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January 25, 2011

Daily Fetch 1.25.11: City Council meeting, State of the Union, and Glee. A perfect day?


A few San Jose A’s/Diridon Station/Redevelopment stories to kick things off today…
The Bay Citizen really, really wants the A’s to stay in Oakland.  Yesterday, they had a story that called Lew Wolff’s land-use deals in San Jose “questionable“… We’d use the same word to describe their coverage of San Jose…
From the Merc:  ”…the grand plan for the area surrounding San Jose’s Diridon Station will be  unveiled…” at tonight’s San Jose City Council meeting… but you’ll probably be watching the State of the Union (or Glee) instead, however.
This may not be good news for Harry M. at the San Jose Redevelopment Agency… State Controller John Chiang is doing an RDA audit of big Redevelopment Agencies in the state
The Merc Editorial Board gives props to Mayor Reed’s plan to make the City’s labor negotiations more public and transparent by having the City’s lead labor negotiator, Alex Gurza, present the City’s position publicly and letting unions present the rebuttal publicly.  (That’s at least how The Daily Fetch understands the new plan.)  The idea will get discussed today…
While we’re on the topic:  Protect San Jose does their weekly run-down of the City Council agenda.  Interestingly, they have nothing to say about the new negotiating guidelines or the finalists for Police Chief.  When they do, we’ll let you know…
Speaking of Protect San Jose…
There is a story from Tracy Seipel at the Merc about drug dealing that happens in downtown San Jose’s Fountain Alley and how the police are cracking down successfully.  While the story certainly isn’t funny, The Daily Fetch tries to look for silver linings sometimes, and we found one in this story:  ”…Police say dealers jump on and off [VTA] trains around the downtown core: from Second and San Carlos streets up First St. to St. James Park…”  At least some folks are riding lightrail, right?
How many houses does it take to pay for a city service?” San Jose’s Pierluigi Oliverio has some answers and some ideas on San Jose Inside...
Last night, Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa gave his State of the City and he wants more civic involvement, which shouldn’t be a problem in Palo Alto.  Perhaps the most interesting line from the speech, at least the part of the speech that was covered in the Daily News, was this:  ”…Let me say, the Stanford project will move forward this year…”  From the Mayor’s  mouth to the land-use gods in Palo Alto’s ears…
While Esponisa’s State of the City got some ink today, it is unlikely that the Mountain View State of the City address, given by City Manager Kevin Duggan at NASA Ames Research Center over lunch, will be as interesting…
What does every single City Councilmember need during this historic economic downtown and streatched budgets?  An iPad.  That’s the paperless plan in Morgan Hill to the tune of $840 each
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Google gave $100 million to Eric Schmidt. Is that a better deal than Dan Fenton got when he left Team San Jose? mercurynews.com/breaking-news/…
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