Jun 3, 2008 by Single Gal Comments (3)
A couple of bloggers have mentioned in their comments that few of the columns on SJI have focused on the local elections that are taking place today. Maybe that is because so little noise is being made on the local front that it can more accurately be classified as a whimper. (This may be due to the last local election that gripped the voters and the media.) Also contributing to this quietness is the political backdrop of the gigantic drama of the Presidential race. So what happens when it’s so quiet you can hear a pin drop? Do people care less if there is no drama?
Jun 2, 2008 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (11)
Why I Support Diana Foss
The Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) Board of Directors needs new blood. Many of the members have been on it for way too long and may be there for the rest of their lives since they unanimously decided against term limits for themselves recently. The incredible arrogance of the board’s decision gives yet more sustenance to the necessity of changing the membership.
Jun 2, 2008 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (8)
City Hall Diary
Disneyland in Alviso? Not quite, but the comparisons are definitely there. Several months back, I accompanied Councilmembers Chu and Liccardo on a tour of the San Jose Water Pollution Control Plant. We rode on electric carts that were linked together like those at an amusement park. Our tour guide spouted off words like, “sewage back-up, micro-organisms, aeration, methane gas”—much different then “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
May 31, 2008 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (13)
The June 3 Election
We are opening up this first of a weekly open thread and we’ll see how it goes. I was thinking that we might begin by discussing Tuesday’s election. How about someone starting us off by telling us who you are supporting in any local race and why. After Tuesday we can discuss the results. Or we can go off in another direction. It’s your decision.
May 30, 2008 by The Fly Comments (17)
Is it possible that the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce’s campaign against Craig Mann is backfiring? The chamber, which is backing Rose Herrera for San Jose’s District 8 council seat, carpet-bombed the area with mailers that blast Mann, referencing his widely reported credit card use while a trustee on the East Side Union High School District board.
May 30, 2008 by John McEnery IV Comments (2)
Larry Stone Defends Eating Habits and Other Accusations
A former press secretary for taxman Larry Stone has written a “tell-all” book seriously implicating his former boss with several scathing accusations meant to demean and embarrass the county assessor.
May 29, 2008 by Gary Singh Comments (6)
WITH LITERARY TRAVEL on the rise these days, more and more people are feeling the need to follow in their favorite authors’ footsteps or to explore the locales that writers have placed in their novels. Longtime media consultant and video engineer Mark Hager is currently working on a novel about backstage life in Silicon Valley’s corporate venues, and if I’m still around when this thing comes out, I will organize similar tours like the one he and I recently undertook.
May 29, 2008 by Marcela Davison Aviles Comments (7)
Food for Thought
What shall we suppose is the spark that attracts our children’s motivation? Is it the exhilaration of sport? Is it the need to join in, and be alike? Is it the need to set out, and be different? Much has been written and legislated in the desire to find the elusive formula that will spark and educate each generation to a sense of responsibility and, if we’re lucky, leadership.
May 28, 2008 by The Fly Comments (2)
Mayor Chuck Reed’s efforts to make government more open and transparent have had an unexpected side effect—he’s also made it more boring.
May 28, 2008 by Tom McEnery Comments (18)
As we commented at the founding of San Jose Inside, our modest effort to change and improve the political landscape in San Jose, “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke, writing in eighteenth century England, did not have the need to say “people,” but I will, since our politics has been greatly improved by the advent of the many women in local political firmament. And I will further offer the thought that here in our city, women have often stepped forward and courageously changed the direction of our local government.
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