San Jose’s police union pulled its endorsement of retired undersheriff John Hirokawa’s campaign to unseat his former boss, Sheriff Laurie Smith.
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Sheriff Laurie Smith left in the middle of a hearing on jail reforms Tuesday, but her early exit rubbed some people the wrong way.
A reform commission created after the fatal beating of a mentally ill inmate wants to wrest control of the jails from Sheriff Laurie Smith.
Sheriff Laurie Smith released a reform plan to curb violence and improve conditions in Santa Clara County's beleaguered jails.
Inmates are dying, jail guards are breaking laws and sending racist texts, and worse, some may even be raping the men and women behind bars.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith surrendered himself to authorities on felony weapons charges Wednesday night. The 24-year-old, who until Thursday was on indefinite leave from the team, turned himself in to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office after checking out of rehab. He immediately posted $75,000 bail. While sports fans might be more concerned with Smith’s return to the Niners, a report on how his weapons case was handled has raised questions about the possibility of preferential treatment. A source within the county tells San Jose Inside that a dispute is now raging between the Sheriff and District Attorney’s offices.
We dream of the perfect candidate in our business. The right person, at the right time, with resources to win and the perfect fit for the populace and the times. Barack Obama in President 2008, Jerry Brown Governor in 2010, Willie Brown for San Francisco Mayor 1995, and Sheriff Laurie Smith for San Jose Mayor 2014. Only the last scenario won’t happen.
Sheriff Laurie Smith withdrew her endorsement of Rose Herrera this week. It was not an easy decision, but it was made as a result of evidence presented to Smith of substantive fraud perpetrated by Herrera in the past. As the chief law enforcement officer of Santa Clara County, Smith believes it would set a bad precedent to support anybody who committed a felony, even if they were not convicted.
Sheriff Laurie Smith always tells me she has the best job in the world, so why would she ever run for mayor of San Jose? It is hard to argue with logic like that—which is one reason she would make a great mayor. Smith, who lives in San Jose, is the most popular public figure in county government for good reason.
We made it to the Gordon Biersch brewing facility on Taylor Street, where we parked alongside some beer pallets and wended our way through a labyrinth of bottling machinery to Sheriff Laurie Smith’s rooftop shindig.
The atmosphere was festive and the food top flight, so we washed down some penne and salad with a sturdy ale. San Jose Councilman Oliverio arrived seconds behind us and revealed that he was locked in a tight race for one of six seats on the Democratic Central Committee.
Calling Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith “an absolute jewel,” California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on the elected official’s behalf at a May 5 Los Gatos fundraiser that may have raised close to $100,000 by some early estimates. Smith called it her most successful fundraiser ever. [VIDEO]
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith’s N621LS “Star1” helicopter's flight was conveniently in time for the 8:30pm sunset
The probe targeting Sheriff Laurie Smith’s inner circle was triggered by San Jose Inside’s inquiry into a suspicious campaign contribution.
The dispute—part of an ongoing conflict between CEO Jeff Smith and Sheriff Laurie Smith—transpired in a series of dueling memos.
Sheriff candidates Laurie Smith and John Hirokawa sat down for no-holds-barred interviews to make their case for the June 5 primary.
Laurie Smith won two key union endorsements, making the bid to unseat her that much more of an uphill battle.