Reed makes first appearance since landslide victory
in San Jose mayor's race
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
November 9, 2006
SAN JOSE (BCN) - San Jose Mayor-elect Chuck Reed, in his
first public appearance since his landslide win over Vice Mayor
Cindy Chavez, said yesterday he plans to ask the City Council
to consider his ethics reform package first thing in January.
Reed briefly addressed the weekly meeting of the San Jose Rotary
Club, of which he is a member, and then took questions after the
meeting from the large crowd of reporters in attendance.
"I think I have a lot of political capital,'' Reed said.
"We'll take up the Reed Reforms'' in January.
The Reed Reforms are 34 items relating to increased public access
and disclosure of city records and council decisions as well as
other ethical reforms that Reed introduced in January and campaigned
on throughout the year.
Reed defeated Chavez by 20 percentage points, receiving just
below 60 percent of the vote compared to Chavez's 40 percent,
according to unofficial totals from the Santa Clara County Registrar
San Jose State University political science professor Larry Gerston
spoke at the Rotary meeting and said Reed's victory was even more
remarkable given his fundraising disadvantage.
"She outspent him two to one; that's amazing,'' Gerston
said. Gerston attributed Reed's victory to three main factors:
he framed the election early on as being about ethics and successfully
tied Chavez to disgraced Mayor Ron Gonzales; he successfully portrayed
himself as an outsider in a year when voters wanted to "throw
the rascals out;'' and rank and-file union members apparently
did not follow the directions of their leadership who were strong
supporters of Chavez.
Reed said he met with City Manager Les White this morning and
has already begun planning his transition. He has asked former
Mayor Tom McEnery to be on his transition team. He also indicated
that White, who has been serving as interim city manager since
January, would remain city manager for the near future.
"It will be a decision for (White) when he wants to end
this interim status,'' Reed said.
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