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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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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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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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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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Playing possum was a fun game as a kid. You laid still, didn’t move and pretended to be asleep. Over the past several months our Charter Review Committee has been meeting to discuss changes to our City Charter. This was primarily focused on creating new districts for our Council elections to comply with current law. However, there were a couple of trial balloons floated by the...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Has Santa Clara’s Mayor gone rogue? From a public records request made to City Hall on October 2, the Santa Clara Weekly has learned Mayor Lisa Gilmor contracted and worked with a public relations firm months before the contract was approved. In January 2017, at a goal-setting meeting, the Stadium Authority and City Council agreed they needed a public relations firm to handle issues...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Congratulations to Santa Clara. Congratulations to SummerHill development. And congratulations to our City Council who finally accepted a new development project on the El Camino. SummerHill received approval Tuesday night for their El Camino project at McCormick Drive. It is not a huge project and it is a good start considering we have been in a development drought for the past...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Majority rule has its flaws. Paradoxically, our democracy—considered a pretty good means of governing—is decided by majority rule…except when it isn’t. Let’s look at our City Council where decisions are made bi-weekly. There are seven Council Members and when there are four votes for an issue and three votes against it, the majority rules. Now, there may be exceptions. For...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Vice Mayor Dominic Caserta went out on a fragile limb at City Council in September to challenge Mayor Lisa Gillmor. He made a passionate plea for a pragmatic and practical position to prevent the posibility of our public province being pushed into poverty. Having sat on prior Councils, Caserta has a very good understanding of where our money comes from and where it goes (or where it should...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber Publisher
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Common sense is such a wonderful commodity. It is what makes most organizations succeed. The lack thereof…causes them to fail. However, the application of common sense is a rarity, particularly at Santa Clara City Hall. Now, you can be sure that if common sense could be bought, this Council majority would spend millions to buy some. However, as suggested, the application thereof...

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