“Every Republican Is Crucial” and Sam “Cheaties” Liccardo are two political action committees the latest Liccardo backer supports. Raymond Bingham, from Woodside, dropped $9,400 to help mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo.
Apparently, Big money Bingham believes that Liccardo’s values align with his and the other beneficiaries of his largess. They include: Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan and Michelle Bachmann, who both received money from the “Every Republican Is Crucial PAC”. Liccardo is the new GOP Darling.
Not to be outdone by Sam’s GOP backers the Merc Editorial Board continues to pour it on for Liccardo as it prints yet another piece of his that propagates The Big Lie that city workers never offered legal pension reform. A Big Lie that the Merc has continued to foster, perpetrate, disseminate and slime people with. A lie conceived by Chuck Reed and applauded by the likes of Nguyen/Oliverio/Liccardo/Herrera. A lie used as fact by former newsman and now opinion/columnist Scott Herhold, and trumpeted by Barbara Marshman and an editorial board that has lost its moral compass, if it ever had one.
Their strategy revolves around this:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
But here are the facts, thanks to our many spies and sources for pointing Fetch to these documents:
Mayor Reed and his cohorts continue to lie and say city workers never proposed pension reform. That is untrue. Here is one proposal from the a city union that legally would have brought down the cost of pensions and delivered on the promise to restore services. It was rejected in favor of the disastrous Measure B.
Mayor Reed and his cohorts continue to lie and say the po-po and firefighters never proposed pension reform. That is untrue. Here is one proposal from the po-po and firefighters that legally would have brought down the cost of pensions and kept hundreds of po-po from leaving. It was rejected in favor of the disastrous Measure B.
Reed and his cabal wanted it their way and it has ended in a train wreck, but that does not stop the folks below from continuing The Big Lie.
Fetch hopes this teachable moment was enjoyed by our loyal readers and that as your parents have told you, some more than others, honesty is the best policy.
Want to make sure a contentious issue and vote does not impact your election chances? Do what the San Jose City Council does best: delay, obfuscate, punt, push aside, squirm and eventually schedule the ban pot shop vote on election day. After another excruciating marathon of blathering by everyone, and their mother, about the pros and cons of weed consumption, the council tabled the item until June 3rd. Profiles in courage for sure.
In their quest to run out the clock and not have to cast a vote on pot shops in San Jose neighborhoods the council even made sure to stop the proceedings and allow, His Royal Highness Carl Guardino to butt in line and talk up his tax measure, because he is a busy guy. The Merc’s New Guy at City Hall had this Tweet describing the odd event.
While others running for San Jose Mayor are doing so by running from their record, County Supervisor Dave Cortese and his colleague Supervisor Ken Yeager offered a proposal to establish a living wage ordinance for employees doing work for the County. Supervisor S. (S is for Secret) Joe Simitian had this to say about the proposed ordinance:
“This is thought of as a very progressive agenda,” he said, “but in many ways it’s the most old-fashioned Norman Rockwell vision of community that you could conjure up.”
SJ Inside’s Jen Wadsworth pulls out a can of whoop-ass and sprays down the County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Jail Guards who make up the Kevin Jensen campaign brain-trust. These Keystone Kops, and whatever numskull is advising them, thought it was a good idea to spread lies about County Sheriff Laurie Smith and attribute those lies to the parents of Saratoga’s Audrie Pott, who tragically took her own life after being sexually assaulted by classmates.
Wadsworth’s story highlights include:
But the mailer crossed a line, according to the Pott family, when it cited a 2013 Rolling Stone article that reported Smith lost evidence in the Pott social media bullying and rape case, which eventually led to the defendants walking away with minimal sentencing.
“I can tell you specifically that no evidence was ‘lost’ nor did anyone ‘walk free,’” she said. “The light sentences were handed out by Judge Jesus Valencia, not the sheriff. The flyer was so bad that we really felt we had to speak out. …We will not allow our family to be a part of a political campaign that spreads lies, or any political campaign, for that matter.”
And if that were not enough bad news for the circular-firing squad helping Jensen, the Los Altos Town Crier endorses Sheriff Laurie Smith for re-election and says:
“Smith has overseen major transitions in the office, which reassumed responsibility for managing the jails a few years ago. There is a significant realignment underway as convicts who were once sent to state prison are now being transferred to county jails. So far, she’s managed the shuffle to avoid jail overcrowding effectively while not releasing any prisoners prematurely. The transition, she said, saves taxpayers $10 million a year. Based on her experience, she is best suited to continue the oversight.”
The new CEO of the Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Construction & Building Trades Council, Josue Garcia wants to lobby real bad, but he needs an exception to the current law that bans former San Jose city staffers from wielding undue influence over current city staffers until 2 years have lapsed since being on the public dime. The request goes before the rules committee today.
What the frack? Santa Cruz County is the first California jurisdiction to ban fracking for oil. Hydraulic fracking is a technique that trashes the environment by blasting chemicals and water into the ground to unlock oil and gas underground. KQED has the story.