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Former San Jose police officer says he was asked to lie about POA President

    October 24, 2014--A former San Jose police officer is alleging that Mayor Chuck Reed's longtime campaign manager asked him to lie about allegations made against Police Officer's Association president Jim Unland by a police recruit.
    Former officer Aaron Ettinger says political consultant Victor Ajilouny asked him to corroborate the claims by former recruit Elyse Rivas.
    Rivas wrote in a Mercury News op-ed piece that Unland told recruits they should quit the San Jose Police Department to help the union make its case that the pension and benefit reducing Measure B was driving cops away from San Jose.
    Mayor Chuck Reed says he had no knowledge of the incident.
    Ajilouny denies the allegation, is demanding a retraction and has retained an attorney and is threatening to sue Ettinger, a former neighbor who Ajilouny says he has known for years.     
    Reed has asked the U.S. Attorney's office to investigate the Rivas claim about what Association president Unland did or did not say to that class of police recruits.  Full Story

San Jose and A's agree to seven-year negotiation period extension

    October 24, 2014--The Oakland Athletics baseball club and the city of San Jose are announcing an extension in the negotiation period for a new ballpark in the city. 
    The latest agreement, revealed on Thursday, is good for seven years, and it maintains a deal the two parties already had, in which the A's pay San Jose to set aside land for a potential ballpark site. 
    The multi-acre plot is in downtown, near the Diridon train station.  Full Story 

Chris Stampolis censured by Santa Clara Unified School District board

    October 24, 2014--Board members have voted to censure Santa Clara Unified School District Trustee Chris Stampolis.
    The school board's decision at last night's meeting means district employees can refuse to meet with Stampolis, or refuse to respond to his emails or telephone calls. 
    During the meeting, two seperate petitions by parents calling for Stampolis' resignation were presented to the board.
    Stampolis' censure comes a week after he was given a restraining order to stay away from Peterson Middle School and its Principal, Sue Harris, for a year.
    Harris said Stampolis harassed her and made a hand gesture of a gun as he confronted her over his tardiness in picking up his son from school.  Full Story

Avaya reportedly reaches naming rights deal for new Earthquakes stadium

    October 24, 2014--A local high-tech company has reportedly reached a deal for the naming rights to the new Earthquakes Stadium in San Jose.
    Santa Clara-based Avaya has been named by ESPN as the naming rights partner for the $70 million facility near Mineta-San Jose International Airport.
    The report also included a digital mock-up of Avaya's name throughout the stadium.  Full Story

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