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October 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A criminal grand jury this week indicted a former Santa Clara County supervisor for false personation after he allegedly fabricated campaign mailers to discredit a San Jose City Council candidate. George Shirakawa was indicted Monday for one felony count of false personation. The Santa Clara County district attorney's office said the false personation occurred roughly between May 1 and June 8, 2010, when he "falsely personated the campaign committee entitled 'Neighbors for Magdalena Carrasco for Council 2010.' " According to the San Jose Mercury News , Shirakawa, 51, was arrested for false personation in June, but that case was quickly mired in legal maneuvers and his pending sentencing on other charges from another case.
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April 4, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
A serial rapist who admitted assaulting dozens of women in the 1970s and '80s and has been confined for nearly two decades because of his violent sexual tendencies could reside in an unincorporated area east of Palmdale after his release, a Northern California judge announced Friday. A landlord has agreed to rent a single-family residence in an arid, sparsely populated area in the 20000 block of East Avenue R to house Christopher Evans Hubbart, who served time for sexually assaulting at least 40 women.
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August 4, 2011 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco -- The unincorporated pocket of Santa Clara County land is known in planning parlance as Cambrian 36. And to residents, efforts to become part of neighboring Campbell instead of behemoth San Jose had edged along in geologic time. But after years of heated protests, the 103-acre neighborhood may be getting its wish. Both city councils approved an agreement Tuesday ceding the land to Campbell, in exchange for plenty of revenue for San Jose. The six-year annexation tug-of-war underscores the desperate search by municipalities for a little extra income in trying times.
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April 4, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
A serial rapist who admitted assaulting dozens of women in the 1970s and '80s and has been confined for nearly two decades because of his violent sexual tendencies could reside in an unincorporated area east of Palmdale after his release, state authorities announced Friday. A landlord has agreed to rent a single-family residence in a sparsely populated area in the 20000 block of East Avenue R to house Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, who served about 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting at least 40 women and has been held in mental institutions since his release.
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August 8, 1990 | From Associated Press
The San Francisco Giants appeared to move closer to a new home away from chilly Candlestick Park when three more city councils agreed to put a financing plan for a new stadium on the November ballot. Late Tuesday night, the Santa Clara, Los Altos and Mountain View city councils agreed to let the voters decide whether a tax should be imposed on their communities to help build a $152.8-million, 45,000-seat stadium on 120 acres south of San Francisco.
NEWS
September 2, 1989 | From United Press International
A Mediterranean fruit fly has been found in Santa Clara County, the battleground of the state's 1980-82 Medfly war, the state Food and Agriculture Department said Friday. The fly, an adult male, was found Thursday in one of the state's insect traps hung on a pear tree in Mountain View, said John Connell, the department's supervisor for pesticide projects in Northern California.
NEWS
September 6, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Scientists recommended Tuesday a single aerial spraying of the pesticide malathion as part of a three-part plan to wipe out a menacing infestation of the Mediterranean fruit fly in Santa Clara County. "The panel suggested we stick with the Los Angeles County integrated pest management program, a ground spray where the adults were found, one knockdown aerial application and release of sterile Medflies each week," said Gera Curry, spokeswoman for the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
NEWS
August 16, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Santa Clara County is moving into the final stage of its yearlong fight against an infestation of Mediterranean fruit flies. The last of nearly 800 million sterile Medflies were released from the Mountain View area last Friday, and about 1,200 new traps have been hung throughout the 65-square-mile quarantine area.
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March 17, 1987 | Associated Press
All five of Santa Clara County's supervisors were sentenced to jail terms Monday for violating a judge's order to provide more jail cells for male inmates. But retired Alameda County Superior Court Judge Spurgeon Avakian, the fourth judge to handle the 6-year-old suit against the county, dropped his threat to fine the county $9.3 million for failing to come up with a plan to provide 96 one-man cells for violent inmates.
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June 16, 1985 | NANCY SKELTON and MARK GLADSTONE, Times Staff Writer
Health officials combing past medical records have found another victim of listeriosis---- this time a 3-day-old baby girl in Santa Clara County----but they have not determined whether the death was related to Jalisco brand cheese, being blamed for the deadliest episode of food contamination in California history. The child's death, recorded in May, brings the listeriosis toll in California to 30.
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March 11, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Jose police officer has been charged with committing a forcible rape while on duty, Santa Clara County prosecutors said Tuesday. According to the district attorney's office, Officer Geoffrey Graves and three other officers had responded on Sept. 22, 2013, to a call of a family disturbance. The officers  determined both spouses had been drinking but that no crime had occurred. However, the wife, a hotel maid, told officers of a nearby hotel where she had previously worked and where she wished to spend the night.
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March 8, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - As a cold rain pelted the parking lot, the gates opened and the cars began to roll through. In an aging Nissan was a 74-year-old longtime farmworker whose landlady had booted him to raise the rent. A 65-year-old disabled woman pulled her Ford Fusion up to the small trailer, where she could at last plug in her sleep apnea machine. Then there was Patsy Perez, 55, who had learned about the fledgling "Safe Parking" program at the county fairgrounds lot after pleading to spend the night in her Volvo outside a downtown shelter.
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February 12, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A Santa Clara County criminal grand jury has handed down a murder indictment in connection with missing Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar . Santa Clara County District Atty. Jeff Rosen disclosed the Superior Court grand jury's indictment against 22-year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres on Tuesday. It comes nearly two years after Sierra, a vibrant cheerleader, disappeared near her Morgan Hill home while on her way to school. She was 15 at the time. She is presumed dead, although her body has not been found.
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January 16, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Jose police announced Thursday that a man suspected of setting more than a dozen fires in the downtown core during a recent six-night period has been taken into custody. Patrick William Brennan, 48, lives in the downtown San Jose neighborhood where the fires began Jan. 7, police said. Brennan reportedly has been arrested before in connection with arson cases dating to the 1990s. Brennan was booked into Santa Clara County jail Thursday on two counts of felony arson.
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November 26, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A Santa Clara County judge has canceled a Dec. 4 public hearing that had been scheduled on the release of a serial rapist to Los Angeles County, authorities said Tuesday. The judge canceled the hearing after a landlord withdrew his support to allow Christopher Evans Hubbart to live in a home in an unincorporated part of Lake Los Angeles, the L.A. County district attorney's office said. The choice of the home had sparked complaints from local government officials and residents.  A state contractor is continuing to search for a new residence for Hubbart in L.A. County.
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November 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A San Jose sex crimes detective pleaded guilty to committing a sex crime and will serve at least six months in jail, prosecutors said Friday. Tony Fregger, 34, who has worked as a San Jose police officer since 2005, turned himself in last July after his computer was seized by authorities. The investigation into Fregger showed he had solicited and received explicit photos on Facebook from a girl he knew was a minor, according to the San Jose Mercury News . "Certainly as a police officer in the sex crimes unit, he knew what he was doing was illegal," said Santa Clara County prosecutor David Ezgar.
NEWS
October 28, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lawyers and staff of the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County have gone on strike in a dispute over job security, the first legal services walkout in California in more than a decade. Seventeen employees, members of the United Legal Assistance Workers, including five lawyers, walked out this week. The agency provides legal help to the poor. Striking lawyers have continued to make required appearances in court in ongoing cases but are not handling new cases or long-term projects.
NEWS
November 27, 1998 | EDWARD WONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Silicon Valley's cutting-edge technology may ease local jail overcrowding, but first a political squabble over an automated bail system must be settled. The Santa Clara County Department of Corrections hopes that some misdemeanor suspects soon will be able to pay for their bail by using credit cards at a computer kiosk that was installed last month in the county jail's booking lobby.
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November 5, 2013 | By Lee Romney, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Voters in the Santa Clara County city of Sunnyvale were overwhelmingly backing a host of gun safety measures Tuesday that would put the relatively safe city at the forefront of a nationwide conversation on firearms regulation. Sunnyvale's measure was passing with two-thirds of the vote. It would require residents to report lost or stolen weapons within 48 hours of the discovery and to keep weapons safely stored. It would also make it illegal to possess ammunition magazines of 10 or more rounds, and require those purchasing ammunition to provide documentation that would be kept on file by store owners for two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A proposal to release a serial rapist to a home in the Antelope Valley has been thrown into doubt after the landlord withdrew his support for the move, authorities said Friday. The landlord's decision will likely delay but not stop the release of Christopher Hubbart, who was convicted of raping dozens of women before he was committed to a state mental facility nearly two decades ago as a "sexually violent predator," a prosecutor said. Santa Clara County Deputy Dist. Atty. Vonda Tracey said a state contractor would start the search for a different location in Los Angeles County after the landlord withdrew consideration for the home in Lake Los Angeles, an unincorporated county area east of Palmdale.
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