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Daily Fetch 01.31.14: Mayor “Sweatpants” Oliverio returns, Liccardo’s newest circus stunt and A Boy Named Sue Sues

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Can anyone really take Mayor Sweatpants Olivero seriously?  The public discourse has improved greatly since his hiatus from his weekly rants on San Jose Inside, but now he turns to the Merc for this op-ed about why a Mayor of San Jose should not give a sh*# about schools.  BTW, nice sweatpants.

 

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Sam “Circus Clown” Liccardo took to SJ Inside yesterday to unleash his latest campaign stunt by going after the local Democratic Party for trying to elect democrats by spending money on campaigns just like the Charter Schools will be doing for Sam and probably the Republican Party.  Sam’s campaign flak, his former Chief of Staff, not the one he married, she’s a lobbyist for a Charter School, but the other one, Ragan Henninger pleads for the local Democratic Party to not accept “…contributions from companies that have contracts with the city to support its chosen candidate.”  Is she F’ing kidding us?

Remember this Fetch report in October about Liccardo needing to recuse himself from voting on VTA contracts for soliciting contributions from those seeking VTA contracts:

On the eve of Sam Liccardo launching his bid to become San Jose’s next mayor, (thanks to our spies) questions have been raised as to whether the councilman is actively fundraising prior to the legally allowable date.  This audio tape of the September 5, 2013 VTA Board of Directors meeting captures Liccardo recusing himself from several items on the agenda and disclosing that he has solicited funds from an applicant doing business with the VTA, go to the 7:07 mark and the 22:05 mark.

As the Mercury News recently reported, San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle admonished mayoral candidates to follow the law and when it comes to solicitation of funds he wrote:

But, lining up pledges or contributions from now until then, they write, “would seem an indication that some degree of solicitation was made and is therefore prohibited” until after Dec. 5.

At the June 6, 2013 VTA Board of Directors meeting, Liccardo does not recuse himself on the same item (3.1 A) that he recuses himself from at the September 5 meeting (3.1 C).  Soooo, during the period of time from June to September who did Liccardo solicit funds from and for what purpose?  Inquiring minds want to know.

In Reed’s latest bid to help his choice for Mayor not look like a total hypocrite, he has removed Liccardo from the VTA board so Liccardo is free to solicit campaign cash from entities that he has voted to award contracts to.  This guy is a piece of work.

If a student is in the bottom fifth with regard to income and they aspire to be in the top fifth, what City has the best public school system to get those students there?  Drumroll please…..….San Jose’s public schools.  Researchers from Harvard and Berkely collaborated on the study that must have Sam “Rocketman” Liccardo’s lobbyist spouse in a tizzy.

Chuck “A Boy Named Sue” Reed does what he does best, SUE.  This time he goes after our Hottie AG, Kamala Harris over her impartial title and summary for his doomed scheme to eliminateELIMINATE….ELIMINATE retirement security for his nemesis…public servants.  On the local Measure B front, lawyers will be back in Superior Court today to plead their case one last time before Judge Lucas finalizes her ruling that Measure B is illegal.

The Left Hook blog soaked in our wisdom and will now identify its scribes; the new ID policy took effect with this post from Rich Robinson.  The Fetch will continue to mentor the new blog much like this scene from Kung-Fu.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports on a recent study by the Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice that concluded that there is no link between California’s Prison Realignment and increased crime.  Crap, then what the hell is going on here in San Jose?

Phil Trounstine for Governor???  The scribes at Calbuzz must be, well, buzzed as they explore one option to topple Gov. Moonbeam.

San Jose Firefighters responded to a mobile home fire and revived two victims of smoke inhalation, one was human and one was not.  The firefighters were able to save both and the pictures in this piece are worth the click.

Tonight, the San Jose Earthquakes will unveil their new logo…Who cares?  For those that do, here’s the link to the live-stream that starts at 6:30 pm.

The FBI, CHP, and local SJ po-po took down a meth distribution network right in the middle of a strip mall close to San Jose State University.  20 arrests were made and several guns were recovered.  KTVU has the story.

We wonder if Scott “Call me maybe” Herhold will go after Valley Christian School with the same fervor as Castilleja School, in Palo Alto for trying to blow past its current enrollment cap and increasing traffic in this not too affluent neighborhood in San Jose.  We won’t hold our breath.  See page three of this City of SJ report.

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Daily Fetch 10.23.13: Mayor Sweatpants is not the Secretary of State, Merc argues with itself over BART deal, and who did Liccardo solicit funds from?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

San Jose voted to condemn its Russian Federation sister city, Ekaterinburg over the Federation’s recent spate of laws targeting the LGBT community.  Mayor Sweatpants Pier Oliverio was the lone no vote on the SJ City Council resolution and offered up the lame excuse that although he supports gay rights he didn’t think San Jose should get involved in foreign policy…that’s funny.

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On the eve of Sam Liccardo launching his bid to become San Jose’s next mayor, (thanks to our spies) questions have been raised as to whether the councilman is actively fundraising prior to the legally allowable date.  This audio tape of the September 5, 2013 VTA Board of Directors meeting captures Liccardo recusing himself from several items on the agenda and disclosing that he has solicited funds from an applicant doing business with the VTA, go to the 7:07 mark and the 22:05 mark.

As the Mercury News recently reported, San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle admonished mayoral candidates to follow the law and when it comes to solicitation of funds he wrote:

But, lining up pledges or contributions from now until then, they write, “would seem an indication that some degree of solicitation was made and is therefore prohibited” until after Dec. 5.

At the June 6, 2013 VTA Board of Directors meeting, Liccardo does not recuse himself on the same item (3.1 A) that he recuses himself from at the September 5 meeting (3.1 C).  Soooo, during the period of time from June to September who did Liccardo solicit funds from and for what purpose?  Inquiring minds want to know.

(Apparently) the Merc Ed Board thinks BART workers got a 16.4% raise and didn’t give a whole lot on archaic and costly work rules. But, on the news side, Merc reporter Mike Rosenberg says BART workers got a 15.38% raise, and will pay more for health care and retirement. The reporter also points out that when it comes to work rules the workers made substantial concessions. Who should we believe???

Those in charge of Congressional wanna be Ro Khanna’s social media made a boo boo as the Merc’s Josh Richman reports on mistaken fundraising pages created for Twitter followers, including many reporters.  Hey, lets make sure Ro’s folks are not the “Tech surge” team coming in to fix the Obamacare website, they have enough problems to worry about.

Much to the dismay of the anti-Rocketship activists in the Tamien neighborhood the SJ City Council approved a deferral of yesterday’s scheduled land use hearing until November 19.  Maybe the Council didn’t want to hear this perspective from a teacher at Rocketship or from Gemma Abels the VP of the Morgan Hill Federation of Teachers who wrote this piece about the controversial charter school company and its test scores for the South Bay Labor Council.

KPIX’s Kiet Do reports local residents fought back against a bike thief by “Crowd source crime fighting” as they take to the web to track down the person who tried to sell the stolen bike on-line and the police make an arrest.

And KTVU tells us about a neighborhood working together to try and nab a pair of residential burglars.  A home surveillance camera captured pictures of two young men ransacking a house.

NBC Bay Area lets us know that 6 suspects have been arrested in connection with SJ’s 25th homicide.

Former Saratoga Mayor Norm Kline is partnering with CreaTV San Jose and History San Jose on a documentary about San Jose.  The San Jose Blog via the SVBJ has the details.  The tentative release date is Spring 2014.

San Jose is getting its first School of Rock!  The SV Biz Journal’s Shana Lynch reports that a former Apple executive wants to teach kids how bang a gong.  The school opens on October 26th.

Politico informs us that Sen. Ted Cruz thinks Nigerian internet scammers are running the Obamacare website.  Nothing like throwing a little red meat to his Tea Party friends.

Some in congress are calling for HHS Kathleen Sebelius to step down and take responsibility for the ACA roll out mess.  Interesting to note in this recent poll, reported on by The Hill, support for Obamacare has risen since sign ups, umm we mean, attempted sign ups began…go figure.

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Daily Fetch 11.29.12: The Daily Fetch Scoop and expensive fridges…

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The giant has been woken up, apparently.  Yesterday, Supervisor George Shirakawa sent an email to “friends” to defend himself against the “political lynching” that has been going on.  (The “political lynching” is what Shirakawa is calling it, but nobody else.)  His letter, which was sent by email and published on The Daily Fetch first, goes point-by-point on some of the (apparently) defensible points of recent criticisms of Shirakawa.  Of course, he neglects to defend his late campaign filings, he denies buying booze with the County credit card, and says that everything ill-gotten was reimbursed.  We’ll see if Jeff Rosen, or Ann Ravel, or Barbara Marshman, or anyone else is impressed with the letter… (San Jose Inside lets us know that George’s fancy fridge is indeed fancy and not frugal…)

Not to be left out of talking about lynchings:  Scott Herhold chimes in to let us know that the San Pedro Market Bar has a drink about a 1933 lynching in San Jose.  We wonder if any bar in town will name a drink after Shirakawa…

VTA seems prepared to build a lightrail extension into Los Gatos that is projected to attract 200 riders a day for a pricetag of $175 million.  (Note:  The previous sentence is not a typo…)

Daily Fetch 5.15.12: Protect San Jose learns about Photoshop…

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The dream of high-rises in downtown San Jose still remains.  Mayor Chuck Reed and Councilmember Sam Liccardo have a proposal to make it easier to get done.  San Jose Inside takes a look.

And we now know what the folks at Protect San Jose do when they aren’t focused on Rose Herrera… figure out how to use Photoshop.  Target #1 of the Photoshop era:  the aforementioned Sam Liccardo.

Yikes, here’s a creepy story:  Ray Haisell, a VTA supervisor, was found dead near Tracy.

Scott Herhold and Mitt Romney have at least one thing in common (aside from great hair)… but better Herhold confess/describe it to you than us.  (By the way, there are lots of folks who won’t be surprised that Scott Herhold was mean…)

If you send them, we post them… Today’s mailer is from the Chamber of Commerce against District 10 candidate Edesa Bitbadal.  The Chamber could use a lesson in hit-pieces from Protect San Jose and Cindy Chavez…

 

Daily Fetch 4.25.11: They got paid what?

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Tim Kawakami in the Merc sums it up best:  ”…You have to give the Sharks credit for consistency: They hardly ever miss a chance to miss a chance…”   You thought the Giants were torture…
The Merc’s 2010 Public Employee Salary Database is up and running… Which means there will be lots of people on the 18th floor at San Jose City Hall running queries all day today… Aside from that, there is a story in the Merc about the perk that nobody ever writes about for elected officials:  health benefits. And wait until you see which school district has the most generous health benefits.  Here’s a hint:  It starts with M and ends in ount Pleasant
That was the start of the theme of the weekend/Monday in the news…
You might remember the story about (alleged) corruption at the Luther Burbank School District.  There was a former Board member who voted to award contracts to a construction company (Blach) that he worked for as a woodworker… Well, now he faces a $2,000 fine, 200 hours of community service, and can’t hold public office for 4 years… Seems light, but who are we to judge…
And the theme continues…
From Internal Affairs in the Merc, we learn of a dust-up at a community budget meeting held by San Jose Councilmember Pete Constant, where he almost had a police officer remove a commenting City employee
Sean Webby at the Merc is one of the least loved guys at the SJPOA headquarters (and probably at the SJPD headquarters too).  And now that Raj has the ear of the new Police Chief in San Jose, Sean is probably getting a brunt of the angst… and that isn’t going to change today as he writes up the details of two separate lawsuits against SJPD that allege excessive force
Here’s something, VTA is “back from the brink” and relative to other government agencies, in pretty good financial shape.  Mr. Roadshow has the details. VTA, Caltrain called, they’d like some help…
To blogs…
Dweeb.org has a preview of the Sunnyvale Council meeting tomorrow
In case you haven’t read the Watch Commander’s Report for last week, Protect San Jose is for you
Metblogs has a look into Guadalupe Gardens in springtime
And James at Mission City Lantern will be wearing an A’s cap… sometimes… hopefully more frequently than he is right now…

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 1.25.11: City Council meeting, State of the Union, and Glee. A perfect day?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

A few San Jose A’s/Diridon Station/Redevelopment stories to kick things off today…
The Bay Citizen really, really wants the A’s to stay in Oakland.  Yesterday, they had a story that called Lew Wolff’s land-use deals in San Jose “questionable“… We’d use the same word to describe their coverage of San Jose…
From the Merc:  ”…the grand plan for the area surrounding San Jose’s Diridon Station will be  unveiled…” at tonight’s San Jose City Council meeting… but you’ll probably be watching the State of the Union (or Glee) instead, however.
This may not be good news for Harry M. at the San Jose Redevelopment Agency… State Controller John Chiang is doing an RDA audit of big Redevelopment Agencies in the state
The Merc Editorial Board gives props to Mayor Reed’s plan to make the City’s labor negotiations more public and transparent by having the City’s lead labor negotiator, Alex Gurza, present the City’s position publicly and letting unions present the rebuttal publicly.  (That’s at least how The Daily Fetch understands the new plan.)  The idea will get discussed today…
While we’re on the topic:  Protect San Jose does their weekly run-down of the City Council agenda.  Interestingly, they have nothing to say about the new negotiating guidelines or the finalists for Police Chief.  When they do, we’ll let you know…
Speaking of Protect San Jose…
There is a story from Tracy Seipel at the Merc about drug dealing that happens in downtown San Jose’s Fountain Alley and how the police are cracking down successfully.  While the story certainly isn’t funny, The Daily Fetch tries to look for silver linings sometimes, and we found one in this story:  ”…Police say dealers jump on and off [VTA] trains around the downtown core: from Second and San Carlos streets up First St. to St. James Park…”  At least some folks are riding lightrail, right?
How many houses does it take to pay for a city service?” San Jose’s Pierluigi Oliverio has some answers and some ideas on San Jose Inside...
Last night, Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa gave his State of the City and he wants more civic involvement, which shouldn’t be a problem in Palo Alto.  Perhaps the most interesting line from the speech, at least the part of the speech that was covered in the Daily News, was this:  ”…Let me say, the Stanford project will move forward this year…”  From the Mayor’s  mouth to the land-use gods in Palo Alto’s ears…
While Esponisa’s State of the City got some ink today, it is unlikely that the Mountain View State of the City address, given by City Manager Kevin Duggan at NASA Ames Research Center over lunch, will be as interesting…
What does every single City Councilmember need during this historic economic downtown and streatched budgets?  An iPad.  That’s the paperless plan in Morgan Hill to the tune of $840 each
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Google gave $100 million to Eric Schmidt. Is that a better deal than Dan Fenton got when he left Team San Jose? mercurynews.com/breaking-news/…
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Daily Fetch 1.18.11: Oakland’s Police Chief to follow A’s to San Jose?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Folks on Protect San Jose has been warning us for sometime that San Jose could become Oakland if we all don’t pay attention to police staffing levels… Well, the Oakland Police Chief is “one of two finalists” for the Chief of Police job in San Jose… The other finalist?  The current acting Chief of Police in San Jose Chris Moore.  What say you Protect?  (This news is apparently important enough for the Chronicle too…)
And yet another set of stories about Anthony Batts possibly leaving the 510 to move to the 408… from Chip Johnson at the Chronicle and Sean Maher at the Oakland Tribune… The rumor that Mayor Chuck Reed called Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and offered a deal whereby Batts would stay in Oakland and the A’s would move is apparently not true…
Perhaps Oakland’s Chief wants to follow the A’s to San Jose?
This story has the anti-San Jose A’s folks all up in arms… The San Jose Redevelompent Agency has been on a selling spree lately.  They are selling land to finance a possible baseball stadium AND because they are worried the Redevelopment Agency will not exist when Governor Brown gets through his first six months in office.  So, who wants to buy some of the Redevelopment Agency’s assets?  Lew Wolff
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the brother of missing (since 2001) Los Gatos woman Jeanine Harms, Wayne Sanchez, shot and killed the chief suspect in the case Maurice Nasmeh at a San Jose Peet’s and then shot himself in the parking lot.  Herhold at the Merc has some perspective
Even though today is Tuesday, we still have the Merc’s Internal Affairs stuff to run through from Sunday:
Also from Sunday, Scott Herhold at the Merc looks at who got appointed to San Jose’s redistricting committee, and he doesn’t love what he sees:  2 lobbyists and a guy that sued the City of San Jose.  (Note:  Club Wet is well represented on this committee…)
Some VTA news (if you are interested)… Mountain View’s City Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga has been named VTA Chair.  Of all the thankless jobs…
While we’re in Mountain View…
In San Mateo County, big issues/controversy about field use are the norm (see Notre Dame de Namur, Atherton/M-A High School, San Carlos turf)… now, Mountain View has a plan for McKelvey Park that “…could benefit the surrounding neighborhood at the expense of youth baseball leagues…” according to the Daily News.
The Merc Editorial crew is pushing San Jose Unified to cut their adult education programs significantly in order to save K-12.  So much for that GED program The Daily Fetch was eyeing…
San Jose Councilmember Sam Liccardo is formally requesting (via a Merc Op Ed) that the Feds actually do something regarding medical marijuana… presumably something other than busting down collectives’ doors…
Gilroy is (finally) getting tired of gang activity at a local home.  They are trying to shut the place down

Daily Fetch 10.7.10: A helicopter rescue of a telephone…

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

It is campaign season in Silicon Valley… So it is appropriate that an election happened in the locker room at the Shark tank.  Joe Thornton is the new team captain.

The Merc Editorial Board didn’t endorse Thornton for the captainship, but they did endorse Magdalena Carrasco, Madison Nguyen, and Don Rocha for their San Jose City Council races however…
Yesterday there was an OpEd about the San Jose City Council District 9 race “written” by Jim Unland at the San Jose Police Officers’ Association about what a bigot Larry Pegram is… today, there is a preview of the race by Tracy Seipel about the same race.
San Jose Inside continues their endorsements:  Yes on Measure V and Measure W… (Pension Reform/Anti-Binding Arbitration)
San Jose Councilmember Pete Constant is getting really skinny, but I think he could still take Labor leader Bob Brownstein in a fight.  Seriously, Constant seems physically tough, even if Brownstein could run intellectual circles around him.  The two had a back and forth that everyone in City Hall (and the Merc too) was talking about.  The issue:  pension costs at the City.
Trying to prove that she isn’t a lame duck (or perhaps trying to slap Jeff Rosen on her way out the door) DA Dolores Carr writes a letter on San Jose Inside.
If you want to know more about the Gilroy City Council candidates… head over to the Dispatch where they have a pretty extensive Q&A
There has been a lot written about the economic projections of the San Jose Redevelopment Agency… most of what has been written was about how the projections are a crock.  Well, VTA has some (hopeful) ridership projections that look for an 88 percent boost in ridership.  They are hopeful projections because that’s what they’ll need to get out of their financial hole… This is a story so important, it was posted twice…
This is wild and a bit over the top, from the Palo Alto Weekly:  Palo Alto police were out in force Tuesday  night – including the use of a helicopter – to hunt down the thief of a Droid smartphone. It seems like an anti-iPhone commercial…
I know this isn’t popular to say in these parts, but Go Giants…

Daily Fetch 8.10.10: Pollyanna Tuesday…

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Here’s something that will surprise nobody who pays attention, there a lot of local government agencies that are looking to get more money at the ballot box this November from taxpayers.  The Merc has a run-down:  Countywide Childrens’ Health Initiative – $29 parcel tax, Countywide (VTA) – $10 registration fee for roads, City of San Jose pot tax, East Side Union High School District – $98 parcel tax, Franklin-McKinley… San Jose/Evergreen Community College District… etc., etc., etc…
Speaking of local government budgets…
The Merc Editorial Board chimes in on the ongoing City of San Jose/ San Jose Firefighters’ contract dispute.  49 recruits are already gone, but they could come back if the Firefighters’ membership agrees to the latest City offer.  From the Editorial Board:  ”…Call us Pollyannas, but we believe San Jose firefighters want to be part of the solution to the city’s budget challenges…”  Ok, you’re Pollyannas…
The Hurd H(eavy) P(etting) story gets some more ink from some Merc columnists today:  Scott Herhold looks at Ms. Fisher and Mike Cassidy looks at the impact to HP’s reputation…
Not to be left out of the fun, Oracle’s Larry Ellison sent an email to the New York Times (and then obtained by the Mercury News“) essentially calling the HP Board of Directors stupid for getting rid of Mark Hurd…
There was a small fire in the modular building that houses the Friends of the Palo Alto Library yesterday.  About $50,000 worth of damage was done, according to the Daily News.  A faulty air conditioner seems to be the culprit.