Nov 12, 2013 by Joseph DiSalvo Politics, Culture Comments (4)
It’s a touchy subject, but county Board of Education trustee Joseph Di Salvo says it’s time local districts and charter schools looked at restructuring teacher contracts so only the best and the brightest are retained. (Image via http://www.sustainabilityadvantage.com)
An elephant in the room when discussing publicly-funded charters vs. traditional public schools is collective bargaining—union vs. non-union. I think it is time we face the issue head-on and begin a charter-by-charter, district-by-district conversation. One way to achieve this goal is to experiment with “thin” contracts that forego tenure and seniority-based layoffs, and provide opportunities for performance pay based on results—not just results from state tests.
Nov 11, 2013 by James P. Reber Politics, Culture Comments (2)
The Veterans Memorial of San Jose-Santa Clara Valley was opened on Park Avenue in 1997. (Photo courtesy of http://www.johnlewisglass.com)
What was once known as “Armistice Day” has become a day to honor American veterans of all wars. I suggest we honor veterans by spending a few moments at one or both of the veterans’ memorials in San Jose’s Guadalupe River Park.
Nov 11, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Business, Culture Comments (0)
Ceremonies honoring the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces took place across the county Monday for Veteran’s Day. (Photo by brittanylynae, via Flickr)
Communities across the nation on Monday recognized the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. A ceremony for San Jose’s 95th annual Veterans Day parade was held near the SAP Center, and hours earlier the Veterans Day National Ceremony commenced at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Nov 11, 2013 by Peter Allen Politics, Business, Culture Comments (6)
Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s, has faced tight budgets when trying to assembly a top-notch team. Ed Shikada will have similar challenges as San Jose’s city manager, Peter Allen writes. (Photo by Muboshgu, via Wikipedia)
Every winter, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane has one hand perpetually tied behind his back, as he tries to rebuild his rosters for the following season. Frugal ownership, a decrepit stadium, and multiple run-ins with raw sewage make the A’s one of the least desirable Major League Baseball landing spots for top free agents. So, Beane, the man profiled in Michael Lewis’ bestseller Moneyball, does his best to cobble together lineups with bargain basement prospects and aging journeymen. And because he’s exceptionally good at his job—and a little lucky—he manages to field competitive teams year after year. The city of San Jose faces similar obstacles in recruiting and retaining the best and brightest minds to run the day-to-day operations of America’s 10th largest metropolis.
Nov 8, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics Comments (9)
Once the top elected official in Santa Clara County, George Shirakawa Jr., middle, was immediately remanded after receiving a one-year jail sentence Friday for his pilfering of campaign funds.
Disgraced former county Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. will spend the next year in jail for his pilfering of campaign funds. Judge Daniel T. Nishigaya on Friday sentenced Shirakawa, who pleaded guilty this spring to five felonies and seven misdemeanors, to a year behind bars, minus one day served. Following the ruling, he was immediately escorted out of court and taken into custody. A source within the county Sheriff’s Office tells San Jose Inside that Shirakawa will spend his time behind bars in Alameda County. He will receive probation for three years following his release.
Nov 8, 2013 by Rich Robinson Politics Comments (5)
Glenn Hendricks (from left), Jim Griffith and Gustav Larsson all won seats Tuesday on the Sunnyvale City Council.
Rich Robinson writes that Tuesday’s election results provided a firm rebuke to the politics of insanity that has recently become standard in Sunnyvale.
Nov 7, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Culture Comments (0)
Ray Shafazand, a former owner of nightclubs in downtown San Jose, had rape charges against him dropped by the District Attorney’s office earlier this week.
Former downtown nightclub owner Ray Shafazand will not stand trial for rape charges, as the District Attorney chose to drop its case against him Monday. The trial for Shafazand, who has been in the hospitality business since 1984 and previously owned downtown San Jose’s Myth Taverna and Lounge, was expected to begin in February 2014. He told San Jose Inside on Thursday that the alleged victim and another woman conspired to frame him. In the process, he said, they have “ruined my life.”
Nov 7, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Culture Comments (7)
San Jose’s gang violence stats for this year don’t tell the whole story compared to past numbers.
When the San Jose Police Department boasted about a 42.9 percent drop in gang-related homicides last month, it should have placed an asterisk by that figure. Police failed to mention that the dip in homicides and other gang violence this year came mostly from a change in the way the department classifies those crimes.
Nov 7, 2013 by Joseph DiSalvo Politics, Culture Comments (4)
Kids can benefit when traditional public schools and charter schools work together, Board of Education trustee Joseph DiSalvo argues.
Two events I attended this week provide some optimism about traditional public and charter schools’ ability to coexist. Stories of eliminating inequality in public education are playing out in real time all over the valley. We should stand proud of how the region is rising up to form powerful coalitions to lobby elected officials and public leaders.
Nov 6, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Business, Culture, Media Comments (23)
Mike Honda, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, knows how to rally the base, but will that be enough?
Mike Honda—Silicon Valley’s globe-trotting, karaoke-singing, hard-partying congressman—has had a charmed career. Now, a well-funded challenger, Ro Khanna, asks whether being likeable is enough, or whether the public expects a lawmaker to work hard, write laws and fight to keep valley industries competitive.
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