The San Diego Police Department has had a longtime struggle with staffing.

The city’s police union has been one of the louder voices in the effort to funnel more money into the department and up the appeal to recruit more officers.

Jeff Jordon, vice president of the San Diego Police Officers Association, spoke up this week in Thursday’s City Council public safety committee meeting, responding to a recent report on SDPD’s retention troubles released by the city’s independent budget analyst.

“The IBA report,” Jordon told us on this week’s podcast, “can best be translated as a cigarette package that has a warning label on the side – fix the recruiting and retention problem, or it’s going to be hazardous to your health.”

Brian Marvel, president of the POA, also joined to give more details on the group’s stance on public safety in San Diego.

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Show Notes

• Jordon mentioned a couple fact checks of ours he took issue with. You can read those here and here.

• Our Hero of the Week is Bob Vacchi for finding a way to cut through the red tape while getting new building permits approved.

• Our Goat of the Week goes to the pedicab driver who was arrested in the Gaslamp Quarter this week for drunken bicycle riding with a python wrapped around his neck.

• Are teachers really only evaluated every five years? We fact checked congressional candidate Carl DeMaio’s statement this week and found it to be misleading.

• Co-host Scott Lewis looked into the bubbling tension between Carl DeMaio and his former consultants who helped make him a star of the San Diego Republican Party.

Michelle was a reporting intern for Voice of San Diego during the fall of 2014. You can reach her by email.

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