San Jose voters: Get ready for 'El Niño' of tax pitches

02/07/2016 06:55 PM PST
San Jose voters this year face three proposals to increase taxes, potentially boosting the city's sales tax to the maximum 9.5 cents per dollar -- a whopping leap from the current 8.75 percent. 
District 17 race: Honda campaign spending money fast -- a large portion on legal fees
02/07/2016 03:29 PM PST - Incumbent Rep. Mike Honda is not only well behind returning opponent Ro Khanna in terms of a campaign war chest, but end-of-year filings show that in the last quarter he blazed through nearly 95 percent of the $292,000 he raised -- with a substantial portion going toward legal fees and a crisis communications firm.  

San Francisco: Three die in fiery car crash near Super Bowl City
02/07/2016 01:07 AM PST - Three people in a speeding car fleeing a California Highway Patrol officer were killed after the car slammed into a taxi cab and exploded into flames near Ninth and Brannan streets in San Francisco, less than a mile from Super Bowl festivities that were in full swing Saturday night. 

Rubio under fire in GOP debate after rise in polls
02/06/2016 11:13 PM PST - Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals vigorously challenging his readiness to be president and the depth of his expertise as they sought to salvage their own White House hopes.  

Official: California overpaid state employees and the government wants money back
02/06/2016 10:00 PM PST - Officials say California overpaid at least $700,000 to state employees last month and the government wants the money back. 

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters
02/06/2016 10:04 PM PST - Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday.  

Federal disaster loans offered to commercial Dungeness crab fishermen
02/06/2016 10:05 PM PST - Help is on the way in the form of federal disaster loans for commercial fishermen who have suffered financial losses from California's canceled commercial Dungeness crab season this year. 

Detox policies questioned after latest death in Santa Cruz County Jail
02/06/2016 10:06 PM PST - Krista Lynn DeLuca grew up in North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley. She was brought up by her mother and stepfather, but her mother died when she was 14. Her stepfather, Ron Pinotti, raised her and his son in an apartment. 

Herhold: Jeff Rosen helps Ro Khanna
02/06/2016 08:16 PM PST - Ro Khanna, the 39-year-old challenger to U.S. Rep. Mike Honda in this year's most intriguing battle of local Democrats, has a potent weapon this time around -- the support of Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen. 

SFO protesters want attention focused on Super Bowl switched to police killings and the poor
02/06/2016 06:37 PM PST - Dozens of protesters greeted SFO passengers arriving on the eve of Super Bowl 50, chanting the names of the victims of police killings and calling for an end to public policies that they say prioritize a one-day sporting event over the lives of thousands of homeless and displaced Bay Area residents.  

( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7