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30
Oct
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Liccardo Campaign: A Pattern of Ethics Violations

By The Left Hook

The Liccardo for Mayor Campaign broke multiple San Jose laws, according to a complaint filed yesterday with the City’s Ethics Commission and obtained by The Left Hook.  The violations include a failure to file a report for an in-kind contribution of a voter list from Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen.   The Liccardo Campaign sent this letter to the contacts on that  list.

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29
Oct
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Death Threat Against Milpitas Council Member

By The Left Hook

Interest in the race for Milpitas City Council  just shot up a few notches after a council member received a death threat.

 Council candidate Rajeev Madnawat, an intellectual property attorney affiliated with the prominent San Jose firm of Hoge Fenton, sent this email to soon-to-be termed out council member Armando Gomez.  In the email, Madnawat berates Gomez for supporting candidates Marsha Grilli and Deepka Lalwani, saying:

“ I can assure you once I go after someone I don’t leave them until they are lifeless or in prison.” Read more »

29
Oct
don rocha

Rocha Has Strong Words for Mayor Reed’s Political Stunt

By The Left Hook

Council member Don Rocha is venting some long-harbored frustration with Mayor Chuck Reed, as he shows in this letter to the U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of CA, Melinda Haag.  Reed contacted Haag requesting she investigate allegations that the San Jose Police Officers Union President was encouraging new recruits to quit the department to shore up the union’s complaints about under staffing. Rocha called the mayor out for wasting time and resources on nonsense. Read more »

27
Oct
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Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community.

By The Left Hook

San Jose:

  • Considering zoning changes to allow people to take perfectly good long term rental property and zone it for short term rental similar to AirBnB.  This could take affordable rental properties away from working families who can’t afford a $3000 studio downtown.
  • Earthquakes Stadium signage: Modifications to the Sign Code would allow additional/larger signs, including programmable electronic displays and video, at large outdoor stadiums that have a seating capacity for at least 16,000 or more people, as defined by the Ordinance. Read more »
27
Oct
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SJ Crime is Up, Not Down

By The Left Hook

Does anyone really believe that if police officers continue to leave the City of San Jose that crime will decrease?  That logic is just kooky, but Mayor Chuck Reed and now San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel are manipulating statistics to get us to believe that. Read more »

27
Oct
chappie jones

Will Chappie Publicly Fire Ajilouny?

By Rich Robinson

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 more »

24
Oct
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. Read more »

24
Oct

Former SJPD Officer Claims He Was Offered Money to Lie

By The Left Hook

24
Oct
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. Read more »

23
Oct
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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. Read more »

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