Posts Tagged ‘vmc’

Daily Fetch 9.7.12: Merc Ed Board Votes No To Pay Reporters $10/Hour

Friday, September 7th, 2012

The Merc Editorial Board apparently received their ballot… They are going to start taking positions on local stuff today.  And they want you to vote no on the increased minimum wage initiative in San Jose… (And no, it is not because they are worried about paying their reporters more than $8/hour, although…)

This should be a popular story among some (like everyone who doesn’t live close to Stanford) and unpopular among others (like the NIMBYs that live close to Stanford)… Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to double in size

This is interesting… You might remember that a pharmacist at Valley Medical Center doesn’t want his union dues to go toward political activity, lobbying, or “member-only events”… On his behalf, the California Public Employment Relations Board filed a complaint against the local Service Employees International Union.  Until the next update…

Speaking of employment issues in the news today… Mi Pueblo supermarkets is finding itself in some hot PR water.  At issue (sort of) is that Mi Pueblo is using E-Verify to check the immigration status of new employees.  But beneath the surface, this seems to be a union-organizing issue.  Mi Pueblo is not a union shop, and at least one County Supervisor (Dave Cortese) would like it to be… Read the story, this is pretty interesting.

Finally, to the blogs…

Over on Protect San Jose, they are being highly critical of San Jose Councilmember Sam Liccardo’s comments about the CHP helping out SJPD to fight crime.  Of course, thrown into the mix is that a CHP officer died tragically during a traffic stop.

Speaking of CHP… We can’t wait for San Jose Inside’s update from DNC-going Ash Kalra.  Word on the street (and on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook) is that Kalra had quite the celebrity siting/conversation…

Daily Fetch 5.18.12: Good news for Facebook, horrible news for HP

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Is something happening with Facebook today?  We can’t tell… (For “our” coverage, head over the San Mateo side of the blog, sorry Palo Alto…)

And while the San Mateo County side of blog goes public today… Palo Alto takes a brunt of the bad news today.  Palo Alto is the former home of Facebook, but it is also the home of Hewlett Packard, where “huge job cuts” are rumored.  Ouch.  Don’t worry HP engineers, Facebook is hiring…

While technology is the big news today, something more past-time-y is also newsworthy today.  Bud Selig said something yesterday, but it didn’t amount to much.  One thing appears certain, Lew Wolff is hot-to-trot on downtown San Jose.

Remember the story earlier in the week about graves being moved from underneath Valley Med… Well, here’s a human interest story for you from Mike Rosenberg:

Ana Silva always told everyone her mother was buried in a cheap box at a pauper’s grave under a county hospital during the days when fruit-pickers settled in the Santa Clara Valley. Her family believed her, but no one else did — not the county, not the hospital. Silva died without giving her mother’s remains a proper Catholic burial.

To the blogs…

Rich Robinson is now the spokesperson for the labor movement, Sheriff Laurie Smith, no on Measure B, and high-speed rail and is using San Jose Inside as his sounding board.

Also on San Jose Inside, they (and Metro) endorse Rose Herrera, and Pierluigi Oliverio, Ash Kalra

Protect San Jose (San Jose Police Officers’ Association) is having a scholarship dinner tonightThe Daily Fetch will buy the ticket for Rose Herrera if she is interested in going…

 

Daily Fetch 5.17.12: More campaign hit pieces! Happy happy joy joy!

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Yesterday, there was a story about how the Water District may have put polluted junk in the reservoirs… Another water-related story today in Scott Herhold’s column, albeit “private” water.  San Jose Water Company wants to jack up your rates, but the California Public Utilities Commission has other ideas…

Speaking of public agency and large sums of money, Supervisor Liz Kniss wants the County to spend $8,000,000 for bike lanes to connect folks to the Palo Alto Baylands.

A morbid note from Mark Gomez at the Merc:  “Crews digging up coffins from forgotten cemetery on Valley Medical Center campus”  Yuck.

A big day at San Jose Unified today:  First, an assistant superintendent is leaving to greener (?) pastures to be the Superintendent at the East Side Union High School District… And second, the assistant (goateed) principal at Leland High was charged with “molesting underage girl”… in case that doesn’t make you made enough, he is on paid administrative leave.

Earlier in the week, San Jose Inside screamed about privacy at City Hall in San Jose.  Well, Palo Alto Unified is taking government secrecy one step further.  From the Palo Alto Weekly:

Stating that Palo Alto school board members may have violated California’s open-meeting law, the Palo Alto Weekly has asked the board to cease the practice of receiving weekly confidential memos from Superintendent Kevin Skelly.

That’s worse than your situation, right Dan?

If you send it, (or blog it) we’ll print it… That’s sort of our motto about campaign mail pieces, especially hit pieces.  Here are two that landed in folks’ mailboxes yesterday in San Jose District 10.  The first is against Johnny Khamis and proves the point that unions aren’t just focused on Rose Herrera.  From the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21:

The second is from the Chamber of Commerce focused on knocking Brian O’Neill down a peg or two by highlighting his union ties…

Speaking of unions… Protect San Jose can’t resist.  Another Rose Herrera-related blog post… Complete with a typo.

We’ll end on a sad note, Dwight Bentel passed away.  He founded San Jose State’s journalism department and was 103.  According to those in the Fetch circle of friends, it was a life well-lived.

 

Daily Fetch 1.26.12: Do you know a Rotarian?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

San Jose A’s will be back in the news in the coming weeks because Lew Wolff is speaking at the San Jose Rotary meeting on February 8th… Time to call your Rotarian friend…

The City of Santa Clara is considering having City Council elections be “at-large” to increase minorities on the City Council.  Lantern?

The Sobrato’s are ponying up again for a great cause in Silicon Valley. Their name will grace the new facility at Valley Medical Center.

Here is a weird story, brought to you by Jason Green at the Daily News: Man robbed, beaten at Stanford Shopping Center after having jewelry appraised. Just when you thought it was safe to shop at Stanford…

Finally, we love the headline on this OpEd in the Merc. It’s about the SJSU students who want to increase the minimum wage in San Jose: San Jose State students need an economics class… The same could probably be said for half the San Jose City Council…

Daily Fetch 4.11.11: Caltrain – not a complex organization…

Monday, April 11th, 2011

DA Jeff Rosen’s is re-looking at the De Anza case.  Weird that we learned this news from Internal Affairs in the Merc on Sunday.  It is neither “off-beat” nor “political”… (In fairness, it was also buried in a previous story and The Daily Fetch team missed it…)  In other Internal Affairs’ news:
Generally, lawsuits revolving around trains are all about High-Speed Rail.  But an industrial park in Milpitas is suing to stop BART extension
There’s a new, expanded Gurdwara in San Jose, and the reGovernor (along with hundreds? thousands?) of other folks were there to celebrate the opening this weekend.  Kudos all around.
To crime news…
There was a Merc headline on Sunday reading:  Santa Clara County fires doctor who worked with foster children after allegations of sexual molestation. Which sounds a lot like a trial (and retrial)  that’s been going on in San Mateo County for a long, long time…
There was a sexual assault on a sleeping woman on Stanford’s campus in a graduate-student apartment.  Stanford police are looking for a suspect…
A husband and wife in Cupertino were found dead in their home on Saturday.  Authorities aren’t looking for suspects and don’t think any “third parties” were involved
Dude.  Very uncool.  A teenager at the Stonegate Skatepark was shot in the arm on Friday.  (He was so stoned?) The kid wasn’t sure he was shot or what, but the good folks at VMC set him straight.
To blogs…
Protect San Jose has their weekly “Council Watch,” which has turned into a weekly forum to criticize the City Council spending money on anything (that aren’t Police Officers).  This week’s criticism:  the Convention Center, specifically public art
Dweeb.org (Jim Griffith) is still on the pro-jobs, pro-Sunnyvale tip… “First HP, Now Microsoft Comes to Sunnyvale…”
It didn’t appear in a blog, but Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee (and republished in the Merc) takes Assemblymember Jim Beall to task for pushing a tax break for airlines (and presumably benefitting airline customers?)… Walters calls Beall a liberal, but this policy a Milton Friedman special… Why do we have this in the blog section?  Well, Dweeb.org (Jim Griffith) responded on the Merc website on this story.

Daily Fetch 4.4.11: Zoo-Rocha…

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Lots and lots of law enforcement news today…
There are two stories about the Sheriff’s Department taking over more responsibilities:
There was a $3.2 million judgement against the San Jose Police Department and the City of San Jose because a judge found that two officers “…violated the constitutional rights of Tracy Watson, Renee Stalker and their children after the officers entered their home without a warrant in 2005 and seized the children, who were kept from their parents for more than a year…” according to the Mercury News story.
People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is holding a community meeting tonight to talk about “…rebuilding trust between residents and police…”  PACT is pushing for increased training about the communities’ in which they work.
Tracy Seipel in the Merc had the unenviable task of sifting through local elected officials’ “Form 700s” which disclose gifts and outside income.  Lots of small gifts (tickets, etc) and some outside jobs… Here is what The Daily Fetch crew found most interesting:
  • San Jose Councilman Pete Constant was a model in 2 print ads and earned about $2,000…
  • San Jose Councilmember Don Rocha reported earning a four-figure income as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.  He also reported that he and his wife earned about $3,000 from their photography and website design business.
Wait.  Scratch that, reverse it.  Rocha = Model…not Constant.
On the blog front…
While we were joking around on April Fools’ Day, so was San Jose Inside:  Pete Constant Changing Party Affiliation
Protect San Jose has their weekly “Council Watch” posted…
Dweeb.org has their own Council Preview for Sunnyvale

Daily Fetch 10.27.10: Is it 4:30 yet?

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Legal news tops the day…
The verdict is in on the Mark Achilli murder case (from the Merc):  Three found guilty of first degree murder in Los Gatos murder-for-hire case. That seems like justice was served, at least from our perch in front of a computer screen.  (It also seems like Jeff Rosen may be one bad-ass prosecutor… Scott Herhold at the Merc chimes in with “lessons” from the verdict, including this:  ”…Tuesday was a validation for Deputy District Attorney Jeff Rosen, who takes office as the DA in January with a big victory in his last hurrah as a trial deputy…”  This must be an interesting morning for Dolores Carr — is she happy that Rosen won?  If someone has the announcement email from the DA’s office, pretty please send it this way…)
Valley Medical Center is being suied for “substandard care” that (allegedly) led to deaths at the hospital.  The lawsuit is part of a workplace discrimination suit brought by two doctors and a medical assistant.
Four folks on the San Jose City Council voted to pay a bonus to some San Jose retirees this year even thought the pension fund at the City is billions in the hole… Lucky for taxpayers (and future retirees too), seven folks on the San Jose City Council voted to not cut this year’s bonus check.  The four folks who wanted to cut the check:  Councilmembers Ash Kalra, Kansen Chu, Nora Campos, and Nancy Pyle.  Shocking, we know… In explaining his vote, Kalra said (according to the Merc):  ”We put these things forward without any discussion with those affected and we wonder why morale is so low.”  Does he mean morale of retired workers?
The Merc Editorial Board gets a little preachier than usual and instructs us all “…to understand who’s running for school board…”  On the good side, Democratic stalwart Darcie Green.  On the bad side, Dale Warner…
It is apparently impossible not to write funny headlines when writing about massage parlors.  Today’s example from the Daily News:  Mountain View relaxes rules in massage ordinance.  (At least this story has a happy ending…)
Is it 4:30 yet?…

Daily Fetch 9.29.10: Google County Club gets nod…

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Pat Dando (and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce) get a positive mention for their uber-influential endorsement of Carly Fiorina on a website you’ve probably never heard of (and one that Larry Pegram’s censorship filters probably won’t allow you to visit):  Gay Patriot… “the Internet home for the American gay conservative“… All 6 of the American gay conservatives will probably be very impressed with the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce…
You no doubt remember the story from Monday about two dudes dressed in militaristic gear who went uninterupted into the San Jose Airport with assault rifles on their back… Patty Fisher at the Merc takes a closer look and gets this gem of a quote out of Lt. Mike Sullivan of the SJPD, “Fortunately, these guys were the good guys.”  Really?  They entered an airport with assault rifles without notifying the SJPD, airport security, or anyone else.  These guys were the irresponsible guys…
Yesterday there was a story about how Google wanted to build a private, Google-only recreation facility on burrowing owl habitat.  The Daily Fetch asked if that was consistent with the “do no evil” (empty) mantra Google likes to tout… Well, apparently Google thinks it is consistent, and the Mountain View City Council doesn’t seem to care either.  Whatever Google wants, Google gets.  The facility got approved.  Google Plex will soon have its Google Country Club…
The County Supervisors have had a busy week…
You might remember a story about someone vandalizing (by scratching) fancy cars at the mall.  Well, said person is a woman, Nancy Chi Ni, and was arrested at Valley Fair… She’s in lock-up on $1 million bail
The same week that the President noted that the school year should be longer, Palo Alto Unified is considering starting school earlier.  Of course, they are also planning on ending earlier, so…