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News Pix: BART Rally, Taxi Drivers Protest Ride-Share Apps and Berkeley P.O. Controversy

August 2, 2013 | 1:58 pm

News Pix: BART Rally, Taxi Drivers Protest Ride-Share Apps and Berkeley P.O. Controversy

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About 400 BART workers and union supporters gathered in Oakland at Frank Ogawa Plaza to rally in support of BART workers standing up for better wages, even if it means another BART strike. Then they peacefully marched to BART headquarters. (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)   Danny Glover was one of the speakers at a rally […]

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San Jose Breaks Ground on Long Awaited Downtown Family Court Building

July 17, 2013 | 9:06 am

San Jose Breaks Ground on Long Awaited Downtown Family Court Building

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About 200 people, including California’s Chief Justice, judges and elected officials, attended the ceremonial groundbreaking for a planned $231 million family court in downtown San Jose that was first proposed back in 1989. Santa Clara Family Justice Center Courthouse, scheduled to open in summer 2015, will take the place of six locations in the county […]

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How Much Does It Cost to Live Comfortably in the Bay Area?

July 12, 2013 | 8:00 am

How Much Does It Cost to Live Comfortably in the Bay Area?

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Anyone who lives in the Bay Area knows it’s not cheap. Rents in San Francisco are notoriously high and rising, trickling out to affect housing costs around the region. Then there are the great restaurants that must be tried, the health care necessities that must be paid, child care, transportation — and that all adds […]

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July 4, 2013 | 9:49 pm

Video: San Jose’s Joey Chestnut Wins 7th Hot Dog Eating Contest With Record 69 Franks

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NEW YORK (AP) — Joey Chestnut downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the men’s Fourth of July hot dog eating contest while Sonya Thomas defended her title in the women’s competition. The San Jose, Calif., man known as Jaws ate one more wiener than his previous record to capture the mustard-yellow champion’s […]

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Can San Jose Win Its Lawsuit Against Major League Baseball?

June 21, 2013 | 6:00 am

Can San Jose Win Its Lawsuit Against Major League Baseball?

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On Tuesday, San Jose’s impatience with Major League Baseball’s inability to solve the seemingly intractable dispute pitting the A’s and San Jose against Major League Baseball manifested itself in the city filing a lawsuit against the league in federal court. The conflict stems from the Giants’ refusal to cede the territorial rights to California’s third […]

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Silicon Valley Cos. Join With Labor in Teaching Janitors English

June 19, 2013 | 6:30 am

Silicon Valley Cos. Join With Labor in Teaching Janitors English

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By Jason Margolis If the immigration bill being debated by the Senate this week becomes law, millions of immigrants eager to become legal residents will need to learn English. It’s also currently a requirement for passing the citizenship exam. But studying is a daunting task for people working multiple jobs, and budget cuts to adult […]

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San Jose, Tired of Waiting, Sues MLB Over A’s Move

June 18, 2013 | 1:00 pm

San Jose, Tired of Waiting, Sues MLB Over A’s Move

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The San Jose City Council voted Tuesday to sue Major League Baseball over the stalled proposal to move the Oakland A’s to a new downtown ballpark, and the city has filed suit in federal court. The lawsuit challenges baseball’s long-standing antitrust exemption. From the San Jose Mercury News … The lawsuit argues MLB’s decree that […]

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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 Jose Proves Public Schools Can Be Innovative, Too

June 7, 2013 | 6:00 am

San Jose Proves Public Schools Can Be Innovative, Too

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Friday is a big day at Bulldog Tech, a public middle school in southeast San Jose. It’s finishing its first year as an entirely project-based learning school, a concept that’s got education reformers across the country buzzing. Bulldog is a small school with large ambition: prove that a public school can innovate as well as […]

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