Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber - Publisher
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Santa Clara has been fortunate in having some very talented staff members who have made wonderful contributions to our City. While many of our elected politicians come and go and come again, it is usually different when staff members leave as it is usually into retirement. One of our memorable members on City Staff was Rajeev Batra who retired in September. Rajeev had served Santa Clara...

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WORK DAZE: Losing Wait

  • By Bob Goldman
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Applying for a new job? What's the worst that can happen? Getting a flat and irreversible rejection is bad, yes, but what's even worse is the waiting. It may only be a matter of days, or weeks, or, in your case, minutes, but it's long enough to leave you twisting in the wind, wondering if you've gotten the job or not. What makes the wait so painful is not the thought that you'll get turned...

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Milestones

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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  When under attack…deflect and blame. Blame the 49ers, blame past City managers, blame opposing Council Members, blame the Mercury News, the Santa Clara Weekly, KPIX or blame outspoken citizens who have a brain. Folks, whatever you think of the 49ers, they are not the cause of the outrageous actions by the Mayor and her Council majority. The unmasking of the now known...

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WORK DAZE: Asleep at the Wheel

  • By Bob Goldman
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Did I wake you? Sorry. I didn't expect you to be sleeping this time of day, but now that I've read Tim Herrera's eye-opening article in The New York Times, I realize that a good time to expect you to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed is never. While I'm sorry to rouse you from your slumber, "Feeling Groggy? Here's How to Stop Robbing Yourself of a Good Sleep" raises issues so relevant to...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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  Dominic Caserta has often been a minority voice on Santa Clara City Council. However, he may have good reason to be thankful this Holiday Season. After serving two full terms on City Council and taking a break, Caserta returned to Council two years ago with an eye on higher office. He has been preparing for the 2018 county supervisor race for the last two years. As you may know,...

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CIVICS 101: We Must Abolish Voter ID Laws

  • Column by Dominic Caserta
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“How did Trump win deeply blue states like Michigan and Wisconsin,” was the first question out of “Molly’s” mouth as we started class with a discussion on voting rights. “Lance” blurted out that it’s because of bogus Voter ID laws. As their teacher, I was floored! First, how did Lance know what Voter ID laws were and, second, (and more entertaining for me) the students were...

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WORK DAZE: Follow the Leader

  • By Bob Goldman
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There are people who are born leaders: Winston Churchill, Indira Gandhi, Axl Rose. And then there are people like you -- a born follower. If your manager says jump, you reach for your pogo stick. If your manager says roll over, over you roll. You're the ultimately flexible Gumby employee, the kind of person companies want most because all you want is to be told what to do. If you think I am...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Absolutely, our Mayor should have a PR firm working under her direction to shape public opinion. The choice of Banner Public Affairs fits the bill. And, speaking of bills, at $450 an hour the burn rate is intense. Though the Mayor’s calendar shows no meetings with Pete Hillan from Banner, he shows on his calendar numerous meetings with the Mayor. Our Mayor and her three associates have...

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Class Notes: Thankful for Real Role Models

  • By Margaret Lavin
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Because of so-called reality shows that promote sex and selfishness and because of moronic pop stars like, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and the Kardashians, I began to wonder, are youth today under the impression that these VIP impersonators are good role models? Could our sweet students discern the difference between true role models—hardworking parents, heroic firefighters, and our men and...

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WORK DAZE: I Heart My Desk

  • By Bob Goldman
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If there's one thing the modern worker in the modern economy doesn't have it's security. Some of this uncertainty is new to our age. Teenage high-tech mutants disrupt giant industries, which fall apart before our very eyes. Established companies get antsy and decide it's time to leave their dowager headquarters and take up with a flashy floozy of a headquarters in Bangladesh. And what in...

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