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  • Re: Unprecedented Times

      Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago
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    Where does the city spend the extra $40-50 million dollars it saves each year because the police department is 400+ officers short for a city of its size?

  • Re: Conflicted Feelings

      Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago

    Kathleen,
    I think your take on this speaks for a lot of us out here. The newspaper and these groups don't care about anyone but themselves. I even heard a few speakers talk about the shooting of the Vietnamese mentally ill women who charged Police that hatchet claiming she was a victim. Give me a break. Thanks to the story on this blog about that case the truth is out. Why don’t the five pinheads on the Council who want “public disclosure” so bad do something constructive like raise money for mental illness health care reform so sick people wielding knives, hatchets, guns don’t have to die because they are violent?

    You are right. Just wait till the 911 tapes on Pham are released. I hope the 5 eggheads on the Council who voted against the Mayor enjoy the show. Seeing the Pham’s being hurt and suffering humiliation when people hear Daniel’s brother calling the cops begging for help because his brother slit his throat. Yeah that should be a real sense of comfort to the Pham family all right.

  • Re: Unprecedented Times

      Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago
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    Does the city ever take into account that our police department has been perennially short 400-500 officers for many years, and that at an average salary of $100,000 a year the city is saving $40-50 million dollars a year? Where is that money spent in the city? If the city is paying some money into retirements they are more than making up for it with an utter lack of patrol officers. Besides, we pay 12% of our gross salary into our own retirement, where most officers in a PERS system pay either nothing or little into their own retirement through PERS. The city is getting a bargain.

  • Re: Community Budget Participation: Educate Yourself

      Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago
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    San Jose needs professional impartial non- partisan City Manager who will tell Council and people 100% truth about what is really happening and how to make San Jose better

    What we have is City Manager who either does not know, hides what is going on or misleads people. Then gets angry when the facts come out and is caught not being 100% truthful

    Voters should elect City Treasurer and City Attorney responsible to voters /taxpayers not political Mayor / Council

    Strong Mayor type city governments don't work because "Strong Mayor" makes "strong political decisions" that benefit their political career and good old boys /gals campaign contributor not "public good" paid for by taxpayers

  • Re: Community Budget Participation: Educate Yourself

      Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago
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    San Jose needs to scrap the "strong City Mayor" type of Government.City governments with populations under 500 thousand population work fine with the "strong Mayor form of government". A city like San Jose with a population of one million is dealing with a huge budget, and that calls for a strong-experienced financially savy City manager.Our mayor is a nice person, in fact a very nice person, but the time has come for change in San Jose.

  • Re: Community Budget Participation: Educate Yourself

      Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago
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    The 3 questions need to be answered

    Why does city government have a budget almost all residents can't understand?

    Does Council understand the budget they are voting on or do they have to take staff recommendations without the ability to check the facts?

    If we can't understand where our taxes go is it because spendinh is being hidden or staff can't give us a budeget that is understandable?

  • Re: Community Budget Participation: Educate Yourself

      Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago
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    All the technical analysis aside, I would like to give my first hand observation as a patrol officer. We are dangerously, dangerously short of officers in patrol, especially on the midnite shift. Districts which have 5 or 6 beats routinely go out with just 3 or 4 officers. Not only does this mean calls do not get answered but officer safety is routinely comprimised. It seems the folks at city hall live in an ivory tower but that is just my 2 cents.

  • Re: Special Public Safety Meeting

      Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago
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    Kathleen,
    I saw you at the special meeting last night. Great job fighting for victim's rights and our PD. Victim's rights advocates and pro-cop groups do need to start being on these committees, task forces, and boards. Raj and his fellow anti-cop groups who spend all their time defending criminals need to be challenged by the people they hurt.
    You and Christian did a great job telling them that the IPA’s Office has been collaborating with Raj, and other anti-cop groups, and needs more sunshine about whom they cater to behind closed doors. I saw the interim IPA’s face! Ha! Ha! Looked like she got poked with a cattle prod.

    It was great to see so many people supporting SJPD. I saw Raj up there all alone without his merry band of cop haters. First time I didn't see that crap-eating grin on his face. I almost fell off my chair when he admitted we have great cops on the force. I guess he's been neutered privately, and doesn’t run his big mouth without his big band of thugs to back him up. I guess he realizes that the other side isn't going to keep taking his BS. Do you know if he is getting any money grants from Liccardo, Nguyen, Campos, Chu, or Kalra?

    Hey Bobby, how come you never told us that you met with Raj, and the how come Raj and Skyler are keeping these meetings such a big secret? Talk about stacking the deck one way. I guess they want everyone to keep thinking you aren’t willing to meet with them.

    I noticed the Watch Dog mentioned yesterday's meeting today. I guess even blog owners can't get things out on time to so people could come.

  • Re: Special Public Safety Meeting

      Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago
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    Thanks for your support Kathleen. People like you are what makes are jobs worth doing. I think most people are good and support us but it is always the 5% of the trouble makers who get all the publicity and the city tends to kiss the asses of. They need to pay more attention to the needs of the 95% of the good people and give them what they deserve. Please keep it up!!

  • Re: Special Public Safety Meeting

      Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago
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    Anonymous,
    You are more than welcome. I have been a victim of a violent crime myself, and my friend was murdered last year. The SJPD was incredible to me during my very difficult time, and is doing an awesome job supporting my friend's family. You guys put your lives on the line for us every day. You give up time with your families, friends, and rarely get a full 8 hours of sleep a night. Is it any wonder I feel proud of you for the many sacrifices you make for our city?
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for protecting us, and please, Stay Safe out there!