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.
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.