A recent NBC Bay Area report on the increase in prostitution downtown—and the disbanding of the city’s vice squad—has gone viral, and spawned a Twitter debate over the cause.
Protect San Jose, a blog run by the police union, Tweeted that city manager Deb Figone was to blame for the downtown hookers, drawing a response from Daily Fetch, an anonymous political blog.
The original Tweet linked to a San Antonio newspaper that picked up the story. (The predictable headline: “Hookers Know the Way to San Jose.”)
“It seems our country’s economic woes and California’s wise economic ways has stirred up an employment boom for one industry in San Jose, Calif.: prostitution.
Blue light specials are abounding due to budget shortfalls and cuts that have led to the elimination of the city’s police vice unit. A reported increase in prostitution has followed in frenzied-like proportions.
According to the story, hookers from all over California are headed for San Jose. It’s like the streets are paved with dirty crumpled $20’s.”
Below is a transcript of the twitter debate between @ProtectSanJose and @thedailyfetch.
@ProtectSanJose #SJPOA Pres Beattie Sets Record Straight on Figone’s Failure to Apply for Millions in Federal Grants #sjpd #sanjose http://bit.ly/pCExnJ
@ProtectSanJose Due in part to Figone’s COPS Grant #epicfail Hookers Know Way to #sanjose http://bit.ly/pm1tN7 #sjpd
@ProtectSanJose “It’s like the streets of #sanjose are paved with dirty crumpled $20’s.” http://bit.ly/q6zQQm FYI: @thedailyfetch #sjpd #sjpoa
@thedailyfetch If only a crumpled $20 would do the trick… (so to speak)
@ProtectSanJose If only #sanjose city manager’s COPS grant #epicfail hadn’t robbed us of the chance to save vice sqd or gang enforcement
@thedailyfetch True @protectsanjose, but “Figone did…consult with Police Chief Chris Moore on the decision.” Right? http://t.co/OIOvwTr
@ProtectSanJose #sanjose CM lacks power to deny grant if awarded but can just fail to apply shouldn’t council decide this? Chief works for CM
The NBC Bay Area report that started it all:
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