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Walt Bishop April 15, 2014 at 08:57 am
I am an avid mountain biker who will be voting No. It makes no sense to have my property taxRead More increase when I have to drive hours for a recreational mountain bike opportunity. Mountain biking is a form of recreation of which the open space districts do not support. The only reason mountain bikes are allowed is due to a mandate for multiple use at the time the land was acquired. Over the years the open space districts have closed numerous trails used by mountain bikers. There is an inherent risk of injury, of which, the state of California includes mountain biking. The open space district does not follow this legislation. The open space district uses this risk of injury as a way to prohibit the recreational opportunity. Riding a mountain bike in open space does not require money. Mountain bikers are young and energetic and have offered numerous times, to the districts, to build new trails and maintain existing designated routes.
TM April 15, 2014 at 10:14 am
In regards to bikes on trails: I used to lead hikes in El Corte de Madera OSP which allows bikes. NORead More MORE will I go there on weekends, just too dangerous as a pedestrian. I'm sorry, but there are just too many 'bad seed' bike riders that practice that I'm in THEIR way for momentum [speeding] on trails. I once met a MROSD ranger that stated he "would NOT take his 5 year old daughter for a walk in this park on weekends." What does that tell you about safety? Mind you I'm not against bikes on trails. Just that their courtesy level isn't where it should be. Yes, the law of physics says the larger faster item will always win. I. as a pedestrian, don't always want to be on the losing end of that equation. Bikes aside, I will not be voting for this bond measure even though I am an avid hiker and user of their parks. It's too open ended on what it pays for. Like most any construction project these days, inflation costs are to be expected as a project tries for completion. So how many of those 25 projects will be completed before MROSD comes asking for more $$$ to complete them? AND, when will this bond measure be paid off and be deleted from my property tax bill? Maybe if they had asked for half of that $300mil they could have impressed me with what they can accomplish, above what is already on my tax bill.
randy albin April 10, 2014 at 10:28 am
where is any of this for employees? ethics in big business? this is a great company. clean this upRead More quickly and move on from this. isn't there better in the news than this?
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dorthy manser April 9, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Thank you, Amy. I've also had a very hard time figuring out how to confront this issue. It isRead More difficult when it becomes apparent that it just isn't nonsense anymore, it's dangerous nonsense. People will literally die if the anti-vaxx crowd is successful at convincing people not to vaccinate their kids. Potentially a lot of people. When you combine that with the stupidity, outright lies and paranoia displayed by celebrity spokes-people like Jenny McCarthy it becomes really hard to maintain ones composure (oops, I just lost mine). I suppose it's best to treat everyone as one would treat a good friend who is skeptical of modern medicine and scared for their children. As far as the black helicopter people go, I'm not sure what can be done to convince them, since they invariably believe that any data not conforming to their beliefs must the due to a conspiracy of some kind. I've known a lot of publicly funded scientists over the years, and the idea that they could all somehow be conspiring to harm public health in order to enrich corporations is ludicrous and insulting. Part of the problem is that as a result of reasonable skepticism of expert opinion, many people have decided that there is no such thing. Or, even worse, they pick people who have zero expertise but who are good at manipulating their fears. So now we have a huge population of scientifically illiterate people who no longer trust doctors, but are willing to put all their faith in internet scam artists like the "Health Ranger". This can't end well.
Lisbeth Allen April 9, 2014 at 04:22 pm
Costco makes millions off of supplements. Flip through their monthly magazine. Every other page isRead More some supplement for which people have no need. Not only are we a nation of consumers, we are a nation of gullible consumers.
Edward April 9, 2014 at 09:44 pm
I received my case of measels in 1967 in the ARMY at Fort Sill, Oaklahoma. When they startedRead More offering for my children I chose the imunization for them and now Public Schools Require them in California. Home Schooling by anti-vaxx parents will be the first ones to catch the bugs from "out of state" or "out of country" (Like UC Berkley with 14,000 of them) anti-vaxx or could not get the Vaxx.. TB is on the rise from the "out of county" rich kids at our colleges also. TB was eradicated in the U.S. 30 years ago but now it is back and we no longer give imunizations for it.
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18)
Mike March 25, 2014 at 10:18 am
This is stupid. How about a workshop to unelect professional politicians like Eshoo who haveRead More contributed zero to this country.
Bruce March 26, 2014 at 12:44 pm
`` two nonpartisan organizations, the Concord Coalition and Fix the Debt'' Nonpartisan is in theRead More eye of the beholder. These groups in general and Fix The Debt in particular have ties back to "rentiers". That is, folks who make money off of suppressing wages and increasing return on capital. They obfuscate the argument by saying it is all about finances -- just like you do around your kitchen table. That is a lie. Sovereign countries with fiat money (their own money not tied to a commodity like gold) chooses winners and losers by its policies. The "debt" gets fixed with increased GDP, inflation, taxes or a combination. These "debter" guys are all about zero inflation, high return on capital and paying for it with taxes on wage earners with depressed wages. It is partisan and it is the Republican agenda.
The Santa Clara/Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit Project will provide limited-stop rapid transit service from the Eastridge Transit Center to the Arena Station in downtown San Jose using Capitol Expressway, Alum Rock Avenue and Santa Clara Street. The San
Al March 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm
What is the big deal? In the midwest it is called an EXPRESS BUS. It makes less stops. It stillRead More gets stuck in traffic, it still has to deal with Stop lights. In Silicon Valley we do not even have the systems to tell you on your smart phone where the buses or trains are at. MOST MAJOR cities have that. Imagine how little it would cost to just change the bus stop signs and let the people on the route know there is an express. If the product is good, people will come. Or is this more politicians giving money to their buddies? Millions for painted buses and new signs? Make one think....
Al March 21, 2014 at 10:19 pm
For an express bus, just found the bid for the work! 50 Million dollars!! For better bus stops?Read More Did they even test market it? $50 Million!! Our elected officials ok'ed this. Wonder why we are out of money?
Photo courtesy of 18th District Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo
Mike March 15, 2014 at 11:38 am
Sick and tired of this Eshoo person. Do we really need such a professional politician? I haveRead More heard name it seems forever. She is a total waste of our money. How about some new blood instead of this old bag?
Bruce MacNaughton March 15, 2014 at 01:50 pm
What amount of evidence is necessary to convince everyone that the ACA (and its exemptions) is aRead More complete failure at providing what it was intended to provide? The ACA should not the subject of a partisan discussion or debate.
About 10 demonstrators gathered outside the Mountain View museum where the Israeli Prime Minister was meeting with Governor Jerry Brown.  PHOTO BY JEFF BURBANK
Ken March 6, 2014 at 08:59 am
Why not focus the article on the reason for the visit – an agreement between the twoRead More technology capitals of the world to bring increased benefits to all humanity. The tiny country of Israel has been responsible for important advances in medicine, agriculture, information technology and security, and California can benefit from this. Instead, half the article (and the lead photo) focused on a tiny group of anti-semitic protesters. The only technology the Palestinians have given the world over the past 30 years is the suicide bomber vest. This is shoddy journalism at its worst.
Nola Smith March 6, 2014 at 01:00 pm
The article, the emphasis, the photograph? Simply another example of poor journalism and journalismRead More with a political agenda. Just stop it please. Report responsibly, and for once look for the good, ye naysayers!
Laura R March 6, 2014 at 09:49 pm
I, too, am shocked by the inappropriate nature of the photograph. Patch managers, you should beRead More aware of the motivations of your reporters and aim for non-biased journalism.
Senator Boxer is pictured in March 2013.
Marc Parent February 22, 2014 at 11:13 am
Sorry Lou, Just wanted to be clear about the CBO report.
carole mason February 22, 2014 at 01:51 pm
The war on poverty let me see how's that working out. Seems to be getting worse maybe we needRead More someone else in there instead of babs.
bruce k February 26, 2014 at 09:33 am
The war on poverty was "lost" by design. For an interesting explanation why you might goRead More to the PBS Fresh Air website and do a search for Sargent Shriver retrospective and listen to the story. What they were doing to help people and train them for jobs and businesses worked, but when party bosses started to see less people dependent on them, and money coming from channels they did not approve of they killed the program.
The Santa Clara County Government Center chambers. The Santa Clara County Government Center chambers.  File photo.
Kniqui Hackborn February 5, 2014 at 06:04 pm
If I get this right, the response time went down because the number of emergency response workersRead More went down while the number of calls went up. Withholding funds under these circumstances is like cutting draught horses from the team and beating the remainders for not pulling the full loads just as fast as the full team.
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