Jun 5, 2008 by Gary Singh Comments (0)
RECENTLY, I joined local video engineer Mark Hager on the first trial run of a literary tour through a slice of Silicon Valley underbelly that no one talks about. We’ll call them the Ancient and Mystical Brotherhood of Union Stagehands (AMBUS) who toil away behind the scenes at all your favorite arena rock shows and grand-scale conventions and industrial events. Yes, the same crew of riggers, ironworkers, A/V techs, lighting designers and their ilk who bump into each other backstage at Shoreline Amphitheatre at least partly overlap with the folks running cable and troubleshooting satellite feeds behind the scenes at conventions and high-tech product launches. Hager, a Bellarmine graduate, is possibly the first one to ever write a book about the lifestyle. Boom! Backstage Pass is now complete and available at http://www.boombackstagepass.com. Aside from juicy gossip about high-tech celebs and rock stars, the book is filled with flashes of what life was like at the beginning of the dotcom bubble:
Jun 5, 2008 by Bobby Lopez Comments (32)
Remember Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies? Remember how he was in space so long he didn’t know the value of money? He threatened to blow up the world unless he was paid the astounding sum (to him) of one million dollars! In the next Austin Powers movie, Mayor Chuck Reed could play Dr. Evil.
Jun 4, 2008 by Gary Singh Comments (0)
THE 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge—or 01SJ for short—is not one of those harebrained schemes to “put San Jose on the map,” or yet another attempt to alleviate San Jose’s inferiority complex. The festival isn’t taking place in San Jose just because Vancouver, Venice and São Paulo all have world-renowned cultural biennials and we don’t. The festival is happening here because, plain and simple, it must happen here.
Jun 4, 2008 by The Fly Comments (1)
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an appearance Monday at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s 30th anniversary celebration, where she praised Silicon Valley for ongoing innovation that is helping to address the nation’s greatest problems, including climate change.
Jun 4, 2008 by Dan Pulcrano Comments (3)
“C’mon you can blog in the limo,” ringleader orders me as I get yanked off the front lines of the most boring election ever. The front lines at that precise moment, 11 to 11pm PST, means a balloon-festooned Carlos Goldstein’s restaurant in North San Jose that smells like refried beans. The quartered quesadillas in the warming tray have permabonded to each other so that they peel up in clumps.
Jun 4, 2008 by Tom McEnery Comments (7)
The election is over and the citizens are safe for a brief respite before the clamor and cacophony of the General Election. There are things even more important than the fate of professional football at stake—like the future direction of the City of San Jose and the County of Santa Clara—that will be set in some significant and perhaps unchangeable ways.
Jun 3, 2008 by Pete Campbell Comments (36)
Solving San Jose’s Budget Mess
We keep hearing that San Jose has a “structural” budget deficit problem, but seemingly little is being done to fix the problem at its core. The City of San Jose spends more than it takes in. But is this deficiency due to insufficient revenues, or is it the product of misplaced priorities and poor spending choices? How can cities find new ways to raise money in these challenging economic times?
Jun 3, 2008 by Single Gal Comments (3)
A couple of bloggers have mentioned in their comments that few of the columns on SJI have focused on the local elections that are taking place today. Maybe that is because so little noise is being made on the local front that it can more accurately be classified as a whimper. (This may be due to the last local election that gripped the voters and the media.) Also contributing to this quietness is the political backdrop of the gigantic drama of the Presidential race. So what happens when it’s so quiet you can hear a pin drop? Do people care less if there is no drama?
Jun 2, 2008 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (11)
Why I Support Diana Foss
The Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) Board of Directors needs new blood. Many of the members have been on it for way too long and may be there for the rest of their lives since they unanimously decided against term limits for themselves recently. The incredible arrogance of the board’s decision gives yet more sustenance to the necessity of changing the membership.
Jun 2, 2008 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (8)
City Hall Diary
Disneyland in Alviso? Not quite, but the comparisons are definitely there. Several months back, I accompanied Councilmembers Chu and Liccardo on a tour of the San Jose Water Pollution Control Plant. We rode on electric carts that were linked together like those at an amusement park. Our tour guide spouted off words like, “sewage back-up, micro-organisms, aeration, methane gas”—much different then “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
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