Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Morning News Round-Up – 1.21.09: Inauguration Hang-Over Edition...

The San Jose Pension fund drama promises to continue in San Jose as the City Council appoints two pension fund veterans (a.k.a. two guys who were there during expense abuse). Yesterday, Edward Overton, who is the retired Fund Director and former Police Officer David Bacigalupi were both appointed to the pension boards. (Bacigalupi most famous vote from his last time on the Board was to deny Councilmember Constant's disability claim...only to support it later.) Mayor Reed along with Councilmembers Pete Constant and Sam Liccardo did not support either appointment. Councilmember Nora Campos joined the dissenters in voting against Overton. Making this one of very few things that Campos, Reed, and Constant agree on...Bob Leininger, President of the San Jose Retired Employees Association said, “We feel [Overton’s] the right man.” Watch Dog hopes the losses and questionable travel has proved a learning experience.

The McEnery/Peralta Plan brought the claws out for San Jose Councilmembers Nora Campos and Sam Liccardo who exchanged barbs in an afternoon Study Session yesterday. Accusations of staff lying by Campos caused Liccardo to leap to staff defense. The $6 million in loans and grants from the City is projected to generate $40,000 annually to San Jose’s general fund. Mayor Chuck Reed says his old pal Tom McEnery’s project is critical, adding “I’m anxious to get moving.” Anxious to get moving? Ironically Chuck, that's the way organized labor feels about you in the Mayor's seat...

Murderous driving update. Richard Delgado, the 19 who was pissed at neighbor Donna Fife so he ran her over, has been arrested. No license and a history of crime make it likely he’ll see his 21st birthday behind bars not at one. On a different road-rage note, Quy Tran, the elderly woman who was hit on the way to church passed away Tuesday afternoon. Her killer, believed to be an Asian man 25 to 35, was driving a green Honda. If you saw the accident, call SJPD at 408.277.4654.

Saratoga’s Dan Stoner started running and tracking his miles in 1978 -- proving that he did not live up to his last name. In the ensuing 30 years, he has racked up enough miles to circle the globe. Happy Birthday, Dan, now get to work on the next ‘round the world run.

The Saratoga Planning Commission normally struggles folks who want to add a second story, so when David Kerley and Kirsten Jensen asked for an addition of 1,028 square feet they may have expected a fight. Instead Commissioners supported the request. Commissioner Yan Zhao said “The elevation just looks like a one-story house.

When Morgan Hill’s Joseph Amaral was told he needed to sign up as a narcotic registrant he must have be a little confused. Perhaps he thought he was registering his narcotics. Sure enough, Amaral showed up at the Morgan Hill PD with a pocket full of speed. Sgt. Jerry Neumayer enlightened Amaral, and lightened his pockets, while arresting him.

Mission City Lantern is looking at possible Mayoral candidates for Santa Clara’s 2010 election. On today’s list is Chamber of Commerce/former Councilmember/Niners fan Dave Tobkin. Watch Dog assumes the Lantern's query regarding Tobkins familiarity with development is a mere tease.

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