FETCH EXCLUSIVE – 1%’er Darling Sam Liccardo, Part Deux
The Carl Guardino Super-PAC to help Sam Liccardo has some newbies from everywhere but San Jose who wrote more fat checks and were not included in our post yesterday. These amounts are well above the $1,100 dollar limit San Jose has in place for contributions to a candidate and they include more Republican loving folks like:
- $15,000 from Saratoga’s Paul Gentzkow a muckity-muck from Robert Half International Inc. Some of his GOP faves include Dean Ackerman, Guiliani and McCain.
- $20,000 from Monte Sereno’s Daniel Warmenhoven who just happens to be one of Carl Guardino’s board members at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
- $5,000 from Piedmont’s Andrew Ball who also contributed to the National Republican Congressional Committee, Republican National Committee, and Kevin McCarthy for Congress.
The Merc’s New Guy at City Hall did his best to put Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo in his cross-hairs in the latest profile piece of the 4 serious SJ mayoral candidates and Rose. The New Guy forgot to mention the 400 po-po that have left, the crime rate rising faster than the national average, major portions of the Measure B pension measure being ruled unconstitutional and hundreds of thousands pouring into a Carl Guardino Super-PAC to bolster Liccardo. But the New Guy did hit the nail on the head when he pointed out all the promises Sam makes with little to show for it.
The best part of the profile was this line describing Sam being just plum tuckered out and putting himself into a time-out:
“…at one point during an interview last week…he asked for a break so he could sit quietly for a bit.”
Fetch guesses that all those ideas bouncing around Sam’s head can be exhausting.And in other news from über rich techies, their companies and problems they face
Apparently, 1%’er billionaire investor Vinod Khosla did not block access to Martins State Beach when he plopped down $37.5 million for the beachfront property where a closed gate has prevented the 99% from reaching the beach by land. Khosla’s property manager, Steven Baugher, took the bullet for his boss in his testimony in San Mateo Superior Court when he testified it was his idea to close the gate and he did not consult with Khosla. Fetch can’t even imagine the Christmas bonus Baughers’ gonna get….
Jesse Jackson brings his Rainbow PUSH Coalition back to Silicon Valley to poke at tech titans like e-bay and Google for their lack of inclusion. Jackson says:
“Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day. When it comes to African-Americans on Board[s] – ZERO. C-suites, ZERO. Minority firms in IPO’s and financial transactions, advertising and professional services – ZERO. These ZEROES are contrary to the enlightened values exposed by the industry. Rainbow PUSH is seeking meetings with tech leaders to address these ZEROES head on.”
Leave. Zuckerberg. alone.
Up in Smoke…again. SJ’s city council chambers looked like it was converted to an Ashram to host a Hare Krishna convention last night. The city council was supposed to vote on clamping down on SJ pot stores run amok but instead did what they do best and punted until next week. Maybe the councilmembers got a contact high because no amount of incense can disguise the smell of weed that was practically imbedded into many of the audience member’s clothes.
KTVU-2 says it is being told by city hall insiders that M8trix Casino is under investigation for shuffling money around to show it is not making a profit and thus not required to pay into a fund to help gamblers avoid gambling. The report says that our off the market, Hottie AG, Kamala Harris has issued a complaint against Matrix and is looking further into the accusation.
Help for gamblers came too late for former Supervisor George Shirakawa who has been sprung from the Santa Rita jail he has been housed at, so says Metro’s Josh Koehn. Shirakawa’s legal troubles are not over as he faces a new trial in September over an untrue/illegal mail piece attacking Magdalena Carrasco as a communist sympathizer during the heated 2010 D-5 election that saw Shirakawa’s aid, Xavier Campos squeak into office.
Nobody is spying in Palo Alto…well…at least that is what city officials are telling residents who are complaining about cameras popping up in their neighborhood. The cameras are being used to count cars and bikes in some neighborhoods. Snowden, where are you…
Looks like this SJ po-po, who is out on bail and on administrative leave, may be in even hotter water as the DA adds charges that could lead to 12-years behind bars.
SJ residents gave the city council an earful about garbage rates rising. Didn’t work, the council raised rates to about $30 bucks a month for a 32-gallon container.
The recall of Sunnyvale City Councilmember Pat Meyering is alive and kicking and the reasons for recalling the petty, abrasive, and disruptive Meyering are laid out in this well written op-ed by Christopher R. Moylan and Nancy S. Tivol.