In her tentative decision, Judge Patricia Lucas reportedly said that San Jose’s majority victory—10 of the 13 modifications were upheld—should not shield the city from covering costs for the San Jose Police Officers Association, AFSCME and retirees.
“The court’s task does not consist of tallying up the number of individual issues on which each side prevailed,” Lucas ruled, according to the report.
Both sides claimed victory this spring when Lucas made her final ruling—before appeals—on Measure B. This thing is still not over, though. The two sides are reportedly scheduled to be back in court Nov. 6, and there is talk that San Jose has an interest in taking the matter all the way to the Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, the City Council set aside $2 million in anticipation that Lucas’ ruling is upheld. “The action that the council took was basically a budgetary placeholder,” said David Vossbrink, the city’s communications director.