Nine Events that Changed San Jose and Environs
1. The day the mayor killed the music.
During Gonzo’s reign of terror against the Bay 101 Club, he banned dancing there. As a consequence, he put the band Black Pearl out of work and took away a ballroom dancing venue for 600 or so dancers, many of them in their 70s or 80s. I enjoyed visiting Bay 101 on Saturday nights to listen to Black Pearl and step on women’s feet. Then the mayor and his gang decided what was best for everybody.
2. Careless flooding of Alviso.
For years the maintenance of Coyote Creek and the Guadalupe River was inadequate, causing flooding downstream in Alviso. This was no accident, but a heavy-handed attempt to steal the Alvisoan’s land and ravish their women.
3. Rape of the Old Town Bell.
This story of the snatching of the Old Town Bell from Plaza Park by Susan Hammer to make way for Quetzalacoatl is best told by Dale Warner. The bell was sequestered in St. James’s Park for years, and finally moved to the fire department on Market Street.
Dale Warner’s account:
5. Treatment of animals at San Jose flea markets.
Stuffing small cages with 50 birds or so was a common sight. Kathleen Flynn was doing good work to get this stopped last time I checked.
6. The San Jose Airport not being named after Ernie Renzel.
This is a crime. Ernie did the heavy lifting for years to get the airport off the ground—so to speak—and his reward was having his bust moved to a dusty corner in the OLD terminal building
7. Deplorable state of A.D.M. Cooper’s tombstone.
San Jose’s greatest artist is lost in the grass in a less fashionable section of Oak Hill Cemetery.
A.D.M. Cooper’s tombstone:
8. Grumpy people in Campbell.
Campbell is populated by mostly grumpy people who suggest their water is being tampered with by San Jose politicians, perhaps to steal their land and ravish their women.
9. Sunnyvale banning parrots from their Art and Wine Festival.
Shame on Sunnyvale for not allowing William, a handsome green parrot and a friend, to attend the “Festival.” I was half expecting the Sunnyvale police to start arresting sparrows.