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Mobile Home Park Residents Could Face Eviction for Winchester Area Development

Development near Santana Row and Valley Fair mall could lead to the eviction of residents of a nearby mobile home park.

John Dowling and other residents of the Winchester Ranch Mobile Home Park could be forced out of their homes if developer Pulte Homes buys the park property, which is adjacent to Santana Row and the Valley Fair mall in San Jose. Cali-Arioto Properties owns the land, and like a lot of mobile home park owners in the region, the family proprietor is exploring the option of selling the lot, which houses more than 145 mostly low-income seniors and disabled residents. Real estate prices are going up and the park lies in a part of the city pegged for future mixed-use development under the city’s General Plan.

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Fox Provides a Habitat for Political Humanity

Fox Provides a Habitat for Political Humanity

There is a reason Mike Fox Sr. and his wife Mary Ellen are revered in this valley—their generosity seemingly has no bounds. Their latest endeavor, which featured former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, raised money for Habitat for Humanity, a project started by Carter after his presidency.

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County Has $9.7 Million of Measure A Revenue up for Grabs

The county has set a Dec. 13 deadline for idea son how to spend $9.7 million in anticipated Measure A revenue.

After spending most of this year’s anticipated Measure A revenue to pull out of a deficit and boost some service levels, Santa Clara County officials are looking for ways to spend a remaining $9.7 million of the 1/8 cent sales tax. Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include the county picking up the full cost of the Healthy Kids program—rather than getting a little help from San Jose, a plan by Supervisor Ken Yeager to save a Santa Clara library and Supervisor Joe Simitian looking to grade local restaurants.

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Council to Discuss Developer Incentives at First Meeting of New Fiscal Year

San Jose Councilman Sam Liccardo speaks at the groundbreaking for 1 South Market, along with Mayor Chuck Reed, left, and San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce VP Jim Reed (no relation).

Since slashing construction fees for high-rise development in downtown, two towers have broken ground, including the $135 million 23-story project at One South Market. Hoping to spur more nearby development, the City Council on Tuesday will consider whether to vote in a similar half-off discount for buildings of any size as long as they create jobs. Other items on the agenda for the first council meeting of the 2013-114 fiscal year include another look at building restriction height around the airport, a potential study of the city’s sewer system and an update on the city’s graffiti abatement contract.

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Alvarado Campaign Staff Turnover a Cause for Concern?

County supervisor candidate Tersa Alvarado, right, overhauled her staff after the June 4 primary, which is when this picture was taken. (Photo by Aron Cooperman)

Most election observers thought Teresa Alvarado’s second-place finish in the June 4 primary exceeded expectations. Coming within 10 percentage points of Cindy Chavez for the District 2 county supervisor seat was seen as a momentum-builder, considering Alvarado’s campaign didn’t really get its act together until the final two weeks. But not everyone agreed—namely, Alvarado. Shortly after election night, Alvarado dismissed her entire campaign staff.

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Council to Discuss Cost of Homeless Camp Cleanups in Fiscal Year’s Last Meeting

Residents of a homeless encampment in San Jose. (Photo by Chip Scheuer)

The city expects to clear up 40 to 60 homeless encampments a year—indefinitely. Annual cost for the cleanups will range around $550,000, and possibly more, if the city approves a contract with Tucker Construction, Inc., at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Other agenda items for the last council meeting of the fiscal year include a settlement for a man struck by a police car, a renewal agreement with the city’s Sacramento lobbying firm and a potential shift to store city data through cloud computing.

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SAP Center at San Jose

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.

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