Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Nov. 27
Luna, Constantin Generated Controversy in San Jose
The San Jose Mercury News on Jan. 31 reviewed the local controversies that led to Eduardo Luna and Chris Constantin winding up with juicy jobs with the City of San Diego. Luna was named San Diego internal auditor in 2007. His boss in San Jose had been caught up in a sexual harassment and gender discrimination controversy, and after a study, was fired for fostering a hostile workplace. During the investigation, Luna was put on leave, but he was not named in a sexual harassment lawsuit. Luna quickly left for San Diego.
There followed another flareup. Chris Constantin, who had been a top deputy to Luna, was named San Jose's independent police auditor to look into citizen complaints against police officers. But the Mercury News revealed that Constantin's brother was a police detective. "Community activists assailed the council pick as a fatal conflict of interest. Constantin declined the appointment," said the Mercury News Jan. 31. Early this year, Constantin left to become a deputy city auditor working for Luna in San Diego.
In July of 2008, I emailed Luna about his San Jose experience. He did not reply. I did not report the incident at that time.