Local Government 101—The Education of Rose Herrera, Schools Out!
Apparently, VTA Director Rose “Colonel Sanders” Herrera did not want to face her colleagues at the VTA meeting last night when the item came up about who is responsible to police VTA land. After the Kalra/Yeager beat down of Rose in this letter/memo distributed to the VTA board was coming up for a vote, Rose did what any responsible elected official would do…she bolted for the door. Several spies informed Fetch that when the discussion turned to increasing a police presence in San Jose on VTA’s dime, Rose chickened out and about fell out of her chair as she scurried to get out of the chambers and avoid defending her pinheaded assertion that the County is responsible for policing VTA land.
Rose, class is dismissed for the summer. We hope you will not only practice your times tables over the break but that you will also actually read those thick packets of material that provide information on issues you will vote on. Or, as in last night’s instance, run from. Now go get a bucket and enjoy lunch.
Yesterday’s announcement that there will be no implementation of SJ’s Measure B pension reform catastrophe until at least July 2015, has Chuck Reed scurrying to change his “pensions are bad stump speech” before he speaks at this conference next week.
After the City realized that their Measure B scheme has failed, our Fetch interns came up with a top five list of what Reed won’t say in his speech to the merry band of pension doomsayers that will be gathering for their 4-hour media event conference to hear from Chuckie:
- I was wrong.
- Yes, I did make up the $650 million dollar pension projection to scare people into voting for Measure B.
- I have my own police security detail so I am not concerned about the massive crime increase in San Jose.
- This whole pension thing is nothing more than my meal ticket for when I’m out of office. I will travel around the country as a phony Democrat and make money speaking to nut jobs, like many of you here, and get paid. Boooya, a guy has to eat!
- I have a more lucrative CalPERS pension then what San Jose offers to new city workers and I have a better disability provision in my pension plan versus what San Jose offers the po-po. Double Boooya!
Massive May Day rallies in San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco urging increases to workers wages, immigration reform, and a universal minimum wage hike were covered by every major news outlet in the Bay Area…Oh, sorry, everyone but the Mercury News. Apparently, higher wages, immigration reform and thousands of bay area residents marching in the streets didn’t make their cut for coverage.
Ooops, our bad, the Merc did cover a May Day rally in…Russia. Fetch recommends BANG’s Merc editors read this piece in the SV Biz Journal about how to better connect with the growing Latino community.
Looks like Mt. View City Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga is hearing the voices of those that marched in the streets for a higher minimum wage as she provides her reasons why Mt. View should do just that in this blog post on The Left Hook.
Sheriff Laurie Smith’s adversaries have released a poll that says she is in trouble as the June primary closes in. Smith is ONLY up 39% to 12% over her opponent Kevin Jensen. Of course, without knowing more about the poll questions or sample, Fetch guesses that only being down 27% is a good thing for Jensen and his backers.
The Bay Area is the fastest growing region in the state, according the State Department of Finance. Two cities at the top of the fastest growing list can attribute their growth to more inmates in their jails. Not quite the best PR image for those cities, wouldn’t you say?
Self-anointed political guru Rich Robinson provides some unsolicited advice to candidates that is chock-full of puff and platitudes. Fortunately the advice is free because Fetch can’t believe anyone would actually pay for it. Just sayin’.
The SV Biz Journal reports that 1 in 5 sign-ups for Obamacare came from Cali. Out of the 8 million plus that signed up almost 2 million come from the Golden State.