The San Jose Mercury News reported that some San Jose City Council members and city staff signed non-disclosure agreements with Google, during discussions about the tech giant buying city property near the Diridon Station in downtown. San Jose’s City Attorney Rick Doyle said that NDAs are becoming more common when dealing with large tech companies, despite public questions about whether city officials accountable to the public should be allowed to sign NDAs.
One of Hillary Clinton’s top aides in her 2016 presidential campaign has filed paperwork to run for governor of California. Amanda Renteria threw her hat into the ring earlier today, shocking some political leaders. Renteria is currently the Chief of Operations for the California Department of Justice, and has worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein in the past.
Passengers on a flight to Honolulu might have started their vacation off with a bang…literally. A United Airlines flight on route to the holiday destination had its engine cover fall off with a bang, leading to an emergency landing in Honolulu. The Federal Aviation Agency is still investigating what might have caused the Boeing 777 aircraft to malfunction like that.
Over the weekend, Downtown San Jose hosted the eight annual Feathers of Fury pillow fight. The event was held in between the unoccupied Camera 12 Cinemas and Starbucks, which gathered approximately 100 community members. The unpermitted event has no specific group or individual that runs it, however, for the first time San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco helped promote the event.
Sleep Better Feel Better is an event that took place in the Student Wellness Center at San Jose State University. Stephanie Preston, a counselor for the school wanted to bring a class setting to teach students of the importance of sleep. In her one-on-one sessions she noticed a trend that lack of sleep seemed to correlate around her students problems.
In sports news, San Jose State athletics has a nationwide search for a new head coach of baseball. This information comes after Jason Hawkins resigned from his position. Back in January, the school had placed Hawkins on administrative leave for allegedly having the team perform in illegal practices. The Spartans are days away from their first game against Northern Colorado.
San Jose State baseball head coach Jason Hawkins submitted his letter of resignation on Monday. Back in January, the university placed Hawkins on administrative leave. This came after allegations grew that Hawkins was holding illegal practices last year. Hawkins was head coach for one year. During the 2017 season, Hawkins lead the Spartans to a 19-35-1 overall record.
San Jose State University receives five million dollar gift from alumni. Philanthropists Larry and Deidre Solari’s gift is among the biggest ever for SJSU athletics. The gift will support SJSU football personnel and facilities which include plans to install a new football operations center on the east side of CEFCU Stadium.
San Jose Mayor, Sam Liccardo was interrupted by protesters at the State of City Address. Protesters made it known that they are against the plans for Google to build a mega-campus in downtown. Affordable housing has been an ongoing issue in San Jose and people are saying that they are fighting to stay in the city they grew up in.
With only a couple of days until the season opener, San Jose State University’s baseball team is still searching for a new head coach. Their previous coach stepped down from the position after being accused of holding illegal practices. In the meantime, assistant coach Brad Sanfilippo, will be filling in as head coach until a permanent replacement is found.
Over 100,000 people have signed a petition in hopes to change Bank of America’s policies. The petition was created in hopes for customers to stop being charged for online banking fees. Bank of America adds a 12 dollar fee to accounts that are either under 1,500 dollars or does not have at least 250 dollars direct deposited to an account.
San Jose State University’s football team has received a generous donation of 5 million dollars this past week. This is one of the largest donations the team has ever recieved. The donation came from alumni Larry and Deirdre Solari. The football team’s head coach plans to use the money on facilities, including a locker room and a players lounge.
- Users of Bank of America beware! In January, the bank added a $12 monthly fee for it’s online checking service. Accounts that fall below $1,500 will automatically be debited the monthly fee. This decision has raised criticisms against Bank of America for instating what seems like a punishment against its’ lower-income clients.
(Anybody who uses Bank of America should check to see if they are qualified to continue using its online checking service. In January, Bank of America released a statement that if will be shutting down its free online checking service.)
- Eleven future high school graduates signed letters of intent to play football for the San Jose State Spartans. This increases the total number of recruits to 24 since December 2017. Most of the students come from the surrounding Bay Area. Coach Brent Brennan hopes the incoming players will strengthen the team’s offensive line. The next season’s kickoff will begin August 30th against the UC Davis Aggies.
(Eleven new players signed their letters of intent at San Jose State, increasing the class of 2018 to 24 total recruits since 2017. The class announced by head coach Brent Brennan includes nine players from the Bay Area and a total of 12 from Northern California. According to 247Sports, SJSU ranks seventh overall in the Mountain West Conference.)
- If you hate Valentine’s day, this art installment might be for you. The “Anti” Valentine Show debuted at the Works Art Gallery in downtown San Jose last Friday. The art installment showcases any piece of art that rejects the sentimentality of Valentine’s Day. The Works Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization, and displays all the artwork submitted. The Anti Valentine Show will be open until February 18th.
(Hungry for love, a woman chews on a heart with a look of satisfaction and blood on her face. / The (Anti) Valentine Show opened last Friday at Works art gallery in downtown San Jose.)