It’s not that Debra Figone doesn’t trust the city council to spend money—it’s just that she doesn’t trust the city council to spend money wisely. Rather than let the council decide whether San Jose should accept a federal grant that could have saved 53 police officer jobs—and potentially put the city on the hook for millions it doesn’t have—the city manager chose to protect the council from itself. She unilaterally chose to apply for only a fraction of the grant, essentially telling the council that “it’s important to know when to say when.” (And some councilmembers need to be reminded of that helpful pro-moderation campaign—ahem! Ash Kalra.) With almost 300 cops potentially out of a job due to the budget catastrof#*%, the already angry members of the police union reacted predictably to news of the city manager’s move. Then they were shocked to find out that their boss, Chief Chris Moore, had signed off on Figone’s decision. The cops had apparently forgotten that Figone signs Moore’s paycheck. Meanwhile, Councilmember Pete Constant, who had just released a detailed plan he said could save 97 officers’ jobs, was left holding a memo resembling Swiss cheese—his plan required that the city apply for the full grant. Constant followed up by asking Figone to apply for an extension so the council could consider the matter. She decided to ignore that request entirely. The POA is now in contact with U.S. Congressman Mike Honda’s office, which should result in the kind of decisive action people have come to expect out of Washington.