It takes a special kind of Grinch to steal gas from a truck belonging to a food bank, and it was Second Harvest Food Bank's bad luck last week to run into just such a jerk.
Under the cover of night, one or more thieves cut fuel lines and siphoned about 90 gallons of diesel from two trucks parked at Second Harvest's Bing Center in San Carlos. The fuel was worth about $400, but the trucks had to be towed away for repair. Now Second Harvest is hiring a security guard to patrol the area at night, setting it back some $17,000.
That money that could have gone to 34,000 meals, Second Harvest CEO Kathy Jackson said. "Who would steal from the food bank," she wondered, "particularly as we head into the holidays and so many people are depending on us for food?"
The good news for Second Harvest is that Milpitas-based SanDisk was able to play Santa Claus with a $17,000 donation to cover the loss and get the food bank's holiday campaign back on the road.
BULLDOGS PARTY: San Jose High School's yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary will have a big finish on Wednesday with a Closing Gala and Celebration Party at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose.
No coincidence that's the night before the 71st annual Big Bone Game against Lincoln High, and maybe the revelers will be able to bring the Bulldogs some luck this year.
The event's guest speakers include retired newsman Rigo Chacon, a graduate of the Class of 1965, and U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, a member of the Class of '59. And the guest of honor is Dr. Ephraim Engleman, who graduated in 1927 and is now 102 -- surely the school's oldest living alum.
SHOW GOES ON: I'm not sure which group was more impressive at the somewhat rainy "Light Up the Row" event at Santana Row on Tuesday. There were the performers giving previews of upcoming shows: Ballet San Jose performed a bit from "The Nutcracker," San Jose Rep did a couple of songs from "The Snow Queen" and Children's Musical Theater got everyone in a "White Christmas" mood.
You've got to hand it to the crowd, too, who stuck around through light rain through the entire hourlong show before the shopping center's 45-foot tree was brilliantly lit up. And a round of applause to emcee Michael Stroud, who performed magic tricks and kept the audience engaged with improv banter while the stage had to be wiped down between performances.