Santa Clara County Sheriff Candidate Forum 2018

Santa Clara County Sheriff Candidate Forum 2018


the League of Women Voters of Santa
Clara County presents Santa Clara County Sheriff candidate forum live from the
Cupertino community hall and now for tonight’s moderator Rosaline’s ish good evening and welcome to our evening
to meet our candidates for the Santa Clara County Sheriff
this is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Clara County and we are
a nonpartisan political organization we do not support or oppose candidates
I’m Rosaleen Szish I’m your host for this evening and I’m a member of the
League of Women Voters of San Jose Santa Clara if you have a cell phone
we’re going to ask you to turn it off and for the courtesy of all of this who
are attending this evening and our candidates as well the candidates
tonight are John Hickock oh excuse me your Acoma Joseph or Joe I think he
likes to be called La Luis Martin Monica Jose Sal sideo and Laurie Smith the
candidates have agreed to the ground rules for tonight’s forum which include
a one minute opening statement and one-minute responses to questions there
are timers that will be monitoring the time and we’ll give them a 30-second
warning and when to stop totally we solicited questions for the candidates
from the public via email in advance of tonight’s forum we also will take
questions from you we have cards that are available hopefully you picked them
up or if you need some you can put your hand up and some will be brought to you
they will be picked up by members of the league as the evening goes along
questions that are repetitive will be weeded out or a can made more concise we
will do our best to answer those questions that are submitted we do only
have one hour so be aware of the fact that we may not get to everyone’s
questions we solicited or I already told you that
we have questions already up here for us to begin with this evening
so the question sorters we’ll go through anything that you submit I would also
like you to refrain from clapping for individual candidates or for comets that
they may make that you highly approve of or not thank you appreciate that will
save all of our clapping till the end there is literature about all of the
candidates and that you can find in the FOIA when you leave we will start with
one minute openings and as you can see they are seated alphabetically so mr.
Kay comma sorry you are first good evening
thank you for coming here tonight I’m John hirokawa candidate for sheriff I
have over 35 years of distinguished law enforcement experience with the Santa
Clara County Sheriff’s Office I’ve worked most of the divisions and I
rose through the ranks of the sheriff’s office at every level my superiors
recognized me for my exemplary work ethic initiative honesty and integrity
the sheriff’s office needs a person who has a diverse experience and who has a
depth of knowledge of all aspects of its operation who is totally trustworthy who
is completely honest transparent and who has impeccable ethics I am that person I
want to bring progressive changes to the sheriff’s office by creating a deep and
lasting impact in the fight against domestic violence human trafficking
sexual assaults and keeping our communities safe
I have endorsements in the confidence of the thousands of police officers the men
and women who are keeping our local streets and communities safe and the
eleven eleven retired local police chiefs from this county who are
endorsing me they’re looking at they’re looking for me to collaborate and
learning effective law enforcement my name is joe la jeunesse I’m a third
generation local boy you know grew up here when Santa Clara high grew and live
in Santa I’m a 30-year military veteran I was
enlisted and went up to the officer rank retired is a major Military Police Corps
I’m also a current deputy sheriff so I’m actually running against my boss
over here so I want to bring change to the department because we’ve all seen
the scandals and what’s going on and we need to change the outcome of what’s
been going on by getting rid of the leadership I spend a year on the border
from El Centro to Yuma commanding 150 troops I also commanded an MP company
military police oh is that an Abu gorab when the scandal happened so I got to
see what happened there which is similar here with the death and the jails here
and the abuse over there I also led troops or own anti-terrorism
officer in Germany I’ve served our country and three wars
and I believe it’s time for change because the leadership we have right now
isn’t getting the job done they’re causing a lot of escapes murders and
everything else that’s going on and you can’t keep voting the same people in and
expecting different outcome thank you and mr. Monica hello my name is Barton
Monica I’m grew up in Palo Alto my kids went to Cupertino schools but the key is
this I became a chief of police but not to 80 people no I went from a police
officer to achieve because the city saw that hired me that I have the ability if
you take that a step further many of the sounds a police officers that I know
that I worked with are now chief see our local County kind of in Sunnyvale sounds
a state Campbell and a couple other so it sells a PD they breed people that are
understanding of leadership and could go forward that’s what they need at the
deputies I work with the deputies when I was in sales APD they have major
problems with the leadership and collaboration with other departments
we’re not going to solve any crimes if we don’t collaborate you have to talk
just like if you’re married you have to talk to your wife or husband otherwise
it’s over so if we don’t do that that we lose and that’s what I plan to
do is to be a collaborator and also to bring new and innovative ideas of
technology so forth industry thank you Thank You mr. Stassi dope my name is
Jose Salcedo candidate for sheriff and I’m running because I’m born and raised
in this county I’ve seen it when it was orchards as
it’s developed to become the tech capital of the world I worked for the
Sheriff’s Department for 32 years at what time I retired and went to work the
city of San Jose for the mayor’s office where I was a senior policy adviser on
Public Safety actually when I was I worked the streets here in Cupertino and
I was also a homicide detective where I handled the homicide that happened in
2001 at a jewelry store on Wolfe Road that was the first homicide in a 50 year
history for city of Cupertino we can’t say that anymore we had two homicides
last year so I am very concerned about the changes that are occurring to our
community yes we’re a County of two million but don’t tell me we can’t be
connected the criminals don’t know boundaries they go from city to city
creating creating havoc my plan is to make focus on your neighborhoods to make
your neighborhoods safer through crime prevention thank you and miss Smith
thank you my name is Laurie Smith and I’m the sheriff in Santa Clara County my
career has been dedicated to running a professional organization we’re very
very proud of our accomplishments Sierra LaMar bringing the murder of Sierra
LaMar to justice and he’s in prison now a little bit about me I’ve got a mat a
bachelor’s degree in a master’s degree and I’m working on a second master’s
degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey I
serve on many many commissions and commissions and committees including
I’ve been appointed by the last three governors to serve on the peace officer
standards and training commission that regulates hiring and training standards
for law enforcement officers we have a great crime rate in Santa Clara County
and particularly the three cities that we serve
Cupertino Saratoga and Los Altos Hills we’re also very very proud of thank you
and we are proud of our whole County thank you
our first question this evening Santa Clara County is a sanctuary county and
has a policy of not I’m sorry cooperating with ice I’ll
reread this Santa Clara County as a sanctuary County and has a policy of not
cooperating with ice what are your thoughts on that policy and just a hair
coma so the county has a civil detainer policy too doesn’t cooperate with Ison
with regards to people in the county I’m for that policy in regards to the civil
detainers in regards to cooperating with ice with felons on a known what we call
its Penal Code six sixty seven point five so we do cooperate with felony
warrants and felony subpoenas with ice and so I am although I am in favor of
sanctuary thank you so first I like to say I’m not anti-immigrant I helped to
my translator from Iraq immigrated here after the war because they were being
assassinated after for helping Americans so took five to ten years to get him
here I had a vouch for him and sent out things to the State Department and how
they worked for me and when and all this but I also worked on the border for a
year commanded 150 troops from El Santo to Yuma working alongside the Border
Patrol what I saw coming across was a lot of drugs a lot of criminals they get
the humanitarian part but unfortunately you can’t have it both ways because with
those humanitarian parts comes also the Kremlin crime and the drugs and I’m
talking tons of it so when I was down there
it changed my attitude because I saw what was going on down there so i’m anti
sanctuary why because crime comes through the border and comes tor to our
districts in our counties and people don’t seem to realize that they’re
bringing a lot of drugs I’m talking tons at a time digging tunnels into Calexico
stealing vehicles from Calexico mall driving them to Mexico and back and I
saw this when I was down thank you i as far as x-ray says I agree
but I go along with the other gentleman here that if they’re a felon of any type
we’re not we’re gonna work with ice on that because they’re we don’t want that
marrow but you got invisible I’m currently teaching I have students have
parents they’ve been taken by ice out they’re all breaking the law was coming
across your undocumented and getting a job and working here for 20 years that’s
not to be disheartened criminal I’ve seen a change in law enforcement here
they’re afraid to go after the hardened criminals I want to go after those guys
get the guys that are hurting people off the street not the person that does a
red light violation and now we have a warrant for him I want to go after
people that actually hurt you the drunk drivers that are killing like last night
killed three people we need to stop that from going on the sanctuary I believe is
just supporting individuals that are trying to make a better life like when
our forefathers came here to make a better life is there a problem yeah it’s
Congress not me thank you Thank You mr. casita there’s a
lot of confusion on SB 54 that was passed by our legislators and the law
actually states that counties that are sanctuary were actually it’s a
requirement can work with ice on violent crime criminals that are convicted of
violent crimes there is cooperation now our County the reason they decided to do
a civil detainer is because it’s a civil it’s a civil violation it’s not criminal
so technically our county can’t hold an individual in jail against their will
for a civil detainer I would like to see the federal government Kate Steinle was
killed by an individual that had left five times why can’t we make it a
criminal offense after the second or third time back into our country then it
becomes a criminal detainer now we can hold them so I’m an advocate that we
change reform at the federal level someone gets deported to three times
that’s it it’s now a federal crime and we we now can’t hold them so call your
Congressman and putting pressure on so yes we have a policy in Santa Clara
County and not cooperating with ice and it is now it is now the law and that’s
and we adhere to the law also I think the way that ice had been doing business
in Santa Clara County was not was not a fair manner they weren’t judging things
correctly Jose did mention that they are civil detainers
we do accept criminal arrest warrants on on federal charges and that’s consistent
with our policy there really needs to be overall immigration reform on a national
level there has to be a path to citizenship and we can’t continue to do
what we’re doing here in this state the santa clara county has sued the federal
government i signed a declaration in support of the lawsuit against the trump
administration and their immigration practices also so i support what we do i
think immigration hasn’t done it correctly and i definitely agree with
supportive thank you law our second question the sheriff’s office oversees
the county jail system what are the biggest challenges that the sheriff’s
office is experiencing on the custodial side of its responsibilities and stay
here a coma so the biggest issues in regards to its staffing facilities and
input from the rank and file about how to implement those issues and so without
the proper staffing and progra thought the proper facilities you can’t address
the big issues that I tackled when I was working at the sheriff’s office in
regards to mentally ill on our jails I initiated that we had one psychiatrist
by petition and advocated for additional psychiatrists today they have ten from
one I also wanted psychologists and those in those with a psychiatrist to
help with the mentally ill in our jails because there’s a high recidivism rate
for the mentally ill that that isn’t even addressed the mental the medical
issues the dental issues and so we brought in experts
prior to the death of Michael Tyree and then I advocated to bring in additional
experts to try to help us maneuver through those issues in regards to also
the overcrowding and jail time thank you so I’ve had the unique experience of
being at a place where the jails went wrong like I said Abu Ghraib there’s a
lack of leadership there lack of staffing training and resources same
thing happened here lack of leadership it all starts from the top down if the
leadership isn’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing and then obviously
the guys and gals on the bottom aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing
so the first thing they did it all the grub was fired the leadership deferred
the general who’s in charge of all the MPS in there and there they fired the
colonel in charge of the jail’s and then the chain of command and
anybody who else who had anything is doing that chain of command replaced him
and did a whole new training new leadership everything had to go and you
haven’t heard anything since then actually I was part of that training
group that trained the people going to Guantanamo Iraq and Afghanistan so I got
to train and learn from those experiences and see what’s going on here
same thing happened here you can’t keep having the same leadership here and
expect a different thing they were in charge when this happened so they need
to be held accountable as leaders because if they’re not the same thing is
gonna happen you can say you’re gonna change everything but it didn’t do any
good for Michael Tyree for the ones that escaped thank you looking at the jails
there is a major problem when people are being that murdered by or law
enforcement people that’s a tragedy the leadership failed the job and I wouldn’t
hire them again but the problem is going to they don’t get in further than that
they there’s a problem with putting mentally ill inmates with the regular
inmates and that creates another problem what created the problem for the murder
I have a friend that son was in there at the same time he tried to go to the
leadership here he got beat up they broke his arm and they put him in
another task Adaro so the leadership is even listening to the inmates being
abused that’s a problem what they need to do is have a separate facility for
the inmates with mentally with mental illness and work with them
on making sure they take the medication they need medically and then you take
care of they take their time but that’s not being done it’s more of the same old
stuff yep then we have to change it’s like these big companies here do thank
you thank you so there is obviously a problem in the culture in the jail’s
you’ve been hearing it on the news for months now they actually formed a Blue
Ribbon Commission of 25 citizens who got together and studied the problems and
made over a hundred and forty recommendations including changing the
leadership that was clear on their recommendations so there’s no doubt
about it there’s a need for change the jail the environment of the jail is
something that needs to be focused on both for our officers who work there but
also for the inmates we need to change the way inmates are treated there needs
to be human dignity in the jail the individuals the inmates need to believe
that they can change their lives and get jobs not continue the revolving door of
the jail putting out people who are better at committing burglaries than
they are at at working so to me you know last year 74 year old was killed in
Cupertino by a woman who had a mental health issue that’s a concern if we
don’t start treating in jails mental health we’re gonna have more problems so
one of the big problems that we have right now in the jail is mental health
you’ve heard it a lot also we’re running a prison more than anything else with
the passage of a B 109 it was mentioned that we did have a
murder in the jail yes we arrested three of our correctional deputies they’re in
prison now when that happened and this has been reported in the paper the chief
of Corrections was John hirokawa and what did he do when that happened he ran
and hid a group of our staff got together we wrote a reform plan we
jumped in we took we took charge of the situation when there was really a lack
of leadership has there been a change of leadership as recommended by the by the
Blue Ribbon yes there is a new chief of Correction same Sheriff we’re making a
lot of progress it’s also great to see that we have a
lot of captains lieutenants sergeants here that are supporting me internally
they see what leadership is and the the leadership has really changed and and
changed a lot since he left as number two you can’t run and hide and you can
cure the problem this next question we’re going to start at the other end of
the table with Miss Smith please what are the three major points of your
election platform and why the first one really is victims we have a lot of
services for offenders as we should because we want to reduce recidivism but
I think more attention needs to be paid to the victims if you are a victim of
crime what are the services that you can get and the second one is kids keeping
kids out of gangs in school and out of out of gangs and I think that that’s
really important too and we’re seeing a lot more gun violence so gun violence
isn’t is another one but really victims rights human trafficking we’ve started a
human trafficking task force and the way that we’re looking at victims now really
has changed in law enforcement recently and even victims of immigration people
who are preying on immigrants and creating fraud we’ve started an otário
unit within the sheriff’s office to focusing on on those victims so I’m a
big advocate of safety and victims thank you my number one priority is your
safety neighborhood safety I’m interested in neighborhood watch groups
I’m interested in bringing programs actually that I was able to learn about
when I moved to the mayor’s office in San Jose San Jose PD is very progressive
when it comes to the type of programs they create for people to even have a
stop program for businesses so that if an encampment is created on a business
the business owner or the property owner has the power to remove them those are
the kind of programs we need to focus on number two is leadership the right type
of leadership in the jails is going to change the environment to make it safer
and with that comes jail reform our nonprofits need to come into the jail
but nonprofits have the passion to change people’s lives they’re able to
actually put people on the right track and they’re very efficient financially
because they get money from the private sector not just government money
certainly will support them but it’s like doubling your tax dollars when you
have them working inside jails changing lives and getting people to get jobs
thank you Thank You mr. Monica I’m from San Jose PD as Jose is talking about
their innovative that’s what we need to do there and what three things there’s a
lot on my webpage but one would bring new leadership that actually knows how
to bring innovation there and one of the things is to find out how we make sure
we get zero recidivism if they come back it’s the same old thing studies show if
you read that in fact educating of the inmates with a real education not these
funky little programs in out there for actual education the zero recidivism the
other thing is bring community policing in it’s not a program like some people
think here it’s an actual philosophy that if you read one of another sounds
the officer that left our department went to New York became chief Houston
and was up the drugs aren’t for a President Clinton he did all that with
community policing we got to do something different and bring somebody
from yet thank you thank you so I want to bring a new approach I want to bring
a proactive progressive leadership to this department where the criminals
react to us we don’t react to them right now we go on patrol and we get calls and
we’re reacting what they’re doing some of the techniques I’ve been taught are
using a pattern analysis trends taking resources from one area to another where
the crime is happening put them on the defensive not us we’re always reacting
to them it’s time for them to react to us once I were reacting to us this is
what I did in karbala when I was in charge of the city of 1.1 million people
do in law and order I had to hire the Iraqis train home run a police academy
jails and do law and order so one of the things we did because of the crime was
using trends and pattern analysis plus bring modern technology in its
department the sheriff and the undersheriff came in
the 70s and 80s we’re still it’s stuck in the 70s and 80s we need to move
forward and use Google Apple Facebook social media to get in our department
putting computers in our cars it tells us where the other deputies are so we
know where there are and what’s reacting so we need to be proactive not reactive
thank you so my approach is collaboration not only with the law
enforcement the vast majority law enforcement men and women that are
endorsing me but also with you the community engaging the community and
coming to you asking you what your concerns and issues are and then dealing
with those issues in collaborating with everybody not only on a look on a county
level but on a regional level and so I have the confidence of local law
enforcement officials that I will do that because they have worked with me in
the past yeah my other issue would be the CHEO reforms we brought in we spent
hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars on gel experts we just need to
listen to them and implement the reforms that they were pushing for including the
Blue Ribbon Commission since the death of Michael Tyree last year you had
another murder in the jail but that hasn’t been broadcast plus four other
deaths at the Elmwood facility they weren’t listening to the experts we were
telling them not to move so fast wait for the staffing and wait for the
facilities before making these changes and to avoid the deaths that they have
occurred last year Thank You mr. hirokawa
my next question by the way of us miss typed on my prompt sheet I was really
having trouble with that thank you our next question and we’re going to
start with mr. Monica this time and we’ll go well that would be south and
come back and end up on this other side so we’ll go to your left and come back
thank you this is to keep everybody awake right the sheriff’s office provides law
enforcement for unincorporated parts of Santa Clara County and some smaller
entities in the county that contract with it to provide law enforcement
services as Cupertino what are your feelings
about this and your policies you would support my feelings I feel good no a
contract you have a contract we help out their community that doesn’t have a
police department because it does cost a lot as far as way out in the boonies we
without talking to people in Gilroy they were having concerns about deputies
responding and then whining that they were at the call that the person made so
those are things that to me are upsetting where the officer shouldn’t or
the deputy shouldn’t be doing that they should be going how can I help you and
so forth so it’s it’s it’s about training it’s about community policing
working as a team to solve problems but it’s more than what what John was saying
about wanting to ask you it’s something that everybody from the top down does
and goes out to community and work with them but it sounds like that’s the way
to go as far as for budgets of cities and I would I would support that but
also put more training to make sure they all fallen thank you thank you mister
south sir as far as the contract cities go I think you know I’m so glad that the
Sheriff’s Department has three contract cities I worked Cupertino for a long
time and very much enjoyed the community it’s a great community but I think
there’s room for improvement and frankly I think never surrender never give up
always improve you have CSO’s here that work for the city
I would like to approach the city and ask them to be working out of our
Westside station a CSO connected with the officers knowing the deputies and
the work they’re doing will become more knowledgeable and ultimately provide
better service to you that is a decision they would have to make on the
unincorporated side I think we have to up our game the the thing with
unincorporated is there’s long distance as it takes a long time to get there
which means we need to work with all of our cities to coordinate all of our
training to make sure we’re using the same tools that for instance license
plate reader San Jose PD uses 12 of them the Sheriff’s Department should also
have license plate reader because they can detect stolen cars and so yes we are in charge of all
everything that’s not incorporated in a city which is geographically a large
portion of the county and we have our three contract cities I wouldn’t call
Cupertino small but we have Cupertino Saratoga and Los Altos Hills and we’re
really really proud of the relationships we have the relationships we have with
the councils with I see a few former mayor’s here too and the current council
members we provide exceptional service and at a very cost-effective rate if you
compare Saratoga and Los Gatos it has similar population Saratoga uses us and
that’s about five million a year Los Gatos has their own Police Department
it’s about 15 million a year we’re cost-effective and by Cupertino
contracting with us we’re able to bring huge number of resources if we have a
major crime into the area and that has happened the quarry’s shooting and other
things that have happened in Cupertino so I think there’s a big advantage to
the citizens also thank you very much yes yup so again I’m going to talk about
community engagement but also what’s important is regards to listening to the
rank-and-file the men and women who were serving on the streets out here and
listening to their ideas and being able to communicate with them and so they
don’t have a fear of leaving that they would be retaliated against in regards
that they have an opposing opinion from the administration
so those rank-and-file members have the best ideas because they’re the ones who
are doing the job that’s where right start and also with the community I had
the pleasure serving the captain out here for the contract cities and so the
contract cities I was community community engaged I went to the
community means you gave me Cupertino Officer of the Year you optimist club
gave me officers of the year because my community engagement and how I dealt
with the issues out here and I plan to do that even as sheriff I’m not going to
leave it up to my subordinates to go to the community meetings and listen to you
because there’s a lot of things that are thing in between that message Thank You
mr. Kirika table so I also patrolled in Cupertino and one of the calls I
remember was this is community policing was a mom called us because we’re seven
wouldn’t get out of bed to go to school so we had to go there and get him out of
bed to go to school so you know we you know that environment here was very
friendly we went in there and did that and you got up went to school but we
need to have like more community policing and more engagement not just
like we do for the contract cities but like they said for the unincorporated
areas because I also did calls in South County where you know we were out there
and her back with us 30 40 minutes away so I see a disparity between the
contract cities and unincorporated areas haven’t controlled both and we need to
make it so we’re all one team that’s the thing we also get the same sort of law
enforcement experience regardless if you’re unincorporated or if you’re a
contract city and that’s not happening so I’d like to change that to make sure
that everybody is getting the same law enforcement experience for you know all
community policing areas and that would bring I think a lot of pride and respect
to the community and also the deputies thank you
the next question we’re going to start with mr. salcedo and the question is the
morale of the Department of Correction is at and and the patrol units are
reported to be at an all-time low how would you address this issue well we
can start by taking politics out of law enforcement
I think deputies expect to be treated with respect I think I remember sheriff
Smith’s at the last campaign called him Keystone Cops
I mean to me that’s well it was it was to the Union but the bottom line is a
union represents the deputies that work there so to me let’s get rid of all the
toxic language and let’s start focusing on improving the support to our deputies
our deputies deserve to get respect and they deserve to get the right training
they deserve to get the tools to do their job
there are so many agencies that are around in this county that have better
tools than our deputies so our deputies need to get up because that’s all about
making you safe in your neighborhood that’s what it’s all about our deputies
want to do their job they want to protect you but they have to have the
ability to do that and they need the support from an administration that is
going to back them on that thank you I smoked the police so the question
obviously comes from the floor about all-time low I don’t know how that’s
measured I probably disagree with what it is but there’s always room for
improvement in in morale in the organization I think that making sure
that we have the best equipment the best training and the best tools for people
to do their job I think is very very important we also have a very very low
rate compared to other agencies of people who leave the sheriff’s office
and go to other agencies it’s in that’s between three and one and three percent
of people who leave and I think that’s really tells if people are unhappy with
working this organization they certainly have choices
everybody’s hiring everybody is looking for for quality people we retain we have
a high retention rate that we’re real proud of within the organization but if
there’s anything I can do further for for the staff I always remain
thank you very much and mr. hero Kawa so whether people leave or not it’s not an
indicator of morale it’s really about what the opinion of the men and women in
the organization so my first duty would be to do to ask the rank-and-file to
engage them in regards to what their issues are how are their immediate
supervisors dealing with them or their immediate supervisors where they’d be a
sergeant lieutenant captain assistant sheriff undersheriff how are they
dealing with them and what’s their opinion of their leadership today and
then once from that you could then do an assessment of what the where the morale
is out I have told them I plan to do peer to peer evaluations support into
superior evaluations so so a group of sergeants evaluate a lieutenant
to get a full gauge of where the organization is and what they think of
their leaders is their leader their supervisor leading by example is their
supervisor or leader telling them or doing making decisions based on
short-term or based on long-term solutions that’s what it then emulates
back to the community to you how they serve you if they’re thinking of being a
cheat you fairly so morale does affect people leave I can
tell you as a deputy sheriff which is like I said earlier I still am a current
deputy sheriff the morale sucks who really does people are leaving because
the afraid of retaliation let me tell you what happened to me I went to Iraq
before I went to Iraq my boss over here asked me to resign not
because I did anything wrong but because I wanted to serve my country when I came
back I got threatened with the lawsuit by a guy named captain Brody her Human
Resources captain said if I didn’t resign them to take me to court so then
I come back to work I try to go back on patrol are you gonna be here and then I
put in for assignment that I was qualified for denied denied again so I’m
stuck in court not where I want to be but I what I’m doing now is trying to
make changes I learned as a leader you don’t sit there and complain about it if
you don’t get your which needs to be done you do something about it which is
what I’m doing that’s called moral courage I’m standing and going up
against my boss and undersheriff saying your leadership needs to go if you’re
treating me like that and other deputies won’t get promoted
I’ve seen this because they were being retaliated against and I know because
I’m at the bottom level thank you what I look at a couple of
things is I was here I was a cop here when the deputies controlled the jails
wasn’t a correction and at that time I didn’t see as much of the strike that we
have now so I would kind of analyze that that scenario see why there’s such a
different now I wouldn’t go out and tell my sergeants to evaluate the lieutenant
you ought to create problems you’re not even ready for and from a business
standpoint 101 that’s the worst thing you need to do what you got to do as the
leader is to go out there and search what’s going on you go out and be with
everybody you listen you go out on the field you go on Midnight’s you see
what’s going on you know it’s an eight yeah maybe wait
that guy tell me what’s wrong with them really
you talked about problems on you grab a whole bunch of problems so you as a
leader have to say you don’t want to take time out I’m gonna be going to this
place this place and see everybody and see what’s going on watch listen don’t
tell them you’re coming watch them thank you thank you
my next question and this one we will start with mr. la Jewess what
improvements or changes if any would you want in order to ensure and promote that
non citizen residents feel comfortable reporting crimes and cooperating with
the police well this is the hard part and this is one thing I learned on the
border they group us all together as law enforcement they just see a uniform you
can be military border patrol a local cop and they all think you’re the bad
guy and they’re gonna deport them so we have to get the word out to them
in a way to understand that we’re all not doing that because local police it’s
not our job to deport anybody it’s to protect every resident in this county
regardless of their status and that’s what they need to understand so we need
to get the word out because we’ve lost the communication between the immigrant
community and the law enforcement and the current administration of the
president isn’t helping and then of course everything else that’s going on
like I said on the border and also you have to realize that border patrol has
stopped turning over certain felons to California because they’re afraid
they’re not going to get them back so they’re not letting go letting them go
through our court system so right there you have another adverse effect of this
sanctuary law so they’re going to be deported but not go to court so that
right there I think is another thing have to worry about Thank You mr. matica
I think again we come back to community policing where we actually go out and
work with all the nonprofits like we went to a forum with siren that’s about
immigrants you get to connection with these groups they already have a
connection with the groups out there so we can help people to understand we’re
not going to be arresting people just because you’re undocumented we’re not
and where I’m at school I talk to parents all the time that speak only
Spanish undocumented the cops won’t arrest you
only the immigration guy but that’s another story in itself so if you don’t
communicate with the groups collaborate and also work with a department like San
Jose PD work as a team showing that we work as a team and not separate to
support them to tell us about the crimes because if they do the crunch of that
and document person they’re gonna do it to you and we need to stop that so it’s
a matter of just working with all the groups out there get a good feel and
getting training from those groups so the officers can understand thank you
can you repeat the question certainly um let’s see where did I put it I think I
folded it over saying that yes right it’s the immigrants being comfortable
speaking to police yes uh-huh the trust issue so I think cultural competency
training is very important for deputies to be introduced to understand the
cultures I also think it’s very important that we hire deputies that
reflect the community that work there so that the citizens that are calling them
see themselves basically on the response and I believe we need to be we need to
be present in community events and festivals and and and be you know
community policing I’m assigned currently to huffin be amante I worked
for councilmember canvass city of San Jose and huffin via Monte is a gang
hotspot we ended up bringing San Jose PD in there for a full year called safe
communities and community policing at a very high level
I had police officers that would call me this was a rent control area and they
would call me and complain that a tenant was having their rent increase these are
immigrants people that that ultimately are in the shadows and we were able to
make sure that that rent was not increased that to me that’s awesome law
enforcement calling thank you so I’m gonna talk really fast on this so
yes we need trust of the entire community and I think that there’s been
a lot of damage done by the federal government right now in in instilling
more fear in people that we have tried really hard to build if people are
afford to refrain report crimes or is particularly if they’re a victim of
crimes it just does not help us do our job and so like in the Sierra LaMar case
that I mentioned earlier the young girl that was murdered and kidnapped and
murdered she was she was taken from an area where there were a lot of farm
workers and we actually really reached out to the immigrant community to say if
you’ve seen something please tell us I think I’m probably the only sheriff in
the state that has filed a declaration in support of the county’s lawsuit
against the Trump administration where I really think we have a lot of damage and
we’ve got to do a lot more work to build trust I think that we have lost they’re
part of our community and they deserve the same thing all of us thank you very
much so for me it’s two parts the first part is you need an elected sheriff
who’s going to stand up and voice their opinion in regards to approving of the
sanctuary status to protect our immigrants because that does have a
reflection on the trust in the community for our day-to-day operation for the
deputies and the police officers in the streets if you don’t have that trust
then they’re not going to cooperate with you we already have problems with under
reporting of domestic violence under reporting of sexual assaults under
reporting of human trafficking under reporting it’s child molestations so now
you’re now you’re bringing in immigrant communities who feel who feel the fear
of the federal government and so you need elected sheriff who stands up had
the rank-and-file know exactly where that elected sheriff stands on these
issues and that they won’t tolerate regards to the cooperation with ice in
regards to these civil detainers in regards to undocumented checking people
out you need somebody to stand up to that not just filing a lawsuit for
federal grant dollars not about the sanctuary status so that lost the
lawsuit she’s talking about is about federal dollars thank you
I want our wonderful audience to know that it’s at least 15 to 20 degrees
hotter appears not anything to do with what we’re talking about which are
really tough topics but for some reason I really feel like we all need a fan yes
and probably some ice so we are perspiring but it’s not because we don’t
believe in what we’re saying or that we over believe in what we’re saying so I
just wanted to share that information with you
and I’d like to give you each just 30 seconds to tell us your hobby and if you
own a pet and for this one it’s such a tough one solet’s are a sitting sheriff
tell us first Oh hobbies I think lately my hobbies
been working you know I I do a lot of home improvement on my own I’m an Adventist is two and hiking backpacking
we have a cabin no electricity in the mountains great and do you have a pet oh
no don’t always have dogs and cats none now okay so I’m I love golf I have a son
who’s actually border professional I love going out and being amazed by great
golfer cuz I’m not I also enjoy volunteering and mentoring high-risk
youth I like taking care of young people and if they’re on the wrong track I like
to put them on the right track and I also have a big dog 150 160 pound
Leonberger so I do yeah that’s a lot of dog mr. Monica
well my hobby is reading and being with the family I have three dogs they’re
little guys so they’re jumping around on me and
tonight they all wanna sleep with dad great thank you
German Shepherds to cats hamster wife and the kid so we like to you know my
daughter’s doing a recital tonight she’s a singer so I would be there if I wasn’t
here no offense but so we like the family time we like to go to Napa and we
love to travel I’ve traveled around the world as a family and we have one
daughters 11 years old it was very mature for her age because
she’s traveled to several countries about 13 I think it’s been thank you and
so my hobbies are fly-fishing working on my old 67 Mustang and volunteering with
your local Cupertino roadie especially for the youth leadership camp that I
volunteer that I’m the chairperson for making getting those kids into a summer
camp every year to teach them leadership skills pets so my wife sitting in the
audience we’ve had three Labradors the last one passed of old age and she’s
been bugging me to get another labrador puppy but i’m the one who ends up
cleaning up out of the dog and doing all the housework and so I’ve been resisting
resistive so far after 28 years of marriage thank you and thank you for
sharing some personal notes now back to a tough question how would you address
racist comments and attitudes among employees and the department’s what kind
of discipline is appropriate in a case of a racist comment and for this one
let’s see who have we not started with I think we’ve started with everyone yes
who’d like to go first I’ll take a volunteer thank you very much so that
happened in our department and it was highly reported in the news there were a
group of of people who on duty private text messaging the most horrific
horrible texting I’ve ever seen I made a strong statement that I thought
they all should be terminated all but one
was and when he Raquel was undersheriff he test if he supported the person not
getting terminated and these were just horrible horrible racist comments and I
don’t think there’s any room for that in law enforcement to even have those views
express those views when you’re on duty to subordinate employees and co-workers
is just wrong we have a tremendous amount of power in law enforcement and
we need to be held to a higher standard thank you and we’ll go to mr. Salcedo
please yes we have read in the news about recent discoveries even when
Michael Tyree was killed the text messaging that was going on not only on
the racist side but on the beating side I mean literally they were organizing
meetings on the different decks that is a major problem but the question that
has to be asked is how did we get here I mean law enforcement is the most noble
profession anybody can choose we swear to protect our community on the on the
state on the federal constitution and on the state constitution how did we get to
a place where individuals feel free to communicate with each other
racism and hate I have to say that you know the leadership has to it’s failed
leadership you you have to constantly be reminding people based on what’s
occurring throughout the country to our staff to make sure they understand that
is not tolerated you know I have to ask the question after the people were
terminated did we go through training did we make sure that everybody
understands this does not happen in the sheriff’s department
Thank You mr. Monica I’m not sure what the deputies having they’re on
correctional guys having their policy manual but cells APD we have a code of
ethics called police ethics that you follow and if you don’t there’s there’s
sanctions on that that’s what they need to come back so they know what they’re
supposed to do if someone violates said I think it should be already written
there and this was what will happen you’ll be terminated not like well maybe
we’re going to no termination if they know they’re gonna get in
trouble that I could’ve doing it’s like a kid put his head in the cookie jar
right if they put it in boom you get it and they know they’re good if they put
it in so there has to be ramifications because as you speak to community people
as a matter of fact I have on my website an inmate that I interviewed that was
treated by the correctional people brutally and he says no one listed to
him so with all the racist tech comments coming out and makes it even more
volatile and people are gonna get hurt and why do that we’re professionals
thank you thank you so one of my additional duties was Equal Opportunity
officer so I had to investigate racism sexual harassment and do a report after
I did my investigation gave to the chain of command my recommendation so several
times on my recommendation I had leaders removed because of it so one of the
things we also had to do was do training every year not just when something
happens when that happened the racist comments we got training and implicit
bias once my other job we would do it every year because you have to change
the culture and change the mindset you can only do that if the training is
constant we also have cultural sensitivity training so when we went
into communities that we weren’t familiar with we knew how to not to
insult them because certain communities are insulted by ways you don’t even know
unless you have that training so I think we need to have you know the diversity
here have some training on that too and then put the policies if I’m in charge
I’m gonna have the policies in every office saying this is you go over to the
office this is who you contact if you feel
you’ve been discriminated against and I will not tolerate it with my signature
thank you so thank you for the question because this is the first time it’s come
up in a forum and so let me make it clear
texting racist text on duty people should be terminated the problem with
this particular case is that the sheriff Laurie Smith has her administration
leaked out confidential information personnel information in violation of
court orders and personnel law to her benefit the other problem is she points
to me her command staff has an informer all they got to do is look at the
paperwork I was retired I had already retired when
these recommendations came to her about the discipline all you have to do is
look at the records and her purse analysis and chirps in the audience all
I got to do is look at who was the Skelly
John hirako who was retired made no such recommendations and so this has been
leaked out to the benefit of one candidate in to the detriment of another
candidate in the Mercury News retracted that article base back in February
thank you our last question for all of you now is the following what question
do you wish had been asked of you tonight so for this one let’s start with
mr. Monica in the middle and and we’ll go to your left
thank you I you know in the Mercury News there’s a lot of fake news in there
they’re not portraying who we really are they give Lorie and Johnson these are
the greatest people the other people I have cares about them I’d like someone
to asks for one to say you know in comparing us to them why should we be
the better candidate I’m by far better than these two I’ve done more through
sales EPD the internet innovative Department the top department in the
country the United States not just in their minds okay so I would rather that
people see how about you guys are saying that you’re just on the side and why
aren’t you on the top it’s because the media wants one of these two not any of
us even though we’re the better we’ll do a better job
we’ll make changes and our different ways but laughing I wish that people
would ask questions like that instead of reading the paper ball oh the papers
right but like the statistic today if you read that now it’s it thank you
thank you mister Salcido well I mean to me I honestly think when we look at our
as I said I’ve lived here my entire life and I’ve seen changes that I’m not happy
with the type of truth of the homelessness population growing
and did you know that in jail if there’s a homeless individual there we consider
them housed so they’re not even counted when we count are homeless to me that
doesn’t make any sense we’ve got individuals living in our jails that are
going to be homeless on their release which means we’re pumping out homeless
people every month and then we wonder why the encampments keep growing and
moving and not changing we need to bring in programs into the into the jails
where these homeless individuals start getting treatment and we assess them and
we look and see if we can get housing form out of jail why are we releasing
them to an overpass I mean that it’s gonna continue and I also remember when
we used to drive up to San Francisco it was a beautiful city well guess what’s
coming to town Bart farts gonna connect all of us together
this whole Bay Area Oakland San Francisco and San Jose what do you think
is gonna happen once that happens and we’re in charge of ETA we should be on
top of thank you so I wish that you had asked about mental health because I
think it’s a really big problem for all communities not only just in the jails
and in the homeless encampments but I think there needs to be a statewide
solution to mental health living on the streets we I told the governor
one time that it was his father’s fault for closing all the mental hospitals and
he laughs and he said yeah my father started it and Reagan finished it there
needs to be a statewide solution because the people who have mental health issues
do not belong in jail it’s sometimes very difficult for families to deal with
there needs to be a solution where they can get the proper treatment and care
thank you mr. Heric Allah so I believe that the question I think should have
been asked is where are the emerging issues both on the custody side and on
the enforcement side of the sheriff’s office so in the custody side emerging
issues is how we’re dealing with the mentally ill and the other medical
issues in the jail because the fact of the matter is it’s a constitutional
requirement that we provide that because they can’t check out of the jail and go
seek their dental orthodontist or the oath to automatize or mental health
provider that’s why it’s a constitutional requirement that we
provide adequate care under the under the constitutional law of the Eighth
Amendment so that needs to be addressed the other
issue is emerging issues on the enforcement side how we collaborate with
other agencies in this county and in the region to keep you safe to keep us all
safe and so again how do we go about doing that and collaborating I’ve been
known to be a collaborator and to work with other agencies the other issue is
use of force so how do we end up shooting and killing a Navy veteran and
intelligence unit when on a welfare check in his home in Saratoga and
kicking two doors how does he end up train yet thank you very much
I’d like to know why nobody asked why is there no term limits for the sheriff
because local politicians all have term limits but the sheriff the Assessor
Larry stone and the DA are actually in the Constitution of California so you
have to vote them out otherwise you have to change California Constitution so
those are the three positions that you cannot get termed out of so I believe in
term limits so and I also believe as a leader you know when you’ve been
successful you leave on a high note and that’s a good time to go so I think two
to three terms would be a maximum because you need change because
otherwise you get complacent once you get complacent
you saw the escapes the deaths and jails and everything else so you have to have
some new leadership new ideas new changes so if there’s no term limits
then you the voter has to make that decision when you’ve have had enough of
your taxpayer money going to lawsuits because if you don’t realize it or not
all these things that happened cost a lot of money in lawsuits so when you’re
say you’re saving cupertino money you’re actually not you’re costing the whole
county money with michael tyrese death and these escapes and everything else
thank you like to thank all of the candidates this evening and a big round
of applause for them I think it’s wonderful that we have this
kind of a choice in our republic form of democracy here in this country and I
want to thank all of you for putting yourselves forward to serve and
appreciate all of what you shared it is not easy to be up here and answer these
questions thank you for submitting questions I apologize if we did not get
to yours I try to combine some and I hope we covered the key points for you
this evening if you want more information please go to our voters edge
which the League of Women Voters puts up for your for your general information
about the June election lots of good stuff excuse me we are out of time
this last question was for them to conclude with what they wanted to say
that we did not ask them and give them the opportunity we thank you again for
coming and we’re going to take a five minute break and then please return the
stage is going to be reset for the proposition presentation and pros and
cons for the June ballot thank you again for coming

Danny Hutson

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