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The Mercury News (formerly San Jose Mercury News, often locally known as The Merc) is a morning daily newspaper published in San Jose, California, the largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is published by the Bay Area News Group, a subsidiary of Digital First Media. As of March 2013, it was the fifth largest daily newspaper in the United States, with a daily circulation of 611,194.Source
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How do California wildfires get their names?

How do California wildfires get their names?

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy By Christina Maxouris | CNNThe has been devastating. Massive blazes have swallowing and torching millions of acres.Colorado’s is still burning. , firefighters have battled more than blazes this year.All of them, with their own unique name: The Bullfrog Fire. The Creek Fire. The Fork Fire. The Wolf Fire.But why name them? And how are they named?The answer to both questions, fire officials say, is almost always tied to the fire’s location.“All fires get a name,” Daniel Berlant, with Cal Fire, said in a earlier this...

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Map: Where the PG&E public safety power outages will be

Map: Where the PG&E public safety power outages will be

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupDue to extreme fire weather conditions and a red flag warning running from Sunday to Tuesday across most of Northern California, PG&E announced late Friday that it will be shutting off power to more than 466,000 customers.The outage will the largest ‘public safety power shutoff’ of 2020 so far.Forecasters say winds of up to 70 mph at higher elevations and 50 mph at lower elevations are expected across the Bay Area on Sunday night and early Monday morning.Shutoffs reduce the chances that high...

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Fact check: False claims spewed in San Jose City Council attack ads

Fact check: False claims spewed in San Jose City Council attack ads

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupIn an election where the balance of power on the San Jose City Council is at stake for the first time in years, special interest groups are pouring substantial amounts of money behind candidates and inundating residents with many misleading attack ads.In competitive races for two open seats on the council, District 4 Incumbent Lan Diep Berryessa Union School Board Member David Cohen, and District 6 Incumbent Dev Davis biomedical engineer Jake Tonkel.The nonpartisan council is currently split...

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As Trump casts doubt on election, new agency contradicts him

As Trump casts doubt on election, new agency contradicts him

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | By Ben Fox | Associated PressWASHINGTON — Earlier this month, President Donald Trump was predicting on Twitter that this election would be “the most corrupt” in American history. A day later, the head of an obscure government agency he created offered a much different message.Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, closed an online conference with a warning about “bad guys, whoever they are,” trying to “sow chaos, sow doubt” about the integrity of the U.S....

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Milpitas will sue to stop homeless housing project funded by state, county

Milpitas will sue to stop homeless housing project funded by state, county

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupThe Milpitas City Council has unanimously voted to sue to stop a hotel in the city from being converted into permanent supportive housing for homeless people.The move ratchets up pressure on Santa Clara County, which is pursuing the project through Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Project Homekey, along with Jamboree Housing, a nonprofit developer.At a special, closed-session meeting Thursday, the council decided to “pursue litigation against any and all parties involved in the Homekey project located at...

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49ers owner Jed York pours millions into Santa Clara City Council race after years of battling city hall

49ers owner Jed York pours millions into Santa Clara City Council race after years of battling city hall

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | ​​Four challengers for seats on the seven-member Santa Clara City Council have received a significant financial windfall in recent weeks from a political action committee funded by 49ers owner Jed York.York has contributed $3 million to Citizens for Efficient Government and Full Voting Rights, a PAC whose stated mission is to bring diversity to the city council​. Even in a city known for its contentious politics, the tactic is stunning.Santa Clara mayor Lisa Gillmor has described the money as “obscene” and...

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La Niña: Is California heading into another drought?

La Niña: Is California heading into another drought?

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupFederal scientists say that La Niña — the phenomenon where Pacific Ocean waters off South America are cooler than normal — is underway this winter.A commonly held assumption among many Californians is that La Niña means a dry winter is coming, and in years when the opposite occurs, El Niño, a wet winter is considered more likely.So brown lawns and water rationing are just around the corner, right?“The reality is that’s not always true,” said Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather...

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Santa Clara County DA looks to dismiss select cases involving SJPD officers linked to bigoted Facebook posts

Santa Clara County DA looks to dismiss select cases involving SJPD officers linked to bigoted Facebook posts

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupSAN JOSE — Santa Clara County prosecutors are seeking the dismissal of 14 criminal cases because they relied primarily on the accounts of a handful of current and former San Jose police officers linked to this past summer.All of the cases involved misdemeanor and other low-level convictions — mostly vehicle code violations and resisting arrest — from the past 15 years. Assistant District Attorney David Angel said that after the bigoted posts surfaced, a team of 20 prosecutors examined about 250...

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Opinion: Hydrogen gas key to California avoiding rolling blackouts

Opinion: Hydrogen gas key to California avoiding rolling blackouts

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | There is a lesson to be learned about California’s electrical power system from the record heat that scorched the Western United States in August – and it’s not the trumped-up assertions that the need for limited rolling blackouts was the result of this state’s commitment to renewable power.The climate extremes we experienced – 130 degrees in Death Valley, the tinder-box condition of our wildlands – put an exclamation point on the imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.California’s commitment to a 100%...

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Fiery solo crash on Orinda road kills East Bay woman

Fiery solo crash on Orinda road kills East Bay woman

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | and | | Bay Area News GroupShow Caption ofif you’re viewing on a mobile device.ORINDA — A Pleasanton woman died early Monday after losing control of her car and running off a rural road, the California Highway Patrol said.The crash happened at about 12:20 a.m. on San Pablo Dam Road, just north of Bear Creek Road, the CHP said. Authorities did not immediately identify the 33-year-old woman, pending notification of her relatives.According to the CHP, the woman was driving a 2013 Kia Optima away from Interstate 80...

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New guidelines open California stadiums to limited fans, but Santa Clara Co. says no to 49ers

New guidelines open California stadiums to limited fans, but Santa Clara Co. says no to 49ers

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The state of California opened the door for the San Francisco 49ers to welcome fans back into Levi’s Stadium, but the Santa Clara County Public Health Department quickly shut it.The state health office released new coronavirus guidance Tuesday that allowed theme parks to open with modifications and permitted professional sports teams to begin selling tickets to host fans at games, effective immediately. Counties in Tier 3, like Santa Clara County, and Tier 4, which San Francisco reached Tuesday, are now permitted...

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For many Californians, the pandemic marks the end of ‘barely making it’

For many Californians, the pandemic marks the end of ‘barely making it’

Sarah Rivas, who just turned 27, sits for a portrait at her desk, where she teaches high school history from her childhood bedroom at her parents’ home, in Elk Grove, Calif., on Oct. 13, 2020. Rivas, who moved back in with her parents during lockdown and subsequently gave up her apartment in Silicon Valley, worries that she would be unable to afford a new apartment if she were to return to teaching on campus. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMattersSarah Rivas was barely making rent since she’d moved to Sunnyvale. So when, three months into the pandemic, she woke up to an email from her...

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Tiffany Trump mocked for 'Trump Pride' speech, touting father's record on LGBTQ rights

Tiffany Trump mocked for 'Trump Pride' speech, touting father's record on LGBTQ rights

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupBecause Tiffany Trump says all her “best friends are gay,” she and her father’s reelection campaign apparently thought she would be the ideal person to host a “Trump Pride” event in Tampa, Florida Saturday to shore up support for the president in the LGBTQ community.But even as President Donald Trump’s second daughter enthusiastically danced her way up to the dais, shouting “I love you all,” her speech didn’t go down well, judging by comments on Twitter. A clip of her speech became a top...

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Hundreds seek payouts in lawsuit over Caltrans homeless camp sweeps

Hundreds seek payouts in lawsuit over Caltrans homeless camp sweeps

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 15: Brian Hansen, left, and Michele Magobet pose for a photograph in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The couple along with hundreds of homeless residents in the East Bay are filing claims against Caltrans for taking and disposing of property during encampment sweeps. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)Hundreds of homeless people who lost bicycles, tents and even their loved ones’ ashes when Caltrans cleared their East Bay encampments are applying for restitution as part of a multimillion-dollar legal settlement.Advocates hope that by reaching so many people,...

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Make remote work permanent? No way, say Bay Area leaders

Make remote work permanent? No way, say Bay Area leaders

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupImagine, in the post-pandemic future, most Bay Area workers ordered to toil from home at least three days a week. Permanently.That’s the path regional planners have chosen for a more livable and less congested community.Bay Area leaders are already saying, no way.The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is drawing heavy fire from lawmakers, the business commmunity and transit supporters for a proposal that would require big companies to have their employees work from home at least 60 percent...

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Oct 16
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San Rafael police: Five arrested in connection with toppling Junipero Serra statue

San Rafael police: Five arrested in connection with toppling Junipero Serra statue

Indigenous Peoples Day demonstrators tore down a statue of Junipero Serra after covering it in paint at Mission San Rafael Arcángel in San Rafael on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (Douglas Zimmerman/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)Five people accused of felony vandalism were arrested Monday for defacing and tearing down the statue of a Spanish missionary outside of St. Raphael Church in downtown San Rafael, police said.According to the San Rafael Police Department, a small group of protesters covered the statue of Junipero Serra with paint before tying straps around it and pulling it...

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VTA bus driver dies from COVID-19

VTA bus driver dies from COVID-19

A Valley Transportation Authority bus driver died Sunday after a lengthy battle with COVID-19, the first death among the transit agency’s employees from the virus.Audrey Lopez, 53, was a San Jose resident who had been a VTA operator for more than 13 years, said John Courtney, the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265, which represents the agency’s drivers.Courtney described Lopez as “a really solid human being” who loved her grandchildren and was known for her distinctive laugh and positive attitude. has been set up to raise money for funeral expenses.In a statement Thursday, VTA...

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Oct 16
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Texas billionaire Bob Brockman charged with biggest tax evasion case in US history; feds say losses total $2 billion

Texas billionaire Bob Brockman charged with biggest tax evasion case in US history; feds say losses total $2 billion

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupSAN FRANCISCO — Robert Brockman, the Houston billionaire and CEO of a software company, has been charged with taking $2 billion through a scheme to evade taxes, hide assets, and launder money, in what federal prosecutors say is the biggest case of its kind.Brockman, 79, was charged in a 39-count indictment that includes charges of money laundering, conspiracy, wire fraud, and tax evasion. The 42-page indictment, unsealed Thursday morning, alleges that in the late 1990s, Brockman formed...

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Oct 15
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Opinion: Prop. 24 will allow Californians to regain privacy rights

Opinion: Prop. 24 will allow Californians to regain privacy rights

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | How do we the people defend the sovereignty of our private lives when the wealth of the Big Tech empires depends upon surveilling private experience for profit? How do we achieve a just society when their unaccountable power threatens the very foundations of our democratic social order? There is only one answer to these questions: law. Surveillance capitalism undermines individual sovereignty and democracy, but only democracy can save us. Proposition 24 answers this call.The surveillance economics of the Big Tech...

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Big Uesugi Farms site in Gilroy is bought by veteran developers

Big Uesugi Farms site in Gilroy is bought by veteran developers

Uesugi Farms property in Gilroy, located next to State Route 25. A veteran and savvy Bay Area development company has bought the big Uesugi Farms site in Gilroy in a deal that points to ongoing interest in Silicon Valley commercial real estate amid the coronavirus outbreak.GILROY — A veteran and savvy Bay Area development company has bought the big Uesugi Farms site in Gilroy in a deal that points to ongoing interest in Silicon Valley commercial real estate amid the coronavirus outbreak.The purchase of the nearly 69 acres of land near the San Benito County line rescues the storied farm...

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Opinion: Vote no on Prop. 15, the misleading property tax initiative

Opinion: Vote no on Prop. 15, the misleading property tax initiative

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | Proposition 15, one of 12 statewide measures on the November 3 ballot, deserves your attention. Its objective is simple — it’s the most serious attempt to do away with Proposition 13, the landmark property tax protection measure overwhelmingly passed by California voters in 1978.Voters will see Prop. 15 on their ballots, the largest property tax increase in California history, although it’s being positioned as something much different by its proponents. As pastor of Third Baptist Church of San Francisco and...

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Oct 9
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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' scattershot bid to nix charges goes down hard

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' scattershot bid to nix charges goes down hard

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupTheranos founder Elizabeth Holmes threw her criminal indictments and charges against the wall to see if she could get any to fall away, but they all stuck.The Stanford University dropout, charged with a dozen felony counts of fraud over her defunct Palo Alto blood-testing startup, filed six motions in U.S. District Court in San Jose in late August, seeking to have indictments and charges thrown out.On Tuesday, Judge Edward Davila denied all of them, paving the way for a trial scheduled to begin...

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Milpitas: Suspect identified in shooting death of San Jose woman

Milpitas: Suspect identified in shooting death of San Jose woman

MILPITAS – Authorities on Monday identified a suspect in the shooting death of a woman in Milpitas over the weekend, a man they say is armed and dangerous.Anyone who encounters Kevin James Gitmed, 35, of Gilroy, should immediately call 911, Milpitas police Capt. John Torrez said in a news release Monday. A warrant has been issued for Gitmed’s arrest and police said he was still at-large Tuesday.The shooting was reported at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday on Ranch Drive. Officers arrived to find a woman, described as a 40-year-old San Jose resident, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The...

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Oct 13
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Amazon buys big site near downtown San Jose for web services unit

Amazon buys big site near downtown San Jose for web services unit

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupSAN JOSE — Amazon.com Services, in an unexpected deal, has bought a site near downtown San Jose where a huge industrial center has been proposed.The e-commerce giant bought a 17.8-acre site at 1605 S. Seventh St. near the corner of East Alma Avenue, a short distance from the city’s downtown and Happy Hollow Zoo, Santa Clara County property documents show.“What’s clear is that this won’t just be robots in a warehouse,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said Tuesday. “Amazon is hiring San Jose...

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Instacart provided contract workers with stickers and fliers promoting Proposition 22 that decides their fate

Instacart provided contract workers with stickers and fliers promoting Proposition 22 that decides their fate

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy By Sara Ashley O’Brien | CNN BusinessWith just weeks left until Election Day, Instacart attempted to leverage the labor of some of its workers to promote its messaging about a controversial , the outcome of which will shape how gig economy businesses operate in the state and whether workers are treated as contractors or employees.According to posted this weekend by Vanessa Bain, an Instacart shopper and co-founder of a nonprofit called Gig Workers Collective, Instacart prompted a shopper to “retrieve one Prop 22...

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