San Jose Police Union Accuses City Of Going Back On Pension Reform DealSan Jose city officials are trying to renege on a tentative settlement with the San Jose Police Officers’ Association on a pension reform measure, a union spokesman alleged Wednesday.
Former San Jose Police Chiefs Say Pension Reforms Have Created A Public Safety Crisis Four former San Jose police chiefs announced their support for county supervisor Dave Cortese in the mayor's race on Thursday citing crime and police staffing as the two of the main issues in the campaign. Mayor Chuck Reed, however, is endorsing Councilman Sam Liccardo and has dismissed the chiefs’ endorsement as political theater.
Fact Check: Brown, Kashkari Provide Partial Truths In Only Gubernatorial DebateDemocratic Gov. Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, covered a lot of ground in Thursday's night gubernatorial debate. An examination of some of the issues they debated and a reality check on some of their claims:
Bulk Of Gov. Brown’s Revised State Budget Would Go Towards Medi-Cal California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised state budget on Tuesday, which is $1 billion more than the original he submitted in January. The majority of the funds would go to health-care costs for the poor.
Shrinking San Jose Police Department Has Few Recruits For New AcademySan Jose's police department has only filled 29 of 60 slots in next month’s police academy. Mayor Chuck Reed is calling the recruitment efforts unsuccessful.
Phil Matier: Time And Money Running Out On Many Ballot Initiative CampaignsIt's crunch time for would-be California ballot initiatives with backers of some particularly controversial ones acknowledging they may not have the support or money to qualify their initiatives for the November ballot.
San Jose Mayor Abandons Pension Reform Measure For 2014 BallotSan Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is abandoning an attempt to place an initiative on the November ballot that would have enabled governments in California to cut future pension benefits for current workers.
Phil Matier: State Assembly To Tackle Teacher Pension Fund ShortfallThe liability, which has been building for years, is at least $71 billion.
Phil Matier: Detroit Bankruptcy Case Has Major Implications For CaliforniaCities in California are watching how the bankruptcy case plays out in Michigan, and whether it might affect their own proceedings in California.
New BART Contract Includes 15% Raise, Higher Benefit CostsThe tentative contract that ended the Bay Area Rapid Transit strike includes a 15 percent raise over four years but also increased worker contributions toward their health insurance and pensions.
Phil Matier: An Evolving Relationship Between Labor Unions And California DemocratsSan Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is leading an effort to put an initiative before voters allowing cities to renegotiate pensions for existing public employees—as well as new hires. Meanwhile, State Assembly candidate Steve Glazer from Orinda, is pushing an initiative preventing transit employees from striking in the future.
Union Leaders Prepared To Oppose San Jose Mayor’s Pension Reform MeasureMayor Chuck Reed, along with four other mayors from around the state, have submitted the ballot initiative to the state Attorney General.