Posts Tagged ‘woodside’

Daily Fetch 05.21.14: The Big Pension Lie, “Every Republican and Sam Are Crucial”, Audrie Pott’s Parents Slam Deputy Sheriff’s Association and Jail Guards for slimy mailer

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

“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.

In fact, the combined pension cost savings of the two proposals above would have dwarfed the $25 million in savings being trumpeted by the “push on with Measure B crowd.”



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.

“That’s ridiculous,” said Larry Pott, Audrie’s father. “Absolutely ridiculous. They’re talking about a justice issue, something that happened in court. This had nothing to do with the sheriff.”

“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.

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Daily Fetch 03.27.14: HolYee Shi# and Jerry Hill tries to clean up the swamp

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

When it comes to restaurants, skyline, culture and, apparently, political corruption, Silicon Valley can’t compete with San Francisco.  Senator Leland Yee’s House of Cards came tumbling down for…Gun running, really?  In Silicon Valley, it was some meals, golfing, gambling, and stamps but in San Francisco it was automatic weapons, murder for hire, extortion, drugs, gang hits…you name it!  That damn SF.


To read excerpts of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation not Fetch Bureau of Investigation) affidavit go here.

For an international take on Yee’s arms for campaign cash catastrophe go here. Well, it’s a Canadian news story so international is a stretch.

Senator Jerry Hill is still on a policy tear from the last senate scandal. His latest idea is to require nonprofit groups that pay for legislators to take trips to “conferences” to disclose their donors.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors overturned a planning commission decision that would have allowed a meditation center near Woodside to be converted into a rehab facility.

Facebook bought a virtual reality company yesterday and the company’s stock promptly took a nosedive.

Half Moon Bay’s City Council has decided to use a $1.6 million tax windfall to fund 22 projects including renovating facilities and fixing roads.

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Daily Fetch 02.12.14: Shirley Temple Black passes and some Peninsula politicians announce their future career plans

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Famed child star and Woodside resident Shirley Temple Black passed away at her home yesterday. She will be missed.

Bay Area law enforcement officials met in Millbrae yesterday to highlight the problem of human trafficking in the Bay Area. The county also initiated an informational campaign to educate residents about the problem.

San Mateo County Schools Superintendent Anne Campbell will run for reelection, and Belmont Councilwoman Christine Wozniak has decided to peace out on her term early.

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Daily Fetch 01.28.14: Another bridge with bad bolts, wood banning and pruning in Woodside and Moss Beach and Tom Perkins tries to remove foot from mouth

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

A near disaster was averted when bad bolts were slated to be used to retrofit a local bridge.  No, not that one, this time it was the Carquinez Bridge where hundreds of thousands of incorrectly sized bolts manufactured in China were almost used.  Scary.

If you live in Woodside or Portola Valley and have a wood shake roof, pay attention. Due to the extreme fire danger, both town councils will be discussing banning this type of roof at a meeting tomorrow.

Following the injury of a 17-year-old girl at an intersection, Foster City Councilmember Herb Perez wants additional pedestrian and bicyclist safety measures put in place.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach may get a little thinner if a plan is approved to prune some of the Cypress Trees that grace the reserve.

Yesterday, Tom Perkins issued faux apology for his insensitive, moronic, lame, (insert your own adjective here) comparison of the 1% living the high life in SF to Jews living through the Holocaust in Nazi Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  The Verge dissects the latest rant from a guy who says the watch he currently wears can buy 6 Rolexes.  We shi$ you not, he says it.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla, wants Martin’s Beach off limits to the 99%.  Remember folks, the rich are under siege by the rest of us.  Seeking the seclusion of a pristine beach just south of SF, Vinod has blocked access to a the beach for the masses.  Beach lovers are suing to catch some rays and a wave or two.

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Daily Fetch 11.20.13: San Mateo County Sheriff has a new “exciting” webcam and amazingly there is news from Foster City

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Showing their obvious excitement, which we doubt is shared by anyone else, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s office has put up a webcam so you monitor the construction of the new San Mateo County Jail. We’re sure it’s excellent.


Showing the pull that boatloads of cash can get you, when Atherton residents complain about airport notice it (apparently) warrants a story in the paper.

Speaking of rich people, we’re sure the well-heeled NIMBYs will have absolutely no problem with this drug rehab facility popping up in Woodside. We’re sure the county planning commission meeting tonight on the topic will be entertaining.

In news of yet another San Mateo County politician peacing out shortly after a local election (which could have been an inexpensive way to replace her) South San Francisco School Board Trustee Shirlee Hoch is heading for the door. Though in her defense, she does have serious medical issues.

The fact that there is news reported from Foster City is news in itself, but (apparently) the Foster City Council has approved a large new senior housing complex, after only 42 years of contemplation over what to do with the 15 acre site.  So ahh, Palo Alto blocks construction of a senior housing complex and one month later nearby Foster City approves a large new senior housing complex…hmmmm.

In stunning news from Half Moon Bay, the Half Moon Bay review has received running up of a major award…umm, what?

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Daily Fetch 10.31.13: Happy Halloween! Judge says PG&E mislead public on San Carlos pipeline

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Have Happy Halloween…but not too happy. Police in San Mateo County will be on the look out tonight for drunks.

A CPUC administrative law judge yesterday levied nearly $7 million in additional fines against PG&E regarding gas Line 147 that runs under San Carlos. The judge called the line “distressingly similar” to San Bruno and noted that PG&E’s failure to come clean on the pipeline amounted to “misleading the commission and the public.”

South San Francisco Library is hosting its 21st annual trivia challenge tomorrow. Personally we prefer our pub quizzes at establishments that serve alcohol.

After sending out the wrong ballots to a neighborhood in Menlo Park, the county registrar has hand delivered corrected replacements.

Woodside’s Town Council had a raucous meeting yesterday wherein the NIMBYs emerged somewhat victorious but getting the council not to move forward on issues such as developing more parking or making streets wider.

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Daily Fetch 10.25.13: SM County is number 2 in tech and the Emperor of Martin’s Beach wins a key victory

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Progressive Policy Institute has ranked San Mateo County as the number 2 high tech hotspot in the county. Neighboring San Francisco County was ranked number 1 and Santa Clara County was ranked number 3.

On that note, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors are taking a look at updating the way the county taxes farmland.

The San Mateo County Harbor Board is so dysfunctional and relations between board members so acrimonious that the board voted last week to seek the help of a therapist…well, mediator. The most awesome part of the situation is that the mediation between the warring members of the board will occur in public! Get your popcorn ready folks.

Mid-Peninsula Congresswoman Anna Eshoo made right-wing nuts foam at the mouth yesterday when she questioned why the Obamacare website wasn’t ready for primetime. She went as far as to say it would be like Proflowers not being ready for Valentine’s Day.

We hope that this article saying that Nirmala Brandrapallis is “launching” her bid for Burlingame City Council is a typo. Isn’t two weeks before an election a little late in the game for a campaign kick off? After all absentee voters have had their ballots for weeks.

The Emperor of Martin’s Beach, Vinod Khosla, won a key legal victory, but the surfers fighting for public access have vowed to appeal.

The combatants in the battle for the Woodside Elementary School Board are profiled in this piece by the Almanac.

The combatants in the battle for the Atherton City Council are profiled in this piece.

An investigator has been hired to take a deeper look into the San Carlos School District’s sweetheart $1.3 million loan to its superintendent. The move comes following the resignation of a long time board member over her fellow board members desire to sweep the matter under a rug.

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Daily Fetch 10.04.13: Light at the end of the BART tunnel and San Mateo Mayor Lim says “No on P”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

With the 60-day cooling off period barreling down the tracks the BART talks made some progress yesterday.  The SF Examiner reports that the two sides agreed on a formula for pension contributions and that talks continue on wages and health care.

And according to a poll released by the Bay Area Council, 63% of respondents want the BART union to accept the management offer and avoid a strike.  The poll is a little quirky as only 19% of the 509 respondents actually ride BART.  Nonetheless, it is another indication that the public would blame the union in the event of a strike.

The Daily Journal reports that San Mateo Mayor Lim and Deputy Mayor Ross recommend opposition to Measure P when the council votes whether to endorse the school bond at its Monday night meeting.  Their beef is that the $130M bond measure does not “adequately address equity issues for students in San Mateo” and “was formulated with no input from key stakeholders”.

Those in East Palo Alto wanting to cultivate community gardens got a boost from a bill signed by Jerry Brown.

Up in smoke went close to $30 million in pot that has been destroyed by the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force.  Dozens of raids have netted nearly 8,100 mary-jane plants.   HMB Review has the story.

Hey, is one of our interns working on the side writing headlines for the Daily News?  Redwood City Planning Commission corks plan for huge water tank in Emerald Hills.

The four candidates vying for three seats on the Woodside school board are introduced in this Almanac story.

Menlo Park has some openings in its planning department as the city continues to grow.

Opponents to a woman’s right to choose in San Mateo County are still at it.  They filed a lawsuit to stop the South SF Planned Parenthood facility approved by the city council.

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Daily Fetch 9.04.13: Still no joy for Mills High AP hopefuls, and while PG&E whining continues San Bruno is still rebuilding

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

A judge has agreed with the College Board that the hundreds of Mills High Students shall not pass the AP.

you shall not pass the ap

Moss Beach will (apparently) be saved, so sayeth Supervisor Don Horsley.

The San Mateo County Democratic Party has made its endorsements for this November’s local elections. The Redwood City Woodside Patch has them for you…

Liege Lord of San Mateo County, John Maltbie, is recommending that the county spend $14 million on a new HR system.

Speaking of the Maltbie paterfamilias, former Judge and Senator Quentin Kopp piles on the County Manager for criticizing the county grand jury.

San Mateo has chosen a new interim City Manager, Larry Paterson. Welcome to the party pal.

Three years after PG&E blew up San Bruno, the Crestmoor Neighborhood continues to rebuild.

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Daily Fetch 8.23.13: Jerry Hill VBM Verify Bill on the Way to Moonbeam and PG&E crying over having to pay for blowing-up San Bruno

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Senator Jerry Hill’s bill to allow voters to verify that their absentee ballot were counted has cleared the legislature and is on the way to Governor Moonbeam for signature.

PG&E says it can’t afford to pay the $2.25 billion fine for blowing up San Bruno. San Bruno says screw you PG&E, the fine should be $1.4 billion higher!


A letter containing a white powdery substance shutdown part of the San Mateo County Government Building yesterday.

Under a new proposal, students from the lower income community of East Palo Alto would no longer be able to attend schools in the higher income communities of Woodside and Atherton. The Palo Alto Weekly spins this as a good thing.

The Mercury News tells us that Facebook teamed up with U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier to donate laptops to some East Palo Alto students on their first day of school.

Burlingame residents want an eyesore of and unfinished building to get done.  They met with developers push for completion.

Firefighters and chili this weekend at the San Mateo City Firefighter’s Association sponsored Chili Cook-Off taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Park in San Mateo.

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