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Cover Story - April 29, 2022

New sheriff in town

Five candidates seek the job of departing county Sheriff Laurie Smith

by Sue Dremann

As the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office remains embroiled in controversy over alleged corruption and mismanagement, five candidates vying for Sheriff Laurie Smith's seat will be tasked with proving they can restore public confidence in the law enforcement agency. Voters in the June 7 primary will determine which two candidates move on to the general election in November.

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Posted by PAReader
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 29, 2022 at 12:08 pm

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This is an excellent summary of the candidates' viewpoints on a variety of important topics.

Posted by Lynne Henderson
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2022 at 12:41 pm

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Agree with PA reader--to an extent. Nice summaries/interviews that gave me information.

But !

I would never vote for Bob Jensen--he was a lousy Police Chief--opposed transparency, bad eventd under his command, etc.--and the Weekly "conviently" omits the fact that a woman in Barron Park suffered a stroke--and suffered from PAPD's ill-advised "response" once Jensen was Chief.
But I guess no one should care about his lousy handling of anything if he "presents" well.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 29, 2022 at 2:03 pm

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Given the budgets cuts "Jonsen said he worked hard during the pandemic to retain a dedicated public information officer to address media inquiries, but budget cuts eliminated the position.

Instead, he implemented an online system by which members of the media and the public submit a form and wait for a callback rather than talk immediately to a watch commander."

then WHY is PAPD wasting time recycling/ redistributing the City Manager's Uplift newsletter that I now get at least 3 times.

Also, if he's such a big fan of integrity and accountability, why did he and Shikada move to limit accountability and why did it take "public outcry" for him to "comply" rather than right against that move??

"However, in 2019, Jonsen and City Manager Ed Shikada pushed to remove "complaints and investigations of internal personnel or human resources matters" from review by the city's Independent Police Auditor. The change meant that disputes that involve two officers — including an incident in which a police captain was accused of using a racial slur — would be privately investigated by the Human Resources Department and screened from the public.

In 2021, after outcry from the public about the council's approval of the change, Jonsen complied with the council's reversal of the prior decision. "

Posted by WilliamR
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2022 at 2:49 pm

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@ Lynne Henderson--

There's 'Jonsen' and 'Jensen' running for sheriff, and I think you mean Bob Jonsen, the Palo Alto police chief.

Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on May 3, 2022 at 6:27 am

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The name recognition campaign tactic is going to be very important this time around. Tomato, tomahto. Jonsen, Jensen. Read carefully before marking your ballot so that you don't inadvertently give a vote to the candidate who doesn't support transparency.

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