For those of you who rely on San Jose Inside as your primary news source (who doesn’t?), here’s some interesting stories from other publications.
From Ronn Owens to the red carpet ... I know Tom doesn’t want to act too much like the proud father, so I guess it’s up to me to let you in on the news that his daughter Erin’s movie is having its world premiere this weekend at Cinequest. In the Mercury, Bruce Newman gives a brief description of her documentary, “The Search For The Captain” and details a few others by local filmmakers.
I’m told that at least one of the members of the San Jose Inside team puts in an appearance in the documentary, but since I haven’t seen any cameras around the office, I don’t think it’s me.
After not meeting last week (wouldn’t want to rush anyone back from the three day weekend for Presidents’ Day), the council got right down to business and voted to… sell a few buildings, reports Rodney Foo.
That was about it.
Actually they did some other stuff. Including one really big thing. Despite the fact that “they have no idea when or how San Jose’s grand airport expansion may be fully financed,” as Aaron Davis writes, they voted to increase its size by 60%. That’s right, they voted to make the part that’s getting bigger even bigger. Apparently, this increase is about the size of the convention center and arena combined. I’m going to ask John if he knows where to get a good deal on a tent.
Too bad they sold those downtown buildings for a loss of $1 million. That money would have gone a long way towards, well, finding the $2.8 billion the project is likely going to cost.
At least when it gets up and running, the airlines will be able to talk to each other. Andrew Hamm reports in the Business Journal that the airport is soliciting bids for a computer system that all airlines can use in order to make things more efficient for tasks such as assigning gates. A system to make different parts of a building communicate sounds like a great idea to me.
In the neighborhoods this week, the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association is trying to get the railroad to be a good neighbor to the community. Alicia Upano reports in the Willow Glen Resident about the attempts to get Caltrain to be just a bit more open to dealing with the residents and the help that Council Member Ken Yeager has been providing.
Finally this week, City Attorney Rick Doyle is watching the Supreme Court closely to see how they will decide a recent case concerning eminent domain, The Fly reports in Metro. “We’ll have to take a careful look before we move forward with any type of eminent domain cases where we give the property to a private developer,” they quote him as saying. What were they doing before?