Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Coming soon to a City Council meeting near you. A $100 million dollar decision for or against Santa Clara revenue. Here is the issue. In 2010, when voters approved Measure J to build our stadium without the use of general fund dollars, the stadium was to be paid for from revenues from events at the stadium. This would include football, of course. In addition, our stadium would provide...

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  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Santa Clara’s Charter Review Committee has been assigned the task of creating districts for future City elections. They were assigned this task two years ago, before attorney Robert Rubin filed a lawsuit against Santa Clara for voting violations of the California Voting Rights Act. They missed the mark. That Committee took a detour and spent their time creating four other ballot...

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  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Transparency is a terrific word used by politicians to camouflage anything that’s not transparent. Over-spoken and underutilized, the word has been abused by misuse. “We want to be totally transparent with this new revenue stream generator.” That’s called a new tax. “This audit will dispel any doubt about the expeditures and billings required by law to be applied to this...

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  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Our City has over a 1,000 employees who provide a wide range of services that most of us take for granted. While we are busy with our own work, raising families, PTA meetings, church and after school activities, our City employees contribute quietly and effectively to our community. Our own power company headed by John Roukema is a godsend. Silicon Valley Power keeps our homes and...

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  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Our City is now in the middle of a very expensive arbitration with the San Francisco 49ers. This million dollar expense was not in our budget. The 49ers did not want to enter arbitration, they just wanted Santa Clara to honor their contracts. When our Mayor and City Council decided not to honor the Stadium Lease contract, the 49ers did not sue the City. The contact terms mandate...

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  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Santa Clara, is a great place to live. There is so much to love about our City, from our soccer parks to the Senior Center, a lot of thought has been invested in the planning of our community. We have been fortunate to have a police department that has maintained their vigilance and kept our citizens protected. Our firefighters are among the best in the country and serve Santa Clara so...

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  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Sizing up our City in succinct syllables of sound is a soliloquy of silliness. While Shakespeare was a master at forming phrases filled with fortuitous fortune, failure and folly, most mortals are relegated to meek and modest meanderings. Our City has a Shakespearean similarity; a dim and dark drama driven into dilemma by dubious decisions. On a dark and dreary night at the City Council...

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  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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As Paul Harvey would say, “And now, the rest of the story.” Santa Clara has been embroiled in an audit of our Stadium operations for the past seven months. An audit suggested by the Grand Jury, not ordered. During the election, audit update meetings were conducted by the Mayor, with the press present. She often asked the Harvey M. Rose Associates (HMR), the auditors, if they had...

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  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Recently one of our staff members attended the annual conference of our California News Publishers Association (CNPA) in Los Angeles. It was encouraging to be assured that newspapers are alive, well and thriving in the Golden State. With over 250 members, the CNPA is one of the largest newspaper associations in the country and provide credible influence in their communities. The...

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  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Now that the “infamous” audit for the stadium has unofficially been leaked to the press it can and will be discussed in more detail. For in depth City audit coverage see Carolyn Schuk’s article on page 6. You may not remember how this auditor was chosen to perform our audit, so let’s review. City staff was asked by the Council late last summer to interview potential audit firms to...

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