Posts Tagged ‘jeff rosen’

Daily Fetch 05.20.14: Latest GOP heavy hitter for Liccardo steps forward as Guardino wants to raise your taxes, and Potted plants in San Jose are in danger as criminals get weirder

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The latest GOP heavy hitter to pump thousands into helping Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo is Lonnie Smith, no, not the baseball player, silly, Saratoga’s Lonnie Smith who in 2012 dropped in excess of $100,000 smack-a-roos to unsuccessfully get Mitt Romney into the White House.

 

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GOP Darling Sam Liccardo

Fetch has been scratching its tummy and chasing its tail trying to figure out why the SVLG CEO, Carl Guardino, is pushing so hard for his bike-ride buddy Sam to replace lame-lame duck Chuck Reed.  Thanks to our spies and this article by Jason Green from the Palo Alto Daily News it is becoming clearer and clearer what motivates Guardino.  He wants to raise transportation taxes, again, and may use Sam, if he makes the mayoral runoff, in the campaign mail and television advertisements to try and pass the 30-year county-wide tax increase and help his bike ride buddy become Mayor all at the same time.  Ingenious, if true.

So, just how many more tax increases will the residents of Palo Alto, Morgan Hill, Gilroy and other areas of Santa Clara County that won’t be near a BART station have to shoulder to help Guardino, Sam and others achieve their dream?  What will this mean for a sales tax measure in San Jose to bolster public safety and other city services?

Now onto other non-GOP fat cats backing Liccardo news

What next, door mats?  Downtown San Jose has a serial potted plant thief on the loose terrorizing front porches.  Luckily, the thief was caught on camera, now if only there were some po-po to nab the bandit.

Potted plants appear safe in this SJ Evergreen neighborhood as this crook decides to torch two cars parked in this home’s driveway.  So, the lesson to be learned for SJ residents is that it’s best to leave nothing of value in front of your homes.

Fetch says, “Sock it to me,” Sake San Jose.  TheSanJoseBlog announces what looks to be a fun event in SJ’s Japantown this Thursday where the 9th Annual Sake San Jose event will take place starting at 5:30 pm.  Get the deets here.

Jeff “I am the Law” Rosen has decided to seek the death penalty against the accused killer of Sierra LaMar.  Rosen has used his authority judiciously when it comes to seeking capital punishment, as this is the first time Rosen has sought the ultimate penalty.

Mi Pueblo Market is back in business as it is emerging from bankruptcy proceedings with a clean balance sheet in a process that was expedited to meet a deadline by some lenders.  Nate-dog from the SVBJ has the scoop.

The San Jose Biz Journal is also reporting that some local IBM scientists accidentally created a new, stronger, better plastic…by accident.  This sounds eerily similar to what happened in Weird Science, do you think they still wear those lab hats at IBM?

President Obama is a job-creating machine.  The proof is scientific and precise.  See, Obama visited Walmart last week and this week the retail behemoth announces it will add 1,000 jobs to expand their digital operations in Sunnyvale.

USA Today also backs up the President’s prowess when it comes to adding jobs as it reports on business expansion and how it calculates state-by-state to jobs being created.

San Jose’s Weed Wars continues today as the city council try again to come up with a resolution that has evaded them for several years.  That means the council chambers will be chock full of incense, rastafari braided hair, tye-die tees, and bic lighters for a second week in a row.

And one potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, Marco Rubio, is having his own war with weed as he refuses to answer whether or not he ever lit up and partook (is that a word) in some cannabis consumption.  Let’s see, a 2.1 high school GPA is a pretty good indication that Marco did.  What do you think?

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Daily Fetch 05.06.14: Madison for Madison, Is D-5’s Carrasco looking for work and Who needs security at SJC?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Madison Nguyen has endorsed herself in the June primary race to succeed termed out Chuck Reed.  In a mail piece that landed yesterday and paid for by Madison’s very own campaign she pens an Editorial Opinion about herself that describes herself as full of courage and leadership.  Fetch thinks she’s full of something but it ain’t those two things. Click the image for a closer inspection of Madison’s self-love.

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This is a sneaky and dishonest attempt to fool voters into thinking someone, other than herself, has endorsed her for Mayor.  Pathetic.  Fetch imagines Madison’s endorsement interview with herself went something like this:

Madison Nguyen Endorsement Interview

KTVU-2 reports on two men shot to death in a South San Jose townhome.  A neighbor found the two bodies and the SJPD Homicide Unit (yes, they still have one) is investigating.

Jeff “I am the law” Rosen may have learned some PR lessons after his bruising scuffle last year over the granting of administrative leave to some of his subordinates.  Rosen’s handling of the latest flap over the crime lab screwing up a couple thousand drug tests is textbook crisis management.  He owns the mistake, makes an apology and puts in place new procedures to ensure it does not happen again.  Since his spokesflak’s desk was moved out of the inner sanctum of the DA’s office, Rosen’s media skills have improved.  Just sayin’.

Apparently, the the knuckleheaded misguided kid that jumped a fence at SJC took the long way to bypass airport security.  He could have just strolled in without swiping a security badge like these folks, caught on tape by this NBC Bay Area investigation, did.  If everyone had their underwear in a bunch over the fence jumper, then the Fetch can only imagine all hell breaking loose after the latest security, or lack thereof, breach at SJC is looked into.  We wonder what the City’s airport commissioners; Reed, Herrera, Liccardo and Rocha will have to say?

Stoprocketship.com, fresh off of its win over the charter school Goliath Rocketship, wants everyone to know about another mind-numbing SJ mayoral debate this weekend.  Make sure to order a few quadruple shot Venti something-or-other from Starbucks to stay awake if you decide to go.

Some Tea Party “Patriots” in Morgan Hill are in dire need of lives as they spent the morning of Cinco de Stupid in front of a high school wearing American flag t-shirts.  The GOP must be so proud of these “patriots.”

GOP Gov hopeful Neil Kashkari released his first television spot yesterday and he’s wielding an ax, no really, an ax chopping wood and saying he is going to ax wasteful spending.  Fetch can’t really take Neil too seriously as he is wasting $500K of his own money on the ad which we believe is the epitome of wasteful spending.  You can see the ad here.

The SV Biz Journal says Republicans love them some Pinterest and Democrats love them some Twitter.  87% of both parties love them some Facebook.  Check out the survey of social media platforms use by political party affiliation conducted by Harvard Institute of Politics.

Although on life support, the push to keep the Century 21 Dome standing is inching along as the State Historical Resources Commission says the movie house is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The NRHP will decide this summer if the dome makes the cut.  Tomorrow night the CSJ’s Historic Landmarks Commission will decide whether to recommend the City Council declare the iconic dome a city landmark.  When it is all said and done, it may be all for not as the property owner has the final say and they see dollar signs.  Gentleman, Start Your Bulldozers!

D-5 Political Consultant and council wanna-be Magdalena Carrasco is the target of these questions surrounding her ballot designation and seek the truth about where, or if, she actually is employed and by whom?

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Daily Fetch 04.25.14: Liar, Liar Liccardo, Neel Kashkari is doomed, and SJ D-5 poll results released…

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Of all the nerve…Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo and Rose Herrera are calling out the SJ Police Chief Esquivel for not cutting ties with two po-po that may have not been telling the truth.   The POA Prez, police brass and even the lefty LaDoris are calling out the two truth seekers, Liccardo and Herrera, for another political stunt to chase a headline.

Unland’s quote in the story in reference to Liccardo’s latest gimmick is hill-a-rious…

“I would like to see him add his own profession to that bill so if a politician is caught lying, they lose their job too,” he said.

Sam Liccardo Liar-Liar

Rich Robinson chimes in on the topic as well over at SJ Inside.

NBC Bay Area provides more details about the recent apartment fire that injured a SJSU football player and destroyed his and his roommate’s apartment.  The video captured of the fire is scary and the player is probably happy he did all those wind sprints as he needed to literally run for his life to escape the flames.

GOP gubernatorial also ran Neel Kashkari can’t catch a break in has campaign to unseat Jerry Brown.  Kashkari now trails a registered sex offender who  killed a man while driving and was also arrested for picking up hookers.  The newly released poll shows Kashkari with 3.8% and registered sex offender Glen Champ with 7.3%.  Both are getting crushed by Brown, who’s at 45.6%.

SF Chron’s Carla Marinucci provides an update in one of the most hotly contested house races in the nation, our very own Honda vs. Khanna vs. Singh scrum.

SJ’s D-5 City Council race is close according to a Chamber of Commerce poll released that shows Magdalena Carrasco leading incumbent Xavier Campos by a couple of points.  That loud noise you just heard was a sigh of relief from the Campos camp and his supporters as many of them had feared he was way behind in the race.

More neighbors are using the Internet to stay connected and fight crime as this report from Scott Budman reveals.

Local road conditions suck and tech is booming so now may be the time to raise taxes to fund transportation improvements, including finishing BART to SJ.  Those are the results of a recent poll conducted by Carl Guardino’s SVLG that showed 73% of respondents would dig into their wallet to avoid potholes and hop on BART.  The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors may vote to place a measure before voters in November of this year.

Stoprocketship.com did.  Rocketship, the private charter school factory has officially waved the white flag and withdrawn its controversial application to cram what would have been its third school into the Washington/Tamien neighborhood.  Score one for David as it struck down Goliath and provides a roadmap on how a coalition of parents, teachers, residents and students can save public education from a corporate take-over.

Jeff “I am the law” Rosen announced that the local version of Scarface was playing out in the South Bay until a multi-agency law enforcement task force took down a major drug running Mexican cartel.  18 arrests including some thug called Blanco.

First a playground, then a concert venue and now food trucks are in the offing for San Jose’s dangerous St. James Park.  The tasty idea is one in a long string of ideas to take back the park from druggies, hoods and the homeless.  Well, at least the park will smell better…

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Daily Fetch 04.03.14: The Merc’s Simon & Garfunkle, Cop Crisis Deepens in SJ, and Khanna’s GOP Caper Worsens

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Councilmember Don Rocha, who voted to put San Jose’s controversial Measure B on the ballot, has buyer’s remorse.  Yesterday he tried to get the Chuck Reed led Rules Committee to have a discussion about how to fix the mess created by the measure.  Reed, Nguyen, Constant and Mayor Sweatpants said No!  These four voted to take any talk of fixing their disaster to secret, closed-door sessions of the council, so much for transparency.

Rocha was not the only Councilmember wanting to do something about the hundreds of po-po that have left SJ and the doubling of response times for crime, even Rose Herrera wanted to try another of her cooky ideas, but she was shot down as well by the fearsome foursome at Rules.

And what did the Merc have to say about this effort to fix Measure B, not a word?  Herhold and Marshman rekindled their roles as Simon & Garfunkle…The Sound of Silence.

Barbara Marshman and Scott Herhold

And to add a sense of urgency to solve the public safety mess in SJ, the new Police Academy that starts in May was only able to fill 29 of the 60 slots available.  As the public safety crisis gripping city hall worsens the same Reed led Rules Committee that shot down trying to fix Measure B found time to talk about banning E-cigarettes…We kid you not.

The Merc’s New Guy at City Hall decided it was more important to report on Rose Herrera groveling to ban E-Cigs in San Jose at yesterdays Council Rules Committee meeting instead of the effort to change Measure B by a councilmember who voted to put it on the ballot.  More sounds of silence….Is the New Guy really a closet Garfunkle fan?

Mike Honda has outraised Ro Khanna for the first time since Ro picked up his carpet and moved into the district to take on the congressman.  Honda, D-San Jose, raised more than $650,000 from Jan. 1 through March 31 compared to Khanna’s $460,000.

And in a deepening scandal for Ro, Josh Richman reveals that one of Khanna’s strongest supporters may be behind the entry of Joel Vanlandingham into the race in an attempt to split the GOP vote and allow Ro to make the runoff against Mike Honda.  The ties that bind Khanna and Manorama Joshi, the mysterious woman at the center of the scandal, are strong as Khanna’s denials are not adding up.

BANG’s Josh Richman (3 scoops in a day!), AKA the hardest working reporter for a local daily, AKA the James Brown of print, breaks down the opposition to breaking up California.  Tim Draper’s dream looks to be all wet, as opponents to this crazy idea have organized.

What…The SV Biz Journal says that for each dollar paid out in benefits to CalPERS retirees, 64 cents came from investment earnings, 22 cents from employer contributions and 14 cents from employee contributions.  The economic benefit to California of having a thriving middle class with a live-able wage in retirement is detailed in this report.

Santa Clara County DA Jeff “I am the Law” Rosen is back in the news as his office accuses a member of Sheriff Laurie Smith’s Advisory Board of running a Ponzi Scheme.  That loud cheer you hear is from the Santa Clara County Sheriffs’ and Jail Guards unions who will have yet another straw to grasp at in their losing effort to defeat the Sheriff in June.

Was there a plan hatched in the office of Sam “Rocketman” Liccardo and his 1%’er friends to promote charter schools at the cost of destroying public education? Stoprocketship.com has the goods, although the tale sort of reminds the Fetch of this conspiracy scene from one of the greatest movies of our time.

The SV Biz Journal’s Nate-Dog tells us that the iconic DTSJ Hotel De Anza is for sale and could fetch (we just love that word) upwards of $20 million.  And Nate also reveals that the frumpy Hampton Inn that was slated to break ground at Hwy. 87 and Santa Clara Street will now be a hipper Marriot AC Hotel.

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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?

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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 02.06.14: Mayor Meow Oliverio, the reinvention of Larry Esquivel and the Merc’s T (with an E) K gets her wish

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

“Mayor Sweatpants” Oliverio has his priorities in line.  As the city’s public safety infrastructure crumbles he has a plan to make things safer for…Cats.  This meow memo sent to the Rules Committee yesterday reveals what voters can expect if they elect Pier to be Mayor Meow.

 

Pierluigi Oliverio Pussycat

Oliverio also took to the Mercury News to run a half page advertisement saying he is not holding mayoral fundraisers because he is, “reserving his time between now and the election for fulfilling my responsibilities as a city councilmember…”.  Well the FBI (Fetch Bureau of Investigation) calls B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T.  We guess Mayor Meow Oliverio forgot about his outside employment with this company that pays him up to $100K per year.  So who is Oliverio really working for? What’s new pussycat?

Chuck “A boy named Sue” Reed made Capitol Weekly’s 2013 list of worst violations of California’s Political Reform Act by illegally funneling $100,000 to save Rose Herrera during the 2012 election cycle.  The FPPC said Reed’s act was “in violation of the Act’s important prohibition against candidates raising funds, and then circumventing contribution limits by illegally moving those funds to independent expenditure committees.” The FPPC found that Reed had violated the state’s campaign laws by making the donation.

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The Merc’s TracEy Kaplan has some juice.  Her front-page story Sunday about the incompetence of Judge Diane RiTchie fueled enough courage for two challengers to step up to try and unseat the bewildered and oft clueless RiTchie.  The entrance of DA Matt Harris and Criminal defense attorney Annrae Angel will make for a competitive race.

Maybe these three candidates for Judge can explain how Jeff “I am the law” Rosen charged the wrong twin brother for murder.  Maybe the DA needs to take some administrative leave to collect his thoughts?

In other crime news… A stabbing near the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose makes it the 5th homicide of the year.  NBC Bay Area and KPIX-5 have the story.

And an underground nightclub in SJ gets busted.  No license for booze and plenty of “waitresses” working in locked VIP rooms equal a hot mess that the SJ po-po took care of.  Salonga from the Merc has the story.

Police Chief Larry Esquivel is profiled by the Merc’s Robert Salonga in what we think will be the beginning of an effort to burnish Larry’s image in the aftermath of him cooking the books about gang crime.

Larry Esquivel has sinned

The Metro continues on its Jihad against anything Campos with its latest anonymously sourced “story” about Nora being abusive to her staff.  Come on Josh, not one source would go on the record. Well, we must say, if there is this much smoke, there probably is some fire.

Run Munger Run lasted a day.  The GOP’s Munger issued a statement yesterday that almost put our interns asleep that announced he won’t be a candidate for anything in 2014.  Un-Able to raise money Maldonado can now stop sucking up to Munger and get on with his also ran life.

Nate-Dog from the SV Biz Journal reveals that Zanottos Market will be headed to Sunnyvale.

The Left Hook kicks San Jose’s City Hall one more time for missing months of emergency medical response time commitments it made to the County of Santa Clara.

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Daily Fetch 02.04.13: Is Reed the Tin Man?, Supervisors slam SJ’s 911 EMS response, and DA Rosen should go to interview school

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

This past January was Human Sex Trafficking Awareness Month and SJ Mayor Chuck Reed was informed by KGO radio that the South Bay has become a major location used by pimps and other degenerates to exploit women and children in the sex trade.  Reed demonstrates once again that he has no heart, he does not mention the tragedy sex trafficking is or the toll it takes on victims or wanting to crack down on the slime that perpetrate the trafficking…no, he talks about pensions.  What would Reed be if he only had a heart?

Tinman Chuck Reed

SJPOA’s Jim Unland takes to PublicCEO to tell readers that Reed’s statewide ballot initiative is heartless when it comes to protecting retirement security for those that provide city services.

Santa Clara County Supervisors Dave Cortese and S. (S is for secret) Joe Simitian are raking the City of San Jose over the coals for cutting the Fire Department so much that firefighters are unable to respond to 911 emergency medical calls before rigamortis overcomes the callers waiting for help.  The City agreed to respond to 911 calls within 8 minutes 90% of the time but they have missed that mark for over a year and are now in breach of their county contract.  That sigh of relief is from local ambulance provider Rural/Metro, as they vacate the hot seat for a bit.

Did you know that a Blackberry is a crime-fighting tool and that Jeff “I am the law” Rosen doled out time-off like free beer at a frat party to a few DA’s until NBC nabbed him last year.  A new contract between the county and the union representing prosecutors and public defenders that sets limits on the DA’s budget busting time-off policies will be voted on today by the Board of Supervisors.

TracEy Kaplan from the Merc gets her wish.  After stomping a sitting judge on Sunday with a front-page article that basically calls Judge Diane Richie nuts, a challenger has decided to take on Richie and provide Kaplan more copy as we are sure Richie will continue to stumble and bumble her way through the campaign.

San Jose State University issued a “report” about the vicious hate crimes that recently engulfed the campus and has led to several indictments.  In a shocking development the report says that SJSU administration did great and followed its policies and procedures, nothing to see here.  Can you say whitewash…oops, white-wash may not be the right word, but you get the point.

Local unions are shuffling new leadership. The departure of Neil Struthers at the Building Trades will be filled by Josue Garcia and the promotion of San Jose Firefighters President Robert Sapien to a Deputy Fire Chief will bring new leadership to that union.

Scott “Tool Time” Herhold waits until the last paragraph of his latest piece to tell us he got a story wrong.  Wow, soon the Red Sea may part, the Merc will play it fair in the SJ Mayors race and pigs will fly…sure…

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Daily Fetch 01.27.14: Are SJ bike lanes on life support, Perkins removes silver spoon and inserts foot and another SJ corporate giveaway at the expense of fixing our roads

Monday, January 27th, 2014

There is a reason the Fetch, local radio station KLIV, Dave Cortese and Pete Constant don’t like those green painted bike lanes popping up around San Jose…No one is using them and they have made the morning and evening commute worse. This short KLIV podcast reveals that green striped Hedding Street saw 892 cars and 10 bikes travel on it during a one hour period of a recent morning commute.  Cluck Reed now says the city should re-evaluate these traffic inducing green monsters.

tumble week green lanes

Let’s hope those green lanes were not used by this biking perv to escape after groping two students at SJSU.  NBC Bay Area has the story.

People say some really stupid things, but to put it in a letter that gets printed in a major news publication, well, that’s not so common.  Buzzfeed tells us about Tom Perkins, a co-founder of Kliener Perkins Caufield & Byers who thought it was a good idea to compare Jews in Nazi Germany and their fate with modern day silver spoon-in-the-mouth rich folks of today.  Ohhh, the horror of everyday deciding on the Benz or the Land Rover to tool around in.

We venture to say that the shoe is too big to take out of Perkins’ mouth and agree with Greg “Charles in Charge” Bauman from the SV Biz Journal that Perkins’ name will be scrubbed soon from the firm he co-founded.

Why aren’t California’s pension funds investing in California?  Beyond Chron takes a look at what the potential upside could be if CalPERS injected some of its cash toward Cali.

San Jose saw its 4th homicide in January and that puts the city on pace for 48.  Happy 2014!

The Palo Alto Patch has a story telling readers the app “find my phone” works.  Two thieves were rounded up after the po-po used the app to apprehend them.

Although not on Valentines Day, this sweetheart deal will be voted on by the SJ City Council at its upcoming Feb. 4th meeting.  Once again they want to waive fees that pay for street repair for corporations.  Of course when the money is not there they can blame city worker pensions for the problem.

Jeff “I am the law” Rosen and the union representing prosecutors and public defenders working for the County may finally be seeing eye-to-eye as TracEy Kaplan reports on a new contract that addresses the infamous Administrative Leave fight from last year.

But hey, if the county attorneys don’t like where they work they could apply at this new online startup that aims to make the legal process a little less cumbersome for the masses.

In what the Fetch hopes will be a recurring feature on the blog The Left Hook, Bob Brownstein says the Whopper-of-the-Week goes to the Mercury News Editorial Board for its Johnny come lately rethinking of the disastrous disability provision contained in SJ’s Measure B.  Give ‘em hell Bob!

The San Jose Blog tells us about an effort to refurbish and eventually reopen the Cine Mexico Theater on East Santa Clara Street.  The eyesore has been in a wretched state of disrepair for years.  Ahhh, if it was only like 30 some blocks west, near like, San Pedro Square, people and the city would care.

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Daily Fetch 01.07.14: Initiative setbacks on pensions and Styrofoam and parental leave gets an unlikely booster in SJ

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Chuck Reed choked a little on his bran muffin this morning as our “hottie” AG Kamala Harris wrote that his pension ballot measure eliminated pension vested rights for po-po, firefighters and teachers. As our loyal readers remember inclusion of the word “eliminate” in the AG’s title and summary could be the death knell for the Reed initiative.

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And in a local initiative that (apparently) is going nowhere the Merc’s new guy at City Hall reports that the Styrofoam ban will stay in place in San Jose. Voter Fraud, made up signatures and numerous other election laws violated, but DA Jeff “I am the law” Rosen has decided not to pursue an investigation…go figure.

A new Target store in San Jose will be hiring 300 new employees. Hopefully, Target will do a better job protecting the personal information of the applicants than they did with the credit card information of 40 million customers.

Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, trying to reinvent herself as someone who cares for city workers, wants to give them four weeks of paid parental leave. You should remember this is the same parental leave that almost blew up the BART contract.

KTVU’S Ann Rubin interviews the SJPD motor-cop who nearly died in the line of duty. (Apparently) it’s hazardous for the City of San Jose to pay hazard pay to someone who experiences an injury as a result of a hazard. We actually feel sorry for city spokesflak David Vossbrink for having to defend San Jose on this turkey.

One of the SJSU knuckleheads has pled not guilty to battery and committing hate crimes.

San Jose based Mi Pueblo Foods is searching for a lifeline. The grocery chain, which filed for bankruptcy last July is looking for either an angel investor or a buyer. Nate-dog at the SV Biz Journal has the deets.

The Mercury News continues its independent expenditure for Sam Liccardo for Mayor by printing yet another puff piece full of catch phases and buzz words. This one is by the Rocketman himself, and fails to point out that many of the programs he now advocates for, he voted to eliminate as a councilmember.

Nancy Shepherd has been tapped as Palo Alto’s new mayor. Don’t expect any change though in the city’s war against poor people; Shepherd’s appointment was approved by a unanimous vote of the council.

Continuing on their schizophrenic journey on the road to full marriage equality, the Supremes have put a halt to happiness in Utah. (Apparently) a man can have 15 spouses in Utah as long as they’re of the opposite sex.

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Daily Fetch 12.16.13: A’s waterfront ballpark and Nguyen and Cortese make it official

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The Merc’s Internal Affairs column returns, did you even know it took time off?  They talk about who may replace Councilmember and frequent flyer Pete “Quadruple Dip” Constant, skewer Jeff “I am the law” Rosen” who continues to struggle with his employees, and report on VM Madison Nguyen and Supervisor Dave Cortese kicking off their campaigns with events a day and a few blocks apart.

Speaking of Cortese, this little ditty not only appears on the South Bay Labor Blog, but was seen by our spies in the Milpitas Post as well.  Is Cortese going all ‘60’s hippie on us?  Peace out Dave and don’t be a bogart.

The A’s move to San Jose continues to be litigated and looks like it may be headed to the black robes in DC.  The SVBJ’s Greg “Charles in Charge” Baumann gives us the run down on developments.

Taking a swing at retaining the A’s in Oakland, ballpark backers rolled out this rendering of what a stadium could look like if the team stays put.  Matier and Ross report in the Chron about the $500 million waterfront ballpark proposed by Clorox chairman and CEO Don Knauss and former Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream boss T. Gary Rogers – with the blessing of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.

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For whom the tax tolls.  Increasing revenue, that means raising taxes, was always a component of San Jose’s fiscal reform plan, unless you’re running for Mayor or a closet Republican.  Cluck Reed and his council majority are now balking at placing a tax measure on the ballot and the Merc Ed Board, as usual, is arm-in-arm with their friends, parroting the talking points they were spoon fed by City Hall.

Sunnyvale honored the victims of the Newtown massacre with a ceremony that marked that horrific day a year ago.  Sunnyvale, as you know, is now in the midst of being sued by opponents of the common sense gun control measure recently enacted by voters.

Gun buyback events in Oakland, SF and SJ removed hundreds of weapons from Bay Area streets.  This KGO-7 report gives the details about how easily accessible some of the weapons were to youngsters.

No more power lunches at downtown SJ’s P.F. Changs as the restaurant is slated to shutter its doors. The last day it will serve up its faux Chinese food will be January 26th.

Maybe one of these eateries from the latest SVBJ’s 2013 The Year in Food will replace downtown’s Changs?  Nate-dog takes us on a tour of what slithered down Silicon Valley gullets this past year.

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