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Santa Clara Fire Department’s Open House Educates Public
By Cynthia Cheng

On Saturday, Oct. 8, firefighter and paramedic Wyatt Jolliffe showed children a long metal halligan bar, a forcible entry tool used to break through a locked door. According to Jolliffe, a halligan bar and a sledge hammer can be useful during a fire when there’s a locked door that must be opened. On this afternoon, Santa Clara Fire Stations 1 to 8 participated in the Santa Clara Fire Department’s Open House. Jolliffe shared his knowledge out of Fire Station 1, located at 777 Benton St. Firefighters here expressed team spirit for being part of “Station 1c” (a reference to the station location and work shift).

“The number one thing we’re trying to do is to engage the community and let them know where their local fire station is,” says Drew Miller, Battalion Chief of the training division in the Santa Clara Fire Department...

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Truffles and Crémes Sweeten the Grand Opening of Lula’s Chocolates
By Cynthia Cheng

Truffles and Crèmes Sweeten the Grand Opening of Lula’s Chocolates

Inside the store of Santa Clara’s Lula’s Chocolates on Thursday, Sept. 29 were platters of divine-tasting chocolates- crunchy toffee, mouth-watering rocky road made with macadamia nuts, minty butter crémes, vanilla butter crémes topped with fresh pecans and a dream buffet of rich truffles- blood orange truffles, petit truffles and wine truffles. At the grand opening of Lula’s Chocolates, Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor, city officials and members of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce came to celebrate the ribbon cutting and of course, nibble on chocolates.

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“Education is Forever: Francisco Jimenez accepts John Steinbeck Award”
Story and Photos by Maria Judnick

“Education is Forever: Francisco Jimenez accepts John Steinbeck Award”

On Wednesday, September 28th, in a packed San Josè State University Theatre, Santa Clara University Professor Emeritus and writer Francisco Jimènez graciously accepted the John Steinbeck award...

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4th Annual Latino Leadership Awards Ceremony in Santa Clara
Story and photos by Diane Andrews

4th Annual Latino Leadership Awards Ceremony in Santa Clara

The 4th annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony, established by California State Legislature Senator Bob Wieckowski and supported this year by the City of Santa Clara's Cultural Commission...

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Community, Colleagues Pull Together to Help SCPD Officer and Family
By Carolyn Schuk

Community, Colleagues Pull Together to Help SCPD Officer and Family

First responders are always there for us. Last month, it was the community's turn to be there for Santa Clara police officer Scott Wilson and his family...

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Family Stories Shared in Author and Artist Belle Yang’s Exhibit at de Saisset Museum
By Cynthia Cheng

Family Stories Shared in Author and Artist Belle Yang’s Exhibit at de Saisset Museum

“Up on Granddaddy Hill,” one of Belle Yang’s many engaging and culturally-rich paintings, was inspired by her father’s painting of Granddaddy Hill...

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Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates
The Santa Clara Weekly is running a series of profiles on political candidates in the November election -- this article focuses on city council seat four candidate Patricia Mahan.
By David Alexander

Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates

Patricia Mahan wants to represent you on the Santa Clara City Council.

Mahan served on the Council from 1994-2002 and as mayor from 2002 to 2010. She has also served as a commissioner on the Historic Landmarks Commission. She has practiced estate planning, tax and wills and trusts law for 30 years and has a J.D. from Santa Clara University.

Mahan said her roots in Santa Clara give her insight into the needs of its residents, and she has a lot of “institutional memory.”

“Knowing our history helps. Knowing our history helps a lot,” she said.

Her top priority if elected to the Council would be to increase city staff, saying the city has been “understaffed for a long time,” specifically on the the police and fire departments. Santa Clara cannot achieve its potential without “staff up to where it should be,” she said.

Increasing the number of city employees is also important for development, Mahan said. With the loss of redevelopment agency money and the $6.5 billion mixed-use City Center project just north of Levi’s Stadium on the horizon, the city will need more employees more than ever...

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Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates
The Santa Clara Weekly is running a series of profiles on political candidates in the November election -- this article focuses on city council seat three candidate John McLemore.
By David Alexander

Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates

John McLemore wants to represent you on the Santa Clara City Council.

McLemore served on the Council from 1996 to 2004. He is the CEO and founder of Goliath Business Group, a logistics and planning consulting firm, and has served as the vice chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

As someone who has worked in the transportation industry, McLemore said the way the city has been handling traffic issues is misguided, saying the Council should innovate “traffic solutions that don’t play into today’s market.” He said his experience will be invaluable to the Council because his knowledge allows him to know when to have a healthy skepticism of proposals.

“It is obvious they are voting on things they have no comprehension of because they have no business background,” he said. “I can sit there and watch when people have no experience get bamboozled by a fast-talking bureaucrat, by a fast-talking developer, by a fast-talking salesman.”

Although he said city staff have worked to educate his opponent, incumbent Debi Davis, she “still doesn’t get it.” Being personable, he said, has “nothing to do with competently solving traffic issues...”

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Santa Clara responds to City Place lawsuit, case moved to San Mateo County
Story and Photos by Alissa Reyes

Santa Clara responds to City Place lawsuit, case moved to San Mateo County

In recent events, the City of Santa Clara released a response to the City of San Jose’s complaint regarding City Place, and Santa Clara filed to hear the case in a different county.

On July 29, 2016 San Jose its complaint letter, claiming Santa Clara’s 240-acre City Place project would put strains on San Jose and other local communities. San Jose further stated Santa Clara failed to comply with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts.

On September 6, Santa Clara responded to San Jose’s complaint letter and denied almost all of the allegations.

“Respondent denies that the Petitioner is entitled to any of the relief described therein and further denies that the Respondent has failed to comply with CEQA,” said Santa Clara’s letter.

Santa Clara also said the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for City Place was not “incomplete or misleading” as stated in San Jose’s complaint letter. Santa Clara admitted to the allegation that City Place was not included in the city’s 2010 General Plan, but continued to say it made amendments to the General Plan when City Place was approved...

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