Thursday, May 31, 2012

Free Pass to the San Jose Greek Festival!

The Greek Festival is taking place this weekend near St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. There will be tons of food, music, and entertainment. Just print out the flyer below and you'll get in for free!

For a full list of events, click here.

From Blight to Bright - A Cycle Centered Community Cleanup morning in Willow Glen


Willow Glen Neighborhood Association to launch “from Blight to Bright”; a series of community led beautification projects
Community Cleanup to encourage local residents to walk to “The Avenue”
The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association is hosting the first in a series of community cleanup days this summer on June 9, at 9:30 am until 12:30 pm. This event seeks to highlight the importance of the growing residential communities to the north, along with the increased need for safe and clean areas to walk and bike. From Blight to Bright will include residents from the Elements Apartment Community along with participants in San Jose’s monthly Bike Party rides; helping to move tools and debris by bike.

“With budget cuts severely limiting city services, we felt the Willow Glen community should help out” said Richard Zappelli, Vice President of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and tireless community advocate. “We have received tremendous support from our members, the Elements Apartment Community, and our District 6 City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio.

The bicycling community has also responded by offering some of their ‘work” bikes to help move food, tools, and debris. As many residents and visitors of Willow Glen are aware, “The Avenue” is clean and well landscaped due to the efforts of the Willow Glen Business Association and financial support from the Willow Glen Community Benefit Improvement District.

When: Saturday, June 9th, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: A 1,900 foot section of Lincoln Ave. from Coe Ave. north to Parkmoor Ave. (see map)
Meet at: The Elements, 1201 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA, for breakfast, tools and assignments. (see map)
Transit available: Light Rail line 902 at Race Street Station, VTA Bus 65 on Parkmoor. With a 12 minute walk from Stevens Creek Blvd. to the north, routes 81 and 23, and with a 24 minute
walk from Coe Ave. to the south via VTA route 64 (see map)
Tools: We will have some tools but feel free to bring your own brooms, hoes, and gloves. See registration via link below. Also if you have a bike trailer that would be great.
To register (to get a count for food and tools): Click here

For the full press release, click here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday Wishlist: Bike Sharing Program

Oh wait a minute... this one is actually coming true. Check out this post from our friends at One Square Mile:

San Jose Bikeshare announces 20 proposed stations
Last Tuesday, May 22, San Jose Bikeshare announced 20 proposed locations to place Bikeshare pods within the downtown and Japantown areas (see Google Map below). Obvious key locations such as City Hall, SJSU, Diridon Station, and the HP Pavillion were included but other lower key areas of downtown were included as well.

The stations extend from Japantown in the north, Gore Park in the south, Diridon Station in the west, and 9th and San Salvador on the eastern edge of downtown. For those of you who missed the news this summer the city is planning to begin work to close the eastern streetside of Gore Park, South 1st St. to through traffic creating (after Paseo de San Antonio) one of San Jose's few permanent street closures or Paseos.

What do you think of the locations? Could you do any better? Let us know what you think.

For the latest in San Jose Bikeshare news follow them on Twitter.

View San Jose Bike Share - Proposed Locations in a larger map

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

5th Annual SubZERO Festival This Friday @ SoFA!!!

The ultimate South First Friday is happening this week on June 1st from 6pm to midnight... SubZERO! In addition to all of the art venues in SoFA being open late, there is live music on 3 different stages, an epic number of street artists and vendors, 10 food trucks, a craft beer tasting garden, and tons of surprises at every corner. If you only come out to a single South First Friday a year, this is the one.

ANNO DOMINI's STAGE with Emcee "Mighty" Mike McGee
(South First St. btwn San Carlos & San Salvador Streets)

  • 6:30-7:10pm FIERCE CREATURES
  • 7:30-8:15pm SAN FRANCESCA
  • 10:00-10:45pm FORREST DAY
  • 11:15-11:45 STREET DRUM CORPS

WILLIAM STREET STAGE hosted by Grand Fanali
(South First St. btwn Williams & Reed Streets)

Justin Morales (aka Seabright) is a deejay from KSCU. He will be filling in the gaps with good sounds all night.

  • 6:00-6:45pm COMFORT SLACKS
  • 7:10-8:10pm MINIBOSSES
  • 8:30-9:15pm CURIOUS QUAIL
  • 9:45-10:20 FLESH WEAPON
  • 10:50-11:30 DRU

(San Salvador St. btwn South First & Market Streets)

  • 7:00-7:45pm TBA
  • 8:00-8:45pm DREAM HOUSE
  • 9:00-9:45pm VIDA KILLZ
  • 10:00-10:45pm DIRTY PILLOWS


  • Barefoot Coffee
  • Bill's Hot Dogs
  • Mini Yums
  • MoBowl
  • MoGo BBQ
  • Soulnese
  • Treatbot
  • O Mi Ninja
  • Quick Dog
  • The WOW Truck
Better Brew Tasting Garden

Lagunitas presents Better Brew Tasting hosted by BetterBeerBlog

Participating Breweries:


Monday, May 28, 2012

Improvements to The Alameda Kicking off Soon

The Alameda near Downtown San Jose is about to get $3.9M worth of renovations. There will be new median strips, LED lighting, and safer crosswalks. Most of this will be paid for by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission with about 20% coming from the city of San Jose. The renovations kick off in September and will be capped off with a repaving of the entire street from the HP Pavilion to 880.

If the business owners along the strip are willing to pay for maintenance in the future, they may at some point also add flowing plants, new benches, and extensive landscaping across the sidewalks. After all this is completed, the Alameda could become a very nice walkable district. It's already home to many great retails spots, including The Usuals, Crema, La Dolce Velo, Wine Affairs, and The Arsenal.

Source: The Merc

Sunday, May 27, 2012

"A Day in the Park" Event Today @ St. James Park

There is a new grassroots organizations in town called IAMSANJOSE whose mission is to bring people together and revitalize San Jose. Their first focus area is St. James park, which has been a homeless refuge for years. They are planning on several events that will not only improve perception of the area, but raise money to clean up the park. All the proceeds from today's event are going to the Salvation Army in order to get the homeless around St. James park the help they need.

Today's event entitled "A Day in the Park" will feature 8 food trucks, live music, and raffles. For all the info keep on reading or have a peek at the IAMSANJOSE website over here.


DATE: May 27th, 2012
TIME: 12pm-5pm PT – 5 hours
LOCATION: St James Park, San Jose (2nd St and St James St, San Jose, CA 95113)
SAN JOSE, CA – New charitable organization, IAMSANJOSE, will launch
on Sunday, May 27th with a benefit event “A Day in the Park” at St. James Park.
IAMSANJOSE’s goal is to revitalize the City of San Jose, focusing first on the
city’s oldest park, St. James Park.
Sunday’s event will bring eight gourmet food trucks and live music to the park
and proceeds will benefit Salvation Army’s homeless services.
Our intent is to revitalize and reactivate the downtown area with initial
emphasis on St James Park. We plan to coordinate a series of events year round
that will bring not only an economic boost but a social rejuvenation to an area of
the city that has long needed it, said IAMSANJOSE co-founder Tin Le.
The estimated 2,000 attendees can expect a variety of food trucks to choose
from, live entertainment, vendors and raffles.
In recent months, we’ve worked with the community to see how we can revive
the park by suppressing criminality, addressing homelessness, and injecting
more family-friendly activity into the park. I’m thrilled that IAMSANJOSE co-
founders Tin Le, Sam Pak and Cary Inayoshi have brought their enthusiasm and
creativity to St. James Park, said Councilmember Sam Liccardo.
IAMSANJOSE Mission Statement. IAMSANJOSE’s mission is a
community development movement that focuses in bringing people together
to benefit the city. Working together with various local business owners and
entrepreneurs, our goal is to revitalize the city of San Jose through large, fun,
social and creative fundraising events for local entities and charities.
About St. James Park
The City of San Jose’s St. James Park has a unique place in history as the city’s
oldest park. The park is surrounded by unique structures the Scottish Rite
Temple, the post office, state courthouse, and the St. Claire Club, all adjacent
to the oldest urban park in California’s oldest civil settlement. The park was
designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead.
St. James Park is also home to many extraordinary events including marches and
rallies, Bobby Kennedy’s 1968 speech, the grisly lynchings, and performances
by presidents, poets and musicians.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Stats: Start-up Funding

Start-ups are the lifeblood of Silicon Valley, but historically start-up companies have not really flocked to San Jose. Usually they "graduate" to San Jose when they start needing substantial amounts of office space and resources. However, it looks like that is starting to change based on where the VC money is going.

In terms of Venture Capital invested in start-up companies regionally, San Jose did miserably in 2009. In the bay area they ranked 11th, behind Palo Alto and even San Carlos (!).

In 2011, San Jose clawed its way to 4th place with three quarters of a billion dollars invested between 43 companies:

1.) San Francisco - $2.87 billion
2.) Palo Alto - $1.3 billion
3.) Mountain View - $1.03 billion
4.) San Jose - $784.2 million

This is a trend that I think will continue for multiple reasons, but I think the top one is start-ups looking more for urbanized locations. That's why they are flocking to downtown Palo Alto, Mountain View, Campbell, SF, etc. Start-ups require a high-energy environment and employees working 80+ hour weeks expect instant access to the conveniences urban areas offer.

The good news is San Jose is urbanizing faster than any other city in Silicon Valley right now, and has ambitions plans to build future urban villages pretty much everywhere. Downtown is becoming a legitimate destination for incubators and startups, North First is going to explode over the next 2 decades, midtown is being built up, the area around the HP Pavilion is slated to become an "innovation district," and Santana Row is building mass amounts of office space. All of these areas have the potential to attract hot start-ups, especially as the perception of San Jose only being suburban dies off. To boot, we have the lowest housing costs (besides Gilroy) and best transportation infrastructure in the South Bay. I think we have a winning recipe and I'm really looking forward to seeing how the 2012 funding number stack up.

Source: SiliconBeat

Friday, May 25, 2012

San Jose Expands Smoking Ban

Today new smoking laws go into effect that will make it even more difficult to light up in San Jose. Already there is a ban on smoking inside restaurants, bars, public buildings, city parks, within 25 feet to the entrance of a city library or community center, and in outdoor seating areas of sports centers.

Today's expansion also bans smoking in outdoor areas of restaurants and bars (pretty much most of Santana Row), in outdoor areas where people wait for services (Bus stops, ticket lines, ATMs, Food Trucks, etc.), and in outdoor common areas of condos, apartments, and mobile home parks.

Usually, I am against the government over-reaching on people's right to choose how they live their lives, but the exception is when those choices hurt others. Every time someone lights up a cigarette around other people, they are taking away their right to breath in clear air and are instead forcing cancer-causing pollutants into their lungs whether they like it or not. I see nothing wrong with smoking at home or with your friends, but I never got smoking in public. When I went to London and Paris last year, I have to say the the crazy amount of cigarette smoke everywhere really killed the ambiance on some of the most beautiful streets and cafes I have seen.

I think it's a smart move for San Jose and will hopefully make Downtown more attractive to families by removing smoking from a huge chunk of the streets.

No Smoking page

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sake San Jose Today!

A great event is happening tonight in Japantown for all the Sake lovers out there. The best part is that it's for a great cause! All the details are below:
Sake San Jose combines sake tasting with a walk through Historic Japantown San Jose.
WHEN:May 24, 2012
Registration – 4:30PM
Opening Ceremony – 5:00PM
Sake Tasting - 5:30PM-8:30PM
WHERE:Japantown San Jose
On Jackson Street Between 3rd and 7th Streets
TICKETS:Early Bird – $40
General Admission (Day of Event) – $50

Join us for the 7th Annual Sake San Jose event on Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Meet up with friends and family as you leisurely walk through historic Japantown San Jose (on Jackson Street, between 3rd and 7th Streets) alive with music to visit the many shops and businesses for a tasting of an assortment of both domestic and international sakes, all for a great cause. Kampai!
Registration opens at 4:30 PM with Opening Ceremony beginning at 5:00 PM.
Proceeds from Sake San Jose benefit Yu-Ai Kai Senior Service, a nonprofit senior center, in Japantown.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday Wishlist: Guadalupe River Lit With LEDs

In central Tokyo, Panasonic kicked off the inaugural Tokyo Hataru (firefly) festival by sending 100,000 solar powered LED light spheres down the Sumida River. This is also pays homage to the tradition in Japan of floating candles on the water. After seeing this, I couldn't help to think of how cool it would be to see something like this in San Jose--perhaps along the Guadalupe river or one of the lakes in San Jose. After all, we are sister cities with Okayama and have one of the three remaining Japantowns in the US.

Source: Engadget

Panasonic sends 100,000 LEDs down Tokyo river, mates tech with tradition

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sama Zama is Coming to the San Pedro Square Market!

Yet another innovative concept is coming to the San Pedro Square Market. Shawn Mckenna--who has worked at 5 different Michelin Star rated restaurants--is opening up an eatery focused on healthy salads, soups, and sandwiches on freshly baked bread. His real specialty is going to be the soups, which sound phenomenal in the video below. All of the vegetables and proteins in the soups will be cooked to order and any pasta used in the soup will be made from scratch daily.

For dinner, he's going to put those 12 years of michelin-rated experience to use with innovative tapas-style small plates that will change regularly.

Sama Zama will be located across from Pizza Bocca Lupo in the El Dorado building.  Along with Loteria Taco Bar, they will bring this building to full occupancy. The Lusardi building behind the Peralta Adobe has a lot of things coming as well, and i'll provide some more details about that in a separate post later on.

Monday, May 21, 2012

1 Million Square Foot Office Campus Coming to North First

Ellis Partners is planning to build a massive Class A office campus on Orchard Parkway called 101 Tech. Currently Atmel is headquartered here in a two story building, which they are vacating in June. The plan is the renovate that building and then build 3 new 6 story buildings and a 1500 space parking garage. The total size of usable space is 956,000 sqft, making it one of the largest office developments in the Bay Area.

This location has immediate access to Light-rail, SJC, 101, and 87 and is surrounded by flagship offices for some of the largest tech companies in the world.

Source: SJBJ


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tyson Johnston at Empire Seven

Back in 2009, Tyson Johnston was part of the group show at E7S called "Eaten by Wolves". His new body of work is intense and his bold illustrations layered on top of Jackson Pollock's type backgrounds are just a preview of what's to come. Tyson's current body of work incorporates alot more animals and symbolic weapons from different regions of the world. He refers to his passion for old films like Clash of the Titans. This is just one of the classics he enjoys 'til this day since it's something he watched as a kid. "The title of the show really doesn't have anything to do with the actual paintings " Tyson says. "It's just a catchy title because of the movie. However there will be some Greek mythical influences through some just to make it more fun".

Wrath of Andromeda by Tyson Johnston is on view Wednesday & Fridays noon-6pm and by appointment, May 11–25.

Empire Seven Studio
525 No. 7th Street
San Jose, CA

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Asian American Heritage Month at History Park Sunday, May 20 from 11 AM to 4 PM

San Jose Taiko’s Junior Taiko Performing Ensemble
to Perform at 2 PM
San José, CA – April 30, 2012 – May is Asian American Heritage Month and History San José will host a spectrum of activities at History Park on Sunday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
To celebrate May as Asian American Heritage, and in partnership with HSJ, San Jose Taiko’s youth programthe Junior Taiko Performing Ensemble, will perform at 2 PM. There also will be Samarai hat-making, Vietnamese lanterns, Chinese drums and more.
Also Dig Into  San José’s Past with Stanford Archaeology Center students at History Park. The students will assist visitors by conducting a mock excavation, screening,  artifact identification and artifact reconstruction.
This family educational program will allow individuals to collect stickers for each activity to place in Archaeology Passports and become ‘certified’ as a Junior Archaeologist. The trolley will be available for a ride around the park, as well as handcar rides. Other activities will include visits to the Print Shop and live music by Fiddle Road throughout the afternoon.
Making fish kites will help celebrate Japanese Children’s Day, and Chinese dragon hats will coincide with the reading of Chinese folk tales, such as Tales of a Chinese Grandmother.
Coincidentally, this year on May 4th marks the 125th anniversary of the fire that destroyed downtown San José’s Chinatown, where today’s Fairmont Hotel stands on Market Street. John Heinlen, a local businessman, braved death threats to lease property to the displaced Chinese people at Taylor and Sixth Streets. It then became known as Heinlenville, in what is today’s Japantown in San Jose.
As  affiliates of History San José, the Ng Ching Gung of the Chinese Heritage Cultural Project (CHCP) and the Immigrant Resettlement & Cultural Center (IRCC), the Museum of the Boat People & Republic of Vietnam , located inside History Park, will be open.
For more information call 408 918-1047 or visit
   # # # 
About History San José: 
History San José is a non-profit organization that collects, preserves and celebrates the stories of diversity and innovation in San José and the Santa Clara Valley. HSJ manages one of the largest and most comprehensive regional history collections in the State of California, from 1784 Spanish governmental records to twenty-first century Silicon Valley technology. 
History San José     1650 Senter Road     San José, CA  95112       408.287.2290

Friday, May 18, 2012

Downtown San Jose Event: Arts and Crafts Fair!

The forecast is Sunny and just in time too because we are happy to announce that from 10 am- 4pm on May 20th, at San Pedro Square Market you can come and enjoy the arts and crafts fair put on by TFM Endeavors. It is a way for local artists to show off their talent! Come enjoy original handmade arts and crafts and even get a chance to purchase these unique items for yourselves or give them as gifts! It is for all ages so bring the family and there is no cost at all!  We look forward to seeing you here rain or shine!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 2012 Downtown Dimension Highlights

Here are my notes from the latest edition of Downtown Dimension:
  • The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Downtown Doors program a $25,000 grant. Zero1 and MACLA also received funding.
  • Lots of great events are happening downtown this summer:
    • Starlight Cinemas
    • Dine Downtown
    • Family Day at the San Jose Museum of Art
  • Starting May 15th, the Downtwown PBID is bringing 2 off-duty police officers to patrol down time 4 hours a days, 4-5 times per week. The main goal is to reduce "quality-of-life" crimes, respond to calls from business/property owners, and work with Growndwerx to assist Downtown patrons.
  • 1stACT has developed a Small Wonders Innovation Fund for projects to activate Downtown streets such as new events, exhibits, interactive projectsions, art projects, and live performances.
  • The SJDA and San Jose Jazz are joining forces to expand the 32nd annual Blues Festival on July 14th at St. James Park.
  • The Friday Farmer's Market is back for it's 20th Season!  It is located along San Pedro Square. (There is also a new Saturday Market, you have 2 to choose from!)
  • Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill is now open and features authentic Jerk Chicken.
To read the full newsletter, click here!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New High-Rise Construction Update

I just received some info from the SJ Downtown Residents Association Newsletter that I think you are all going to enjoy. It looks like we'll finally have a crane back in Downtown San Jose this year. A new 22-story Barry Swenson apartment building that is going to be between Axis and the San Pedro Square Market has been approved and sounds like it is moving forward. More info below (sign up for this newsletter here) along with renderings of the building.

Hat-tip to Jeff for sending in the info!

Single digit vacancy rate for rentals always leads to new construction in densely populated areas and downtown San Jose is no exception. A recent discussion with Councilmember Sam Liccardo shed new light on projects in the works...and the truth about others that, until now, were just rumors. First, while there is definite interest in the lot between The 88 and The Rep, as well as the SW corner of Santa Clara and Market Street, nothing, according to Liccardo, will happen until the market improves.

Currently, all parties are "simply too far apart," he says.

New apartment construction however, has already been approved to move forward, including three residential high rises: 1. A six-story affordable housing facility for up to 135 residents will be built on Bassett Street, on the east side of the Market Street overpass and west of N San Pedro. The First Community Housing project will be Leed Certified; 2. A six-story Barry Swenson project will be built just on the other side of the Market Street overpass, north of Julian; 3. The largest of the three-also a Barry Swenson project-will include market rate, high-end units and top off at 22 stories near Axis and Andy's Pet Shop. This construction project is expected to also trigger the long awaited Julian Street renovation.

"Look for cranes in the air by year's end," said Liccardo.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Two Buck Tuesday Today!

Join us at KALEID Gallery for this upcoming Two Buck Tuesday!
Come enjoy an inspired evening of art demos, performances, live painting, $2 art & quirky people get together!
Here's some of what you have to look forward to this time:

Two Buck regular Nicolas Caesar invites the public to his Monster Mash-up. Mad Scientists of all ages get a chance to illustrate, invent or remix a monster with the encouragement of Nik’s demented eye. Most people may know Nik from TV20’s Creepy Kofy Movie Time, as the artist and curator of Scream 4, as well as Fearnet’s Holiday Fear Finds.
Also on display will be several remixes Nik did from Arroyo High School students monsters.

Brande Barrett will demonstrate how to make art into glass pendants.

The San Jose Yarnbombers will show you how to make a simple yarn flower with a loom. Supplies will be provided.

Fun stencil making workshop with Michele Guieu: make a stencil (or more!) and compose a cool page using different acrylic colors applied with a foam stencil brush. Kids welcome. All material provided.

David Mejia will draw your portrait on the spot for a small fee.
Matthew McHan, 
Jean Davis, 
John Hageman
Live acoustic set by Mr. Philthy and Friends

Also enjoy Live Improvisational Belly Dance by Nour EL Ain!
Tuesday, May 15th, 7-10pm
 It's free and open to all ages!

88 South Fourth Street (@ San Fernando)
San Jose, CA
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, noon -7pm, free admission

Monday, May 14, 2012

Chick-fil-A Officially Coming to San Jose! PART 2

I have some additional updates from an event today regarding the Chick-fil-A coming to @First on July 26th. It's going to be the first restaurant in San Jose to be LEED certified (extremely energy efficient). They also are already planning another restaurant this year in Walnut Creek and are shooting for 3-5 new Bay Area restaurants a year.

Lastly, they have an interesting event tied to the launch where 100 people will get a year's supply of Chick-fil-A.  Details below:

Chick-fil-A will celebrate the grand opening of the new San Jose restaurant by giving away a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 certificates) to the first 100 adults in line on opening day. The “First 100” celebration draws Chick-fil-A raving fans up to 24 hours in advance. They arrive with tents, air beds, TVs, lap top computers, gaming systems and other activities to pass the time while camping out overnight. Since the event began in October 2003, Chick-fil-A has given away more than $16 million in free food. 
The new restaurant is one of 92 locations the chain plans to open across the country in 2012, creating nearly 7,000 new jobs. Despite the challenging economy, Chick-fil-A continued to grow in 2011, reporting record-setting annual sales of more than $4 billion, representing a 13 percent increase over 2010 and the 44th consecutive year of sales growth since the company began in 1967.
Chick-fil-A topped large chain category in Zagat’s 2011 National Fast Food Restaurant Survey that measured the opinions of 6,000 consumers covering 103 chains. With each chain being rated on its quality of food, service and facilities, the survey scored Chick-fil-A first in service and the chargrilled sandwich categories; and second in the areas of food, best drive-thru, most child friendly, and facilities. In 2011, Chick-fil-A also received Consumer Reports Top Chicken Chain for food and service.

Chick-fil-A Officially Coming to San Jose!

The most eagerly awaited restaurant at the @First development (North First and 237) would have to be Chick-fil-A. There have been many discussions back and forth on whether this restaurant was even going to make it to the South Bay, but today I'm happy to confirm that it's going to happen. I even have a launch date for everyone: July 26th. This will be the very first Chick-fil-A in the Bay Area Correction: This will be the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A (non-mall) within 60 miles of San Jose. There is one in Fairfield, which is technically part of the Bay Area.

Free Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwhich

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Dining Ideas

For some great Mother's Day food options, check out The Fairmont in Downtown San Jose has a great brunch as does LB Steak and Village California Bistro in Santana Row. There's also a Champagne Buffet over at Il Fornaoio. For all the details, click here!

Village California Bistro
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Double Carpool Lanes Coming to the South Bay

The first double carpool lanes in Northern California are going to be built in a 3 mile stretch on 101 between 85 and Embarcadero in Palo Alto. These are extremely rare (had a real hard time finding a photo) and exist on just a few freeways in SoCal.

Eventually these will become double toll lanes, which is part of a much larger project to create double toll lanes stretching from Morgan Hill through San Jose and up to San Mateo. Toll lanes allow single drivers in the carpool lane for a fee that increases with higher congestion. So far the only toll lane in San Jose proper is along 237.

Highway 85 is also going to get the double toll lane treatment as soon as 2015 and 880 is going get it's first carpool lane in each direction between 101 and 237.

Source: Marin Independent Journal

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Downtown San Jose Murals

From the SJDA website:


Keep an eye out for a collection of murals covering the walls and adding color to the downtown landscape. The murals celebrate the people and places that make San Jose, Silicon Valley and California great. A walk along First Street will reveal most of these murals. See how many you can find.

Location: Corner of E San
Salvador and S First St.
Behind Studio Theater

Location: Corner of E San Salvador and S First St.
Behind Studio Theater building‎.

Artist: Chris Duncan &
Paul Urich
Location: Corner of E Santa
Clara & Fourth Street

Artist: Anno Domini
Location: Anno Domini
Corner of W San Carlos and
S First St. Opposite California
Theatre San Jose.


Location: Fountain Alley
Parking Lot, off Second
Street between Santa
Clara and San Fernando.
On wall of San Jose
Bar and Grill.

Artist:  Morocco's
Location: At the corner of
W St John St. & N Market St. 

Artist: Lorna Sulgit
Location: St. John and
Notre Dame streets, on
the wall of the former
Rosicrucian Press

Artist: Lorna Sulgit
Location: St. John and
Notre Dame streets, on
the wall of the former
Rosicrucian Press

Artist: Lorna Sulgit

Location: St. John and
Notre Dame streets, on
the wall of the former
Rosicrucian Press

Artist: Lorna Sulgit
Location: St. John and
Notre Dame streets, on
the wall of the former
Rosicrucian Press

Artist: Lorna Sulgit
Location: St. John and
Notre Dame streets, on
the wall of the former
Rosicrucian Press

Artist: Paul Gonzalez
Location: On the fence of the
former Porter Stock Building

Artist: Paul Gonzalez
Location: On the fence of the
former Porter Stock Building

Artist: Jet Martinez
Location: Parking lot of the
Robert F. Peckman Federal
Building, South First St.

A Place in Mind
Artist: Jose Arenas 
Location: On the wall of Miami
Beach club, Corner of E San
Salvador and S First St.

A Place in Mind
Artist: Jose Arenas
Location: On the wall of
Miami Beach club,
Corner of E San
Salvador and S First St.

A Place in Mind
Artist: Jose Arenas
Location: On the wall of
Miami Beach club,
Corner of E San
Salvador and S First St.

A Place in Mind
Artist: Jose Arenas
Location: On the wall
of Miami Beach club,
corner of E San
Salvador and S First St.

Shades of San Jose
Artist: Joey Piziali
Location: SoFA Parking lot

Shades of San Jose
Artist: Joey Piziali
Location: SoFA Parking lot