Definitely makes for a wild week when the dullest thing to go down at San Jose’s City Hall was a bomb threat. Days after City Manager Ed Shikada fired lead labor negotiator Alex Gurza, Shikada felt the axe on his own neck. But all that was just a warmup for the fireworks surrounding the appointment of a new council member for the vacant District 4 seat, which encompasses Berryessa. Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo called the emergency meeting despite protests from several colleagues and local labor unions. His preferred appointee, recycled ’90s-era councilwoman Margie Matthews (then known as Fernandes), got the nod—but not before Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio became an unexpected folk hero to progressives. He argued that the process was rushed while dominating a filibuster-esque Q&A session with prospective candidates. Who knows how long Oliverio could’ve gone on had Councilwoman Rose Herrera not interjected a motion to cut off questions, thereby securing her station as Liccardo’s vice mayor. Even the three council members who boycotted the meeting—Ash Kalra, Don Rocha and Xavier Campos—sang hosannas for Oliverio. All of it made for great theater, and Rocha admitted to watching a stream from his office computer in between a staff luncheon and his son’s school’s holiday party. Kalra also grabbed a bite with his staff before hopping over to the African American Community Service Agency holiday party instead of making the meeting. “I didn’t want to legitimize an illegitimate process,” he told Fly. Campos was seen jetting out of the City Hall basement garage after the council offices threw him a going away party. But it’s not over yet. Rather than wait until the Jan. 6 scheduled council meeting, lame duckers Chuck Reed, Madison Nguyen and Pete Constant will get a bonus round special session Dec. 30 to appoint a new city manager. Norberto Dueñas, a deputy city manager, has been floated as the likely pick, but his counterpart, Kim Walesh, is close to Mayor Sam. It's not exactly clear why this can't wait until the first scheduled meeting of 2015, Jan. 6, but whoever is chosen, a council majority of six votes would be required to replace them.