SJ Mayoral Poll Shows Cortese In The Lead

San Jose Mayoral Race Poll


Cortese Leads/Positioned to Break Ahead of Pack


EMC Research is releasing the results of a scientific public opinion survey of 407 likely June 2014 San Jose primary voters. The results show that Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese leads and is in a strong position to break ahead of the pack. The poll was conducted the week of February 17th. The "horse-race" match-up today:


What’s in a Word? When It Comes to Chuck Reed’s Pension Reform, Plenty

The following article was published on www.publicceo.com on February 3, 2014:


What’s in a Word? When It Comes to Chuck Reed’s Pension Reform, Plenty


By Jim Unland, President, San Jose Police Officers’ Association


San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed announced last week that he planned to file a lawsuit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris over the title and summary for his proposed measure to enable elected officials to reduce the retirement benefits of teachers, firefighters, police officers, school bus drivers and other public employees


The reason, Reed says, is that the Attorney General used the word “eliminate” in describing his proposal to end the vested benefit rights of public employees.


Remembering the Fallen: Officer Robert White

On January 27, 1985, San Jose police officer Robert White was electrocuted while investigating an accident in which a motorist struck a high-voltage transformer.

Below is the San Jose Police Department's account of this tragedy.

Remembering the Fallen: Officers Gene Simpson and Gordon Silva

Today, we remember fallen San Jose Police Officers Gordon Silva and Gene Simpson. On January 20, 1989, Simpson and Silva were killed in a firefight with a mentally ill pedestrian who wrestled Simpson's gun away. Below is an account of this terrible tragedy that was published in the Mercury News following their deaths.



An Open Letter to City Manager Ed Shikada

Every Thanksgiving, I butterfly a turkey.  The process is pretty medieval. I use a big knife or a cleaver and cut through the ribcage bones where they attach to the backbone. This year, as I performed this task, my mind drifted to the ordeal that Officer Mark Hernandez is enduring. Mark is the motor officer who was cut off by a civilian driver while responding to a Code 3 Fill request. The injuries to Mark were serious. All of the ribcage bones on his right side were broken where they attach to his backbone (much like the turkey I was butchering). Mark also broke his shoulder, punctured his lung and received a serious concussion. He’s lucky to be alive. Everyone is aware of the hazards that come with patrolling the streets on a motorcycle. It is why Mark and the other motor officers receive 5% hazard pay.

Supervisor Dave Cortese Statement on POA Tentative Agreement

If the SJPOA membership votes to ratify the pay restoration proposal under consideration, each of the members of the City Council will have an opportunity to publicly express either their support or opposition for the tentative agreement by casting a vote.

Since many current Councilmembers are also running for Mayor, we felt it was important to seek the input of the only other serious candidate in the race, former Vice Mayor and County Supervisor Dave Cortese.

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