In 2012, a city audit found that San Jose police working off-duty security jobs lacked accountability and, in some cases, abused the system. One officer allegedly double-billed two school districts, according to the report by City Auditor Sharon Erickson, who handed down a list of recommendations to get the program back in line.
Three years after Erickson called for “urgent reform and a cultural change,” more than 80 percent of those recommendations have yet to be implemented.
Recent press reports about officers working off-duty security details getting a little too cozy with some of their clients—namely the San Francisco 49ers—shows the importance of gaining control of the program, Erickson stressed in a progress report going before the City Council today.
Erickson’s semi-annual status report lists a wide range of programs that have yet to follow through on her direction. By the end of last year, the city had 335 open audit recommendations.
She pointed to “significant opportunities” to civilianize more positions in the SJPD, as noted in a 2010 audit. “Diminished sworn staffing makes this all the more important,” she wrote.
A 2012 audit of Environmental Services found that $1.1 million of public art allocations were misallocated. She asked the city to update its public art ordinance to nix the public art requirement for certain ratepayer-funded sewage or utilities projects.
A 2009 audit of pension earnings unearthed several potential miscalculations, which have yet to be corrected.
Twenty audits pointed to opportunities for the city to save up to $42 million. Eleven of them dealt with meet-and-confer issues.
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More from the San Jose City Council agenda for March 17, 2015:
- A new report shows that San Jose met only a fifth of its affordable housing goal in 2014, building a little more than 500 low-income units. The city says it struggles to keep up with its target because it lost important tools. Redevelopment Agencies, which drummed up money for below-market-rate units, shut down at Gov Jerry Brown’s behest. San Jose’s inclusionary housing fee, which required developers to chip in for affordable units, is being challenged in court.
- The city is being paid $30,000 to manage a public art project called Operation Paydirt that raises awareness about lead poisoning in children.
- San Jose’s former head of the Housing Department, Leslye Corsiglia, is asking for an exemption from the city’s revolving door policy. The policy is meant to ensure impartiality by city staff and prevent former employees from using their connections at City Hall for personal gain. Corsiglia, who retired from her city post in January, is working on a short-term contract researching county-wide homelessness for the nonprofit Health Trust. City Attorney Richard Doyle says it would make sense to approve her request because the project she’s working on would benefit the city by advancing regional solutions to homelessness.
- The annual Great American Litter Pick-Up takes place April 25.
WHAT: City Council meets
WHEN: 1:30pm today
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260