Posts Tagged ‘anthony batts’

Daily Fetch 2.4.11: The Daily Fetch hurting iPad sales?

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Scary news coming from the Emergency Housing Consortium shelter in San Jose this morning.  A fire early today caused 215 folks to be evacuated.  No one was injured.

San Jose Inside reported yesterday that “No Facts Behind Ugly Rumors About Oakland Chief Batts“… If we were to repeat what the “ugly rumors” were, we’d just be perpetuating this thing… right?
The Merc Editorial Board is pleased that the Merc Editorial Board (and San Jose) will now have representation on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission… They also throw props to Supervisors Ken Yeager and Dave Cortese for their work to get it done.
Sorry half of the Peninsula but Caltrain has proposed shuttering half its stations to cut costs
In other train news:  Those cheers you hear are coming from the Atherton: “High-speed rail leaders delay Bay Area project for at least a year“…
It isn’t often when two newspapers cover what is happening with one City Hall gadfly, but that’s the case with Don Letcher, Mountain View’s notorious gadfly… It all started with an innocent joke about taking the gadly’s land, which doesn’t seem like much of a joke at all, actually…
You may remember that Morgan Hill was thinking about purchasing iPads for their City Councilmembers to use during their Council meetings… They decided not to, blaming the lack of functionality.  We really think the Council read this on The Daily Fetch and got very, very nervous from January 25:
Have a good weekend people.  Remember, we’re on Twitter all weekend…

Daily Fetch 1.28.11: Chris Moore, Removing the “Interim”

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The big story of the day is that the City of San Jose has chosen its new Police Chief, or at least the City Manager’s selection for the new Police Chief has been made public… Anthony Batts is staying in Oakland and interim Chief Chris Moore will (almost certainly) be San Jose’s next non-interim Chief.  Some reaction:  San Jose City Manager Deb Figone is pleased with her decision. Former San Jose Police Chief (and all around media darling) Joseph McNamara thinks it is a great choice.  Scott Herhold at the Merc calls the choice “a victory for common sense“… The Editorial Board at the Merc says, “New San Jose chief must show he heard public concerns.”  Speaking of public concerns:  community activists and critics of the San Jose Police Department aren’t so pleased.  The most vocal critic of the Department, Raj Jayadev, said that the City missed an historic opportunity for change.  This is even important enough (apparently) that the Chronicle is even covering it.  In Oakland, the feeling is that Anthony Batts, while not moving to San Jose, may not be long for Oakland either… kind of like the A’s…
The San Jose Police Officers’ Association blog, Protect San Jose, has been quiet on the build up to the new Chief’s announcement, and they are again today going into their regularly scheduled programming, Watch Commander’s Report
One of the first issues Chris Moore will deal with as interim, and then as chief, is the officer-involved shooting from earlier this week.  The County Sheriff’s office released the name of the man that was fatally shot:  Oazi Do.
Here’s a weird story:  The Palo Alto Dispatch Center received 566 “phantom” calls over five hours a few weeks back.  They think it was all a technological snafu from a Verizon Wireless phone rather than a prankster.
In real estate news… Facebook has bought land near the Sun Microsystems (former) campus is Menlo Park.  That’s good news for Menlo Park, bad news for Palo Alto, Facebook’s current home.  We wonder who will play Facebook’s real estate agent in Social Network II…
To the blogs…
There is another chapter in the domain name saga between local political consultants Roland Bonilla & Ryan Ford and Jay Rosenthal.  San Jose Inside has the details of a lawsuit Ford & Bonilla filed against Rosenthal.
San Jose Metblogs is still (still?) down
Dweeb.org (the blog of Sunnyvale Councilmember Jim Griffith) pays tribute to a Sunnyvale Public Safety Officer who died in the line of duty on this date in 1962.
A blog that is making its way into our repertoire is Carl Guardino’s CEO Show Blog… this week’s posting?:  Caltrain.
That’s it for today, for now.  On Twitter and Facebook we update mid-day, so check it out…

Daily Fetch 1.27.11: The reGov’s Middle Finger…

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The San Jose Police Department released the 911 tapes of the folks at Peet’s calling following the recent murder-suicide when Jeanine Harms’ brother shot the guy he thought killed his sister, Maurice Nasmeh.
That’s a big story on its own, but the fact that the tape is being released by the Department is newsworthy on its own… We seem to remember when releasing 911 tapes was something the City of San Jose never, ever did
Here’s a Merc headline that should get folks a little riled up:  Another day, another shooting in San Jose… Maybe Anthony Batts would be the best choice for Police Chief, he’s dealt with stuff like this as Chief in Oakland…
An update to the fatal shooting by a San Jose Police Officer in the San Jose foothills earlier in the week: “…the officer fired to save another officer’s life…” More details from Sean Webby’s story in the Merc.
San Jose Inside has a recap of Tuesday’s San Jose City Council discussion about pensions, including a comparison to the nation’s Social Security outlook
Inside was busy yesterday, they also have a recap of the LA Times story about how reGovernor Jerry Brown gave the middle finger to big city mayors close up during a press conference following a meeting in Sacramento.  Redevelopment is going away, like or not
Some final (blog) notes:
Protect San Jose has another tribute to a fallen officer.  Today’s tribute is to Robert White who died in the line of duty 26 years ago.
Councildweeb Jim Griffith has posted his “Council Summary” from the Sunnyvale City Council meeting on 1/25.  Since the only Daily Fetch reader who was there was Jim Griffith, perhaps you should check out his wrap-up…
Metblogs is having some serios technical difficulties and has been down for some time… You can follow them on Twitter if you like.
Speaking of following folks on Twitter… We hate to do this, but:
At noon yesterday, @SanJoseDotCom wrote this on Twitter:
  • NEWS: Yahoo announces more layoffs. Will their former employees head down 101 to Google? http://fb.me/Jb6dOynj
If that looked familiar, because we wrote this and posted this at 9:01 a.m. in our regular Daily Fetch post titled “In Google, Out Yahoo…“:
  • There is an interesting Silicon Valley 2011 Snapshot in the news this week: Google will hire a bunch of folks (about 6,000)  and Yahoo will let a bunch go. Perhaps the Yahoo folks should just send their resumes a little further north on 101…
Coincidence?

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 1.18.11: Oakland’s Police Chief to follow A’s to San Jose?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Folks on Protect San Jose has been warning us for sometime that San Jose could become Oakland if we all don’t pay attention to police staffing levels… Well, the Oakland Police Chief is “one of two finalists” for the Chief of Police job in San Jose… The other finalist?  The current acting Chief of Police in San Jose Chris Moore.  What say you Protect?  (This news is apparently important enough for the Chronicle too…)
And yet another set of stories about Anthony Batts possibly leaving the 510 to move to the 408… from Chip Johnson at the Chronicle and Sean Maher at the Oakland Tribune… The rumor that Mayor Chuck Reed called Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and offered a deal whereby Batts would stay in Oakland and the A’s would move is apparently not true…
Perhaps Oakland’s Chief wants to follow the A’s to San Jose?
This story has the anti-San Jose A’s folks all up in arms… The San Jose Redevelompent Agency has been on a selling spree lately.  They are selling land to finance a possible baseball stadium AND because they are worried the Redevelopment Agency will not exist when Governor Brown gets through his first six months in office.  So, who wants to buy some of the Redevelopment Agency’s assets?  Lew Wolff
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the brother of missing (since 2001) Los Gatos woman Jeanine Harms, Wayne Sanchez, shot and killed the chief suspect in the case Maurice Nasmeh at a San Jose Peet’s and then shot himself in the parking lot.  Herhold at the Merc has some perspective
Even though today is Tuesday, we still have the Merc’s Internal Affairs stuff to run through from Sunday:
Also from Sunday, Scott Herhold at the Merc looks at who got appointed to San Jose’s redistricting committee, and he doesn’t love what he sees:  2 lobbyists and a guy that sued the City of San Jose.  (Note:  Club Wet is well represented on this committee…)
Some VTA news (if you are interested)… Mountain View’s City Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga has been named VTA Chair.  Of all the thankless jobs…
While we’re in Mountain View…
In San Mateo County, big issues/controversy about field use are the norm (see Notre Dame de Namur, Atherton/M-A High School, San Carlos turf)… now, Mountain View has a plan for McKelvey Park that “…could benefit the surrounding neighborhood at the expense of youth baseball leagues…” according to the Daily News.
The Merc Editorial crew is pushing San Jose Unified to cut their adult education programs significantly in order to save K-12.  So much for that GED program The Daily Fetch was eyeing…
San Jose Councilmember Sam Liccardo is formally requesting (via a Merc Op Ed) that the Feds actually do something regarding medical marijuana… presumably something other than busting down collectives’ doors…
Gilroy is (finally) getting tired of gang activity at a local home.  They are trying to shut the place down