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Penny Arévalo July 12, 2014 at 10:21 PM
Hi. I didn't see this until now. Always best to email me to get the fastest responseRead Morepenny.arevalo@p atch.com.
Disgusted in SJC July 14, 2014 at 12:58 AM
Does anybody know anything? My kids are at my parents right there...
Carol July 12, 2014 at 01:23 PM
I thought the Patch was an online nationwide news organization that brought you things of localRead Moreinte rest and stories that might affect your lives. Was it once just a little local blog?
Penny Arévalo July 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Hi Carol, we once had many more editors than we do now. But we were also losing millions a year.Read MoreOur new owner has lots of great ideas. First priority was getting rid of this current platform, which is clunky at best. The new platform debuts in a few weeks. We are also coming up with a number of innovations that should bring more local back. I'm very excited about the future. In the meantime, we are making do with what we have while we work on these changes.
Sam Fazio July 02, 2014 at 09:18 PM
That is TERRIBLE! Those paths are for walkers and bike riders alike. They need to slow down andRead Morema ke themselves noticed when they come upon a pedestrian! I hope he hasn't bothered you anymore. Is it usually the same time of day?
Brainwashed_In_Church July 07, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Were your dogs on a leash?
Diana Crandall June 25, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Sorry, According to the Municipal Code on Real Estate signs, 9.3.543, the Sale or Lease signs areRead Moreon ly allowed to be on the property itself. There is no mention of allowing Sale or Lease signs on a vehicle, without a permit.
KDBMMM June 26, 2014 at 07:19 AM
A code enforcement officer came by and told me that so she lied?
GreenInOC June 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM
@KDBMMM, perhaps you should spend some time investigating with the city and reading the codes?
Maeve Mcdonough July 04, 2014 at 01:23 AM
Thanks shelly, for once again attempting to point the conversation back in a more productiveRead Moredirecti on. I hope it sticks this time.
William S Dean July 08, 2014 at 02:00 PM
The problem with too many (not ALL) developers is that they believe that philosophy of "Common Read Moresense will tell you, the more a developer can build on a site, the more money he will make, and the more money he can pay the land owner. Simple!" It's not so simple - a empty strip mall, for example, is not only a public eyesore but what if some historic property has been destroyed to build it? You don't get a do-over for that. Trying to cram as much as possible on your land for quick profits makes for over-crowded chicken wire and paste apts and condos that are so cheaply made their value is well over-inflated which then is re-valued downward every year. So who wins? The community? I think not.
William S Dean July 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Look, SJC has one and only one enduring "asset": The Mission and environs. Why not goRead Morethe full Monty and have EVERYTHING from the Mission down to the Rios BE "Old San Juan"? Why not move that hideous obtrusive parking structure down several blocks and make the whole "new" Old Town area pedestrian only? Take a cue from many Euro and US cities that have the downtown be Old Town (but for real, not Disney Old Town).
Yeparoo June 12, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Prop 30 = Pension Bailout. LCFF is anything but "Local Control." Kashkari has no chanceRead Moreo f winning in November. CA Dreamin is gone, unless you are a Dreamer. http://tinyurl.com/n4l3qkh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN3GbF9Bx6E&feature=kp
Dawn Urbanek June 12, 2014 at 03:19 PM
Yeparoo- so depressing!
TT June 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM
No mention of free breakfasts, lunches, iPads, translators, etc. Why doesn't anyone have the spineRead Moret o address the real issues, how expensive they are, and how money is being diverted to fund them?
Brainwashed_In_Church June 10, 2014 at 10:59 AM
You don't mind those tax dollars though do you?
Gus Gunderson June 18, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Tax dollars are not derived directly from a school or a church.
PDF in SJC June 19, 2014 at 08:55 PM
That day the left turn light was not working at all and we were stopped at the crosswalk. My youngRead Mores on driving with only a couple years experience was in a quandary as to what to do. I explained more than once that whatever we had to do would be "against the law" so just wait for a break in traffic and just turn left as that is what we were positioned for. FINALLY he took Dad's advice and turned but not before The Idiot behind us drove around on the right blowing the horn. Thanks a lot. Best not drive through downtown SJC in the afternoon if you're the impatient type.
Sunshine May 23, 2014 at 03:21 PM
It MUST be signed by the person on the water bill.
Gus Gunderson May 23, 2014 at 09:06 PM
It stumps me why anyone would want to pay more water, let alone a 35% increase over the next fiveRead Moreye ars. I know I am not going to receive a35% pay increase.
Donna Fleming May 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM
This is not what Judge Munoz had in mind. We are still due refunds. And, we are the highest rateRead Morepay ers in south orange county.
Dawn Urbanek May 30, 2014 at 11:54 PM
Cynthia - you are correct which is why Jerry Brown's new Local Control Funding formula isRead Moreunconstitu tional. It deprives students in affluent district of a basic education. By any measure no scholl in the United States can educate a student for $6,500. Since CUSd has less than 10% population of English Language Learners we get the $6,500 Base Grant Plus $273 Supplemental Grant for a total of $6,773. By any measure - it requires a minimum of $9,500 to educate a student today. So Jerry Brown is depriving Districts that affluent school district swith less English Language learners and poor students of even a basic education.
fact checker May 30, 2014 at 11:56 PM
I doubt that Dawn. But irregardless, in this blog you are attempting to interpret the CaliforniaRead MoreSt ate Budget. And you are doing it incorrectly.
Dawn Urbanek May 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM
To be Constitutional - the LCFF base grant should be enough to provide every student with a basicRead Moreed ucation - $9,500 then give additional money to schools with a higher percentage of English Language learners and poor more money on top of that. CUSD is one of the most underfunded school District in the entire United States. It is shameful. The STate should take over this District and be forced to fix our buildings reduce our class sizes and restore our programs. CUSD is being underfunded by $200 million dollars per year- an amount that cannot be made level through fundraising.
Penny Arévalo May 07, 2014 at 08:15 PM
I have a much more detailed story. SeeRead Morehttp://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/schools/p/opa-teach er-put-on-leave-accused-of-forcing-a-noose-around-sons-neck669266
Linda Plass May 08, 2014 at 09:27 PM
Penny, I think you owe it to the public to take down your one sided article or at the very leastRead Morepre sent a balanced reporting of the allegations AND the statement from Riley's Farm which clearly contradicts the allegations. Writing two separate articles with only a link to the Riley's Farm statement in your original article is extremely misleading to the public. Readers who do not click on the link are still getting a one-sided, very misleading account. You've published the teacher's name and slanderous allegations against her. The very least you can do is PUBLISH IN THE SAME ARTICLE specific quotes from the detailed statements provided by Riley's Farm that refute the allegations.
kitty rodriguez April 28, 2014 at 12:32 PM
I meant to say " for many years", not" tears"- please excuse the typing error.
Brainwashed_In_Church April 29, 2014 at 09:45 PM
The drivers in Irvine make the drivers in SJC look like driving instructors. Irvine drivers are soRead Moreb ad, even the illegal aliens who drive in Irvine get auto insurance.
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