We don’t know enough about Tam Truong to give an unequivocal endorsement, but we do know that District 4 incumbent Kansen Chu has been a mostly ineffective member of the City Council.
It’s time to give someone else a chance.
At just 30 years old, Truong’s career has clipped at an ambitious pace. He went straight from graduating out of San Jose State University to joining the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked for four years. Truong then joined the San Jose Police Department, where he was promoted to detective for the sexual assaults unit a year ahead of schedule—partly because he speaks Vietnamese, his native tongue, fluently.
Truong is a political novice, but his stance on pension reform is bold if not admirable. Most police officers admit pension reform is necessary for the city to be solvent in the future, but Truong goes a step further in his opinion that Measure B is the only way to rescue the budget and restaff a department that has been decimated by layoffs, transfers and unfilled vacancies.
We applaud Chu’s proactive approach to the city’s plastic bag ban, which has been met with mixed reviews yet shows San Jose wants to stay ahead of the curve on green environmental policies. One point we strongly disagree with Truong on is his suggestion that the bag ban should be repealed, and all environmental efforts that impact businesses—even modestly—should wait for a county or statewide policy. This is how nothing gets done.
But aside from a bag ban, Chu’s major accomplishments seem to be the installation of LED streetlights, a lengthy process to create the Berryessa Business Association and holding the union line on votes without sufficiently articulating his reasons. He signs on more than he sets up.
Truong will be a work in progress, but we’d rather have someone work their tail off than get four more years of the same.