Is Esteban Colbert Dead?

This new falcon at City Hall has got some nerve. They call him Fernando El Cohete. We here at San Jose Inside call him a home-wrecking lout. El Cohete (“The Rocket” in Spanish) appeared over the weekend, and a Mercury News report suggests that he engaged long-time City Hall falcon stud Esteban Colbert in “aerial combat.” Señor Colbert has been missing since Sunday.

Depending on who you ask, the timing couldn’t be worse. Just last week the city rejoiced in the news that Colbert’s mate, Clara, recently laid four unhatched eggs. There is little certainty that El Cohete—who also goes by Nando, because he was discovered on San Fernando Street—is ready to accept the responsibilities of fatherhood.

Clara, of course, is a fickle lover. El Cohete is the fourth falcon she has taken up with since moving in to the perch atop City Hall.

Josh Koehn is a former managing editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Silicon Valley.


  1. He probably figured he might as well leave SJ or lose his pension or Chuck either started charging him for rent or just plain gave him the boot.  He like most SJ residents see the doom and gloom coming our way.

    Then again, maybe Pete just put him on the BBQ.

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