Poor SJPD spokesflak Heather Randol, apparently, she and her co-spokesflak Albert Morales are being asked to defend the edict from San Jose Officials to “Juke the Stats” making it appear that gang violence was on the decline. Problem is, it wasn’t, but that’s what the department and Mayor Reed told the public. Questions that remain to be answered:
- Who ordered the code red…oh sorry, we mean, who ordered the Juke?
- When did they order the Juke?
- Who knew about the Juke and when did they know it?
- Did CM Deb Figone trumpet the bogus drop in gang violence as a reason to promote Acting Chief Esquivel to the top job?
This story is so juicy it’s like it was made for TV…wait it was! Here is a clip from HBO’s the Wire. You can almost imagine that this was what the discussion was like amongst SJPD’s brass.
KTVU-2 reports on the crimes that will now go uninvestigated in SJ as a result of the cop exodus and says that so far this year in SJ there have been 6,200 car thefts. Not a typo, SIX-THOUSAND-TWO-HUNDRED cars have been jacked, of course SJPD brass have categorized those rip offs as innocent joy rides, so don’t worry public, all is well.
The Merc jumps on the detectives to patrol story with this piece. SJPD spokesflak, Heather Randol must be asking herslf, “WTF did I sign up for”.
Twitter explodes on to the stock scene in a big way and all you local club hoppers better get prepared to battle newly minted tech millionaires for table service as the geeks will be out in force this weekend celebrating their triumph.
CNN tells us who owns the top Twitter accounts…it’s a fun list to check out.
Palo Alto anti-everything residents, emboldened by the rejection of the Maybell affordable senior housing project, are protesting another development in Palo Alto. Our sources tell us there is a group forming to also begin advocating for the return of the horse and buggy.
NBC Bay Area’s Damian Trujillo, the eternal optimist that he is, reports that San Jose police officers and the city will be back at the bargaining table trying to work out their differences. The Fetch does not advise anyone to hold their breath in anticipation of a breakthrough, we need material…
In what had to be a painful admission, President Barak Obama is sorry. Yup, after getting pummeled, beat down, and vilified by all sides for the disastrous roll out, or lack thereof, of the ACA, Obama has bitten the bullet and uttered the magic words every politician should memorize; “I’m sorry”.
“Lickety spit” Shirakawa will walk the plank today as he (supposedly) is going to be sentenced by Judge Nishigaya. The prosecution will be calling County Executive Jeff “There is no spoon” Smith to talk about the damage done to the county and the defense will be calling Michelle Lew from AACI to plead for community service.
The Merc’s Sal Pizzaro tells us that the Silicon Valley Education Foundation gave the Flextronics CEO Mike McNamara an award for his education philanthropy and County Supervisor Ken Yeager is a fitness fanatic. Saturday morning, Yeager competes in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s 5K Heroes Run and then rides a portion of the 33-mile cycling leg of the Health Trust’s Hike & Bike fundraiser for its AIDS Services programs. Then he will emcee the Hike & Bike’s finish-line party. Um, tomorrow, were sleeping in to nurse a hangover, we hope!!!
In its latest corporate giveaway, San Jose will be launching a non-profit to promote clean tech inventions
Yet another reason why “We like Mike!” County Supervisor Wasserman cuts a ribbon at a South County elementary school that opens a kid-sized salad bar in the cafeteria. The picture is awesome and the promotion of healthy eating is better served by this idea than banning soft drinks.
California unions replied to SJ Mayor Chuck Reed’s invitation to meet and talk about his quest to strip retirement security away from workers. The unions tell Reed, no thanks and that if he actually wanted a dialogue he would have sought a meeting BEFORE submitting his ballot initiative. The Sac Bee has the story and a copy of the letter replying to Reed.
The SV Business Journal loves them some lists and the latest one is the Top 25 most generous companies. See if your employer made the cut.