Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Audit: San Jose needs to strengthen reimbursement policy

San Jose misspent $24,000 in taxpayer funds by paying mileage costs of employees who were ineligible to receive such payouts because they violated a city policy, according to a critical new audit of the city’s reimbursement processes. The reimbursement audit of city employees’ expenses detailed major flaws in the city’s reimbursement process, which led to...

San Jose: Internal complaints against police officers spiked

While citizen complaints against the San Jose Police Department steadily decreased for the last five years, the number of internal complaints increased and allegations tied to excessive use of force spiked by 39 percent, according to an annual report conducted by the city’s police auditor. On Tuesday, San Jose lawmakers will hear the findings of...

San Jose school district unveils plan to hire special education teachers

The number of special education students across the country is rising, but teachers qualified to teach those students aren’t — especially in the South Bay where soaring rents and cost-of-living are squeezing educators out. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that the number of public school students that required special education services rose 14...

Meet San Jose’s new City Hall watchdog

San Jose City Hall has a new watchdog and he vows to hold government officials accountable — including himself. The city auditor, one of the most important jobs at City Hall, was recently filled by a veteran of the department, Joe Rois, who joined the City Auditor’s office in 2008. Rois earned a couple of...

Youngest contender emerges in San Jose Council race

Marshall Woodmansee is expected to become the youngest candidate in the 2020 local elections after he filed papers on Wednesday to run for San Jose City Council. In an interview with San José Spotlight, Woodmansee said he wants to inspire the youth in his community to know they hold the power in deciding their future....

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