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October 24, 2014

[#Ajlounygate Update!] Daily Fetch 10.24.14: Ajlouny Offers Cash To Police Cadet To Lie, What Did Chuck and Sam Know and When Did They Know It, plus Khanna and Enron Billionaire Try To Buy An Election

Breaking #Ajlounygate Update

TheLeftHook has obtained a letter from Chuck Reed’s former law firm, which now represents accused pay to player Vic Ajlouny, asking former police officer Aaron Ettinger to take back his declaration.  TheLeftHookers report that in the letter Ajlouny’s legal beagle confirms that his client did in fact offer money and a city job to Ettinger in exchange for him lying about POA Top Dog Jim Unland.

Interesting tidbit at the end of the report…is there a recording of this call about to be made public???  That loud thunder was Ajlouny crapping his pants.

H/T to @ProtectSanJose for #Ajloungate, because we really don’t have enough “gates” out there already.

Victor Ajlouny

We Return Now to Our Regularly Scheduled Program

What did Reed and Liccardo Know and When Did They Know It? 

Vic Ajlouny, Mayor Chuck Reed’s right hand man, offered cash to a former San Jose police officer to lie under oath and say that SJPOA Prez Jim Unland asked police recruits to leave, according to this sworn declaration made by Aaron Ettinger.  Ettinger also included an email and cell phone logs of Ajlouny’s calls bolster his blockbuster allegations.  KGO-7’ David Louie reports on the cash for cadets story as did NBC Bay Area’s Damian Trujillo who broke the scandal in this report.

Don’t bother looking in the Mercury News because they got nothing to say on this pay to play scandal involving Reed, Liccardo and Ajlouny.  The Mercury News Editorial Board Editor Barbara Marshman started this whole mess by printing an opinion letter by a now discredited police academy washout without fact checking it and allowed a lie to get traction.  Herhold piles on with his usual BS and Rosenberg, well he’s kneeling at the alter of everything 49ers.  A reasonable and honest publication would print a retraction, it would report on the Ettinger sworn declaration that implicates Ajlouny cooking up this scheme, it would ask questions and not lay down for Reed and Liccardo.  Pathetic.




A few of SJPD’s command staff shat their pants after viewing ABC-7’s Vic Lee expose that they took tickets field passes to 49ers games, including the opening game at Levi’s Stadium.  Only after Lee asked about the tickets did Assistant Chief Captain, and rumored Sam Liccardo cheerleader, Eddie Garcia, and some other deputy chief no one ever heard of, decide to pay for them.  San Jose’s Independent Police Auditor, LaDoris Cordell, may put down her sketch-pad and dig into this one.

The story is already picking up national attention and we can’t wait to see Keith Olbermann blow a gasket when he hears about this one.

Mike Honda is blitzing the airwaves and pounding the mailbox while Ro is broke.  Ro Khanna manages his money like a drunk sailor on leave and now finds himself begging for free media as his only way to contact voters.

But Ro does have billionaire former Enron energy trader John Arnold coming to help.  Yup, that’s the same John Arnold who started his fortune making working for a company that plunged California into darkness…literally.  Ahhh, Ro sure has some great friends, read about Arnold helping Ro at the very, very bottom of this article.

Speaking of Ro Khanna’s friends, EFI’s CEO Guy Gecht who has contributed to Ro and endorsed him has been whacked by he Labor Department for wage-theft.  The story says: “Electronics For Imaging paid several employees from India as little as $1.21 an hour to help install computer systems at the company’s Fremont headquarters.”  Keep if classy, Ro.

Political consultant and resident Deputy Sheriff Association slayer Rich Robinson takes to TheLeftHook and spells out why Dave Cortese is winning the Mayor’s race.

Just censured Santa Clara Unified School District Bully Chris Stampolis should step down, get some counseling and focus on his family as he is becoming more and more of a clown, no, not the happy Bozo type of clown, more like an ass clown or like these evil clowns popping up in towns everywhere.

More taxpayer giveaways for political donors to Reed and Liccardo.  $7 million for land the city paid $25 million for.  That’s some smarter government there Sammy!

Big bucks in the fight against Ebola.  Paul Allen just called Zuck’s $25 mil pledge to fight the disease and raised him $75 mil more. You calling Zuck or folding?

The Merc’s new guy at City Hall and resident 49ers stalker groupie Mike Rosenberg included this little nugget about the Chamber of Commerce in his San Jose elections money race.  So how long will it take before this starts landing in D1 mailboxes?

Chamber Buying Council Seats

Lauren Hepler from the SV Biz Journal reveals that SV home prices continue to soar.  Crib prices are up a whopping 19% over last year.

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October 23, 2014

Daily Fetch 10.23.14: Reed trying everything to help Liccardo, Republican Party seems to think Cortese will win…and the Giants lost last night

Man, the San Jose Mayoral Election must be close! San Jose Mayor Reed has pulled out all of the stops for his boy blue, Sam Liccardo. He’s taking bounced academy cadet Elyse Rivas word to the bank that POA President Jim Unland hypnotized 600 police officers into leaving SJPD (because lower pay and more expensive benefits than any other city in the area wouldn’t motivate anyone to leave…right?).


Unland as wizard-of-oz


Reed has invoked the US Attorney’s Office, is calling for investigations…heck we wouldn’t be surprised if his next call was for the return of the Spanish Inquisition.


Oh, and BTW there’s two new San Jose Mayor polls out there. One says Cortese is up by 12 pts and the other says Liccardo is up three points. Guess which poll comes from which candidate’s side… The Left Hook has a cogent break down of which of these two dueling polls is more trustworthy.

Speaking of the Mayor’s race, The Republicans are feeling so good about their boy Sam Liccardo’s Chances that their paying to send out mail pieces to voters in D7 featuring Dave Cortese (thank you to our spies) … Maybe Munger and Constant already see the writing on the wall?



Orchard Supply has opened a mysterious vault in their old building and the results were about as exciting as that one time Geraldo opened that one vault.

Click this link, and read the Merc headline and let us know which candidate you think the heavy handed paper is supporting for Water District (we’ll give you a hint it aint Gary Kremen).

AHHHHHH! Mountain Lions! AHHHHH!!!! Mountain Lions have invaded their native territory (the Almaden Valley). We’re all going to die!



There is no joy in Mudville this morning. The Giants lost last night in game two of the World Series. Game three of the series is tomorrow at 7pm.

The Pruneyard in Campbell has been sold. (Apparently) for nearly $300 million.

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October 22, 2014

Daily Fetch 10.22.14: So what happens in California when a lawyer lies?

The Giants beat the sh*t out of the Royals last night. Game 2 of the World Series is tonight…

So now we know that most people out there have a perspective of lawyers that they are liars and shysters, only one step above politicians and two steps above pond scum…but what if we told you there are actual real legal penalties when a lawyer lies? If you’re unsure why we’re asking this question it’s likely because you haven’t been paying attention to San Jose political news this week.

You see, a certain failed police cadet, Elyse Rivas, took to the Mercury News and accused SJPD of not doing enough to ensure she would stop pointing her loaded gun at people (a claim that appears false), and for good measure also accused SJPOA president Jim Unland of telling police cadets to quit (a claim she has since retracted).

So what happens in California when a lawyer lies? The California State Bar actually has something called a moral character requirement for attorneys.  A proviso famously illustrated when serial liar Stephen Glass was not allowed to become a lawyer in California for…lying in the newspaper. But how about for a lawyer that has already been accepted to the Bar you ask? Well, here’s what Fetch found on the State Bar’s website:

Whether you are a civil or criminal practitioner, as an attorney, you are ethically bound by the duty of candor. This duty is codified by statute, reaffirmed in case law and mandated by the California Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The duty of candor covers everything from client perjury, false evidence, representations of procedural issues and citation of authority in court.

Now we at the Fetch are not lawyers, but it seems to us that if someone decided to file a complaint against Elyse Rivas with the State Bar for lying about another officer of the court in a newspaper (a forum which could be read by, and influence the thinking of a judge) they certainly wouldn’t be out of bounds in doing so…but what do we know?

This story is juicy and seems constructed to allow Liccardo to blame Unland, not poor pay for officers’ leaving, so look for this to continue until Nov. 4th. Case in point, Herhold dropped trow and pinched out this stinker for Saratoga Sam today. God…Nov. 4th can’t come fast enough…


Onward to other happenings

If you live in San Jose and are near the Milpitas boarder, you may have caca in your water. KTVU has the story.

A “sophisticated” crew of bank robbing gang members who robbed banks in Campbell, San Jose and Gilroy have been arrested according to SJPD.

The plastic bag industry is set to spend over a $1 million to block the state’s new plastic bag ban.

The folks over at SJ’s Communications Hill will soon have more than just joggers and exhibitionists to complain about. Nat-dog has the deets.

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October 21, 2014

Daily Fetch 10.21.14: Rivas Retracts her Accusation Against Unland, Protect San Jose Wakes Up and Goes to War & Fetch wasn’t at the Pink Poodle Sunday

The sleeper has awakened! Protect San Jose has emerged from it’s long electoral slumber to come to the defense of po-po union top dog Jim Unland, well Unland came to Unland’s defense. According to Protect, Elyse Rivas is a big fat liar.






Here is what her academy supervisors say Unland said:

Ms. Rivas attended the Orientation on Friday May 15th at the San Jose Police Department. Kevin Mank and I escorted the Academy class during the orientation while at the Police Administration Building. The academy was divided into two groups. Mr. Mank and I were at the presentations regarding the P.O.A. benefits and at no time heard Sgt. Unland tell the recruits to quit then and there and that they were not helping the P.O.A.’s cause in defeating Measure B.


Greg Salas

Kevin Mank


Oh and for good measure, here is what her gun range instructor says about Rivas’ claim she wasn’t given additional firearms training to help make her safe:

I dismissed Recruit Rivas from the range portion of training. This was based on a culmination of safety violations throughout the course of the 16 weeks (to that point) that we had been doing range training. I had seen her point her loaded pistol at her own arm, other police academy recruits, and right in the face of one of my fellow instructors.

She alleges that the department did not provide her with additional training. That is an outright lie.  I personally spent several ADDITIONAL hours (at least 7) with her outside of regular range time working on her firearms skills. I had gotten her to where she was shooting well enough, but her safety with the firearms still was not there. There are only 4 basic firearms safety rules she needed to remember- but couldn’t.


I take these attacks very personally, and only want the truth to be known- no matter how much it hurts. Former recruit Rivas was a danger to herself and everyone else on the range – and I could not stand idly by waiting for someone to get hurt or killed. The citizens of the City of San Jose should be thankful that I helped prevent such a dangerous liability from becoming a San Jose Police Officer.

Thank you,

Pat Comerford

Oh, and the Merc newsroom is now reporting that Rivas is retracting her previously published claim made to Barb Marshman’s Merc Editoral Page that Unland told her to quit. Rivas now says she can’t remember if Unland said quit…Seriously? This woman is a lawyer? We are certain the Merc will run a retraction around November 5th or 6th.

Bee Tee Dubbya, here again is the Fetch’s Exclusive reenactment of Rivas at the po-po gun range.



Onward to other happenings

(Apparently) One of the reasons San Jose Fire can’t meet the county’s 90% on time requirement is due to Reed and Liccardo’s failure pay to update fire truck’s GPS software. According to this NBC Bay Area story, SJFD has to use hand drawn cards to come to your rescue…wtf?

Often wrong and often left in the dust John Woolfolk has got some news. Good Job Johnny boy we’re proud of you! Pulling up his big boy pants, Woolybully tells us that Assembly candidate Kansen Chu admits he pushed for Yes on Measure H in his publicly broadcasted newsletter (we hope this one wasn’t too hard for you to track down Johnny Boy).

After attending a big blow out party for Irish politicians in which copious quantities of alcohol were purchased using public funds, Chuck Reed is doing a very public “my bad” and has writing a memo with his mini-me Sam Liccardo to tighten up the rules.

Mike Honda has rolled out a new TV ad attacking Ro Khanna for his 1%er bankrollers.

Whichever one of you wins, Honda or Khanna, can you please do something about the National Parks Service boosting Yosemite entrance fees by 50%?!?! That sh*t cray!

Speaking of crazy sh*t, a Pink Poodle patron got shot in the leg on Sunday morning resulting a walk of shame for 50 people detained for questioning.

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October 20, 2014

Daily Fetch 10.20.14: Police Academy Controversy and Cortese Up 8 Points In Mayor’s Race…

The Mercury News has sunk to a new low in their continued independent expenditures, this time for Sam Liccardo, by printing this opinion piece from a San Jose Police Academy washout who blames the entire SJ police department for her inability to safely handle a weapon.  The police (space?) cadet washout then makes a wild accusation that POA Prez Jim Unland is pushing recruits out the door by mesmerizing them with his oratory skills.  Hmmm…the only thing missing from this cooked up “October Surprise” is a picture of Elyse Rivas wearing a Sam Liccardo for Mayor T-Shirt.

The Daily Fetch has obtained this exclusive video of a re-enactment of Cadet Rivas and her travails working with a firearm.




In another sign of the credibility gap emanating from the Liccardo for Mayor campaign, less than a week after announcing a dead heat in his losing effort a new independent poll finds Supervisor Dave Cortese with an 8-point advantage.  Cortese is in front 2-1 with Democrats, a double digit lead with women and Liccardo is stuck in the mid twenties without a cohesive message.

Vandals strike again in Willow Glen.  NBC Bay Area’s Damian Trujillo reports on more crime harming businesses.

A hawk was rescued from the Gunderson High School’s gym, no word on if this was part of a viral marketing campaign for that new Michael Keaton movie.

If there’s election in November and no one shows up, does it make a sound? Is that how it goes? Anyhow, according to the SacBee voter turnout on November 4th could be lower than 45%. You know what that means….every. vote. counts. MoFos!

The political odd couple of Cindy Chavez and Matt Mahood took to the Merc to ask voters to pass Measure Q, because if there’s something everyone can agree on it’s parks…unless you’re this lady.

Jerry Brown and Sean Parker (yes that Sean Parker) have tag teamed to ensure the three voters that actually do show up vote for Props 1 and 2.

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October 17, 2014

Daily Fetch 10.17.14: Giant Day For Giants, Liccardo Panders To Vietnamese Voters and Khanna’s Broke

Giants win the pennant, Giants win the pennant, Giants win the pennant! Ishikawa’s crack of the bat knocked a homer over right center field and SF is back in the series.

The video of the home run is all the more sweeter this morning…MLB has it here.

Sam “Hanoi” Liccardo will never understand the Vietnamese community but he will do all he can this Tuesday to pander to it with this scheduled vote cooked up two-weeks before election day.  He and Chuck and of all people Madison are asking the city council to affirm that it won’t do business with Communist Vietnam.  Liccardo is so desperate to win that he is going to try and bamboozle the Vietnamese community into forgetting about his Little Saigon vote, his no-shows at everything and anything Vietnamese related for the past 8 years and all the money he has taken from companies doing business in Vietnam.  Gross.  BTW, it is Saigon, now and forever in the Vietnamese community, not Hanoi…Go ahead Red.





The massive build out in North San Jose, fueled by developer incentives (read: taxpayer giveaways) is snarling traffic to the point that it takes 45-minutes to travel a few miles.  NBC Bay Area has the story that shows the lack of infrastructure planning is putting frowns on many faces.

National Bullying Month now has two local politicos fighting for the fictitious title of “Bully of the Year”.   Entrant #1 is Divisive Don Gagliardi who was sent this letter by a top City of San Jose official chastising him for displaying “hostile, disrespectful and inappropriate” behavior toward a city staff member at a community meeting.  Nice guy!

Entrant #2 is Santa Clara School Board member Chris Stampolis who was slapped with a court order to stay away from his own kid’s school and principal for making credible threats and generally acting like an unadulterated ass.  Stampolis is an embarrassment and should step down.

Ro Khanna can’t manage his campaign budget and now wants to manage the federal budget…no thanks.  Ro’s broke.  He blew through his enormous money advantage only to have Honda trounce him by 20-points and now is looking at a million dollars in advertising coming his way with no dollars to respond.  Where will Ro move next to make another ill-fated run for office?

A nurse that handled fluids from the first US patient who died from Ebola thought it was a good idea to take a cruise.  Belize has refused the nurse entry to their country and the nurse is quarantined in her cabin while the CDC is figuring a way to take her off the ship.

Locally, KTVU-2 reports on health care workers doing their best to tamp down fear as the deadly Ebola virus continues to creep into everyone’s mind. takes some time to delve into South Bay news and covers the alliance that has formed to push for a living wage ordinance in Santa Clara County.

Did you expect anything different from the daily’s resident 49ers fan boy’s coverage of the San Jose D1 city council race.  One guy wants to continue with the policies that led to hundreds of SJ Po-Po bailing on the city, crime rising, and emergency response times doubling: Chappie Jones.  The other wants to enact legal pension reform and use that money to restore services and improve public safety: Paul Fong.

There has been no report that Rose Herrera’s hubby was the culprit in this latest campaign sign rip off story.  Also, we hear reformed sign stealer Pier Oliverio has a credible and rock solid alibi; Deposition prep.

The card room war heats up in Milpitas.

The Soda Tax war heats up in SF and Berkeley.

California’s much maligned bullet train is a go as the State Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that it can be built.  Look for trains to start running in the next two or three decades.

Chappie Jones is pushing out campaign mail about how bad crime is and about sex offenders running rampant in San Jose.  Fetch wonders if he will accept the endorsement of Metro Newspaper since their classified ad provider is the human trafficking engine…

Shady and secret land deals between the former boyfriend of Brooke Shields and Rocketship charter schools is being reported on by

Nate-Dog from the SV Biz Journal discloses the fire sale soon to take place to dispense of VTA land that is need of development.  50 parcels will be up for sale soon.

County Assessor and Developer Larry Stone, who got into all sorts of hot water plying his trade to line his pockets while the elected county tax collector and a couple of his developer friends are standing with Saratoga Sam Liccardo, well sort of.  Stone and Chuck Toeniskoetter sent out an appeal for contributions to help Liccardo but Larry must have forgotten to ask Chuck how committed to Sam he was.  Apparently, Toeniskoetter is standing with Dave Cortese as well.


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October 16, 2014

Daily Fetch 10.16.14: Scott “Cape Fear” Herhold Has Amnesia, Reed Makes Up A Crime Drop Mirage and County Registrar’s Days R Numbered

San Jose led the way and increased the minimum wage and low and behold other cities are following.  Sunnyvale is the newest city that has raised the wage and joins Mt. View and SJ leaders in taking the bold step to improve the lives of those working to make ends meet.  San Jose’s minimum wage hike was opposed by Saratoga Sam Liccardo and supported by Dave “Mr. Personality” Cortese.

The resident 49ers groupie over at the beleaguered daily takes a time out from all things Levi’s Stadium to give his take on the SJ mayor’s race.  Familiar territory is regurgitated for the umpteenth time about Dave and about Sam.

Dave Cortese goes after human traffickers and details how he and the County Board of Supervisors actually expanded the reach of law enforcement to go after human trafficking and those that foster it.  Maybe that’s why the Metro Newspaper, who still utilizes the sex for sale classified ad provider has endorsed Sam Liccardo?

NBC’s Damian Trujillo breaks down the rise in residential break-ins occurring in this affluent part of San Jose.  Crooks are targeting the high-end bling and other finer things laying around these well to do homes.

Chuck Reed and Sam Liccardo say that with a 30% drop in gang crime the San Jose Po-Po will have eliminated any and all gang crime in San Jose.  Crime problem solved.  But of course, Reed and Liccardo are relying on stats produced by Chief Larry Esquivel who had to take an erasure out and fix the last set of “Gang Crime is Down” stats when he was caught juking the stats.  The Reed announcement has the air of desperation permeating from it…


Larry Esquivel has sinned


And speaking of crime, because everyone else is, Scott  “Cape Fear” Herhold is crying foul over the fact that his boy in the mayor’s race is to blame for 400 less cops and soaring crime.  Herhold complains that SJ Po-Po talking to voters about burglaries, victims, and violent crime is nothing more than a campaign of fear.  Ummm, bullshi!

Scottie must have forgotten about this column he wrote about his dork ride/ten speed getting ripped off and how it made him feel.  Or about his tony neighborhood being stalked by thieves and vandals and how that made him and his neighbors feel.  Scott is so far in the bag for Liccardo he is willing to do or say anything to help his boy.  Herhold is even willing to get a case of self inflicted amnesia to forget about his personal crime wave he experienced and wrote about just a short time ago. Pathetic.


liccardo herhold bromance catches fire


KTVU-2 reports that Bay Area rents continue to soar.  The short rental housing supply coupled with rising wages has made the hunt for an affordable abode nearly impossible.

A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday.  This nurse was allowed on a commercial flight after calling the CDC and reporting she had an elevated temperature…WTF.

The Zuckerbergs are tapping their overflowing checkbook for $25 million to donate toward fighting the Ebola outbreak.  The Zuck’s $25M is more than what China, Canada and France have contributed toward the fight…combined.  Mark, you go ahead and buy up every house in Palo Alto if you continue this type of giving.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office is being sued over the shooting of a knife-wielding woman that left the 61-yr old dead.  The suit alleges that the use of lethal force was unnecessary…hmmm.  KLIV informed is 24 listeners of the story.

The countdown as to when the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters gets canned has begun.  The latest snafu is like the last snafu or the one before that; ballots screwed up in one way or another and mailed.

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October 14, 2014

Daily Fetch 10.14.14: Sexual Harassment Allegations Revealed, SJ Po-Po Academy Woes Continue and Pontificating Pundits Push Polls In Honda v. Khanna Race

Explicit details of recent sexual harassment allegations have been revealed and they ain’t pretty.  CNN has picked up on the story.

SIKE…that’s the wrong sexual harassment story.

The City of San Jose has enough money to pay for over 150 Po-Po, right now, today.  But it can’t hire them faster than they are losing them.  The latest police academy that had room for 60 recruits had 29 takers a couple of weeks ago but this past Friday only 23 showed up to be sworn in as city employees.

The latest solution, instead of fixing Measure B, is to require all SJ Po-Po to work mandatory overtime to fill in the gaping holes in staffing that need to be covered every single day just to respond to 911 calls.  Forget about actually trying to prevent crime or investigating crime to hold crooks accountable, those days are over.

The SJPD brass, reeling from the McDonald DV allegations and the departments close ties to the 49ers, have asked, what’s left of, the entire department how they ought to institute mandatory overtime.  Here is the Monkey Survey that is making the rounds.  Looks like anyone can take the survey, so have at it Fetch readers…



In San Jose, two suspected burglars who also kicked the crap out of a little dog are still on the loose although this video has helped identify one of the thugs.  NBC Bay Area has the story.

Talk about a rough day.  This San Jose man was visiting his wife in the hospital after she was just diagnosed with MS and had his car stolen from the parking lot.  The thieves drove to the man’s home and then proceeded to steal the family’s second car right out of the driveway.  To make matters worse the man is a Lyft driver.

The two SJ mayoral candidates traded plans and barbs after touring parts of San Jose yesterday and then sitting down to field questions from residents packing a church.

The home of Google has raised its minimum wage to $10.30 per hour and indexed future increases to the rate of inflation.  Mt. View follows the lead taken by San Jose, which raised its wage a couple of years ago.

That’s one big friggin’ pumpkin that won the annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off held in Half-Moon Bay.  The gourd weighed in at 2,058 lbs. and the winner, John Hawkley, pocketed $13,000 in prize money.  Now go make some pie!

Dave Cortese recently took the living wage challenge.

Santa Clara County is taking proactive steps to ensure that any Ebola outbreak in Silicon Valley is handled properly.  Special protocols have been put in place to keep the virus contained.  Although on the heels of this nurse in Dallas contracting the disease, these protocols may not be enough.

Dueling polls in the Honda v. Khanna race shows either a dead heat or a substantial lead for Honda.  KPIX-5 breaks down the numbers.  For the details of who each campaign polled take a look at Josh Richman’s piece to see which pollster best matched expected turnout by ethnicity and party.

A woman in San Jose became the latest pedestrian traffic fatality as she was hit by an SUV driver.  The driver fled the scene.

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October 13, 2014

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day Scott Herhold

Fetch will return tomorrow…BTW this is what the headline is about.

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October 10, 2014

Daily Fetch 10.10.14: Did Gagliardi Name His Dog Old Yeller?, Is Pier A Perv? and Is Reed A Liar?

In National Bullying Gagliardi Prevention Month News

Divisive Don “Bluto” Gagliardi sympathizers are feasting on a breakfast buffet of crow and hats this morning after reading the news that former City Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Harry Mavrogenes confirmed that he did in fact author and send this letter that stood up to Gagliardi’s bullying and called out the cad for being pretty much of a jerk…here is everything Harry Mavrogenes said to The Left Hook Blog:

The former SJ Redevelopment Agency chief who was moved to scold City Council Candidate Don Gagliardi for his bad behavior, is shaking his head over why anyone would want to put Gagliardi in a position of trust on the San Jose City Council.

Reached by phone at his Stockton Metropolitan Airport office, Harry Mavrogenes,  who led the San Jose Redevelopment agency from 2003 to 2011, said his staff had multiple bad experiences with Gagliardi’s rants and raves at public meetings concerning the city’s Strong Neighborhoods Revitalization projects.  

The District 3 Council Candidate was the head of the Northside Neighborhood Association at the time and was “very disrespectful to redevelopment Agency staff,” according to Mavrogenes, “yelling and berating them at public meetings.”  Mavrogenes said he was moved to write this letter to Gagliardi after at least 3 incidents in which Gagliardi displayed what Mavrgenes described as “over the top, completely inappropriate behavior.”

Mavrogenes, who’s now the Director of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport, said he’s “never seen anyone react like that before.”  In San Jose revitalization projects, he said “we disagreed on some issues, but people always treated each other with respect.  Not Gagliardi, he got upset because he didn’t get his way.”

Lastly, well for today anyway, in an unconfirmed report, rumors are swirling that Gagliardi even named his dog, Old Yeller.

Gagliardi didn’t get his way….waaaaaa, waaaaa!




And in more unrelated Gagliardi bully news, SJSU promises to do better in the aftermath of the racial bullying incident, some would say pattern, that landed several ex-students in some serious trouble with the law.

Onward to other happenings

Mayor Chuck Reed lies. There, Fetch said it.  In a head to head match up comparing nose growth with Pinocchio, Reed wins by several feet. In his latest lie, Reed wants San Jose voters to believe that the police department is adding officers and that crime is down.  Ya, sure, crime is down.  Reed doesn’t mention a word of consolation to all the victims of crime in San Jose, because he could give a sh#! about them, he recites his interpretation of stats with the emotion of a storefront mannequin.  Pathetic. Of course his partner in crime, the ethical Barbara Marshman led Mercury News editorial board, gives him space to spew a few hundred words of BS in support of Sam Liccardo who the newspaper needs to pay back for the taxpayer subsidy that allowed the daily to move to the drug riddled and urine stained downtown San Jose.

Fetch guesses timing is everything, on the same day that Reed’s nose grew some more, this lil’ ditty landed in resident’s mailboxes.




Is Pier a perv?  An explosive allegation of sexual harassment was leveled against former bartender and current councilmember Pier Olivero in a lawsuit filed by his former Chief of Staff and campaign manager Denelle Fedor.  The suit alleges that Pier called Fedor vulgar names and that “Oliverio’s harassment of plaintiff was severer, pervasive and unwelcome”.  Fedor, who at times possesses a look reminiscent of someone in a trance, or under hypnosis, is now working for Johnny Khamis, who BTW, is in a trance.

KGO-7’s Vic Lee reports that the SJ Po-Po tangled up in the Ray McDonald mess was on duty when he arrived to the alleged crime scene after getting a call from Ray.  So just how cozy is the 49ers relationship with the SJPD?  This is one situation that is FUBR.

Madison Nguyen can’t keep order in her old Communications Hill neighborhood so her idea is to fence off the troubled staircase where heroin addicts and perverts are making life unbearable for residents.  Let’s hope Madison’s idea can be duplicated in downtown SJ where the whole center of the city would need to be fenced off.

The new CEO of Microsoft is a dipshit for saying women should trust the system and not ask for raises…seriously.  What’s next from this clown, “A woman’s place is in the home?”  This is the mentality of some 1%ers, you know, the ones backing Saratoga Sam Liccardo.

Michael Peevey ran out of lives as the stench of scandal clung to him like lies do to Chuck Reed.  Peevey should make sure he has a good lawyer on speed dial as each day more and more allegations are being leveled against the agency he was supposed to be overseeing.

Unable to develop a cohesive message and wanting to avoid discussing the issues has left Liccardo campaign flak Ragan Henninger grasping at giant straws that apparently she can only see bouncing around in her head.  The latest broadside from Henninger, who pocketed a whopping 39% pay raise when cops and firefighters were eating a 10% pay cut, is laughable but of course SJ Inside publishes the slimy attack without mentioning Liccardo violating the law earlier this summer when he began raising money before legally being allowed to.  Fetch guesses that’s what winners do.




Doing his best to make the Honda v. Khanna race, well a race, Josh Richman goes all Waterboy on us and quenches Khanna’s thirst.  The floundering Khanna couldn’t close the deal in the recent snoozefest of a debate earlier this week so in steps the daily to deliver the dirt.  Ain’t gonna matter… where will Khanna move to next after his defeat?

The SV Biz Journal’s hardest working reporter, sorry Nate-Dog, spins this yarn about where the SJ mayoral candidates stand on a bunch of issues on the back, like way back of voters minds.

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