Apr 7, 2008 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (14)
City Hall Diary
The end of March marked my first anniversary as an elected official. As I reflect on my first year in public office, I am amazed at all the different topics I have been involved in as a councilmember. I am pleased that employees who work at companies like Cisco and Adobe are now allowed to volunteer in our parks and that the Rose Garden was adopted by volunteers. I am ecstatic that Coyote Valley has been shelved—for now. I am feeling positive about the evolution of residential towers downtown and saving our city money on technology. The council is making progress with balancing the budget and I enjoyed being part of the efforts of updating the traffic calming policy.
Apr 5, 2008 by Marcela Davison Aviles Comments (2)
This week marks the second anniversary of the passing of one of the great young talents in American letters: the New York publisher Elizabeth Maguire, who died of ovarian cancer April 8, 2006, at the age of 47. So, one might ask: why should San Jose’s citizens remember her? One answer is that her work exemplifies how innovation can come from just one individual and impact an entire country. Isn’t this what Silicon Valley applauds? A second answer, for me, is that she reminds me of a man I never knew: Leonard McKay.
Apr 4, 2008 by John McEnery IV Comments (5)
Size of Council Doesn’t Matter
A new study conducted by the League of California Cities (LoCC) put to bed the myth that citizens were only satisfied by the length of council meetings and not by the quality. They recommended an optimal session should last just three to thirteen minutes tops.
Apr 3, 2008 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (8)
Although not rising to the epic proportions of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce in Dickens’s Bleak House, the long legal battle between Sunnyvale neighbors over a private property rights issue with an environmental twist that was concluded last week has important repercussions for the principles that govern California urban life and may bring a change in state law.
Apr 2, 2008 by The Fly Comments (13)
Watergate started as a simple burglary when a night watchman spotted a taped doorjamb at the Watergate apartment complex. The discovery led to a trail of dirty tricks that tracked to the Nixon White House. Was Eric Hernandez’s break-in of email accounts at City Hall the tape on the door, linked to a Nixonian effort to dredge dirt about the personal lives of politicians, journalists and business leaders critical of SBLC’s political initiatives and post it to the Web?
Apr 2, 2008 by Tom McEnery Comments (10)
For the first time in many years, I attended a Democratic State Convention last Sunday. The fact that it was being held at our own Convention Center made it easy, but the real hook was the fact that an Irish parliamentarian friend of mine wanted to hear Bill Clinton’s speech and say hello to him. We did both as we listened to the 45-minute speech (pretty good) and then spoke to the former president for a few minutes.
Apr 1, 2008 by Raj Jayadev Comments (7)
One Last Fight Left for Silicon Valley’s Environmental Activists
If the Silicon Valley region has been a laboratory for high tech innovation, East Palo Alto has been its trash bin. But now, in a hallmark victory for the environmental movement, those days are over. After a more than twenty-year struggle, East Palo Alto residents have managed to force the Department of Toxic Substances to shut down Romic Environmental Technologies Corp., the toxic waste company that processed much of the hidden hazardous material of our valley.
Apr 1, 2008 by Single Gal Comments (15)
The news that four men (including a former Bellarmine student and current freshman football coach) have been arrested for the murder of Los Gatos businessman Mark Achilli shows that though we live in a safe area, something pulled right out of a Hollywood movie can and did happen in our backyard.
Mar 31, 2008 by Jessica Fromm Comments (2)
Anybody who rides Silicon Valley public transportation knows the eclectic experience of traveling via the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). From tardy buses to drunken fights, graffiti to sleeping transients, and unidentifiable stains to vomit, you never know what you’re going to get when you step aboard one of the VTA’s fine vehicles. However, what I didn’t expect on my ride home the night of March 21 was a train wreck.
Mar 31, 2008 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (27)
A month ago I drafted a memo that would expand the city’s ordinance to allow Community Benefit Improvement Districts (CBID). This is not an original idea, nor is it cutting edge. In fact, it’s embarrassing that the City of San Jose didn’t jump on this opportunity sooner.
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