Jun 11, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Business, Culture Comments (53)
Psycho Donuts found itself under fire for creating a pastry with Foie gras filling, which it calls a “Foie bomb.”
Psycho Donuts scared off some of its vegan customers and incurred the wrath of animal rights groups Friday, National Donut Day, when it gave out free Foie gras donuts to the morning’s first batch of customers. Though California last year outlawed sale of force-fed-until-fat-engorged goose and duck livers, the state doesn’t ban giveaways. This did not sit well with the Internet.
Jun 10, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics Comments (9)
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and the City Council are expected to finalize a budget at Tuesday’s council meeting. A final public hearing will then be held Monday, June 17.
For the second consecutive year in a decade, the city appears ready to adopt a budget without service reductions and layoffs and a greater focus on restoring public safety cuts. The City Council will finalize that budget Tuesday while also discussing increased a business tax amnesty, extending a library parcel tax and street maintenance.
Jun 10, 2013 by Omar Torres Politics, Culture Comments (20)
Joyce Ellington Library is one of many libraries in San Jose that serve a vital role to keeping the city’s youth engaged and out of trouble. (Photo by Janet O., via Yelp)
Every year around this time, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and the City Council hold a series of public meetings regarding our city’s budget, which the council must pass it before the summer “recess” in July. This year, the city should needs to make libraries one of its top priorities.
Jun 10, 2013 by Pierluigi Oliverio Politics, Business, Culture Comments (7)
San Jose’s downtown arena will receive a new name, going from a sponsorship deal with HP to SAP.
The transfer of the naming rights from HP to SAP is a positive move. The naming rights deal has an annual value of $3.35 million. Even better, SAP is a software company known the world over.
Jun 7, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics Comments (4)
George Shirakawa Jr., right, and his attorney John Williams speak to Judge Philip Pennypacker at Friday’s sentencing hearing.
George Shirakawa Jr. remains free after his hearing Friday, at which he was scheduled to be sentenced for misusing campaign and county funds. Judge Philip Pennypacker chose to delay sentencing the former county supervisor until at least July 19 due to a new felony charge that the District Attorney’s office filed against Shirakawa on Wednesday.
Jun 7, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Culture Comments (4)
President Obama defended the widespread surveillance of phone calls made within the country during a press conference Friday at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. (Photo by Jamie Soja)
During a press conference held Friday at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, President Obama insisted that “Big Brother” has played by the rules while keeping tabs on nearly every phone call made within the nation’s borders during the last seven years.
Jun 7, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Culture Comments (1)
A public health report added to the county’s general plan notes that the hospital system will have to deal with a surge in elderly patients in coming years. (Photo by DigiDreamGrafix, via Flickr)
Santa Clara County residents enjoy longer life expectancies and overall better health than the rest of the state and nation, but stark disparities based on wealth and race persist.
Jun 7, 2013 by Sparky Harlan Culture, Media Comments (2)
Teen behavior online is in steady flux, according to a report by the Pew Research Center. (Photo by Gates Foundation, via Flickr)
According to the May 2013 Pew Research Center report, “Teens, Social Media, and Privacy,” teens are changing their habits when it comes to choosing social media and how much information they make public. Parents be advised.
Jun 6, 2013 by Christiana Cobb Politics, Business Comments (3)
About 47,000 county homeowners will soon find out that their homes are worth more than what they paid for them. Assessor Larry Stone announced in a press release Thursday that the South Bay’s residential property market continues to trend upward.
Jun 6, 2013 by Rich Robinson Politics Comments (16)
George Shirakawa Jr. found himself in more legal trouble this week, when the District Attorney’s office announced new charges related to fraudulent political mailers sent in the 2010 San Jose City Council race between Xavier Campos and Magdalena Carrasco.
If stupidity were a felony, ex-county Supervisor George Shirakawa would be spending a lot more time in jail. The new charges filed by District Attorney Jeff Rosen against Shirakawa, resulting from DNA samples found on a political dirty trick mailer, is the latest example. But this brings us to a new problem: Shirakawa didn’t act alone. The pieces were written, designed and printed by others. There must be more DNA out there that identifies those who helped. These folks should be lawyering up right now.
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