Milestones

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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Coming up on February 24 is one of the great events held in Santa Clara. What used to be known as “The Old Bag Lunch” was recast a few years ago as “The Classy Bag Affair.” Apparently the “Old Bag Lunch” name had such appeal, that a firm on the East Coast copywrited the name and wanted $5,000 for its use. The Santa Clara Soroptimist’s Club, sponsors of the lunch, are a...

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Milestones (OPINION)

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In an abrupt, delicate, complimentary and unexpected letter, City Clerk Rod Diridon Jr., submitted his resignation as Santa Clara City Clerk Tuesday night. Diridon has been one of the brightest members of Santa Clara City staff for years. His work has been recognized by his peers from other California cities who have acknowleged him with the highest honors and awards. While he has been...

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Milestones (OPINION)

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  You remember the “famous” stadium audit Mayor Gillmor promised would show all the corruption, money laundering and skimming being conducted by the 49ers? When the audit turned out to be a bust and no evil doings could be found, she simply commented “Well, we need another audit.” You know what is said about people who keep doing the same thing over and over expecting a...

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  You might remember the old shell game. The one where you guess which shell the pea is under. Not to be confused with the Ponzi pyramid scam that uses new money to pay down debt on prior money invested. We have a newer version of both games now being adopted by California. In turn, local municipalities like Santa Clara appear to be following suit. Here is the problem and how our...

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Milestones (OPINION)

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  Running for office is not an easy task, unless of course you run unchallenged. Council Member Dominic Caserta does not have that luxury. He is running in a field of five other candidates for County Supervisor. In June, we will be going to the polls to determine which two candidates make the November run-off. Smart money is saying that Caserta will be in that final...

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Milestones (OPINION)

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  Virtually everyone is familiar with a budget. Whether you have a detailed accounting system or rely on the back of a napkin, you have a pretty good idea of the funds that come in and the money that goes out each month. And yes, it is not uncommon for many households to have more month than money. Your parents probably had influence on your current method of handling financial...

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Milestones (OPINION)

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Everyone wants to be connected. Good connections lead to opportunity. Opportunity is created through open doors and being connected does open doors. While it is a given that knowing people is important, it is more important who knows you. Whether you own a business, work for a business, non-profit, government agency or volunteer, who you know expands your opportunities. Of course...

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Greeting the New Year is usually with a spirit of optimism. Regardless the tragedy, upset or painful experiences of the past 12 months, turning the calendar page to the New Year offers a fresh approach and outlook on life. This renewal opportunity is not by accident. The New Year has been a celebration dating back thousands of years. The early Romans celebrated New Year’s according to...

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  Have you noticed when organizations or agencies make a bad decision they usually compound it by making another? Santa Clara is certainly not exempt. Because of political posturing and ignoring a threatened lawsuit, our Mayor and Council majority may now spend millions to fix a problem that should not have happened. The 2016 Charter Review Committee was supposed to address...

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  It is amazing to watch and hear public reactions to the Weekly’s reporting over the past few weeks. It was expected we would see some fast back peddling by the Mayor and the City Attorney over the exposure of the Banner Public Affairs contract. While that happened, there were some pretty heated Council discussions over how this contract was awarded, implemented and invoiced. The...

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