Chief Mike Harden is Dialing for Dollars
Retired Modesto Police Chief Mike Harden is making automated telephone calls asking support for Measure X. It could be viewed as high class panhandling.
Harden retired from the police department at age 50 with 90% of his salary and did some part time work as manager of the convention center. Mr. Harden is politically active as a tax consumer and blames the crime rate on the lack of money. The City spends 80% of the budget on public safety and they want more.
The Modesto Police Officers Association political consultant, Mike Lynch, is running campaign for the police that he normally would run for a political candidate.
Not only is he using automated phone calls, but he is using meet and greet meetings called, “coffee with a cop”. The meetings are advertised by the newspaper as a way to improve communications between citizens and police. This may be true, but it also allows police to pitch their support for Measure X.