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Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014

SJ Proposed Budget Keeps Its Belt Tightened; Community Meetings Underway

San Jose City Manager Ed Shikada describes the proposed 2014-2015 operating budget as stable but fragile, with a forecast of "flat" over the next five years.

Mayor Chuck Reed at a 2013 budget meeting.

In other words, San Jose will need to keep its belt tightened through a series of shortfalls or thin surpluses, [...]

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014

Proposed Regulations Would Move Marijuana Collectives to Industrial Areas

View Map of Marijuana Collective Locations in December 2013

View Maps of Possible Locations Under Proposed Regulations

A four-year effort to regulate the estimated 100 medical marijuana dispensaries in San Jose will come to a conclusion on Tuesday, May 20, as the San Jose City Council votes on a proposal that aims to provide [...]

Monday, Jun 24, 2013

Campaign to Save Historic Train Trestle Picks Up Steam

A community campaign to save a 91-year-old Willow Glen train trestle from demolition is picking up steam, even though the San Jose City Council has voted twice to replace it with a modern steel bridge for pedestrians and cyclists along Three Creeks Trail.

The train trestle was used by the Union Pacific Railroad until 2000.

Willow Glen trails advocate Larry Ames and a growing group of trestle supporters want the Council to reconsider their unanimous votes to demolish the trestle and vote instead to restore it. Or, at the very least, give the issue a broader public hearing.

Restoring the trestle was in the original plan when the city, county and water district pitched in money to buy the former railroad corridor to ensure that it would be used for a critical segment of the Three Creeks Trail to connect to the Los Gatos Creek Trail. The trestle is the only way to connect the two trails. Eventually, it will also link to the Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek regional trails.

“I’m encouraged,” Ames said. “I’m really appreciative of community support and enthusiasm. “

Support . . . → Read More: Supporters Asking San Jose City Council to Save Historic Willow Glen Train Trestle

Monday, Apr 08, 2013

History San Jose Bringing the Past Into the Future With Tech Tools at the Adobe

Suppose the 216-year-old Peralta Adobe, San Jose's oldest structure, was damaged in an earthquake. Could History San Jose, its caretaker, reconstruct it? FARO Technologies is trying to capture history with 3D cameras and an online blueprint.

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013

900 Streetlights Will Shine Again Starting in March

Beginning in March, many San Jose streets will look a little brighter as the city reconnects 900 streetlights that were shut off intentionally in 2008-2009 to save money, causing safety concerns in some neighborhoods.

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