Editor’s Note: Following is a letter that was sent to the City Council from the Santa Clara Police Officers Association. It was submitted to Santa Clara News Online for publication.
Dear Mayor and Council,
I am writing on behalf of the Santa Clara Police Officers’ Association Board to officially commend you for the stadium audit conducted by Harvey M. Rose Associates, and to let you know that we have full confidence in your leadership.
As you know the dedicated men and women of the Santa Clara police department work many hours at the stadium and know its operations well. Some of our members previously raised questions about our department’s procedures, or lack of, to comply with Measure J. Our members cooperated fully with the auditing firm because we care about our city and believe we should follow the law established by Santa Clara voters.
We believe it’s important that the final audit confirmed that Measure J was violated; but it’s more critical that the auditors identified almost 40 recommendations to improve city operations, including those in the police department, so that Measure J will be complied with in the future.
We also want to commend the city council, especially Mayor Lisa Gillmor who has been criticized for her efforts to uncover the truth behind stadium operations. As you all know, the Grand Jury recommended the audit, not the Mayor. The council then approved the selection of the auditors — unanimously. Now, that the council has accepted the auditors’ results and findings, we urge you to implement the changes necessary to comply with Measure J, especially working in the confines of the approx. $1.8 million cap on public safety costs for NFL games.
We have full confidence that with your leadership, the city will comply with the law. We stand ready to assist you.
Santa Clara POA President