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San Jose Earthquakes Fans Chant Their Undying Love

June 17, 2013 | 1:25 pm

San Jose Earthquakes Fans Chant Their Undying Love

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The San Jose Earthquakes didn’t have much stake in a game with Toronto last month. But when the two teams met at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, you could feel the bleachers shaking. Stand too close to the beer-soaked, half-naked jumping men in section 109 and you might endanger your eardrums. Unquestionably. you’d learn […]

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San Jose Budget Restores Some Cuts

June 13, 2013 | 6:56 am

San Jose Budget Restores Some Cuts

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Two years ago San Jose’s budget looked grim. Mayor Chuck Reed warned the City Council that the city might have to close all its branch libraries, and lay off all its crossing guards and park rangers and some police. On Tuesday night the City Council was looking at a much brighter picture. It passed a $2.6 […]

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San Francisco Supervisors Pass TIC Condo Conversion Expansion

June 11, 2013 | 5:50 pm

San Francisco Supervisors Pass TIC Condo Conversion Expansion

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Update 5:50 p.m. Alex Emslie reports that as expected, the version of the TIC condo conversion ordinance backed by Supervisor David Chiu was initially approved by the Board of Supervisors, and that the version backed by Supervisor Mark Farrell failed. More on the vote from the Chronicle, which makes the point that the eight votes […]

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East Bay Water District to Vote on 20% Rate Hike

June 10, 2013 | 2:12 pm

East Bay Water District to Vote on 20% Rate Hike

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After 18 years of increasing rates, the East Bay Municipal Utility District will vote Tuesday on a plan to hike rates yet again. If the district’s board of directors approves a proposed budget, water rates will go up 9.75 percent starting July 1 of this year and another 9.5 percent the year after. The average […]

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San Francisco Is Ranked No. 3 in U.S. for Parks

June 6, 2013 | 6:00 am

San Francisco Is Ranked No. 3 in U.S. for Parks

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When you think of parks in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park comes immediately to mind. In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine last month ranked the park No. 6 out of the 30 most beautiful in the world. But San Francisco boasts a remarkable diversity of open space, totaling 5,384 acres, or 17.9 percent of the […]

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In Marin County, a Battle Between Salmon Survival and Property Rights

June 5, 2013 | 11:26 am

In Marin County, a Battle Between Salmon Survival and Property Rights

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The Lagunitas Creek watershed in Marin County has been the scene of a low-key drama over the past couple of decades. The network of creeks draining toward Tomales Bay from Mount Tamalpais is home to one of the last viable wild populations of coho salmon on our part of the California coast. Coho are an […]

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Sonoma Deal Aims to Combine Logging and Preservation

June 4, 2013 | 1:42 pm

Sonoma Deal Aims to Combine Logging and Preservation

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Can you preserve a forest by logging it? A land conservation group thinks so. The Conservation Fund announced Monday that, along with some partners, it had acquired 19,645 acres of forest in Sonoma County. The land had been slated for planting vineyards. Preservation Ranch will become part of a larger swath of 75,000 acres managed […]

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Wal-Mart Admits Dumping Hazardous Waste in California

May 28, 2013 | 12:29 pm

Wal-Mart Admits Dumping Hazardous Waste in California

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81 million after pleading guilty to criminal charges the company dumped hazardous waste across California, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. Wal-Mart entered the plea in San Francisco federal court to misdemeanor counts of negligently dumping pollutants from its stores into sanitation drains across the state, spokeswoman […]

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Economist Challenges Estimates on Bay Area Super Bowl Benefits

May 23, 2013 | 2:58 pm

Economist Challenges Estimates on Bay Area Super Bowl Benefits

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Ka-ching! You could see the dollar signs dancing in the eyes of Bay Area leaders when the National Football League announced that the region would host the 2016 Super Bowl. The championship game will take place at the 49ers’ stadium now under construction in Santa Clara. And no one sounded more jubilant than Santa Clara […]

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May 22, 2013 | 1:28 pm

Inventor Says ‘Jif’ Not ‘Gif’, KQED Newscasters Say Tough

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It’s probably too late, but the inventor of the “gif” file format wants us to pronounce it “jif.” Like “jpg,” the Graphics Interchange Format, or “gif,” is used to display images on digital devices.  The news came at the 2013 Webby Awards, where Steve Wilhite was honored for the invention. He dropped his bomb by […]

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