Archive for January, 2011

Daily Fetch 1.25.11: Belmont doesn’t want to date for a while……

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Here’s some good news about an old story to start the day… the plan to water Sharp Park Golf Course with recycled water (which is exactly what you think it is) is moving forward and may break ground next month.
From San Bruno:  Assemblymember Jerry Hill is demanding/requesting a lot more informatin from PG&E about the pipeline that exploded following the report about the pipe’s weld.
A big night for the Redwood City City Council last night.  They re-approved their Downtown Precise Plan, which includes a (court-ordered) shadow study this time…
A new group has formed to make sure raves don’t kill anymore people at the Cow Palace.  Sounds like a plan…
Speaking of limiting people dying:  More police officers are being hired in South San Francisco… after a triple-homicide earlier in the year and an uptick in gang violence overall, it sounds like a good plan…
In the era of consolidation in San Mateo County, Belmont already broke up with San Carlos and their joint fire department and now Belmont want to stay single… After an emotional break-up, that seems to make good sense.
Some bad financial news that is impacting local governments (still)… The County is projected to be $82 million in the hole this year… and Redwood City is laying off a Deputy City Manager to save costs
Speaking of bad news… The Half Moon Bay Review is redoing its website and is apparently down today.  Here’s what the site says this morning:
While we’re coastside, the Chronicle seems to remember that there is life south of San Francisco and have a profile of Pescadero High School for some reason…
That’s it for today…

Daily Fetch 1.24.11: You know you’re a horse person when…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Lots of mountain lion excitement over the weekend… there was a siting in Woodside and a report of tracks near Stanford’s Golf Course.  If you were a mountain lion, wouldn’t you want to hang out in Woodside and at Stanford’s Golf Course?
A woman was shot by Daly City Police in San Francisco on Saturday night.  It seems the incident started in Daly City, but ended in San Francisco.  Which makes these bits of information from the story interesting:  ”…San Francisco police are investigating the circumstances of the shooting, along with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, while Daly City police are handling the administrative side of the investigation…” and “…In an e-mail to The Associated Press on Sunday afternoon, Daly City police said they had no information to release on the incident…”  We expect more to come from this…
The outcome of last week’s Save Caltrain Summit?  ”Merge transit agencies…” We don’t know if that will save $30,000,000, but it sounds like a good start…
In a related(?) piece, from the Burlingame Voice, High Cost Rail – Part 44 Dithering, Naive, Pathetic or All of the Above? Stop sugar-coating it Mr. B.Voice…
So long Pendery Clark (Superintendent of San Mateo-Foster City).  You may now enjoy your evenings off…
A rose is a rose is a rose… but a tree is not “just a tree” in Menlo Park… especially when someone wants to cut the tree down to build a house…
The Outstanding Horseperson of the Year has been named by the San Mateo County Mounted Patrol…
Some serious news to start your day…
There was a surfer seriously injured at Maverick’s over the weekend.  He’s recovering at Stanford thanks to the help and CPR of some fellow surfers…

And, a well-deserved rest in peace Jack LeLanne

Daily Fetch 1.24.11: Batts, Jobs, and Liverwurst…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

A couple of bits of news (and commentary) about San Jose’s next police chief.  Matier & Ross (on Sunday) had a piece about how the rank and file in Oakland don’t really like Anthony Batts while the Merc asks:  Which San Jose police chief candidate can best mend fences?  The countdown to naming is officially on… In today’s Chronicle, one more story:  Antony Batts’ move would add to Oakland turmoil

Over the weekend, there was a story about San Jose’s Redevelopment Agency is hiring expensive people at a time of dwindling budgets and an uncertain future.  It seems that Harry is taking the Merc Editorial Board’s messages (below) a little too literally about creating jobs…
The Merc Editorial Board is very, very, very focused on jobs (apparently)… if you went to their website this morning, you’ll see an Editorial about job creation being a top priority for reGovernor Brown, Redevelopment being important to local job creation, and how job creation should be the House of Representatives’ top priority (not abortion)…
Ironically, Pete Campbell (on San Jose Inside) says that “Kids should be San Jose’s top priority“… Perhaps Mr. Campbell should read the Merc, obviously the top priority should be jobs… (Just kidding, Campbell is talking about San Jose Unified cutting adult education.)
The Merc’s Internal Affairs team is already sick of Gavin Newsom’s press releases (and Kamala Harris’ too)… They also look at the case that Jim McManus has brewing against the City of San Jose about Little Saigon.  Specifically, it seems Madison Nguyen’s office may not be the most forthcoming with their emails… No word yet if a hunger strike is about to ensue to get the emails…
Santa Clara County is cutting even deeper into its “safety-net spending” according to Karen de Sa at the Merc… We’ll see what President Dave Cortese has to say at his State of the County…
Cue the violins… From the Palo Alto Weekly:  Palo Alto’s smaller staff struggles with workload.  In other news, some people don’t have jobs.  We’ll see what Mayor Sid Esponisa has to say at his State of the City…
To (minor league) baseball… The San Jose Giants will have a booth at the San Francisco Giants FanFest on 2/5.  No word yet if the San Jose Giants will be officially bad-mouthing the City of San Jose at FanFest…
San Jose Councilmember Pete Constant seems to be at odds with his former Police Officers’ Association brethren.  Over the weekend he tweeted this:  ”I’m at SJ’s 3rd Annual Crime & Gang Prevention Summit at the 7 Trees Community Center. Residents leading the way to reduce violence!”  But Protect San Jose says that “…talk shops do nothing to confront the actual gang related violence…”

Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats (and Masa’s Sushi) were both damaged in a fire over the weekend in Mountain View. We are hopeful that Dittmer’s opens up soon so we can continue to get our fix of liverwurst for lunch…
Finally, on a sad note, a well-deserved rest in peace Jack LeLanne

Daily Fetch 1.21.11: Team San Jose (ironically) talks Rubber Stamps

Friday, January 21st, 2011

For those of you who spent yesterday with blinders on your eyes and ear-plugs in your ears, Google’s Larry Page will become the new CEO at Google and Meg Whitman will join HP’s Board of Directors
The Bay Citizen is taking a decidedly anti-San Jose view of MLB in San Jose.  We suggest that Harry give Zusha a call…
Speaking of Redevelopment…
The Morgan Hill Times gets to this story (finally):  RDA gone in governor’s proposed budget… But yesterday we learned that Governor Brown says that recent attempts to fast-track Redevelopment projects might not be legal. Oops…

Today, the Mercury News Editorial Board underscores its previous conviction that theTeam San Jose contract needs to go out for bid.  That’s because yesterday we learned that the Team San Jose folks won’t release information about former CEO Dan Fenton’s severance package… All of this makes our tweet from yesterday even funnier (at least in our humble opinion):
From Team San Jose’s Twitter feed: “The Original Rubber Stamp Convention“…Perhaps their Board is attending?
You should follow us on Twitter or friend us on Facebook… the hits like that just keep coming all day…
San Jose Inside speculates about why Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts might leave Oakland and come to San Jose (if he is the chosen one)… (One note to Inside:  KALW is based in San Francisco…)
Also on Inside, The Fly looks at how “Rosen Rocks the Boat” in the DA’s office.  (One note to Inside:  Rosen was elected in June and it was very, very close…)
Luther Burbank School District is back in the news again… and it is really a continuation of the same saga that plagued the District previously.  The ousted Superintendent is now back as a consultant to the board and has a key to the District’s offices.  You have to read this full story to believe what is going on over there.  And remember, this school district has exactly one school…
San Jose is looking for folks with gang tattoos who want them removed… We wonder if Protect San Jose thinks this program is more or less valuable than the Gang Prevention Task Force, which they described this way earlier this week:  ”…talk shops do nothing to confront the actual gang related violence…”
Yesterday, Protect provided a “Salute to the Fallen” to honor Gordon Silva and Gene Simpson who died in the line of duty on January 20, 1989.
Finally, yesterday Mission City Lantern said that we have “the finger on the pulse of the community“… We like to think so and James makes us blush… Thank you and have a good weekend…

Daily Fetch 1.21.11: Thing 1 and Thing 2 about the race for Supervisor…

Friday, January 21st, 2011

The race for County Supervisor is certainly heating up… today we learned two really important things:  Thing 1:  Dave Pine can raise some serious money.  The Daily News story has him raising $150,000, and that’s before the filing deadline even starts… Thing 2: “[Michael] Stogner…moved last month from his home in San Carlos to a hotel in Burlingame off Airport Boulevard to meet residency requirements for the District 1 seat…”  Politics is so glamorous…
When the next Supervisor gets sworn in, the County may own a $40 million San Carlos building in order to save on current rental leases…
Caltrain is in deep shit, about $30,000,000 worth of it… There’s an effort to save it, of course, but cuts are on the way.  Perhaps Dave Pine could dip into his campaign stash and help out?
San Mateo County’s community colleges are also in deep shit, but only $8,000,000 worth
This headline is too good to be true.  From the Daily Journal:  Shooting reported in Friendly Acres neighborhood in Redwood City… Not so friendly after all…
Atherton Polices’ action in arresting John Buckheit were “lawful and proper” we learned yesterday… the saga continues.  Does anyone (aside from John Buckheit) still care about this?
In Half Moon Bay they are getting plans together to outsource some city services to save money, including police
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Daily Fetch 1.20.11: Leland Yee versus Rush Limbaugh

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Something you are certain to hear about more:  Senator Leland Yee teed off on Rush Limbaugh’s anti-Chinese tirade yesterday.  Yee is right to be pissed, but there is not an open microphone Yee doesn’t want to stand in front of as he runs for Mayor of San Francisco… Here’s what Yee is talking about (via Media Matters):

There is a Garbage Saga update today in the Daily Journal… it seems that folks are not calling to complain about the bad service as much, but there does seem to be an uptick in calls about the rate increases… Just wait until the rate increases actually hit peoples’ bills… Like in Burlingame… Burlingame approved their 17 percent hike last night
San Mateo levees need reinforcement to prevent potentially devastating flooding… and the City is going to put in $6,000,000 to sure them up.
Planned Parenthood wants to open a clinic in Redwood City.  Of course, some anti-abortion freaks don’t want them there, so those folks got a chance to talk a planning hearing in Redwood City yesterday.  On a similar note, a new Planned Parenthood clinic opened in San Francisco this week and the world did not end…
You may already know this, but the Golden Gate National Recreation Area plans to ban dogs from some of their parks, including Rancho Corral de Tierra.  Coastsider has some details about a (fruitless) protest meeting on Saturday
The Menlo Park Drama today has nothing to do with the City Council, it has to do with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and a beef between the Chief and the firefighters’ union.  The union is criticizing the chief by saying the chief was mugging for the cameras (and holding back some firefighters’ too) on October 25, 2010 when they all could have been (should have been?) responding to an emergency call.
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Daily Fetch 1.20.11: “Two years to build” a baseball stadium…

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

In a big ‘f… you’ to the new Governor, San Jose’s Redevelopment Agency (a.k.a the City Council) fast-tracked as many projects as humanly possible in order to avoid the State from stealing even more tax dollars.  And San Jose isn’t alone, lots of folks are doing the same thing, the Chronicle has the full run-down
Speaking San Jose’s Baseball Redevelopment Agency, Ken Rosenthal on FoxSports.com has, perhaps, the best A’s to San Jose piece written to date.  He makes the case perfectly that the A’s should move, and has an awesome quote from Lew Wolff:  “If we had approval from baseball, it would take six to nine months to finish our drawings, then a maximum of two years to build.
If it is even possible, Team San Jose has found itself in even more hot water, this time over former CEO Dan Fenton’s severance package, which Team San Jose doesn’t seem to want to talk about…
Yesterday, there was a story in San Mateo County that talked about public employee costs to cities tripling in the last decade… Perhaps the City of San Jose City Council read that story, because they will start talking about changing the seniority-based layoff systems.  This seems like pretty radical stuff that Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio wants the Council to talk about, so we’ll see what happens.
It is one thing for public agencies to pay employees, but to pay legal bills is an entirely different thing.  East Side Union High School District owes $2.57 million to a former construction contractor.  We wonder how far that money would go to save sports programs?
The Merc Editorial page editors really, really want you to read Ruben Navarrette’s piece… an opinion so nice they printed it (on their homepage) twice.
There has been a lot written about the recent uptick in violence in San Jose, especially by the good folks at Protect San Jose.  On Protect, the Mayor is taking a lot of heat for his stance on the Police Department and cutting costs.  Now, San Jose Inside has their own piece about SJPOA/Mayor relationship, of interest is the Mayor’s recent visit to a station, where he was described as being “rude“…
Here’s the “Palo Alto Way” that is so well-known.  From the Palo Alto Weekly:  Stanford offers city $173 million in hospital expansion ‘benefits’… Benefits is an interesting euphemism in this context.
Two final thoughts…
You’d think Chuck Reed’s political ‘guru’ Vic Ajlouny would help the Mayor sell SJC, instead he leaked a story about 4 hour delay to the Merc’s Sal Pizzaro, pushing more and more customers to SFO and OAK…
There is a very interesting ad that keeps popping up on the Merc’s website with the headline:  ”What public agency has $120,000,000 budget and no oversight?”  To find out more, check out our post from yesterday
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An interesting ad campaign…

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Reading the Mercury News online is a lot more interesting today if you are (un)lucky enough to have this scroll-over advertisement come down into your field of view.  It seems SEIU Local 521 is really, really pissed at the Santa Clara County Superior Court.  What’s the beef all about?  Anyone know?…

Daily Fetch 1.19.11: A very busy Wagstaffe…

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The Daily Fetch has been tweeting since our new design launched months ago, but we think we’ll start tweeting a lot more now, starting yesterday.  If you want to get in on the breaking (takes on the) news, you can follow us on Twitter or become our friend on Facebook… same great feed, two different companies (run by soon-to-be billionaires…)  To give you a taste of what you missed, here are yesterday’s tweets (and links)…
  • Anti-San Jose A’s folks now have an event to rally around. The SJ-hating World Champ trophy is coming to town on 2/1 http://fb.me/NSk2lInj
  • Team San Jose is doing its best to reshape their image (in an effort to keep their contract). Their press release: http://bit.ly/hlXY6b
  • 6 homicides in SJ in 17 days. Are the 2 finalists for SJPD Chief’s job sure they want it? http://thedailyfetch.com, and…
  • The Daily Fetch has all the news that’s fit to aggregate from local newspapers in Silicon Valley and San Mateo: http://thedailyfetch.com
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From San Bruno:  The California Public Utilities Commission is taking its sweet time turning over documents that were requested by local prosecutors months ago.  Steve Wagstaffe has been a very, very busy man during his first few weeks in office…
More news on the County’s proposal to take over San Carlos’ fire services… the movement to get a more regional fire service (with more cities than just San Carlos) seems to be underway, but will take a little more of the County’s time.
Maybe this is why everyone is looking to save money everywhere they can, from the County Times: Employee benefits triple in San Mateo County cities, new data show
Woodside is getting ready to send a very strongly-worded letter to Redwood City voicing their opposition to the Cargill/DMB project… It’s been a while since this was in the news…
There is a burgeoning “Save Caltrain” movement, which is ironic, given that High-Speed Rail might actually help Caltrain and folks are trying to get rid of it…
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Daily Fetch 1.19.11: Join us on Facebook/Twitter…

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The Daily Fetch has been tweeting since our new design launched months ago, but we think we’ll start tweeting a lot more now, starting yesterday.  If you want to get in on the breaking (takes on the) news, you can follow us on Twitter or become our friend on Facebook… same great feed, two different companies (run by soon-to-be billionaires…)  To give you a taste of what you missed, here are yesterday’s tweets (and links)…
  • Anti-San Jose A’s folks now have an event to rally around. The SJ-hating World Champ trophy is coming to town on 2/1 http://fb.me/NSk2lInj
  • Team San Jose is doing its best to reshape their image (in an effort to keep their contract). Their press release: http://bit.ly/hlXY6b
  • 6 homicides in SJ in 17 days. Are the 2 finalists for SJPD Chief’s job sure they want it? http://thedailyfetch.com and…
  • The Daily Fetch has all the news that’s fit to aggregate from local newspapers in Silicon Valley and San Mateo: http://thedailyfetch.com
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Onto today’s Fetch…
San Jose’s leaders are calling the (afore-tweeted) 6 homicides thus far this year an “aberration“… The Daily Fetch believes that calling them an aberration is San Jose leader’s attempt to not scare off Antony Batt…  Protect San Jose comes back today on the same subject.  They take some swipes in their post, including a swipe at San Jose’s Gang Prevention Task Force, Mayor Reed (obviously), and Sean Webby
Scared that Governor Jerry Brown is coming after Redevelopment money, and quickly, the City of San Jose’s Redevelopment Agency is meeting today, on 24-hours notice, in order to get as much money stashed away and accounted for as possible to avoid the Sacramento money-grab… This is getting good… San Jose Inside has an update about what a dying Redevelopment Agency in San Jose means for professional baseball downtown
Despite the chief suspect in the Jeanine Harms case being murdered (by Harm’s brother), the investigation continues, according to DA Jeff Rosen
We don’t usually put stuff in The Daily Fetch from San Francisco (unless it involves the San Jose-hating Giants)… but this struck us as interesting, from the Chronicle:  SF pension costs jump $20 million… Ouch.  Sound familiar?  Perhaps because of stories like this, from the San Mateo County Times: Employee benefits triple in San Mateo County cities, new data show
If you think something stinks about the new plans to revamp the City of San Jose’s water treatment plant, there will be many public hearings that you can attend to voice your concerns
Palo Alto is going to start discussing consolidating some of it services (like a public safety dispatch center) with neighbors Mountain View, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale… How very San Mateo County…
In other Palo Alto news, the Palo Alto Police Department released video footage for a 2008 Taser incident.  (An incident that has the City in court defending themselves on civil rights violation accusations…)
Finally from Palo Alto, perhaps the best headline ever from the Palo Alto Weekly:  Palo Altans love their town, dislike developments… Is that really news to anyone?
This is newsworthy, if you live in Gilroy.  Dion Bracco will run for Mayor in 2012… They sure do start their campaigns early in Gilroy, perhaps it is because the garlic-growing season takes so much time and energy… (Perry Woodward is the other candidate to watch.)
That’s it…