Sunday, November 16, 2008

Weekend News Round-Up -- 11.16.08

Every four years there’s a scramble for jobs in D.C. This year is no different. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of San Jose’s own Norm Mineta, Mike Honda is actively lobbying to be the new Secretary of Education. Stretching from Gilroy to Milpitas, by way of Los Gatos and Cupertino, Honda’s congressional district likely has more than a few folks who would like to see the position opened...

Yesterday Watch Dog reported on a rally opposing Prop 8. Today we learned that approximately 2,000 people marched on City Hall starting from various locations around San Jose. Geez, 2,000 getting together in San Jose? City Hall hasn’t seen that kind of turnout since (or before) the Little Saigon brouhaha.

Meanwhile, some Silicon Valley state legislator invitations were lost in the mail. Unable to join their 44 colleagues in submitting a friend-of-the-court brief supporting gay marriage were Ira Ruskin, Elaine Alquist and Joe Simitian. Lawyer/Assemblymember Albert Torrico didn’t sign on either noting (lawyerly-like), "I said I wanted to get a copy of the papers, look at them and sign on, and next thing you know the papers were filed."

San Jose’s Police Chief, Rob Davis, will be in the hot seat at Tuesday’s evening City Council meeting trying to explain, well, the Mercury says it best: “San Jose: California's capital of drunk-in-public arrests.”

While the Silicon Valley Leadership Group watches the BART returns for the final outcome, their leader, Carl Guardino is setting his sights on his opposition. In an email to supporters Guardino said, "We will never behave like them, but we need to stand up more directly to their uncivil behavior.'' Watch Dog wonders who he is talking about...

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