San Jose desperately needs an iconic landmark. Last year, the nationâs 10th largest city was tabbed the countryâs most forgettable municipality, according to a study by Nathan Silverâs FiveThirtyEight.com. Fly will forgive the slightâbut not the werewolf squid Silver calls a haircut, or, you know, his awful prediction in the last yearâs presidential electionâmainly because San Joseâs skyline has about as many peaks as Brent Burnsâ smile. (Love you, Burnzie. Now please put that hockey stick down.) But thereâs light at the beginning of the tunnel. Two weeks ago, San Jose InsideÂ provided the full scoop on an effort to rebuild the cityâs massive light tower, which a 100 years ago was the envy of the bay. Standing over Santa Clara Street, the beacon could be seen from as far away as San Francisco. A few San Jose RotariansâJon Ball, Steve Borkenhagen and Thomas Wohlmutâhave since teamed up to see if they can replicate a larger version of the structure, perhaps as high as 260 feet, and place it over one of the cityâs parks. Phase one of the project is funding Wohlmutâs documentary on the light tower and its rumored influence on the design of the Eiffel Tower. Last week, Borkenhagen invited 150 guests to his jazz club, CafÃ© Stritch, to build excitement for the project, and the event raised an encouraging $90,000. That was $10K short of the goal, but Borkenhagen tells Fly that âa number of people came up to me and said they donât do public donations,â so the amount is expected to grow. After the film is released, phase two of the project will involve global submissions for the design of the new light tower, with stipends in the range of $20K-$30K, Borkenhagen says. From there, the effort will move to building the structureâin total, Borkenhagen says, the process should take four yearsâand working out an agreement with the city regarding placement and ongoing maintenance costs. âOur current thought is to give this as a gift to the city,â Borkenhagen says.