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“LAS POSADAS” HOLIDAY CELEBRATION in San Jose

“LAS POSADAS” HOLIDAY CELEBRATION in San Jose by the “Mamas Unidas” and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, tonight 1st December. The pilgrimage and children’s choir was led from Sacred … Continue reading

Friday 1 December 2017 · Leave a comment

Historic San Jose: A Fallon House Tour on the City’s 240th Birthday

The City of San Jose’s historic Fallon House was open for a tour on the celebration of San Jose’s 240th birthday.  Observed last Saturday, 19th November, the official date is technically on November 29, 1777. 

Wednesday 29 November 2017 · Leave a comment

EAT HERE: A REVIEW OF THE FOOD, RESTAURANT & GROCERY SCENE AT DOWNTOWN WILLOW GLEN

Among its residents and daily visitors, San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood remains a perennial favorite, largely known for its familial, hospitable and casual character… plus, its many food service businesses and grocery stores.  Taking … Continue reading

Friday 27 March 2015 · Leave a comment

POLITICS of SAN JOSE’s “PUBLIC SAFETY” ISSUES, COLLIDES WITH WILLOW GLENS’s “ROAD DIET” PROJECT

It’s approaching two weeks since San Jose’s neighborhood retail strip, Lincoln Avenue has been temporarily painted-up and reconfigured for its “road diet” (also known as a “lane reduction”).   In of that, … Continue reading

Thursday 12 March 2015 · Leave a comment

LINCOLN AVENUE “ROAD DIET” BEGINS 21 FEBRUARY 2015; San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood trials its “complete streets” project

The nation’s tenth largest city, San Jose, is putting more consideration into traffic calming and “sharable streets,” whereby safe and green spaces will be created for multiple modes of travel.  It’s … Continue reading

Saturday 21 February 2015 · Leave a comment

SAN JOSE DIVIDED: POST-ELECTION RESULTS & DOUBTS HIGHLIGHT CITY ISSUES; NOVEMBER 2014 MIDTERM ELECTION DRAGS-ON

A FEW DAYS AFTER SAN JOSE’S MIDTERM ELECTION FOR NOVEMBER 2014, SOME MATTERS REMAIN QUESTIONABLE, WHILE OTHERS APPEAR TO BE REVEALING.  THAT’S INCLUDING A CLOSE U.S. CONGRESSIONAL RACE AND A MAYORAL ELECTION … Continue reading

Saturday 8 November 2014 · Leave a comment

SAN JOSE ELECTION 2014 and THE MYTH OF AMERICA’S “SAFEST BIG CITY”; The impact of Measure B pension reform (editorial, part 3 of 3)

Today, San Jose Voters will decide the new mayor of the city, as well as (perhaps) the fate of further negotiations in regards to Measure B pension reform, enacted back … Continue reading

Tuesday 4 November 2014 · Leave a comment

SAN JOSE ELECTION 2014 and THE MYTH OF AMERICA’S “SAFEST BIG CITY”; Starting on a doubtful premise (editorial, part 2 of 3)

San Jose, the nation’s tenth largest city, has somehow shaped itself within the urban legend of being America’s so-called “safest big city”; that’s despite the controversies associated with such rankings.  … Continue reading

Thursday 30 October 2014 · Leave a comment

SAN JOSE ELECTION 2014 and THE MYTH OF AMERICA’S “SAFEST BIG CITY”; A Different Spin on Public Safety and the Numbers (editorial, part 1 of 3)

Mayoral Candidate, Sam Liccardo, has been following closely with the rhetoric of terming-out mayor Chuck Reed; that is, insisting in recent interviews and editorials, from late August into September 2014, … Continue reading

Tuesday 23 September 2014 · Leave a comment

INTERVIEW WITH FRANK FISCALINI, GRAND MARSHAL OF WILLOW GLEN FOUNDERS’ DAY PARADE 2014, SEP 20th

LIVING THROUGH A PROLIFIC CAREER, SAN JOSE’S FORMER VICE-MAYOR — FRANK FISCALINI — HAS ALSO RECEIVED MANY HONORS; AS SUCH, IT ONLY SEEMS FITTING THAT THE ONE TIME COUNCILMEMBER FROM DISTRICT 6 IN … Continue reading

Saturday 6 September 2014 · Leave a comment

NEW DEVELOPMENT MEETING FOR COMMUNICATIONS HILL 2 CAUSED HOMEOWNERS TO SPEAK OUT WITH LACK OF CONFIDENCE; PAST PERFORMANCE CONTRASTS FUTURE UNDERTAKINGS

ALTHOUGH IT WAS JUST BEFORE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, RESIDENTS APPEARED IN GOOD NUMBERS AT A MEETING FOR THE COMMUNICATIONS HILL 2 PROJECT, THE MAJORITY OF THEM EXPRESSING LACK OF CONFIDENCE, IF … Continue reading

Sunday 31 August 2014 · Leave a comment

OUTREACH MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SAN JOSE’S COMMUNICATIONS HILL 2 DEVELOPMENT

THE CITY OF SAN JOSE WILL HOST AN OUTREACH MEETING ABOUT THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS HILL; THAT IS, ITS OPPOSITE SIDE, KNOWN AS PROJECT 2. Project Location & Information: … Continue reading

Sunday 24 August 2014 · Leave a comment

ASSYRIAN & ITALIAN FESTIVALS: THIS WEEKEND 23-24 AUGUST

THIS WEEKEND, THE “ASSYRIAN FOOD FESTIVAL” AND THE “ITALIAN FAMILY FESTA” ARE UNDERWAY IN SAN JOSE, CONTINUING FROM SATURDAY 23 TO SUNDAY 24 AUGUST 2014. If you are planning to … Continue reading

Sunday 24 August 2014 · Leave a comment

6.0 Earthquake at the North San Francisco Bay/Napa Valley; aprox. 3:20am

A strong earthquake occurred at 3:20:44 AM (PDT) on Sunday, August 24, 2014. The magnitude 6.1 event occurred 7 km (4 miles) NW of American Canyon, CA. The hypocentral depth … Continue reading

Sunday 24 August 2014 · Leave a comment

SAN JOSE’S MAYORAL CANDIDATES SCHEDULED FOR NEW DEBATE AS OF 2nd OCTOBER AT WILLOW GLEN

SAN JOSE MAYORAL CANDIDATES DAVE CORTESE and SAM LICCARDO ARE SCHEDULED TO DEBATE IN WILLOW GLEN, MODERATED BY  LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY. INFORMATION FOR THE MAYORAL ELECTION DEBATE:  Day: 02 October 2014 Time: 6:30pm Place: Starlite Banquets Facility, 680 Minnesota Avenue, … Continue reading

Thursday 21 August 2014 · Leave a comment

SJ TAMIEN STATION AREA PLAN BACK ONLINE WITH OUTREACH MEETINGS; QUESTIONS REMAIN

AFTER MANY OFF-AND-ON AGAIN SCENARIOS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, SANTA CLARA VALLEY TRANSIT AUTHORITY (VTA) IS RETURNING WITH PUBLIC OUTREACH MEETINGS THAT REGARD ITS TAMIEN STATION AREA PLAN, A TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT … Continue reading

Monday 18 August 2014 · Leave a comment

EDITORIAL REVIEW: A FAREWELL TRIBUTE TO LOU’S VILLAGE RESTAURANT, AN OLD FAMILY FRIEND AS KNOWN AT THE CROSSROADS OF LIFE, THEN AND NOW

SO MANY SAN JOSE AND VALLEY RESIDENTS WILL MISS LOU’S VILLAGE RESTAURANT IN WILLOW GLEN AS IT ANNOUNCES ITS PLANS TO CLOSE THIS SUNDAY 16 AUGUST 2014 ; THAT IS, UNTIL … Continue reading

Saturday 16 August 2014 · Leave a comment

BRIEF: SJ COUNCILMEMBER OLIVERIO LEADS PACK AGAINST HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION AND OTHER CITY COMMISSIONS, “BACK-FILLING” BEGINS

[This is a brief of a longer article seen here] SAN JOSE CITY COUNCIL RETURNED TO SESSION AS OF 12 AUGUST 2014; BUT, THE ITEMS ON THE AGENDA AND ITS … Continue reading

Friday 15 August 2014 · Leave a comment

SAN JOSE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS “BULLDOZE” THEIR COLLEAGUES, WHILE NOMINATIONS FOR HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION ARE STAGED

SAN JOSE CITY COUNCIL RETURNED TO SESSION AS OF 12 AUGUST 2014; BUT, THE ITEMS ON THE AGENDA AND ITS CONSENT CALENDAR —NAMELY THAT OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION NOMINATIONS … Continue reading

Thursday 14 August 2014 · Leave a comment

LOU’S VILLAGE IN WILLOW GLEN NEGOTIATES WITH OPA! RESTAURANT

RUMOR IS SPREADING FAST AROUND LINCOLN AVENUE IN WILLOW GLEN THAT LOU’S VILLAGE RESTAURANT — A LONGTIME SAN JOSE TRADITION – IS ABOUT TO TRANSITION OUT FROM ITS LOCATION AT … Continue reading

Friday 8 August 2014 · Leave a comment

ALMADEN’S BAKER RANCH & NEARBY PROPERTIES, STILL QUESTIONABLE

IT’S BEEN THREE WEEKS SINCE DE·ANZA POST REPORTED ON THE HISTORIC BAKER RANCH IN ALMADEN, INCLUDING NEARBY PROPERTIES; WHEREAS, SINCE THEN, NEW INSIGHTS ONLY SEEM TO RAISE MORE QUESTIONS, FROM BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR. Digging up information/records about historic Baker Ranch & House in Almaden is not as easy as it seems; but, the property that is situated … Continue reading

Thursday 7 August 2014 · Leave a comment

PROPOSED BICYCLE LANES & SHARROWS ON WILLOW GLEN’S LINCOLN AVENUE ARE TOPIC OF SAN JOSE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MEETING, 13 AUG

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME IN THE PLANNING, WHEREAS THE CITY OF SAN JOSE IS NOW COORDINATING A PUBLIC MEETING FOR “FUTURE BICYCLE PROJECTS” WHICH CONCERNS IMPROVEMENTS AT WILLOW GLEN’S LINCOLN AVENUE. The … Continue reading

Thursday 31 July 2014 · Leave a comment

STAKEHOLDERS FOR A SAFE GREEN VILLAGE BRINGS BACK “BLIGHT TO BRIGHT” STREET-SCAPE CLEAN-UP PROJECT IN THE NORTH LINCOLN AVENUE CORRIDOR

RICHARD ZAPPELLI, FORMER PRESIDENT OF WGNA, WILL BE ORGANIZING A GROUP OF NEIGHBORHOOD VOLUNTEERS TO HELP CLEAN-UP A BLIGHTED AREA OF NORTH LINCOLN AVENUE, NEAR DOWNTOWN WILLOW GLEN. The work … Continue reading

Saturday 26 July 2014 · Leave a comment

HISTORIC BAKER RANCH IN ALMADEN MARKED FOR SALE, ADJACENT TO ABANDONED PARK & RIDE LOT

THE PROPERTY DESIGNATED AS THE “BAKER RANCH BUILDINGS” BY THE CITY OF SAN JOSE HISTORIC RESOURCES INVENTORY HAS A LARGE “FOR SALE” SIGN AT ITS FRONT LOT, EVEN THOUGH IT’S CURRENTLY OCCUPIED FOR … Continue reading

Thursday 24 July 2014 · Leave a comment

UPDATE: BIKE CORRAL ADDED TO SIDE PARKLET AT LINCOLN AVE GARDEN THEATRE

BICYCLE CORRALS ARE BEING ADDED TO THE SIDE OF LINCOLN AVENUE’S NEW PARKLET FOR CURBSIDE DINING, AS SEEN WEDNESDAY 23 JULY 2014. This new feature was included in a story … Continue reading

Wednesday 23 July 2014 · Leave a comment

OLD “HILLVIEW SHELL” STATION AT LINCOLN & CURTNER AVENUES MOVES SLOWLY AT REDEVELOPMENT

THE GAS STATION AT THE CORNER OF CURTNER & LINCOLN AVENUE, FORMERLY KNOWN AS HILLVIEW SHELL, HAS SLOWLY BEEN MAKING IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS. Even since early summer, around … Continue reading

Friday 18 July 2014 · Leave a comment

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