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  • Re: Reed/Liccardo Staffing Plan Does Not Add Up

      Posted: 5 years 7 weeks ago

    This coming January 2014 i will have been retired 7 years. When i left we had a responsive Police Dept who cared very much about the citizens who live and work in our city. Reed and several of the Councilmembers have destroyed what i once represented and loved. They have done this in only six years. It will take 2 to 3 generations of police to get it back to what is was when i left and thats a MAYBE. I once stated in an open City Council meeting that by the path they were taking we will lose our grip on this city. Once that happens may never get it back. Much like Oakland and other mismanaged cities. Im glad i left and didnt stick around to be Deputy Chief. I was number 1 on the DC list and it makes me sick to see what has happened

  • Re: Reed/Liccardo Staffing Plan Does Not Add Up

      Posted: 5 years 7 weeks ago

    Well stated Officer Unland. Another critical issue that exists well beyond the base numbers is the loss of veteran officers and their expertise. A newly hired officer will take approximately one year to fill a vacancy, at least on paper. That same officer will take many more years to develop the experience, instinct, knowledge, and sense of anticipation before they can even begin to fill the boots of the veteran officers that the department has lost.

    The loss of these veteran officers has a direct impact on the department as well as their ability to effectively police the city. They can never be replaced. Leaving for other agencies and early retirements creates a void in leadership. That experience and presence will not be there to mentor and develop the next generation.

    Additionally, it represents an incredible waste of the time, energy, and financial investment that it took to develop that level of expertise and proficiency. Our city leaders and elected officials have failed to demonstrate the foresight and ability to manage our public safety efforts. They underestimated the impact these layoffs and budget cuts would have on crime, general public safety, and overall peace of mind. Their priorities were off. Way off. And now the citizens of San Jose are paying the price. They can veil their intentions and blame others, but we voters are not stupid and we will not forget. For the men and women of the San Jose Police Department, please take heart and keep the faith. The law abiding and proud citizens of San Jose stand behind you.

    Respectfully,

    Johnny Costa

  • Re: Reed/Liccardo Staffing Plan Does Not Add Up

      Posted: 5 years 7 weeks ago

    Hi Jim, I am in District 10 and a victim of eight different car break-ins this year. I have been sort of trying to confront Councilmember Khamis, who basically ignores me and would not discuss the Gold Club issue. But you see this guy at every opening of every ethnic group event in the City. You can just see straight up he wants to be mayor. Please hang in there and know that most of the citizens of San Jose know Measure B was stupid and ill advised. You have our support!

  • Re: Liccardo and Reed Can't Fix What They Broke

      Posted: 5 years 7 weeks ago

    Mayor Greed and his cronies (the councilmembers who support him) are full of themselves and seek only to benefit themselves. They have the support of a few "squeaky wheels" who turned out to vote in favor of what Grinch sold to his constituents as factual, when, in reality, it has been all lies. He pushed for the ballot measure in June because he knew most voters come out during the general elections in November. He knew the June elections would be his best and only shot. Unfortunately, his opponents, and supporters of public safety, dropped the ball and did not vote, which allowed for Grinch's ballot to be passed by only HIS few supporters, not the majority of San Jose residents as Grinch claims.

    I hope San Jose residents will wake up and see through the lies spewing from Grinch's and his cronies' pie holes, not to mention the damage they have caused to the safety of a great city. Residents should ride along with officers to see how few are actually working the streets, as well as what officers must endure with little to no resources.

    In summary, the adage "you get what you pay for" applies to what Mayor Grinch and his cronies have accomplished with their city's public safety. Considered a great City and police department for which to work, San Jose City is now a stepping stone for many employees, particulary polie and fire personnel who will have their academy and training paid by the City and move on to other jurisdictions with better pay and benefits, all of which are simply comparable to industry standards, unlike what Grinch would want to make you belief.

    YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! AND YOU CAN THANK MAYOR GRINCH AND HIS CRONIES FOR YOUR LESS-THAN-DESIRABLE PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICE!

  • Re: Liccardo and Reed Can't Fix What They Broke

      Posted: 5 years 7 weeks ago

    The citizens and the politicians that represent them (Ash Kalra being the only notable exception) have dealt a final and lethal blow to what once was an extremely effective Police force. They deserve the city and Police force they have created with these lies told, misrepresentation about pensions and pay, and their underhanded and ungrateful policiEs

  • Re: Liccardo and Reed Can't Fix What They Broke

      Posted: 5 years 7 weeks ago

    Thank you for an honest and understandable description of this mess! It is so unfortunate that these men have led so poorly.

  • Re: Liccardo and Reed Can't Fix What They Broke

      Posted: 5 years 7 weeks ago
    Pay

    Who has more clout, the PD or the electricians? The WPCP got their pay restored!

  • Re: FPPC Staff Recommends Probable Cause Hearing on SJPOA’s Complaint Against Mayor Chuck Reed

      Posted: 5 years 8 weeks ago

    I think they should start investigating everything the Mayor has done where money is concerned. What about all the money they spent trying to get the Oakland A's to San Jose.

  • Re: More Fuzzy Math from Mayor Reed--POA 2nd Tier Cost Email to Recruits is Accurate

      Posted: 5 years 10 weeks ago

    Why have we as citizens allowed him to stay in office?

  • Re: Does Madison Nguyen Believe Private Security is the Answer?

      Posted: 5 years 11 weeks ago

    Citizens are looking for a presence in their neighborhoods in the absence the SJPD. Other communities outside WG are looking into the same. We need to take a step back and look at the whole picture of corruption and abuse in SJ politics that have left us with no choice but to look for options to protect our property.

    That TAPS is the next private company to profit off the close relationship with our city's leaders shouldn't be surprising.