Posts Tagged ‘rolando bonilla’

Daily Fetch 6.14.12: Dennis Hawkins’ performance review…

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

We’ll start with Scott:  Herhold delves a little deeper into the library initiative that the San Jose City Clerk fucked up.  You remember, the Clerk (and the City Attorney in San Jose) were telling library backers that they needed about 20,000 signatures to qualify their ballot initiative, but the truth, which they told the library backers on the day the signatures were due (basically) was that they needed 50,000 signatures.  Let’s just say Herhold’s column will probably be an issue during City Clerk Dennis Hawkins’ job performance review… Oh, and if the photo is any indication, Peter Allen found a razor…

If that wasn’t enough about City of San Jose fuck-ups… there’s this:  San Jose will pay $395,000 to two women fire captains to settle gender-bias suit.  (By the way, $395,000 is like a year of pension/benefits for a retired fire captain, so no biggy…)

The Merc Editorial Board has a piece about the second tier vote earlier in the week in San Jose.  But accompanying (the online) story, is the awkward picture of Chuck Reed and Pat Dando giving each other a high-five… It doesn’t get less awkward with the passage of time, thankfully.

Speaking of Mayor Reed, San Jose Inside looks at Reed’s newfound love affairs with Fox News… or is it Fox News’ newfound love affair with high-fiving Chuck Reed?

In other blog news, Rich Robinson laments that high-powered women are no longer in office in Santa Clara County.  (Which if course also serves to bolster his clients past, present, and future…)  Curiously, he leaves out Assemblymember Nora Campos from the mix. Why Rich?  You should expect a call from Mr. Bonilla…

In other news further up the Peninsula, local golden boy Marc Berman is running for Palo Alto City Council.  The Daily Fetch knows nothing about Palo Alto politics, but does this pit Berman against Kniss?

Daily Fetch 1.28.11: Chris Moore, Removing the “Interim”

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The big story of the day is that the City of San Jose has chosen its new Police Chief, or at least the City Manager’s selection for the new Police Chief has been made public… Anthony Batts is staying in Oakland and interim Chief Chris Moore will (almost certainly) be San Jose’s next non-interim Chief.  Some reaction:  San Jose City Manager Deb Figone is pleased with her decision. Former San Jose Police Chief (and all around media darling) Joseph McNamara thinks it is a great choice.  Scott Herhold at the Merc calls the choice “a victory for common sense“… The Editorial Board at the Merc says, “New San Jose chief must show he heard public concerns.”  Speaking of public concerns:  community activists and critics of the San Jose Police Department aren’t so pleased.  The most vocal critic of the Department, Raj Jayadev, said that the City missed an historic opportunity for change.  This is even important enough (apparently) that the Chronicle is even covering it.  In Oakland, the feeling is that Anthony Batts, while not moving to San Jose, may not be long for Oakland either… kind of like the A’s…
The San Jose Police Officers’ Association blog, Protect San Jose, has been quiet on the build up to the new Chief’s announcement, and they are again today going into their regularly scheduled programming, Watch Commander’s Report
One of the first issues Chris Moore will deal with as interim, and then as chief, is the officer-involved shooting from earlier this week.  The County Sheriff’s office released the name of the man that was fatally shot:  Oazi Do.
Here’s a weird story:  The Palo Alto Dispatch Center received 566 “phantom” calls over five hours a few weeks back.  They think it was all a technological snafu from a Verizon Wireless phone rather than a prankster.
In real estate news… Facebook has bought land near the Sun Microsystems (former) campus is Menlo Park.  That’s good news for Menlo Park, bad news for Palo Alto, Facebook’s current home.  We wonder who will play Facebook’s real estate agent in Social Network II…
To the blogs…
There is another chapter in the domain name saga between local political consultants Roland Bonilla & Ryan Ford and Jay Rosenthal.  San Jose Inside has the details of a lawsuit Ford & Bonilla filed against Rosenthal.
San Jose Metblogs is still (still?) down
Dweeb.org (the blog of Sunnyvale Councilmember Jim Griffith) pays tribute to a Sunnyvale Public Safety Officer who died in the line of duty on this date in 1962.
A blog that is making its way into our repertoire is Carl Guardino’s CEO Show Blog… this week’s posting?:  Caltrain.
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Daily Fetch 10.29.10: October (sort of) Surprise about Xavier Campos…

Friday, October 29th, 2010

An October (sort of) Suprise tops today’s local political news.  (It is only ‘sort of’ a surprise because the wagons have been circling for sometime…)  Here’s the Mercury News headline:  DA’s warrant documents reveal deeper role for Xavier Campos in MACSA scandal… Remember, Mr. Campos is running for San Jose City Council in District 5 to replace his sister.  The details of this story put Mr. Campos a lot closer to the embezzlement action than he has previously acknowledged… This story also comes a few hours after The Daily Fetch newsroom phones were ringing off the hook letting us know that Mr. Campos dodged a radio debate yesterday and instead sent his sister’s campaign spokesperson Rolando Bonilla.  Our fax line was burning up as well letting us know that the anti-Magdalena Carrasco folks sent out a piece of mail with Carrasco’s home address on it.  Classy… We’ll see if Mr. Campos comes out of his house before election day to talk about any of this…
The case involving a San Jose Police Officer’s use of force against two downtown restaurant goers ended in a split verdict.  The woman who was arrested was found not guilty, but her husband was “of attacking the cop“…
We haven’t written much about it (probably because Mission City Lantern has)… but there is a City Council and Mayor’s race in Santa Clara right now.  On Monday night, there will be a “final word” forum for candidates that will be televised on Santa Clara television.  Sounds awesome…
In other political news, the service employee union at Foothill-DeAnza Community College District is opposing Foothill’s parcel tax on Tuesday’s ballot.  You read that right… perhaps this follows the Chronicle’s piece on some professors’ massive salaries there?
PG&E has let their friends in Palo Alto know that the gasline that passes through does not leak.
While we’re in Palo Alto… the next cell phone tower battle is going to be in Palo Alto.  We’ve had one in Los Altos recently and one coastside in San Mateo County.  Now, “residents fret over Palo Alto church cell tower” according to the Palo Alto Weekly… There is a 100 percent chance that these same residents fret over not having cell service in their homes…
And by the way, the San Jose-hating Giants won big last night… Apparently it is ok to mess with Texas…

Daily Fetch 7.5.10: Fireworks hangover…

Monday, July 5th, 2010

The Daily Fetch will be publishing this week… but it may not be the full monty everyday, just the real highlights.  (And Santa Clarans talking about their runs for City Council in the comments…)
We’ll start with this because it is ongoing:  there was a fire at Trace Elementary School in San Jose this morning that is under investigation.
The Mercury News makes the connection that the San Jose Police Officers’ Association and Firefighters have been trying to avoid for sometime… the fact that binding arbitration in Vallejo and in San Jose may be a key reason why salary and benefits outstrip revenues and why Vallejo, and perhaps San Jose?, went into bankruptcy.  The story in the Merc talks about a possible November ballot measure in San Jose to repeal binding arbitration… expect backlash from Kathleen Flynn…
It isn’t just in San Jose where police officers and fire fighters have been negotiating new contracts… police and fire in Mountain View have a new contract extension for the next two years
Some City pools in San Jose were saved by some City pols… including Councilmember Nancy Pyle, who is helping covering the cost of keeping Almaden Lake open for business by using some of her office budget and Councilmember Sam Liccardo who used money from his campaign to keep Biebrach pool open this summer…
Scott Herhold is back and celebrating his journalistic freedom this week… he takes on two aides to Councilmember/ Assemblymember Nora Campos for moonlighting for a San Jose developer
The Civil Grand Jury issued a report about consolidating school districts in Santa Clara County as a way to save money.  Save money maybe, but the headaches of doing this would probably cost you that money in Extra Strength Excedrin…
Assessor Larry Stone… boooooo… says that property values in the County have taken a dive worse than they did during the Great Depression.  Which might be good news for the next John Steinbeck, but not many other people…
Skype is moving to Palo Alto… which is great if you are Palo Alto, but bad if you are San Jose and Brisbane, where Skype is located now.
Speaking of Palo Alto, it seems the Downtown Business Improvement District is in “disarray” – which makes for a troubled District, but great reading in the Palo Alto Weekly
Sunnyvale Councildweeb.org Jim Griffith let’s us know that Sunnyvale’s population is now (officially) 140,450.
Here’s a headline that is loooong overdue: USA Swimming begins revamping policies to protect young athletes.  In related news, the Vatican is thinking about drafting up some new guidlines too…
See you tomorrow… enjoy the parades.