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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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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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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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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Milestones: Four Wives and a Funeral (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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The political death of Dominic Caserta has been reported with precision, passion and prolific phrasing. We have not come to praise Caserta, but to bury him. There was no escape from the avalanche of angry victims who sought retribution and only wished for the wrongs to be made right. Every person who listened to the testimony of those offended felt compassion, empathy and appreciation...

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Milestones – It’s Not Their Money… (OPINION)

  • By Miles H. Barber, Publisher
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City Council leadership of Santa Clara is chipping away the financial foundations of our City. The actions of a corrupt and cunning cast of misfits is costing our City the much sought-after prize of…solvency! With the appointment of Lisa Gillmor as Mayor and the departure of our cash creator and project visionary, City Manager Julio Fuentes, Santa Clara has been heading South. Fuentes...

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Milestones – Council Questions “Big Game” Costs (OPINION)

  • By Miles H. Barber, Publisher
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In what would be called in the NFL, un-sportsman like conduct, our Santa Clara City Council has so far declined to partner with the 49ers Management Company. The City of Santa Clara has initially said “No” to any financial participation in the National College Football Championship Game. With 15 cities bidding for the platinum bowl game of college football, Santa Clara, via Levi Stadium...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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  Fake news is cheap and in abundant supply. The internet has created a haven for the sensational, insensitive wild claims, half-truths, exaggerations, rumors, accusations and yellow journalism. This year, being an election year, we expect there will be a proliferation of illicit rumors, attacks and gossip. Fake news will be directed at candidates, this newspaper, the Chamber of...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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Fool me once shame on you… An old saying that proves true today. Perhaps more so than any time in recent memory. Santa Clara residents are not immune. If you have followed this column for the past year or so, you have come to expect a few points of lucidity. The Screen Actors Guild would be impressed with the orchestration of the hoax being played upon the residents of our...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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Santa Clara needs a new CEO…aka Mayor. In a Valley that leads the world with innovation, brilliant CEO’s are at the forefront. Their vision opens doors for collaborative creativity, ingenious ideas and brilliant teamwork. Lacking in our City is a CEO who has collaborative vision and the gift of leadership. This was best demonstrated at last Tuesday night’s Stadium Authority...

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