Meg Whitman has joined the philanthropically elite with her recent donations to charter schools. (Photo by Max Morse)
The Bay Area’s public school system sustained another groin kick of aggressive generosity Tuesday when politically ambitious billionaire Meg Whitman bestowed $2.5 million on South Bay and Peninsula charter school programs. Apparently, the maid-firing former eBay exec didn’t spend all her money losing last year’s race for governor to Jerry Brown.
Sep 21, 2011 by Silicon Valley Newsroom Politics, People Comments (6)
This is the newest installment of a San Jose Inside feature that allows readers to pose questions to public officials. This week, Santa Clara Valley Water District CEO Beau Goldie has answered 10 questions selected by SJI staff out of dozens submitted by San Jose Inside commenters. The topics range from employee compensation to fluoridation to dam safety. The next public official to be interviewed by readers will be announced on Friday.—Editor
Sep 9, 2011 by Josh Koehn People, Culture Comments (31)
There will be memorial events held across the country Sunday in remembrance of the people who were killed and the heroes that emerged on Sept. 11, 2001.
Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, better known simply as 9/11. There will be memorial events held here in San Jose, throughout the nation and even outside the United States, as the 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives that day from terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 are honored. Every generation has its “where were you?” moment, when something monumental happened and in the blink of an eye a person can recall exactly what he or she was doing. That tragic day 10 years ago is exactly that moment for many Americans.
Sep 1, 2011 by The Editor Politics, People Comments (55)
This is the first installment of a new San Jose Inside feature that allows readers to pose questions to public officials. This week, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has answered 10 questions selected out of hundreds that were submitted by San Jose Inside commenters. The topics range from pensions and public safety to a proposed ballpark. The next public official to be interviewed by readers will be announced on Friday.—Editor
Aug 30, 2011 by Joseph DiSalvo Politics, People Comments (11)
Steve Jobs and other technological pioneers could offer new insights into how America’s education system should be shaped.
The tragic departure of Steve Jobs from his CEO position at Apple last week has prompted me to ask if he would please weigh in on how California should evaluate the effectiveness of their public schools. I think the direction we take today will answer the question of whether public schools can ever produce more thinkers and problem solvers like Mr. Jobs in the future.
Aug 29, 2011 by Silicon Valley Newsroom Politics, People Comments (10)
City officials were evacuated from City Hall at 5:30pm Monday evening after an email threat was received. It’s unclear how many people were evacuated, but a spokesman for Mayor Chuck Reed said 40 to 50 city officials were standing in a particular area outside an hour after the evacuation. City officials said the threat was not directed at any particular person.
Aug 26, 2011 by The Editor Politics, People Comments (113)
In an effort to keep readers better informed about and involved with community issues, San Jose Inside will unveil several new features in the coming weeks.The first new weekly feature will allow readers to become reporters and ask questions. If you’ve ever wondered why a certain question wasn’t posed, this will be your opportunity to step forward and ask. To begin the Q&A series, Mayor Chuck Reed has agreed to answer your questions.
Aug 23, 2011 by Joseph DiSalvo People, Culture Comments (16)
A new memorial will be dedicated this weekend to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Racial equality in our schools and communities is elusive, but a work in progress. The achievement gap is real and it has not budged significantly for the half century since Dr. King delivered his famous speech. On Sunday, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial will be dedicated to the American people in Washington D. C. The facts are stark and our work to “Build the Dream” must be re-energized. This new national monument to MLK is a great opportunity for us to do just that.
The business travel plans of SJPD Chief Chris Moore, center, were called into question in an article with serious undertones.
A story sensationalized last weekend by the Merc’s Sean Webby stops just short of blaming the recent violent-crime spike on SJPD Chief Chris Moore’s business trips. “As San Jose’s homicide rate soared,” Webby writes, “police Chief Chris Moore was out of town on business 12 times.” He goes on to report that “some argue” an absent chief can destabilize a police force battling crime and sagging morale. Maybe so, but who exactly is arguing this (or even saying it under their breath) is unclear.
Jun 22, 2011 by The Fly Politics, People, Culture Comments (19)
Councilmember Donald Rocha struts his stuff in an “Apocalypse Now” spoof to the apparent delight of many female attendees at Monday Night Live.
The 18th edition of the political comedy show Monday Night Live promised to be “kinder and gentler,” which became abundantly clear when no one dared to joke about councilmember Ash Kalra’s DUI or Pierluigi Oliverio’s sign-stealing.
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