We know that San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has gone boldly where no man has gone before in trying to trim pensions. When it came to putting the Measure B pension reform on the ballot, he decreed, "Make it so."

When he brings in new industry -- say, that big Samsung building -- he separates his fingers and proclaims "Live long and prosper!"

And when he has decided on a course of action, his staff knows resistance is futile.

Seven years into his administration, what we didn't know was the mayor is a Trekkie. Now we have proof. On the website of KALW, the San Francisco public radio station, is Reed's endorsement of the Star Trek theme song (see http://kalw.org/post/original-theme-song-star-trek).

"My song is the Star Trek theme song," the mayor says, "because it's about the future, it's about going forward, it's about making progress."

So just how did the mayor get outed as a Star Trek aficionado? KALW does a series of interviews with public figures and at the end, a producer generally asks the person what their favorite song is. Reed answered with "Star Trek."

"We do hundreds of these," said KALW producer Chris Hoff. "We don't target specific people."

Monticello Village prompts pledge to support parks

If you hadn't noticed, it's boom time for developers in Santa Clara. One of the densest projects approved recently by the City Council is the 825-unit Monticello Village, a mixed-use development on the site of the Extreme Networks campus on Monroe Street, close to Lawrence Expressway.

The developer, the Irvine Company, bought the 16-acre property in September 2012 for a reported $46 million.

What makes this one interesting is the back story. In early March, a vice president for the Irvine Co., Jon Paynter, wrote to City Manager Julio Fuentes with an intriguing offer. If the city would approve the Monticello project -- and litigation challenges were resolved -- Irvine would donate $1 million toward BAREC senior housing, a project on the other side of town that has been hampered by the disappearance of the city's redevelopment agency.

To at least some folks in Santa Clara, it raised red flags as an explicit quid pro quo. And Fuentes duly declined Paynter's proposal, saying the city could not accept an offer that was tied to the approval of the Monticello Project.

In the end, the council endorsed the Monticello Project last week after the addition of a couple of tot lots aimed at residents with children. Irvine Co. says it has also pledged support to the city's parks beyond ordinary fees.

When we asked an Irvine Co. spokesman why the Paynter proposal was made, he said it was simply a matter of being a good corporate citizen.

"The connection between community support and Monticello is really kind of simple," said Mike Lyster, vice president for communications. "For us to give back to a community, we actually need to have a project in that community."

He said the Paynter letter was meant as a funding pledge that would allow the city to secure the BAREC project.

Death penalty decision pumps up trial tab

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen's decision to seek the utmost punishment against the man charged with kidnapping and killing 15-year-old Morgan Hill resident Sierra LaMar could cost the county an extra $2.5 million.

Taxpayers are footing the bill for defendant Antolin Garcia-Torres' defense because he can't afford a lawyer. The higher tab includes the cost of devoting two county defense lawyers to the case with others assisting. Because Garcia-Torres was indicted by a grand jury, the defense, which is not allowed in a grand jury proceeding, will have to spend months scouring the transcript.

The teen vanished March 16, 2012, as she was walking to the bus stop near her home in a rural farming area just north of Morgan Hill. Garcia-Torres' DNA was found on articles of Sierra's clothing that were discovered two days after she disappeared, folded in her Juicy-brand bag and tossed into a field near her home. Sierra's DNA was also found in the suspect's red Volkswagen Jetta. Her body was never found.

Legal experts also say the extra preparation means the case will not come to trial for at least three to five years. Of course, that also gives the prosecution time to keep investigating and searchers to keep looking for her body.

Rosen's decision to seek the death penalty for the first time since he took office in 2011 may well make it easier for him to run for statewide office someday (not that that factored into it).

The decision was made in consultation with Sierra's family and Rosen's Death Penalty Review Committee: Chief Assistant Jay Boyarsky, Assistant District Attorney Marc Buller, chief trial attorney Ray Mendoza and the prosecutor on the case, David Boyd.

As for whether Garcia-Torres will ever actually be executed, no one knows. More than 700 convicted killers are already languishing on death rows.

Officers in Achilli case advance in careers

Any veteran law enforcement officer will tell you that making arrests and securing convictions in a big, headline-grabbing case does no harm to a career.

In Los Gatos, there has been no bigger case over the past decade than the March 2008 killing of businessman Mark Achilli, who was shot eight times outside his Los Gatos town home.

A full-court press by Los Gatos police, a regional task force and the DA's office resulted in the 2010 murder-for-hire conviction of restaurateur Paul Garcia. Police said he ordered the killing because he was jealous of Achilli, who was dating Garcia's sometime-girlfriend, Tessa Donnelly. Four other men were also convicted in the scheme.

The law enforcement figures in that case have done well since.

First among them is homicide prosecutor Jeff Rosen, who was elected district attorney in 2010 and is running unopposed in June for a second term.

On Tuesday, the chief investigator on the case, Matt Frisby, was named the next Los Gatos police chief, succeeding Scott Seaman as of Aug. 1.

A second investigating officer, Sgt. Mike D'Antonio, has overseen the investigation into the killing of millionaire tech investor Ravi Kumra and was promoted last April to captain.

Finally, Clint Tada, an officer in the regional task force who redirected efforts to solving the Achilli case, is now a detective sergeant.

It hasn't gone so well for Garcia. He remains in prison, serving a life term without possibility of parole.

Internal Affairs is an offbeat look at state and local politics. This week's items were written by Scott Herhold, Tracey Kaplan and Paul Rogers. Send tips to internalaffairs@mercurynews.com, or call 408-920-5782.