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Plan to Fix Broken Streetlights Goes before Rules Committee

Leasing streetlights to cell phone providers could expand 4G service and get some of the city’s broken lights fixed.

Copper wire theft and other problems leave hundreds of streetlights dark, creating a public safety problem in several neighborhoods. But what if the city leases these poles to telecom companies as cell stations to expand their 4G network? Councilmembers Rose Herrera and Sam Liccardo proposed the idea, saying the lights get fixed, courtesy of Philips, and San Jose receives better cell phone service while residents aren’t left in the dark.

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Team San Jose Doubles Revenue Goals

A new report says that Team San Jose, which operates the McEnery Convention Center, vastly exceeded revenue goals for the last fiscal year.

Team San Jose, the city’s tourism and facilities management agency, vastly exceeded gross revenue goals last year. In 2012-13, the decade-old nonprofit generated $23.8 million—more than twice the projected target, according to an annual audit up for review at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Also on the agenda are plans to bring a music stage to St. James Park, a citywide financial audit and a discussion about changing building height requirements around the San Jose airport.

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City to Revisit Softball Complex Discussion

Plans to build a four-field softball complex at a site by Eastridge Mall were delayed so the city could explore other options.

Two minutes shy of deadline to place it on the Nov. 19 City Council agenda, Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio logged a request for the city to revisit the discussion about where to place a softball complex paid for by the remaining balance of a $228 million pool of bond funds. That and more at Wednesday’s Rules and Open Government Committee.

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St. James Park: Visions for the Future

Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena offers an example of what could be done in St. James Park.

While it may not seem this way now, St. James Park has a truly bright future. There are several reasons for my optimism, but it starts with the people who are coming together for a common purpose. After that, the park’s history and design will be key components in reshaping what was once a key landmark in San Jose.

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