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Questions Following Fire

Questions Following Fire

When the devastating fire broke out just before dawn at Trace Elementary school, a local official was immediately notified … by email. To put it simply, the fire broke out, and an email was sent to the official, who was still lying in bed, fast asleep. Presumably, the official would only have found out after he woke up, had his first cup of coffee, showered, and turned on his computer, or whatever his daily schedule might be.

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Oracle Takes on Google

Oracle Takes on Google

Google has been getting a lot of flack lately, mostly because of the two-Internets plan it announced with Verizon last week, and its efforts to compete with Facebook. The latest challenge comes from Oracle, another Silicon Valley giant, which is suing Google for patent infringement.

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Fast Trains and Nazis

Fast Trains and Nazis

Finally, there’s some agreement on California’s $45 billion high speed rail project. On Thursday, the State Senate voted in support of AB619, which should hit Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk no later than next week. The new law states that companies seeking to win a contract with the state over the construction of the new rail line must disclose whether, 65 years ago, they were involved in any way with the transportation of Jews and others to Nazi concentration or death camps.

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San Jose Receives Biogas Grant

San Jose Receives Biogas Grant

In 2009, San Jose decided that one of the best ways to become energy independent was to be the first city in the U.S. to generate its electricity through an organics-to-energy biogas facility. This vision will come a step closer when the city receives a $1.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission to construct a biomethane production demonstration project.

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Berryessa: Past and Future

Berryessa: Past and Future

Twenty-five years ago, Berryessa might still have been considered the fruit basket of Santa Clara County—one of the last parts of the Valley to succumb to development. Even today there are a few agricultural holdouts nestled throughout the neighborhood. Of course, most of these plots have been transformed into suburban single-family homes. It’s a young, diverse neighborhood, with seven schools and its own school district. And now may be a good time to be shopping for a home in Berryessa.

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Cutting Edge of the Jazz Fest

Cutting Edge of the Jazz Fest

Throughout its history, more than almost any other big jazz festival, San Jose Jazz fest’s mission has been to present a diverse array of styes. That tradition continues in 2010. Nevertheless, for some of us, the hottest attractions are the edgier, more obscure (I hesitate to say) “jazzier” sets.

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Silicon Valley’s Best Desserts

Silicon Valley’s Best Desserts

Desserts are not Silicon Valley’s strong suit. Mediocre crème brûlée, ho-hum sliced chocolate cake and uninspired, oversweetened fruit desserts abound. But dig a little deeper, and one can find a few outposts of creativity, such as Saratoga’s Sent Sovi, Ruffled Feathers Eatery in downtown San Jose, and Tigelleria in Campbell.

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Judge to Rule on Giant Emerald

Judge to Rule on Giant Emerald

Two San Jose men appeared in court yesterday over ownership of an 840 lb. monster emerald found in the emerald forests of the Amazon. The enormous, 180,000 carat rock was first found in Brazil in 2001. At the time, a mining expert from San Jose named Ken Conetto allegedly made an agreement with the actual miners that proceeds from the sale of the rock would be split between them. He says they shook on it, and that was that.

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Municipal Rose Garden: The Best

Municipal Rose Garden: The Best

The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden was placed on probation just five years ago by All-America Rose Selections, a nationwide association of rose growers. Yesterday,  it was named “America’s Best Rose Garden.” It’s quite an achievement considering that parks and gardens have been pruned in the budget during these difficult economic times. The award citation praises the garden for its “beauty” and “creativity,” but no less for its “overall contribution to the community.”

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Secret Ballot

Secret Ballot

The monstrosity that is California’s 15th state Senate District stretches over strategic portions of Santa Clara County, Monterey County, Santa Cruz County and San Luis Obispo County, clear into Santa Barbara County. And for many, including the Democratic former assemblymember running to represent the district, this poster child for bizarre gerrymandering is a good illustration of everything that’s wrong with California politics.

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