Jun 4, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (14)
City Hall Diary
Did you ever borrow a friend’s toy as a kid because you didn’t have one of your own? I did. I would borrow my friend’s Big Wheel. My parents advised me to be happy with what I had and warned me about becoming dependent on borrowing my friend’s toy for fulfillment. Well, I didn’t listen to my parents’ sound advice. Instead, I wanted to ride the Big Wheel more and more. So, I gave the owner Twinkies and cupcakes in exchange for riding the Big Wheel.
Jun 1, 2007 by John McEnery IV Comments (20)
Chronic Concerns of Housing Costs, Traffic and Worker Visas Disappear
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s annual Business Climate Survey was released yesterday with scandals surprisingly topping the list of valley CEO’s greatest worries.
In what some in the media have termed “The Year of the Philistine,” several chronic concerns such as housing costs, traffic congestion, worker visas and healthcare coverage have been replaced with anxiety over the safety of their daughters attending parties at local community colleges and the fear of getting ensnarled in a stock backdating scandal.
May 31, 2007 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (55)
Those of you who aren’t quite sure what the San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA) is talking about when they promote the “24-Hour City” need go no further than the San Pedro Square/Market Street public parking facility. Use it over any weekend and you’ll find out. For the full effect, park on an upper floor and use the stairways to go between your car and the street.
May 30, 2007 by Tom McEnery Comments (42)
There have been a number of recent articles in national publications about the brave new city of the west, San Jose. The Wall Street Journal stated its view of our city as the center of innovation and entrepreneurship. There is a strong effort to reap the benefits of locating the new and exciting clean-tech areas of the new economy here to join eBay, Cisco Systems and Adobe. We are trying very hard and the ability to try hard is a virtue in a person and an asset in the development of the city.
May 29, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (24)
I have been following the allegations against the De Anza baseball team closely, and in light of Santa Clara County District Attorney Dolores Carr dropping the charges, I think that there are a lot of bad people getting off easy because of some technicalities. I know it’s the law, but I find it unsettling that the members of the team that were involved will just walk away from this no worse for wear.
May 28, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (19)
Happy Memorial Day
The backbone of San Jose is made of its neighborhood business districts. District 6 has three viable ones: Lincoln Avenue, The Alameda and West San Carlos. These neighborhood business districts provide tax revenue for our city. In addition, they are a compliment to the residential neighborhoods they border.
May 25, 2007 by John McEnery IV Comments (8)
Eye-Hand Coordination Screening Rejected
In a test case that has the eyes of the nation focused on California, a newly formed state oversight committee has mandated that all elected officials undergo neurological testing as a result of the ping-pong match State Senator Carole Migden was having with her car, the Highway 12 guardrail and other vehicles for no apparent reason.
May 24, 2007 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (42)
The San Jose City Council voted on Tuesday to hire two consultants for the Mexican Heritage Corporation (MHC) at a cost to the taxpayers of $100,000, compounding the errors in judgment they have already made on this issue. One of the consultants will be hired to “help” the MHC develop a business plan and fundraising capabilities. The other will take the pulse of the community and advise the MHC on how better to serve the public.
May 23, 2007 by Tom McEnery Comments (56)
It was in the spring of 1989 when San Jose’s population passed San Francisco. I remember it well because I was with San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos when it happened. We were in Beijing, Tiananmen Square to be exact, and the reporters were apoplectic while the Chinese were frenetic.
May 22, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (49)
I spent the weekend in “The City” (you know, the other one, San Francisco), much to the surprise of my friends who call the “Foggy City” home. Some were ready to disown me because it has been about six months since I last made my way up 101 to spend some time there. I had to stop and think about why that was and all I could think of was: It’s a gigantic pain.
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