Good Friday to you all...
Almaden's Tom Campbell made it officially official yesterday -- and also successfully turned a one day news story into three -- when he made the jump from the Governor'$ to the race for US Senate. We can only hope for Carly Fiorina's sake that she is having serious cramming sessions on issues because there is no one that knows more about more stuff than Tom Campbell.
And the man Tom Campbell won't replace -- Governor Schwarzenegger -- was in town yesterday. If you missed it, it's because the sound of a lame duck is often quiet...
There is an awesome story about one of SJPD's finest in today's Merc. Darrell Cortez, who is about to retire from the force next week, saved a woman's life who was hanging from a tree. Thank you Officer Cortez.
The controversy about pot clubs is no longer just in Gilroy, but also in San Jose. Thanks to the Metro/ San Jose Inside, we know what's up. Here is the issue in planning/code enforcement-speak to "clarify":
“If it is determined that these businesses are dispensing medical marijuana/cannabis for a fee, which is neither permitted or a conditional use under the City of San Jose’s Zoning Ordinance, Code Enforcement Division staff intends to issue compliance orders to both the property owner and business owner requiring that the unpermitted businesses cease operating within 30 days.”
Speaking of permits... sort of: One of the biggest air polluters in Silicon Valley, Cupertino's Lehigh Cement Plant, permit renewal is put on hold because of new regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are expected in June. The plant will wait for those new rules and adjust accordingly. Interesting in this article is that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is "...evaluating and responding to a deluge of public comments regarding the permit..." We bet.
The San Jose mom whose car was repo'ed with her kid in the back seat is getting help from Merc. readers... and from across the country. Folks really want her to keep her 2000 green Honda Accord.
The Campbell Union School District has named a new Superintendent that will take over mid-year on February 1st. Welcome to Silicon Valley Eric Andrew... Watch Dog thinks it is probably a good time to become a Superintendent because the economic forecast and school funding could only get better... right?
Milpitas politics is an animal unto itself. This year's contest for Mayor will feature two folks whose names you probably recognize: Milpitas Councilmember/ former Supervisor/ former Milpitas Mayor Primo McHugh and Milpitas Councilmember/ former Supervisorial candidate Jose Esteves... oh, and Councilwoman Debbie Giordano might jump in on Monday too. Watch Dog will try to keep an eye on this race for y'all because politics can get nasty in the big M.
You can add Morgan Hill (and Gilroy) to the communities concerns about California High Speed Rail's route into Silicon Valley. (Remember Mayor Chuck Reed, et al sent a letter about HSR's approach into downtown San Jose last week...) Morgan Hill is concerned because it may mean a loss of soccer fields...