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San Jose to Hold Historic Vote on Tenant Protections, Evictions By Jennifer Wadsworth @jennwadsworth / April 17, 2017

Danielle Pirslin, a three-year tenant in the unique position of having been a landlord in the past not-too-distant, decided to fight back. Armed with proof that Waterloo had been pocketing extra money by overcharging for garbage, water and sewage, she demanded arbitration. She also began organizing other tenants, telling them to take her lead and file claims with the city. The newly formed Waterloo Apartments Tenants Association has since won back close to $100,000. To battle the remaining claims, Waterloo hired an attorney, who has yet to respond for a request for comment.

Milpitas Police are Celebrating Family Accomplishments

Two of Milpitas’ finest are celebrating family accomplishments.  Milpitas Police Sergeant Huy Tran’s daughter, Samantha “Sam” Tran, earned a full athletic scholarship to play for the Stanford Woman’s Soccer Program and attend Stanford University.  Milpitas Police Officer Derek Yamamura’s son, Darrel Yamamura, was recently accepted into the West Point Military Academy to participate in their Gymnastics Programs.
On February 3, 2016, 17-year-old Samantha Tran signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Stanford University on a full athletic scholarship to play for the Stanford Women's Soccer Program in the Fall of 2016.

Milpitas Police Officers deliver memorial Christmas Tree Ornaments to New York City Police Officers

Milpitas Police Officers deliver memorial Christmas Tree Ornaments to
the families of assassinated New York City Police Officers

Date: January 4, 2015 

On December 20th, 2014, Officer Rafael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu of the New York Police Department (84th Precinct) were assassinated while sitting in their parked patrol car in Brooklyn, New York. To honor the lives and service of these men, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Silicon Valley, Lodge 52, humbly added two more ornaments in the names of 

More Officers Resign from San Jose Police Department due to Changes

        Four police officers announced this week they plan to turn in their badges and leave the department. Many more are expected to follow this suit. The City of San Jose’s department of retirement services released a memo stating, “186 San Jose police officers will be eligible for retirement in the next two years…” This can potentially cut the police force to unprecedented and have alarming low staffing levels. The police union said more than 25 officers have resigned from the department this year.

San Jose: Already-small police academy shrinks even more

SAN JOSE -- The latest San Jose police academy was already considered weak with an announced roll call of 29, which was half of what the department aims to fill each round.

Now it could be called anemic, with news that 23 are now expected to show up when the academy begins Tuesday, according to police figures.

The development compounds ongoing recruiting and retention struggles for SJPD. This newspaper reported last month that the undermanned force had approved 29 cadets for the second straight class, seriously imperiling plans to bolster manpower based on fielding three robust classes per year.

Surprises in San Jose city council races

POSTED:   06/04/2014 04:07:04 PM PDT- UPDATED:   17 DAYS AGO
SAN JOSE -- The House of Campos took a hit on the east side and a cop rose from obscurity to the top in downtown. Election Day produced some surprising results in the races for City Council, setting up run-offs in November that could shift the balance of power at City Hall.

"Will the council stay center-right?" asked Larry Gerston, a political expert at San Jose State University. "There's a possibility the council could tilt to the left.

Cortese can restore pride in police ranks

Special to the Mercury News 

We support Dave Cortese for mayor of San Jose, and we'd like to tell you why. As former chiefs of the San Jose Police Department, we understand all too well the dire straits in which our department currently finds itself.
We didn't just lose 400 officers over the last six years. We lost literally centuries of police experience that will be difficult to replace -- patrol officers who knew the community, detectives with thousands of closed cases under their belts and future leaders groomed to take leadership roles.

Will there be a memorable Sheriffs forum in Santa Clara County?

It is the season of political races with campaigns, debates, forums, and swaying the people for votes in choosing the right leaders to run our city.  Recently I assisted with a Mayoral Forum in San Jose’s District 1, hosted by the D1Leadership Group and Council Member Pete Constant’s Office. The event was not only entertaining for a forum but a huge success with over 410 people in attendance from the community.   It is impressive to me that, in this Mayoral Race, all the candidates chose to share the stage with their opponents time and time again, in many community groups throughout San Jose.

Court Strikes Down San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s Challenge to Attorney General’s Summary of His Pension Reform Act

On March 17, 2014, a Superior Court judge rejected Mayor Chuck Reed’s challenge to the Attorney General’s summary of his “Pension Reform Act of 2014.”  Reed claimed the first sentence of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris’s summary was false, partial, and argumentative.  The Court analyzed the Attorney General’s sentence word-by-word, and found it was not false, misleading, or partial in any way.  

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SJ police union disappointed with small recruiting class

SAN JOSE, Calif. — 
Less than half of the available San Jose police academy spots have been filled – a number called ‘disappointing’ by the city’s police union.Of the 60 spots in the incoming class only 29 were filled when the final pool of 58 applicants was processed by the hiring board on Tuesday night.

Deputy Chief Dave Knopf told that in the past the department would get around 1300 applications to go through the written and physical tests for each class. For this class, the agency had just 750.
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