San Jose councilmember proposes mental health, gun violence reforms

San Jose councilmember proposes mental health, gun violence reforms

San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez speaks on his proposal for mental health and gun control reforms. Photo by Lloyd Alaban. A San Jose councilmember lost a friend during a May mass shooting at VTA’s Guadalupe light rail yard . He’s introduced a proposal to make sure similar tragedies don’t happen at City Hall—or anywhere else in the county. The city’s Rules and Open Government Committee will hear a memo Wednesday written by Councilmember Raul Peralez, recommending a sweeping plan to evaluate workplace culture among city employees, partnering with Santa Clara County to further develop its newly-approved trauma center and an audit of city gun policies. Should the committee vote in favor of Peralez’s proposal, it will go before the City Council at a later date. Peralez, a former full-time San Jose police officer who owns several guns, aims to prevent another mass shooting at the hands of a disgruntled public worker while reducing the region’s number of gun violence victims. His friend Michael Rudometkin was killed during the VTA mass shooting. “I can’t do anything to bring back my own friend,” Peralez said at a news conference on Wednesday. “But in the position I’m in, I have the obligation to do everything I can. It starts with this action today.” Gloria Rudometkin spoke about losing her husband and waiting with his family for 12 hours at a unification center after the shooting, hoping he was still alive. She said officials failed to deliver timely or truthful information. “Waiting 12 […]

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