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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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Council Holds Hearing over San Jose Airport Expansion, Noise Curfew

San Jose’s City Council will consider an $82 million expansion of the city’s airport, which could affect the amount of noise generated by late-night flights. (Photo by madrazz, via Flickr)

Flights louder than 89 decibels can’t fly in and out of San Jose from 11:30pm to 6:30am without violating current airport rules. Airlines risk a $2,500 fine and, if a tenant at Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport, they could face eviction if found in repeated violation. The whole curfew conversation came up last week, when downtown Councilman Sam Liccardo asked to delay a City Council vote on a proposed $82 million addition to the airport. Signature Flight Support, whose proposal involves a massive new facility that will house Google’s executive jet fleet, doesn’t think it’s fair for the lease language to allow the city to evict the company over a single curfew violation.

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Political Predictions a Tricky Game

As Nate Silver proved in his statistical models, political predictions are often less accurate than a flip of the coin. (Image by Daniel Dale, via Flickr)

Predicting the future of politics is a tricky proposition, as Nate Silver pointed out in his NY Times blog and book during the election season. But taking a closer look at local issues, there are a few predictions you can, or can’t, count on in the future.

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