Apr 16, 2008 by Tom McEnery Comments (11)
We all love to be as little children: to see colorful animals and play with tinker toys. And if we have young kids or grandchildren, it can be a great joy to travel the city and see so many examples of toys, painted tigers, and kaleidoscopic shades and tints at our obvious points of interest. This is the state of our public art in San Jose: colorful, playful, and totally one dimensional. There has to be more in a city and its description of itself as evidenced in her adopted pubic art program. There is a pivotal question though: Are we mature and confident enough to reflect this as a statement of who we are?
Apr 15, 2008 by Single Gal Comments (21)
This past week was an unusually (or maybe not so unusually) busy week for the HP Pavilion as they hosted two Sharks games, two concerts and a football game, all in the space of a few days. Not only did the staff and crew who change over the arena work some serious overtime last week, but the whole downtown benefitted from HP Pavilion being one of the busiest venues in the country.
Apr 14, 2008 by Pete Campbell Comments (41)
San Jose’s Code of Conduct and the Constitution
Attached to every San Jose City Council agenda is a “Code of Conduct” for public meetings. The council wants to foster an atmosphere of “fairness, courtesy, and respect for differing points of view.” But are these suggestions/requirements Constitutional?
Apr 14, 2008 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (6)
City Hall Diary
Last Tuesday, the city council had two agenda items to vote on that would allow for applicants to sell alcohol: one for a Whole Foods grocery store and the other for a gas station.
Apr 11, 2008 by John McEnery IV Comments (4)
Marking Will Raise Awareness and Legitimize Worldwide Concern
Following the dubious and controversial path set by fashion designer Mark Ecko when he purchased Barry Bonds’s home run baseball, conducted an online public poll, and ultimately branded the Cooperstown-bound ball with an asterisk, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has bowed to public pressure and decided to place an asterisk on the Olympic torch.
Apr 10, 2008 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (17)
It’s now more than three years and counting since the old San Jose Medical Center was closed, and it’s still getting kicked around in a game of political soccer. Corporate owner Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), who abruptly closed downtown’s only emergency room hospital in December 2004, citing profitability concerns as the reason, wants to pull down the building, sell off the land for development, and walk away with a bucket of gold, leaving all responsibility behind. However, the city council will not approve a rezoning of the site to facilitate the demolition and sale of the land until they have a deal on a location for a new downtown clinic.
Apr 9, 2008 by The Fly Comments (2)
Having been booted off the mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force this year isn’t keeping Councilmember Nora Campos from posturing as the city’s leading cheerleader on the issue. Campos last week held a community meeting where she called on the mayor’s task force to pull $200,000 from the emergency reserve funds to help target hot-spot areas in the city where there has been an increase in gang activity.
Apr 9, 2008 by Tom McEnery Comments (20)
In a postscript to the visit of former President Clinton to San Jose for the state Democratic Convention, I was surprised to learn that his rather haggard appearance had a reason. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Clinton had a “meltdown” before his rather calm address to the assembled delegates where he advised all to “chill out.”
Apr 8, 2008 by Raj Jayadev Comments (13)
An Act of Protest Has Never Sounded So Good
The corner of Stockton and Lenzen Avenue was bumpin’ on Saturday night. At a show called “Cultura En Tu Idioma,” held at the De-Bug Community Center, some 500-plus Latino youths came to celebrate a culture of their own invention: Spanish rap, rock, poetry and cumbia, all interwoven into one singular expression. No alcohol, no fights, just young people expressing themselves and having a good time.
Apr 8, 2008 by Single Gal Comments (30)
As I travel to new places, I always compare them to San Jose. I spent the weekend in San Diego and noticed that the dynamics of that city are so different from what we have here. There, the beach towns and entertainment scene in Pacific Beach cater to a college-aged crowd and have become overrun with young kids, many of them troublemakers. On the other hand, downtown San Diego is chic, popular, classy and has an entirely different feel to it. People are dressed up in suits and dresses. Clubs have heavy cover charges and $350-per-table bottle service. The big money brings a different clientele and a much different feel.
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