Santa Clara County

Apple, Genentech holding up counties for billions on property tax

Tech companies lead in tax assessment disputes<p>Silicon Valley’s boom times mean that county coffers are booming too, as all of that private success can lead to a fat annual bill when it’s time to pay the taxman.<p>According to the Santa Clara County Assessor’s Office, 2018 netted an assessment roll of …

Silicon Valley

Chinese-citizen engineer at San Jose tech firm stole secrets, brought them to Chinese firm, jury says in awarding major damages

Development engineer Gangyi Chen stole trade secrets from a San Jose technology company and brought them to a Chinese firm, according to a Silicon …

Silicon Valley

Sexual Misconduct Charges Dropped Against Former City Councilman

SANTA CLARA (KPIX 5) — Former Santa Clara City Councilman Dominic Caserta will not face any criminal charges after being accused of sexual misconduct.<p>…

City Politics

More West Nile Treatment Planned In Santa Clara County

The county's Vector Control District is conducting the mosquito treatment to prevent any human cases of West Nile virus.<p>SANTA CLARA VALLEY, CA — …

Public Health

Letter: County should put people before cars with San Jose annex

County should put people<br>before cars with SJ annex<p>Re: “County rejects housing proposal for City Hall Annex” (Page A1, Aug. 14):<p>Jim Salata and John …

Silicon Valley

San Jose: Authorities identify motorcyclist killed in crash

SAN JOSE — A motorcyclist killed in a collision with a car making a U-Turn across McLaughlin Road on Tuesday has been identified by the Santa Clara …

San Jose

San Jose organizations advance community engagement, increase city vibrancy with $1 million boost from Knight Foundation - Knight Foundation

San Jose, Calif.—Aug. 16, 2018—The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced more than $1 million in new funding for 16 projects aimed …

Urban Design

Milpitas Library adds Everbright-designed wall to promote imaginations

The Milpitas Library just got a little brighter. On Wednesday, the Santa Clara County Library District announced the installment of high tech light …

Makerspaces

Big developer buys choice downtown San Jose office building that’s being renovated

SAN JOSE — Jay Paul, a development stalwart whose major Silicon Valley tenants include Facebook, Amazon and Google, has greatly widened its San Jose …

Silicon Valley

Police arrest car theft suspect at Milpitas motel

Milpitas police said they arrested a San Jose woman for driving a stolen car, and found drugs, suspected stolen credit cards, mail and a passport in …

San Jose

Apple Argues Its HQ Is Worth Only $200 To Reduce Tax Burden

3:31 PM 08/14/2018<p>Apple, history’s first trillion-dollar company, is arguing that a cluster of new buildings at its headquarters is worth only $200 …

Conservative View

Bitcoin scammers target wealthy, threaten to expose ‘secret'

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) - Men in a wealthy Washington suburb have been receiving letters threatening to expose their dark secrets to their wives.<p>The …

Santa Clara

Families of Ghost Ship fire victims warned that defendants could walk away free

OAKLAND — Just before Judge James Cramer tossed out a plea deal blasted by some families of the 36 people killed in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire as …

Crime

Big change in California’s Proposition 13 could be headed to ballot

California’s largest companies could find themselves paying an additional $11 billion a year in property taxes under a ballot measure that would …

San Francisco

Luxury Home Sales in California's Bay Area Up 32%

High-end home sales are increasing across California's booming Bay Area, according to a report Tuesday from Pacific Union International.<p>When …

Real Estate

Apple argued building was worth $200 not $1B to lower tax bill

Apple argued that buildings it owned around Cupertino, Calif., where it is headquartered, were only worth $200 instead of the $1 billion tax …

Tim Cook

Passenger Killed In Crash Near Gilroy Identified

The fatal collision happened Monday on northbound U.S. Highway 101 just south of Old Monterey Road.<p>SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA — A 56-year-old man who …

Santa Clara

Shortchanging IGs?

<b>FIRST LOOK:</b> Does this make them underfed watchdogs?<p>Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration would be one of seven federal watchdogs to see a funding cut under President Donald Trump’s latest budget, according to a new report compiled by congressional Democrats.<p>TIGTA would see its funding …

Donald Trump

Opinion: What we can do before the gun fires again

Sounds of gunfire came from the darkness of a small park known for dog walks, not drug rips. Neighbors drew their blinds, tucked their children into …

Guns

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.<p><b>1. Tinder's founders have filed a bombshell $2 billion lawsuit claiming the former CEO 'groped and sexually harassed' an executive at a company party.</b> The lawsuit alleges that the former Tinder CEO and IAC Chairman Greg Blatt …

Alex Jones

Mysterious Letter Demanding Bitcoin Is Scam: DA's Office

"This recent crop of letters brings a digital currency twist to a very old scam," the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said.<p>SANTA CLARA …

Santa Clara

San Jose steps up for third year of CityDance series

With TV shows like “World of Dance” wildly popular these days, it’s refreshing to find dancing isn’t just a spectator sport in San Jose. If you want …

San Jose

Arbitration agreement between 49ers and Santa Clara reveals dispute over stadium lease calculation

Much of the feud over how much rent the San Francisco 49ers should have to pay Santa Clara to use Levi’s Stadium stems from a bitter dispute over how …

San Francisco 49ers

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Have This Exclusive McDonald's Perk -- And You Could, Too. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds.<p>How much are you lovin’ it? Use McDonald’s mobile ordering app any time in the next 10 days and you’ll be entered to win a McGold Card, which entitles holders to free food for life at the restaurant chain. Reportedly Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are already McGold …

McDonald's

San Francisco has no idea what to do about 'goofball' e-scooters, email records show

San Francisco has been scooter-less for months.<p>Other cities, meanwhile, have slowly been filling with electric scooters. But earlier this year, San …

San Francisco

Juvenile court is no place for kids — California must set a minimum age

In California, children as young as 5 years old are prosecuted in juvenile court. As a probation chief with nearly 30 years of experience, I can …

Santa Clara

Police: Mother dies months after being shot by son in ‘inheritance’ killing

SAN JOSE — A woman has died three months after a shooting that also killed her husband, allegedly at the hands of their son who investigators say was …

Crime

Still figuring out TCJA

<b>THE TCJA AT WORK:</b> The big story on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1 (115), these last few months has been the wait for the regulations that will help people understand how the new tax system will actually work.<p>And yet, there are other good reminders out there about how the new law is affecting …

Tax Havens

Property tax overhaul? Backers of initiative deliver signatures for California’s 2020 ballot

A ballot initiative to tax California’s business and industrial properties based on regular assessments of their value — a major rewrite of …

San Francisco Bay Area

County rejects plan for housing at old City Hall Annex, plans for parking

With affordable housing in critical shortage, Santa Clara County’s plan to demolish the old City Hall Annex in San Jose and temporarily convert the …

Homelessness