Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Like the first robin of Spring…

…these Andy Diaz posters tell us we’re entering a new election season.

So far, Barack Obama has declared for the US Presidency, and Diaz is apparently running for Senate. Now please let me sleep for another 12 months before anyone else declares for anything.

Politics is ugly

Politics can be so ugly, it would just about make you cry. In this video, found on San Jose Inside, both sides of the Measure V & W debate push the limits of stupidity.

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Political consultant Tom Saggau, behind the camera, threatens Pierluigi Oliverio with arrest for removing signs from the public roadway. Petty theft is one thing (if Oliverio isn’t justified in removing signs from the public right of way, as provided for in city code), but false arrest is something else altogether. Probably not something Saggau really wants to try.

And Oliverio, even if he was technically justified in removing the signs, ought to have realized how petty it looks for an elected official to be seen trying to suppress his opponents political message. That’s just not smart, Pierluigi.

The only people who look good here are the SJPD. They kept the parties apart, and stopped this from developing into something uglier. They brokered a compromise that avoided either side being allowed to do anything any more stupid than they were already doing, and they got Saggau his signs back.

Pathetic displays of political blustering like we see in the video make me wish I could hide in a cave until November 3. But unfortunately this issue is too big and important to ignore. The City of San Jose has dug itself a big financial hole, and everybody has to join in to dig the city out. City employees have faced layoffs, and city residents will endure service cuts to help balance the budget. But police and fire unions have protected their members from contributing substantially to the solution to the city’s financial problems, and that’s just not right. Measures V & W give the city the ability to get help from all of its employees to fix its problems.

It would be fantastic if San Jose could afford to pay its police officers, firefighters, and all its other employees every penny they deserve and more. But that’s just not possible. Public safety is critical for the city’s future, but so are gang prevention, libraries, schools, parks, building inspectors, and all of the other functions that keep the city livable. If you agree, please come out of that cave, ignore the political stupidity, and join me in voting for Measures V and W.

Mysteries of the internet

I just got this ad in a Google search this morning. Someone needs to tell Sam the election’s over!

San Jose: Tax Day Tea Party II


A Tea Party event will be held in San Jose this Thursday ~Tax Day.
Over 5,000 are expected to attend.

April 15, 2010
Plaza de Cesar Chavez ~ Downtown San Jose
4:00 PM ~ 7:00 PM

facebook:  Silicon Valley Tea Party Patriots

website:  Tea Party Patriots Silicon Valley

Santa Clara University: Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas is one of the founders of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática and served as mayor of Mexico City from 1997-1999. The son of former Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, Cárdenas was a candidate in Mexico’s 1988 presidential election. This Monday at Santa Clara University he will discuss the Mexican Revolution, and the importance of improving the electoral system in Mexico.

I believe had Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas become president of Mexico their economy would be flourishing, and we would not be seeing drug-related violence and death on both sides of the border.

The Promise and Legacy of the Mexican Revolution: 1910-2010
Santa Clara University
Monday, April 12th
7:00-8:30 p.m.
California Mission Room
Benson Memorial Center (Located on the Southwest corner of the Santa Clara University campus)
Free & Open to the Public ~ Sponsored by Political Science, History, Ethnic Studies and Latin American Studies.
Contact: Julia Wong
Tel (408) 554-4508
Jwong2@scu.edu
For more information, or if you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation, please contact polisci@scu.edu, 408.554.4508.

Santa Clara University

San Jose: Barbara Boxer Signing In

BOXER

Apparently Barbara, CALL ME SENATOR, Boxer has written a second book called Blind Trust.

I hadn’t realized that there was a first book, or that she could even write.

For what it’s worth she is scheduled to appear in San Jose for a book signing.

Get well dressed up and be at the Barnes & Noble bookstore…
3600 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
1 PM – Saturday the 15th

“CALL ME SENATOR”

“Sen. Barbara Boxer accused of racism…”

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

“Well Dressed”

Revealed revealed?

San Jose Inside, a blog associated with Metro Newspapers and former mayor Tom McEnery, dropped a bomb on the local political blog scene with a post that claims to reveal the identity, or at least the team directing, combative political blogger “San Jose Revealed.”

Recently, the only somewhat Santa Clara-centric blog Mission City Lantern had been posting speculations about possible identities behind Revealed, but little conclusive evidence. In their latest post, Inside are effectively claiming that several of the people named by the Lantern are working together to direct Revealed’s blog, though admitting that a not-yet-identified third party may actually be writing Revealed’s words.

The people named by the Lantern and Inside are a fairly close group of advisers around former city councilmember Cindy Chavez, who ran for mayor in 2006. The Lantern specifically identified Revealed to be Philip Bump, formerly political director of the South Bay Labor Council, of which Chavez is currently CEO. In return, Revealed has posted a denial that the other blogs have him correctly identified.

I’ve always read Revealed as the kind of blogger who likes to poke a stick into a hornet’s nest, just to create some excitement. He has a certain group of local political figures who he regularly jabs at, and reading his stuff has been like watching over-the-top political rhetoric brought to the local stage. He strikes me as the “Rowdy” Roddy Piper of local politics. I always figured the people he took issue with were all grown-ups and could certainly stand up to Revealed’s somewhat clownish jeering.

On the other hand, I haven’t been reading Revealed long enough to see some of the more mean-spirited things Inside and the Lantern have pointed out, such as posting a map to the home of political aspirant (and gang prosecuting attorney) David Pandori’s. This, at least, clearly crosses the line from entertaining political bloviation to dangerous invasion of privacy.

I.O.U.S.A. at City Hall

I.O.U.S.A. Poster

I.O.U.S.A. Poster

On Monday evening, District 6 councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio is presenting a movie screening in the San Jose City Council chambers. The film, I.O.U.S.A., is a documentary meant to explain the US national debt, and what it means to future generations. The film has received favorable reviews from, for example, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times.

I.O.U.S.A. was produced by a nonpartisan organization called the Concord Coalition, which advocates fiscal discipline in government. It was founded by a democratic and a republican senator in 1992, and its board of directors includes former Secretary of Treasury Robert Rubin, and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker.

When: Monday, May 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Where: City council chambers, 200 E. Santa Clara St.

Cost: Free, R.S.V.P. requested to pierluigi.oliverio@sanjoseca.gov

Tea Party Day in San Jose

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Yes, April 15th is income Tax Day but this year it is also a day of protest. Citizens across the nation, who are fed up with giving their hard-earned money to the government, are coming together for “tea parties”.
There is no need to attend if you are happy with the tax policies, you enjoy spreading the wealth around with wasteful spending, and feel all patriotic parting with so much of your cash.

San Jose (Santa Clara County) Tax Day Tea Party

April 15, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Plaza de Cesar Chavez – S. Market St & Park Ave

It’s Time to be Patriotic? Time to Jump In?

No, it’s not tea and cucumber sandwiches.

Sales and Use Tax Rate Increases on April 1

dollarsNo fooling, this is all too real.

Beginning April 1, the state sales and use tax rate increases by 1%.

The 1% tax rate increase will expire on either July 1, 2011, or July 1, 2012, depending upon whether the voters approve the proposed Proposition 1A Budget Stabilization constitutional amendment in a statewide election to be held on May 19, 2009. Actually there are seven ballot propositions that will determine what the state can and cannot do with tax dollars.

The state is also raising the Vehicle License Fee from .65 percent to nearly 1.15 percent of a vehicle’s value, beginning May 19 until June 30, 2013.

Effective April 1, 2009…

Santa Clara County 9.25%

City of Campbell 9.50%

Santa Cruz County 9.00%

City of Capitola 9.25%

City of Santa Cruz 9.50%

City of Scotts Valley* 9.25%

City of Watsonville 9.25%

Alameda County 9.75%

San Mateo County 9.25%

* The total includes the City of Scotts Valley Transactions and Use Tax rate that decreased to 0.25% from 0.50%.

California State Board of Equalization Website

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