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12/08/2023
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Tech security entrepreneur Peter Dixon of Portola Valley filed his FEC candidate statement and announced he already had raised $300,000; and Palo Alto Councilmember Julie Lythcott-Haims became the seventh Democrat — and first woman — to announce as a candidate for the seat held for 16 terms by Rep. Anna Eshoo.

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12/08/2023
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As Santa Clara County grapples with growing numbers of deaths from overdoses of fentanyl and other opioids, the Behavioral Health Services Department is deploying a comprehensive set of initiatives to prevent overdose deaths in local communities, says a press release from the county.

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12/08/2023
Image for display with article titled California Legislative Analyst Predicts Budget Deficit Will Double Next Year, to $68B

Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas, a Hollister Democrat, says that when it became clear that tax revenues would be substantially below estimates, the Legislature should commit to a budget that protects classroom funding.

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12/08/2023
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In his recent debate with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared that the state’s economy is “booming,” but a new report shows that it is actually slowing down.

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12/08/2023
The California Department of Water Resources released an environmental impact report for a tunnel that the state would like to build through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The report identifies potential impacts to farmland, tribal remains and endangered species of fish.

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12/08/2023
A coyote recently was found at the $27 million Russian Hill home of AI mogul Sam Altman. This relates to a study, which found that coyote sightings were more frequent in higher-income areas of San Francisco.

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12/08/2023
A large gathering of protesters sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinian people is expected outside a fundraiser Dec. 8 in Westwood for President Biden. Police have warned that any violence won’t be tolerated.

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12/08/2023
Peninsula College Fund received a $10,000 grant from this publication's Holiday Fund campaign, which it used to bolster its services providing support for Bay Area high schoolers who are the first in their families to attend college.

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12/08/2023
Frank Fiscalini, a devoted family man and a San Jose community leader who served in many roles from school districts to City Hall, died at 101 years old.

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12/07/2023
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The combination of the new early primary date, March 5, plus the prospect of the most hotly contested congressional primary in the Bay Area in decades boosts the likelihood of campaign war chests in the millions.

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12/07/2023
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The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association dished out $65,000 in donations to various organizations during a ceremony at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, continuing its long-standing tradition of giving back to the community.

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12/07/2023
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Brian Canepa of W-Trans, the consulting firm hired by the city in September 2022, said multiple surveys of weekday parking in the broader downtown area revealed that only 44% of the 3,181 spaces were occupied during the peak hour of 10 a.m., noting that was before the new 144-space lot opened on Eigleberry and Seventh streets.

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12/07/2023
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Gilroy officials are looking at updating a decades-old ordinance on food trucks, but some business owners are cautioning city leaders to not make it restrictive for those wanting to sell their wares downtown.

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12/07/2023
Even though California is facing a crippling housing shortage, one potential source remains untapped. The state allows thousands of apartments used for part of the year by farmworkers to otherwise sit vacant for three to six months.

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12/07/2023
Although the federal government is providing four free COVID tests per month, that’s not the only way to get them. Aetna and Blue Shield of California members can be reimbursed for up to eight at-home tests per month, while Kaiser Permanente is offering discounts on tests.

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12/07/2023
Conservationists intend to shoot all of the deer on Santa Catalina Island by helicopter. Some people are opposed, either for not wanting to eliminate the deer or for missing out on future chances to hunt them.

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12/07/2023
Low-income seniors finally have a seat at the indoor table after La Comida's senior nutrition program and First United Methodist Church in downtown Palo Alto established a new partnership.

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12/07/2023
The race to succeed Anna Eshoo in the U.S. Congress continues to solidify this week, with Assembly member Evan Low, D-Campbell, and author Julie Lythcott-Haims announcing their intentions to succeed Eshoo in the 16th District.

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12/07/2023
Taking steps to address the region’s housing crisis, Santa Clara County has committed $47.4 million to help pay for six affordable housing developments, with $31.4 million allocated for projects in Mountain View and Palo Alto.

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12/07/2023
The first woman has enter an already contested congressional race to replace Rep. Anna Eshoo in District 16. Palo Alto Councilmember Julie Lythcott-Haims officially announced her candidacy to fill the seat amid Eshoo’s plans to retire at the end of her term.

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12/07/2023
“At Pomeroy Elementary, we have an amazing Garden to Table program,” said Kevin Keegan, principal at Pomeroy, in an informational video. “We have this amazing partnership with our families and outside resources as well to make this community garden a wonderful place. We call it the heart of our school because it’s a place where all kids, all staff, everyone can go to and they have hands-on experiences.”

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12/07/2023
Santa Clara is planning a major facelift of its 5-acre downtown after years of neglect, thanks to a determined group of residents.

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12/07/2023
A dog trainer who allegedly attempted to substitute a Palo Alto resident's German shepherd with another dog after failing to return the pet to its owner will face charges, the Palo Alto Police Department has confirmed.

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12/07/2023
Hunter Biden, a Malibu resident, is facing nine tax-related charges between the years of 2016 and 2019. It is the second criminal indictment for the son of President Biden, aside from a pending firearms case.

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12/06/2023
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City officials say a housing proposal on Hecker Pass Highway does not meet the criteria for the so-called “builder’s remedy,” a provision of state law that allows developers to bypass local zoning requirements.

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12/06/2023
Image for display with article titled Gavilan College Awarded $1.5M to Create Juvenile Justice Program

The funds, awarded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, will create the “Gavilan College Higher Aspirations Juvenile Justice Program” over the next five years, a part of the Rising Scholars Network.

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12/06/2023
Oakland School District teachers planned lessons for students related to the history of Gaza. District superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell emailed parents and staff to say the teaching isn’t approved or sanctioned by the district.

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12/06/2023
Homeschool students in San Diego County are up by 88 percent since the 2017-18 school year, based on Washington Post data analysis. This tops an overall increase in the United States of 50 percent for this same timeframe.

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12/06/2023
Staff at the state’s air regulatory agency have been restricted from communicating with Jim Duffy, a scientist who retired from the agency in 2022. Duffy had criticized gas lobbyists and an agency director.

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12/06/2023
The Fort Independence Indian Community is getting the Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at no cost in 2024. Native Americans had lived on this land for centuries before the hatchery’s construction.

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12/06/2023
California energy regulators are considering requiring homeowners to replace broken air-conditioning systems with heat pumps or HVAC systems that are more energy efficient. The change would go into effect in 2026.

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12/06/2023
Three separate car crashes have taken place across Alma Street in less than a month, resulting in multiple injuries, damaged vehicles and temporary road closures.

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12/06/2023
Santa Clara County is expediting the implementation of new conservatorship rules for people suffering from severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

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12/06/2023
The Santa Clara City Council approved placing ballot wording for a charter amendment that would turn the police chief and city clerk positions into positions appointed by the city manager.

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12/06/2023
A beaver that was recolonizing the Matadero Creek in Palo Alto was taken to the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley after being spotted immobile in a pile of leaves, officials said.

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12/06/2023
Palo Alto's latest citizen survey points at a welcome shift over the past year in residents' opinions about the local government, as well as a more concerning one when it comes to municipal utilities.

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12/06/2023
In the first glimpse at a dark financial forecast, the Legislative Analyst's Office reported that the next California state budget will likely face a three-year $58 billion deficit, on the magnitude of the 2008 recession.

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12/06/2023
In 2022, Santa Clara Vanguard’s Cadets won the Drum Corps International Championship. However, simmering below the surface was a series of missteps that have forced Vanguard to cancel its 2023 season and have left the 2024 season up in the air.

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12/06/2023
Mountain View is pushing forward with plans to build a new public safety building that aims to serve the community for the next 50 years, with the council approving a $200 million design.

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12/06/2023
Bright blue tarp covered every other row in the San Jose City Council chambers, reducing seating by half, when the city learned through social media that residents were rallying for a ceasefire resolution over the Israel-Hamas war.

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12/06/2023
State Sen. Josh Becker, who had been considering a run for the House seat Anna Eshoo is giving up, said today he has decided to stay in the state Senate.

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12/06/2023
California’s “failure to protect” law allows child welfare agencies to take kids from households scarred by domestic violence. Advocates say the separation can worsen a family’s trauma.

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12/06/2023
The San Jose Earthquakes and South Bay officials are taking a big step in long-held plans to develop a public and private soccer field complex at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

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12/06/2023
Palo Alto Councilmember Julie Lythcott-Haims sent out an email saying she intends to run in the March primary for Congress to replace Anna Eshoo, who is retiring.

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12/05/2023
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In a triumph for the arts community, TheatreWorks raised $4 million, which not only met but exceeded its fundraising target of $3 million for the “Save TheatreWorks Now” campaign.

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12/05/2023
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In its nearly six years of existence, the legal California Cannabis Industry hasn’t gone anything like the way many advocates for legalization promised it would go.

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12/05/2023
Image for display with article titled Evan Low Officially Joins Race for 16th District Seat

With the March 5 primary just three months away and a campaign period interrupted by the holidays, the candidates — a total of five Democrats and two Republicans so far — have a big fundraising challenge ahead of them.

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12/05/2023
The bots are coming back to town, for the third time, in an updated pilot program that once again would allow automated delivery devices on the city’s sidewalks, crosswalks and possibly its bike lanes.

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12/05/2023
A proposed Sunnyvale housing development may be put on hold over concerns about exposure to cancerous chemicals.

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12/05/2023
A Silicon Valley developer is scaling back its plans for a massive and controversial development of offices, housing, retail, dining and park spaces on the site of the former Vallco Mall in Cupertino.

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12/05/2023
Private company Brightline secured a $3 billion grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation toward a 218-mile high-speed rail line from Rancho Cucamonga to Las Vegas. The line would allow people to make the trip to Sin City in a little over two hours.

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12/05/2023
A recent investigation by Voice of San Diego revealed that nonprofits that provide staff at local stadiums could be raising money without doing charity work, while also paying labor below minimum wage and under the table. Now, multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating.

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12/05/2023
Profits have been down for cannabis operators in California in recent years. While the industry is still big business in the state, it faces an uncertain future.

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12/05/2023
Over the impassioned pleas of orchard preservationists, the Los Altos City Council last week approved a new Los Altos main library expansion plan that will use space intended for a heritage apricot orchard.

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12/05/2023
Despite a recent uprising of residents calling for his job, Los Altos Hills Mayor Linda Swan said last week that Peter Pirnejad has the unanimous backing of the City Council and will continue to serve as city manager.

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12/05/2023
The majority of the Los Altos City Council agreed that going further in the process to determine the feasibility of such a partnership would involve too much staff time and perhaps cause more headaches when having to answer to a community with different priorities.

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12/04/2023
Image for display with article titled New DA Task Force Raids Weapon Arsenal, Arrests 2 San Jose Men

As Santa Clara County grapples with growing numbers of deaths from overdoses of fentanyl and other opioids, the Behavioral Health Services Department is deploying a comprehensive set of initiatives to prevent overdose deaths in local communities, says a press release from the county.

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12/04/2023
Image for display with article titled County Fights Opioid Crisis with ‘Cutting-Edge’ Approach

As Santa Clara County grapples with growing numbers of deaths from overdoses of fentanyl and other opioids, the Behavioral Health Services Department is deploying a comprehensive set of initiatives to prevent overdose deaths in local communities, says a press release from the county.

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12/04/2023
Image for display with article titled Organic Growers See New Role in Age of Climate Change

At the Organic Grower Summit last week, organized by Western Growers and the Organic Produce Network, over 600 growers and industry leaders, mostly from California, met in Monterey to share problems, solutions and business cards.

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12/04/2023
The California Department of Motor Vehicles changed its voter registration process in 2019 to put a party selection dropdown on the same page. Since then, the number of people registering as Republicans or Democrats has jumped close to 20 points.

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12/04/2023
A new study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found that approximately 3,400 kilotons of lithium are located below Imperial County in Southern California. This could produce more than $7 billion in lithium carbonate annually, helping power significant numbers of electric vehicles.

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12/04/2023
Faculty at four California State University campuses are striking this week for higher pay as part of contract negotiations. Walkouts at the first campus, Cal Poly Pomona, began Dec. 4.

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12/04/2023
With nine months’ experience in the Assembly, Liz Ortega will lead the Labor committee after a strike-filled summer and several wins for low-wage workers.

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12/04/2023
The California Faculty Association is seeking a 12 percent pay increase, while university officials counter with 5 percent in each of the next three years.

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12/04/2023
Now nearly a year late, San Jose is hoping its mandated housing plan is no longer a dollar short in the eyes of state officials.

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12/04/2023
Former city manager Deanna Santana is threatening to sue Santa Clara, claiming that the city has failed to pay the compensation and benefits specified in her contract when she was dismissed in February 2022.

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12/04/2023
Environmentalists are urging San Jose leaders to reconsider plans for a new cemetery in Coyote Valley, claiming it will harm large swaths of natural habitats. 

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12/04/2023
Calling it a small but crucial tool for addressing homelessness, Palo Alto agreed to expand and make permanent a program that allows local congregations to devote parking spaces to vehicle dwellers.

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12/04/2023
Every time Alexandra walks out of her front door on Main Street in Santa Clara, she is jolted by the sight of one of the city’s newest data centers.

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12/04/2023
Silicon Valley Assemblymember Evan Low is running for Congress, hoping to succeed longtime Rep. Anna Eshoo in a crowded field of competitors.

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12/04/2023
An Alameda County judge ruled on Nov. 22 that the city of Oakland thwarted a proposed coal export terminal. The judge will rule if the developer who sued is entitled to $159 million in damages or moving forward with the project.

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