Posts Tagged ‘metblogs’

Daily Fetch 3.2.12: #pensiongate 24/7?

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

#pensiongate… again. Sort of. The Merc Editorial Board, looking ahead to San Jose’s City Council meeting next week, says that: San Jose must move ahead on pension measure…  We doubt Protect San Jose agrees… but they aren’t focused on next week’s vote, they’re focused on #pensiongate, 24/7

Is there a crime spree in Mountain View? If you head over the Voice, you might think so…

To the blogs…

San Jose Inside has a semi-scandal (?) about the San Jose City Council race in District 10. Apparently one candidate, Leslie Reynolds, was campaigning last summer, which is a no no under City of San Jose rules… Candidate Johnny Khamis, who has already filed a complaint with the San Jose Elections Commission on a similar charge, doesn’t miss the opporutunity to trash his opponent… We guess the political season is open for business…

Also tackling critical issues… Mission City Lantern writes a well thought-out piece titled: It happens when fatheads think they are important

And finally, Metblogs does Cinequest

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 5.9.11: Ponch, John, and Ash…

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Chances are, your Friday night wasn’t going to be as much fun as Councilmember Ash Kalra’s… But chances are your Saturday morning was a lot more relaxing… If you have no idea what we’re talking about, you should pay closer attention.  Kalra was arrested in downtown San Jose for drunk driving. He apparently blew a .12, but the blood tests are back yet.  Unfortuantely for Kalra, he was pulled over by Ponch (or was it John?) and not one of San Jose’s finest.  Perhaps we’ll find out soon if he used the famous, “Do you know who I am?” line on Ponch (or was it John?)… According to Facebook spies, Kalra is receiving nothing but love from friends.
Then, of course, there are ironic, unrelated stories…
San Jose to consider car-sharing program
Bike to Work Week starts next week…
An important court hearing is happening this week about whether, and how, to allow e-signature gathering for voter registration and petition-gathering can/should move forward. This is a big deal for San Jose’s Jude Barry.
From the blogs…
The San Jose Police Officers’ Association got their proposal to the City Council shot down.  They respond via blog
James at Mission City Lantern loves Jude Barry’s e-signatures
Metblogs fills us in about some free ice cream tomorrow

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…

Daily Fetch 3.30.11: Lots of A’s updates, including a Giambi siting

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

For those of you that would like a pre-Opening Day primer on the A’s efforts to move to San Jose, the Merc’s Tracy Seipel obliges with an in depth Q&A
In other MLB news, SI.com lists the Oakland A’s issues with MLB regarding their move to San Jose as 1 of 11 MLB storylines to watch in 2011, albeit Number 11 of 11…
There is a Facebook page that Lew Wolff (or anyone at an A’s game with a kid) probably won’t like… there is a movement to start every inning with a chant of “Lew Wolff sucks“…
And former A’s player Jason Giambi was in San Francisco yesterday… We doubt he’d join that Facebook page.
Oh yeah, Opening Day is tomorrow…
Here’s some weird news:  the Mexican Consulate is leaving San Jose for LA… Perhaps they want to be in a City with a MLB team?
The new leash-length law in San Jose passed the City Council yesterday… That is huge news.
For those of you keeping track of the comings and goings inside the San Jose City Manager’s office, mark your scoresheets:  Hans Larsen has dropped the “interim” from his previous title “Interim Director, Department of Transportation”…
To blogs…
There will be a fundaiser for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami at Roy’s in Japantown on April 2nd… Thank you Metblogs for the info
The budget vote last week in San Jose about the Firefighters’ contract concession is still getting play in the blogosphere… This time from the CEO Show blog of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Carl Guardino.  He thinks:  ”We’re best served when we attack issues – rather than the individuals or institutions who raise them…”  He is talking about Sam Liccardo…
San Jose Inside has a piece from Joe DiSalvo with cool art and the title:  A Model of Progressive Education… If he could just straighten out the County Board of Education…
Protect San Jose has a piece:  Labor Law Under Attack… (Note to Barbara Marshman, you should read this piece…)

Daily Fetch 3.4.11: Mr. Wolff, tear down this wall…

Friday, March 4th, 2011

The Mercury News caught up with the rest of the news world last night and posted a story about the San Jose Firefighters’ deal with the City of San Jose.  It’s a big deal, which everyone wrote about yesterday.  The deal still needs to be ratified by the union membership this weekend and by the City Council on Tuesday… The obvious question looming on the 18th floor (and on North 4th Street) is if the San Jose Police Officers’ Association is next, but don’t look to their blog for answers, because their blog is giving us the Watch Commander’s Report
Speaking of San Jose Police Officers, Sean Webby at the Merc asks the question:  How many Police Officers are enough for San Jose? Which is a question that we are certain we’ll hear conflicting information on in the coming weeks…
We noted last week that the civil trial related to the De Anza rape case is ongoing.  Today we learn that during testimony in that trial, “…a retired detective acknowledged…that he misquoted a former De Anza baseball player accused of…gang rape — making it appear in his report as though the young man had participated in the incident even thought the girl was “not functioning”…”  And so this case continues…
Mr. Wolff, tear down this wall!”  Those were the words of San Jose Councilmember Sam Liccardo as the first phase of demolition happened at the FMC site for the future home of the Earthquakes…
Speaking of Mr. Wolff (actually, it is previous Mr. Wolff’s father)… Lew Wolff is quite anxious for Mr. Selig to get off his ass and say something, anything, about the San Jose A’s.  The San Jose Silicon Valley Business Journal editorial crew agrees with Mr. Wolff
As if someone from the so-called Values Advocacy Council running for City Council wasn’t right-wing enough, the folks from the Westboro Baptist Church (y’know, the ones that protest at the funerals of dead US Soldiers) are going to (might?) protest at the opening of the production of the Laramie Project at Gunderson High School.
Metblogs has “3 mini-reviews from Cinequest” posted, which is helpful in deciding what to see…
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Daily Fetch 2.25.11: IPA hearts Chief

Friday, February 25th, 2011

The San Jose Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell  swore in San Jose’s new Police Chief Chris Moore yesterday.  Pretty interesting political symbolism and perhaps a very shrewd move by both swearer and swearee…  Will this spark a response from the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, who really, really dislike the Independent Police Auditor?
This is where we would generally link to Protect San Jose’s archived stories and statements (SJPOA Statement on New IPA, A Curious Appointment) they wrote about the appointment of LaDoris Cordell, but their archives are no longer up with the new redesign.  Someone call B2GMedia, quick!  Luckily, the archives still work on San Jose Inside so we share the quote from SJPOA President George Beattie from when Cordell was appointed:  “I have serious concerns about Ms. Cordell’s ability to be independent and objective.  While she has a right to be associated with community groups that have historically been critical and antagonistic to our officers, this should raise questions about her ability to be objective, just as Chris Constantin was considered biased because of his relationships.  I consider this a double standard.”
Merc columnist Mike Cassidy has his own ideas about how to improve the traffic at SJC… Remember, yesterday we learned that some folks in the City of San Jose want to add “Silicon Valley” to the already long official name of SJC. He suggests (tongue and cheek) selling naming rights to the airport.  First target, Apple.  Apple International Airport
In a follow-up story on adding Silicon Valley to SJC’s name, Bill Sherry, the airport director, had this to say, among other things:   “If you’re a foreign traveler, you know San Francisco. People don’t know where San Jose is.” Ouch… Perhaps that’s the same argument Oakland is making with Major League Baseball?
Downtown Wi-Fi may actually happen in Palo Alto.  The AT&T proposal is going to the City Council for a vote.  Let’s hope AT&T’s downtown Wi-Fi coverage is better than their cell phone coverage…
To the blogs…
While Protect San Jose doesn’t have anything (yet?) to say about LaDoris Cordell swearing in the new Chief, they do have something to say about Paul Blart policing the airport… They also use 9/11 to bolster their argument.
Mission City Lantern asks the new-age question:  Does Silicon Valley need an online newspaper?
Metblogs previews the Bay Area Pet Expo 2011 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds this weekend…
Finally, after a brief fascination with homes in San Mateo County, today the Chronicle is now moving further down the Peninsula.  They look at a beautiful, but pricy, home in Palo Alto in the Real Estate section and also provide a glimpse into the Juana Briones House (demolition)… Welcome to Santa Clara County Chronicle reporters…
Stay dry friends…

Daily Fetch 2.17.11: Cold-cases, hot-cases, and one busy DA…

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Jeff Rosen promised it during the campaign and now he is restoring the cold-case unit… Amazing how Dolores Carr’s name is still always in the newspaper…
From cold-case to hot-case…
A former employee at American Airlines at Mineta San Jose (International) Airport was stealing peoples’ credit cards just because she could… then “…she went on a half-million-dollar shopping spree…”  Allegedly, of course…
Lew Wolff’s Quakes plan to demolish the buildings on the proposed (soccer) stadium site… FMC Buildings, you were always so beautiful.
The final Environmental Impact Report is about to be released for Stanford’s hospital expansion.  Perhaps it will mean Palo Alto and Stanford can finally hug it out?
To the blogs…
Protect San Jose still doesn’t mention the apocalyptic budget/service cuts that the San Jose City Council discussed on Monday, but they do take a look at the Training Division
Metblogs takes a good look at Opera San Jose’s Barber of Seville
Jim Griffith over at Dweeb.org gives us an @ mention in his most recent post about Hangar One restoration… right back @ you Dweeb…

Daily Fetch 2.14.11: Happy (Budget) Valentine’s Day…

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Sunday was the Internal Affairs crew time shine in Merc:
The Merc on Saturday had a story about how pot busts in Santa Clara County might be on hold… But you knew that because San Jose Inside had the same story on January 5 weeks ago
There is nothing that is more fun to watch than local cities fight each other… and they are now fighting each other to keep their Caltrain stations.
The (controversial) composting plan in Palo Alto has been halted… Oops. Environmentalists versus conservationists… Love it!
As if the composting plan wasn’t controversial enough, it seems that parents are pissed at the Palo Alto Unified School District and aren’t afraid to show up to meetings and let the Board know…
The City of Gilroy has a big reserve fund that might help with budget short-falls… but not for long.  Apparently the $24.1 million won’t last that long…
To the blogs…
San Jose Councilbeard Pierluigi Oliverio talks dirty to his Budget Valentine on San Jose Inside…
Protect San Jose also looks at the City Council agenda Tuesday, but strangely leaves out today’s big San Jose budget session…
Metblogs celebrates their fourth year… and now they have a new server.