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Commission cites lack of jurisdiction in its unanimous decision
To View the video portion of Chris Platten’s presentation to the Commission go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPeWLVihAHk
Despite a three page letter from Mayor Chuck Reed defending his continued use of the now debunked $650 million dollar pension cost projection, the independent San Jose Elections Commission voted 4-0 to refer the complaint to the full San Jose City Council. The commission was informed by its legal counsel that it lacked jurisdiction to investigate the complaint which alleges that Mayor Reed and Retirement Director Russell Crosby violated city ethics policies, California Government Code Section 6203, and several other city code-of-conduct policies. The commissions legal counsel forwarded the complaint against Russell Crosby to City Manager Deb Figone for action as per commission guidelines.
“I think the feeling was this is a significant issue without making any judgments on the facts, it’s a significant issue and the council ought to have the opportunity to decide if they want to look at it or not”, said Michael Smith, Chairman of the San Jose Elections Commission.
“We’re ecstatic that it’s been referred to the council for further action,” said union attorney Chris Platten, who filed the complaint against Reed and two others last week and hopes the council will vote to seek a third-party investigation. “This mayor has premised his administration on a policy of honesty and transparency,” Platten said. “I expect the mayor to live up to his proclaimed commitments.”
The ethics complaint was signed by over 800 city employees and comes on the heals of news reports that Mayor Reed was told that the $650 million dollar projection was off the top of someone’s head without any back up and was also told not to use the bogus number.
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