Jun 26, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (41)
This past weekend, I had the distinct pleasure (or displeasure) of driving up Interstate 5 into Northern California. On my way up, I passed through towns like Cottonwood, Arbuckle and even a town called Weed. After each plot of dirt, each cow and each broken down trailer whizzed by me, I began to think about how lucky I am to live where I live—where there is so much to do and not far to go to do it. Sometimes you just need to leave San Jose to realize how good you really have it. So I thought I would start a list of some things to do this summer and if you have any thoughts or ideas (which I know you always do), please feel free to tell them to us below.
Jun 25, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (23)
City Hall Diary
Last week, the San Jose City Council passed additional rules for governing lobbyists. I supported this item and made a few comments of my own.
Jun 22, 2007 by John McEnery IV Comments (30)
Bay Bridge, Hwy. 101, Leaves of Absence Keep Tiny Office Out of Top Ten
Employees of the tiny San Jose City Auditor’s office were told on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) that their daily trip to the sexually-charged workplace known as the “Auditor’s Den” was not among the top ten dreaded commutes.
Jun 21, 2007 by Jack Van Zandt Media Comments (38)
The Mercury News is rapidly reaching a terminal stage and those of us who care about it are very worried. The announcement that the paper is cutting another 40 people from the editorial staff is only the latest development in the steady downward spiral the paper has been taking over the past year or so. The Mercury and MediaNews management officially blames the changes on the economics of running a newspaper—falling revenues from advertising—but it is non-local ownership that is at the root of the decline. The “new” MediaNews Mercury is even beginning to make the Chronicle (where they are also cutting staff) look good.
Jun 20, 2007 by Tom McEnery Comments (17)
It’s all over, apparently, without a bang or a whimper. Nary a shot was heard. The Sopranos has concluded and the charges against the former mayor have been dropped. The penultimate episodes of both have been seen. The stories of Ron Gonzales and Tony Soprano are both inconclusive. Many, thinking they are over, are dissatisfied.
Jun 19, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (40)
The long lost question has been answered, finally! How do we get more families and women into our downtown to make it a place for everyone? The answer is clear: MORE COUNTRY CONCERTS. Who knew the answer was so simple?
Jun 18, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (56)
City Hall Diary
Whew—just before midnight, we passed the budget!
After many long budget hearings, staff presentations, public testimony and robbing Peter to pay Paul, we have a “balanced” budget.
Jun 15, 2007 by John McEnery IV Comments (19)
Furious Over Stunt To Steal Daughter’s Headlines
The Hilton family has filed a lawsuit with the Santa Clara County Superior Court alleging that ex-Mayor Gonzales and former aide Joe Guerra have used unfair tactics in order to wrest headlines away from their daughter, infamous socialite Paris Hilton.
Jun 14, 2007 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (37)
The San Jose City Council voted unanimously to end free downtown parking in city garages and impose a $5 charge after 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday nights from July 1. This comes in the wake of the widespread use and abuse of the garages for partying and mayhem at night as we have been discussing here on SJI. The projected $400,000 of revenue raised by this fee will be used to pay for city parking garage policing and clean-up.
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.)
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