Posts Tagged ‘team san jose’

Daily Fetch 2.11.13: Pope as Police Chief?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

The rumor that the Pope is resigning to take over as Chief of the San Jose Police Department are (apparently) unfounded.

If he came here, the Pope would find plenty to do.  Another homicide over the weekend in San Jose… but as a gift to San Jose’s crime numbers, this one was in an incorporated area.

The San Jose City Council is feeling generous… maybe.  Team San Jose is doing such a good job managing the convention center and related issues that it wants that bonus… although, they did miss one benchmark in order to make the bonus automatic.  Our folks inside City Hall are hinting that the City Council might just be feeling generous anyway…

To Internal Affairs

  • Apparently, someone is out there polling for the 2014 Mayor’s race… and
  • More apparently, the South Bay Labor Council doesn’t like Mayor Reed, his State of the City address last week, or really anything else about the Mayor.  But they have a hard time proving businesses are moving elsewhere because of Chuck…

In other political news, if you are looking for proof that politicians shouldn’t set themselves up to have silly pictures taken, look no further than San Jose Inside and Chuck Reed posing with the Earthquakes mascot

How’s this for a weird story:  Sand Hill Property Company is giving a massive facelift to the Edgewood Plaza in Palo Alto.  As part of that facelift and new development, they were supposed to revamp two ‘historic’ buildings.  But they knocked one of the buildings down without getting the go ahead from the City.  The Council in Palo Alto will talk about it today…

Daily Fetch 10.24.12: “I need to leave work at 4 today for an ‘off-site’ meeting”

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The San Jose-hating Giants take the field tonight… so expect every single one of your employees to have a meeting “outside the office” at about 4:15 (so they can get home for the 5 p.m. start time)…

As if there is any other news…

Here’s a story that will make Sean Webby wish he never left the Merc:  A former San Jose police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against the city alleging he was pressured to retire in retaliation for reporting what he considered time-card fraud among his fellow cops.  (Protect is still on Rose Herrera duty…)

County Supervisors will starting thinking about what to do with the only building in San Jose uglier than their own:  the old City Hall.  Hold on to your hats, the County’s record in dealing with big projects (like the ambulance contract) and small projects (bodyguards) is not great…

Proving that you can do your homework while watching television, Scott Herhold writes a column about watching the Giants Game 7 and watching the Presidential debate on Monday night…

In other (down ballot) political news, Sharon Noguchi looks at local school board races:  San Jose Unified, East Side Union, and County Board of Education… It’s the last race where we’re getting all the emails.  Someone please send us some of the mail…

In more (down ballot) political news, the San Jose City Council took “no position” on Measure D – the minimum wage hike.  Of course, it’s a little hard to follow the story when this is a key sentence in it:  During the afternoon session, councilwoman Nancy Pyle had voted to oppose Measure D, along with Mayor Chuck Reed and council members Sam Liccardo, Rose Herrera, Nancy Pyle, Pete Constant and Pierluigi Oliverio.  What did Nancy Pyle do in the afternoon?

Team San Jose is losing its fearless leader (and so is the airport) next year… but the City Council in San Jose renewed the contract for Team San Jose for another 5 years.  Time to bring back Dan Fenton?

Daily Fetch 10.17.12: @barbmarshman Tweets the night away…

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

In case you missed it, there was a debate last night… and one of the top Tweeters of the event was not Bill Maher (although he’s pretty great) it was none other than the Mercury News’ @barbmarshman.  Pretty cool… Here’s a snapshot (click for larger image):

Speaking of a good wit and a sharp tongue – the headline writer at the Palo Alto Daily had this to say about Mountain View’s proposed Chick-fil-A:  Mountain View council fries Chick-fil-A’s plans for drive-thru eatery

The Superman of running things well in San Jose is retiring.  The head of the airport and of Team San Jose, Bill Sherry, is stepping down next year and the search is on to replace him at both offices.

If this is your strategy to political victory, you are likely not going to win:  “We were outspent more than 10-to-1 but only outvoted 2-to-1…”  That’s a Sally Lieber quote and she is not likely going to win.

Finally, to the NFL, where Santa Clara was short-listed to host either Super Bowl 50 or 51 (2016 or 2017).   Leave now if you want to drive on 101 in Santa Clara in early February of 2016 (or 2017)…

Daily Fetch 12.14.11: One giant leap for the Santa Clara 49ers…

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

One small vote for the Santa Clara City Council, one giant leap for the Santa Clara 49ers… Dude, it is happening.  Sorry Mayor Ed Lee… Actually, not that sorry.
Here’s a headline you never would have seen under Dan Fenton:  San Jose City Council endorses Team San Jose… A pretty amazing turn-around.  Was Fenton that big of a problem?
Here’s something that should make Cupertino’s Barry Chang happy… (if there is anything that could make that guy happy…):  With eye on Lehigh Cement, air management district proposes new regulations on cement manufacturing
You probably didn’t know it, but today is apparently a big day for charter schools in the County. That’s because the (always exciting/entertaining) County Board of Education is set to vote on 20 Rocketship schools at once… If the Merc Editorial Board were sitting inside the fancy building down the street from the Merc’s (empty) World Headquarters, they’d vote yes

Daily Fetch 9.13.11: See you at 420 in San Jose…

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Silicon Valley is boring today… (Until the 420 meeting in San Jose at today’s San Jose Council meeting)…
Earlier in the week, Team San Jose got a big thumbs up on their finances to end the fiscal year… Today, Team San Jose gets a huge thumbs up from the Mercury News Editorial Board who chime in and say that Team San Jose should not have any competition in the future and the RFP process that the City wanted to go through for management of the Convention Center shouldn’t go through…
Apparently “Sin City” doesn’t apply to Piedmont Hills High School… Because mini-skirts have now been banned, and that includes cheerleading uniforms too…
Back to work everyone…

Daily Fetch 9.12.11: A “Constant” Problem with Facebook?

Monday, September 12th, 2011

We’ll start with a Tweet that made us giggle this morning via @mercnews:  Team San Jose ends fiscal year with positive results Um, yeah.  That’s because Dan isn’t there…
Over the weekend, we learned that San Jose City Councilmember Pete Constant has a problem with some San Jose Police Officers using Facebook to bash him.  He has filed a complaint against two officers who let their feelings be known on Facebook.  Interesting times…
In former San Jose City Councilmember news, County Supervisor Dave Cortese would like CalPers to invest in local jobs… (Like maybe in companies like Solyndra?)  And Cortese knows a thing or two about making pension funds successful?
To Protect San Jose, where George Beattie thinks that you may have forgotten about the sacrifice of Police Officers and Firefighters during September 11th because you are concerned about pension costs… In a different tone, Councilmember Ash Kalra chimes in on Protect to thank those Police Officers and Firefighters for their service
Finally, we Tweeted this last week about the “Legislators in the hood” party hosted by Assemblymember Campos (and others):
Ok friends…. that’s it.  Until Tuesday…

Daily Fetch 3.7.11: What does Ludacris have to do with 669?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

The news that some folks in Santa Clara County are going to get new area codes (669?) has really pissed off Ludacris…

Firefighters went first in San Jose, then five more unions followed suit on Friday agreeing to big concessions.  We dubbed it Concession Friday on Twitter.  Who’s next?  Police Officers?
Bill Sherry, formerly the airport guy and now the airport and Team San Jose guy, gets a thumbs up from the Merc Editorial Board… if he can manage the whole enchilada…
Scott Herhold at the Merc chimed in over the weekend on the difference between San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and San Jose City Councilmember Sam Liccardo.  Aside from the obvious, one smiles and one doesn’t, Herhold talks about stylistic/political differences.  Most interestingly, Herhold sets the Mayor’s race in 2014 as one between Liccardo and County Supervisor Dave Cortese, who will presumably try to do better in 2014 than he did in 2006…
Another possible 2014 Mayoral candidate, Pete Constant, was the spotlight of an Internal Affairs’ piece in the Merc on Sunday.  He apparently doesn’t want to hire an Administrative Assistant, but the union that represents Administrative Assistants thinks he is required to.  It is now in arbitration, which will probably cost everyone more than the $70,000 it would cost to actually hire an Administrative Assistant…
Any of you that follow The Daily Fetch @thedailyfetch on Twitter, may have noticed that we have a thing going with @baycitizen.  First, they hate San Jose and the fact that San Jose might get the A’s.  Aside from that, they got the story wrong on Twitter about the two casinos got busted last week, putting the casinos in Emeryville and San Jose rather than Emeryville and San Bruno.  (Because we all know that San Jose’s casinos are upstanding citizens…)  Then, they made a pretty serious grammatical error ending a sentence in a preposition… We’ll see if they respond to my @Tweet…
Back to the grind people… enjoy the day.

Daily Fetch 2.18.11: Good evening. Pensions. Good night.

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Last night, Mayor Chuck Reed gave his State of the City speech.  To paraphrase, “Hello.  Green Vision, Pensions, pensions, pensions, budget… budget, budget, budget, pensions.  Redevelopment, good night.”  Those in the room noted how much fun it was to watch some Councilmembers squirm when they heard the Mayor’s plan for pension reform… Full speech here, for those that couldn’t get enough last night… Did anyone else notice that the TelePrompter went down?
Protect San Jose gave the official response (sort of).  They have a response to the Mayor’s speech online and they don’t pull many punches.  Some choice quotes from the post titled:  The Mayor’s Fuzzy Math (we’re not sure using George Bush’s phrase ‘fuzzy math’ is a great start, but whatever):
  • When Mayor Reed began suggesting massive layoffs at SJPD, headhunters from other parts of the state and other parts of the country began contacting us to let us know that they are hiring. In fact, recruiters from one state will be flying out next week to meet with our officers. San Jose’s loss will be that community’s gain.
  • Did you know that in the history of the City of San Jose not one police officer has been laid off? Even at the height of the Great Depression, city leaders were able to find solutions that kept cops on the streets.
Remember the good old days when Mayor Reed would respond to the SJPOA right on their blog?
Merc headline:  Obama meets with Silicon Valley tech elite.  The undisclosed location was in Woodside at the home of venture capitalist John Doerr, who is way above “elite”…  The Almanac has pictures of the President’s car…
Dude, Mountain View may actually officially allow pot clubs.  Good thing Castro Street has lots and lots of good restaurants…
San Jose Inside/Metro has a very interesting piece about how a PR flack can change the tide of some local coverage.  Inside’s PR flack example:  David Satterfield, the former Merc Managing Editor.  The topic:  Team San Jose. Remember a few days ago when Team San Jose got some good news in the Merc and even a positive Editorial… Inside says it was Satterfield.
Morgan Hill is doing its best to keep Redevelopment money in Morgan Hill and out of Sacramento
Have a good long weekend folks.  Enjoy the Tahoe traffic…

Daily Fetch 2.8.11: Dan Fenton jealous of Caltrain CEO?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Recently, there has been a serious effort, by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and others, to Save Caltrain.  Last week there was news that one of the cost-saving measures was to close half of the Peninsula stations on top of other cuts that have already been implemented… But then there is this:  Despite historic financial woes, Caltrain CEO’s $400,000 paycheck is state’s highest… That will not sit well with anyone… While everyone can debate that salary, VTA might have a plan to actually Save Caltrain… May we suggest cutting the CEO’s salary?  John Horgan at the County Times is also sharing an idea:  BART-only north of Millbrae
Tracy Seipel takes a look at what the San Jose and Oakland Redevelopment Agencies are doing to assembly parcels (and cash) to build a Major League Baseball stadium.  Do you think the folks at Major League Baseball’s headquarters are sifting through Redevelopment Agency spreadsheets on one computer screen while they monitor reGovernor Brown’s press conferences on the other?
We know that the San Jose City Council is concerned about the Redevelopment Agencies long-term health, whether or not reGovernor Brown steals it… San Jose Councilmembers Ash Kalra and Kansen Chu penned an Op Ed in the Merc defense of Redevelopment
The Gilroy Dispatch Editorial Board is getting impatient over the long-simmering story about MACSA… They have piece calling on Jeff Rosen to do something where Dolores Carr did not… Specifically, “Rosen needs to gather the investigative team and assess where the case stands. Are there more resources needed to determine whether charges should be filed? Is prosecution near? Is the case a black hole that the plug should be pulled on?”…
Team San Jose gets some rare props from the Mercury News Editorial Board for the (delayed) changes it has made, including last week’s disclosure about former CEO Dan Fenton’s compensation/settlement package.
This story came online yesterday morning and it isn’t good news for a local community college district.  It seems San Jose/Evergreen Community College District is in real danger of losing its accreditation.  According to the Merc story, the District “…has been warned to fix financial, planning, evaluation and governance issues…”  Perhaps you’d like to know who the folks on the Governing Board are?  We were interested too…
Fill in the blank in this story, from the Daily News: Man hurls heavy plastic lid at another’s head outside [insert name of city] club… The answer is Mountain View, but we bet you guessed San Jose…
From Palo Alto, the City Council spent hours Monday night going over a report from consultants about what Palo Alto should do about their Fire Department, staffing levels, station hours, etc., etc.  Flashback:  Remember the last time Palo Alto hired consultants to look at the Fire Department?  From the Palo Alto Weekly in April 2010:  Council members:  Bias in fire-staffing study?
Double Michelin-starred Manresa in Los Gatos would like to add a lounge and a bar area… While that may not be big news for you and me, it’s what passes for big news in Los Gatos.
To the blogs…
Protect San Jose gives props to two San Jose Police Sergeants, Dale Harris and Rick Foster, for being named “Officers of the Year” by the California Robbery Investigators Association.  May we suggest that Protect and Sergeants Harris and Foster get some new photos to celebrate the honor?
There will be a giant pillow fight in downtown San Jose on Sunday… (You read that correctly.)  Metblogs has the details
From SanJose.com... Remember way back when when Tesla gave San Jose the shaft?  Well, they are coming back, sort of… they are opening a show room at Santana Row, which isn’t really the same thing at building a manufacturing facility in North San Jose, but we assume the City of San Jose will take the sales tax.  What is 9 percent on $100,000?
HuffPo got sold for a huge sum of money.  If there is a buyer out there for The Daily Fetch, we are all ears…

Daily Fetch 2.3.11: After further review, the play does not stand (at Team San Jose)…

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

In honor of this weekend’s Super Bowl:  Upon further review, the play does not stand… The play being Team San Jose and their withholding information from the public (and the City and the Merc) about Dan Fenton’s severence package.  Here are the details from the Merc:  ”…Fenton, 52, will receive $180,000, or about six months’ salary and bonus pay, as well as $48,450 for unused vacation days accrued over the years…”
The Merc Editorial Board gives props to Deb Figone and to Police Chief Moore citing this: “…Asked whether he believes minorities’ concerns about their treatment by police are just a perception problem, Moore replied: “I don’t think it’s perception at all. I think it’s very real.”…”  No response yet from Protect San Jose (SJPOA) on the new Chief’s comments…
If you weren’t interested in buying a downtown condo in San Jose, perhaps you’d like a rental instead?  That’s the hope of the owners (and the lenders and the Redevelopment Agency) of the Three Sixty Residences…
Speaking of San Jose’s (beleaguered) Redevelopment Agency:  Could San Jose’s Mayor and Council lose their salaries when Redevelopment goes bye-bye? San Jose Inside takes a look…
Will former San Jose City Employee Steve Westly be the next Ambassador to China?  The Chronicle takes a look…
We end on a funny Twitter note.  Yesterday @spartandaily (the Tweets that come from the Daily Spartan) shared with us this important news update:  Unprotected sex can lead to catching sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS or unwanted pregnancies.