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July 24, 2014

Daily Fetch 07.24.14: Should Carrasco be worried?, Rosen’s Giveaway Won’t Go Away and Obama & Hillary in the Bay Area


Lying about where one lives to run for office is getting more scrutiny these days as the LA Times reports on another elected official being convicted of voter fraud.  This latest conviction must have one newly elected SJ Councilmember shaking in her boots that she may be in law enforcement’s crosshairs for lying about her residency, finances and a few other things.

Metro’s Fly continues its straw grasping when it comes to attacking County Supervisor Dave Cortese and his bid to replace the failed Liccardo/Reed administration.  This week’s installment is about Cortese sending out emails with information to an email list he has compiled for several years…wow, some pretty ground breaking stuff.

KTVU-2 reports on SJ’s effort to stem the tide of rising crime by putting civilians on the street that won’t even be able to write a traffic ticket let alone make an arrest.   How’s that Measure B pension reform thing working out for ya SJ?

TracEy Kaplan reports on the Merc’s IA blog about continued fall out from DA Jeff “I am the law” Rosen’s alleged giveaway of public funds to a few of his appointees in a scandal that was first reported on by NBC’s Investigative Unit.  Other unions contended that since Rosen gave away compensation they want an equivalent amount given to them…a hearing is scheduled today on the matter that could dent county coffers to the tune of several millions of dollars.

And in more DA news, former SJ City Councilmember and failed mayoral candidate turned gang prosecutor, David Pandori, lost a murder trial as the jury sided with the defendant and acquitted her.  The Merc’s TK has the story.

KQED is reporting on a Public Policy Institute poll that finds Jerry Brown with a

20-point lead over his GOP victim rival, Neil Kashkari.  Brown is cruising at this stage and look for that 20-points to grow when Brown begins to spend the millions in campaign cash he horded during the primary.

SJFF put this school fire out before it raged out of control.  An investigation into the cause of this early morning blaze at Caroline Davis Intermediate School is underway.

NBC Bay Area’s Robert Handa, yes he has moved to the peacock network, has this story about an armored car that was raining money on one South Bay street.  As Handa says in the report, it’s something everyone has dreamed about…

President Obama was in SV yesterday to scoop up cash at an event hosted by venerable dem-donor George Marcus and then the Prez scooted to SF to hobnob near Nob Hill and ring the register again.

Hillary Clinton was on the other side of the bay spending her time at a local kickoff for the “Too Small to Fail” campaign, an early childhood education effort.  Don’t worry, it won’t be long before HRC is in SV raising money from the same crew that Obama hit up yesterday.

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July 23, 2014

Daily Fetch 07.23.14: Rocketship Retreats, Doyle Dodges Court, and Paul Blart To The Rescue in SJ


SJ City Attorney Rick Doyle is pushing for the city council to cut and run and pay off the family of an alleged gang member who was killed in what DA Jeff “I am the law” Rosen concluded was a clean shoot.  Instead of litigating and defending the SJ po-po involved, Doyle does what he does best; CAVE.   With all the outside attorneys on the city dime, what exactly does Doyle do?

SF has placed a measure on the ballot to tax sugary drinks and spend what they collect on reducing obesity and all of the health ailments that accompany all those expanding muffin tops.  SF should have considered what soon to be unemployed Pete Constant did, put up a goofy website challenging San Jose to lose a collective million pounds.  Apparently, this is what Constant spends his time on.

Lew Wolff finally has thrown in the towel on moving the A’s to SJ.  After much back and forth, Oakland A’s will remain for another 10-years.    Must have been some meal Reed and Wolff shared last week as Lew probably spent most of his time rolling out every baseball cliché imaginable to the inconsolable Reed.  “Go out and get ‘em next time, Tiger”, or “There is always next year”, or “Sorry, next time I’ll use some Vaseline”…Ouch!  Nate-dog from the SVBJ provides his take on Oakland staying put.

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Tech companies are raking it in yet they are leaving many of those that support their money making in the dust.  TheLeftHook explores the lack of security provided to security workers protecting the tech geeks and the properties they work at.

Can’t hire cops, no problem if you’re San Jose.  Hire wanna-be cops, equip them with pepper spray, a snazzy uniform, and turn them loose to answer calls that the po-po can’t get to ‘cuz there aren’t enough of them.  Genius, pure genius.

TheSanJoseBlog wants to spread some art around town.  Most other big cities do this so why not SJ?

Rocketship retreats in Texas, big time.  The fledgling charter school experiment withdraws a massive expansion in The Lone Star State as, apparently, their rhetoric is not quite matching its record.

Well, at least Rocketship is not this charter school run by a reclusive Turkish Imam that is being shut down in LA…although there is one of these “schools” that was approved right here in Santa Clara County.

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July 22, 2014

Daily Fetch 07.22.14: SJCC Rejects Constant and Salcido, Weed Wars Up in Smoke? and Gov Signs Beer Tasting


FETCH EXCLUSIVE

Several sources have told The Daily Fetch that soon to be termed-out SJ Councilmember and weight loss yo-yo man Pete Constant and Chuck Reed’s Public Safety Advisor Jose Salcido will have to keep looking for their next job as they both have come up short in their quest to replace the retired Bob Hennessy at San Jose’s Conservation Corps.  Apparently, the corps was looking for a leader that could work well with it’s employees (sorry Pete), and/or a leader who did more than warm a seat as the public safety infrastructure of SJ crumbled around him, (sorry Jose).

Constant, looking for his next meal ticket, literally, may throw his weight behind a push for a seat on a local community college board…gotta get that free health care, right Pete?

On to Weed Wars

Stoners are funny and apparently being high inhibits the ability to count as the much-publicized referendum to overturn the SJ City Council medical weed ban went up in smoke for lack of enough signatures.  It’s tough to count in a smoky room and what if, just what if, what is said in this video is actually true?

Fetch does not know what’s worse, not turning in enough signatures or not gathering enough signatures to turn in…we wonder what Peter Allen has to say about that one…

NBC Bay Area reports on the latest San Jose Coyote Creek homeless camp conundrum.  Some arrests, some garbage removed, no real solutions…same old-same old.

A 15-year old pulls out a knife and robs an 11-year old for his bike.  What a beautiful world…

The SJSU po-po will be working with other law enforcement agencies on an active shooter on campus drill this Friday.   Red lights, sirens, ambulances…it should look like any other day in our urine-stained and drug riddled DTSJ.

The drill mentioned above better take into consideration the large groups of students celebrating Gov. Brown signing into law an underage wine and beer tasting bill.  Yup, college students can sip, swill, but not swallow/chug beer and wine if it is in the confines of academics.  Fetch interns are rejoicing.

Maybe the Santa Clara Valley Water District will have more luck than San Jose at recruiting cops…The District is looking to hire water cops to slap some heavy fines on water hogs during this ongoing drought.

Hillary Clinton was in the Bay Area holding Q and A sessions at FB and Twitter.  With the release of her new book, Clinton has been on the road laying the foundation for her next run for the White House.

Jon Gundy is going to make some coin as the new Superintendent of the county school system.  Sorry, Jon, no house loan for you as one of your predecessors kind of screwed that one up.

And no, silly, it was not the Merc’s New Guy at City Hall that was arrested for trespassing at Levi’s Stadium.  Yes, the New Guy’s obsession is real and at times a little creepy, but it was 51-year-old Eric Johnson, of Watsonville who becomes the first person arrested at the Niner’s new digs.

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July 18, 2014

Daily Fetch 7.18.14: Gone Fishin’…for information.


July 17, 2014

Daily Fetch 7.17.14: Lofgren brings Republicans and Democrats Together, Will SJ follow Cupertino and Contract With Sheriffs’, and Death To the Death Penalty?


Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren has been able to do what many others have not been able to do and that is to get the two warring factions in local politics to put down their sabers and stop rattling them for the common good. The Merc’s New Guy at 70 West Hedding Street details how the welcome sign will be out to migrant kids that are overwhelming the current social services network.

Lofgren was able to get Republicans and Republican leaning politicos like Chuck Reed and Sam Liccardo to join Democrats Dave Cortese and Cindy Chavez to agree that kids migrating to the US should be provided humane conditions as their individual cases are processed.  Local church groups have also stepped up as this NBC Bay Area report shows.

In what could be happening to San Jose very soon, the City of Cupertino has extended its contract with the County Sheriff to patrol its streets for another 10-years.  With SJ po-po still bailing on the city at an alarming rate, having the Sheriff take over the beleaguered SJPD is a real option that insiders are telling Fetch is under active consideration.

Governor Jerry Brown has filled three seats on the Santa Clara County Superior Court.  To see who made it, go to the Los Altos Patch.

Foie-Gras production gets its day in court as suppliers of the fatty liver ask the Supreme Court to review California’s banPETA has detailed information on this wretched practice, and Fetch hopes the Supremes watch a few videos of how this product is manufactured before issuing any ruling.

KTVU-2 provides new details into the stabbing of a man on a DTSJ trail.  Apparently, it as a hostile group that put one man in the hospital.

The palace intrigue behind Bay 101 pushing state legislation allowing a move to Milpitas gets more and more interesting with this Metro Fly post that provides a look into the personalities behind the potential move.  Although the Metro still tries to paint Saratoga Sam Liccardo as a card club foe, it was Liccardo’s memo and recommendation that allowed the expansion of the M8trix gambling casino.

One SJ union has taken to video production to voice what Chuck Reed and his council minions have done to San Jose.  If you want to hear what rank and file city workers have felt over the last several years, and what they think needs to happen for SJ to get its groove back, tune in.

Beyondchron.org brings us a story of a 98-year old fighting eviction from her home in SF.  Real estate speculators have run roughshod over tenants in their quest to increase profits and hike rental prices.  This story details a strategy that may provide some relief for tenants to fight back and keep their homes.

This Lauren Hepler story in the SV Biz Journal (we love you too Nate-Dog) and other in depth coverage of important issues without the pretext of agenda pushing are why this publication is a must read for insiders and those wanting to be in the know.  Hepler takes a dive into the increase in San Jose’s homeless population and what some are doing to address it.  Although the scheme cooked up by Groundwerx to do their job of cleaning up SJ’s urine-stained DT using homeless folks without paying them is sketchy, they get an A for effort.

U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney from Orange County may have struck the deathblow to the death penalty in California.  The President George W. Bush appointee wrote these pointed words in his ruling:

  • Carney says delays in killing killers have created a “system in which arbitrary factors, rather than legitimate ones like the nature of the crime or the date of the death sentence, determine whether an individual will actually be executed…”
  • “No rational person,” Carney wrote, “can question that the execution of an individual carries with it the solemn obligation of the government to ensure that the punishment is not arbitrarily imposed and that it furthers the interests of society.”

Is Tom Steyer a cheapo?  Steyer is struggling to raise the promised $50M to make climate change an issue in the congressional mid-terms, but being a billionaire, Fetch wonders why he doesn’t just cough up the dough himself?

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July 16, 2014

Daily Fetch 07.16.14: Khanna Could Be Done, Be A Focker and Field Punks Saratoga Sam


That large fork being stuck into Ro Khanna is an indication that his carpet-bagging quest to unseat Mike Honda is about done.  With a commanding 20-point romp in the primary and a substantial money lead over Ro, Honda is well positioned to win in November.  Sorry, Ro…time to move again and try another time.

Turn off the tap, take a shorter shower, stop watering the lawn so often, and help relieve the drought.  NBC Bay Area reports on added fines for water wasters.  Be a little Focker and do your part.

County School Trustee Anna Song gets clipped for an apparent spousal abuse beef.  SJ Inside broke the story and reports on what looks to be a dysfunctional relationship chock-full-of nonsense.

Nate-Dog from the SV Biz Journal gives us the ins and outs of the Silicon Valley exploding rental market, and there appears no end in sight.  Can you say roommate?

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Santa Monica may have an answer to their home rental price explosion as they contemplate instituting caps on rental prices.  This will sure make the California Apartment Association freak out…wonder if Silicon Valley politicians will move toward rent price caps? We already know what this guy thinks.

The San Diego City Council voted to increase the minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017 and what did the business community do…cry like stuck pigs.  The San Diego rhetoric reminds Fetch of the gloom and doom scenarios trumpeted by the SJ business community over SJ’s raise the wage effort.  Of course none of the massive layoffs and business closures ever happened…just sayin’.

Saratoga Sam Liccardo opposed increasing the minimum wage and coupled with his other anti-middle class votes have earned him a multi-paragraph punking on TheLeftHook by the head labor honcho, Ben Field.

An attack on a local trail has left this victim injured.  KTVU-2 has the story.

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July 15, 2014

Daily Fetch 07.15.14: Six Californias, Merc’s New Guy Has An Obsession and Willie Brown To The Rescue…


6 Californias is headed to the ballot.  Yup, six Golden States will be the choice presented to voters in November if Tim Draper has his way.  Even Chuck Reed has shown some interest in the knuckleheaded idea…Figures.

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Mike Honda joins a growing chorus of those outraged over a racial slur from Fox News commentator Bob Beckel.  Beckel, a bigoted serial gaffe-machine, has his most recent disgusting comments dissected by SJ Inside in this piece covering the Honda condemnation.

Hey, maybe Beckel will apply to represent 7-Eleven to belittle and demean franchise owners who are suing the convenience store giant for discrimination.

Substitute San Jose for San Francisco in this NBC Bay Area story about firefighters not being able to respond to emergencies as quickly as we all need them to.  Findings from an audit in SF sound eerily familiar to what is occurring in San Jose with emergency response times.

Former Mayor Willie Brown brought Muni operators and the MTA together to settle a contract dispute that will keep buses and trollies rolling.  The operators ratified the contract after rejecting the previous one.

The Merc’s New Guy at City Hall continues his coverage obsession with all things affiliated with the 49ers and Levi Stadium.  His latest installment is here.  Fetch sure hopes the New Guy has season tickets as we are getting worried about him.

KTVU-2 reports that the SJ Sharks are planning on fielding a new team called the Ice Girls to prance around during breaks in play, oh, and clean the playing surface.  What the Sharks team management ought to focus on is delivering a team that can close out a playoff series with a win and deliver a friggin’ Stanley Cup.

Archie Andrews saves the life of his friend, who happens to be gay, in the final installment of the comic book classic.  KPIX-5 has the story.

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July 14, 2014

Daily Fetch 07.14.14: World Cup Hangover–See you Tomorrow!


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World Cup Hangover–See you Tomorrow!

July 11, 2014

Daily Fetch 07.11.14: Cali In The Black, Techies Raking It In, and Saratoga Sam Mines Big Bucks


SJ Homeless are sweeping and picking up litter in DTSJ.  This story says everything except whether or not these homeless folks are getting paid for their work.  Fetch has to believe the SBLC will be investigating this potential wage theft if these folks are just “volunteers.”

A monumental and tragic fatal crash on Northbound 17 put yesterday’s over-the-hill crowd in a sour mood.  KGO-7 has the story.

Another random stabbing in SJ.

TheLeftHook gives a truncated break down of the San Jose mayoral election results and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the Billionaire Boys Club’s favorite candidate, Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo.

Sam Liccardo took his silver spoon out of his mouth long enough to sign this document refusing to abide by campaign contribution limits.  JK of the Metro does his best to make poor Sam the financial underdog by forgetting to talk about the big bucks the Chamber of Commerce will pour into the mayoral race and brushes past the millionaires and billionaires that dropped 10K, 20K and even 25K into the Carl Guardino Superpac to boost Saratoga Sam.  It won’t matter, Liccardo has too big a hill to climb, and remember Money Can’t Buy You Love.

Silicon Valley techies and nerds are raking in the coin.  SV tops the list of metropolitan areas when it comes to how much bacon is being brought home by an ever-expanding workforce.

Legal pension reform, some fiscal restraint, paying down debt, and modestly raising taxes sure proved to work for California.  The fiscal year just ended and low and behold the state general fund ended in the black.  It ain’t rocket science.

Cali is in the running for Tesla.  Governor Brown has signed a tax bill that could provide enough financial relief to the automaker that they stay in the Golden State.

What…Obamacare actually has cut the uninsured in California by half!  What about those death panels and the economic calamity Obamacare was going to foster?  Kaiser rates in SF actually went down…who’d of thunk?

SJ’s Weed Wars lights up again as medical pot backers and a whole bunch of youngsters on skateboards scramble to gather petition signatures to overturn SJ’s restrictions.  This latest protest had the look and feel of a Bob Marley concert.

In a sign that the local political discourse has hit an all time low, Deputy Sheriff Association dream-killer Rich Robinson signs onto a blog post about campaign lawn signs.

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July 10, 2014

Daily Fetch 07.10.14: News you won’t read in the Mercury plus Weed Wars Continue


In news you won’t read in the Mercury News, undercover police operations and hunting of dangerous fugitives are the latest victims of the Liccardo/Reed police (under?) staffing plan.  There are so few SJ po-po, that on the heels of police chief Larry Esquivel ordering mandatory overtime for patrol officers he must now cannibalize specialty units and task them to answer basic 9-1-1 calls.  KTVU-2 has the story.  And in following its established pattern, the daily paper refuses to cover this story as it may reflect badly on its chosen mayoral candidate Saratoga Sam Liccardo.

San Jose’s weed wars continue with a back and forth between pot shop advocates and Chuck Reed.  SJ Inside has the latest.

Sure hope this hospital chain does not purchase the financially strapped Daughters of Charity hospitals: O’Conner and St. Louis.

Local ambulance provider Rural/Metro finds itself in the news for following the law and properly reporting expenditures it has made in several elections.

San Francisco has found a way to reduce…not a typo…reduce health care premiums for its workforce.  This windfall is the result of the city and its workers actually coming together to find solutions that save money…Are you listening San Jose?

The Merc’s New Guy at City Hall must be all gaga over the 49ers announcement of tours of their new stadium at $25 bucks a pop.  The team also revealed their menu, which looks very international—What, no Corn Dogs?  KPIX-5 has the run down.

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