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October 31, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
County supervisors voted 4 to 1 Tuesday for a nonbinding resolution asking Gov. Gray Davis to place a moratorium on executions. The county joined San Francisco, Menlo Park, Oakland, Berkeley and Santa Cruz in calling for a freeze on executions until studies on fairness in sentencing and the risk of executing innocent people were completed.
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November 14, 2006 | From Times staff and wire reports
Livestock could be returning to thousands of grassy acres in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to reduce wildfire risks. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District recently drafted a policy that would reintroduce the animals over 5,000 difficult-to-manage acres. Cattle have been kicked off grassy lands because they contributed to erosion and overgrazing. Further research has determined that removing livestock can harm wildflowers and certain animal life and leave areas overgrown with weeds.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2001 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Clara County, the eclectic Bay Area stretch encompassing everything from Silicon Valley to the garlic farms of Gilroy, is poised to call for a temporary halt in the death penalty. Although it would only echo recent declarations from historically leftist strongholds such as Berkeley and Santa Cruz, a vote in such a large, diverse and moderate county would signify that the national uncertainty about capital punishment has become mainstream in California, advocates say.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. agreed to pay $70 million to several California municipalities to resolve claims that the company overcharged for its Windows software. The city of Los Angeles, L.A. County, San Francisco and Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties would receive vouchers worth as much as $70 million to purchase computers, software and other equipment, said Jim Emery, an attorney for San Francisco. "The vouchers are good for products from any vendor, not just Microsoft," Emery said.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. agreed to pay $70 million to several California municipalities to resolve claims that the company overcharged for its Windows software. The city of Los Angeles, L.A. County, San Francisco and Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties would receive vouchers worth as much as $70 million to purchase computers, software and other equipment, said Jim Emery, an attorney for San Francisco. "The vouchers are good for products from any vendor, not just Microsoft," Emery said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Santa Clara County district attorney's office will seek an open grand jury hearing into the shooting death of a man mistaken for a fugitive parolee. It is only the third time that the office has requested a public session. Usually, grand jury reviews of police shootings are confidential. Community outrage followed the Feb. 17 shooting of unarmed Rodolfo Cardenas, 43, by a state narcotics agent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
New touch-screen voting machines will be available for Santa Clara County voters in today's elections. The county isn't required to abandon punch-card voting until the presidential primary election in March, but election officials said they wanted to use this smaller local election -- which will involve 279 of the county's more than 900 precincts -- to test the touch-screen system.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
San Diego-based Sempra Energy, owner of the largest U.S. natural gas utility, and several other natural gas companies engaged in a concerted scheme to overcharge consumers, according to lawsuits filed Thursday by the city and county of San Francisco and, separately, by Santa Clara County.
NEWS
March 20, 1989
An offer by IBM Corp. to pump millions of gallons of water with low levels of industrial solvents to Santa Clara Valley households has been met with skepticism by environmentalists and water district officials. IBM says the treated water from its South San Jose property, now being dumped, contains low levels of chemical solvents, but is well within the state limits for drinking water supplies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2006 | From Times staff and wire reports
Livestock could be returning to thousands of grassy acres in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to reduce wildfire risks. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District recently drafted a policy that would reintroduce the animals over 5,000 difficult-to-manage acres. Cattle have been kicked off grassy lands because they contributed to erosion and overgrazing. Further research has determined that removing livestock can harm wildflowers and certain animal life and leave areas overgrown with weeds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The death of a 25-year-old inmate at Santa Clara County Jail has been ruled a homicide, authorities said Monday. Joseph Boos of San Jose died from multiple trauma to the chest, said sheriff's spokesman Serg Palanov. An unresponsive Boos was found under his bed Saturday afternoon. He died at a hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
A former Santa Clara County judge was jailed for drinking over-the-counter medicine while serving his house arrest sentence. Judge William Danser, who was convicted for fixing traffic tickets last year, was required to stay away from alcohol as a condition of his 90-day electronic monitoring. But on March 4, seven days before the end of his sentence, Danser took Nyquil, which contains so much alcohol that it was specifically prohibited unless he notified authorities, his attorney said.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2004 | Michael Hiltzik
Civic disputes over the location of public facilities generally erupt between adjacent communities, either because they're lusting after the tax receipts that accompany attractions such as stadiums and office centers, or because they're hoping to deflect the hassles that come with public necessities such as garbage dumps and dog pounds. It's rare for one community to simultaneously yearn for a big project and despise it. But that's the case with a proposed new concert hall for San Jose.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
San Diego-based Sempra Energy, owner of the largest U.S. natural gas utility, and several other natural gas companies engaged in a concerted scheme to overcharge consumers, according to lawsuits filed Thursday by the city and county of San Francisco and, separately, by Santa Clara County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Santa Clara County district attorney's office will seek an open grand jury hearing into the shooting death of a man mistaken for a fugitive parolee. It is only the third time that the office has requested a public session. Usually, grand jury reviews of police shootings are confidential. Community outrage followed the Feb. 17 shooting of unarmed Rodolfo Cardenas, 43, by a state narcotics agent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
New touch-screen voting machines will be available for Santa Clara County voters in today's elections. The county isn't required to abandon punch-card voting until the presidential primary election in March, but election officials said they wanted to use this smaller local election -- which will involve 279 of the county's more than 900 precincts -- to test the touch-screen system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The death of a 25-year-old inmate at Santa Clara County Jail has been ruled a homicide, authorities said Monday. Joseph Boos of San Jose died from multiple trauma to the chest, said sheriff's spokesman Serg Palanov. An unresponsive Boos was found under his bed Saturday afternoon. He died at a hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court judge in Santa Clara County has been indicted by a criminal grand jury for allegedly fixing traffic tickets for, among others, members of the San Jose Sharks hockey team and the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team and for allegedly helping some drunk-driving defendants. Judge William Danser, 50, was booked and released on his own recognizance, along with former Los Gatos police Det. Randy Bishop, who faces similar charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Santa Clara County's chief medical examiner is facing arrest in Wisconsin for allegedly stealing books from his former employer and then failing to appear in court. According to a criminal complaint filed in Wisconsin, Gregory Schmunk took five medical textbooks that belonged to the county. They were valued at $406.73 when he left his job as medical examiner for a northeastern Wisconsin county in 1999, according to the complaint.
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