Aug 7, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (39)
I spent the weekend at Lake Tahoe, enjoying the life that lake people lead, and it got me thinking: Where is our waterfront?
There is something about a body of water that makes it a relaxing and social meeting place; a place where things happen and people want to be. Though we are a city nestled in a valley and we have bodies of water that could serve as destinations, it seems no one has thought to do so.
Aug 6, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (26)
I took advantage of the great Bay Area weather that San Jose benefits from and attended two night time events that were held outdoors in downtown.
I went to the Christmas in the Park fundraiser at the Circle of Palms two weeks ago. The night was filled with great company, a silent auction, wine and opportunities to win trips. All of this was outside in the heart of San Jose.
Aug 3, 2007 by John McEnery IV Comments (5)
AARP Outraged Over Plans for Hunting Club
Just days after angry protests stopped a controversial plan to hire archers to kill a growing and bothersome deer population at The Villages adult community, the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) fought back by announcing plans to “thin” the elderly residents of the popular upscale retirement enclave.
Aug 2, 2007 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (16)
Now that public attention has been focused on the free-for-all at the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) with their hitherto bottomless reservoir of cash quietly lifted from the wallets of resident taxpayers, the board is slowly starting to respond—begrudgingly. While the board has decided that three executive officers who formerly reported to spend-happy CEO Stan Williams will now answer directly to them, and they have further limited Williams’s ability to hire top aides, this is merely using their finger to plug a hole in the dam holding back public opinion that is about to burst. It’s going to take more to satisfy a riled citizenry who are rightly outraged by what has been going on behind our backs at the SCVWD, and getting more so every day.
Aug 1, 2007 by Tom McEnery Comments (6)
Two men who left a mighty imprint have died within a short period of time. I knew them both and admired them greatly. Perhaps you would not think of Emo Biagini and Bill Walsh in the same context, but I do. Each man came from modest beginnings and achieved a great deal. The biggest thing that they had in common was the simple fact that they never forgot where they came from. Both came to San Jose to build a future. They both stayed and neither forgot their debt.
Jul 31, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (40)
So Barry Bonds hit another home run! Run to the TV! Turn up the car radio! He’s getting closer! He’s gonna do it!
This is the scene for many Bay Area baseball fans, or just Bay Area residents, but the excitement they feel over this athlete is just something I cannot get behind. Call me a downer if you like, but I feel that rooting for Barry Bonds to break this historic home run record is like rooting for Lindsay Lohan to get another DUI by the end of 2007.
Jul 30, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (32)
Four people died in Almaden Valley on July 24th, 2007—two teenage boys just beginning their lives as young adults and a married couple walking together for a stroll.
One teenage boy was driving his car with a friend as a passenger. He lost control of his car on Graystone Lane as he was traveling faster than the posted speed limit. He hit and killed a married couple walking on the side of the road before slamming into a tree, only to have his car explode into a fire. Everyone was dead at the scene. This was so tragic that I was despondent when I read the story.
Jul 27, 2007 by John McEnery IV Comments (11)
Complaints of Monopoly Flood in After Latest City Hall Retail Debacle
The U.S. Justice Department is looking into practices by the South Bay Labor Council to determine whether their control of San Jose has violated any antitrust laws in the wake of a failed City Hall retail leasing effort.
Jul 26, 2007 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (12)
“Greed is good” is the line most people remember from Oliver Stone’s film, “Wall Street.” Of course, the moral of the story is that greed isn’t good and it can put you in prison and leave you penniless. Unfortunately, this lesson has been lost on corporate America, Wall Street and the interdependent real estate and mortgage industries. (Just look at the ridiculous level of CEO pay and the soaking we are getting from everybody from the oil companies and food importers to drug manufacturers and the health insurance companies.)
Jul 25, 2007 by Tom McEnery Comments (23)
When Silicon Valley real estate baron Carl Berg was asked last week why he’s selling his multi-million-square-foot portfolio of buildings, he was quick to be precise on the reason. He reportedly said it’s “because I can’t stand the mayor of San Jose. I believe this city has the worst development environment in the United States.” This is very interesting.
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