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  • Black Cat Crosses San Jose Sharks' Rink, Brings Team Good Luck

    05/02/2016 11:44:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/2 | Rhea Mahbubani
    The cat slipped onto the ice Friday before the Sharks won a big playoff gameThe San Jose Sharks got an unexpected visit Friday. Before the NHL team beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 at the SAP Center, a black cat crept out of the player bench area and scurried onto the ice. As the Sharks warmed up for the first game of their best-of-seven playoff series, fans watched the small feline making a beeline for an oversized, fiberglass shark head, only to escape under the seats at "the Shark Tank," as the arena is known. The venue’s staff was able...
  • Police Arrest 2 Brothers After Parents Found Shot to Death in San Jose With Chilling Message:

    04/29/2016 12:57:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 28, 2016 | Lisa Fernandez, Robert Handa and Damian Trujillo
    Police Arrest 2 Brothers After Parents Found Shot to Death in San Jose With Chilling Message: 'Sorry, My First Killing Was Clumsy'Golam and Shamima Rabbi were found shot to death in their home Sunday afternoonTwo brothers have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the deaths of their parents, whose bodies were found in their San Jose home over the weekend near what sources said was a scrawled message apologizing for a "clumsy" killing. Police on Thursday announced the arrests of Hasib Bin Golamrabbi, 22, and his 17-year-old brother, who attends Evergreen High School. "Needless to say," Evergreen...
  • High-Speed Rail Board to Weigh in on Revised California Plan

    04/28/2016 1:48:51 PM PDT · by MeganC · 28 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | 4.28.2016 | juliet williams
    The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project is expected to approve a revised plan calling for a $64 billion approach that sends the train from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads to Southern California.
  • Unions champion higher minimum wages but support loopholes that exempt their own union workers

    04/10/2016 7:28:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    AEIdeas ^ | April 10, 2016 | Mark J. Perry
    union hypocrisy and betrayal of its membership ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed. ... written into the fine print of wage ordinances in a dozen California cities at labor leaders’ urging. San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws. L.A. city officials are expected to indicate whether they will include such an exemption in their own $15 minimum wage at a hearing next week. ... Thanks to the “union waivers” agreed to by union leaders,...
  • Outrage after big labor crafts law paying their members less than non-union workers

    04/10/2016 11:50:56 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 9, 2016 | Peter Jamison
    ... Under an obscure provision of the city's wage hike, unionized hotels were granted an exemption allowing them to pay their employees less... ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed... San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws... At the Sheraton Universal Hotel, a longtime union property, bellhops, waiters and banquet servers make California's current minimum wage: $10 an hour... Those doing the same jobs at a non-union Hilton less than 500 feet away make at...
  • Planned Parenthood case should be prosecuted

    04/08/2016 6:07:01 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/07/2016 | Mercury News Editorial
    David Daleiden is not a reporter. His grossly misleading, politically irresponsible videos purporting to implicate Planned Parenthood in illegal behavior make that clear. It's an insult to responsible journalism. The only question Attorney General Kamala Harris needs to answer for her investigators' raid of Daleiden's home Tuesday is: What took her so long?
  • In Bay Area, Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric repudiated

    02/29/2016 6:04:01 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 02/29/2016 | Sharon Noguchi
    His name was never spoken in two hours of speeches, but Donald Trump's anti-Islamic rhetoric and the Islamophobia it has churned up were roundly repudiated Sunday, as Bay Area civic and religious leaders told Muslim residents and neighbors: You are one of us and you are not alone.
  • Biden Congratulates Clinton Clinton As Bernie Fans Swamp CA Convention

    02/28/2016 10:32:52 AM PST · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 28, 2016 | Michelle Moons
    Vice President Joe Biden used the California Democratic convention stage to congratulate 2016 presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton for winning Saturday’s South Carolina Democratic primary.
  • Super Bowl security at record high, as Muslim terror looms

    02/01/2016 11:50:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    INN ^ | 2/1/2016, 7:51 PM | Hillel Fendel
    Security is at record levels for the upcoming Super Bowl in southern California this Sunday, and the San Jose Police Dept. will investigate up to 20 threats a day in the coming week. News reports and police announcements are replete with terms such as threats, SWAT team, bomb technicians, explosives – but the one term that is not being mentioned, yet looms darkly and constantly in the background, is: "Muslim terrorism." Safety measures for the 50th annual Super Bowl will include 90 canine teams of bomb-sniffing dogs that have also been taught the sounds and vibrations of three different military...
  • 2 remaining jail escapees arrested in San Francisco

    01/30/2016 11:29:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 30, 2016 | Anh Do, Matt Stevens, Taylor Goldenstein, Richard Winton
    The two remaining fugitives who escaped from an Orange County jail last week were arrested by San Francisco police, authorities said Saturday. The suspects were arrested at around 9 a.m. in the city's park district police area, according to San Francisco police officer Grace Gatpandan. Officials had said Friday that Hossein Nayeri, 37, and Jonathan Tieu, 20, were probably in the Bay Area and might be headed to Fresno. No details about the arrests were immediately available. The Orange County Sheriff's Department scheduled a press briefing for noon in Santa Ana. The location of the arrest was not provided. But...
  • Woman dies from injuries in mob stabbing at fast-food restaurant; arrests made

    01/02/2016 3:50:07 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 76 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 01/01/2016 | Robert Salonga
    A woman who was brutally stabbed along with another man by a group of men at a fast-food restaurant Tuesday has died from her injuries, and investigators have made multiple arrests since the attack, according to San Jose police.
  • School Cancels Santa Field Trip After Mom Objects [Jewish Parent Objects]

    12/18/2015 12:12:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 113 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 18, 2015
    CBS NEWS December 18, 2015 School Cancels Santa Field Trip After Mom Objects SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Parents of San Jose school kids confronted a school board Thursday night after a decision to cancel a field trip to see Santa Claus followed a complaint by a Jewish mother who objected to the school-sponsored outing, CBS San Francisco station KPIX-TV reports. The visit to Santa, along with a "Dear Santa" assignment, was a decade-long tradition at Sartorette Elementary School, part of San Jose's Cambrian School District. Last week, the Sartorette staff informed parents the school would suspend the outing to see...
  • Daughters of Charity Health System closes deal with hedge fund

    12/15/2015 2:00:52 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 12-15-2015 | Tracy Seipel
    Ending almost two years in limbo, the financially beleaguered Daughters of Charity Health System on Monday announced it has closed a $260 million investment deal with an East Coast hedge fund that will keep one of the Bay Area's oldest hospital chains afloat for at least three more years. The news came 11 days after California Attorney General Kamala Harris gave her conditional approval for the largest nonprofit hospital transaction in state history, and the first to involve a hedge fund. Unlike the controversy and staunch opposition generated by the hospitals' previous suitor, the deal with BlueMountain Capital Management registered...
  • Colombian Treasure Find Could Shed Light on Spain’s Colonial Past but Spark Legal Battles

    12/05/2015 3:56:47 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 05 Dec 2015 | Sara Schaefer Muñoz
    Spanish galleon San Jose sank more than 300 years ago in battle with British, while carrying vast cargo of gold and precious stones Colombia’s discovery of the 300-year-old, shipwrecked galleon San Jose, thought to be loaded with some $10 billion in gold and precious stones, could shed light on an important period in Spanish colonial history but also spawn legal battles over the valuable cargo. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said his country spent two years studying historical maps, meteorology and used the latest sea-searching technology to locate the Spanish vessel, which sank during a battle in 1708 in the...
  • Satanists seek to ally with U.S. Muslims after Paris terror

    11/19/2015 6:05:58 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 19 Nov 15 | Douglas Ernst
    The Satanic Temple has a message for alienated U.S. Muslims: Let’s be friends. American satanists who recently tried to install a bronze Baphomet statue near a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma now want to ally with alienated Muslims. The organization’s offer comes less than one week after Islamic terror attacks in Paris, France, killed 129 and injured more than 350. “If there is anyone in the San Jose region who is Muslim and afraid to leave their home out of fear for some kind of backlash, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be glad to escort...
  • San Jose: Shoppers shocked when porn audio plays on Target store PA system

    10/15/2015 3:43:43 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 31 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/15/2015 | Mark Gomez
    "It was basically lots of sexual noises," one poster wrote on the "Campbell Mom Squad" Facebook page. Another poster wrote: "A disgusting porno audio was played and I left my cart and the store." A similar incident occurred earlier this year at a Target in San Luis Obispo, according to San Luis Obispo Tribune.
  • When pensions implode: Silicon Valley’s lesson for New York

    10/12/2015 7:23:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/12/2015 | By Lawrence McQuillan
    San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, is home to eBay, PayPal and Cisco. Yet despite its enormous wealth, a San Jose house right across from a fire station burned down in 2013 because the station lacked fire trucks. This year, police staffing is down in San Jose. Its roads are pocked with potholes. And again, fire engines are mothballed. How is all this possible? The answer is that nearly 25 percent of San Jose’s budget pays for generous pensions — called “defined-benefit” plans — that guarantee retired city workers as much as 90 percent of their former salaries...
  • Video Shows 'Too Close for Comfort' Costa Rica Landing of Iberia Plane

    10/08/2015 3:29:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Root ^ | 08 Oct 2015
    Footage captured a Spanish aircraft flying nail-bitingly close to cars as it came into land at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría airport on Sunday. The video, taken by Carlos Rojas and uploaded onto Youtube, shows Iberia flight 6313 from Madrid coming into land at the Central American country's airport. But as the Airbus A 340 approaches landing it appears to come dangerously close to cars parked at the end of the runway and misses the airport perimeter fence by just a few meters. The landing provoked a flurry of comments on social media from local residents about the “narrowly averted disaster”...
  • The Complex 'Military-Style' Raid on California Power Station Spooks U.S.

    12/28/2013 2:15:07 PM PST · by Daralundy · 78 replies
    Financial Post ^ | December 13, 2013 | Shane Harris
    When U.S. officials warn about "attacks" on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials puzzled and worried about the physical security of the the electrical grid--from attackers who come in with guns blazing. Around 1:00 AM on April 16, at least one individual (possibly two) entered two different manholes at the PG&E Metcalf power substation, southeast of San Jose, and cut fiber cables in the...
  • San Jose Police Arrest Sole Surviving Suspect Wanted in Connection With Deadly Office Shooting

    09/02/2015 11:08:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/2 | Rhea Mahbubani
    San Jose police said Wednesday that the sole surviving suspect wanted in connection with a deadly office shooting in August was arrested last week. Duane Aguero, 42, a city resident charged with murder, was nabbed on Aug. 27 and is being held at the Santa Clara County Jail without bail, police said. Matthew Castillo, Richard Jacquez and Aguero were captured on a surveillance camera entering a business on the 1800 block of Lundy Avenue on Aug. 13 where they terrorized and killed a 38-year-old ex-convict Christopher Maxwell Wren. According to police, Aguero was carrying a weapon that resembled a "ball...
  • San Jose's Garbage Trucks May Do Police Surveillance With License Plate Readers

    08/22/2015 12:17:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 8/21/15 | Justin Westbrook
    =San Jose's Garbage Trucks May Do Police Surveillance With License Plate Readers The government of San Jose, Calif. has come forward with a proposal to mount license plate readers to the city’s garbage trucks in an effort to expand police surveillance beyond department cruisers. Have no fear, innocent citizen, for the trash companies may be stepping up to help our friends in blue. San Jose, California happens to be America’s tenth largest city - that makes it pretty difficult for the police force to keep up with everybody. In a story by the local San Jose Mercury News, the new...
  • PAC Urges San Jose Police Department To Investigate Planned Parenthood-Alameda For Homicide

    08/21/2015 1:53:34 PM PDT · by lward99 · 2 replies
    Constitutional Rights PAC ^ | 8/21/2015 | Larry Ward
    Constitutional Rights PAC Chairman Larry Ward today issued the following statement regarding Planned Parenthood harvesting the brain of a living baby: “The latest video released by the Center for Medical Progress further suggests that Planned Parenthood is a criminal organization, comfortable with ending life and breaking the law. “Constitutional Rights PAC calls on the San Jose, California Police Department to immediately investigate Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda Clinic in response to the testimony of Holly O’Donnell who claims the clinic murdered and harvested the brain of a living baby after a failed abortion. “The taking of innocent human life is...
  • Open Space to Celebrate Grand Opening of Coyote Valley Preserve June 27

    07/01/2015 5:13:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Morgan Hill Times ^ | Friday, June 26, 2015
    Park, wildlife habitat in north Morgan Hill will be open to public year-round StoryA new open space park in north Morgan Hill will open Saturday, June 27, offering opportunities, sweeping valley vistas, preservation of longtime agricultural uses and unspoiled habitats for native wildlife, according to the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. The Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, whose entrance and parking areas are located at 550 Palm Ave., is a 348-acre preserve acquired by the OSA in 2010. The authority paid about $3.4 million for the property, which is the former home and ceremonial site of the Ohlone People...
  • Municipal; Stadium San Jose

    06/18/2015 11:33:05 AM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    IS it reasonably safe around municipal stadium in San Jose for night games for the Giants?
  • FBI seeks vandals who cut Bay Area fiber-optic cables

    06/17/2015 9:44:12 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    SFGate ^ | 6/16/15 | Henry K. Lee
    The FBI asked for the public’s help Monday in identifying people who have severed underground fiber-optic cables throughout the Bay Area. Over the past year, vandals have used tools to intentionally cut the cables in Berkeley, Fremont, Alamo, Walnut Creek and San Jose in 10 separate incidents, most of which happened in the middle of the night, said FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich. The cost of the damage was not discosed. The FBI is coordinating the investigation, which involves several local law enforcement agencies, Wuthrich said. The cases are not related to a mysterious rifle attack on a Pacific Gas...
  • Copper Wire Stolen From San Jose Police Activities League Field

    06/03/2015 10:32:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 3, 2015
    Police in San Jose are finding themselves the victims of a crime, after someone stole copper wire at the Police Activities League’s baseball field. According to authorities, wire was taken from one of the light stands. Police said the fix is going to be expensive and take a while. “There’s two different light towers, and since one of the light towers isn’t working, there’s the possibility that we might have to cancel some games in the future,” Sgt. Jim Ureta of the San Jose Police Department told KPIX 5. Police estimate it would cost $25,000 to get the lights working...
  • SAN JOSE: Muslim predator arrested for attempting to rape a 13-year-old girl after...

    05/18/2015 4:02:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/18/15
    By BI: San Jose police have arrested a MUSLIM man accused of forcing himself on a 13-year-old girl as she returned home from school. The suspect has been identified as Mohammad Khaliqi, 31, of San Jose. Police arrested him in the 1400 block of School St. in San Leandro on Friday morning. He’s facing multiple counts of burglary, attempted sexual assault and false imprisonment.ABC News On Tuesday, the man followed the girl as she walked home from school. She told investigators he had forced his way through the front door of her home as she went inside. She fought him...
  • Middle School Principal Bought Jewelry with School Credit Card

    05/16/2015 10:52:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, May 15, 2015 | ony Kovaleski, Liza Meak and Mark
    Sources from Oak Grove School District in San Jose want the superintendent to do something about a middle school principal with what they say are questionable spending habits. The sources came to the NBC Bay Area Investigative after they say the Superintendent’s office didn’t do enough to address their concerns about Bernal Intermediate School Principal Kristina Clecak. “Someone has to listen. Someone has to look at this,” said a district employee who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. “Our job is to protect the public’s money to educate these children.” In October, the Investigative Unit requested Clecak’s expense...
  • San Jose Bans Filling Hot Tubs, Pools Amid California’s Historic Drought

    05/11/2015 10:28:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 11, 2015 | Len Ramirez
    San Jose is the latest big city in the state to ban filling outdoor swimming pools, and business at hot tub stores in the city has gone cold. “From the day the drought was declared, and the city council announced its restrictions on filling of hot tubs, it’s closed our doors,” Hot Spring Spas sales manager Chet Lockwood said. The store is still open, but no one is coming in, and layoffs may not be far behind. “We can’t see how we’re going to be able to survive through this,” Lockwood said. San Jose’s city council sent a serious message...
  • Facebook Video Shows San Jose Police Wielding Baton, Punching Suspect Who Allegedly Attacked Cops

    05/05/2015 8:12:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/5 | Robert Handa
    Facebook Video Shows San Jose Police Wielding Baton, Punching Suspect Who Allegedly Attacked Cops, Refused ArrestSgt. Enrique Garcia said today that the Police Department is reviewing the incident on the video and that the department had yet to launch its planned pilot program for some officers to wear body-worn video cameras. Police said that the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Juan Moreno-Lopez, had been walking east on Story Road east of White Road at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and as two officers approached, he threw something into some bushes and tried to flee on foot. Officers chased him to the middle of...
  • San Francisco is Worst Market for Renters: Report

    04/21/2015 1:43:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    San Francisco is the worst market for renters, according to Forbes' latest list. The average rent in San Francisco is over $2,800. And the vacancy rate is only 3.6 percent. It is only slightly better in the East Bay and South Bay. The average rent in Oakland is about $1,800 a month, but the vacancy rate is even worse than San Francisco at 2.9 percent. In San Jose, rents run about $2,200. Still, Forbes listed all three cities as the worst places for renters nationwide.
  • San Jose 13-Year-Old Invents Device To Help White Canes "See"

    04/17/2015 1:41:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Garvin Thomas
    In 1921, according to the history books, an newly-blind Englishman named James Biggs was feeling threatened by the amount of traffic in his neighborhood. In order to be more visible to motorists, Biggs reportedly painted his cane white. If true, it means the white cane as an aid to the blind is approaching its 100th birthday. Which explains why, in true Silicon Valley fashion, Raghav Ganesh thought the world was overdue for the white cane, 2.0. "There's an old device here that needed an upgrade," Raghav says, "and I thought I could make that better." Raghav Ganesh, a San Jose...
  • "Comeback Story": Bryan Stow Throws Out First Pitch at San Jose Giants Home Opener

    04/16/2015 10:27:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 16, 2015 | Alan Waples and Lisa Fernandez
    The San Francisco Giants fan beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Thursday threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener for the San Jose Giants, a team where he used to be a paramedic before he was left brain damaged in the attack four years ago. "It's a comeback story," said Dan Orum, president and CEO of the San Jose Giants, who faced off against the Bakersfield Blaze on Thursday. "Just to see what he's come through, and to be able to give him something back like this — it's just the kind of thing that resonates with everybody."...
  • Man With Machete Goes on Rampage in San Jose Neighborhood

    03/29/2015 6:25:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    A San Jose neighborhood was shut down Sunday morning when a man with a machete went on a rampage. It happened on Mocho Court, near the Tully Road 101 exit Neighbors said around 10:30 a.m., the suspect went walking around the neighborhood with a machete. Later, he smashed a car with the weapon and then went into his garage and started lighting items on fire. Police surrounded the suspect and he was taken into custody. The suspect's sister said he may have wanted police to take his life. The suspect has not been identified, and nobody was hurt.
  • Golfing With Ida

    03/25/2015 9:51:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 3-25-14 | Dustin Cohen
    http://player.vimeo.com/video/117588730?color=cc0025 This is the story of an amazing lady who lives life to the fullest at age 102.
  • Manhunt on in East San Jose after police officer fatally shot

    03/24/2015 9:58:16 PM PDT · by BlueNgold · 22 replies
    KTVU fox2 ^ | 3.24.2015 | Dave Pelling
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) -- A massive police response descended on an East San Jose neighborhood Tuesday night after a veteran police officer was fatally shot by a suicidal man, according to authorities. According to San Jose police, at approximately 6:48 P.M., officers responded to the 2600 block of Senter Road on a report of an adult male with a gun threatening to kill himself. Police say when the officers arrived on scene, they were met with gunfire. One of the officers, a longtime San Jose Police Department veteran, was struck by the gunfire. He was pronounced dead at the...
  • Austin, Salt Lake City Lead U.S. Metros in Job Creation

    03/23/2015 10:17:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Gallup ^ | 03/23/2015 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City have the highest Job Creation Index scores among the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, based on employee reports of hiring activity where they work. San Francisco, Houston and Orlando rank just behind Austin and Salt Lake City in job creation. Many of the top-ranking metro areas are being boosted by growth in technology jobs, including traditional tech centers in San Francisco and San Jose but also emerging ones in Austin and Salt Lake City. These latter two may be increasingly attractive destinations for tech workers, given salaries that are becoming more competitive for the...
  • Federal gas tax increase needed for roads, bridges and highways

    01/25/2015 11:12:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Contra Costa Times ^ | January 24, 2015 | Contra Costa Times
    The president was a conservative's conservative. He had campaigned on reducing taxes and made it his legacy. But when a gas tax increase was proposed, it was a different story. In his weekly radio address, he said, "We simply cannot allow this magnificent (highway) system to deteriorate beyond repair." That was 1982. The president was Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, the disrepair Reagan feared has come to pass. The federal gas tax of 18.4 cents hasn't been raised since 1993, and the Highway Trust Fund is severely underfunded. A 10- to 15-cent a gallon increase would provide enough money to meet the...
  • Murder of man found in Santa Cruz Mountains 9 years ago remains mystery

    03/23/2013 5:16:46 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 03/22/2013 | Shanna McCord
    SANTA CRUZ -- Nine years ago, Angel Anthony Valtierra's body was found tangled in brush 20 feet down a steep hill on Upper East Zayante Road. Not a single day passes where Valtierra's family doesn't pray his killer will be arrested and brought to justice. His mother, Rachel Valtierra, said she often wakes up crying in the middle of the night. "I'm just angry because nobody got caught for it," Rachel Valtierra, 55, said Friday. "Nothing ever came of it. It's like we're standing still, and that's very hard for me." Valtierra -- a San Jose resident whose pregnant girlfriend...
  • Five shot near nightclub hosting R&B star Chris Brown

    01/11/2015 8:11:42 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 01/11/2015 | Robert Salonga
    SAN JOSE -- Five people were shot and wounded early Sunday near a packed San Jose nightclub that was hosting a visit by popular and controversial R&B star Chris Brown, authorities said.
  • Minimum wage dissent: San Jose's law resulted in lost jobs [many restaurants cut jobs and hours]

    12/10/2014 2:17:10 AM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 9, 2014 | Michael Saltsman
    San Jose's new minimum wage took effect on March 13, 2013, although employers had the previous three months to prepare for the increase. That year, the unemployment rate for young adults in the San Jose metro area jumped sharply by six percentage points -- from 14 percent in 2012 to 20 percent in 2013... Meanwhile, the overall unemployment rate in the same area fell by nearly two percentage points, suggesting that young adults suffered while others did quite well. ... an EPI survey of 163 restaurants in San Jose, 45 percent of which cut employee hours and 42 percent of...
  • Nation's Largest Homeless Encampment, "The Jungle," Dismantled

    12/05/2014 6:24:53 AM PST · by null and void · 33 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 12/4/14 | Lisa Fernandez and Nanette Miranda
    Police and city crews on Thursday began dismantling the nation's largest homeless encampment, notoriously named "The Jungle," in a controversial move that aims to move hundreds of transients from the center of San Jose and find them affordable housing. Police and city crews on Thursday began dismantling the nation's largest homeless encampment, notoriously named "The Jungle," in a controversial move that aims to move hundreds of transients from the center of San Jose and find them affordable housing. Streams of homeless people wheeled their lives out of the encampment on Story Road, their shopping carts full of their belongings. Some...
  • Dionne Warwick Returns to San Jose, Named City's "Ambassador of Goodwill"

    08/01/2014 2:40:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Aug 1, 2014
    The singer says she used to hate the iconic song, but she has nothing but nice things to say about the "Capital of Silicon Valley"In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song. In 2014, the 73-year old singer is finding her way back to the city that inspired her iconic tune, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” The Celebrity Apprentice veteran is in town Friday night, Aug. 1, to sing the 1968 hit and other songs at the Center for the Performing Arts. While in town, Warwick will be...
  • San Jose Case Casts Doubts on DNA Evidence

    06/29/2014 12:27:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 06/28/2014 | Tracey Kaplan
    It looked bad for homeless alcoholic Lukis Anderson when DNA evidence tied him to a Silicon Valley millionaire's 2012 murder. But when Anderson's lawyer proved that paramedics who had treated him on the streets of downtown San Jose inadvertently transferred his DNA to the Monte Sereno murder scene, she didn't just clear him. The case is believed to be the first in California and perhaps the nation in which DNA evidence was shown to have falsely placed an innocent person at the scene of a crime, lending credibility to defense lawyers who struggle to convince jurors to view DNA evidence...
  • San Jose Dispensaries Offering Free Marijuana for Voters

    05/31/2014 3:53:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, May 31, 2014 | Chris Roberts and Nannette Miranda
    Several Silicon Valley cannabis clubs to offer free weed to those who can prove they votedFree marijuana is the reward in store for certain voters on Tuesday in San Jose's municipal election. San Jose is in the process of choosing a new mayor -- and also passing new, more-restrictive rules on medical marijuana. A proposal the City Council is still considering would zone dispensaries out of business, weed supporters say -- so Tuesday's election is important. Half of the City Council's 10 seats are at stake. Select Silicon Valley medical marijuana dispensaries will give free discounted and in some cases...
  • Security holes in power grid have federal officials scrambling

    04/16/2014 12:42:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | Evan Halper
    In Congress, the vulnerability of the power grid has emerged as among the most pressing domestic security concerns. ... Crain, the owner of a small tech firm in Raleigh, N.C., along with a research partner, found penetrating transmission systems used by dozens of utilities to be startlingly easy. After they shared their discovery with beleaguered utility security officials, the Homeland Security Department began sending alerts to power grid operators, advising them to upgrade their software. The alerts haven't stopped because Crain keeps finding new security holes he can exploit. "There are a lot of people going through various stages of...
  • San Jose Officially Tops 1 Million Population -- Likely For Good This Time

    05/03/2014 6:00:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/30/2014 | Mike Rosenberg
    In a historic day for the nation's 10th-largest city, San Jose on Wednesday officially topped 1 million residents -- likely for good this time. The state of California estimated in its annual population report that San Jose had 1,000,536 residents at the start of 2014 -- up 1.7 percent from last year as tech-fueled Santa Clara County continued its run as the fastest-growing region in the state. The seven-figure milestone is a significant one for a city that has long struggled with its identity, especially as hecklers in more urban areas dismiss San Jose as a run-of-the-mill giant suburb that...
  • SJPD Excessive Force trial: Man Awarded $90,000 for Run-In With Police at Hilton

    05/03/2014 11:12:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/30/2014 | Tracey Kaplan
    A federal jury Tuesday awarded a tech salesman $90,000 in an excessive force case that his lawyer claims reflects a shift in public opinion about police. "Juries are not giving San Jose police the benefit of the doubt anymore," said lawyer Anthony Boskovich, who represented the salesman, Aleksandr Binkovich. The officer in this case, Bruce Barthelemy, has been in at least two officer-involved shootings in the past few years, once saving a colleague who came under fire and another time killing a driver who was coming at him and other officers.
  • San Jose State expels three charged with hate crime

    05/02/2014 9:57:52 PM PDT · by christx30 · 54 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/02/2014 | Tracey Kaplan
    SAN JOSE -- San Jose State has expelled three of the students charged with the racially tinged bullying of a freshman and extended one other student's suspension, requiring him to go to counseling and to remain on probation for the rest of his college career if he returns to school. All four had been suspended pending final disciplinary action for allegedly subjecting then-17-year-old Donald Williams Jr. to repeated abuse, including wrestling him to the ground and fastening a bike lock around his neck, calling him racially derogatory names, locking him in his room and displaying a Confederate flag. The expelled...
  • "Allah Saved Him": Santa Clara Teen Stowaway's Father

    04/24/2014 3:35:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The father of a Santa Clara teen stowaway who survived a 5 1/2-hour flight from San Jose to Hawaii Sunday despite high altitudes, low oxygen and freezing temperatures tells the Voice of America that Allah protected his son. “When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy,” Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, who lives in Santa Clara, told VOA's Somali service in an interview Wednesday. Abdi said he received the news about his son's trip in a phone call from...