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Spectrum - October 14, 2022

Editorial: Kevin Jensen for Sheriff

by Palo Alto Weekly editorial board

After almost 25 years serving as Santa Clara County sheriff and many unsuccessful attempts to defeat her at the ballot box, Laurie Smith is finally on her way out.

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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 14, 2022 at 12:26 pm

Annette is a registered user.

I am relieved to read this editorial and urge all Santa Clara County voters to heed your suggestion and vote for Jensen. Over the years I have heard people comment that "if so and so is elected I think I might move". That thought has crossed my mind with regard to this election.

Thank you for this editorial and the information in it regarding the former PAPD Chief.

Posted by Bob Jonsen
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 14, 2022 at 2:45 pm

Bob Jonsen is a registered user.

I respect every entity’s right to endorse the candidate of their choosing. Yet, I am compelled to provide clarifying facts to better inform voters.
I am proud to be a democrat and the statement "the only Democrat in the race" is a factual one. I explained in their forum how I felt every candidate should declare their position on national issues such as abortion and gun rights -because the relevance in a nonpartisan election is the fact that national rights can become local issues to enforce (such as immigration was a few years ago). I am honored to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood and to have the Gun Sense Distinction by Moms Demand Action.
I have elected officials throughout the county ranging from local to congressional. These will be critically important as we address the major challenges confronting the organization and crime throughout our county. While I may not have Dennis Burns’ endorsement, I do have the endorsement of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Assemblymember Marc Berman, Supervisor Joe Simitian, and five of the seven Palo Alto Councilmembers - all of whom have faithfully served Palo Alto for many years. They know the work we’ve accomplished in Palo Alto over the past few years and the value it has to moving department forward.
How quickly the Weekly forget about the budget reductions of 2020 and the 32 positions the Police Department had to cut. The remaining staff worked incredibly hard to handle the existing workload while implementing the numerous changes associated with police reform. Successfully navigating through a once-in-a-century pandemic, major budget reductions, staffing shortages, police reform, implementing new systems and regulatory requirements, as well as reducing crime in each of the last three years. We continually worked on enhancing transparency, there are more accountability measures, and greater independent oversight in place today than ever before. A summary of the work can be read here:
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Posted by Moctod
a resident of University South
on Oct 19, 2022 at 4:56 pm

Moctod is a registered user.

I support many of the endorsements made by the Palo Alto Weekly for the next election, but for Santa Clara County Sherff my vote goes to Bob Jonsen, who's posting above makes a good case for his election.

I was disappointed to find a very slick last-minute hit piece on Bob in my mailbox today. The mailer was paid for by the Santa Clara Correctional Officers, the Deputy Sheriffs' Association and the County Managers Association. The mailer cherry-picks two short quotes from the Daily Post and one from "L.A. Now" then adds the ineloquent remark, "That's really bad, Bob". The statements on the flip side have no citations. The groups who paid for this mailer obviously feel that they will get a better deal from another candidate.

Please vote for Bob Jonsen for Santa Clara County Sheriff.

Posted by Brian
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 27, 2022 at 8:41 am

Brian is a registered user.

Bob cited his supporters (name dropping), but neglected to say what he is going to do to change the culture of the department, to bring accountability and positive reforms that will benefit both the people who work at the department and those the department serves.

I will provide a link for those to read that shows some of Bob’s controversial relationships and issues that also sites issues in the communities he served as a leader. Is it slanted, yes, but it does display the messy political web that is woven by a sophisticated politician who knows how to navigate the murky waters of a political job and insulate himself, much like Laurie Smith has done, and Bob’s former convicted sheriff and buddy Lee Baca had done throughout most of their political careers. Kevin Jensen brings none of the political luggage Jonsen does, none of the drama, and genuinely wants to bring about positive change. Bob Jonsen had been in three leadership positions in 10 years….what do the employees and the community think of his job in those positions?

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