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San Jose repeals 'blatantly racist' policy of barring lowrider cruising

SAN JOSE -- Growing up in San Jose, Councilmember Raul Peralez found himself sitting on a curb while police searched his car -- dozens of times.His crime? Driving slowly in his forest green 1965 Impala Super Sport lowrider as a person of color."I was often told (by officers) that because of the car I drove, the way I was dressed, and because I was out cruising that they had reasonable suspicion I was a gang member or had weapons or drugs with me," Peralez said, who later became a cop himself. "The officers never found anything in my car but...
SAN JOSE, CA
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The Verge

Tesla is facing yet another racial discrimination lawsuit

15 former or current Black Tesla employees are suing the company for allegedly failing to prevent racial discrimination at its Fremont, California factory (via Bloomberg). The lawsuit, which was filed in a California court last week, details workers’ claims that they were subject to racial slurs, derogatory comments, and racially-motivated harassment in the workplace.
FREMONT, CA
SFGate

'Shame for the Bay Area': Locals mourn losing Great America

The clock is ticking down at the South Bay's beloved amusement park, and residents throughout Silicon Valley have been reflecting on the loss. Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, which owns California's Great America in Santa Clara, announced Monday that it is selling the 46-year-old property for $310 million to San-Francisco based Prologis, a national real estate firm. The park will remain open for up to 11 years before closing permanently, company officials said.
SANTA CLARA, CA
Silicon Valley

Rare vortex of economic troubles descends on Bay Area residents, businesses

From her vantage point at the cashier’s stand in a grocery store in Mountain View, Maria Soria sees firsthand the damage wrought by a rare vortex of economic troubles descending on Bay Area residents and businesses, from skyrocketing inflation to rising rents. As a retail worker living in one of the costliest regions of the world, she faces problems herself.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
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Woman successfully stops wallet theft attempt in Palo Alto

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) — A woman successfully stopped a female suspect who tried to steal her wallet on Thursday, June 30, the city of Palo Alto announced in a news release Sunday. The suspect and her male accomplice are still at large. The victim, a woman in her fifties, was walking in the area […]
PALO ALTO, CA
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Students, alumni protest Hollister High School name change

Ariana Jiminez spoke to fellow students and motorists passing by the intersection. Photo by Juliana Luna. This article was written by BenitoLink intern Juliana Luna. The name change from San Benito High School to Hollister High School by the Board of Trustees on June 27 has proven to be controversial for some alumni and current students.
HOLLISTER, CA

California murder suspect arrested in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas Metro police arrested a California murder suspect wanted in a homicide from May, San Jose police said. Kenneth Rogers, 38, of Alameda County, California, was wanted in connection with the stabbing death of a woman on May 15, police said. Metro police took...
LAS VEGAS, NV
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My Esalen experience: Big Sur's 'one-of-a-kind, you-gotta-be-kidding-me, is-this-a-dream?' kinda day

Turns out the universe has a lottery, and today I'm holding the winning ticket, both soaking in the hot springs and washing dishes, at this Nirvana on a hot edge of the Pacific. This is a peak experience for those with aging worn-down bodies, and I'm thinking of all those who may have trod these paths and seen these sights. Did Alan Watts or Joseph Campbell stand in this spot and admire this view? Did Ram Dass or Aldous Huxley sit on this grass?
SANTA CRUZ, CA
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Sweet Cheeks Candy Company opens in San Juan Bautista

A colorful—and delicious—addition to San Juan Bautista’s downtown shopping district, Sweet Cheeks Candy Company opened for business on June 18 in the historic Bluebird Hotel building. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by members of the local business community and city officials including Mayor Leslie Jordan, Vice Mayor Cesar Flores, City Councilman John Freeman, and Brewery 25 owner Fran Fitzharris.
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, CA
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Man pleads guilty to COVID-19 relief fund fraud

SAN JOSE, Calif. (BCN) — A San Jose man has pleaded guilty to a fraudulent loan application scheme in order to get millions of dollars from programs implemented to assist businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Justice Northern District of California announced on Friday. Lebnitz Tran, 41, submitted at least 27 Paycheck […]
SAN JOSE, CA

San Jose resident Lebnitz Tran pleads guilty to $3.6M COVID funds fraud

SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Jose man accused of submitting multiple fake applications for small business COVID relief funds - obtaining more than $3.6 million in fraudulent payments that funded a luxury lifestyle - pleaded guilty to criminal charges, authorities said Friday.A federal grand jury charged Lebnitz Tran last year with six counts of wire fraud and one count of bank fraud. Under a plea agreement Tran pleaded guilty to two of the wire fraud counts; if he complies with the plea agreement, the remaining counts will be dismissed, said a press statement from U.S. Attorney for the Northern District...
SAN JOSE, CA
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