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The Year in Preview: 2015

San Jose Inside published its annual Year in Review list last week. Now we give you several predictions—some more likely than others—of stories to come in 2015. First on our list: San Jose's new mayor, Sam Liccardo, will show police the love—or something like that.

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‘Patient Dumping’ Victim Files Lawsuit with Help of ACLU

A schizophrenic man bused with a one-way ticket, no cash and a few-days-supply of meds from Las Vegas to Sacramento earlier this year has filed a federal class action lawsuit against the state agencies he says abandoned him and at least 1,500 other mentally ill patients. Those patients were bused to nearly every state in the nation, many to major cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose.

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Sex Laws and the Election

Looks like Proposition 35 is already under fire after winning with a resounding 81 percent of the vote on election night. Prop. 35 increases penalties for human traffickers and requires those convicted of even a misdemeanor to report their Internet provider and user name to law enforcement. A judge blocked this part of the proposition after the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint.

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Secrecy Surrounds Search for San Jose Police Chief

The Coalition for Justice and Accountability, a citizens group which includes Silicon Valley DeBug’s Raj Jayadev, released a report Wednesday about what people in San Jose would like from the city’s next chief of police. The report also requests more openness in the process. The city has been guarded on releasing the names of candidates.

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