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New redwood park in Santa Cruz Mountains could come from Beall law

Clearing the way for what could potentially be the biggest open space deal in the Santa Cruz Mountains in years, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that would streamline the sale of up to 6,500 acres of land owned by San Jose Water Company and to become a public open space preserve.

The bill would allow the sale of the land — which includes 1,100 acres of redwood forests and could easily eclipse $30 million in price — to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District without approval from the state Public Utilities Commission. The commission regulates San Jose Water, and its processes are often bureaucratic and slow-moving.

Talks are still in the very early stages.


I'm wouldn't call this a "new redwood park" as it sounds like they want to add the land to Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, and most of the parcels form an irregular shape along the edge of that park, but I suppose you could call it "new redwood park-land".
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Uhhh... I don't think the Mercury meant this headline to be funny...
San Jose Bacon Festival postponement can't be blamed on police shortage, city contends

Actual article goes on to say that the SJ police (who are in the middle of a staffing crisis) say event organizers submitted their permits too late for them to be ready for Labor Day weekend, but still... *sniggers juvenilely*
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MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Police believe an Oakland man, fearful of being tracked by Google, launched a series of attacks on Google's company headquarters, including shooting out office windows and tossing Molotov cocktails at a streetview vehicle.

Uh, well... I mean, he's probably not wrong...
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Fuck Cumulus Media. Fuck them up their stupid asses. They basically just bombed the crap out of KFOG. I don't know if it was quite as sudden from the inside as it is from the out, but dsg;lsdkjfldah;gf. I was wondering why they seemed to be playing random stuff and not 10@10 this morning and yesterday. I thought maybe Annalisa was on vacation, although I think in the past they've usually played archived shows when that's the case. But no, apparently she, along with a lot of the other on-air staff, was laid off without notice to pave the way for an upcoming format change.
(also although that appears to be getting reserved for when the new whatever it is actually starts on April 20th)

I mean, I suppose in a certain sense one could say it was inevitable the station would change someday, especially if management perceived it as stagnant and not "making numbers". But what a bunch of dick moves. Way to tank a brand and smoke existing goodwill for it.

I'm pretty steamed, could you tell? (and you all were spared the page-long rant and thread quotes poor [personal profile] enotsola endured in chat.)

5:21:31 PM - Stygian Syzygy: Fun times.
5:21:52 PM - Stygian Syzygy: just heard the evolution ad. Ugh.
5:22:08 PM - Stygian Syzygy: And... 4/20? I think that just confirms they're smoking something
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"Like a sudsy Brigadoon"

You know what, San Jose Mercury News, I'm-a just stop you right there. Leading off an article like that! You go to your room and think about what you've done.

("Suds" here in the sense of beer, not soap, although Bud Light is hardly beer.)
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Well, shit.

Lest there be any doubt there is drought in California...
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Can anyone recommend a venue, such as a park, coffee shop, free gallery of some type, etc... just about anything would do, I think, but I'd prefer to avoid actual restaurants as I don't want people to have to pay over $5 to participate... which would be suitable for an early afternoon small group meetup, situated in the east Bay between approximately San Ramon and Pleasanton? (Castro Valley/San Lorenzo area less desirable, but might work.)

I see there are a number of regional parks but I think I may want something a tad smaller, where it might be easier for people to find each other because the exact location to meet is more obvious (and since I haven't been to any of them, I can't give a description of a specific landmark to look for).
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