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.
Jul 24, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (41)
I know, most of you think all I do is complain that there isn’t enough to do in this town. Yet, with the city’s single biggest event—the San Jose Grand Prix—coming up this weekend, I am just a little lukewarm on the whole idea this year.
Jul 23, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (25)
It’s my turn to complain about traffic. Traffic: another reason to keep jobs in San Jose.
I join over 50 percent of San Jose residents who leave their homes every day to travel to their jobs to earn a living outside of San Jose. Those of us who commute, trek highways 101, 880, 85, 87 and 280 mostly north to the “land of jobs.” I am getting back on the road and joining my fellow residents on our neighborhood streets as we try to snake our way to the freeway entrance—a feat in and of itself. I hesitate to say this, but now I am reminded why people cut through neighborhoods. Saving a few minutes commuting is a big deal to many with all the traffic congestion to slow us down.
Jul 20, 2007 by John McEnery IV Comments (10)
Advance Copy of Series Finale Critical For Competitiveness
When Dan Fenton took his job as CEO of Team San Jose, the prospect of running another organization along with his current duties as leader of the Convention and Visitors Bureau seemed a daunting and overwhelming task until the city made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: an advanced copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
Jul 19, 2007 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (24)
There are plenty of proposals for poorly planned, wanton residential developments in the city. Coyote Valley and Evergreen come to mind, but now there are cracks beginning to show in the showpiece North San Jose development. Namely, the lack of proper planning has resulted in insufficient schools for the children of new residents, necessitating going quite a distance to get to one, and the area’s existing schools are rapidly becoming overcrowded, especially in the crucial lower grades. There has even been a spillover into nearby Santa Clara which is upsetting their educational apple cart.
Jul 18, 2007 by Tom McEnery Comments (36)
“Part of being a leader is to figure out how to get those six votes,” Chuck Reed said recently. What he did not say was that being a leader also entails being worthy enough to be followed. Reed is figuring out the leadership issues and he is doing very well getting the votes when he needs them. He is admired—not feared—and respected.
Jul 17, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (13)
The other day, I was talking with some friends about things that San Jose could do to make itself a better place for the single folks (or even the non-singles) that live in this town. We have already established that San Jose has lots of single people, and plenty of single men to boot, whose main complaint is always the lack of things to do.
Jul 16, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (19)
Public and Private Sector Jobs
As I mentioned before, I am working full time in the private sector during the council recess. I enjoy my private sector job and I believe it is healthy for anyone who runs for public office to keep their “day job.” I like working in the software industry and helping different companies solve problems. I believe that my experience in private industry keeps my brain sharp and ensures that I don’t lose touch with reality.
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