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Daily Fetch 04.08.14: Equal Pay for Equal Work, Confusion at Merc Ed Board and Mayor Sweatpants and Nguyen profiled…

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

President Obama throws down for women and equal pay by issuing several executive orders that attempt to level the playing field.  It’s about time this issue is getting some play nationally as the fight for increases to the minimum wage has taken center stage of late.  The White House fact sheet on equal pay for equal work is here and CNN provides this look at the issue here.

Rosie-the-Wage Equalizer

Hopefully the fight for equal pay for women will be a topic discussed this Thursday night, April 10th, when Hillary Rodham Clinton graces the stage at San Jose State University’s Unique Lives series.

SV Biz Journal’s Nate-Dog is a bloodhound on the hunt for the mystery corporation slated to take over a 2 million square foot North San Jose office complex.  Who could it be now?

The daily reports that in a short 5 days the cap for H-1B visas has been met.  The tech industry is up in arms and is turning to the SVLG to help lobby for an expansion of the program.

The Sunnyvale City Council will discuss speed limits, a tot lot and determine just how high it can get in their city.

SJ Inside provides a run down of the issue that the council will grapple with at their meeting today; How to fix a broken disability system that does not guarantee a disability retirement for city workers hurt on the job and how to attract wanna be po-po to work in SJ.  How many times will councilmembers say that public safety is their top priority?  Over/Under is 25.

When it comes to fixing San Jose’s recruitment and retention issues the Merc Ed Board admits that having five council members running for mayor complicates matters.  Wait a minute, we thought only 4 city councilmembers were running for mayor…who is the 5th?   It’s not this groovy dude is it?

Johnny Roll Bounce Khamis

Who will save the Mercury News is the topic of this piece in the SV Biz Journal.  Pure speculation, rumor and gossip are in this piece, sort of reminds Fetch of a Merc Herhold column.

Speaking of Herhold, Scotty writes the second of his five part “series” taking a look at the top contenders for Mayor of San Jose.  His first profile was of Mayor Sweatpants Oliverio and today he tells readers about Madison Nguyen, who for some reason hasn’t quite figured out that whole Measure B thing she still champions.

Looks like San Jose’s pro-weed folks are getting serious.  They have launched this website to cut through the smoke and tell their story.  Catchy name and now the Fetch has the munchies.

A massive fire in San Jose scorched one of those famous “Eichler Homes” and spread to two (we love writing to two) adjoining homes , displacing 7 residents.  San Jose Firefighters arrived within minutes, seriously they did, but the home went up like a Roman Candle and could not be saved.

Across town, another fire in San Jose took the life of one person who could not make it out of their RV in time.   KTVU-2 has the details.

Baseball is back!!  The Giants home opener is today at 1:35 pm against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  First place, sunshine, and baseball…makes for a good day.

A push is on in SF to raise the minimum wage to $15 bucks an hour.  SEIU submitted paperwork to begin the effort to raise the wage and push SF to the top in the nation.

TheSanJoseBlog lists all the happenings at Santana Row for what remains in the month of April.  The sun is out so go and enjoy yourself.

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Daily Fetch 02.26.14: Oliverio plays cat and mouse, Gerston weighs in on SJ Mayor’s Poll, and Ro Khanna did not watch enough Sesame Street

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Mayor “Meow” Oliverio knows when the cat’s away, the mouse will play.  SJ Inside reports that Oliverio is bringing back his discredited 40% budget set aside for the po-po after it was shot down last week at the Rules Committee.  What the SJ Inside report missed is that Mayor Reed (one of the no votes last week) is absent today and his replacement is Rose Herrera.  So Mayor Meow has placed it on the Rules agenda one more time.  For Oliverio, he’s hoping the winds blowing in his direction when Rose puts her finger in her mouth (sorry for the visual) and then hoists it in the air to figure out how she’s going to vote..Should make for must see TV.

When Reed's away PLO will play

The Oracle of local political analysts, NBC’s Larry Gerston, dissected the recent Mayoral poll that shows Dave Cortese on top with 19%, Madison Nguyen at 15% and Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo barely at double digits, 2-pts ahead of Mayor “Meow” Oliverio.  Gerston concludes that all that dirty money one candidate cheated his way to can’t buy him love.

The Merc’s Mark Emmons reports on the plight of seniors living, for now, at the Winchester Ranch Mobile Home Community.  They just want to live out their golden years in peace but are up against developers who want to give them the boot and build expensive condos where their homes once were.  Mayoral race quitter Pete Constant has yet to take a stand on the issue…gee, we wonder who’s side he will land on: Seniors or fat cat developers…?

Ro’s not Khanna like this piece from Political Blotter’s Josh Richman that exposes the newbies complete lack of understanding of how a bill becomes a law.   Clearly Ro didn’t watch much Sesame Street growing up as Richman reports that Honda has delivered on creating jobs and getting bills passed that have helped Silicon Valley.  Maybe this primer will help Ro out…

Just another typical day at a local Wal-Mart, where the geniuses roam.

Stop singing in the shower already, so says the Santa Clara Valley Water District as its Board of Directors voted to demand a 20% reduction in water consumption from the 13 cities it serves along with its retailers.

More controversy surrounding San Jose’s short-staffed fire department getting to emergency medical calls on time.  This KTVU reports says that the City Council will hold a study session to better understand the actual response time numbers before they move forward on either the Lame Duck Mayor Reed’s proposal to put firefighters on mopeds or Liccardo/Constant’s proposal to put firefighters on skateboards and rollerblades with full mouths of water to spit at fires…

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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.

a reed named sue

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 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 01.14.14: The Bromance Burns on, Will Khanna run for Miller’s seat, Merc Ed Board admits they got it wrong on SJ’s Measure B

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

KTVU reports that San Jose’s DT didn’t burn last night as the suspected arsonist took a night off and gave residents some peace after nearly a week of danger.

Nothing like a few homes going up in flames to strengthen a bromance.  Scott “I want to hold your hand” Herhold and “Rocketman” Liccardo strolled the neighborhoods plagued by an arsonist and warned residents to be vigilant and change their smoke detector batteries.  The Fetch wonders if Herhold asked Liccardo about all the votes Liccardo took to gut the fire service by closing stations, mothballing engines and trucks and laying off firefighters?

liccardo herhold bromance catches fire

Or what about Liccardo’s support for Dynamic Deployment, where some computer program was going to predict fires and emergency medical calls so you don’t really need fire stations or as many firefighters.  That worked out real well, right?

Congressman George Miller is calling it quits after a distinguished 40-year run representing his East Bay district.  Miller has always been a proud supporter of liberal causes and a champion of education.  His seat is a coveted prize for many who have been waiting for this very day to occur.

Have carpet will travel?  That was the immediate question many asked of shallow roots Ro Khanna when news of the Miller exit started to circulate.  The questions grew so loud as to whether Khanna would Ro his way upstream and move to another congressional district to run for Millers soon to be vacated seat that his campaign had to issue a denial.

The Merc Ed Board, in full apology tour mode, does its best backtracking to date as it admits the mistake that San Jose’s Measure B is when it comes to city workers being injured and disabled in the line of duty.  The daily wants a fix to the poorly written disability section of the new Measure but now that it is in the City Charter, it may be unfixable and more cops and city workers will leave while the City tries to figure it out.  Geniuses!

Rich Robinson takes to The Left Hook to castigate the Mayor and Council for putting the legally flawed Measure B on the ballot in the first place and points a finger, or two, at the law firm that produced a legal opinion paid for by the city that told them Measure B was a loser.  Robinson saves his harshest criticism for Sam Liccardo and Chuck Reed, both lawyers, who Robinson says should have known better.

The Measure B mess may be the reason why new City Manager Ed Shikada passed over one of its biggest cheerleaders, Alex Gurza for his number two.  Shikada picked Norberto Duenas over Gurza in what many are seeing as the first step in mending the broken relationship with city workers that many blame on Gurza.

In the latest edition of San Jose Weed Wars, pot club owners have submitted a ballot measure to the San Jose City Clerk to legalize their operations in the Valley of Hearts Delight.  The City Council has spent years bumbling around the issue for years and have not come up with a solution so the stoner advocates are going to the ballot.  The SV Biz Journal has the story.

2.15 million have signed up for health care coverage and Californians are still leading the way. The Merc’s Seipel spells out the numbers in her latest medical mash up.

As Americans are signing up for health care the number of flu related deaths in the Bay Area has increased to 15. Ummm, wash those hands, get the flu shot if you can find one, and stay the fu#@ home if you are coughing and sneezing.

The state pension fund, CalPERS, earned 16.2% last year.  The fund has more assets now then before the recession and is yet another bucket of cold water poured on the fledgling Reed initiative to eliminate worker’s retirement security.

Dunkin Donuts announced yesterday that it plans on opening 80 new stores in the Bay Area in the next 5-6 years. No word yet on where the stores will be located.

In San Jose’s DT District 3 race Raul po-po Peralez pushed out a press release announcing the endorsement of the San Jose Police Officers Association.  Since Raul is a 7-year veteran of the department, the news here would have been if he had not gotten the endorsement. Thank you to our spies for the tip.
The second BART union has ratified the contentious contract and now commuters will only have to wait a little over 3 years for the two sides to fight again and leave them stranded.

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Daily Fetch 1.09.14: Will Pat “Weatherman” Waite to get into SJ Mayor’s race?, Khanna wants debates and one jumper gets lucky

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

It was hot in San Jose last night and this morning as fires ravaged a home in San Jose and a warehouse.  Seven were displaced in the house fire with two elderly residents needing hospitalization.  NBC Bay Area and the Merc have the stories.

One San Jose Firefighter not on the scene of the fires mentioned above is being called a hero for his actions in saving a distraught woman who took a leap off the new Bay Bridge.  Clint Johnson to the rescue.  NBC Bay Area has the scoop.

Scott “Call me maybe” Herhold confirms the money race totals of the serious SJ Mayoral candidates and “reports” that Pat “Weatherman” Waite, who could not beat Rose Herrera a few years ago, may jump into the race.  Insiders are saying that Pat may Waite until fellow GOPer Pete “Quadruple dip” Constant makes a firm decision about staying in the race before deciding.

Pat Waite insults the nation

Weatherman Waite may want to tone down scrub his Twitter and Facebook pages and remove his F-bomb laden, locker room riddled posts before actually entering the fray.

Supervisor Cindy Chavez is reluctantly lauded by the Merc Ed Board for trying to lasso lobbyists and bring transparency to Santa Clara County Government.  It must have been excruciatingly painful for whichever scribe wrote this piece as we all remember that every editorial stop was pulled for GOP Darling Teresa Alvarado, who Chavez vanquished in the recent Supervisorial election.

Some knucklehead thought it was a good idea to call in a hoax shooting and tie up law enforcement looking for nothing.  KTVU has the story.

Ro Khanna keeps the pressure on Congressman Mike Honda by proposing a series of debates or as the Honda camp describes them; Khanna’s attempt to get Mike to say stupid shit on tape to be turned into 30-second TV hit pieces that Khanna’s deep pocketed supporters pay to play during every commercial break from now until the June election.

A Johnny Cash tribute show will be coming to San Jose’s Montgomery Theater on January 18th.  The Fetch wonders if Chuck Reed will perform “A boy named Sue” for the crowd?

a reed named sue

Wall Street and money-grubbing hedge fund operatives get Tasered by the Fresno POA President in this piece that spells out a po-po’s perspective on pensions in California.

The Merc’s old guy from City Hall, John Woolfolk, takes to the newly formatted Internal Affairs blog and gives The Daily Fetch some love and top billing as he runs-down the initial postings on a new blog run by the SBLC.

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Daily Fetch 12.20.13: Liccardo slings first mud of 2014 Mayoral race, Madison tries to hypnotize your mind, California times 6 and PG&E puts lump of coal in our stockings…

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Rocketman Liccardo slings the first mud of the Mayoral campaign…unfortunately for him it’s at himself.  Sam calls himself a liar for proposing something he has no intention of actually accomplishing.

In September, with much fanfare, Liccardo and Reed announced a plan to add 200 cops to the SJPD.  He even had a cute little petition urging himself to implement his plan.

Fast forward to this weeks disclosure by the Merc’s new guy at city hall that crime is soaring and it takes 20 minutes for the po-po to respond to attempted rapes and gang fights and Liccardo now says, “Every (mayoral) candidate will fall over themselves to tell voters how they will restore staffing in the Police Department, the truth is that none of us will.”

Shame on Sam for calling himself a liar and slinging the first mud in this race.

Sam Liccardo Liar-Liar

As for the self-proclaimed money front-runner Madison Nguyen, she told the Merc’s new guy that she wants to bring back the SJPD Burglary Investigation Unit.  Ummm…great idea, but this is the the same SJPD Burglary Investigation Unit Madison voted against bringing back a short time ago.

Here are the minutes from the council meeting:

Council Member Kalra moved approval to amend the motion as outlined in the memorandum he coauthored with Council Member Chu, dated June 8, 2012, to create a burglary investigation unit within the San José Police Department, with an additional clause that it be under the direction and timeline of the Police Chief. The motion was seconded by Council Member Chu.

On a call for the question, the motion failed. (5-6. Noes: Constant, Herrera, Liccardo, Nguyen, Oliverio; Reed.)

Madison Hypnotize

Soooo…voters beware of slick campaign mailers from Madison Nguyen with this image on them…Insiders tell Fetch that her campaign plan is to hypnotize voters into a deep sleep to try and get them to forget her voting record.

KTVU shows video of thieves running rampant ripping off packages on front porches this holiday season.  San Jose PD spokesflak Heather Randol says that many of these cases won’t even get assigned to an investigator.  Crime prevention tip, request signatures for anything you may be sending this season.

San Jose announced, sort of, a gang crackdown that has resulted in numerous arrests in the neighborhood south of SJSU.  We wonder if these gang arrests will have an asterisk next to them or not?

Tech investor Tim Draper wants California voters to play a massive game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.  Techcrunch reports that Draper will be pushing a statewide initiative to break up California into 6 states.  And it looks like Draper used a sharpie while on a Po-Go Stick to carve up the state in the rendering at the end of the story.

The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association thinks Don Rocha may be running for Mayor and is trying to confirm what Don announced at his fundraising event held yesterday at Flames Restaurant in DTSJ.  Our spies tell us that he’s running for re-election to the City Council and that he has endorsed Dave Cortese for Mayor.

Don Rocha Mayor?

Did San Jose officials improperly divert airport revenue (what there is of it) to the city general fund?  That is what a Federal Aviation Administration audit alleged and NBC Bay Area has the follow up story as the City and the FAA have yet to resolve their differences.

The Sobrato’s step up.  SV Biz Journal scribe, Nathan Donato-Weinstein tells us about the $525,000 dollar gift to non-profits that provide emergency shelter to the growing homeless population in Silicon Valley.

BART wants to ban transit workers strikes.  An “advisory” ballot measure to take the temperature of the voting public is being pushed by veteran BART board member Joel Keller.  Hopefully BART will check the typos in any ballot measure so that it does not give out more money to its workers or actually strengthen the current law that allows strikes to occur…BART has issues with spell check.

PG&E wants to raise natural gas rates…Merry Christmas!

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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.


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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Daily Fetch 12.12.13: BART at it again, SJ City Council pulls out its Weed Eater, and Pope out twerks Miley for Man of the Year

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

The BART circus has reopened as the two sides in the epic dispute are back at the bargaining ‘bitch and complain’ table to try and iron out their latest beef.  We think both sides should let this guy settle the dispute so that we don’t have to hear any additional ranting from either side during the holiday season.



The San Jose City Council was not messing around when it voted to place new restrictions on pot clubs.  KTVU reports that the restrictions could drastically reduce the number of places where one can purchase a Fatty.  

Lauren Hepler from the SV Biz Journal reports that San Jose has already started the process of informing the weed dispensaries that are located near residential areas to start packing up.  So, for all our friends that have “arthritis” or “lower back pain”, smoke ‘em if you got ‘em and stock up to stuff those stockings ‘cuz (apparently) easy weed access is coming to a close in SJ.

Palo Alto may need to hire more firefighters as it is burning through its overtime budget at a rapid clip.  Jason Green from the Daily News has the story.

In other Palo Alto news, the City Council approved a new ordinance requiring newly build homes to install circuitry for charging electric vehicles.  Now all the council needs to do is actually approve some new housing over the objections of the city’s hyperventilating NIMBYs.

A report released yesterday by NASA has found that Google gazillionaires “improperly” saved millions on jet fuel by housing their fleet of planes at the Moffett Federal Airfield.  An unconfirmed report is circulating that says if you Google the term NASA what pops us is; Not Another Stupid Article.  The Fetch is trying to confirm the accuracy of this report on BING.

The Merc Ed Board hates Rural/Metro and wants Santa Clara County to re-bid the ambulance contract.  The Board of Supervisors voted to make a re-bid decision about the bankrupt firm in June as they voted 5-0 to continue its current arrangement.  Note to Ed Board, this piece should have run BEFORE the vote not two days after, just sayin’.

Hey, it’s not just Wal-Mart that hoses its workers, it’s their contractors as well.  The LA Times reports on the settlement of a lawsuit filed by 568 Southern California warehouse workers to the tune of $4.7 million dollars after they sued over being underpaid and denied rest and meal breaks.  Wal-Mart and their contractors, keepin’ it classy.

This Christmas gift-giving season should see pope soap on a rope flying off store shelves as Pope Francis has been named Time’s Man of the Year.  The Pope beat out Miley Cyrus for the award, seriously.  The report that there was a tie between the two that was decided by a twerk off has yet to be confirmed.

NBC Bay Area’s George Kiriyama shows the conditions many have been forced to live in as the reverberations of the wickedly cold weather continue to put lives at risk.  Councilmember Ash Kalra and Vice-Mayor Madison Nguyen attended a prayer vigil conducted by homeless advocate Scott Wagers that put a spotlight on the issue and both vowed to take action to try and prevent further tragedies.

Cluck Reed will be waiting until the primary is over and the field is clear before he puts his Midas Touch on who he wants as his successor.  Metro’s Fly reports that the Cluck will not endorse at this time so to all you candidates that share a dais with the Mayor, stop sucking up already.

A New Jersey company has received three citations for serious violations stemming from the death of Donald White a worker who was killed at during the construction of the 49ers stadium.  The penalty amounts to $54K, a paltry amount when compared to the death of Mr. White.

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Daily Fetch 12.10.13: It’s cold and people are dying, Merc says learn from Motown, and Rocketship wants $35M from SJ

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Four homeless men, who died of exposure to the freezing weather, have been identified in this KTVU report.  This sad tale is becoming all to familiar as the richest valley in the world can’t figure out a way to house those most in need.  And the SF Chron is reporting that two more deaths are being linked to the cold snap.

In an opinion piece in the Merc today, Jennifer Loving, the Executive Director of Destination: Home tells readers there are solutions to homelessness and urges all stakeholders to stop talking about it and actually do something.

Ohlone is on hold.  The project does not pencil out as originally planned and the developer is seeking further concessions from the City to develop a fairly kick ass project.  Nathan Donato-Weinstein from the Biz Journal has the skinny.

The Merc Ed Board wants unions to learn from the latest ruling in the federal bankruptcy case out of Motown and get on board with that reasonable do gooder Chuck Reed and his statewide initiative to screw workers out of their promised pensions.  Fat chance, especially in light of the CalPERS response to the ruling, which has shall we say, a different interpretation of the Detroit ruling.

Rocketman Liccardo couldn’t deliver for his lobbyist spouse on changing the land use designation to allow another Rocketship Charter School to locate in the Washington/Tamien neighborhood. But he may have better luck delivering on a $35 million dollar loan to his favorite charter school chums.  Thanks to San Jose Inside for reporting on the latest backflips being done for the employer of the wanna be Mayor’s spouse.

Rocketman Sam Liccardo1 has this take on the latest twist in this story.

Are Silicon Valley schools failing disadvantaged students?  A group who’s funding comes from advocates of charter schools says yes and that school systems should stop using poverty and language barriers as an excuse for poor performance.  NBC Bay Area has this take, and the Merc coverage is here.

The San Jose City Council will spend more time tonight on weed and whether or not it should be sold all over San Jose, as it is now.  Expect the smell of incense and the crunch of Doritos and other snack foods as proponents of the little green buds will be out in force to try and burn any chance that buds are banned.

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