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Daily Fetch 02.26.14: Oliverio plays cat and mouse, Gerston weighs in on SJ Mayor’s Poll, and Ro Khanna did not watch enough Sesame Street

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Mayor “Meow” Oliverio knows when the cat’s away, the mouse will play.  SJ Inside reports that Oliverio is bringing back his discredited 40% budget set aside for the po-po after it was shot down last week at the Rules Committee.  What the SJ Inside report missed is that Mayor Reed (one of the no votes last week) is absent today and his replacement is Rose Herrera.  So Mayor Meow has placed it on the Rules agenda one more time.  For Oliverio, he’s hoping the winds blowing in his direction when Rose puts her finger in her mouth (sorry for the visual) and then hoists it in the air to figure out how she’s going to vote..Should make for must see TV.

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The Oracle of local political analysts, NBC’s Larry Gerston, dissected the recent Mayoral poll that shows Dave Cortese on top with 19%, Madison Nguyen at 15% and Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo barely at double digits, 2-pts ahead of Mayor “Meow” Oliverio.  Gerston concludes that all that dirty money one candidate cheated his way to can’t buy him love.

The Merc’s Mark Emmons reports on the plight of seniors living, for now, at the Winchester Ranch Mobile Home Community.  They just want to live out their golden years in peace but are up against developers who want to give them the boot and build expensive condos where their homes once were.  Mayoral race quitter Pete Constant has yet to take a stand on the issue…gee, we wonder who’s side he will land on: Seniors or fat cat developers…?

Ro’s not Khanna like this piece from Political Blotter’s Josh Richman that exposes the newbies complete lack of understanding of how a bill becomes a law.   Clearly Ro didn’t watch much Sesame Street growing up as Richman reports that Honda has delivered on creating jobs and getting bills passed that have helped Silicon Valley.  Maybe this primer will help Ro out…

Just another typical day at a local Wal-Mart, where the geniuses roam.

Stop singing in the shower already, so says the Santa Clara Valley Water District as its Board of Directors voted to demand a 20% reduction in water consumption from the 13 cities it serves along with its retailers.

More controversy surrounding San Jose’s short-staffed fire department getting to emergency medical calls on time.  This KTVU reports says that the City Council will hold a study session to better understand the actual response time numbers before they move forward on either the Lame Duck Mayor Reed’s proposal to put firefighters on mopeds or Liccardo/Constant’s proposal to put firefighters on skateboards and rollerblades with full mouths of water to spit at fires…

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Daily Fetch 02.20.14: SJ Inside’s Koehn is butt-hurt that no one cares, Don’t call Khanna a millionaire and What’s App With That

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Philosophical questions of the day to ponder: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” and “If San Jose Inside posts a story about the San Jose Fire Department not getting to medical emergencies on time would anyone care?”.  The answer to the last question is, apparently not. That’s the angle SJ Inside’s Josh Koehn takes in his latest “look at me” post about San Jose’s deficient fire emergency response times, oh and of course it’s the Fire union’s fault and “Cheaties” Sam is a great humanitarian.

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(Yo, photoshop police, you know who you are…how you like us now!)

Not until actual news coverage of the 20-months SJ has missed the response time mark did anyone care and now everyone cares.  The latest two politicos to weigh in (No pun intended Pete) Councilmembers Sam Liccardo and his new BFF Pete Constant want to play Fire Chief with their proposal to do for the fire department what they did to the police department.  Thanks to our spies for sending info on the next San Jose public safety disaster in the making.

Did the City of San Jose’s procurement credit cards get hacked into?  Insiders are telling the Fetch that the cards were compromised.  Gee, we wonder if any city folks have been shopping at Target?  Thanks to our spies for the tip.

The Clash of the Indian Titans is covered in this Economic Times piece about the rivalry between Ro Khanna and Vanila Singh in their quest to replace Mike Honda in the hotly contested 17th congressional district race.

And Josh Richman’s Political Blotter warns us all that whatever we do, don’t call Ro Khanna a millionaire, Slumdog or otherwise.  Ro is not Brewster and he does not have millions.  Khanna is just a big time suck up to millionaires to fund his “grass-roots” campaign.  Got that!

Enough with the wild pigs already.

Those pesky NIMBYs in Los Gatos trying to stop us from getting our Netflix fix should have all their television privileges revoked.  These NIMBYs need to get a life.

The largest apparel retailer in the US, (No, thank the fashion Gods, not Walmart) Gap and its sister companies including Old Navy and Banana Republic, will be boosting their in store retail employees salary to $10 bucks an hour by 2015.  Gap CEO Glenn Murphy said the move will help the company attract and retain valued employees, what a novel idea.

Tech Crunch says Facebook dropped some serious coin to purchase WhatsApp, like $19 billion worth of coin.  TC tells us that FB will keep the messaging firm independent and its current CEO, Jan Koum, will join the FB board.  Cheers to FB and as Cliff Clavin says; What’s up with that?

SV Biz Journals Nate-Dog reports that the iconic downtown San Jose Twohy Building was recently sold.  The building currently leases 36 loft apartments and is the home of Blackbird Tavern, where the specialty cocktails rate two thumbs up from our interns.  Let’s see if the new owners can liven up the other retail component of the historic building.

Unconfirmed sources tell the Fetch that the lucky Milpitas Powerball winner’s first words were: “I’m getting out of this stinking town.”  With the $425 million dollar jackpot, surely the winner can find fresh air.  And don’t call me Shirley.

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Daily Fetch 01.16.14: Is the Waite over for Pat?, Firebug found and the Right wants a wage hike

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Is the Waite for Pat over?  Sources are telling the Fetch that the phones have been ringing off the hook amongst the local GOP hierarchy as to whether big money conservatives will back one of their own, former tech titan Pat “Weatherman” Waite. The real question is who does Charles Munger, Jr. want to take to the dance. Will it be Waite? Or will it be the new GOP Darling in waiting…Rocketman Sam Liccardo.

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KTVU’s Robert Handa broke the news last night that the DT San Jose firebug has been arrested.  The po-po and firefighters will be revealing all the details at a press conference today where we are sure to see Rocketman Liccardo and Madison Nguyen mooch their way on to the podium.

The Merc’s TracEy Kaplan tells us that people are still falling for the old Nigerian internet scam.  This one comes with a twist in that a Christian dating site was used in the ruse that cost one woman $200G’s.  And Kaplan is clearly upping her game by inserting the word “ersatz” to describe the creep preying on lonely women.  Our Fetch interns had to fetch our Dictionary to figure out that one.

The Left Hook rehashes Josh Richman’s piece detailing the rough week for those rowing for Khanna in his uphill battle to replace George Miller, Pete Stark, ummm, we mean Mike Honda.  People asking for their campaign contributions back, endorsements that didn’t happen and a social media truth push that backfired.

In more, “I’m really running for second place news” SF Gate’s Carla Marinucci uncovers that the new entrant into the race, Vanila Singh (no relation to Ice) just became a Republican.  Uhh, like the day before she declared to run for second place she literally changed her voter registration card from “Decline to State” to Republican.  And Marinucci also tells us that Vanila has missed voting in a few elections.

The Daughters of Charity are in need of some as the hospital system they run is losing money.  Want to buy a hospital or two.  The SV Biz Journal has the story of O’Conner and St. Louise Regional Hospitals going on the auction block.

How long will it be before the lefties in SF protest 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s fashion choice to wear pleated pants purchased at Walmart?  Leave the man alone, he has a big game to win.

Bill O’Reilly, the bombastic Fox News star and the South Bay Labor Council have something in common, they both want an increase to the minimum wage.  O’Rielly joins fellow conservative Ron Unz in pushing to put more cash into the pockets of working families.

As the momentum for a minimum wage hike increases, some deep pockets are paying big bucks to try and trash SJ’s wage hike that was overwhelmingly approved by voters.  The mysterious badideaca.com publishes a “study” culled from questionnaires sent to some restaurants asking them if the wage hike is costing them more money…duh, it was a wage hike, really?  Über scientific data being crunched here folks.  This, keep the wages of working families low campaign, is nothing more than a right-wing consultant’s dream job; web site with scary numbers on it, check, a survey of around 150 restaurants, check, full page ads short on back up for its claims, check.

Maybe this is the reason why the anti-increase the minimum wage deep pockets are ramping up their efforts to keep people poor?

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Daily Fetch 12.12.13: BART at it again, SJ City Council pulls out its Weed Eater, and Pope out twerks Miley for Man of the Year

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

The BART circus has reopened as the two sides in the epic dispute are back at the bargaining ‘bitch and complain’ table to try and iron out their latest beef.  We think both sides should let this guy settle the dispute so that we don’t have to hear any additional ranting from either side during the holiday season.

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The San Jose City Council was not messing around when it voted to place new restrictions on pot clubs.  KTVU reports that the restrictions could drastically reduce the number of places where one can purchase a Fatty.  

Lauren Hepler from the SV Biz Journal reports that San Jose has already started the process of informing the weed dispensaries that are located near residential areas to start packing up.  So, for all our friends that have “arthritis” or “lower back pain”, smoke ‘em if you got ‘em and stock up to stuff those stockings ‘cuz (apparently) easy weed access is coming to a close in SJ.

Palo Alto may need to hire more firefighters as it is burning through its overtime budget at a rapid clip.  Jason Green from the Daily News has the story.

In other Palo Alto news, the City Council approved a new ordinance requiring newly build homes to install circuitry for charging electric vehicles.  Now all the council needs to do is actually approve some new housing over the objections of the city’s hyperventilating NIMBYs.

A report released yesterday by NASA has found that Google gazillionaires “improperly” saved millions on jet fuel by housing their fleet of planes at the Moffett Federal Airfield.  An unconfirmed report is circulating that says if you Google the term NASA what pops us is; Not Another Stupid Article.  The Fetch is trying to confirm the accuracy of this report on BING.

The Merc Ed Board hates Rural/Metro and wants Santa Clara County to re-bid the ambulance contract.  The Board of Supervisors voted to make a re-bid decision about the bankrupt firm in June as they voted 5-0 to continue its current arrangement.  Note to Ed Board, this piece should have run BEFORE the vote not two days after, just sayin’.

Hey, it’s not just Wal-Mart that hoses its workers, it’s their contractors as well.  The LA Times reports on the settlement of a lawsuit filed by 568 Southern California warehouse workers to the tune of $4.7 million dollars after they sued over being underpaid and denied rest and meal breaks.  Wal-Mart and their contractors, keepin’ it classy.

This Christmas gift-giving season should see pope soap on a rope flying off store shelves as Pope Francis has been named Time’s Man of the Year.  The Pope beat out Miley Cyrus for the award, seriously.  The report that there was a tie between the two that was decided by a twerk off has yet to be confirmed.

NBC Bay Area’s George Kiriyama shows the conditions many have been forced to live in as the reverberations of the wickedly cold weather continue to put lives at risk.  Councilmember Ash Kalra and Vice-Mayor Madison Nguyen attended a prayer vigil conducted by homeless advocate Scott Wagers that put a spotlight on the issue and both vowed to take action to try and prevent further tragedies.

Cluck Reed will be waiting until the primary is over and the field is clear before he puts his Midas Touch on who he wants as his successor.  Metro’s Fly reports that the Cluck will not endorse at this time so to all you candidates that share a dais with the Mayor, stop sucking up already.

A New Jersey company has received three citations for serious violations stemming from the death of Donald White a worker who was killed at during the construction of the 49ers stadium.  The penalty amounts to $54K, a paltry amount when compared to the death of Mr. White.

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Daily Fetch 12.12.13: PG&E rebuilds Redwood City gas line, meanwhile San Bruno still rebuilds

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Before a protest movement starts, PG&E has quietly opted to replace a gas pipeline running under Redwood City.

Meanwhile, San Bruno has approved plans to rebuild 10 lots that were blown-up by a PG&E pipeline failure in 2010.

San Bruno gas explosion

Bad guys beware, the FBI, US Marshall’s Service and the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (such a thing exists?) have launched a new “NorCal’s Most Wanted”  website.

Ever feel like running away and joining the circus? Well, Menlo Park’s Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center can get you ready for the journey with their new “Circus Acts” classes.

The BART circus has reopened as the two sides in the epic dispute are back at the bargaining ‘bitch and complain’ table to try and iron out their latest beef.  We think both sides should let this guy settle the dispute so that we don’t have to hear any additional ranting from either side during the holiday season.

Hey, it’s not just Wal-Mart that hoses its workers, it’s their contractors as well.  The LA Times reports on the settlement of a lawsuit filed by 568 Southern California warehouse workers to the tune of $4.7 million dollars after they sued over being underpaid and denied rest and meal breaks.  Wal-Mart and their contractors, keepin’ it classy.

This Christmas gift-giving season should see pope soap on a rope flying off store shelves as Pope Francis has been named Time’s Man of the Year.  The Pope beat out Miley Cyrus for the award, seriously.  The report that there was a tie between the two that was decided by a twerk off has yet to be confirmed.

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Daily Fetch 12.06.13: World morns Mandela, garbage rates mostly going up in San Mateo County and Managers in Menlo to get a raise

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The world mourns the death of Nelson Mandela.  The 95-year old Mandela was a champion for civil rights and he led the fight against South Africa’s apartheid reign of terror.  He will be missed.

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While most San Mateo County cities are hiking up their garbage rates, San Carlos’ rates will either stay the same or be reduced. What a bunch of garbage.

Whistle blowers in San Mateo County can now toot their tune on the county’s new whistleblower hotline and website.

Managers employed by the City of Menlo Park may soon be getting a raise thanks to a new contact that goes before the City Council next Tuesday.

The County Harbor Commissioners will consider imposing time limits on themselves for future meetings. Apparently this is meant to help shut up one particularly verbose commissioner.

Fast food workers took to the streets in 130 cities across the land of the Golden Arches to demand an increase in the minimum wage.  The question remains to be answered if Americans will pay a few pennies more per fat laden, salty, artery clogging grub at the drive up window so that those who prepare it are not forced to eat fat laden, salty, artery clogging grub.

Covered California is leading the nation in sign ups for Obamacare.  The LA Times reports that the surge crested with 17,000 calls yesterday in just one hour.  Hmmm…almost sounds too good to be true.

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Daily Fetch 9.10.13: Can PG&E ever make it right in San Bruno?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Three years ago yesterday was a tragic day in San Bruno.  Residents reflect in this Daily Journal story.

PG&E settles lawsuits from the San Bruno blast for $565 million.  Not enough for what the families went through.

Embezzlement took a bite out of Mosquito and Vector Control District’s budget to the tune of $800K.  That equates to a whole bunch of cans of OFF!

The Pacifica Riptide reports that residents want to give peace a chance.  They voice strong opposition to military action in Syria.

Principal Will Flores is out at Hatch Elementary School; he abruptly resigned citing family reasons.

Fast food workers are continuing to make noise about sub-par wages and lack of health benefits in this Beyondchron story first published in the Huff post.  And in a Merc letter to the editor, one writer sings the praises of In-n-Out and how they are able to provide a decent wage and benefits to their workers and of course a kick as burger.

Apple is set to launch, no, not it’s spaceship looking HQ, but rather, its new smartphone.  The Guardian has all the info and a link to watch today’s streaming video of the announcement as well.

And if your looking to support keeping workers in poverty and without healthcare, go to your nearest Walmart to swap your old phone for a new one as the corporate giant launches a new smartphone trade-in program.

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Daily Fetch 9.10.13: Liccardo reinvents himself as a crime fighter, mainstream media passes on Figone’s love affair with contractors and Pegram now hates perverts

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

NBC Bay Area reports that SJSU is on edge as crime creeps closer to campus.  Kris Sanchez gives us a student’s perspective.

The Merc’s Robert Salonga says that details remain scarce in the trio of homicides that shook San Jose this past weekend.

After the Mercury News took apart Bikini Cop Liccardo’s police-staffing proposal, Liccardo tries to go all grassroots and started a petition patting himself on the back for his mathematically challenged plan to hire 200 more cops.  Seriously?

Senator Jim Beall’s bill to crack down on perverts is on the Guv’s desk and Beall sent out this actual grassroots appeal for support.  The bill would allow a longer period of time for molestation victims to file lawsuits to recover damages.

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And it looks like Values Advocacy Council’s Larry Pegram felt the heat from his email we reported on that appeared to be a defense of the pervs targeted in Beall’s bill (we just love writing Beall’s bill).  Here is Pegram’s new email.  We wonder if he will lobby the Governor to sign Beall’s bill (sorry, last time, we promise).

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Santa Clara County Supervisors will vote today on a resolution condemning anti-gay laws enacted back in the USSR.  SJ Inside also tells us about other happenings at the County in this piece.

(Apparently) the mainstream print media, namely the Metro and the Merc, took a pass on writing about the no-bid contracts doled out, Haliburton style, by San Jose City Manager Deb Figone.  The Fetch wrote about City Auditor Sharon Erickson’s uncovering San Jose’s shady procurement practices that are burning through millions and millions of taxpayer dollars with no competitive bidding and a complete lack of oversight.  We guess that if the popular narrative of Reed and his minions being good stewards of the City checkbook is challenged, then the mainstream press wants nothing to do with it…Where are Barry Witt and Will Harper when you need them?

Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Nora Campos saw three of her bills, all passed by both houses of the state legislature unanimously, become law as Gov. Moonbean signed them.  Each deals with cracking down on domestic abusers.

Mr. Roadshow tells us about the roadwork underway to get BART to San Jose.

KTVU reports that HP and BofA got the boot from the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Fast food workers are continuing to make noise about sub-par wages and lack of health benefits in this Beyondchron story first published in the Huff post.  And in a Merc letter to the editor, one writer sings the praises of In-n-Out and how they are able to provide a decent wage and benefits to their workers and of course a kick as burger.

Apple is set to launch, no, not it’s spaceship looking HQ, but rather, its new smartphone.  The Guardian has all the info and a link to watch today’s streaming video of the announcement as well.

And if you’re looking to support keeping workers in poverty and without healthcare, go to your nearest Walmart to swap your old phone for a new one as the corporate giant launches a new smartphone trade-in program.

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Daily Fetch 9.06.13: SJ City Manager Figone Fumbles–City Audit Uncovers Shady No Bid Contracts

Friday, September 6th, 2013

From The Fetch City Hall Bureau
No Bid Contracts Exposed

Where can a private-sector consultant get a non-bid government contract for $35,000 that grows to $950,000 without any public review or competition?  The City of San Jose is where.  No bid contracts, no work product, billing irregularities and a pervasive pattern of skirting the City’s procurement policies, are all problems festering at City Hall,according to an audit released by San Jose City Auditor Sharon Erickson.

Erickson’s scathing audit of San Jose’s practice of awarding no-bid contracts with lax oversight will be presented to the City Council this Tuesday.  The audit strongly recommends more stringent enforcement of the City’s procurement rules, stepped up oversight of conflict of interest laws and a more transparent and open process in awarding contracts.

Erickson uncovered that oversight of City consultants was “inadequate,” stating that “City staff had ignored contract terms, changed contract deliverable and payment terms without authorization, and sometimes paid vendors more than required by their contracts.”  The audit also stated, “in many instances, staff was unable to provide us with contract-required deliverables.”

In her official response to the audit, City Manager Deb Figone defended the practice of awarding no-bid contracts by stating, “…it is not clear there would be benefit from reaching out to other potential vendors” and that they should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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Pete “quadruple dip” Constant put down his Big Gulp long enough to blow a gasket on his Facebook page defending his proposal to hire more cops.  (Apparently) this piece penned by POA’s Jim Unland poured salt on Peter’s plan.

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In non-Facebook rant news…Facebook does an about face on its new privacy policy that was to roll out yesterday.

Can Tesla and its drivers do no wrong?  We will now see those awesome looking rides zooming past us until at least 2019 as the legislature passed a bill allowing plug-in hybrids VIP entrance to the HOV lanes.

Bloomberg tells readers exactly what Obamacare will cost individuals as it reports on a detailed analysis produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation.  Contrary to what you’ve heard from Pete “quadruple dip” Constant’s Tea Party friends, getting and staying healthy will be affordable.

Rich Robinson takes to SJ Inside to lay out his strategy to Congress and the President on how to approach Syria.  No, we’re not kidding.  Really, we’re not…click the link and see for yourself.

Crime to drop for 11th year in a row….Ha, not in San Jose but in smog soaked, freeway jammed and gang laden…Los Angeles.  Ummm…maybe someone at city hall can pick up the phone and call LA to see how it’s done?  Just a thought.

BANG’s Joshua Melvin found out what it’s like in the academy training to become a CHP patrolman.  He was joined by other reporters as the CHP promoted that they will be hiring this September.

Not to be outdone by workers protesting sub-par wages at fast food outlets, Walmart workers took to the streets to pressure the retail giant for more pay and better benefits.  The Sacramento Bee has the story.

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Daily Fetch 7.15.13: Marshman gets drunk on Reed’s Koolaid

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Wow, Mercury News Opinion Editor Barb Marshman jumped in a pool of Chuck Reed’s Koolaid and tells readers that the cops turned down a 9% raise.  Problem is, according to the cops and Protect San Jose it’s not true.  It’s so cute that every time Reed and company are hot and thirsty, CRASH-BAM-BOOM-BANG along comes Koolaid Marshman.

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Speaking of Koolaid chuggers, Tracy Seipel’s clueless crusade against Cindy Chavez continues in the Merc’s IA column.  Tracy, we know this whole reporter thing is a tough job for you, with all that spelling and fact checking, oh snap we forgot you don’t do much of either.  Will the real Republican please stand up…

We here at the Fetch think the Real Republican is standing up. It’s so crystal clear the only excuse we can think of for Seipel not seeing it is that she must need glasses.

It appears the San Jose Blog may have been incorrect when it posted that a Walmart was potentially coming to Berryessa…SV Biz Journal’s Donato-Weinstein goes to the source to get the answers.

San Jose saw it’s 27th and  its 28th homicides of the year this weekend.

In other news, the Morgan Hill Times tells us the Santa Clara Valley Water District will be hiking water rates.  Unfortunately the full article is behind a pay wall but we’re sure the Merc will be reporting on it any week now (maybe on July 31?).

San Jose’s graffiti problems are spreading to the palatial kingdom that is Los Gatos.

Palo Alto’s Housing Corporation is trying to beat back the angry Bentley owners’ efforts to eliminate housing for poor old people.

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