San Jose Inside editor Josh Koehn sat down for a interview last week with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. In the first part of their conversation, the two discuss the city’s controversial pension reforms, the depleted police ranks, the current mayor’s race, San Jose’s lawsuit with Major League Baseball and Reed’s insistence that he’s not a closet Republican.
Post-election: When people stop being polite and start being real. According to a report, Bobby Lopez and Neil Struthers recently had a public dispute about the East Side City Council race. At a Starbucks.
San Jose police officer Huan Nguyen’s generosity has exceeded even his own expectations. The officer set up an online fundraising page, which has now raised more than $100,000 for a road rage victim’s family.
Ex-City Manager Debra Figone, who fought for years to cut the sick leave payout employees claimed upon retiring, cashed out $109,166 in unused hours when she left last December.
After an audit called for firing police who lie to investigators, some city leaders have come out opposing the recommendation.
A proposal making its way to the City Council this week would relax some of the disability retirement rules for public safety workers imposed by voter-approved pension reforms.
It’s come to this: Labor blasting city of San Jose officials via poetry. Bad poetry. Like really, really awful poetry. The missive at hand is a 12-line poem written in couplets by police union head Jim Unland.
Last week, Santa Clara County Judge Patricia Lucas issued a final Measure B verdict. A reader wondered in an email why we didn’t write about it. Fair point, which brings us to this update. The final decision in the landmark pension reform case that forced employees to contribute 16 percent more of their pay to retirement costs is similar to the tentative ruling trotted out in December, except for a couple details.
Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio’s plan to change the way San Jose funds it police department comes back to the Rules and Open Government Committee this week.
San Jose Inside’s Josh Koehn sat down in late October with City Manager Debra Figone, who will retire at the end of next week, to discuss her 44-year career in public service. The free-flowing discussion, which has been edited for clarity, touches on topics such as the city’s adversarial relationship with the Police Officers Association, the validity of international travel for elected officials, the possibility of another sports franchise coming to San Jose if the Oakland A’s cannot relocate here, and how Figone views the media’s coverage of local politics.