Many people were interested in John’s article last week about free iPods. In fact, many were incensed that the FAA was spending so much money on such a frivolous program. Sure, those iPods are pretty popular, but I just wanted to make sure it was stated some place on the site: John makes his columns up.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get to the news from the last week.
Let’s start with sports! In the Mercury, Barry Witt looks at the process for getting a baseball stadium over by Diridon station, now that the Del Monte site is out of the running. Also, Rodney Foo reports about the Council making the change to the Grand Prix course official, a switch which some businesses along the former route are unhappy with, as Mary Gottschalk reported in last week’s Rose Garden Resident.
In this week’s paper, Ms. Gottschalk details the progress on the new Rose Garden Branch Library, which will be ready in September, but needs help fundraising to get furniture, computers and other essentials before the opening. Gee, a building in this city opening without furniture and computers would be embarassing, wouldn’t it?
In the Almaden Resident, Sandy Brundage gives us the details of the new city fraud and audit hotline pilot project that will start July 1st. I have a feeling some of our readers may be getting their dialing fingers ready, just in case they see something good to report.
Back in the Mercury, they did manage to cover some non sports-related city hall news. For instance, there’s a story by Steve Johnson about the city’s failure to land the state stem-cell research center.
Metro‘s The Fly reports on the Mayor’s continuing disdain for public requests for information. Also in Metro, Gary Singh has a new column called “Silicon Alleys.” His first column opens with a call for a new motto for San Jose. Well, aside from the fact that his column is titled after a part of New York that stole its name from us, I think a new motto is a good idea to discuss, but I think I’ve read that discussion before…
Upcoming special event: Next Tuesday, April 19th, Jude will be appearing on a panel at a Commonwealth Club Event at MLK library. The discussion is called “Joining the Blogosphere” and admission is free. Other panelists include Dan Gillmor, formerly of the Mercury and now a full-time blogger; David Satterfield, the managing editor the the Mercury; Chuck Olsen, producer of a film called blogumentary; and David Pescovitz, editor of BoingBoing.net. See the Commonwealth Club’s web site for more information.