An 85-year-old wheelchair-bound amputee got toppled over by a cyclist who came barreling down the sidewalk somewhere on King Road about a month ago, according to a letter submitted to the public record of the Rules and Open Government Committee.
The octogenarian got banged up pretty bad: bruises, scratches and a couple weeks of internal bleeding, the letter says. His wheelchair was totaled.
Sofia Mendoza and Joanne Ingold, of Homeowners Organized to Maintain Equity, sent letters to support a wider ban on sidewalk-cycling to protect kids and senior citizens.
Earlier this year, downtown Councilman Sam Liccardo introduced a plan to post up signs in his district to discourage folks from biking on the sidewalk. He’d received enough similar complaints to merit an ordinance, said Liccardo, who in the past year earned a reputation as the most bicycle-friendly city leader—and not just because he let Scott Herhold tag along. Liccardo also pushed for buffered bike lanes in downtown and timing the traffic lights on San Fernando Boulevard for bikers.
With all the improvements since last year to make the heart of the city bicycle-friendly, there’s enough room to ride in designated bike areas. No need to take up the sidewalk, he says in a March memo.
• The city’s considering an exemption of the “Revolving Door Policy” for Josue Garcia, Councilman Xavier Campos’ former chief of staff. Garcia’s now director of government relations and labor compliance for the Northern California Fire Protection Compliance Group, a role in which he monitors work of all fire sprinkler companies “engaged in working on Public Works and Prevailing Wage projects.”
The city’s “Revolving Door Policy” is designed to prevent an outside organization from having an unfair advantage, real or perceived, by hiring an ex-city employees to lobby city officials or influence city projects. Garcia left the city of San Jose less than a year ago.
• Silicon Valley has about 6.5 million square feet of office and R&D space under renovation or construction, but only a small amount of new development in San Jose. Mayor Chuck Reed says in a memo that the city should further cut developer fees, specifically the traffic impact fee, to $2 per square foot for any R&D campus that’s 1 million square feet or more. The discount should carry through to the end of 2014, the memo proposes.
“We should act now, before the economy changes direction and the window of opportunity closes,” Reed says.
• To celebrate the just-completed $130 million expansion of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the city will sponsor a few grand opening events: the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2013 Structures Awards on Sept. 27; Community Day on Oct. 10; and the grand opening gala on Oct. 11.
• Too much of a volatile organic chemical called Trichloroethylene is dirtying up a landfill monitoring well. The city’s trying to figure out how to fix that.
WHAT: Rules and Open Government Committee meets
WHEN: 2pm Wednesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408-535-1260