Starting May 25, it could be against the law in San Jose to smoke a cigarette while sitting in a bar’s outdoor patio, standing outside of one’s apartment door or waiting in line.
On Tuesday, the City Council plans to vote on expanding restrictions on where people can smoke, and many at City Hall believe the item will pass with little resistance. According to Joseph Okpaku, Councilmember Ash Kalra’s chief of staff, the new ban would go into effect 45 days after the vote.
The council will also discuss installing bike lanes on downtown streets to work toward reaching goals for the Envision San Jose 2040 plan. The action would install eight miles of new bike lanes.
Discussion of an audit of the San Jose Police Department has been deferred to April 17. The report sheds light on a significant ethical problem for the department regarding officers taking on outside employment.
The audit has “30 recommendations—some of which may require the Police Department to meet and confer with the labor union—to address those problems.”
According to the report, last year “sworn personnel earned at least $6.1 million in supplemental income from uniformed pay jobs alone.”
Information provided by SJPD for the audit could not even be assured to be accurate, the report adds, stating that the “problems warrant significant reform.
“Various rules that are critical to sufficiently overseeing the program were not enforced including: tracking of pay job hours; logging onto to the Department’s CAD system from pay jobs; tracking vehicle use; Department-established pay rates for secondary employment; and the prohibitions against the use of sick and disability leave on the same days as secondary employment hours were worked.
“Ethics training, which has not been provided since 2002, should be reinstituted as soon as possible.”
We’ll be following up on this story next week.
Also on Tuesday, the council is expected to approve the Successor Agency budget from February through June of this year.
Click to read the full City Council Agenda for April 10, 2012.