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* San Jose City Employees Vote to File Ethics Complaint Against Mayor Reed & Retirement Department Director

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San Jose Police Officers Association Press Release

February 9, 2012

Who:
San Jose Police Officers Association
San Jose Firefighters, Local 230
IFPTE, Local 21’s (representing AEA, CAMP and AMSP)

When:
Thursday, February 9, 2011
12:00 PM

Where:
San Jose Police Officers Association
1151 North Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

What:
Press Conference announcing the submission of a formal ethics complaint against San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, the San Jose City Council and Retirement Services Director Russell Crosby for submitting false information to the public and withholding key information from the public in regards to San Jose’s fiscal condition as it prepared to declare a “fiscal emergency.”

The complaint, voted on at an emergency meeting this morning, alleges that the Mayor, Mr. Crosby and potentially other City officials violated California law, the City Charter and City Council policy by publishing pension projections it knew to be false in an effort to make the case for declaring a “fiscal emergency.” Withholding “material facts” and knowingly using false information violates state and local law.

Yesterday, a news organization published the results of their investigation showing that City officials knowingly used false figures when publicly calling for a “fiscal emergency.” Mayor Reed and other councilmembers published documents citing that retirement costs could balloon to $650 million-a figure that Retirement Services Director Russell Crosby states in the report came “off the top of his head” and that he claimed was made in error. Crosby states that he told the Mayor not to use the figure -the Mayor responded by saying, “I don’t know. I don’t remember anyone saying, ‘don’t ever use that.”

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The San José Police Officers’ Association (SJPOA) has been serving San José Police Officers and the community since 1962.  The SJPOA is charged with the enhancement of wages, benefits and working conditions of the over 1,090 men and women of the San Jose Police Department. We are law enforcement officers dedicated to serving all segments of the community with the pride and caring of professional police officers. Further, we support the San José community through our charitable giving and the promotion of programs that enhance public safety.

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