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  • Robot sub finds 'holy grail of shipwrecks' with treasure worth billions

    05/23/2018 9:53:09 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 42 replies
    MSN ^ | 05/23/18
    A more than 300-year-old Spanish shipwreck carrying treasure that might be worth up to $17 billion was discovered with the help of an underwater robot. It's called the Remus 6000 and it can dive nearly four miles and is loaded with sensors and cameras. Bronze cannons confirmed "the holy grail of shipwrecks" had been found at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. They are engraved with dolphins — a telltale sign they belong to the Spanish galleon San Jose, lost more than 300 years ago. "I just sat there for about 10 minutes and smiled," said Jeff Kaeli, a research...
  • BART reining in janitor overtime after public fallout [San Francisco/Bay Area subway train]

    04/30/2018 6:53:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 29, 2018 | Updated: April 30, 2018 6:00am | Michael Cabanatuan
    As BART’s ridership surged three years ago, along with the number of homeless people lingering inside its downtown San Francisco stations, the transit system doubled down on custodial work — and some of its janitors started cleaning up paywise. One system service worker, BART’s title for janitors, made a little more than $271,000 in 2015, with $162,050 of that in overtime. A year later, two other BART janitors joined him in collecting more than $100,000 in overtime pay in a year. Three years later — after the tale of the high-earning BART janitor became legend and the transit system, and...
  • Lawyer justifying assault against Trump supporters backfires

    04/18/2018 9:52:22 AM PDT · by Signalman · 26 replies
    Media Equalizer ^ | 4/18/2018 | Martin Walsh
    A lawyer is arguing that the San Jose Police Department in California isn’t liable for President Donald Trump’s supporters being attacked and assaulted because they were essentially asking for it. According to CourthouseNews.com, a Ninth Circuit panel appears to be leaning toward allowing Trump supporters to move forward with their negligence claims against San Jose for failing to protect them during a far-left riot at a Trump campaign rally in 2016. “There was an angry mob at the end of one exit while police said the other exits were blocked,” said Circuit Judge William Fletcher during the Monday hearing. “That...
  • Gun show ban proposed for Santa Clara County fairgrounds [California]

    03/04/2018 6:20:37 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 21 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | March 4, 2018 | John Woolfolk
    Amid heightened concerns about firearms in the wake of last month’s Parkland, Florida, high school shooting massacre, Santa Clara County officials are taking another look at banning gun shows from the county fairgrounds. The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds currently hosts two gun shows a year. But county Supervisor Ken Yeager said gun shows conflict with the county’s mission of “promoting the health and well-being of our residents” and have drawn complaints from residents. “More and more often, I am getting approached by people who tell me how disturbed they are when they see billboards or signs advertising gun shows at...
  • San Jose unveils new climate plan

    02/16/2018 6:12:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | February 15, 2018 | By EMILY DERUY
    As part of a sweeping new climate plan to make San Jose more environmentally friendly, the city is angling to become one of the first in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet the levels outlined in the ambitious Paris Agreement. The city will launch San Jose Clean Energy - an alternative to PG&E known as a community-choice energy program - later this year. On Thursday, Mayor Sam Liccardo said the city will make 100 percent emission-free electricity available to everyone who participates in the program. By 2030, Liccardo said, the city plans to reduce carbon emissions from...
  • Minimum wage loophole written to help labor unions [liberal hypocrisy at its finest]

    01/26/2018 1:56:57 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 24, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    Many of the minimum wage laws passed in recent years, including in major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, include waivers allowing unionized businesses to pay their employees below the minimum. The waivers in effect make unionizing workers a low-cost option for businesses unwilling or unable to pay the new minimum wage, which in cities such as San Francisco and SeaTac, Wash., which also has a waiver, will climb as high as $15 an hour when fully phased in. In those cities, businesses can sign a collective bargaining agreement with a union that sets the wages below...
  • San Jose Tofu, Japantown Gem, Closes its Doors After 71 Years

    12/30/2017 5:36:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 30, 2017 | TATIANA SANCHEZ
    When April Yamaichi was a young girl and went shopping with her family in Japantown, she’d dart into the San Jose Tofu Company on Jackson Street to buy a brick of fresh handmade tofu for 25 cents. At one point, she was buying the tofu about every other week from then-owner Takeshi Nozaki, who eventually passed the business down to his son, Chester. “I’d run over and get tofu from Chester’s dad,” she said. “I just remember his arm was always red from working in the tofu and mixing the soy mixture. “The texture is unmatched, and the flavor, obviously,”...
  • llegal Fish Traps Removed From Guadalupe River

    12/20/2017 10:12:19 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 20, 2017 | Julia Baum
    San Jose residents are being asked to keep an eye out for people setting illegal fish traps in local waterways after city workers and South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition volunteers recently broke up several found in the Guadalupe River. The traps were discovered about two weeks ago under the Julian Street bridge and farther south near Virginia and Willow streets. The fish traps are built out of large items like river rock, which block the stream so fish become penned into a shallow pool of water away from their migratory path. That makes it easy for poachers to nab the...
  • Barack Obama Boulevard in San Jose? Supporters Push to Name Roadway After Former President

    12/05/2017 1:28:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Dec 5, 2017 | Kris Sanchez
    A petition with the goal of renaming a San Jose roadway after former President Barack Obama is starting to gain some traction. Alex Shoor is helping to orchestrate the name change effort in hopes of celebrating the 44th president's legacy and inspiring the next generation of leaders. "Now maybe more people in this country can truly believe that anyone can be president, and we want that hope to live on," Shoor said. "We want that hope to live on across the country and we want that hope to live on here in San Jose." Almaden Boulevard in the heart of...
  • The Homeless Professor Who Lives in Her Car

    11/03/2017 4:41:31 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 71 replies
    National Education Association ^ | November 1, 2017 | Mary Ellen Flannery
    On a recent weeknight, writing instructor Ellen Tara James-Penny sits with a student in a parking lot near San José State University for more than an hour, explaining the perils of “hasty generalizations” and other pitfalls in college-level writing. Then, James-Penny and her husband get into their aging Volvo sedan and drive a few blocks to a local church, where she sleeps in their car with one dog and he sleeps in a tent a few feet away with the other.Despite the four college courses she teaches, and the master’s degree she earned a few years ago, James-Penny is homeless....
  • Mt. Umunhum's Grand Vistas Open to the Public For First Time Since 1980

    09/17/2017 7:10:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    For the first time in 37 years, the summit of Mt. Umunhum is open to the public. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District on Saturday hosted a ceremony to mark the long-awaited occasion. "We’re thrilled to invite the community to create Mount Umunhum’s next chapter as one of the Bay Area’s great publicly accessible peaks and nature destinations,” said the district's General Manager Steve Abbors. Situated within the 18,000-acre Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve south of Los Gatos, Mt. Umunhum has been closed since 1980. It was at that time that the former Almaden Air Force Station, which sits on...
  • Mount Umunhum: Former Mountain-Top Military Base Opens This Week to Public

    09/11/2017 4:24:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | September 11, 2017 | Paul Rogers
    Thirty-seven years after the U.S. Air Force shut down a mountain-top radar station in the hills south of San Jose that scanned the skies for Soviet bombers during the Cold War, the summit of Mount Umunhum is finally opening to the public this week as a new park, with stunning views of San Francisco Bay, Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, a public agency that owns the 3,486-foot peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains east of Los Gatos, spent $25 million over eight years on the project. Supporters say the new summit, which visitors will...
  • California right-winger behind Charlottesville violence

    08/15/2017 1:10:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | August 15, 2017 | by Patrick May
    It turns out last weekend’s violent white-power protest in Virginia was spurred in part by an ex-con and one-time Silicon Valley resident who’s about to bring his bare-knuckled activism back to the Bay Area. Nathan Damigo is not a techie. But the former Marine infantryman and convicted armed robber who founded the Oakdale-based white-nationalist group Identity Evropa grew up and went to school in San Jose before following a path into alt-right power politics. Damigo, who made the news after he was arrested for punching a woman in the face during the so-called “Battle for Berkeley” on April 15, now...
  • Crews Build Controversial ‘Homeless Wall’ In San Jose (kali-fornia)

    06/24/2017 1:25:31 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | 6-19-17 | John Ramos
    Caltrans is building a taller, stronger wall in San Jose to stop homeless individuals from returning to an encampment. Caltrans has repeatedly cleaned up the large encampment under I-280, but the homeless keep returning. While this new solution has some homeowners pleased, it is generating a lot of anger in the community. Laura Nunez, who has lived on Macredes Avenue in San Jose most of her life, said everything changed on her street when homeless people began using the rickety chain link fence at the end of the block as a doorway to their encampments along I-280. “Every time Caltrans...
  • “People Just Watched,” 82-Year-Old Man Fights Off Burglar Who Attacked His Wife

    05/30/2017 12:34:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    KFOR ^ | K. QUERRY | MAY 30, 2017
    Christine and Yousef Youkhaneh have been married for the past 53 years, so when a burglar began to attack Christine, Yousef jumped into action. Christine, 74, was on her porch when she was suddenly attacked by a 50-year-old home invasion suspect. “She just kept hitting me,” she told KPIX. Immediately, she stumbled inside her home and called to her husband for help. “Her body was all bloody,” Yousef said. The suspect was armed with a gardening tool, but that didn’t stop Yousef from grappling with her. Yousef is from Syria and is a former weight lifting champion. Although he is...
  • Judge Upholds Trump Supporters’ Right To Sue San Jose For Failing To Protect Them

    03/21/2017 8:17:36 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 3/20/17 | Nickarama
    Do you remember the Trump rally in San Jose last year when many Trump supporters were attacked by a mob of leftists, seemingly unhindered by police who were there? The people assaulted certainly remember the event and they’ve brought suit against the city for the failure to protect them. The city tried to get the case dismissed, but the judge has decided to allow the suit to continue, in a win for the Trump supporters. According to CBS Local: “We’ve seen video appearing on international local and national media that shows the police standing by as people were getting gruesomely...
  • Anti-hate rally ramps up after slur-filled San Jose altercation

    03/12/2017 7:25:33 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | March 12, 2017 | Eric Kurhi
    With recent hate-fueled shootings of minorities in Kansas and Washington — and an alarming confrontation closer to home in downtown San Jose — about 75 community members gathered downtown Sunday to urge action in what they called an increasingly hostile post-election atmosphere.
  • Man arrested after jumping White House fence, claiming to be Trump’s friend

    03/11/2017 9:24:32 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 32 replies
    WTOP ^ | 3/11/17 | Lara Bonner
    “I am a friend of the President. I have an appointment.” These were the words a California man said to a U.S. Secret Service officer after jumping a fence and entering restricted White House grounds late Friday night, according to charging documents filed in filed in U.S. District Court. The man, who police identified as 26-year-old Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran of Milpitas, California, was discovered in the restricted area of the White House when an officer approached him to ask him whether he was a pass-holder, police and court records said. That’s when Tran replied that he did not have a...
  • Women Survive Deadly Plane Crash In Riverside, Both In Critical Condition [CA]

    02/28/2017 4:41:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 02/28/2017
    Authorities say one of two survivors of a deadly plane crash in Riverside suffered burns on 90 percent of her body. Riverside Fire Capt. Tyler Reynolds said Tuesday that both adult women who survived are hospitalized in critical condition. ... Reynolds says the bodies of an adult woman, adult man and a female teenager have been recovered by the coroner. He says the surviving woman who was burned was found in a bedroom of a home that burned. Their identities are being withheld pending family notification. ... The women who survived the crash, believed to be in their late 30s...
  • U.S. Transportation department executive approved grant days before taking job with rail contractor

    02/19/2017 9:01:04 PM PST · by blueyon · 25 replies
    LATimes ^ | 2/18/17 | Ralph Vartabedian
    "U.S. Transportation department executive approved grant days before taking job with rail contractor" A top Obama administration executive at the U.S. Department of Transportation approved a $647-million grant for a California rail project in mid-January and less than two weeks later went to work for a Los Angeles-based contractor involved in the project, The Times has learned. The grant provides a significant part of the money required to install a $2-billion electrical power system on the Bay Area’s Caltrain commuter rail system, allowing the rail to retire its diesel locomotives.