I remember when Santa Clara Police Chief Mike Sellers told Superior Court Judge Huber that the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park had to be turned over to the NFL for use by Homeland Security to protect the Super Bowl. It was a “fake news” as the NFL used the soccer park to host the press and media.
Now I am surprised to learn that Santa Clara Police Chief Mike Sellers is being considered for a raise. The item was on the Santa Clara City Council Agenda a few months ago and will return for consideration at a future meeting.
I hope the city council will reject Sellers’ raise. His performance cannot justify it. Here are some examples why:
1. Sellers leads the police department that violated Measure J, the law that voters passed to protect Santa Clara’s general fund from stadium expenditures. At first, he told the city council that no tax dollars were spent on the stadium. Then, Sellers later admitted it happened. According to the Mercury News (May 13, 2016), Sellers “when asked why his employees are saying otherwise, he said they're "naive" and "they don't know." This is a clear example of poor management and leadership.
2. Under his watch the police department spent well over $100,000 on public safety costs that were spent in violation of Measure J (from audit).
3. There have been multiple incidents of serious violence at 49er games, and Sellers has not requested the 49ers either pay for additional public safety costs or take control of alcohol sales shutoff. He defers to the 49ers and chose to protect the team’s profits over the safety of Santa Clara residents.
4. Three veteran Santa Clara cops have been ensnared in extracurricular criminal activity — one for indecent exposure, another for running a chop shop, and a third for shoplifting.
5. Sellers does not have the respect of the men and women in uniform who work for him. Last year, for the first time, the Santa Clara police chief received a vote of “no confidence.” Why should anyone who received an overwhelming thumbs down from employees be given a raise?
Chief Sellers makes almost $443,000 in salary and benefits, according to the website TransparentCalifornia.com. He’s one of the highest paid police chiefs in the state. Unfortunately, he doesn’t deserve a raise.
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Police Chief Mike Sellers is trying to push the city council to pay extra for the security at the 49ers vs Seahawks game that was played Jan 1, 2017.
But it’s against the law -- Measure J the taxpayer protection act that prohibits general fund money from being used for stadium operations.
Sellers says that the police officers who voluntarily sign up to work at the game had to be promised extra pay because not enough people wanted to work. But there are two big problems: no one approved the expenditure and it violates Measure J.
What’s Sellers thinking? During the campaign, he was criticized for not understanding Measure J and breaking the law. Now, he’s doing it again.