On June 18, the Santa Clara County Board of Education voted unanimously to overturn the decision of the Alum Rock School Board and approve Rocketship #9. I’m sure the individuals and corporations behind the movement to privatize public education will rejoice in this misguided decision. Under the guise of parental choice, county trustees have further endorsed and supported what amounts to a hostile takeover of a local school district. Ignoring the valid concerns of ARUSD, they have succeeded in undermining local control – a key element in the state’s new funding system. While condescendingly praising Alum Rock’s significant improvement over the past several years in raising achievement, they’ve actually crippled its ability to continue this promising trend by ensuring a steady reduction in funding for years to come. Read moreTweet
“In no uncertain terms, he (Jim Unland) blamed Measure B for the departure of hundreds of officers — and he told us that it would be better for the department and for us if we would just quit, right then and there.”
That was the assertion made by a young police recruit who failed to pass the rigors of training in the San Jose Police Academy, and was asked to leave. It was in the form of an opinion piece in the Sunday edition of the San Jose Mercury News. After accusing Police Officers Association President Jim Unland of deliberately trying to drive new recruits away, she changed her story. Read moreTweet
Remember the unadulterated fury unleashed by the character Howard Beale in the 1976 movie “Network?”: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” That’s how I feel about a recent reminder of how out of control rental housing prices are getting in Silicon Valley. Well, I’m not ready to flip out on network TV, but angry enough to call your attention to an abomination that someone should put a stop to. Landlords, I’m talking to you. Read moreTweet
The following is a letter sent to the members of the San Jose City Council from Silicon Valley De-Bug:
Dear San Jose City Council,
We are writing this letter to urge the San Jose City Council to support Councilpersons Ash Kalra’s memo to amend the recommended city position on Proposition 47 from Oppose to Support.
Proposition 47, a voter initiative on the November 2014 California Ballot, aims to reduce certain low-level felonies to misdemeanors, and to direct savings to much needed community services that can help address the underlying causes of crime and keep families together. This more thoughtful approach to public safety very much is an expression of San Jose values of fairness, economic rationality, and providing opportunities for our youth. Read moreTweet
Support Prop 47
Council hero Ash Kalra wants to try and change the misguided minds of his dais foes on Proposition 47, the state measure that would reduce the classification of most “non-serious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from a felony to a misdemeanor. Read moreTweet
Expect to see the race for Mayor of San Jose to get a little nastier, now that council member and mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo is running so far behind in the polls.
A new poll commissioned by the San Jose Mercury News shows Dave Cortese with a commanding 8 point lead in the race for San Jose Mayor. Even with a large segment of voters still undecided, it would be a pretty tough nut to crack for Sam Liccardo to make up that much ground in two weeks. We expect the already-negative Liccardo Campaign to pour it on a little thicker to try and persuade undecided voters his way. Read moreTweet
San Jose Inside has entered the ranks of the mega-whopper with their endorsement of Sam Liccardo. The designation comes not from their decision to back Sam; one expects sycophants to endorse the man they adulate. Rather, it results from their consistent use of grotesque forms of distortion as they make their case.
Let’s review a few specific examples: Read moreTweet
Qualifying for a mega-whopper designation this week is Scott Herhold’s October 16th column titled, “Scare Tactics Adopted in Mayoral Race.” In this blatant effort to support mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo, Herhold employs distortion like an experienced practitioner. Read moreTweet