Silicon Valley News Notes
Fun With Swears!
Well, the district attorney may have dropped charges, but exonerated lobbyist Sean Kali Rai isn't ready to sing "Kumbaya" yet. When political consultant Jay Rosenthal, who along with Kali Rai was an aide to former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales, tried to shake Kali Rai's hand at the Chamber of Commerce's annual COMPAC picnic a couple of weeks ago, he says Kali Rai responded with a comment so colorfully vulgar that even we won't print it. According to, Rosenthal, it went something like this: "He says to me, 'Jay, you
Maternity leave or no maternity leave, Councilwoman Nora Campos found time over the weekend to read Mayor Chuck Reed's strategic draft plan for tackling gang issues in San Jose. And, surprise, she didn't like it! Besides targeting kids as young as elementary school, Reed is also looking to address girls in gangs, a new component to the plan. Also, he increased the spending plan to $4 million, a significant increase over what he was allocating in the last two years, says Michelle McGurk, spokeswoman for Reed's office. But Campos and her staff say Reed needs to allocate even more money toward fighting gang culture in San Jose. "Crime is jumping off the charts; show me how we are dealing with the issue now, not in 2011," says Rolando Bonilla, spokesman for Campos, of the mayor and his plan. "If you won't, then I will take the liberty of showing you the route where I think we find some resources." Reed removed Campos from his gang prevention task force in December, saying she was a no-show to more than one meeting. Since then, Campos, who represents District 5, has been hammering him, attempting to paint him as too soft when it comes to setting aside resources for crime.