What a wonderful gift Santa Clara is enjoying this year. While many good experiences are realities in the city, you have to be grateful for the work of your city council. The addition of Jovan Grogan as City Manager and Glen Googins as City Attorney has infused stability, confidence, and optimism.
The council’s choices have proven to be exceptional. The application of common sense and attention to sound financial controls has restored Santa Clara to the path of progress with signs of prosperity.
A correction to my column on Maui last week: I errantly typed that thousands died in the fires. In fact, thousands were injured, and a hundred people died. Thanks to those who wrote and corrected me. Remember, I am not a reporter and subject to an error on occasion. Also, a big thank you to the readers who have gone to Maui and to those making plans to go. Paradise needs you and the locals are prepared and excited about your return.
The holidays have now arrived and it’s time for friends, family and football. The Forty-Niners have battled their way to the league lead and will be a first-place contender for the Super Bowl. Congratulations to the team President Al Guido and owner Jed York and family.
Santa Clara was fortunate to have Patty Mahan as Mayor when the opportunity arose to bring a stadium to the City. While Patty has left us, she left Santa Clara with a memorable legacy.
So, now it is time to say thank you to many others who also left us and left the City in a better place for the time they were with us.
And, a huge thank you to our staff at The Weekly who magically create a newspaper every week. It is amazing that I have been writing this column on and off —mostly on — for 40 years. I must say a big thank you to our “do it all Editor” Angie Tolliver, our dedicated staff and writers, and, of course, our readers.
For a small community paper, The Weekly/Silicon Valley Voice does an amazing job at keeping the community informed, the council on their toes and the city departments responsible.
We are thankful to our readers and their responses, which keep us honest and dedicated to providing our community with information, opinion and news often omitted elsewhere.
Happy Holidays and a terrific new year to you and yours.