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* San Jose Elections Commission Refers Ethics Complaint Against Mayor Reed and Others to the City Council

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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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  • Although I’m not a resident of San Jose, I do business and have many friends that are employed by the City. I have somewhat been following the Mayor’s “story” and I would like to encourage you to look into his actions regarding his overall intentions and harm he is causing to the city employees and police for his own personal gain.

    Why hasn’t anyone asked what matter Mayor Reed has w/Langley (FBI)? Why does he take trips out there, what is his connection with them? Perhaps of wanting to become the “hero” in San Jose after bringing a baseball stadium using $ (approx same amount needed for stadium is amount he inflated estimated retirement) he took from city. workers lying about why the increases. Also, the people of San Jose were in accordance of taking that extra 2% tax addition in June, 2012, why did city counsel shoot it down?

    Using the city of San Jose as a “springboard” is why!

    He wants to impress those @ Langley because that’s where he’s looking to get hired after SJ. How does he go from laying off approx 173 police officers, which initially he stated the cut in retirement and raise in contribution by employees would avoid that lay off, to his recent statement made on KLIV wherein he promises new business owners that the city is hiring New employees to expedite the process for licensing and re hiring some of those laid off? Yet he wants to make additional pay cuts to employees! I am aware that employees have taken a cut of as much as 27% of their salary in the last 2 years!! How is it that the same people that make the City function are the people he is damaging the most! Police officers have lost homes, divorces and even some suicides!

    He is selfish! Please someone be responsible and ask the obvious questions! I am formally asking for an investigation to Reed!

    I am only a concerned citizen, resident of santa clara county and witness to the damage he has and is causing City employees!

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