“Spotlight on San Carlos” Interview Series: San Carlos Police Officer’s Association.

March 10, 2010

Public Safety – A Hot Topic.

The San Carlos Police Department has been in the news quite a bit these past few weeks, but not for reasons you might expect.   Last week, the City Manager of San Carlos announced that his “preferred path” to balance the City's budget calls for outsourcing the law enforcement responsibility in San Carlos to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.   (The other part of this proposal is to turn the Fire Department responsibilities to Cal Fire, but that will be addressed in a different segment.)

This announcement has raised major concerns within the Police ranks, as well as with the citizens of San Carlos — and rightfully so.   If you attended last night's fantastic Police Town Hall Meeting, you saw the statistics first-hand —  San Carlos has one of the best police departments on the Peninsula, hands down.  So while the cost savings that the City Manager is proposing may look enticing on paper, there are far too many questions that need to be answered before any judgment should be rendered on this proposal.  One thing is for certain — ANY proposal needs to maintain this level of service, or it won't be a good deal for San Carlos.

Interview:  The San Carlos Police Officer's Association.

This week's guest on Spotlight on San Carlos is Suzanne Sheppard, Vice President of the San Carlos Police Office's Association.   In this interview, we discuss topics ranging from current staffing challenges in the department, to the latest budget proposal.   Click the play button below to hear the interview:


(If you're reading this on email, click on this link to access the interview:  Interview — San Carlos POA)

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  1. k on March 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm


    First off, you are doing an excellent job in running this site for us. I have seen you at many open houses (when i was buying a few years ago) and had a very good impression of you. Now, I have a lot of respect as well. So thank you. Whenever someone asks about buying real estate in San Carlos/Belmont, I immediately think about you and refer them your name.

    I wanted to suggest one thing for your blog. I have seen two interviews on your site and have not heard either of them. I am much faster at reading than listening so if there is anyway you could connect with a transcripting service that converts the interview to text, I would appreciate it. I know I may be the extremely small minority who prefers to read instead of listen but I thought I would ask anyway 🙂

  2. Chuck Gillooley on March 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm


    Thanks very much for the compliments! I sincerely appreciate such nice feedback.

    You bring up a good point — I have seen some sites that do utilize transcription services. I would have to probably make the transcription as a separate link since it would make the post incredibly long (The POA discussion was 28 minutes!) But I will look into it. Great idea.

    Thanks again for the kind words. And keep those referrals coming 😉


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