Jun 13, 2007 by Tom McEnery Comments (27)
It is very heartening to read of Jim Fox’s plan to renovate and restore the Sainte Claire Building to its pre-implosion splendor. Although many know it as the Original Joe’s Building, whatever you call it, the building was a vital part of San Jose’s past and can become an important part of the city’s future. Shuttered for 35 years, it is reminiscent of the fiasco when our new Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1972 and, a few months later as workmen were performing some minor repairs, the interior retractable ceiling collapsed. The city’s answer, inexplicably, was to leave it there and litigate. (As one wag suggested, it was like leaving two cars in an intersection for two years while the guilt was assigned.)
Jun 12, 2007 by The Editor Comments (19)
Charges have been dropped against the former mayor and his aide by the Santa Clara County District Court judge hearing the case. You can read the story in the Mercury News here:
A PDF file of the ruling can be found here:
What do our bloggers think of this development?
Jun 12, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (23)
The city council’s new plan for “soft” closings has stirred up debate about our downtown—what it has become and what it could be. Wrongfully or rightfully, some people are on one side of the fence, saying that downtown is a place of murders and thugs, while others wonder if it is really that bad.
Jun 11, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (20)
City Hall Diary
As I have mentioned before in a few of my posts, my parents taught me the importance of saving my money and using it prudently at a very young age. I think my parents taught me well; they practiced what they preached and I learned by example.
Jun 8, 2007 by Pete Campbell Comments (20)
San Jose Convention Center Hosts Google Developer Day
Google held its annual Developer Day at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center last week and I attended the event. (I’m involved with a project that’s being pitched to the Google Foundation.) I can attest to the fact that the City of San Jose did itself proud last week.
Jun 7, 2007 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (96)
If you thought the downtown problems I described in last week’s column are bad, wait until you see what the Downtown Association and nightclub lobby have in store for the very near future. They call it “soft closing,” which is really just a euphemism for extending opening hours for nightclubs from 2 a.m. until 3 a.m. The city planning department will hold a hearing on the matter of a proposed pilot program for a large designated area of downtown on June 11 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a city council hearing on June 19 at 1:30 p.m., both at City Hall.
Jun 6, 2007 by Tom McEnery Comments (41)
It’s all over in the District 4 race and it has proven to be a resounding victory for Kansen Chu. The candidacy of Hon Lien was stillborn. How and why that occurred is a rather simple matter: namely, a well-equipped and prepared candidate bested an ill-prepared one. Hon Lien was clearly not ready for prime time, or even late night reruns. Usually in small elections, the best candidate wins.
Jun 5, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (28)
Last week, the unthinkable happened. My cell phone busted. For some reason all the keys stopped working and I couldn’t call out, access any phone numbers or get text messages. When my friends heard that my phone was out of commission, they all automatically assumed it fell in a bar toilet or was flung across a room in a fit of late-night dancing. I wish I had a great story to go with it, but it just stopped working. Then, sadly, I realized how dependent I was on this piece of metal I carry in my purse every day and wondered why.
Jun 4, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (14)
City Hall Diary
Did you ever borrow a friend’s toy as a kid because you didn’t have one of your own? I did. I would borrow my friend’s Big Wheel. My parents advised me to be happy with what I had and warned me about becoming dependent on borrowing my friend’s toy for fulfillment. Well, I didn’t listen to my parents’ sound advice. Instead, I wanted to ride the Big Wheel more and more. So, I gave the owner Twinkies and cupcakes in exchange for riding the Big Wheel.
Jun 1, 2007 by John McEnery IV Comments (20)
Chronic Concerns of Housing Costs, Traffic and Worker Visas Disappear
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s annual Business Climate Survey was released yesterday with scandals surprisingly topping the list of valley CEO’s greatest worries.
In what some in the media have termed “The Year of the Philistine,” several chronic concerns such as housing costs, traffic congestion, worker visas and healthcare coverage have been replaced with anxiety over the safety of their daughters attending parties at local community colleges and the fear of getting ensnarled in a stock backdating scandal.
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