Protect San Jose has been sounding the alarm for some time about skyrocketing crime and the exodus of experienced police officers fleeing a city run by a Mayor and Council majority who have their heads buried in the sand. To demonstrate the chaos that has taken over our city, the San Jose Police Officers’ Association (SJPOA) is sharing the following video that was entered into evidence at this week’s binding interest arbitration proceedings with the City of San Jose.
The City of San Jose has proposed a wage and benefit package that will place San Jose further behind the local labor market and will further exacerbate officers leaving San Jose. Couple this proposal with Mayor Reed's unconstitutional legal experiment, Measure B, and the result will be a public safety catastrophe for our neighborhoods.
This video montage, SJPOA arbitration exhibit #25, demonstrates just how far the current administration has allowed public safety in San Jose to deteriorate. The video begins with the POA's Press Conference in September 2010, warning residents and businesses that the City Administration's decision to eliminate the Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET) would seriously jeopardize public safety and would result in an increase in crime. It then flashes forward to snippets from news reports spanning all of last year and the first part of 2013.
San Jose (CA)--The San Jose Police Officers' Association has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Jose for not complying with the law prior to placing their controversial Measure B on the ballot, after receiving authorization from the State Attorney General's Office.
"The Attorney General has granted our Quo Warranto request to bring before a judge the important question of whether or not the City met its statutory requirements prior to placing the controversial Measure B on the ballot," said Gregg McLean Adam, from Carrol, Burdick & McDonough LLP. Adam went on to say, "If the courts agree with our facts then Measure B will be struck down."
JIM UNLAND is president of the Police Officers Association and a Sergeant in the San Jose Police Department
By Jim Unland
There was no "win" to be had in this arbitration. The arbitrator could not have exceeded Measure B's limits without voter approval.
The continuing fight to invalidate this second tier will be focused on our quo warranto action, which seeks to invalidate Measure B in its entirety, including Tier 2. As we explained last week, we took a major step forward to that end when California Attorney General Kamala Harris GRANTED the POA's application to sue the City. Our lawsuit against the City will be filed next week.
AG Harris rejects city arguments to prevent lawsuit
San Jose (CA)—California Attorney General Kamala Harris has granted the San Jose Police Officers’ Association the authority to seek a judicial ruling to determine if the City of San Jose "fulfilled its statutory collective bargaining obligations before placing an initiative measure on the June 2012 ballot,…".
As I stood in day shift briefing recently, I could not help but think long and hard about the predicament the City of San Jose has gotten itself into. For so long this city had at its disposal one of the greatest police departments in the country. It was staffed by highly motivated, efficient, well trained, and committed police officers and communications personnel. Now they are leaving in droves causing dangerously low staffing levels, which have negatively impacted emergency response times and contributed to the rise in crime.
Multiple officers attacked and hospitalized by a intoxicated individuals in separate incidents, multiple stabbings, DUI/hit and run, meth dealer arrested with 2 pounds of meth and 1/2 ounce of cocaine after officers respond to a shooting.