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The sheriff's race: What the candidates would do about the jails and staffing

Original post made on Sep 28, 2022

The Palo Alto Weekly asked contenders for Santa Clara County Sheriff, Kevin Jensen and Robert "Bob" Jonsen, to weigh in on the overbudget new main jail, control of the jails and staffing shortages.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 9:20 PM

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Posted by White Senior fears Palo Alto Police
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:08 pm

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As a long-time Palo Alto resident, I was happy to see Bob Jonsen resign. Police encryption, protection of overly violent police officers and lack of police transparency with respect to the local media were his mode of operation. If past performance is an indicator of future performance Bob Jonsen is not the right person for Sheriff.

Kevin Jensen is clearly the better choice and will have my vote.


Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 28, 2022 at 5:19 pm

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I support Kevin Jensen because I have researched both of the candidates' histories and qualifications, and Kevin comes out as far superior.
The office of the Sheriff is fatally compromised because, since sheriffs are elected, they are political and not law enforcement officials --- and politicians can be "bought" with campaign contributions and bribes.
Also, sheriffs and their deputies generally are very poorly trained in proper police procedures. They are chosen by influence and favoritism and not by experience and merit.
Do cops scare me? Yes. Do sheriff's deputies scare me? Much more than cops.
Time to make the office of Sheriff appointed by the SCC Board of Directors and not by popular vote of uninformed, ordinary people.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 28, 2022 at 5:58 pm

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I agree with the 2 previous posters. Our former police chief isn't going to look great losing in PA where we know his track record.


Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Sep 29, 2022 at 1:48 pm

MyFeelz is a registered user.

Perhaps the city and county could benefit from making an agreement with the people they represent (us) to set a time span for any studies that would be required to figure out anything they do. We sure do spend a lot of money on studies, and months and years go by, so the survey is stale, need another study, oh here we are another election, a different person wearing a suit is prevailing in the position and wants another study to study the other studies that were studied years ago to see if they're relevant. I just wish I could get on the study payroll. In other words, I really wish we could get some DECISIVE people running for any office who will roll up their shirt sleeves and get to work on Day 1. Day 1 should not consist of ordering more time consuming, costly studies. It should consist of DOING.


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