Civil Rights Groups Slam San Jose over Drone Purchase

Civil rights groups castigated San Jose city leaders for approving a drone purchase without public debate over privacy concerns. They’re now asking the city to reform procedures for acquiring surveillance technology to make the process more transparent.

Rules Committee Looks at Illegal Fireworks, Lobbyist Report

A handful of city leaders want to hike up penalties for illegal fireworks, given that complaints and injuries are becoming increasingly common. Also on Wednesday’s Rules Committee agenda, the city’s federal lobbyists will submit a mid-year report. San Jose Inside will be meeting with the lobbyists Thursday morning, and readers are invited to submit questions in the comments section.

Bill Would Toughen Mental Health Parity Laws

The city seeks to endorse a legislative proposal that would ensure people get adequate mental health and addiction treatment.

New Bill Tells Drug Companies to Pay for Medical Waste Disposal

The city wants to support a state bill that would require pharmaceutical companies to subsidize a drug take-back program to get rid of whatever medications are left over.

Xavier Campos Pushes Half-Cent Sales Tax to Hire More Police

San Jose Councilman Xavier Campos has proposed a half-cent sales tax measure so the city can hire more police officers. “Ideally, no one would want to increase taxes,” he writes in a memo going before the Rules and Open Government Committee on Wednesday. “However, this council has worked before on making tough fiscal decisions to increase services to our citizens.”