Just back from his taxpayer funded Dublin, Ireland trip with his Chief of Staff in tow, Councilman Johnny “waaaa” Khamis has cried like a baby to police brass. Not about the police substation he promised to open and hasn’t, but about cops being mean to him on Facebook. And the police department has actually diverted officers to investigate. San Jose Inside broke the story yesterday and provides the actual FB posts that have made Johnny cry. (Note to angry cops, prolly not a good idea to drop an FB on FB about a councilman.)
SJI tells readers that the dust up started when Khamis did not attend an annual memorial service at Jeffrey Fontana Park to honor the fallen SJPD officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty. Khamis says he did not know of the event, even though he gave the community organization that takes care of the park an award earlier this year. Some cops called bullsh*# and the FB rants began.
Maybe this is what Johnny K should be crying about: KTVU reports that detectives will be moved to cover patrol beats because there are not enough cops to protect the city.
Or maybe Johnny K should be crying about this SJ Inside post that says the police substation that he promised would open, isn’t going to open because there aren’t enough cops.
NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit rolled out this promo about a story that will air tonight at 11 titled Murder and Politics in San Jose. Thanks to our spies for hipping us to the story. We will see if this makes Johnny cry as well???
Sunnyvale voters tell the NRA to shove it by overwhelmingly passing one of the toughest gun control laws in the country. If the law withstands the NRA legal assault, it would require gun owners to lock their guns up (crazy, huh), report a gun stolen within 48-hours (nuts!), and limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds (BANANAS). Way to go Sunnyvale!
To the joy of virtually every employee still working in San Jose, Ed Shikada was named to replace Deb Figone as San Jose’s City Manager. Our sources say it was a cutthroat, back-stabbing filled journey for those vying to replace Figone. San Jose’s chief labor negotiator Alex Gurza was in the running until the end. Maybe the city was looking for an honest broker to try and mend fences with its employees, so they went with Ed? The SV Business Journal’s take is here and San Jose Inside, which continues to break news at a fast clip, prints the entire press release announcing the selection here.
Palo Alto voters do too have a heart; it just doesn’t beat for old people wanting to have a roof over their heads. The Maybell Measure D measure goes down to defeat and now San Jose can continue to be one of the last jurisdictions to actually build affordable housing in Silicon Valley. Keep it classy PA.
The Merc’s new scribe at SJ City Hall, Mike Rosenberg, knows a good quote when he hears it as he includes this gem from Johnny “waaaa” Khamis who voted for an urgency ordinance to allow the whacking of some wild pigs in Almaden:
“It’s not my intention to go out and commit a pig genocide, said Khamis.
Yesterday’s local election results yielded wins for school parcel tax and bond measures. Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District, Campbell Union High School District and the Sunnyvale School District all chalked up electoral victories.
In national election news; New Jersey’s Chris Christie crushed his opponent to win a second term, New York City elected a Democrat Mayor for the first time in decades as Bill de Blasio cruised to victory and former national DNC Chair and Clinton chum Terry McAuliffe wins the Virginia statehouse.
And in a sign that the assault on public employee pensions may be turning a corner, Cincinnati voters said no to this pension reform measure that was backed by right wing Tea Party Republicans. It had called for the end of defined benefit retirement security and replacing it with cash balance plans that Wall Street hedge funds could get their hands on.