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Victor Ajlouny

Ajlouny Lawyer All But Admits to Client’s Ethical Misstep

By The Left Hook

The plot thickens in the ethics scandal involving Mayor Reed’s political strategist Victor Ajlouny, with a tacit admission from Ajlouny that he did in fact encourage former Officer Aaron Ettinger to lie about whether the head of the police union was telling cadets to quit the department.

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affordablehousing

Political Tactics Put Affordable Housing Proposal in Peril

By Charisse Ma LeBron

In politics, bringing different points of view together can sometimes be like herding cats.  But after two years of pushing, pulling, negotiating and educating, a diverse coalition that deeply cares about San Jose’s affordable housing crisis could be making some real progress.  If all goes as planned.

But this week, Mayor Chuck Reed turned that little if, into a big IF with last minute political shenanigans.

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Mayor Reed Implicated in Police Cadet Scandal

By The Left Hook

What did Mayor Reed know and when did he know it?  Those are the questions now arising from an ethics scandal set off by the Mayor’s longtime political strategist, Victory Ajlouny.

Former San Jose Police Officer Aaron Ettinger is speaking out about being approached by Ajlouny and asked to falsely claim he was encouraged to quit the San Jose Police Department.  Ajlouny then offered to get Mayor Reed involved to get his job back with the department.

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23
Oct
DaveAtPodium

Why Dave Cortese is Winning Big

By Rich Robinson

Recent polls show Dave Cortese ahead in the San Jose Mayor’s race by eight to 12 points.   The lead is actually larger, statistically, because many in both polls who declare themselves “undecided” simply won’t vote.  That makes the number of people his opponent, Sam Liccardo, can “convince” to move into his column less than it appears on paper. Read more »

22
Oct
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Not All Polls Are Created Equal

By The Left Hook

Just two more weeks until the election for San Jose Mayor and polls surveying who voters are supporting are popping up like gofers on a golf course. Which ones do you trust?
The latest poll results released by the Sam Liccardo campaign show he’s leading County Supervisor Dave Cortese by a few points. But consider the source: Public Policy Polling, out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Apparently, Liccardo’s handlers thought it was time to drop California pollster Jim Moore, who’s surveys showed Liccardo running behind, and go with an out of state organization with a reputation for swinging results the way they want them to look.  Read more »

22
Oct
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Ballot Box Can Help Fix County Board of Education

By Brian Wheatley

On June 18, the Santa Clara County Board of Education voted unanimously to overturn the decision of the Alum Rock School Board and approve Rocketship #9. I’m sure the individuals and corporations behind the movement to privatize public education will rejoice in this misguided decision.  Under the guise of parental choice, county trustees have further endorsed and supported what amounts to a hostile takeover of a local school district. Ignoring the valid concerns of ARUSD, they have succeeded in undermining local control – a key element in the state’s new funding system.  While condescendingly praising Alum Rock’s significant improvement over the past several years in raising achievement, they’ve actually crippled its ability to continue this promising trend by ensuring a steady reduction in funding for years to come. Read more »

21
Oct

SJ Mayor’s Race: Cortese With Double Digit Lead

By The Left Hook

San Jose Mayoral Poll Memo -final 10-21-14

21
Oct
Elyse Rivas

Rejected Police Recruit Recants Story

By The Left Hook

“In no uncertain terms, he (Jim Unland) blamed Measure B for the departure of hundreds of officers — and he told us that it would be better for the department and for us if we would just quit, right then and there.”

That was the assertion made by a young police recruit who failed to pass the rigors of training in the San Jose Police Academy, and was asked to leave.  It was in the form of an opinion piece in the Sunday edition of the San Jose Mercury News.   After accusing Police Officers Association President Jim Unland of deliberately trying to drive new recruits away, she changed her story. Read more »

21
Oct
howardbeale

Rising Rents? Don’t Take It Anymore

By Steve Kline

Remember the unadulterated fury unleashed by the character Howard Beale in the 1976 movie “Network?”:  “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”  That’s how I feel about a recent reminder of how out of control rental housing prices are getting in Silicon Valley. Well, I’m not ready to flip out on network TV, but angry enough to call your attention to an abomination that someone should put a stop to. Landlords, I’m talking to you. Read more »

20
Oct
Prison

Supporting Prop. 47 Would Put San Jose on the “Right Side of History”

By Raj Jayadev

The following is a letter sent to the members of the San Jose City Council from Silicon Valley De-Bug:

Dear San Jose City Council,

We are writing this letter to urge the San Jose City Council to support Councilpersons Ash Kalra’s memo to amend the recommended city position on Proposition 47 from Oppose to Support.

Proposition 47, a voter initiative on the November 2014 California Ballot, aims to reduce certain low-level felonies to misdemeanors, and to direct savings to much needed community services that can help address the underlying causes of crime and keep families together.  This more thoughtful approach to public safety very much is an expression of San Jose values of fairness, economic rationality, and providing opportunities for our youth. Read more »

20
Oct
animatedeyes

Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community

By The Left Hook

Support Prop 47

Council hero Ash Kalra wants to try and change the misguided minds of his dais foes on Proposition 47, the state measure that would reduce the classification of most “non-serious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from a felony to a misdemeanor. Read more »

19
Oct
SamLiccardo#2

New Poll: Cortese Has Strong Lead

By The Left Hook

Expect to see the race for Mayor of San Jose to get a little nastier, now that council member and mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo is running so far behind in the polls.

A new poll commissioned by the San Jose Mercury News shows Dave Cortese with a commanding 8 point lead in the race for San Jose Mayor.  Even with a large segment of voters still undecided, it would be a pretty tough nut to crack for Sam Liccardo to make up that much ground in two weeks.  We expect the already-negative Liccardo Campaign to pour it on a little thicker to try and persuade undecided voters his way.  Read more »

19
Oct

Khanna Running Low on Funds

By The Left Hook
With a little more than two weeks until the election, latest fundraising numbers released by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC)  show that the campaign of Congressman Mike Honda’s challenger, Ro Khanna, doesn’t have enough funds to meet its payroll and rent for the remainder of the campaign. Read more »
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