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Marijuana Tax to Appear on Ballot

Marijuana Tax to Appear on Ballot

At its weekly meeting Tuesday evening, the City Council voted to put a proposed marijuana business tax on the ballot this November. The tax, which would reach up to 10 percent, would encompass business that sell marijuana both legally and illegally in the city.

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Warren G at Voodoo Lounge

Warren G at Voodoo Lounge

Warren G’s career began with 213, a hip hop group that also included then-unknowns Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg. He went on to contribute rhymes to tracks on Dre’s The Chronic and Snoop’s Doggystle.

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End of an Aviation Era

End of an Aviation Era

Mineta Airport’s Terminal C is officially a thing of the past, and a little bit of the city’s history is being turned over to the wrecking ball. In its place, more than 1,400 new parking spaces should be ready by the Thanksgiving rush.

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The Changing Face of the Internet

The Changing Face of the Internet

It wasn’t that long ago that the internet served two main functions: email and porn. The times they are a’changing, however, and Web surfers today tend to spend more time on Facebook and game sites than email.

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Views from Communication Hill

Views from Communication Hill

In the almost four decades since the telephone tower was built on Communications Hill, a whole new neighborhood has been built around the tower—built, rather than sprung up. Lining the slopes are townhouses, condos and detached single homes, most of which have a commanding view of southern Silicon Valley. It’s a relatively new neighborhood, so buyers can expect all the modern amenities in the homes found there.

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New Google-China Feud?

New Google-China Feud?

Following the blogs yesterday, it looked like the détente between Google and China had fallen apart almost as quickly as it was hobbled together. At first it seemed as if Chinese users were prevented from searching the site altogether unless they accessed it through Hong Kong. Early on Thursday Google claimed that its search, ads, and mobile services were completely blocked, while other services such as Google News and Google Images were only partially blocked.

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City Takes on Fire Department

City Takes on Fire Department

Mayor Chuck Reed announced that the Firefighters Union has come up $6 million short in its effort to meet the 10 percent cut on salaries and benefits. As a result, 51 firefighters will lose their jobs, one station will be closed, and other stations will have to contend with reduced staffing and equipment. It is the first time in the city’s history that firefighters have been laid off.

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The Country’s First Green Zoo

The Country’s First Green Zoo

After a $72 million renovation effort, San Jose’s Happy Hollow Zoo became the first combination zoo/amusement park in the country to receive the coveted Gold LEED certification. This means that the zoo meets the highest environmental standards set by the federal government.

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City Takes on Fire Department

City Takes on Fire Department

Mayor Chuck Reed announced that the Firefighters Union has come up $6 million short in its effort to meet the 10 percent cut on salaries and benefits, leaving the city no choice but to eliminate 81 positions. As a result, 51 firefighters will lose their jobs and one station will be closed.

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San Jose Style

San Jose Style

San Jose–based street wear company Halloway has appropriated a familiar image for its new T-shirt.  Featuring a bushel of grain ringed by the words “City of San Jose, California,” these icons are scattered throughout the city—on manhole covers.

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