Jun 7, 2008 by The Editor Comments (25)
Here is this week’s opportunity for our bloggers to discuss whatever they like in an open forum.
Jun 6, 2008 by Gary Singh Comments (6)
DURING THE opening ceremonies for the 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge, Luis Valdez made an appearance and wowed the crowd with a Mayan performance justifying Robert Graham’s Quetzalcoatl statue in Plaza de Cesar Chavez as “art & technology.” Metro didn’t take notes, but it had something to do with how the Mayans, not the Hindus, invented the zero and that the coil of the statue referenced a spiral dance of some sort.
Jun 6, 2008 by John McEnery IV Comments (7)
Management Company Tries to Stop Errant Losers From Entering
Following the City of San Jose’s example of protecting the public from rogue golf balls, Santana Row has decided to protect their “people” by installing security nets around their village in the hopes of keeping out any errant losers that happen to wander upon their property.
Jun 5, 2008 by Gary Singh Comments (0)
RECENTLY, I joined local video engineer Mark Hager on the first trial run of a literary tour through a slice of Silicon Valley underbelly that no one talks about. We’ll call them the Ancient and Mystical Brotherhood of Union Stagehands (AMBUS) who toil away behind the scenes at all your favorite arena rock shows and grand-scale conventions and industrial events. Yes, the same crew of riggers, ironworkers, A/V techs, lighting designers and their ilk who bump into each other backstage at Shoreline Amphitheatre at least partly overlap with the folks running cable and troubleshooting satellite feeds behind the scenes at conventions and high-tech product launches. Hager, a Bellarmine graduate, is possibly the first one to ever write a book about the lifestyle. Boom! Backstage Pass is now complete and available at http://www.boombackstagepass.com. Aside from juicy gossip about high-tech celebs and rock stars, the book is filled with flashes of what life was like at the beginning of the dotcom bubble:
Jun 5, 2008 by Bobby Lopez Comments (32)
Remember Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies? Remember how he was in space so long he didn’t know the value of money? He threatened to blow up the world unless he was paid the astounding sum (to him) of one million dollars! In the next Austin Powers movie, Mayor Chuck Reed could play Dr. Evil.
Jun 4, 2008 by Gary Singh Comments (0)
THE 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge—or 01SJ for short—is not one of those harebrained schemes to “put San Jose on the map,” or yet another attempt to alleviate San Jose’s inferiority complex. The festival isn’t taking place in San Jose just because Vancouver, Venice and São Paulo all have world-renowned cultural biennials and we don’t. The festival is happening here because, plain and simple, it must happen here.
Jun 4, 2008 by The Fly Comments (1)
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an appearance Monday at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s 30th anniversary celebration, where she praised Silicon Valley for ongoing innovation that is helping to address the nation’s greatest problems, including climate change.
Jun 4, 2008 by Dan Pulcrano Comments (3)
“C’mon you can blog in the limo,” ringleader orders me as I get yanked off the front lines of the most boring election ever. The front lines at that precise moment, 11 to 11pm PST, means a balloon-festooned Carlos Goldstein’s restaurant in North San Jose that smells like refried beans. The quartered quesadillas in the warming tray have permabonded to each other so that they peel up in clumps.
Jun 4, 2008 by Tom McEnery Comments (7)
The election is over and the citizens are safe for a brief respite before the clamor and cacophony of the General Election. There are things even more important than the fate of professional football at stake—like the future direction of the City of San Jose and the County of Santa Clara—that will be set in some significant and perhaps unchangeable ways.
Jun 3, 2008 by Pete Campbell Comments (36)
Solving San Jose’s Budget Mess
We keep hearing that San Jose has a “structural” budget deficit problem, but seemingly little is being done to fix the problem at its core. The City of San Jose spends more than it takes in. But is this deficiency due to insufficient revenues, or is it the product of misplaced priorities and poor spending choices? How can cities find new ways to raise money in these challenging economic times?
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