San Jose: Bacon festival back with new name, same bacon

SAN JOSE — For the lovers of processed pig meat, fans of what was once a morning side complementing an eggy or pancaked main order, there’s no wrong time or place for a bit of bacon. Or a lot of it. Sushi topped with bacon. Bacon on the cob. Bacon ice cream tacos and the “Elvis Goes To Heaven” — a cupcake with banana, chocolate, peanut butter and bacon. “It is unusual,” said Brian Vail, a purveyor of cupcakes who brings out the big bacon guns for the Baconland festival since its inception four years ago. “But for the bacon people, they can’t get enough and the more unusual the… Read More

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Lendio offers leg up to new and growing businesses

DRAPER — Becca Grider and sister-in-law Lindie Royall have hit the small-business trifecta. The Utah women helped solve an inconvenience with a product people like in a manner that makes it almost effortless for anyone to become a customer. When the fast success of Draper-based Little Poppy Co., their online business that offers a subscription service for monthly delivery of children’s hair bows, threatened to overwhelm them, Grider and Royall leaned on another successful Utah startup. “We were growing really, really fast and having a hard time keeping up with production,” Grider said. “We started working with a company to helps us set up manufacturing overseas but needed capital to… Read More

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Tenant finally found for large commercial vacancy in El Cerrito

EL CERRITO – The Planning Department has received a permit application from San Ramon-based 24-Hour Fitness to open a gym in a former Safeway store at 10636 San Pablo Ave. at Moeser Lane, according to senior planner Sean Moss. The storefront in the Moeser Lane Center has been vacant since Safeway moved to a larger store next to the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station in August of 2011. Safeway has a long-term lease on the Moeser Lane property and will be subletting to 24-Hour Fitness. El Cerrito staffers have been trying for some time to promote an agreement between Safeway and a new tenant for the 35,000-square-foot space, one… Read More

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Is Utah ready to build trade relations with Cuba?

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is among the top exporting states in the United States, ranking as the sixth-fastest growing exporter over the past decade, according to World Trade Center Utah. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported the state exported $12.1 billion in goods and services in 2016. If the state is going to continue its economic upward trend, it will need to tap into as many markets in the global economy as possible. And one of the top potential international markets lies just 90 miles off the southern coast of the Sunshine State — the Latin American nation of Cuba. Despite its close proximity, the tiny picturesque island country… Read More

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As housing prices stay high, people invest in home improvements

With Bay Area home prices continuing to surge, so is spending on home-improvement projects, lifting the fortunes of a retail industry that has been roiled by widespread closures and disappointing sales across apparel companies and department stores. A recent report from the U.S. Commerce Department shows that sales in the category of building materials and garden equipment supplies for the first four months of 2017 are up 5.9 percent from 2016, while clothing retailer sales are down 1.1 percent and department store sales down 5.2 percent for the same time period. Stocks in Home Depot, Lowe’s and paint company Sherwin Williams are also up this year so far. Experts attribute… Read More

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Opinion: Cleaning out regulatory cobwebs needed for growth

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on May 18, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin observed, “The engine of American prosperity has slowed,” in part due to “imprudent regulations crafted in the midst of crisis.” With “historic reforms to both taxes and regulation,” Mnuchin believes GDP growth of 3 percent or more is attainable. The details of this historic agenda are not yet clear, but critical to any reform should be cleaning out the regulatory cobwebs that have been accumulating for seven decades. Related Articles U.S. economic growth slowed to 1.9 percent in fourth quarter U.S. economic growth slows sharply in the third quarter Warning of… Read More

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More than pot brownies: Edibles are gobbling up California’s marijuana market

Adding cannabis to everything from iced coffee to breath mints, local startups are jockeying for a bite of California’s growing marijuana edibles market as the state gears up to allow recreational pot sales. The industry that barely existed 10 years ago — apart from a few bakers making pot brownies in their home kitchens — now shows no sign of slowing down. “There’s a brand boom going on right now, particularly in preparation for adult use legalization here,” said Troy Dayton, CEO of The Arcview Group, a research and investment services firm focusing on marijuana businesses. “Not all of them are going to do well, but there’s just so many… Read More

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Why S.J. Councilman Raul Peralez told his friends no

San Jose Councilman Raul Peralez has returned to the clean-cut look he had when he was elected in 2014. Gone is the beard. Gone is the mustache. The hair is trimmed, the tattoos hidden. All understandable. The downtown councilman is getting married this weekend. None of that helped him much last Tuesday night, when he had the unenviable task of explaining to a cadre of union construction workers why he was voting for a big downtown project they did not like. The plan by KT Urban to develop the old Greyhound bus depot site at 70 S. Almaden Ave. boasts the kind of numbers that politicians crave: two high-rise towers,… Read More

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San Jose becoming hub for artificial intelligence firms

SAN JOSE — Cheaper and older isn’t typically associated with riches and success in the Bay Area tech scene. But that’s just what San Jose is offering — cheaper office rent and older tech workers — to a rapidly expanding cohort of companies focused on artificial intelligence, the explosive new frontier in tech. “San Francisco has the gamers, we have the grownups,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “We’ve got a very rich pool of talented, skilled workers.” Much of Silicon Valley has seen skyrocketing tech growth, driven in large part by an army of young engineers, developers and entrepreneurs. San Jose, which had built up its cred as a… Read More

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Editorial: Supreme Court ruling puts patent trolls in their place

Patent trolls are almost as plentiful and harder to kill than cockroaches. Give the Supreme Court credit for taking a big step last week to put them in their place. The court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that patent lawsuits can only be filed in a court where a defendant is incorporated or has a “regular and established place of business.” The ruling should mean the end of patent trolls shopping for plaintiff-friendly district courts across the nation that have a reputation for handing trolls a better chance of winning. It’s a major win for the tech industry that should be celebrated throughout Silicon Valley. Patent trolls are the bane… Read More

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