Police of cash-strapped San Jose, CA, no longer responds to home burglaries

San Jose

San Jose is a city in California’s famous Silicon Valley. It is the 3rd-largest city in California, the most populous city in Northern California, and the the 10th-largest city in the U.S.

In 2000, San Jose residents had the highest median household income of any city in the United States with a population over 300,000, and currently has the highest median income of any U.S. city with over 280,000 people. But the cost of living in San Jose and the surrounding areas is among the highest in California and the nation, housing costs being the primary reason.

Despite San Jose’s seeming prosperity, the city is on the verge of bankruptcy. Already, three cities in California have filed for Chapter 9: Stockton, San Bernardino, and Mammoth Lakes. A fourth city, Atwater, with Hispanics/Latinos comprising 52.6% of its population, is teetering on the brink, having declared a state of fiscal emergency in October 2012.

Since 2001, San José has been forced to make progressively deeper cuts
to balance its budget. In some cases, positions or programs have been
eliminated altogether. In others, programs or hours have been scaled back,
limiting access to important services. The number of sworn police officers and firefighters has been reduced to historically low levels (see Figure 7). These lowered levels have increased response times to all but the most serious situations by 20% and reduced community policing. The police
department has been forced to prioritize cases and is often unable to respond to property damage or theft complaints. (Source: “2012: The City of San Jose’s Budget Crisis“)

San Jose police cutbacks
All of which is resulting in crime being rampant in San Jose thanks to the near-bankrupt city having fired hundreds of cops.

The San Jose Mercury News reports, Dec. 9, 2012, that the city’s residents can’t get police to respond to break-ins because the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) “is woefully short-handed, its burglary unit fanned out to patrol while the city scrambles for new recruits as officers flee deficit-driven pay and benefit cuts. And even flush departments don’t follow up every reported theft.”

Kurt Loeswick found that out when his home near Branham High School was burglarized Nov. 9. Glass was broken and valuables were missing. He and his neighbors had evidence a neighbor kid was involved and, on their own, succeeded in recovering a stolen safe. But the police haven’t responded, even after neighbors reported a similar string of break-ins.

“I can’t do much more unless I take a vigilante stand,” Loeswick said. “And I don’t do that.”

He’s made a report to the Independent Police Auditor. And with his neighbors, he emailed complaints to the mayor and council. In response, mayoral agenda manager Sara Wright emailed Loeswick and his neighbors a link to the mayor’s opinion piece on his budget and public safety strategy.

“This is not the time to give Mayor Chuck Reed a public relations promotional moment,” neighbor Michelle Holtz shot back. “We, the people of this neighborhood, have done about as much foot work on this particular case as possible, unless we need to perform a couple of citizens arrests as well.”

A big reason for San Jose’s fiscal crisis is its bloated employee pension system, which is a problem shared by cities across California and other U.S. states. To illustrate, here’s a chart showing how the city’s contributions for pension and retiree health care costs have increased 334% in just ten years from $73 million in 2001-2002 to $244 million in 2010-2012!

San Jose pensions

Source: “2012: The City of San Jose’s Budget Crisis

H/t Stephen Frank’s California Political News & Views

~Eowyn

13 responses to “Police of cash-strapped San Jose, CA, no longer responds to home burglaries

  1. Looks like Californians better get used to “clinging” to their guns from now on……

  2. Another fine example of California public management. I wonder when state government will realize cuts to service are required.

  3. I’m sure that if the people would just sit down and talk to the these bad people everything will be OK. Just let them know you care for them. (snark)

    Want to get rid of the Right to Bear Arms now???
    Didn’t think so.

    Semper Fi
    Gunny

    • Well, left/libtards would think this is a capital reason for gun control… of course, Neville Chamberlain thought “Peace in Our Time” was a good idea at Munich in ’38, too.

  4. Allowing collective bargaining by government employees—something that happened during Jerry Brown’s initial term as governor—is total poison. Faced with exorbitant wage and benefit demands, any ordinary company would close its doors and go out of business. State and, especially, federal government represent the ultimate “deep pockets”. Civil servants are now milking the taxpayer like the last cow on the farm.

    Clearly, this has “unhappy ending” written all over it. The entire situation is only exacerbated by top-dog police and fire chiefs who use union seniority to “spike” their last few years of earnings—via overtime and unused vacation or sick pay—to retire with six-figure pensions.

    American voters must figure out some way of revoking any right of government employees to collective bargaining. The only alternative is a massive financial default. There are no other options.

    We are already seeing what results when the electorate is allowed to vote itself government largess. There is no better way to sum up 0bama’s political legacy. All that remains to be seen is just how far America can descend into Third World status before everything slides over the edge.

  5. The services, employees that will be cut next will have little to do with the pensions or benefits. The workers who actually help people will be cut, not the dumb ass administrators, union scum bag higher echelon, activists or the politicians who keep allowing this wholesale robbery of the public to continue.

    Every politician, judge, etc should have their pay stopped until this national crisis is solved. How much would that save and help compared to taxing anyone who makes over $250,000, which is not much these days unless you are a member of the 47% or an obamabot. They should be thrown out of office and those guilty impeached or charged for crimes they are guilty of.

    This is just one step over the fiscal cliff we fell off of decades ago. Think LBJ, Jimmy Carter and many others………….

  6. The state is going to have to follow suit, as they are beyond broke too. But hey, keeping on raising taxes, that will solve it all! /s

  7. This was bound to happen and I feel sorry for the poor first resident of San Jose, through lack of police answering calls, puts a cap in the ass of some lowlife as the homeowner feels his and his families lives are threatened. You just know how this will end up!!! “HOME OWNER CONVICTED OF MURDER. This is what happens when you don’t have to run a balanced budget, come up with plans that spend future generations money and bow to union thugs. This is a problem made of their own greed and now they will just have to learn to poverty their own way through it! Life can really suck when your own greed blows up in your face Being progressive is fine as long
    as you don’t spend your 4 years of budget on the very first day.

  8. Reblogged this on Search Fine Urban Homes Los Angeles and commented:
    So Sad to see our cities going like this..

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