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April 25, 2013


Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>


The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



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 week...

Barbara 'Bee' Billing Hunt

Resident of Penn Valley

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 ballot.

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.

"No on 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 Measure B

Posted by Josh Koehn on Friday, April 19, 2013
San Jose Inside

The 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 legal fees.”

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 obligations.”

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...




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

—Decrease of 7 percent comes despite sharp increase in crime, continuing loss of officers—

By Mark Emmons and Eric Kurhi — Staff writers
<memmons@mercurynews.com> and <ekurhi@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — 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 public.

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 for improvement.”

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 this time.”

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.”

Shrunken force

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 Results

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:



April 20th


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 done so.

Gary Leonard

Two patrol officers killed by so-called Sovereign Citizens



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April 22nd

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 Hawkes

Ken included the following message from Norene with his message...

Subject: Volunteers

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
408) 277-4951

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April 23rd

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 time.

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.

 John Campbell <snowghost@bajabb.com>



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.

Hi Guys,

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 PAB.

If anyone has any contact information for any family members of SJPD's Fallen, please call or e-mail me.
Thank you,

Joanne Segovia
Office Manager, San Jose Police Officers’ Association
Ph: (408) 298-1133 / Fax: (408) 298-3151



Crashing the 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.

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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 what develops.

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 reports before.

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 horses.

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 mine.

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!”

I made?

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 say.

“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 work gothdammit!”

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.



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:
Victor Ajlouny, Eagle Communications
Ben Angileri, BT Angileri & Associates
Kenny Carvalho, City Towing
Rob Coelho, Office of Santa Clara County Counsel
Renee Daggett, AdminBooks
Pat Dando, San José / Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Rob Davis, San Jose Chief of Police, Retired
Bill Del Biaggio, Heritage Bank of Commerce
Denelle Fedor, City of San Jose
Tim Quigley, Azores TV
Larry Silva, Yellow Checker Cab Co.
Saeed Yousuf, 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 well.

Here is a link to a Mercury News article about Mayor Reed and Victor Ajlouny's relationship.


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 $250.00.


Here is a bio on Saeed Yousuf that Bothman Construction posts on the website.


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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:

(Language warning) 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 Min.)


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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 Cookers Now

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 exempt.

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 beat it?


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Pic of the Week

We heard 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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