So of course when the economy took a nosedive in 2008, and city revenues with it, Chuckie Baby didn’t see it as a problem. He saw it as an opportunity to cut, cut, cut baybee.
So what’s the outcome? Well: Lots of fired cops, so that the San Jose police won’t even take reports about burglaries. There are fewer officers on patrol today than there were in 1980, despite the city having half a million more residents now. San Jose is now a burglar’s paradise. They just wait for you to leave, then steal everything you have, and there aren’t enough cops to even take reports on it, much less do anything about it. And… 43% of the workforce at the city sewage plant has left because, after Chuckie Baby cut their wages and eliminated their pensions, why should they stay there rather than work for more money for other cities or for private enterprises? Meaning that the city is at extreme risk of swimming in its own shit, since the majority of the city’s sewer system is at or below sea level and if those lift stations don’t work, the toilets run *backwards*.
So how well has Chuckie Baby’s austerity cuts worked for San Jose? Read the above and figure it out for yourself. San Jose is turning into a crime-riddled shithole (literally). That’s what austerity does to cities, yo. And San Jose ain’t no exception to that rule.
- Badtux the Snarky Penguin