Posts Tagged ‘Morgan Hill’

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?, 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 3.13.13: The non-Pope election news that Teresa and Cindy (and MN?) have been waiting for…

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

It isn’t the election of a new Pope, but… the election news that you’ve all (if you all are Teresa Alvarado and Cindy Chavez) have been waiting for:  the special election to replace Gorgeous George is June 4th.  We’ve heard rumors about Cindy Chavez’s best friend also running, but can’t confirm at t his time…

If that wasn’t the news you were waiting for, then this might be.  The California Public Employees Relations Board – “a state agency that oversees government employee rights” – issued 4 complaints against he City of San Jose over Measure B… Protect San Jose’s take.

There’s a storm brewing in Mountain View… a student newspaper in the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District has a target on its back from angry (and repressed) parents because they dared to write openly, honestly, and with humor about sex.  Everybody calm the fuck down…  and good on ya’ student writers!

Earlier in the week, we had a heartwarming story from Morgan Hill about a woman who was sentenced to jail for using her 10 year old daughter to steal groceries.  If that wasn’t bad enough news from Morgan Hill, this is:  a worker at a local daycare has been arrested for allegedly putting sleeping pills into kids’ juice.

Daily Fetch 3.12.13: More (Gorgeous) George Shirakawa news…

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

It was (another) not a good day for George Shirakawa.  It seems his misdeeds may not have been taking place only since he’s been a Supervisor.  The acting City Clerk in San Jose has been taking a look at Gorgeous George’s City Council campaign filings… and guess what?  There seems to be some forgeries… The DA is taking a look.  San Jose InsideMercury News.  Oh, and the Board of Supervisors will decide the actual special election date to replace Gorgeous George.  We wonder if this will impact their decision…

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Homelessness in San Jose is getting a very close look and some action toward help… The Editorial Board at the Merc has a view.

On the flip side of the economy, Santana Row is planning 3 new office buildings catering to tech companies

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed delivers his March Budget Message this week, which gets a quick, and pointed, response from Jim Unland at the San Jose Police Officers’ Association:  San Jose Deserves Better than Tired, Rehashed Ideas in Mayor’s Budget… We wish that guy would just say what he means… J

It’s this type of story that just warms the heart:  a Morgan Hill mother was sentenced to 60 days in jail for using her 10 year old daughter to steal groceries.  As they say, start ‘em early…

Usually, Palo Alto doesn’t find itself at the center of anything related to Hollywood… but today, Mike Judge brings his “Untitled Silicon Valley Project” to University Avenue in Palo Alto.  That traffic should make people very, very glad that nobody ever wants to shoot anything in Palo Alto.

Daily Fetch 9.28.12: Happy Friday?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The political endorsements continue at the Mercury News Editorial Board… they must be busy over there.  Today’s endorsements go to three Santa Clara City Council candidates:  Mohammed Nadeem, Teresa O’Neill, and Jerry Marsalli.  Ok, now you can go back to your normal routine of not caring what happens in Santa Clara… (Except for the 49ers, of course…)

In other political news… an OpEd slamming the San Jose Water Company for going for a 44 percent rate increase… And lest you think the Merc would only print an anti-corporate OpEd, there’s this to prove you wrong:  Teacher unions do themselves no favor with measures on ballot

We haven’t heard how the “Expose Rose” event went last night at the San Jose Police Officers’ Association headquarters, but we’re sure it was a hoot (especially with a hosted bar…)

“We are here to reboot Caltrain…”  That was the refrain, sort of, at the Caltrain station in Millbrae yesterday to celebrate a load of State cash coming in for modernization.

In some sad news, the Hobee’s at Town & Country in Palo Alto will be closing in January… It seems that some believe that the (now really fancy) shopping center “…must evolve to meet the needs of modern clients and tenants…” Apparently blueberry coffee cake is not modern enough anymore…

Finally, if this story from Morgan Hill doesn’t warm your heart, nothing will:  “…Police said a 38-year-old mother who used her 10-year-old daughter to help shoplift carts full of groceries fled a theft scene and disappeared last week, leaving her young accomplice holding the bag as store security closed in…”

Daily Fetch 9.20.12: Will it (the new SJ Police Chief) be an inside job?

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

With a rising crime rate, a shrinking Police force, and a retiring Police Chief, who will be the next San Jose Police Chief.  The dynamic duo of Salonga and Woolfolk take a look.  Will it be an inside job?  Interesting to note that San Jose Councilmember Pete Constant (a former Officer himself) is pushing for an outsider

San Jose Inside/The Fly takes a look at who will try to replace Sam Liccardo in San Jose’s District 3 race in 2 years… Three folks who work on the 18th floor in San Jose City Hall seem to be interested.  (Lest we forget, the last 2 folks from the 18th floor to run for Council lost – Cogan/Fedor… Of course, Don Rocha is a Councilmember now, so there’s that…)

Well, here’s a headline that speaks to genetics:  Father of accused killer of Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar goes on trial for molestation.  The apple doesn’t fall far

We’ll end in Mountain View, where politics is getting very heated.  Check out this lawn sign defacement… which should make Monday’s candidates’ forum very, very interesting…

Daily Fetch 8.29.12: You may be having a good day, but a bunch of folks aren’t

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The Daily Fetch crew is having a good morning… but not everyone is:

  • There is another story about the Supervisor Shirakawa’s body guard… Let’s just say that the County Supervisor and the Sheriff aren’t handling this well and leave it at that.  We can only imagine how much fun these stories are to write for Tracy Seipel at the Merc…
  • The Water District is (still) proving to be the gang that can’t shoot straight… Not only did they mis-write their ballot language and had two too many words in it, they also didn’t add to 15 properly.  (Seriously…) Perhaps Joe Judge knew this was all going down and was the catalyst for him bowing out?  We doubt it, but it does make you wonder who’s minding the store over there… and
  • Milpitas and Morgan Hill may have to cough up a bunch of cash to the state for improperly trying to move around Redevelopment funds… Perhaps Milpitas and Morgan Hill can get some help with how to do things properly from the Water District.

If you’d like to know what the Editorial Board at the Merc thinks about the Republican Convention, you can read this… But if you’d like to know what some big-name Republican think about Mitt Romney, you can absolutely not miss this from David Brooks

We are sorry we missed this previously, but Sal Pizarro at the Merc visited Casino M8trix and has a lot more to say about the terrible name of the place than we ever have… Oh, and people read Pizarro’s column, which is more than we can say for our online rag.

Finally, there is a very strange story  brewing in Mountain View.  Rapper E-40 believes that he and Too Short are being kept out of performing at Shoreline.  This one is a little hard to follow, but worth the trek over to the Mountain View Voice for a read-through

Daily Fetch 6.12.12: Nancy Pyle and Don Rocha, please read San Jose Inside before today’s Council meeting…

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

While the Measure B battle at the polls is over and has moved to the courtroom… there are still contentious battles at the San Jose City Council.

One issue, which his a rehash of an old issue from a month ago, is whether new hires (people who haven’t yet been promised anything) should be hired at a “second tier”.  While the answer seems obvious to anyone who doesn’t work at the Labor Temple or in a few City Council offices, the Merc Editorial Board would like to make it clear:  No excuses, San Jose should pass second tier benefits for new hires.

If Ed Board wasn’t unambiguous enough, Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, fresh off a victory last Tuesday, goes off on his colleagues on San Jose Inside - specifically Don Rocha and Nancy Pyle.  We aren’t sure if Oliverio read Peter Allen’s piece on Inside recently, but we certainly are looking forward to Council fireworks this afternoon…

As if providing a retort to Measure B… former Police Chief of San Jose Joseph McNamara chimes in (about 4 weeks too late) providing “A lesson from the past”… Which earned him some praise from Protect San Jose

In other Joseph McNamara writings, he is pro-pot, pro-legalizing drugs, and pro-a lot of other things Protect San Jose probably disagrees with.  Just saying…

Finally, while we’re talking about police:  A dude was arrested in Morgan Hill because he lunged at a Police Officer with a knife.  It goes without saying that he would have been a little bit more than “arrested” if he had done the same thing in San Jose…



Daily Fetch 2.15.12: #pensiongate takes a new turn…

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

There was Twitter buzz last night about the San Jose Ethics Commission not being able to hear the ethics complaint filed against the Mayor in the aftermath of last week’s NBC Bay Area pension story. (Dubbed #pensiongate by @protectsanjose…) We Tweeted this:

The San Jose City Council might place a tax measure on the ballot in June (to go hand-in-hand with the pension reform measure)… but it won’t go on the ballot yet. Perhaps in a few weeks, but not yet.

The juiciest story of the day (and the strangest) comes from Morgan Hill, where a woman is accusing a police officer of posting her photo on Facebook… Didn’t Pete Constant have a similar complaint?

Daily Fetch 11.3.11: Rick Perry’s local mouthpiece…

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry was in town yesterday for some fundraising events.  (While we’re on Rick Perry, did you see this video?)  Unbelievably, Rick Perry didn’t say the dumbest thing about his own visit to Silicon Valley, that honor went to Steve Mullen, the County’s Republic Party Chairman.  In the Merc, Mullen is quoted saying this, about what Perry’s plans in Silicon Valley are/were:  ”It’s the 1 percent baby…”
Read into the Merc running this story what you will (Protect)… From Mark Gomez:  Morgan Hill police praised for not using lethal force on man brandishing knife… When you read the story, it shouldn’t be hard to read into the Merc’s point:  ”In San Jose, there have been seven officer-involved shootings this year, three of them fatal.”
San Jose Councilmembers Don Rocha, Ash Kalra, Nancy Pyle, and Kansen Chu want to find out how City Manager Debra Figone hires her top staff and why there are very few minorities in those positions.  Ironic that Kansen Chu would now complain about senior staff in the City after having called one to get him out of a jam
The Chronicle (with Bloomberg) takes an interesting look at Los Gatos’ favorite CEO.  No, not Greg Larson… Reed Hastings.  And by “interesting look” we mean, should he be fired.