Today is President’s Day, a national holiday, which means no one is working at City Hall. Today is also the third Monday in February, which means we should be celebrating George Washington’s birthday. But as the LA Times points out, you might not know that because the day has morphed into one of those every-kid-gets-a-trophy-after-the-game experiences, when we celebrate Abraham Lincoln as well as all of our other POTUS’ contributions.
And, in case you were wondering who were the hottest presidents of all time, Gawker has you covered.
Because the national holiday falls on a Monday, as usual, this means the City Council won’t be meeting until next week. And after taking a quick look at the committee agendas, it doesn’t seem like much of anything important will happen this week, aside from the planning commission discussing the San Jose Earthquakes potential stadium by the airport.
But there was some news, that may or may not qualify as interesting, over the weekend. Bill Chew is jumping into the race for a City Council seat in District 6, which currently includes incumbent Pierluigi Oliverio and challenger Steve Kline.
If you’re not familiar with Chew, recognized best as the physically fit cowboy on roller skates, here’s an excerpt from an excellent story by Will Harper about the “pathological citizens” or “gadflies” who attend every council meeting and voice their thoughts during the public comments portion of meetings:
“Back in early 1997, when newly elected Supervisor Pete McHugh was looking for a chief of staff, applicant Chew—a pole-vaulter in his school days—promised to get the whole staff in tip-top shape. As proof of his own credentials, Chew brandished a photo of himself in the nude (posed in such a way that his genitalia were hidden), showing off his toned physique. McHugh and his two advisers sat in stunned silence.”
Enjoy your President’s Day.