The Year in Preview: 2015

San Jose Inside published its annual Year in Review list last week. Now we give you several predictions—some more likely than others—of stories to come in 2015. First on our list: San Jose’s new mayor, Sam Liccardo, will show police the love—or something like that.

Police Union Challenge Halts SJPD Body Camera Program

The San Jose Police Department received praise last week for 12 officers volunteering to wear body cameras as part of a pilot program. What several reports failed to mention, however, is that internal politics has temporarily derailed the program.

Records Request Targets Cellphone-Spying Technology

A computer security consultant is sparring with the city over records related to the San Jose Police Department’s use of a cellphone spying technology.

A Conversation with San Jose Mayor-Elect Sam Liccardo

San Jose Inside editor Josh Koehn sat down with Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo last week to discuss the recent election, what accomplishments he’ll cite when running for re-election in four years and how he plans to mend relationships with political adversaries.

Election Night 2014 Slideshow

The votes have been counted—most of them anyway—and it’s time to reflect on all that went into the 2014 Midterm elections. But before we do that, here’s a collection of photos from the night that was make or break for local politicos.

Mayor Reed Calls for Police Union Probe; Former Officer Accuses Reed Consultant of Payoff Offer

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed on Wednesday called for a federal investigation into accusations that the police union president abused his authority by thwarting the city’s recruitment efforts. A day later, Reed and his political consultant found themselves on the receiving end of calls for an inquiry.

Did San Jose Police Union Prez Encourage Cadets to Leave?

An op-ed by a former San Jose police cadet touched off a debate about whether the head of the Police Officers Association committed an ethical violation by encouraging recruits to drop out. Jim Unland, president of the police union, has denied the allegations.

Council Considers Plan to Keep Retirement-Ready Cops on Staff

After another small academy class, the City Council has proposed a staffing retention plan to prevent more officers from leaving a critically understaffed police force.

Complaint Reignites Controversy over SJPD’s Use of Force

An excessive-force complaint against San Jose police has reignited a years-old controversy about the way the department handles claims of officer misconduct.