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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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Ballpark off the Ballot

Ballpark off the Ballot

Voters will not be deciding on a new ballpark for San Jose this November. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has asked the city to wait, and the Mayor has agreed. The decision comes after lengthy negotiations between Selig and Chuck Reed, with the Mayor telling Selig to hurry up and decide already, and Selig responding that he’s going as fast as he can.

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San Jose: Coffee Capital of California

San Jose: Coffee Capital of California

A survey published by the Daily Beast shows that San Jose ranks third for the number of coffee shops per capita in the US, with 20- for every 100,000 residents.  In contrast, New York has only eight per 100,000. And since statistics never lie, it is also worth noting that New Yorkers spend a measly $27 per month on coffee, while the good people of San Jose spend a respectable $34.

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Electric Car Show: Day Two

Electric Car Show: Day Two

In the San Jose McEnery Convention Center parking lot today, Mayor Chuck Reed and Coulomb Technologies CEO Richard Lowenthal will be showing off one of 5,000 public and private CT500 charging stations being installed around the country.

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Valerie Evans of the Grapevine

Valerie Evans of the Grapevine

Valerie Evans, a certified sommelier, owns the Grapevine, a wine and cheese shop in Willow Glen. She first worked at the store as an intern one night a week. The internship eventually led to an account executive position with a local wine distributor. To feed her growing interest in wine, she completed the Professional Culinary Institute’s sommelier course, but she did not stop there. With the knowledge and skills she received from master sommelier David Glancy, she sat for the Court of Masters Sommelier Certification exam. She offers that knowledge to her customers at the Grapevine.

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