The husband of Rocketship Charter school lobbyist Jessica Garcia Kohl, Rocketman Sam Liccardo, (apparently) had his computer hacked…by his wife. Kohl decided to comment on a San Jose Inside story about charter schools, but did so as her hubby…whoopsey! SJI of course soon deleted the evidence…but thankfully, not before many of our spies captured the evidence and sent it to us:
Anonymously Tue, Oct 22, 2013 – 1:05 pm .
Rocketship is not subject to the same laws and rules as public schools and is therefore given advantage. The ability to avoid students with IEP’s along with not bring required to cater to other requirements (ESL, low income, behavior problems, large class sizes, parents not participating or giving any money) add up to huge advantages. Of course Rocketship threatens public school. If DiSalvo wanted better education for all students, he would work to reduce a lot of the red tape teachers face every day, reduce the requirements to cater to the lowest performing kids and rally AGAINST Rocketship which avoids the anchors attached to public schools.
Sam Liccardo Tue, Oct 22, 2013 – 9:38 pm .
Trustee DiSalvo—Thank you for the bold leadership you consistently show on behalf of all students in Santa Clara County. The previous comments are unwarranted, as you genuinely lead based on what is in the best interest of students first. A sincere and hearty “thank you” for your impact is simply inadequate to express my thanks.
Sam Liccardo Tue, Oct 22, 2013 – 9:50 pm .
To clarify, this is Jessica Garcia-Kohl using Sam’s computer. That last comment is mine, Joe. I did not know I was logged in as him. (Sorry, Sam) Thank you, Joe, once again for your continued leadership.
Can you imagine the amount of money the pro Charter School industry is going to pour into the SJ Mayor’s race to help the Rocketman?
We are sure the labor backed fact checkers will be pouring over Chuck Reed’s answers to pension questions posed to the mayor by Real Clear Politics. Today, Reed is headlining an event back in New York that is being live streamed now. Reed’s speech is scheduled for 10:30 am pacific time. Again, it’s a Reed speech so coffee is a must to stay awake through his whole screed.
The Sac Bee is reporting that the shadowy Arizona front group that was accused of laundering money to oppose last elections Proposition 30 and support Proposition 32 will be hit with a substantial fine by the FPPC. Outgoing Chairwoman of the FPPC, Ann Ravel, is expected to make the announcement at a news conference scheduled for today and the LA Times says the fine will be $1 million dollars. That is $999,999 more than was levied against Chuck Reed for his violation of the Political Reform Act.
The Peninsula Press covers the first in a series of community meeting by San Jose officials to talk about gang violence. Is it getting better or worse? Depends on who you talk to, (apparently) the attendees at this meeting say it’s getting worse.
It’s official: County Supervisor Dave Cortese is running for Mayor of San Jose. SJ Inside had the scoop first and Cortese’s entry into the race rounds out the serious candidates who will campaign for the seat, well, except for Mayor Sweatpants who should provide ample comic relief.
This week’s Metro Fly column is hil-ar-ious. It could be the foundation of a stand up routine for whomever wrote it. It covers the City Council and their entourage’s taxpayer funded junket to Ireland (Except Councilmember Kalra, who paid his own way) and the piece is chock full of quotes and observations that confirm some on the trip either had too much whiskey or are actually clueless.
Scott “call me maybe” Herhold writes about a neighborhood versus developer battle brewing in Evergreen over a proposed gas station and the City of San Jose Planning Commissioner who is proposing it. Neighbors are crying foul over and insider who may be working the system to his advantage.
Wilbur is tearing up a golf course in Almaden Valley. NBC Bay Area has the story about the pigs and what they are doing to the Almaden Country Club. Oh the travails of what our friends must endure in Almaden.
SVBJ’s Lauren Hepler reports that during 2012 technology firms spent close to $133 million on federal lobbying efforts. Google led the bunch with $16.5 million of that total, which is an increase from the $5 million they spent in 2010.
KTVU says that Cal/OSHA will resume its investigation of the tragic death of a worker in June at the planned 49ers stadium in Santa Clara. The story also reveals new details about another death at the stadium that occurred on October 14th.
The Mercury News takes a serious look at three strikers that have been released early from prison. The piece follows three men as they struggle to acclimate themselves on the outside.