Milestones: Little Things Cost A Lot (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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Is it our imagination or is Santa Clara going broke? When payrolls climb by millions and revenues remain virtually the same, there is only one outcome. Our budget goes upside down. The Council’s only alternative to date is to raise taxes, fees and charges for all City services. The cost of most everything will now cost us more. “Wait” you say. “What happened to our $50 million...

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Work Daze: New Kid in Town

  • By Bob Goldman
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It's your first day at a new job. What do you think about? If it's you, you think about how long it will take before you reach your last day at your new job. But I'm talking about normal people. Normal people want to do their best from Day One, so they can grow and learn and have long and fulfilling careers. Or so I learned from Julia Malacoff in her recent post on glassdoor.com. Titled "8...

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Milestones: A Rhyme In Time (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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Day time, night time, what does our City offer? Golden parachutes for managers, proffered to prosper. Payrolls like rockets reaching high to the sky, Leaving holes in our budget and draining us dry. With 70 employees making an astounding $300 grand, Our rock-like reserves reduced to quivering sand. “Whoa!” we bemoan at the outflow of cash, “They’re spending like...

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WORK DAZE: Not Working From Home

  • By Bob Goldman
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Do you hate leaving home every morning to go to work? Do you wish there was a way to avoid going to work, other than doing so little of it that you are eventually fired? Luckily for you, there is a solution. Instead of you traveling to your work, have your work travel to you. According to a recent article in forbes.com, "7 Things To Know If You Want To Work from Home," a 2016 Gallop...

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Demand Democracy AD

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DEMAND DEMOCRACY Santa Clara Voters DESERVE to ELECT their next Councilmember! NOT be appointed by 5 Councilmembers! DEMAND YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE TAKE ACTION! It takes one minute to TELL YOUR MAYOR & COUNCILMEMBERS EMAIL mayorandcouncil@santaclaraca.gov “RESIDENTS SHOULD DECIDE OUR...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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If you have been a resident of Santa Clara for a while, you may recall the famous Grand Jury investigation and audit requested by Lisa Gillmor. No, not the 2016 stadium audit or the 2016 Grand Jury report. This is the investigation by the Grand Jury and audit done at Gillmor’s request of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce in 1994. In a recent trip to the archives, the Weekly...

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Work Daze: Take a Message

  • By Bob Goldman
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This has happened to you, I'm sure. You have a problem with your cable company, or your telephone provider, or the emergency button on the key fob for your new Lamborghini Centenario Roadster has stopped working. You call customer service, and after poking your way through a phone tree of Paul Bunyan proportions, you eventually reach a human being who helpfully explains that the cause of the...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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If you know the truth, the truth will set you free. The big word here is “if.” Have you noticed there are some folks who have little regard for truth? There are rumor mongers galore that can hardly wait to blow their trumpet of truth out on Facebook, Nextdoor, or some homemade blog. The juicier the scandal, the bigger the lie, seems to create more readers and, in turn, more gossip....

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Work Daze: Hello, I Hate You.

  • By Bob Goldman
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Has this ever happened to you? Your company makes a passel of new hires, some of whom are earmarked for your department. Because you have no say in the hiring process, you have no idea who has been hired or what they have been hired to do. The question is -- what do you do when the newbies arrive? Welcome them warmly. They're human beings and they will appreciate your kindness. Be...

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Op-Ed on Ranked Choice Voting

  • Submitted by Edmund Ford, Jr., Ed.D. 
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May 15, 2018 Dear Editorial Board, In 2008, Memphis, Tennessee adopted Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) as a method to elect our Council Members. In the past 10 years, we have found that Ranked Choice Voting has proven to be a failure. It did not accomplish any of the promises of the Charter Commission that proposed this new method of voting. It was passed in a low turnout election. Ranked Choice...

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