Mission High School tops Fremont reporter’s alma mater in rankings

U.S. News and World Reports has released its annual high school rankings, and for the first time in at least four years my old school Great Neck South (61) is ranked below Mission San Jose (36).

The rankings have always been BS (It’s really just a measure of AP classes) but this year’s methodology must be especially faulty.

The magazine probably forgot to credit us for giving rise to Talia Shire of Rocky fame. Her older brother Francis Ford Coppola went to Great Neck North, as did comedian Andy Kaufman, shoe designer Kenneth Cole and Olympic figure skating gold medalist Sarah Hughes.

Mission sent Kristi Yamaguchi out into the world along with quite a few b-list jocks.


NUMMI workers to picket San Jose Toyota dealership

Straight from the press release:

Picket starts 1 p.m. Saturday  “to warn car shoppers that Toyota is no longer living up to its reputation for product dependability, consumer safety, and employee job security.”

Are they saying they made crummy cars?

The press release says picketers will be at Stevens Creek Toyota, 4202 Stevens Creek Blvd. in San Jose every weekend through February.


Political happenings

Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, who’s running for Attorney General, and Fremont City Councilman Bob Wieckowski, who’s running for Torrico’s Assembly seat will be hosting a signature-gathering party Saturday:

Alberto Torrico for Attorney General & Bob Wieckowski for State Assembly
Democratic Signature Gathering Party!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
10 am – 2 pm
39510 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite #220
Fremont, CA 94538

Next month, Garrett Yee, who’s running against Wieckowski for the Democratic nomination is holding a party to celebrate his new campaign headquarters, conveniently located between The Argus and Hogies, which will never go out of business:

The event is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 37440 Fremont Blvd.

One other campaign note. Continue Reading


Nothing to do with Fremont

Most of you newshounds have read that the Supreme Court today rolled back restrictions on corporate (and union) campaign spending. Below is a portion of the dissent from Justice John Paul Stevens:

In the context of election to public office, the distinction between corporate and human speakers is significant. Although they make enormous contributions to our society, corporations are not actually members of it. They cannot vote or run for office. Because they may be managed and controlled by nonresidents, their interests may conflict in fundamental respects with the interests of eligible voters. The financial resources, legal structure, and instrumental orientation of corporations raise legitimate concerns about their role in the electoral process. Our lawmakers have a compelling constitutional basis, if not also a democratic duty, to take measures designed to guard against the potentially deleterious effects of corporate spending in local and national races. . .

The Court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. Continue Reading


Cities v State

In October, a couple of Alameda County supervisors held a meeting in Fremont to promote proposals for revamping the state constitution. Click here for that story. On Monday, the mayors of Fremont, Newark and Union City will hold a repeat performance.

Here are the details:

The Public Forum will be held on Monday, January 25, 2010, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Ohlone College’s Newark campus in the Fremont Bank Community Conference Center. The Newark campus is located at 39399 Cherry Street in Newark.


Say goodbye to Ralph

Ralph Bell has been working at the Mission San Jose Post Office for a whole lot of years. But he’s retiring, and Mission people are throwing him a party.

It’ll be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at 43385 Ellsworth Street.


Yellow Ribbons outside the Hub

Check out Fremont Boulevard from Mowry to Stevenson. It’s yellow ribbon city. I’ll spare you the lousy cellphone photo for now.

The ribbons are the handiwork of the local Blue Star Moms club. A bunch of them went out last Friday evening and wrapped ribbons around every pole to show support for their sons fighting wars overseas.

There’s at least 100 out there. The women plan to Yellow-Ribbon all of Fremont Boulevard, said the group’s president Julie Ramirez.