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Daily Fetch 05.23.14: Mercury News Contributes to Van Le Campaign Mailer, Cortese Fundraising Momentum, and More Moronic Mud-Slinging in SJ D-5

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The GOP’s favorite ATM, Charles Munger Jr., joins the rest of the Billionaire Boy’s Club supporting Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo as Munger puts his money where his bowtie is and contributes to Sam, officially anointing him as the new GOP Darling.  The Local GOP Party Boss may have a kinship of sorts with GOP Darling Liccardo as apparently their Republican values align.




Speaking of GOP Darlings, Teresa Alvarado and her failed Supervisorial Campaign Flak, Jim Gonzalez are back in the news after she could not hold onto her mother’s former seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.  The FPPC confirms that the Alvarado campaign illegally attempted to coordinate with the SV Chamber of Commerce in their flailing attempt to defeat Cindy “Raise the Wage” Chavez.  The FPPC issued this edict to Gonzalez that details his violation and puts him on “Double-Secret Probation.”


Alvarado excerpt


Back to 2014 Campaign News

The Mercury News joining M8trix Casino in making campaign contributions to support their endorsed candidates, first revealed yesterday in a Daily Fetch Exclusive, did not stop with D-3’s Don Gagliardi.  SJ D-7 candidate Van Le is also a beneficiary of the Mercury News funding a political campaign mailer.

van le

As we reported yesterday, the Mercury News decision to financially support candidates and yet purport to be free of conflict of interest is absurd.  Today’s “editorial” is a prime example of why BANG needs to look in the mirror, like a giant Jumbotron mirror, and clean up its own ethically challenged glass house before throwing rocks at others.

For example, today the Merc attacks and tries to slime SJ Firefighters for mailing this campaign flyer below, which is a reprint of the flippin’ Mercury News praising Dave Cortese for bringing two warring factions together to solve a problem. (Thanks to our spies for sending this one in)



So, in their infinite wisdom, the Merc slimes themselves…FYI, if you see members of the Mercury News Editorial staff or upper management looking around aimlessly, in what appears to be treasure hunt, they may just be trying to find their moral compass, which has gone missing.

The Merc’s New Guy at City Hall gives a run down of the latest SJ Mayoral money race and Supervisor Dave Cortese has the momentum going into the final few days of the campaign.



Council Race Tallies

District 1

Paul Fong               $36,303.35

Chappy Jones        $19,978

Susan Marsland    $11,609

Bob Levy                 $3,643


District 3

Don Gagliardi        $30,870

Raul Peralez           $13,214

Kathy Sutherland  $18,508


District 5

Xavier Campos            $22,374.50

Magdalena Carrasco   $15,212


District 7

Maya Esparza       $8,990.30

Van Le                    $19,130

Tam Nguyen         $5,340

Buu Thai                $7,640


District 9

Don Rocha              $19,225

Lois Wilco-Owens $1,055


And yesterday, in the SJ D-5 city council race that is a poor excuse for a campaign and where charges are flying faster than Flo-Jo, both sides dumped a truckload of manure onto each other.  SJ Inside breaks the allegation from Magdalena “Filed your taxes lately?” Carrasco that her opponent, Xavier Campos, apparently, hired Inspector Clouseau to tail her to determine which house she actually lives in these days.

The Daily Fetch has obtained exclusive footage of the not so clandestine surveillance and the video can be seen here.

Not to be outdone, the labor-leaning, or shall we say falling over blog, TheLeftHook reveals that Magdalena Carrasco has failed to disclose who is paying her and how much she is being paid on FPPC Form 700’s.  According to the forms, Magdalena claims to have no income going back several years, but documents prove she was paid $30G’s as a “political consultant” and her LinkedIn account says she was employed with the Gardner Family Health Clinic (thanks to our spies for the tip).  Could it be that Magdalena did not file her income taxes as she didn’t do for 7-years in a row until compelled by the US Attorney.  Boy, lobbyist Aaron Resendez is looking real good these days.

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Angry parents and teachers go after the Santa Clara School Board in the latest tit-for-tat-for-tit-for-tat, neener, neener, neener, finger pointing nonsense from that school district.

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Daily Fetch 05.21.14: The Big Pension Lie, “Every Republican and Sam Are Crucial”, Audrie Pott’s Parents Slam Deputy Sheriff’s Association and Jail Guards for slimy mailer

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

“Every Republican Is Crucial” and Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo are two political action committees the latest Liccardo backer supports.  Raymond Bingham, from Woodside, dropped $9,400 to help mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo.




Apparently, Big money Bingham believes that Liccardo’s values align with his and the other beneficiaries of his largess.  They include: Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan and Michelle Bachmann, who both received money from the “Every Republican Is Crucial PAC”.  Liccardo is the new GOP Darling.

Not to be outdone by Sam’s GOP backers the Merc Editorial Board continues to pour it on for Liccardo as it prints yet another piece of his that propagates The Big Lie that city workers never offered legal pension reform.  A Big Lie that the Merc has continued to foster, perpetrate, disseminate and slime people with.  A lie conceived by Chuck Reed and applauded by the likes of Nguyen/Oliverio/Liccardo/Herrera.  A lie used as fact by former newsman and now opinion/columnist Scott Herhold, and trumpeted by Barbara Marshman and an editorial board that has lost its moral compass, if it ever had one.

Their strategy revolves around this:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

But here are the facts, thanks to our many spies and sources for pointing Fetch to these documents:

Mayor Reed and his cohorts continue to lie and say city workers never proposed pension reform.  That is untrue.  Here is one proposal from the a city union that legally would have brought down the cost of pensions and delivered on the promise to restore services.  It was rejected in favor of the disastrous Measure B.

Mayor Reed and his cohorts continue to lie and say the po-po and firefighters never proposed pension reform. That is untrue.  Here is one proposal from the po-po and firefighters that legally would have brought down the cost of pensions and kept hundreds of po-po from leaving.  It was rejected in favor of the disastrous Measure B.

In fact, the combined pension cost savings of the two proposals above would have dwarfed the $25 million in savings being trumpeted by the “push on with Measure B crowd.”



Reed and his cabal wanted it their way and it has ended in a train wreck, but that does not stop the folks below from continuing The Big Lie. 




Fetch hopes this teachable moment was enjoyed by our loyal readers and that as your parents have told you, some more than others, honesty is the best policy.

Want to make sure a contentious issue and vote does not impact your election chances?  Do what the San Jose City Council does best: delay, obfuscate, punt, push aside, squirm and eventually schedule the ban pot shop vote on election day.  After another excruciating marathon of blathering by everyone, and their mother, about the pros and cons of weed consumption, the council tabled the item until June 3rd.  Profiles in courage for sure.

In their quest to run out the clock and not have to cast a vote on pot shops in San Jose neighborhoods the council even made sure to stop the proceedings and allow, His Royal Highness Carl Guardino to butt in line and talk up his tax measure, because he is a busy guy.  The Merc’s New Guy at City Hall had this Tweet describing the odd event.


While others running for San Jose Mayor are doing so by running from their record, County Supervisor Dave Cortese and his colleague Supervisor Ken Yeager offered a proposal to establish a living wage ordinance for employees doing work for the County.  Supervisor S. (S is for Secret) Joe Simitian had this to say about the proposed ordinance:

“This is thought of as a very progressive agenda,” he said, “but in many ways it’s the most old-fashioned Norman Rockwell vision of community that you could conjure up.”

SJ Inside’s Jen Wadsworth pulls out a can of whoop-ass and sprays down the County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Jail Guards who make up the Kevin Jensen campaign brain-trust.  These Keystone Kops, and whatever numskull is advising them, thought it was a good idea to spread lies about County Sheriff Laurie Smith and attribute those lies to the parents of Saratoga’s Audrie Pott, who tragically took her own life after being sexually assaulted by classmates.

Wadsworth’s story highlights include:

But the mailer crossed a line, according to the Pott family, when it cited a 2013 Rolling Stone article that reported Smith lost evidence in the Pott social media bullying and rape case, which eventually led to the defendants walking away with minimal sentencing.

“That’s ridiculous,” said Larry Pott, Audrie’s father. “Absolutely ridiculous. They’re talking about a justice issue, something that happened in court. This had nothing to do with the sheriff.”

“I can tell you specifically that no evidence was ‘lost’ nor did anyone ‘walk free,’” she said. “The light sentences were handed out by Judge Jesus Valencia, not the sheriff. The flyer was so bad that we really felt we had to speak out. …We will not allow our family to be a part of a political campaign that spreads lies, or any political campaign, for that matter.”

And if that were not enough bad news for the circular-firing squad helping Jensen, the Los Altos Town Crier endorses Sheriff Laurie Smith for re-election and says:

“Smith has overseen major transitions in the office, which reassumed responsibility for managing the jails a few years ago. There is a significant realignment underway as convicts who were once sent to state prison are now being transferred to county jails. So far, she’s managed the shuffle to avoid jail overcrowding effectively while not releasing any prisoners prematurely. The transition, she said, saves taxpayers $10 million a year. Based on her experience, she is best suited to continue the oversight.”

The new CEO of the Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Construction & Building Trades Council, Josue Garcia wants to lobby real bad, but he needs an exception to the current law that bans former San Jose city staffers from wielding undue influence over current city staffers until 2 years have lapsed since being on the public dime.  The request goes before the rules committee today.

What the frack?  Santa Cruz County is the first California jurisdiction to ban fracking for oil.  Hydraulic fracking is a technique that trashes the environment by blasting chemicals and water into the ground to unlock oil and gas underground.  KQED has the story.

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Daily Fetch 05.16.14: Merc Ed Board sinks to new low, What’s the connection between Liccardo/Macaca/Allen? and Two more homicides in SJ

Friday, May 16th, 2014

What depths will SVLG’s Carl Guardino go to help his bikeride-buddy Sam Liccardo?  The latest fat cat corporate donor to the Super-GOP-PAC clogging mailboxes in San Jose is none other than SF’s Ronald Conway, to the tune of $10,000.

Conway supported Virginia’s George Allen, you remember him, he’s the GOP guy who called a dark skinned campaign volunteer for his opponent “Macaca.”  Conway is supporting Sam in the same way he has supported the Republican National Committee and a list of right-wing candidates longer than both your arms.

Looks like Sam Liccardo is the GOP’s choice.

More po-po patrolling San Jose streets or some cameras and “technology” to fight crime is apparently the main difference between SJ mayoral candidates when it comes to protecting our neighborhoods…What do you think the latest SJ homicide victims would have voted for?  San Jose chalked up its 16th and 17th homicides last night, one stabbed and one shot.  Keep it classy SJ.

And just to make a day complete in SJ, this burglar chose the wrong house to break into. A martial arts/MMA teacher stopped at his home to pick up his uniform with his 5-year old daughter in tow and confronted the burglar, he busted some Kung-Fu Fighting on the crook and his neighbors called 911 and the po-po hooked the thug up.

The absolute slimy bias that permeates from the Barbara Marshman run Merc Editorial Board is on full display today with this deceitful, deceptive and down-right dirty screed that purports to go after Matrix Casino but is really a sneak attack on Dave Cortese.  The editorial is so chock full of omissions and misrepresentations that it may get the Golden Hatchet award for, well, the biggest hatchet job of the year.  Marshman will write, or in this instance, won’t write anything to hurt her crush, Liccardo get elected…for instance:

If facts, votes or context don’t fit the narrative that Liccardo can walk on water, well too bad, because it ain’t making onto the editorial pages.  Pathetic.

At last, the final installment of the Merc’s New Guy at City Hall profile pieces of the serious SJ mayoral candidates, and Rose.  Today’s piece features hard to take too serious Pierluigi Oliverio, ‘nuff said as a picture is worth a thousand words…Oliverio is a big kid now!



Sheriff Smith is in a tough re-election race against an opponent.

The top two candidates seeking the GOP nomination embarrassed themselves yesterday when they conducted a screaming match debate on a south bay shock-jock radio station.  The SF Chron’s Carla Marinucci described the idiocy in this way:

Neel Kashkari and San Bernardino County Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, held their first and only debate in the equivalent of a clown car — a shock jock radio show.

SJ Inside provides embattled Judge Diane Ritchie’s apologist, Rich Robinson, space to play Carnac the Magnificent and he goes way out on a limb to predict that Dave Cortese will win the June primary with either Madison “All Hat, No Cattle” Nguyen or Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo placing second.  Robinson then goes way, way out there and predicts that neither Rose nor Pier will be Mayor.  Insightful stuff.

And a new poll released today confirms Carnac, or umm, Robinson’s prediction just may come true.

D-9’s Don Rocha gets the nod from Metro in his re-election bid against an opponent who may be in need of some therapy after the election….hey, maybe she can just talk to herself?

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Daily Fetch 05.08.14: SJ Mayoral Debate Cliff Notes, Controversial Rocketship Vote Tonight, and Oliverio’s Dirty X-X-X Campaign

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

KTVU-2 reports that the four serious candidates for SJ Mayor and Rose “Colonel Sanders” Herrera, who isn’t taken serious, had another Mike Honda type of “debate” last night about affordable housing.  Debate Cliff Notes: Pier “Mayor Sweatpants” Oliverio wants new taxes to fund housing for poor folks, Madison “C’est Moi” Nguyen and Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo want to tack on more fees to the price of homes to make them more affordable (Fetch knows, it doesn’t make any sense to us either), and Dave “I need caffeine” Cortese wants to squeeze the State for more money.

Scott “tool time” Herhold continues his bromance with “Cheaties” Liccardo in this piece that says the dirty politics of the Pat Dando era are over.  Clearly, Scottie has not seen this dirty piece of mail sent by “Mayor Sweatpants” Oliverio that’s X-rated.



The Merc reports that Mary-Jane grow houses are sprouting up here, there, and everywhere in San Jose and with the elimination of the Narcotics Covert Investigations unit, another casualty of the Reed-Herrera-Liccardo-Nguyen-Oliverio public safety purge, it appears all the city can do is watch them go up in smoke when they catch fire.

Tough to recruit candidates to become SJPD officers when the po-po that graced SJPD recruiting posters resigns to go be a po-po in another city.  NBC Bay Area has this report about Sgt. Cusseaux leaving for Atherton and pointing a big finger (you can guess which one) at City Hall.



The daily prints this op-ed, from a Rocketship charter school parent and principal urging approval of another suspect charter, that is heavy on the ethnic make up of students and teachers and light on student performance, teacher to student ratio’s and other concerns brought to light by this report from the district’s Superintendent.  The Superintendent’s report should serve as a tall glass of cold water tossed in the faces of the school board members about what is really in the best interests of students and their families, we shall see who wilts under the pressure applied by the Rocketship Lobbying Machine…

  • Not a single Rocketship school has met the required federal benchmarks under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in English, and only 2 out of 7 schools meet the requirements for math.
  • Rocketship’s test scores have shown significant declines over time
  • The Student to Teacher Ratio Stated in the Petition Is Misleading.
 Rocketship uses strange math and hand waiving to claim a student to teacher ratio of 28:1.  The simple fact is that their schools have 630 students, and 16 teachers.  No amount of rotation or teacher aids can cover the fact that 630 divided by 16 is a ratio of 40:1.

JK from SJI certainly does put embattled Judge Diane Ritchie’s record under the microscope and it is clear she is in over her head.  Although a much more balanced piece versus the Merc crusade launched against Ritchie, reading it makes one cringe over the asinine actions taken by the good hearted Judge.

Local Democrats are praying that what is happening on a national level with the US Chamber of Commerce plays out in Silicon Valley.  At the national level, the Chamberistas have been slapping the Tea Party nut-jobs around and winning primary races that pit somewhat normal Republicans (the Jim Cunneen’s of the GOP) versus loony-toon Tea Party Republicans (All the rest of the GOP).  We wonder if the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber is taking notice…

California Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur, who is running on a clean up Sacramento campaign platform, got loaded a long time ago and crashed his car into another car, hurt some folks and was arrested for a DUI.  A couple of years later he got loaded again and got popped for another DUI.  Schnur spent some time in the pokey, paid some fines and says he’s not had a drink in 20-years.  It is time to clean up Sacramento!

Palo Alto may go be going greener with this proposal to require all new development in the city to install electric vehicle chargers.

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Daily Fetch 03.27.14: HolYee Shi#, Ro’s Dirty Trick, and Century Domes No More?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

When it comes to restaurants, skyline, culture and, apparently, political corruption, Silicon Valley can’t compete with San Francisco.  Senator Leland Yee’s House of Cards came tumbling down for…Gun running, really?  In Silicon Valley, it was some meals, golfing, gambling, and stamps but in San Francisco it was automatic weapons, murder for hire, extortion, drugs, gang hits…you name it!  That damn SF.


To read excerpts of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation not Fetch Bureau of Investigation) affidavit go here.

For an international take on Yee’s arms for campaign cash catastrophe go here. Well, it’s a Canadian news story so international is a stretch.

Congressional wanna-be Ro Khanna is being accused of a pretty dirty Nixonian political trick by Jeffrey Wald, a GOP muckity-muck from Fremont.  In the lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court, Wald alleges that Khanna orchestrated two late-comers into the contentious congressional race to split the GOP vote and help Ro finish second to Mike Honda.  If true, Ro’s not Khanna make it to DC.

Maybe Ro’s alleged dirty trick is one more reason why Mike Honda wants to stay out of the debate ring with Khanna??

Jennifer Wadsworth’s days at SJ Inside are clearly numbered because this depiction of the candidates in the 25th State Assembly District was such a excellent read that she will use it to apply for a job at a daily and get it.  All in the Fetch newsroom enjoyed this balanced, insightful and spot-on story.  We will miss you, Jen!

The Rotary Club of SJ and County Supervisor Dave Cortese have re-kindled the spark that will ignite Fireworks in SJ this 4th of July.  The Merc’s Eric Kurhi illuminates us on the topic.  The Merc Ed Board weighs in as well…they just could not find it in them to mention Supervisor Cortese’s efforts to bring back the family oriented event, gee, we wonder why?

$31.71 per hour is what it takes to afford a 2-bedroom apartment in Silicon Valley. The SV Biz Journal walks us through the facts about just how expensive it is for working families left at the curbside in this latest economic boom.

And just in time to chronicle the bulldozing of the mid-century modern Century Theaters on Winchester, TheSanJoseBlog announces San Jose’s Preservation Action Council(PAC*SJ) is hosting their 2014 Historic Photo Contest.   Those pesky folks at PAC*SJ that want to preserve the local heritage are not going down without a fight and are organizing through FB and other social media to Save the Domes!

Oooooh, that smell!  The operators of the Newby Island dump, Republic Services, are being accused of not paying their recycle workers a living wage as mandated by their contract with the City of San Jose.  Another stinky episode emitting from the dump that’s turning up a whole bunch of noses and reeks of corporate greed.

The person stabbed to death in San Jose, oh, sorry, there have been so many, this one was on March 19th, has been identified.  Mark Gomez from the daily has the story.

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Daily Fetch 03.25.14: Liccardo and that awful male shrinkage, Honda Dodging Debates, and Stamp-gate trial won’t be delivered until September

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Is Councilmember Johnny Khamis behind the scenes manipulating what happens with another rink, this time ice?

In the race to replace Lame (Duck) Chuck Reed the top three money raisers are in the inverse order of how they will probably finish in June.  “Cheaties” Liccardo’s lead has shrunk as Nguyen and Cortese have closed the gap and PLO is trending in the right direction.  The Merc’s New Guy at City Hall has the details.

Liccardo, down in all polls won’t like this news.  He will appear dead last on the ballot in June.  The Secretary of State announced ballot placement last week and the news is not good for a candidate with big bucks and a whole bunch of ground to make up.  Most studies say ballot placement can be a 2% to 5% advantage or disadvantage from the top to the bottom.  Oliverio will be on top, then Cortese, Herrera, Nguyen and on the bottom “Cheaties” with the also-rans interspersed throughout.

Clearly this poor soul may have been watching a replay of a SJ Mayoral debate since she fell asleep on a Caltrain and woke up alone and in need of assistance well past her scheduled stop.  NBC Bay Area reports on the sleepy tale here.

Speaking of narcolepsy inducing political debates, SF Chron’s Carla Marinucci reports on Congressman Mike Honda dipping and dodging a true Lincoln-Douglas type of grudge match with his main opponent Ro Khanna.  Marinucci spells out the pitfalls and pluses Honda is weighing as he says no to debates and yes to forums…

The Stamp-gate case involving the locked-up former County Supervisor George Shirakawa got kicked until sometime in September.  SJ Inside’s JK has the entire scoop about the costs, consequences and conundrums of this sorry episode.  He also pokes a friendly stick at the Merc’s TracEy Kaplan for sneakily mooching off of a PRA submitted by SJI.

A new study evaluating Charter School performance throughout California was released and it’s a mixed bag at best for the charter movement.  Some demographic groups struggle at charter schools and the lower the grades the better off students perform with high schools being the weakest performers.

Here is a winning combination of ideas being spouted by GOP Gubernatorial also-ran Neil Kash-and-Carry: Fracking the environment, corporate tax hand-outs, and bashing workers.  Neil Kash-and-Carry is a real breath of fresh air from those tired GOP platforms of the past…sheesh.

Political prognosticator Nate-Silver (not to be confused with the SV Biz Journal’s Nate-Dog), who famously predicted how every state in the union would vote in the last presidential election, has panicked Democrats with his latest forecast that Republicans are now favored to take back the US Senate.  Of course, Nate is not always on top of his game as his NCAA March Madness picks tanked this year.

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Daily Fetch 03.17.14: Marshman to the Rescue, The GOP Loves Guns, and Chuck E. Cheapskate loses and wins one all in a day…

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The Merc’s fair and balanced Barb Marshman was on display again yesterday when she printed “condensed” answers from San Jose’s 4 major candidates for Mayor and Rose Herrera, culled from a recent debate.  Problem is, she just could not help herself from helping Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo by making sure he got the lions share of space in her version of events.

Liccardo received 75 lines in the piece for a total of 453 words.

Cortese received 55 lines in the piece for a total of 378 words.

Nguyen received 51 lines in the piece for a total of 367 words.

With Liccardo down in every poll, even his own, Barb gives him 20% more space and is ginning up the mother of all editorial endorsements for “Cheaties” as sure as the sun comes up tomorrow…Barb is coming to the rescue…Crash, Bam, Boom Bang, Koolaid’s here.

PIO Barabara Marshman

California’s Grand Old Party, (picture gun-toting, abortion opposing, immigrant bashing crowd) cheered loudest for their Gubernatorial frontrunner…Tim Donnelly.  He’s the one that just lost his campaign manager last week and apparently lost his mind while trying to board a plane with a gun.  We just love right-wing Republicans, they provide so much copy.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Tip a pint, or more, of Guinness today as they take a stand against bigotry and pull out of the NY St. Paddy’s Day Parade because the parade won’t let our gay and lesbian friends identify themselves to the public when they march.

Chuck Reed’s 2014 pension dreams are all wet now that a court has ruled against his lame attempt to overturn the fair and unbiased title and summary assigned by our Hottie AG Kamala Harris.  The ruling itself is a primer for those on San Jose’s city council that still want to flush money down the Measure B litigation toilet, as it spells out in no uncertain terms that the city is holding a losing hand in any appeal of Judge Lucas’s ruling striking down the main elements of Measure B.

Hey, but Reed did win one court case last week!!  Chuck E. Cheapskate, the name “Tool time” Herhold coined for Reed during the 2006 SJ mayoral election where he was caught red handed spending taxpayer dollars unethically and had to pay the $38G’s back…remember that?  Well, last week Reed won his appeal of a $1 dollar fine lodged by the FPPC for funneling $100G’s to help Rose Herrera during the 2012 election cycle.  Great job Chuck E.

What…Reed, Nguyen and Liccardo lying about the cost to San Jose of implementing the minimum wage increase, no way?  Way.  SV Biz Journal’s Laruen Hepler calls Reed and those that opposed increasing the minimum wage a few bucks bullshi**ers for just flat out making things up to ensure more residents live in poverty.

The reverberations of Reed Hastings wanting to do away with democratically elected school boards, continues.  This op-ed in the Merc by SF Unified School Board Member Matt Haney smacks the Netflix CEO right in the kisser, Reed should stream Tommy Boy to see how much damage it has caused him.

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Daily Fetch 03.10.14: SJ Mayoral Field is Set, Herhold causes an earthquake, and Jeff “I am the law” Rosen scores a win…

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The field is set for the San Jose Mayor’s race as the filing deadline came and went this past Friday.  NBC Bay Area’s Larry Gerston runs through the field of serious candidates.  The daily also provides a list of most of the city council candidates that will be on the ballot.

It was no accident that last night there was a rather large earthquake in Northern California.  Clearly God wanted to demonstrate his, or her, displeasure with the Merc’s Scott “Mighty Mouse” Herhold using the words FACT CHECK in any of his opinion pieces that make it to print.  You see, checking facts is not one of Herhold’s strong suits…

Scott “Mighty Mouse” Herhold, doing his best to save the day for ABC (Anyone But Cortese) tries to take the County Supervisor to task over Measure B and the “$20 million in savings” being claimed by its backers.  Cortese says that Measure B was unnecessary to achieve those saving, Herhold says Measure B was necessary for those savings…Who’s right?


Cortese is silly, the city council suspended payment of the “13th check”, a major portion of the disputed $20 million in savings on October 26, 2010, which was like 20-months before Measure B was even on the ballot.

As for Cortese’s assertion that San Jose’s crime rate is rising at an alarming rate, “Mighty Mouse” Herhold put his journalistic investigative skills into overdrive and found a few other cities with crime rates climbing at a faster rate.   Remember, there are like 500 other cities in California alone.

What Cortese should have quoted was Herhold’s own paper that recently reported in one of its crime is out of control in San Jose stories:

Just how bad has crime gotten in San Jose? Once known as America’s Safest Big City, the capital of Silicon Valley has a higher crime rate than California or the United States as a whole, while the city’s police force is catching half as many criminals as it did just a few years ago.

What Herhold did get right in his FACT CHECK (did you just feel the earth move again?) story is that Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo has been lying about his past.  Every time he talks about growing up in San Jose he is “reinventing” his biography…Liccardo grew up in Saratoga…Saratoga Sam, has a ring to it, no?

Saratoga Sam Liccardo

The Lord Mayor of Dublin rode around on a bike in DT San Jose this past weekend. Who cares?

Dublin’s Mayor (Oisin Quinn not Tim Sbranti) may have rode past many of the new restaurants popping up in DTSJ.  The SV Biz Journal gives us a run down of what’s new on the local food scene.

Chuck Reed’s recent visit to Santa Rosa to try and sell his pension snake-oil has met opposition…from the facts.  This Press Democrat piece provides a dose of reality to those wanting to strip retirement security from workers using bogus and now disproven scare tactics.

Jeff “I am the law” Rosen’s cold case unit scores a major win as the mysterious quilt turned into a magic carpet and brought additional scrutiny to a case that has led to the apprehension of suspects in a murder case long dormant.

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Daily Fetch 03.07.14: The Great SJ Mayoral Debate, MACSA is a Mess and We Spent a Week in Traffic Last Year…

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Exclusive San Jose Mayoral Debate Analysis 

There was a San Jose Mayoral debate this week hosted by the SVLG and moderated by the Merc’s Barb Marshman.  We know, hardly anyone else knew about it either.  This is the first debate between the candidates after a recent poll showed Dave Cortese leading the pack with Madison Nguyen in second and Oliverio and Liccardo in a virtual tie for third.

SJ Master Debators

If you weren’t invited to the Fetch debate watch party or our roundtable discussion following the debate to discuss the winners, whiners and losers, here are the key takeaways:

It was a collegial affair that was about as exciting as clipping your toenails.  Is this really the best San Jose can do?

Rose Herrera

All one has to do is watch the opening of the debate to see what Rose Herrera is all about.  The Host, and bike ride buddy to Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo, Carl Guardino introduces the candidates in alphabetical order and asks them to take a seat on the stage.  First up, Dave Cortese.  Dave walks past Carl and sits in the furthest chair.  Next up is Rose Herrera.  She walks on stage and instead of going to the next furthest chair she plops down in the middle chair, front and center.  Anyone who has worked with Rose knows she must be the center of attention…

Rose’s actual debate performance was good and she only made one mistake in our esteemed panel’s view (esteemed panel=interns).  She talked about being the only candidate for Mayor that has run a business.  Not true, Cortese has and still does run a business and Rose actually ran her business into the ground.  Other than that one mistake she was cogent and did well.

Pier Oliverio

Mistake free and folksy delivery of what he believes in.  If he were running for Mayor of Technology City he would cruise to victory.  He was smart, funny, and should be happy with his performance.  BTW, he looks way better in a suit and tie and clean-shaven versus his infamous sweatpants and Abe Lincoln phase.

Pierluigi Oliverio as Abe Lincolin

Oliverio opposes inclusionary housing and was articulate as to why.  He is a big proponent of housing on transit corridors and wants San Jose to change its City Charter to a semi-strong Mayor format that would allow the Mayor to hire and fire the Planning Director and we presume other department heads that are not cutting it.

All in all, a good job.

Dave Cortese

Clearly, the adult in the room.  He has improved since his 2006 Mayoral run where he was as wooden as Al Gore in many of the debates and forums.

Cortese explained his positions with examples of key votes he took such as the swing vote to approve the EIR for BART and his opposition to 90% pensions for public safety workers, he even rattled off the date of that vote (BTW, Chuck voted yes).  When Liccardo tried to attack Dave over BART (the only attack of the entire debate) Cortese smacked him down without breaking a sweat.

Dave pointed out several times that San Jose is not as safe as it once was and that all one has to do is look at his opponents actions on the council as to why.  Very good performance for Dave.

Sam Liccardo

No mistakes with a crowd that he is working overdrive to please. Heavy emphasis on technology as a tool to improve city government and understands the jobs to housing imbalance must be addressed.  He also said no development in Coyote and no more conversion of industrial land to housing.

Our roundtable experts all concluded that Sam tries too hard, he comes off as smarmy and is always looking for a quip or funny line instead of just talking from the heart.

Not a bad performance but for someone with ground to make up he should try to make more sharp distinctions with his opponents.

Madison Nguyen

If her goal was to be likeable, then she succeeded.  Her immigrant story is compelling and she did well.  She politely disagreed with Oliverio over affordable inclusionary housing as she is a supporter and Oliverio is not but did it in a manner where she did not look mean.

Her only mistake was saying she opposes converting industrial land to housing because she has voted many times to do just that.  She tripled down on Measure B and pension reform but did distance herself from Mayor Reed by saying her administration would make SJ more business friendly.


The only slight scuffle was over public safety and Measure B.  Cortese said the council knew Measure B was illegal and went ahead with it anyway and that has led to hundreds of po-po bailing and made SJ neighborhoods less safe.

The other contenders defended their pension position by saying they did what they needed to do to curb rising pension costs.  Other than that minor scuffle no other fireworks.

Winner: Nguyen

Runner up: Cortese

Honorable Mention: Oliverio


Onward to other happenings

Can MACSA ever turn its fortunes around?  Well, certainly not if its leadership, past and present, can’t handle their finances.  The Merc’s Joe Rodriguez reports that the troubled non-profit is taking that moniker way too seriously as it struggles to stay solvent.

Lame Duck Chuck Reed released his 2014 March Budget Message with a whimper yesterday.   The Merc’s New Guy at City Hall covered it but it looked eerily like last year’s coverage from the Old Guy at City Hall so we linked to his 2013 March Budget Message story instead.

The countdown to the closure of DTSJ’s Safeway mini-store has started as Ceberus put down $9 billion to buy the struggling grocery chain.

Another arsonist in SJ?  A man and woman were burned in a fire that is being looked at by arson investigators.

The SV Biz Journal tells us that traffic in SF and SJ shot up 23% last year, this means you spent a full week in traffic last year.  It is an informative and depressing read.

San Jose keeps up its Don Quixote or Barney Fife (depending on who you talk to) quest for the Oakland A’s as it asks the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate its lawsuit against Major League Baseball that was recently tossed out by Judge Ronald Whyte last year.

Feeling ever confident with the latest legal wranglings over where his team will play in the future, A’s co-owner Lew Wolff wants to build a pop-up stadium for the team to play on a temporary basis.

Forbes tells us where the best and, well, yuckiest tech cafeterias are in Silicon Valley.  See which tech companies provide its employees bowling alleys, video games, climbing walls, and fitness centers to keep them happy along with food that is a tad better in some locations.

SJ Inside provides some household tips to cut water consumption by 20% and reminds everyone that, duh, there’s a drought.

The South First Friday Art Walk in San Jose is tonight.   Check TheSanJoseBlog for the deets.

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Daily Fetch 03.06.14: Braunstein Ballot Box-Stuffing Bruhaha, Sheriff Smith Crushing Kevin, and Judge Whyte Shoots Down NRA…

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Sheriff Laurie Smith is administering a major beat down to her opponents on the ballot and to their backers as well.   A poll released by Smith’s political muse, Rich Robinson, shows her dominating Kevin Jensen and the other also ran in her race for re-election 58%-15%-6%.  Kaboom!  For the disgruntled deputy sheriff’s and jail guards who are “all in” for Jensen, reading this poll had to be the equivalent to getting kicked in the you know what.  Let’s see how much money these misguided souls waste on their boondoggle trying to unseat Smith.

Cal-High’s Robert Braunstein, a Fetch Fan BTW, sent us a brief explanation of the “process” that led to Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo getting the nod from his group in D-10.

There were more votes than people in the room because there were several proxy votes counted included those submitted by Brian O’Neal and his family which went to Dave Cortese. 

We did offer opportunities for other candidates to interview but as they did with the Central Committee they also denied our request. Sam received better then the 2/3 vote needed on the first ballot.

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The problem with this explanation is that several Mayoral candidates have contacted the Fetch to say they were never invited to participate and, apparently, Braunstien left a few other details out of his explanation of the vote fix controversy.

Civil Rights advocate and all around good egg Kathleen Flynn disagrees with Braunstein’s Ballot Box-Stuffing Bruhaha Blather as she posted her first hand take on the very undemocratic democratic club vote to the Daily Fetch Facebook page:


Robert Braunstein

Mr. Vote-Burglar, a poll tax, really?  Clearly, this bogus process was set up as a pay back for the Mayoral Cheater (Liccardo) supporting the D-10 Dem Club Endorsement Cheater (Braunstein) in his failed campaign for city council two years ago.

Facebook goes all Michael Douglas in “American President” on guns with its new limits on ads pushing the sale of assault weapons, bazookas, and other weapons that they hope will appease po-po groups and other gun control advocates.  Engadget has the story.

Facebook’s new ad policy comes on the heals of U.S. District Judge Ron Whyte upholding Sunnyvale’s ban on gun magazines that hold more than 10-bullets.  The voter-approved ban goes into effect today.  The NRA has vowed to appeal.

Why is there a need for common sense gun control you may ask?  Ummm…well, you could ask these San Jose pharmacy employees who got robbed at gunpoint in what is becoming an all too common event in SJ.

The El Paso Times says it’s official; County Not-So-Superintendent De La Torre is off to Texas.

SJ Councilmember Johnny Khamis, apparently feeling the need to say something stupid about housing the homeless, did.  “There should be a less expensive way to house them without hospital emergency rooms,” Khamis said to the Merc’s Carol Rosen. Huh?  This quote reminds the Fetch of a former GOP pol and his foot in mouth disease, we miss him dearly. (Hang in there for the full minute ‘cuz it’s funny.)

Palo Alto will make it more expensive to stay the night if voters approve an additional 2% be added to the current 12% hotel tax that was put on the ballot by the city council.

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