Friday, October 23, 2009

Morning News Round-Up -- 10.23.09: The slow death of plastic bags in Milpitas...

When the City of San Jose implemented its plastic bag ban, they said they wanted to be regional leaders. If San Jose's ban passed, the thinking was that other cities in Silicon Valley would follow. Well, other cities in Silicon Valley are following... Milpitas just voted to move forward with a study on banning plastic bags. Lucky for Watch Dog, the same (tired) arguments are being made by the pro-plastic, anti-environment lobby. The always eloquent former City Councilmember/ former Assemblymember/ unsuccessful State Senate/City Council candidate Manny Diaz said, "Sometimes when you try to do something good, you can have negative results." Right. Sort of like your campaigns Mr. Diaz. Another interesting tid-bit in this story: "Councilmember Armando Gomez was absent." We guess Mayor Reed's leadership on this issue isn't contagious in that office...

Employee unrest is set for Tuesday in Palo Alto. Earlier in the week both the City of Palo Alto and their largest workers' union hit an impasse. Just the kind of confusion Palo Alto needs as it asks voters to approve a new business license tax one week from Tuesday...

Speaking of elections in Palo Alto. There is a crowded City Council race up there... Greg Scharff out-fundraised his 13 (13?!) opponents. With issues like the previous story, are these folks sure they want to get on the Council?

Here is some good Palo Alto (ok, Stanford) related news. The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is receiving a $100 million gift from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. With that kind of gift, they should think about naming the hospital after them...

These are horrible stories:

A Santa Clara kid who was at Sacramento State was beaten to death in his dorm room. The assailant was one of the kid's roommates who himself was shot to death when police arrived...

A "badly decomposed" body was found next to 101 in San Martin.

More sad news... Saratoga City Councilmember Susie Nagpal has been diagnosed with lung cancer. She has a pretty awesome attitude, which matters, "It'll be fine. I think a lot of this is just about attitude." Livestrong Susie...

Finally, there is a memorial scheduled for noon today for former Mt. View City Councilmember Rosemary Stasek. "The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini will be on hand to remember a true hero.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Watch Dog, who is Armando Gomez and why would San Jose's Mayor Reed care if Gomez missed a meeting about plastic bags?

Joey said...

Susie Nagpal is one of the most charismatic and smartest leader in the Bay Area. Her leadership has greatly benefited the Saratoga Community. I wish her and her family all the best during these crucial months.

Kathleen said...

Gomez is on Mayor Reed's staff. He is well known for his inability to follow Chuck's lead in his own City when it comes to sunshine or anything else.