You can't say that Republic Family of Companies President Michael Van Every doesn't pay off his bets. Even the old ones.
Back in 1998, Van Every went to a Halloween party at Rod Diridon Jr.'s house dressed as Elvis and ran into Luke Skywalker -- actually Kevin Moore, who at that point was still a few years away from joining the Santa Clara City Council. Once beer and civic pride got involved, Van Every bet Moore that if Santa Clara ever attracted a major pro sports team, he'd buy Moore a big-screen TV.
Last week, Van Every joined Moore on a hard-hat tour of Levi's Stadium, the 49ers' new home in the Mission City. And this week, Van Every delivered a new 40-inch LED television to Moore.
"Kevin Moore is a special person who is large for this community," Van Every said. "This big-mouth fan of Elvis is paid up." You bet he is.
REICH GUY FOR THE JOB: West Valley College's Global Citizenship Committee is screening the documentary "Inequality for All, at the community college's theater on Monday afternoon. After the movie, which examines the growing income gap in the United States, there'll be a conversation via Skype with the documentary's narrator, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
The 2:30 p.m. event is free. For more information, email email@example.com.
SAVING THE MAIL: U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has taken the historic Santa Clara Post Office at Franklin Mall off the chopping block, and local preservationists can take a bow for that one.
When rumors started going around that the post office, which opened in 1936, might be closed, Ken Sinclair of Santa Clara's Downtown Merchants Association collected more than 6,000 signatures on a petition asking it to be saved. The city of Santa Clara weighed in with letters to the U.S. Postal Service as well, and even U.S. Rep. Mike Honda sang its praises.
LAST CHANCE: Don't forget to pay your respects to Boba Fett, Darth Vader and the gang at the Tech Museum's "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" exhibit in downtown San Jose. This is the final stop of the touring show, which has attracted more than 3 million visitors overall, and it closes Sunday.
Go to www.thetech.org for ticket information.