was finally at peace. In the middle of the road. Right
on the white line.
Animal Control normally picks up dead animals, but not all dead animals as they
were quite explicit about drawing the line somewhere between large dogs and
Tow trucks tow cars, they do not tow horses off the road. The tallow works would
come out the next day and pick up the carcass, but until then the problem was
While negotiating the removal or non-removal, I remembered that I had an
accident form to fill out.
The Pontiac and driver was easy. The horse was female, I knew that. Age?
“Hey, Cowboy, how old is that mare” I asked, pen poised.
Cowboy peels the lips back to look at her teeth.
“Oh s--t,” Cowboy says, the last thing I wanted to hear from an expert. I’m
staring at him.
“See them numbers tattooed on her lower lip? This is some really expensive dog
food you made here!”
Turned out the thoroughbred brood mare cost the unhappy owner just over twice
the price of my house. He should have closed the barn door.
Cowboy eventually produced a stout rope and the mare was unceremoniously pulled
off the roadway via a trailer hitch.
The accident report was completed to reflect the fact that the three-year-old
female, dark colored horse was hit by a Pontiac on Almaden Road and
subsequently dispatched. My mistake was in checking a box at the top of the
report indicating it was a "fatal accident."
I got to bed that morning and awoke to afternoon coffee and the Mercury News.
Cops read the paper to keep track of what the enemy was up to. I still subscribe
because they are still the enemy, plus they loose 5 cents on every copy they
bring to me. The Mercury News performed it’s usual level of research and
confirmation on big stories and reported on the front page of the afternoon
edition that a three-year-old female pedestrian dressed in dark clothing was
killed on Almaden Road in the middle of the night. The year-to-date fatality box
on the front page was updated to reflect this latest tragedy. Oops.
Midnight briefing that night went by with no mention of the “fatal” accident by
the briefing sergeant. Heading out to pick up my shotgun and patrol car I was
thinking of the night ahead, not the one behind. Any illusion of having skated
on my transgression ended as I passed the Watch Commander’s office.
“Hawkth-you-thonova-bitch-get-your-ath-in-here!” Captain E. Dale McCay was
supposed to have gone home hours before but was lying in ambush just for me.
This couldn’t be good.
E Dale McCay had a slight speech defect to the effect that he talked through his
nose, particularly when agitated, which he seemed to be a great deal of the
time. The nasal effect also caused a slight lisp. Having said that, I in no way
mean to imply he could not chew ass. He was in fact one of the premier ass
chewers of his day, and that was when people could say things they can no longer
“Sir?” I was a rookie, he was a captain. The fear tasted like a corroded penny.
The captain spoke for quite some time at good volume, covering many aspects of
my career and immediate future. I of course stood at attention and listened
respectfully, a lot like a rabbit facing a coyote.
Captain McCay stopped, gathered himself for several seconds and concluded.
“Bethides that, gothdammit, when you arrive at the thene of an accident and
shoot the victim it’s NOT A GOTHDAM FATAL! Get your ath outta here and go to
The transgression was never mentioned again, and it was quite some time later I
found out that an ass chewing from a captain was actually a resume enhancer. But
never again did I shoot an accident victim and try to pass it off as a fatal.
ONE COP'S OPINION:
JUST SAY "NO"
This opinion piece came from our Webmaster. It was authored by an
active San Jose officer who is part of an SJPD Facebook contingent monitored by
Leroy, who used his magical computer skills to produce the graphic below. The
links in the article confirm the statements above them.
The San Jose Police Foundation's most well known event
is called Bowling for Badges. This year it will be held on Thursday, May 9,
2013. Many San Jose Police Officers attend not knowing who is on the
Foundation's board and what they stand for. Three of them were big supporters of
Measure B, and two of those were also heavily involved in the campaign to get it
passed. All San Jose Police personnel should know about these three and then
decide if they would still like to participate in this event.
The San Jose Police Foundation
has 12 Board Members:
Ajlouny, Eagle Communications
BT Angileri & Associates
Carvalho, City Towing
Office of Santa Clara County Counsel
San José / Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
San Jose Chief of Police, Retired
Biaggio, Heritage Bank of Commerce
City of San Jose
Yellow Checker Cab Co.
Robert A Bothman Construction
The San Jose Police Foundation
is located at 101 W. Santa Clara Street San Jose, CA 95113, which happens to be
the same address as the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.
1) Victor Ajlouny is Mayor Reed's longtime political adviser. They have known
each other for more than 20 years.
During the Mayor's time in office Victor Ajlouny has received thousands of
dollars to advise the Mayor and run political campaigns.
Victor Ajlouny attended the recent March 2013 end-of-shift BBQ at PAC. In a
lengthy discussion with the officer who was detailed as his escort he made it
abundantly clear to him that we are paid too much and that our pensions are too
generous. He even alluded that he was involved in writing Measure B, and that
the Mayor was correct when it came to pension reform.
Victor Ajlouny was Rose Herrera's campaign adviser, and advised Johnny Khamis as
Here is a link to a Mercury News article about Mayor Reed and Victor Ajlouny's
2) Pat Dando, former CEO of
the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, former San Jose City Council
Member, and strong Measure B advocate. The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of
Commerce gave $15,000 in support of Measure B. The first link below shows Dando
and Reed high-fiving each other on election night when Measure B passed.
3) Saeed Yousuf is the Chief
Operating Officer of Robert A. Bothman Construction Inc. That company gave
$20,000 dollars in support of Measure B, and Saeed Yousuf personally gave
Here is a bio on Saeed Yousuf
that Bothman Construction posts on the website.
Feel free to pass this info
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF APRIL 20, 2013
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Photograph purportedly shows Barack Obama carrying the book 'The
• Does a Google Maps image capture a furtive body disposal?
• Rumors and conspiracy theories associated with the Boston Marathon bombing.
• Did Mr. Rogers say that his mother responded to scary news by telling him,
"Look for the helpers"?
• Does a transcript document an un-aired interview between MSNBC's Chris
Matthews and Cardinal Bergoglio?
• Did the idea for FedEx earn that company's founder a failing mark while he
was a college student?
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• Shoplifter who attempts to conceal a chicken under
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THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
You know what to do...
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We thought this clip
received from Bruce Morton looked familiar, and when we dug into the Archives we
found that it was part of the July 7, 2011 Farsider. But after watching it
again, we decided to include it a second time because it's one of those "feel
good" videos. (6 Mins.)
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Can a 70-horsepower
home-built Harley rat bike beat a 180-HP Japanese sport bike in a drag race? Not
likely, unless the Dutch (as in Holland) chopper is owned and ridden by Hildo.
Have a look. (8 Mins.)
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Hey guys, check this out.
David Byers says this is the most amazing and eye-popping pole dancing
performance he has ever seen. (Ladies, please skip this and move on to the next
item.) (2 Mins.)
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Last week we showed you a
video of the Kings Firecrackers performing their half-time jump rope show at an
Army-Navy basketball game. While they were excellent, Bruce Morton argues that
this is the best jump rope girl in the world. (2 Mins.)
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If the statements about
the NRA made by the black conservatives in this clip we received from Dean
Janavice are factual, you can easily understand why the anti-gun crowd and media
would want to keep a lid on the video. (3 Mins.)
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As reported by Fox News, CNN and other cable
news outlets after bleeping out the naughty words:
A brand new news anchor on
his first day on the job at an NBC affiliate in Bismark, ND expressed his
frustration over the difficulty of pronouncing the name of a Boston bomber
moments before he was to make his broadcasting debut. He was promptly fired and
is already making the talk-show circuit as a result of his faux pas (he was on
Lettterman last night), which is garnering him much more publicity that he would
have received at the little Bismark TV station. (1
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We have deemed this the
Mercury News Letter of the Month, as it appeared in last Friday's paper..
We Need Checks for Pressure
After the recent events in
Boston, perhaps we should consider background checks for pressure cooker
purchase. Sales at cooking shows and between family members however, could be
Disclaimer: We do not own a pressure cooker, though growing up it was my
mother’s favorite kitchen appliance.
Luke Meisenbach, Los Gatos
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Listen up, bowlers. For
the final item this week I'm calling you out. On my fourth attempt after
receiving this stupid bowling game from Bruce Morton I scored a 237. Can you
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Pic of the Week
through our Washington contact that this photo
was taken moments before the televised speech by President
Obama where he expressed his anger at the Senate for not
passing the background check legislation.
Suffice it to say that
the President and top members of his staff were pissed...
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