San Jose Police Unions Lash Back Against Councilwoman's Mailer

Monday, Oct 15, 2012  |  Updated 8:57 AM PDT
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A political fight between police unions and a councilwoman running for re-election resumed Sunday after  union leaders blasted Rose Herrera for a campaign mailer they say accuses union leadership of encouraging officers to delay response times, among other criticisms.

A political fight between police unions and a councilwoman running for re-election resumed Sunday after union leaders blasted Rose Herrera for a campaign mailer they say accuses union leadership of encouraging officers to delay response times, among other criticisms.

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A political fight between police unions and a councilwoman running for re-election resumed Sunday after  union leaders blasted Rose Herrera for a campaign mailer they say accuses union leadership of encouraging officers to delay response times, among other criticisms.


San Jose Police Officers' Union leadership gathered with supporters Sunday to denounce the mailer, which Herrera said was created by a law firm representing police unions for use when contract negotiations hit a wall.

"This is a new low...It shows she's desperate, said San Jose Police Officers' Association President Jim Unland, according to the San Jose Mercury News.


"If she believes cops and firefighters don't do all they can to get to an emergency, she is delusional and therefore unfit to serve, " Sandy Montana, the mother of slain San Jose police officer Jeffrey Montana, said in a statement.

Later, Herrera told the San Jose Mercury News: "They're angry about pension reform. They're angry I was the vote that put it on the ballot.

Herrera noted that although union leaders had denounced the flier, they did not deny the existence of the playbook.

Herrera, a pension reformer, is in a bitter battle for her reelection to District 8 against Jimmy Nguyen.

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