Jul 16, 2008 by Tom McEnery Comments (12)
Last week there was a very interesting report on spending in the last mayoral election. In it, consultants to the San Jose Elections Commission reported that independent spending in the election totaled over $3 million. Of the six groups that were mentioned, five were associated with the Democratic Party and organized labor (including the police and fire unions). The fifth, and perhaps most controversial and effective, was the Chamber of Commerce’s PAC that leveled some particularly pointed shots at the Cindy Chavez candidacy. By far the largest spender was the Santa Clara County Democratic Campaign, who spent over $1.7 million, ostensibly in support of Chavez’s failed campaign.
Jul 15, 2008 by Raj Jayadev Comments (14)
When Linda came to our office two Sundays ago, she was supposed to be escorted by her 25-year-old son Jerry. Jerry has just finished doing five months in prison on a parole violation. He was drunk and asleep at his girlfriend’s family house and her family (who doesn’t like him because he is a parolee) called the cops. When the police came, Jerry ran because he was on parole, and he ended up with a couple of misdemeanors—he was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest. He was regretful and embarrassed, but they said it was a parole violation, so he had to serve time at San Quentin.
Jul 15, 2008 by Single Gal Comments (23)
I know that Mayor Reed has not been in office for very long, but when will we start to see his impact? It’s true that he has brought back a lot of respect, integrity and honesty to the position of mayor, but as a lifelong resident who feels that watching our local politicians make decisions is like watching paint dry, I want to see some vision—now!
Jul 14, 2008 by Pete Campbell Comments (28)
The California High Speed Rail Authority voted to make San Jose one of the stops on the proposed High Speed Train Line. This November, the citizens of California will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to approve the initial round of funding for the project. Bonds worth $9.9 billion will be needed to get the project going, with an additional $30 billion required in the future.
Jul 14, 2008 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (61)
City Hall Diary
It is the latest City of San Jose acronym. GFSDEPSG stands for the three-year General Fund Structural Deficit Elimination Plan Stakeholder Group. Whew! Try saying that fast even once.
Jul 11, 2008 by The Editor Comments (40)
Welcome to everyone’s favorite free-for-all. What’s driving you crazy or making you happy this week?
Jul 11, 2008 by John McEnery IV Comments (12)
Intense Immersion Period Planned For Summer Recess
California education officials set a high bar Wednesday for elected state officials: All California state legislators will be required to pass a standard test for efficiency in English at an 8th grade level in order to serve.
Jul 10, 2008 by Gary Singh Comments (5)
THEY SAY anniversaries are about celebrating the joys of today, the memories of yesterday and the hopes of tomorrow. As you read this, Gordon Biersch is in the middle of a 20th anniversary weeklong sequence of ticketed brewer’s dinners and beer hoedowns that will culminate with a Dionysian blowout this Saturday at the company’s original San Jose brewery and bottling facility on Taylor Street.
Jul 10, 2008 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (34)
Food for Thought
Alcoholism is an insidious disease that knows no boundaries of age, sex, race, economic class, religion, or occupation. It is one of the most destructive forces in our society, not only harming the alcoholic, but everyone around them: spouses, children, family, friends, business partners and co-workers. Like most people, I have seen it and have felt its effects—in my case, a severely alcoholic friend, and my beloved late grandfather. I know firsthand that alcoholics will drive drunk, lie, cheat, steal, and commit fraud and other crimes, and even injure those who love them most, just to get a drink when they “need” one.
Jul 9, 2008 by The Fly Comments (3)
The Little Saigon debacle seemed mostly resolved when Mayor Chuck Reed signed a peace deal with protesters in the Vietnamese community that promised that banners displaying the “Little Saigon” name could be flown to officially recognize the Vietnamese retail area. But what wasn’t spelled out was how many banners could go up.
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