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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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This Charming Band at Blank

This Charming Band at Blank

When Morrissey blew off his single Bay Area appearance last year, who was there to take one for the team? This Charming Band, this area’s premier Smiths tribute band—aw hell, let’s just go ahead and say it: the best Smiths tribute band anywhere, period.

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The 2010 San Jose Jazz Festival

The 2010 San Jose Jazz Festival

This year’s San Jose Jazz Festival features everything from funk gods George Clinton, Maceo Parker and Tower of Power, to a whole stage devoted to blues, to salsa, to…oh, yeah, jazz! Besides the Mothership landing, highlights to watch for include bassist and producer Marcus Miller performing the music of Miles Davis.

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It’s a Homebuyers Market

It’s a Homebuyers Market

Looking for a new home in San Jose? This is when to buy. Real estate search company Trulia reports a 13 percent increase in price reductions in July and August. Discounts are highest for luxury homes, valued at $2 million or more, where prices have gone down by as much as 14 percent.

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Governor Drops by to Talk Budget

Governor Drops by to Talk Budget

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped by the San Jose-Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get some ideas on how to handle the state’s budget crisis. Despite the economic crunch, San Jose and Silicon Valley are the most important sectors for growth in California’s ailing economy, with green tech creating ten times as many jobs as any other sector in the state over the past ten years.

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SJ Giants’ Slugging Second Baseman

SJ Giants’ Slugging Second Baseman

San Jose Giants second baseman Charlie Culberson was drafted by the same organization that drafted his father. Baseball is a family affair for the Culberson family. His father and uncle both played baseball professionally, and they are just two of many who provide Culberson with support from his hometown in Calhoun, Ga.

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Joan Baez at Montalvo

Joan Baez at Montalvo

Coming out of the folk moment of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, Joan Baez became the voice of a generation of activists. She is also has one of her generation’s flat-out best voices, wielding it on a string of gold records that helped popularize her favorite songs by other artists through the years, from Dylan (who she helped launch to stardom) to Steve Earle.

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Google and Verizon Announce New Vision for the Internet

Google and Verizon Announce New Vision for the Internet

Bloggers across the internet are suggesting that Google has replaced its corporate logo of “Do no evil” with the somewhat more ominous “Do no evil on wireline.” It comes in response to the announcement by Google and Verizon that they envision a two-tiered internet for the future.

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Meal Toy Ban Goes into Effect

Meal Toy Ban Goes into Effect

McDonald’s is about to take a hit. A new ordinance in unincorporated parts of Santa Clara County prohibits the inclusion of toys in most kids’ meals. The law will affect all restaurants where the meals contain over 485 calories in which 35 percent of the calories come from fat.

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Pegram Receives Mayor’s Backing

Pegram Receives Mayor’s Backing

Larry Pegram, head of the Values Advocacy Council, has received the backing of Mayor Chuck Reed in his bid for a City Council seat. Pegram will be facing Don Rocha, Business Development Officer for San Jose’s Redevelopment Agency. “I need his help at City Hall in the difficult budget years ahead,” Reed said.

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