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Daily Fetch 2.3.11: After further review, the play does not stand (at Team San Jose)…

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

In honor of this weekend’s Super Bowl:  Upon further review, the play does not stand… The play being Team San Jose and their withholding information from the public (and the City and the Merc) about Dan Fenton’s severence package.  Here are the details from the Merc:  ”…Fenton, 52, will receive $180,000, or about six months’ salary and bonus pay, as well as $48,450 for unused vacation days accrued over the years…”
The Merc Editorial Board gives props to Deb Figone and to Police Chief Moore citing this: “…Asked whether he believes minorities’ concerns about their treatment by police are just a perception problem, Moore replied: “I don’t think it’s perception at all. I think it’s very real.”…”  No response yet from Protect San Jose (SJPOA) on the new Chief’s comments…
If you weren’t interested in buying a downtown condo in San Jose, perhaps you’d like a rental instead?  That’s the hope of the owners (and the lenders and the Redevelopment Agency) of the Three Sixty Residences…
Speaking of San Jose’s (beleaguered) Redevelopment Agency:  Could San Jose’s Mayor and Council lose their salaries when Redevelopment goes bye-bye? San Jose Inside takes a look…
Will former San Jose City Employee Steve Westly be the next Ambassador to China?  The Chronicle takes a look…
We end on a funny Twitter note.  Yesterday @spartandaily (the Tweets that come from the Daily Spartan) shared with us this important news update:  Unprotected sex can lead to catching sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS or unwanted pregnancies.

Daily Fetch 1.31.11: Just another manic Monday…

Monday, January 31st, 2011

What started as just a dude shining a laser at a Sheriff’s Department helicopter has turned into a possible 3-strikes case and could send the accused, Christopher Rubiales, to prison for 25 years to life… Making this the new DA Jeff Rosen’s first major decision…
To other public safety/crime news…
On Saturday, the Mayor handed over the budget decisions to San Jose residents who tried their hands at solving San Jose’s (mock) budget mess.  Heck, why not?  Residents are probably just as informed as some Councilmembers…
Speaking of budget mess… The Bay Citizen has a story saying, “For some cities, redevelopment has been an all-purpose piggy bank- the Gov is trying to end that gravy train…” That all-purpose piggy bank may be going away in San Jose, with or without the reGovernor’s desires…
Mark Purdy at the Merc gives us all a column that we should clip and send to the anti-San Jose Giants’ front office and to Bud Selig too:   San Francisco Giants’ territorial claim to South Bay becoming impossible to defend
Here’s some news that popped up over the weekend in the Merc:  Lunardi s Markets to possibly take over Cosentino’s.  While Lunardi’s ain’t Cosentino’s, Lunardi’s also ain’t Walmart…
It was Sunday yesterday, which means it was Internal Affairs’ day at the Merc. And this is the big story that will get folks on the 18th floor buzzing…  Dan Fenton may have landed a new gig, consulting for Taxi San Jose. Is he bound by revolving door rules because he used to be on San Jose’s payroll (sort of)? We’ll see…
You may remember a while back a cell tower was proposed for a residential property in Los Altos.  Actually, it was the fifth cell tower on one family’s property and the neighbors were super-pissed.  (It is Los Altos after all.)  Well, the appeals process has been exhausted, and the cell tower will go up, as the County Board of Supervisors has the final word… for now
To the blogs…
San Jose Metblogs is still (still?) down.  A local blog hasn’t had this much server trouble since San Jose Revealed’s servers were destroyed permenently…
Jim Griffith at Dweeb.org has a rundown of Sunnyvale’s 2011 Study and Budget Workshop… which even Griffith has to acknowledge is a very, very long read
San Jose Inside did a mean thing??” asks James at Mission City Lantern… Actually, the accusation of a mean thing was apparently made deep in the bowels of the comment section, where mean things are often written on Inside

Daily Fetch 1.25.11: City Council meeting, State of the Union, and Glee. A perfect day?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

A few San Jose A’s/Diridon Station/Redevelopment stories to kick things off today…
The Bay Citizen really, really wants the A’s to stay in Oakland.  Yesterday, they had a story that called Lew Wolff’s land-use deals in San Jose “questionable“… We’d use the same word to describe their coverage of San Jose…
From the Merc:  ”…the grand plan for the area surrounding San Jose’s Diridon Station will be  unveiled…” at tonight’s San Jose City Council meeting… but you’ll probably be watching the State of the Union (or Glee) instead, however.
This may not be good news for Harry M. at the San Jose Redevelopment Agency… State Controller John Chiang is doing an RDA audit of big Redevelopment Agencies in the state
The Merc Editorial Board gives props to Mayor Reed’s plan to make the City’s labor negotiations more public and transparent by having the City’s lead labor negotiator, Alex Gurza, present the City’s position publicly and letting unions present the rebuttal publicly.  (That’s at least how The Daily Fetch understands the new plan.)  The idea will get discussed today…
While we’re on the topic:  Protect San Jose does their weekly run-down of the City Council agenda.  Interestingly, they have nothing to say about the new negotiating guidelines or the finalists for Police Chief.  When they do, we’ll let you know…
Speaking of Protect San Jose…
There is a story from Tracy Seipel at the Merc about drug dealing that happens in downtown San Jose’s Fountain Alley and how the police are cracking down successfully.  While the story certainly isn’t funny, The Daily Fetch tries to look for silver linings sometimes, and we found one in this story:  ”…Police say dealers jump on and off [VTA] trains around the downtown core: from Second and San Carlos streets up First St. to St. James Park…”  At least some folks are riding lightrail, right?
How many houses does it take to pay for a city service?” San Jose’s Pierluigi Oliverio has some answers and some ideas on San Jose Inside...
Last night, Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa gave his State of the City and he wants more civic involvement, which shouldn’t be a problem in Palo Alto.  Perhaps the most interesting line from the speech, at least the part of the speech that was covered in the Daily News, was this:  ”…Let me say, the Stanford project will move forward this year…”  From the Mayor’s  mouth to the land-use gods in Palo Alto’s ears…
While Esponisa’s State of the City got some ink today, it is unlikely that the Mountain View State of the City address, given by City Manager Kevin Duggan at NASA Ames Research Center over lunch, will be as interesting…
What does every single City Councilmember need during this historic economic downtown and streatched budgets?  An iPad.  That’s the paperless plan in Morgan Hill to the tune of $840 each
If you’re not following us on Twitter, this is the type of 140-character fun you’re missing throughout the day:
Google gave $100 million to Eric Schmidt. Is that a better deal than Dan Fenton got when he left Team San Jose? mercurynews.com/breaking-news/…
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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…