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Daily Fetch 3.20.13: “OMG, what now?”…

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The NCAA basketball tournament is coming to town… Sal Pizarro has a “Lonely Planet” guide for those visiting… My advice, find Sal and hang out with him.  He knows what’s up…

While the NCAA tournament will last only a few days, a judge’s ruling yesterday will have a big and long-lasting impact on the way some folks do business in City Hall in San Jose.   To John Woolfolk:  “…A Santa Clara County judge has ruled that San Jose must provide city officials’ private text messages, emails or other electronic communications about city affairs in response to an activist’s request…”  We intercepted this text yesterday from 408-606-2060 to 408-535-4902, “OMG, what now?”

While most of the news in East San Jose has revolved around George Shirakawa, there is more news about vacant seats.  This one isn’t so much about felonies as it is about bad legal advice.  Former Alum Rock School Board member Darcie Green resigned yesterday from the County Board of Education, a position she was appointed to in October.  The only problem is the Board that appointed her was given bad legal advice about redistricting… which brought the appointment into question.  Something interesting in the comments on the Merc webite from former County Board member Craig Mann.  Read the story, then the comments (click for full size):

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Daily Fetch 9.17.10: O1010101

Friday, September 17th, 2010

This is a big news day, so make sure you have your Starbucks handy…
First things first… this weekend is the coolest weekend in San Jose.  Zero One SJ Biennial is on… and so are the pianos…
There are two strangely-related stories in today’s paper…
1.  San Jose City Council candidate Xavier Campos has been avoiding this story for a long time, but it has finally caught up with him:  Campos faces new MACSA questions.  Today, those questions are being raised by the Chamber of Commerce, which Campos could probably handle, but also by the John Woolfolk at the Mercury News, which is probably a bigger problem for Campos. The Chamber did a public records request from the County Office of Education’s audit of MACSA as MACSA was embezzling money from teachers… and it seems Campos was around when it all went down… (If you are interested, you can see the Chamber’s “op research” into the MACSA/Campos on the Merc’s website…)
and then this…
2.  DA Dolores Carr will (probably? maybe?) serve out the rest of her term, even as she looks for a temp-judge gig.  It seems rumors were swirling (or hopeful thoughts?) that she would leave early so Mr. Rosen can get in there… but we sense there are some hard feelings between Carr and Rosen so Carr is going to make him wait…
Story 1 + Story 2 = Flashback + Flashback…
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group held its Projections event yesterday at Santa Clara University… The Daily Fetch press credential must have gotten lost in cyberspace…
From the Leadership Group to the Chamber…
The Chamber endorsed Carly Fiorina.  We are certain that will tip the scales heavily toward Fiorina… among the 4 people that follow the Chamber’s statewide endorsements… We do have to wonder, however, is this was a quid pro quo for Fiorina speaking at a major Chamber event in April.
We love the juxtaposition of these two stories:
State Senator Elaine Alquist and State Assemblymember Jim Beall were in town yesterday to promise tougher state regulations about fire safety in schools.  (An issue they cared not a lick about until the Trace Elementary fire…)
and then there is this…
Perhaps it is because Alquist and Beall aren’t up there… (just kidding… we are certain they have absolutely nothing to do with the budget.)
Lots of grocery store news this week (PW closing, Safeway opening 2 new stores)… the Los Altos Safeway would like to double in size.  We’ll see what neighbors say…
Have a good weekend folks… 01…

Daily Fetch 8.27.10: Oakland’s “Big mistake. Big. Huge!”

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Baseball is back in the news today… and thank goodness.  Nothing says late August like baseball.  Today, Tracy Seipel in the Merc gives up update about where San Jose stands and where Oakland (and Fremont) don’t really stand.  The story includes some choice quotes from Mayor Chuck Reed sounding kind of excited about the prospect of traffic… In a second story, the South Bay’s biggest baseball booster Michael Mulcahy calls Oakland’s plans for a new baseball stadium “…entirely smoke and mirrors…”  (Which sounds a lot like the A’s line-up sometimes…)  In a third story today, Bruce Newman looks at Oakland’s efforts headed by Doug Boxer.  (Whose name sounds familiar…)  Boxer blames the A’s.  But perhaps he should look inside Oakland’s City Hall, where the story points out, “Unlike their counterparts down Interstate 880, the Oakland City Council has not yet voted to commit those [Redevelopment] resources to the team.”  As Julia Roberts said, “Big mistake… Big.  HUGE!”
There are a bunch of fires yesterday morning in San Jose.  This follows on the cut of 50 firefighters from the department because of budget constraints a few weeks ago.  (It also coincides with a vote on a pay cut that union members are taking today.)  So, today’s story is less about the fires and more about how the San Jose City Council has endangered everybody’s life in San Jose… according to the firefighters union and Councilmember Nora Campos…
Here’s an interesting story:  The Santa Clara Unifed School Board had quite a meeting last night.  You see, the usually quiet Board had apparently been investigating a colleague (Ina Bendis) for overstepping her role when she yelled at (and maybe threatened) a District employee… We are sorry we missed the meeting, because the Merc story describes an almost-fight that broke out between a Bendis supporter and former Superintendent Rod Adams.  The Board voted 6-1 to “scold” Bendis.  Rumors about Craig Mann and Ina Bendis going into business together are  unfounded…  In looking around the Internet for any information about Ina Bendis, we learned two things:  1.  She is up for re-election, which this public scolding will most definitely not help, and 2.  She has an unbelievably loud website.  Check it out…
The Merc’s Patty Fisher is about to get into a big fight with her Palo Alto neighbors.  She thinks the City ought to think twice about shunning a High-Speed Rail station.  Why?  Because not having a station ruined Macedonia… (It’s not what you think, but it is a good read…)
Los Altos can’t seem to stay out of the news.  We had the Packard Foundation vs. Los Altos dust-up.  We had a story about condos going up ‘downtown.’  Now we have a story about a nanny that stole a check from her employers and tried to cash the $18,500 check.  (Insert your joke here that the huge check stolen from someone from Los Altos didn’t bounce…)
That’s it for now.  Enjoy your day and your weekend…

Daily Fetch 8.26.10: Frickin’ “laser” beams…

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The airport in San Jose is new, but we are learning more and more strange news about the place everyday. Remember last week we learned that airlines are complaining that the place sort of smells like a sewer.  Now we learn that idiots on the ground during take off and landing are shining lasers at airplanes from the ground.  Who does this?
Team San Jose-Gate gets some more (virtual) ink on San Jose Inside… which, in turn, set off some funny (and perhaps insightful) comments…
Yesterday we wrote about how two government agencies (the City of San Jose and the County) punted two big issues (Team San Jose and the ambulance contract)… yesterday, another government agency, the County Board of Education, punted a censure of their colleague (Craig Mann) and instead just gave him a slap on the wrist for crazy emails he sent to the Superintendent.  Interesting, Craig Mann has local attorney Chris Schumb representing him…
Did you know that Santa Clara County was one of the first areas of the country to be really concerned (and tell people about) Salmonella?  We didn’t, but we do now.  It all happened a prom/graduation party this spring
You may remember a little dust-up in the usually-dust-up-free community of Los Altos between the Packard Foundation and the City of Los Altos.  It was about a payment the Foundation was supposed to be making to the City.  Don’t worry.  Cooler (and weathier) heads have prevailed.
The Foundation versus City issue wasn’t the only thing brewing in Los Altos… they also approved a condominium project for their downtown.  (You read that right…)
Mission City Lantern pays us a compliment, so thank you.  But you also compliment a blog that hasn’t been updated since May 18th (Politicon Valley).  James, you really think Politicon Valley is “underrated”?  You can’t even get rated unless you actually blog…
That is from the Merc Editorial today.  We would hate for anything to cross a “lone”…

Daily Fetch 8.12.10: C. Mann x 2 = More Merc Stories…

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Yesterday was the filing deadline for many local school board seats.  Of interest:  Bob Nunez, the former Superintendent in the East Side Union High School District, is running for a seat on the East Side Union High School District Board… Craig Mann, of “about-to-be-censured” and “Terry Gregory” fame, has a challenger named Angie Cardoza… And Cy Mann, of “Water Board member not paying water bills” fame, is running for school board but has two challengers… (The Merc loves writing about Cy Mann… and not in a good way for Mann.  He got his own story today.) More to come on these races no doubt… and probably more stories about both C. Manns…
From the Mountain View Voice, we learn that everyone must love the Mountain View Whisman School District because only the incumbents filed to run… how undemocratic!
Former prosecutor (and current Chief of Staff to Cindy Chavez) Ben Field left the DA’s office because ethical violations that caused the State Bar to suspend Field’s license for four years.  Today, we learn that Field’s appeal of that suspension to the California Supreme Court was not successful.  It looks like Cindy Chavez has a Chief of Staff for the next four years if she wants…
Here’s some good news if you love Hangar One (but hate the pricetag to restore it)… It looks like NASA may foot the bill
It has been a while since we wrote about abusive USA Swimming coaches… but there is another twist.  A new swimmer is filing a new suit against USA Swimming about a different local coach.  The rumors about USA Swimming moving their headquarters to the Vatican are probably not true…
The usually sleepy City of Los Altos finds itself in the news again today.  (Yesterday we learned about a brewing battle over the Packard Foundation’s new “campus”…)  Today’s story is more serious:  a 19 year old was found dead inside a car at a Los Altos gas station.
In the world of blogs…
San Jose Inside (The Fly) looks at the San Jose District 9 race pitting anti-gay activist Larry Pegram against school board member Don Rocha.  Specifically, The Fly looks at Mayor Chuck Reed’s endorsement of Pegram.  Even more specifically, The Fly references The Daily FetchWe’re famous!
Mission City Lantern takes a look at the recent political corruption dust-up in Milpitas… As you might expect, James doesn’t pull any punches.

Daily Fetch 8.4.10: Pensions, arbitrations, and pot – oh my!

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

San Jose had one hell of a City Council meeting yesterday.  As a divided City Council they said yes to a pension reform ballot measure, yes to a measure that would repeal binding arbitration for public safety unions, and yes to a medical marijuana tax… While yesterday was a marathon City Council meeting the real race will be the political sprint to November.  Expect fireworks… lots of them.
Here is some interesting political stuff from today’s Merc:  Cy Mann, who was given his seat on the Water District in February and now has to run for election in November, has always paid his Water District bill late.  And not just once, but a lot.  At one point they even had to visit his ranch to try to get him to pay… With customers like Mann, it is a wonder that the Water District can even have a bloated budget.  (Just kidding, that is a hat-tip to Scott Herhold…)
By the way, what is it about elected officials with the last name “Mann”?  They can’t seem to stay out of the newspaper… Craig and Cy…
In other election news, folks who live in the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District will be voting on a new parcel tax to help fund community colleges.  Following on the Community Colleges in San Mateo County, who (barely) passed a parcel tax in June, Foothill-DeAnza is breaking some new ground in our County with a Community College Parcel Tax…
Palo Alto has a measure on ballot that was put on by the firefighters’ union to prevent cuts to the fire department… now, “A group of former Palo Alto mayors and city councilmembers is mounting a campaign againstt he firefighters union ballot measure…”  The always-interesting side-note is that the head of the union in Palo Alto (Tony Spitaleri) is also a City Councilmember in Sunnyvale…
Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life is celebrating 50 years in operation.  Sal Pizarro at the Merc has the party details.  Everybody go get your ribs…
Speaking of food…
Supervisor Ken Yeager pushed earlier in the year to create a produce delivery service from local farmers to County workers… which seems all well and good.  Except the folks delivering the food to the County are actually from Salinas.  Supervisor Gage (not to mention County farmers) are none-too-pleased with what’s going on.  Thank you to the Morgan Hill Times for being on top of it all…
From the blogs about town:
We learn that former San Jose City Council candidate Aaron Resendez is still upset at the treatment he received from Councilmember Nora Campos’ Chief of Staff during the campaign.  (You remember the story.)
Dweeb.org (Jim Griffith) provides the full run-down (as always) of the last Sunnyvale Council meeting.  We would love Dweeb.org’s take on the goings-on with his colleague in Palo Alto.  That would be a blogerific post to read…

Daily Fetch 7.29.10: Baseball on hold, pot on ballot…

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

This is baseball week in San Jose… and as predicted the on-again-off-again stadium measure is off again.  But this time, MLB is on the hook for the campaign cost and San Jose has a solid timeline from MLB about when it will stop dragging its feet and make a decision about letting San Jose get the A’s…
In other news… a pot tax and a repeal of binding arbitration for public safety unions will head to the San Jose City Council next week and likely to the ballot in November.  Fireworks are about to commense…
Also, did anyone else notice the shine coming off Councilmember Pete Constant’s head during the online version of the Rules Committee meeting… plus the goatee… The rumor that Constant was the stand-in for Travolta on his latest movie is unconfirmed…
Speaking of Pete Constant… In the hard-copy version of the Metro, there was apparently a story that Julie Constant (Pete Constant’s wife) is running for Campbell Union Elementary School Board?  Is that right?  A tipster sent us that, but we’ll have to pick a copy up ourselves today…
Speaking of local Republicans… it seems Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado will be attending a fundraiser with none other than right-wing hero Andrew Breitbart.  If you don’t know who Andrew Breitbart is, you must have been on vacation the past few weeks…
More news about Craig Mann, the County Board of Education member that is facing censure from his colleagues… he also may be staring down a Brown Act violation, if San Jose Inside is correct… Is there a contested re-election run in his future?  The hard-copy of the Metro has some interesting things to say about it…
Here’s something to consider when you pull the level (or punch the screen or connect the line) and vote for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in November:  she is one of the 50 most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.  According to The Hill newspaper, Eshoo has a “Sophia Loren-esque look”…
If you care, and there are probably 7 or 8 of you that do, there is a race for Los Altos Hills City Council in November and the race seems pretty well set.  Three candidates for two seats…
We started with baseball and we’ll end with football:  the Mercury News editorial board has some advice for Mike Singletary… Seriously.

Daily Fetch 7.26.10: Chamber to Oppose Pot Tax?

Monday, July 26th, 2010

It is all baseball all the time in San Jose… Bud Selig is “disappointed” and “surprised” by San Jose’s push to go to voters to get approval for a baseball stadium in downtown San Jose.  Well Mr. Selig, suprised and disappointed is how many folks feel about your leadership at the helm of Major League Baseball.  With all due respect…
Well, it isn’t all about baseball, it is all about pot taxes too… San Jose may put a 10 percent pot tax on the ballot in November.  Some folks think 10 percent is too high… (Get it?  Too high…)  We’d love to see the Chamber of Commerce come out opposing the pot tax:  Pat Dando on the pro-pot side of things…
And while we don’t really know where Pat Dando at the Chamber is on the local (or the State) plans for pot… we do know where Merc colunmist Scott Herhold is:  Yes on Prop 19 (aka Prop 420)
Last week we learned that the Couty Board of Education was going to be the latest public agency to slap Craig Mann on the wrist as they were considering a censure motion brought by fellow board member Leon Beauchmon.  Well, the Board punted until August 25th — which is (not coincidently) beyond the date someone could file to run against Craig Mann, who is up for re-election — which has apparently not escaped the notice of Teresa Alvarado
Garlic ice cream.  Garlic chicken.  Garlic chefs. Garlic pie.  Garlic Festival
As an election nears to replace State Senator (now State Lt. Governor) Abel Maldonado, some news comes to light about a federal tax lien against Maldonado’s farming business.  Of course, Maldonado finds himself in a race with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to become elected (rather than appointed) to the Lt. Governorship.  The IRS has some pretty bad timing
On sad note, there was a fire in San Jose on Sunday morning that killed a young girl who was visiting from North Carolina.
On a final note:  Joseph George Fine Wines is turning 70… Which is great news if you like great wine.  And The Daily Fetch loves us some good wine, especially right after we hit “publish” at 9:01 a.m. every morning…

Daily Fetch 7.21.10: MLB and Pot Farms? Welcome to Oakland…

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Let’s start with baseball and San Jose.  Lew Wolff is still displeased and so are some vocal (and wacky) A’s fans who continue to hang anti-Lew Wolff signs at the Coliseum.  A new voice in Oakland is emerging trying to keep the A’s there: Doug Boxer.  If that last name sounds vaguely familiar it is because he has a famous mother.  Perhaps when she visits Silicon Valley to pick up her campaign checks, someone could ask her why San Jose doesn’t deserve a Major League Baseball team…
Perhaps this will help tilt things towards San Jose (and away from Oakland), from the Oakland Tribune:  Oakland approves plan to license medical marijuana farms
San Jose Inside has a scoop about the County Board of Education.  It seems Craig Mann is (perhaps) about to be censured by his colleagues for sending a series of emails to the Superintendent essentially calling him a racist.  The Daily Fetch can only think of one other elected official being censured in the recent past and his name started with an R and ended in a onGonzales.  Of course, Craig Mann’s name is generally attached to scandal, inappropriate behavior, and general shady-ness… Perhaps Terry Gregory can come to Mann’s defense…
The Port of Alviso.  Seriously, people are throwing money at the idea.  Actually, people like the Water District are studying it, but it doesn’t seem like the most practical idea, no matter what Water District Spokes Dude Rick Callendar says. There is a public meeting tonight about it, but we found a few facts interesting about this story from the Merc:
San Jose Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio (and Mayor Chuck Reed) – read this story from the Daily News:  Measure repealing binding arbitration could go before Palo Alto voters
While we’re on it:  Protect San Jose chimes in on a topical item today — San Jose Police Officers’ Association President George Beattie writes a few paragraphs about the contract that his members approved that will go to the San Jose City Council on August 3rd.
While we are there, it seems that Facebook is pissing off their neighbors close to the Stanford Research Park, and not just because everyone at Facebook is wearing jeans, driving with loud music on their radios, or playing frisbee outside, but because their shuttles are big, ugly, and dirty…
This is a story about Menlo Park, but it has a San Jose angle.  There was an anonymous lawsuit filed in Menlo Park against a development to bring a grocery store to town.  The settlement of the lawsuit:  ”…reduces the maximum square footage for a grocery from 51,000 to 32,000 square feet and prohibits self-checkout alcohol sales…”  Ok, you may say, but it’s Menlo Park, that’s how they roll… well, the only person that has become un-anonymous in the lawsuit is Tony Alexander, who is the United Food and Commercial Workers union guy in San Jose… hmmmmm…
The Merc Editorial Board would like Republican State Senate candidate Sam Blakeslee to debate his opponent John Laird somewhere open and in the public.  There are two debates scheduled, but one is only for members of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the other one is hosted by a group that hates John Laird.  If Lincoln and Douglas could do it, Blakeslee and Laird ought to be able to figure something out too…
A Googling Libertarian (with an apparent lazy streak, according to the Mountain View Voice story) is running for City Council in Mountain View…
And we wouldn’t want to go two days without someone, somewhere blasting High-Speed Rail.  This week it is Gilroy and their special Council meeting on the topic.  Mayor Al Pinheiro compared the train to the Berlin Wall… East Berlin never had outlets, however.

Daily Fetch 6.21.10: This is going to be a long day…

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Over the weekend, the was some news about some local elections… check it out here or read The Daily Fetch when you have nothing else to do on Saturday night… Either way…
Here’s a rumor we’ve been hearing about… Pattie Cortese may throw her hat in the ring against San Jose Councilmember Rose Herrera in 2 years.  This would match up well with the seemingly brewing re-ambition of Supervisor Dave Cortese to re-run for Mayor of San Jose in 4 years.
In other Internal Affairs news… the count on election night was very, very slow.  But anyone who was watching the results knows that.  If Supervisor Liz Kniss would like things to speed up, she should make an appointment to see San Mateo’s election chief Warren Slocum before he sails off into the sunset… he is the master counter, master web results guy, and all things technology and elections…
Here’s a headline that might sound like something you’ve read before:  Tempers flare on Santa Clara County school Board.  The County Board of Education is having all kinds of chaos between Board members and with their Superintendent.  It seems a few Board members (like Craig Mann) don’t like the Superintendent, and other Board members (like Leon Beauchmon) don’t like Craig Mann.  Isn’t this the same cast of characters that ran the last Superintendent out of town?
While we are talking schools… emboldened by San Mateo County Community College’s parcel tax victory in June, Foothill-DeAnza is planning their own parcel tax.
The Civil Grand Jury had some pretty negative stuff to say about the long-time Alviso representative on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Richard Santos.  If you know anything about Alviso you know about Vahl’s and you know about Dick Santos.  It seems the Civil Grand Jury has a problem with bringing home the bacon… but probably no problem with Vahl’s…
The Daily Fetch, and our previous iteration as Watch Dog Silicon Valley, had some not-so-nice things to say about Eddie Garcia, the Chief of Staff to Supervisor George Shirakawa, Jr. and the East Side Union High School Board member, but we also wish him well as he recuperates from a heart attack
Scott Herhold at the Merc fills us in on his daughter’s wedding… Scott Herhold at the Merc fills us in on his daughter’s wedding…
If you have thoughts about downtown Morgan Hill, you should call Barry Swenson, because he is redeveloping a chunk of it and wants to hear from you…
While we are in South County, a fourth middle school may be opened in the coming year in Gilroy Unified to alleviate overcrowding at the current three… And with school budgets so full of cash, it seems like a great time for more schools.
Oh, and today is the longest day of the year