Posts Tagged ‘dweeb.org’

Daily Fetch 2.6.12: Super Bowl Monday Holiday?

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Happy Super Bowl Monday… Why isn’t this day a national holiday?

In a related story, folks in San Francisco are finally (finally?) coming to grips with the fact that the 49ers are actually leaving San Francisco. Willie Brown puts the final nail in SF’s coffin.

An IBM analysis of San Jose’s Police Department and Fire Department was released on Friday essentially saying that San Jose’s “public safety departments are overstaffed and inefficient…” We hope this prompts Protect to write, but we doubt it will

Two of Silicon Valley’s most prominent labor leaders, Neil Struthers and Cindy Chavez use the occassion of the terrible death of a construction worker in Milpitas to talk about the benefits of unions.

To the blogs…

In case you’re wondering what happened at the January 31st City Council meeting in Sunnyvale, Dweeb.org has the run-down…

We anxiously await Protect San Jose’s Council Watch… again. (In case you’re wondering, it’s been a month since the feature appeared on Protect…)

 

Daily Fetch 9.27.11: SJ’s solar project in doubt? Damn you Solyndra!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Did you know the President slept in San Jose this week?  Well, it’s true. San Jose Inside said so. Probably not as exciting as having Bill Clinton “sleep” at the Fairmont, but pretty exciting nonetheless…
Speaking of the President:  More and more news about Solyndra is leaking out, and it ain’t good for anyone in the industry.  One company that it is most certainly not good for is SolarCity, whose federal government loan guarantee is now in doubt… Why is that important? Because the City of San Jose is about to approve a big solar contract with SolarCity at today’s City Council meeting… Oops.
To the blogs…
For those (3) of you interested in what is happening at today’s Sunnyvale City Council meeting, please visit Dweeb.org for a “Council Preview“… (Don’t all click at once…)
Speaking of not clicking through… San Jose Inside features a piece from San Jose Councilbeard Pierluigi Oliverio about San Jose’s form of government
While Protect San Jose often does have content that entice a click-through, they haven’t posted since September 16th… We miss you…
Finally, James at Mission City Lantern is posting stuff if you are interested… he also has a new template he’s testing out.

Daily Fetch 9.15.11: So sad. So long Bill Neukom.

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Good morning friends.  There’s some good news for the San Jose A’s today… Bill Neukom, the most vehement San Jose-hater in the Giants’ organization is out… Don’t let the door hit you on the way out…
Speaking of real jerks… the guy that was stockpiling explosives in his Japantown home in San Jose is a convicted felon.  Shocking?  If you outlaw explosives, only outlaws will have explosives…
The Green Economy is having a really shitty week.  Solyndra, once the darling of the Bay Area Green Economy is now in the hot seat in Congress
Cost overruns on a public building project?  Say it ain’t so… Palo Alto is the latest City dealing with overruns on their new library and community center… and the City Council is pissed.  Not pissed enough to cut off funding, but pissed enough to actually provide a little oversight now…
To the blogs…
Protect San Jose… they are still commemorating Sunday’s 9/11 anniversary with a week-old post from San Jose Councilmember Ash Kalra.  We await their response to Scott Herhold’s dressing-down of Pete Constant…
Dweeb.org has a run-down of the September 13th Sunnyvale City Council meeting.  Of course, we had a reporter there, so we don’t need no stinking run-down
We’re never sure exactly what James at Mission City Lantern is talking about… but we are certain is has to do with San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim.

Daily Fetch 8.16.11: Google hearts Motorola (and Dweeb.org)…

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Big news on the local/tech front yesterday:  Google is buying Motorola Mobilicity.
Federal regulators are drooling to get their hands on this… Oh, and in an (un?)related move, Google is getting ready to move into more space in Silicon Valley, but not in Mountain View, in Dweeb.org territory in Sunnyvale.
And you can only call this ironic, considering the first story… penalties are going up for those of you (those of us?) that text or talk on a handheld phone while driving.
At today’s Council meeting, the San Jose City Council will look at how to beef up revenues to keep SJC afloat (other than having their Police Chief fly out of town every few days)… San Jose Inside has a look.
See you tomorrow…

Daily Fetch 8.9.11: To the Blogs…

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Let’s do the blog news first today…
Dweeb.org has some “breaking news”:  Foothill-DeAnza will pursue Onizuka as a “preferred location” for their New Education Center… Thank you Councilmember Dweeb for the update, we’re glad your servers are back up and running…
San Jose Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio takes time to write about the San Jose Jazz Festival this weekend and encourages folks to “Go downtown and play!”… Of course, he doesn’t say, but probably also means, “Stay out of Willow Glen…”
Protect San Jose is remembering Officer Richard Huerta, who died in the line of duty this week in 1970.
While you probably missed it, Metblogs writes up the San Jose Renaissance Faire from last weekend.  So.  Much.  Fun.
Finally, Great America is in a little hot water, and not just because they hate the 49ers… they are being sued for sexual harassment.

Daily Fetch 7.25.11: Aw shucks Mr. Herhold…

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The only news that matters from over the weekend was that The Daily Fetch was mentioned in the Merc’s Scott Herhold’s column.  Herhold was writing about Cupertino’s Barry Chang, whom we wrote about last week.  Specifically, Herhold wrote:  ”…I’m indebted to the Daily Fetch…” Aw shucks Mr. Herhold…
From there, the important news becomes hard to find…
Dweeb.org is back and he has a preview of the 7/26 City Council meeting in Sunnyvale… FUN!
That’s it?

Daily Fetch 6.27.11: $300 million Monday…

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Here’s some good news:  the BART Board approved a gigantic ($300,000,000) contract to extend BART into Santa Clara County… Ironically, when BART is finally built, you won’t need BART to get to an Oakland A’s game because they’ll (hopefully) be playing in downtown San Jose…

Last year, the Board of Supervisors passed a measure that young people under 13 were not to be jailed in the County, unless there was something really, really bad for the public to be protected from.  Now, there has been a 12 year old in juvenile hall for a month and Supervisor Dave Cortese is not pleased about it… Karen de Sa’s story in the Merc has all the details.  To be continued…
There was a strange, and tragic, story over the weekend when a 90 year old woman drove her car through the front window of a San Jose nursing home killing two
From the blogosphere…
San Jose Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio explains why/how he voted against giving San Jose’s old City Hall to the County
Dweeb.org is back… and the Councildweeb has an update about Sunnyvale’s agenda this week.

Daily Fetch 6.23.11: Welcome back Dweeb.org…

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Not a huge news day… sorry folks…
Scott Herhold at the Merc has a piece looking into how Mayor Reed uses (or over-uses) the threat of going to the ballot box… About the budget, about baseball, and about baseball… How very Schwarzenegger.
Could the revamp/renovation of Moffett Field’s Hangar One be put on the back burner never to return?  There’s a new NASA Chief in town, and the answer may be yes…
Hey, Dweeb.org is back from the long-term “technical difficulties”… We missed you Councilmember Dweeb…

Daily Fetch 5.3.11: (Figone/Smith) Budget Axe Tuesday…

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

In case you thought the budget situation in San Jose was a bad joke, the bad punchline was revealed yesterday.  Tracy Seipel at the Merc has the grim details of the “ugly budget scenario“… (Not to be left out, Josh Koehn at the Metro also has details…)
In other bad budget news, the County Board of Supervisors will be making some tough cuts too.  It seems County Exec Jeff Smith has been learning from San Jose’s City Manager Deb Figone…
As if the Santa Clara Valley Water District didn’t already get enough bad press (Golden Spiggot, redistricting, Alviso spending, etc., etc., etc.)… Now, they have a new Board member who has some sort of conflict of interest, but they won’t let anyone know what that conflict of interest is, and it may preclude Brian Schmidt for voting on a bunch of stuff.  Note to the Water District:  let the Merc know what the conflict of interest is.  This will not go away
Here’s an obvious headline from our friends at the Palo Alto Daily News:  Palo Alto shoots down housing development after neighbors object. Neighbors in Palo Alto object to a housing development?  Say it ain’t so!  Actually, this gets a little more interesting because it seems like the Palo Alto Unified School District may have expressed interest in the piece of land after the developer applied for permits, poisoning the well with the neighbors and (perhaps) swaying the City Council too?  To be continued
To the blogs…
Protect San Jose honors fallen officers as part of Police Week.
Mission City Lantern thinks The Daily Fetch is interesting, sort of.  Thanks for reading James…
The newly designed Dweeb.org has a Council Summary from the 4/26 meeting, in case you weren’t at the Sunnyvale Council meeting last week…
And San Jose Metblogs is promoting the Oakland (?) Museum

In case you thought the budget situation in San Jose was a bad joke, the bad punchline was revealed yesterday.  Tracy Seipel at the Merc has the grim details of the “ugly budget scenario”… (Not to be left out, Josh Koehn at the Metro also has details…)http://www.mercurynews.com/politics-government/ci_17978463http://www.sanjoseinside.com/news/entries/05_02_11_budget_deficit_figone_reed/
In other bad budget news, the County Board of Supervisors will be making some tough cuts too.  It seems County Exec Jeff Smith has been learning from San Jose’s City Manager Deb Figone…http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_17976966
As if the Santa Clara Valley Water District didn’t already get enough bad press (Golden Spiggot, redistricting, Alviso spending, etc., etc., etc.)… Now, they have a new Board member who has some sort of conflict of interest, but they won’t let anyone know what that conflict of interest is, and it may preclude Brian Schmidt for voting on a bunch of stuff.  Note to the Water District:  let the Merc know what the conflict of interest is.  This will not go away…http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_17977877
Here’s an obvious headline from our friends at the Palo Alto Daily News:  Palo Alto shoots down housing development after neighbors object.  Neighbors in Palo Alto object to a housing development?  Say it ain’t so!  Actually, this gets a little more interesting because it seems like the Palo Alto Unified School District may have expressed interest in the piece of land after the developer applied for permits, poisoning the well with the neighbors and (perhaps) swaying the City Council too?  To be continued…http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_17980906http://paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=20971
To the blogs…
Protect San Jose honors fallen officers as part of Police Week.http://protectsanjose.com/content/honoring-fallen
Mission City Lantern thinks The Daily Fetch is interesting, sort of.  Thanks for reading James…http://missioncitylantern.blogspot.com/2011/05/interesting-view-on-gas-stations.html
The newly designed Dweeb.org has a Council Summary from the 4/26 meeting, in case you weren’t at the Sunnyvale Council meeting last week…http://www.dweeb.org/2011/05/01/42611-council-summary/
And Metblogs is promoting the Oakland (?) Museum…http://sanjose.metblogs.com/2011/04/30/oakland-museum-free-first-sundays-2011-continues/

Daily Fetch 4.25.11: They got paid what?

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Tim Kawakami in the Merc sums it up best:  ”…You have to give the Sharks credit for consistency: They hardly ever miss a chance to miss a chance…”   You thought the Giants were torture…
The Merc’s 2010 Public Employee Salary Database is up and running… Which means there will be lots of people on the 18th floor at San Jose City Hall running queries all day today… Aside from that, there is a story in the Merc about the perk that nobody ever writes about for elected officials:  health benefits. And wait until you see which school district has the most generous health benefits.  Here’s a hint:  It starts with M and ends in ount Pleasant
That was the start of the theme of the weekend/Monday in the news…
You might remember the story about (alleged) corruption at the Luther Burbank School District.  There was a former Board member who voted to award contracts to a construction company (Blach) that he worked for as a woodworker… Well, now he faces a $2,000 fine, 200 hours of community service, and can’t hold public office for 4 years… Seems light, but who are we to judge…
And the theme continues…
From Internal Affairs in the Merc, we learn of a dust-up at a community budget meeting held by San Jose Councilmember Pete Constant, where he almost had a police officer remove a commenting City employee
Sean Webby at the Merc is one of the least loved guys at the SJPOA headquarters (and probably at the SJPD headquarters too).  And now that Raj has the ear of the new Police Chief in San Jose, Sean is probably getting a brunt of the angst… and that isn’t going to change today as he writes up the details of two separate lawsuits against SJPD that allege excessive force
Here’s something, VTA is “back from the brink” and relative to other government agencies, in pretty good financial shape.  Mr. Roadshow has the details. VTA, Caltrain called, they’d like some help…
To blogs…
Dweeb.org has a preview of the Sunnyvale Council meeting tomorrow
In case you haven’t read the Watch Commander’s Report for last week, Protect San Jose is for you
Metblogs has a look into Guadalupe Gardens in springtime
And James at Mission City Lantern will be wearing an A’s cap… sometimes… hopefully more frequently than he is right now…