He who lies down with dogs gets up with fleas. Right now, District 1 San Jose City Council candidate Chappie Jones is itching like crazy. Jones political consultant, Victor Ajlouny (Eagle Communications) has just been tied to a trash for cash scheme designed to discredit Police Officer Association Jim President Unland. Read moreTweet
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. Read moreTweet
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. Read moreTweet
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. Read moreTweet
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 moreTweet
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
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 moreTweet
“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 moreTweet