Apr 26, 2007 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (12)
This past Sunday, I attended a wonderful concert sponsored by South India Fine Arts (SIFA) at the Center for Employment Training auditorium on Vine Street. Part of a weekend of events celebrating the arts of southern India, the concert presented Chitra Visweswaran, one of the greatest living Indian Bharatanatyam dancers, with a group of master carnatic musicians, led by her husband, R. Visweswaran, on vocals. To sum it up in one word, the performance was sublime.
Apr 25, 2007 by Tom McEnery Comments (20)
Close to the hearts of every government watcher from Tom Paine to Howard Jarvis is the inability of government to treat our money as if it were their money. Santa Clara County contracts with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), which invests county contributions and makes pension payments to retirees. To be fully funded, CalPERS needs a rate of return of 7.75 percent. When they do not get that, the county—we, the taxpayers—are responsible; and there, my friends, is the rub.
Apr 24, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (52)
The debate over the San Jose Flea Market is a microcosm of our city and society as a whole. One side represents an “out with the old, in with the new” mentality that can be good for the city. The other side offers a realistic criticism of our inability to preserve anything that could be deemed historical or part of the fabric of our culture. Though I do see merit on both sides of the argument, I support the development of the land around the flea market and think it could be a great thing for our city.
Apr 23, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (38)
Do you remember getting an allowance as a kid? I do and it wasn’t very much, so I had to learn to manage my money very carefully. My chores were visible to my parents and they judged me on my performance. They could clearly see if I was not performing up to par. In addition, my parents would oversee how I spent my money. They wanted to make sure I was not wasting it and that I spent it prudently.
Apr 20, 2007 by John McEnery IV Comments (13)
“Schmoozer of the Year” Stone Thrives Again
According to research by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Group, the demise of society and the human race could be linked to Blackberry usage. Wednesday’s mobile device outage, although infuriating to many addicts, was hailed as a watershed event that researchers say the valley needed in order to “reconnect with others and thrive into the future.”
Apr 18, 2007 by Tom McEnery Comments (11)
Hypocritical actions are in full bloom in San Jose. In this case, it is a recommendation to the Sunshine Task Force by one of its members who is exhibiting that most unfortunate characteristic. Labor representative Bob Brownstein is suggesting that the city be required to detail all costs anytime a significant public subsidy is required. The wages of any jobs, impact on neighborhoods, return in taxes, and anything that could reasonably be assumed to be a pertinent part of a project, would have to be expeditiously disclosed. This is just like the joke about not being able to run a two-car funeral. In recent municipal lore, it is known as not being able to give away retail space to Starbuck’s. That’s some business sense—and some funeral.
Apr 17, 2007 by Single Gal Comments (33)
Though some of you think that I loathe the yuppie culture of Willow Glen, it really is a beautiful area and I realize that residents pay an arm and a leg to live there and maintain their million-dollar homes. I recently drove to Willow Glen for dinner at a friend’s house with two of the aforementioned yuppies (on their home turf no less). As I drove past Willow Glen Elementary, I thought how sad it was that most people who live in those expensive homes don’t send their kids to the local public school, putting them into private schools instead.
Apr 16, 2007 by Pierluigi Oliverio Comments (17)
When I was a child, my family and I would patronize the downtown. I fondly remember attending shows at the Center for the Performing Arts and the San Jose Symphony. Like many families, we would walk to Original Joes after the shows.
The arts act like candles for the downtown, shedding light on the wonderful museums, restaurants and other amenities that draw people out of their homes and to the city center. Whether it’s theater or music, the arts brings people to the downtown core. Without the arts, our downtown would have ceased to exist.
Apr 13, 2007 by John McEnery IV Comments (21)
Recently Canned Shock-Jock to Take Over as Department Spokesman
In response to recent allegations that San Jose police officers use excessive force in a disproportionate amount against Latinos and African-Americans, San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis announced late Thursday, in a hastily thrown together news conference, that the department had hired shock-jock Don Imus as its new spokesman and public relations liaison to smooth things over.
Apr 12, 2007 by Jack Van Zandt Comments (1)
For those of you who think creating modern art doesn’t require dedication, you should take a look at the exhibition of works by Korean artist Il Lee (“Ballpoint Abstractions”) currently on display at the San Jose Museum of Art. You will be amazed. I did not know that such intense, focused dedication was possible. Why do I say that? Lee’s work is produced by scribbling on paper and canvas with a ballpoint pen—weeks, months and years of scribbling, millions upon millions of scribbles placed just where he wants them to create his intended visual effects.
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