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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.
That’s it for today, for now.  On Twitter and Facebook we update mid-day, so check it out…

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.

Daily Fetch 6.14.10: Forrest’s Votes > Teresa’s Vote… but not by much

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The race for County Supervisor isn’t over yet.  We wrote about it Friday afternoon in this post:  Stop. The. Presses… The Mercury News hasn’t seem to write about it yet.  But the Morgan Hill Times is on the scene… Only 33 votes separate the number 2 and number 3 vote-getters (Forrest Williams and Teresa Alvarado respectively).  Let’s see how this plays out.  The 2nd place finisher will take on Mike Wasserman in November…
Big budget news in San Jose hit the paper late in the afternoon on Friday.  It turns out the Mayor of San Jose might just have enough votes to impose a 10 percent pay cut on 6 employee unions.  Councilmember Rose Herrera joined the pay cut party in a press conference and delivered this nifty turn of phrase in the Merc story:  ”…I’m a moderate, and that makes me a pain for all sides to deal with. I have been threatened, and I have been courted…”  What is she talking about, you ask?  Well, it seems this weekend the South Bay Labor Council planned a precinct walking effort to get Councilmember Herrera to not stand with the Mayor… those plans seemed to have backfired in a big way.  Another interesting tid bit is that Supervisor Dave Cortese seems to be pushing Herrera to vote against the Mayor… which brings up another question:  What does he have to do with this?  I’m glad you asked.  It seems for Supervisor Cortese, the 2014 campaign for Mayor is on his mind, according to political observers… Of course, Herrera and the 2010 City Council are trying to balance a budget mess that Councilmember Cortese never addressed when he was on the Council to say nothing of the County’s budget disaster…
Then on Sunday, Mayor Reed penned an Op Ed that could have been titled “Elections have consequences” but was titled:  San Jose voters want council to stand up to unions and save services.  Tell us how you really feel Mr. Reed.
Now that Santa Clara has voted on their big sports stadium measure, it is time for San Jose to vote on theirs too, at some point.  The San Jose A’s backers did a poll that was written about over the weekend that matches up with the Mercury News’ poll a few months back.  Folks in San Jose want the A’s.  ”…79 percent of [survey] participants agreed that luring the Oakland A’s would be a good investment for the city…”  That poll, and Santa Clara’s recent 49ers’ victory, had San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed saying this:  ”…Their transaction was a lot more expensive and a lot more complicated than what we’re looking at…” And Lew Wolff saying this, “…It bodes very well…”
The Mercury News Editorial Board is positively giddy (sort of) at the thought of San Jose as the “…future Sports Town USA…” The Daily Fetch is excited too… if only the Sharks could win important playoff series…
From the team at the Merc’s Internal Affairs this weekend:
  • Much to the dismay of Aaron Resendez, Ryan Ford and Rolando Bonilla, the two top aides to Assemblymember-in-Waiting Nora Campos are starting thier own political consulting firm, but it seems they had to check in with a few lobbyists first
  • If you have a hard time understanding the internal politics of the Vietnamese American community in San Jose, this won’t help:  There is a run-off between Madison Nguyen and Minh Duong in San Jose City Council District 7.  The two other Vietnamese American candidates who were in the race against Madison Nguyen will not be endorsing either Madison or Minh… but Rudy Rodriguez, the other person who was in the race is endorsing Minh.  Did you get that?
  • Jim Cogan, the (distant) third-place finisher in the San Jose City Council Dsitrict 9 race is back at work, and already had a lunch set up with first-place finisher Don Rocha…
From our blog-brethren:  Mission City Lantern got a post-Measure J design upgrade… Congratulations Mr. Rowen.  Well done… And Politicon Valley is still in hibernation…