Old San Jose motel may be replaced after real estate deal by busy investor

SAN JOSE — The purchase by a busy real estate investor of an old motel property in San Jose could lead to new activities for the chunk of land that the site occupies. A group of buyers headed up by Do Van Tron, a San Jose-based business and real estate executive, has bought a property at 2724 Monterey Road in San Jose, according to documents filed on Sept. 1 with the Santa Clara County Recorder’s Office. On Sept. 2, Tron completed the purchase of the old Sears store next to Eastridge Center shopping mall in San Jose, disclosing that he intends to transform the former department store into an indoor… Read More

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Man shot multiple times inside Oakland home

OAKLAND — A 20-year-old man was in stable condition after he was shot multiple times Tuesday night inside his Eastlake district home, authorities said. The shooting happened about 9:30 p.m. inside the home in the 1200 block of East 12th Street, an area that is a mixture of residences and small businesses. Authorities said it appears the man got into an argument with another man inside the home that ended with him being shot at least three times. Police are trying to determine how the victim knew the suspect and what the dispute was about. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived and was still being sought Wednesday. Related… Read More

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50 years of Comic-Con lore is revealed in massive oral history ‘See You at San Diego’

Mathew Klickstein had a dream: To publish an oral history of San Diego Comic-Con that preserved the collective memory of the event. Klickstein interviewed dozens of people who’d been part of Comic-Con over its half-century as a hub of pop culture fandoms. He talked to its cofounders and interviewed artists and writers, actors and filmmakers. And when he was ready to send it to publishers, well, the world turned upside down. The pandemic, which kept San Diego Comic-Con from taking place in person for three years, also prompted Klickstein to transform his 70-plus hours of interviews into a Sirius XM podcast. “See You at San Diego: An Oral History of… Read More

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Pac-12 picks of the week: Four huge underdogs, three Power Five duels highlight Week Two

If the opening weekend of the 2022 season provided the Pac-12 with high-profile opportunities on big stages — opportunities since wasted — then Week Two is something entirely different. It’s the nothing-to-lose weekend. The Pac-12 has six non-conference matchups with Football Bowl Subdivision opponents, including showdowns with the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC. The conference is a double-digit underdog in four of the six and a one-point favorite in a fifth — a state-of-play that’s  remarkable but wholly justified based on the matchups, locations and recent performance. (The Pac-12 was 0-3 against Power Five opponents last week and 0-3 in bowl games last season.) Arizona State and Washington State… Read More

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If icy housing market isn’t a 2008 replay, then what is it?

“This is NOT 2008,” say many high-profile real estate gurus of the current homebuying slowdown. You do remember 2008? Barack Obama was elected president. Swimmer Michael Phelps captured Olympic fame. The No. 1 movie was a Batman tale, “The Dark Knight.” Oh, and global financial markets imploded after risky mortgages went belly up. The Great Recession ensued. Home prices crashed. Well, 2022’s soaring mortgage rates and growing economic worries produced stunning drops in housing’s purchasing pace this summer. Sales are indeed as slow as the meltdown of the mid-2000s. Yet price indexes have yet to show significant weakness amid this year’s icy buying trend. And many analysts are offering “don’t… Read More

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Gay 49ers superfan praises team for embracing LGBTQ community

Cisco Mejia may be one of the few people who can truly say he’s living his dream. Mejia, an out, proud San Francisco 49ers superfan, has loved the team since he was 6 years old, and he’s thrilled to represent 49ers Pride, the team’s LGBTQ fan community. The 49ers made NFL history in 2019 when they became the first team in the league to officially launch an LGBTQ fan club. “I’m living my dream,” he says, standing outside Splash, the iconic gay bar in downtown San Jose that he manages and that often hosts 49ers watch parties. A DJ, too, the 40-year-old uses his gleaming new Ford pickup — painted a… Read More

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Arya Steakhouse puts down new roots — in Palo Alto

After years in in Cupertino and Redwood City, the Hashemi family has relocated their Arya Steakhouse to a prominent corner on Palo Alto’s University Avenue. Co-owner Fera Hashemi said they selected Palo Alto because it’s a good halfway point for their longtime South Bay and Peninsula customers, and besides, University Avenue doesn’t have a steakhouse, much less one that also offers Persian cuisine. Plus, they see this location as more conducive to lunchtime business. Arya Steakhouse, with a menu of high-end Persian cuisine and prime steaks, was founded by Fera Hashemi and her husband, executive chef Mike Hashemi. (Arya Steakhouse photo by Chris Schmauch/Good Eye Photography.)  The culinary combination grew… Read More

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Chef-owner Curtis ‘The Chairman’ Lam dishes on the S.F. 49ers, halftime buns and fantasy ‘footbao’

They’re scrumptious, they’re easy to eat in the stands — and they’re even shaped like little footballs. We’re talking about bao, the pillowy steamed buns folded over savory fillings. Chef-owner Curtis Lam and his San Francisco-based food truck called The Chairman have been serving their beloved-by-foodies, award-winning bao to 49ers fans for going on five seasons. While the pigskin is soaring around the Levi’s Stadium field below, Lam and his crew are making Pork Belly Bao, with pork slices glazed in red miso, the richness cut by turmeric pickled daikon and green shiso. They’re topping marinated, fried Chicken Karaage strips with zesty sauces and piling cola-braised pork on their Loaded… Read More

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Saratoga nonprofit provides education to special needs adults

For many special-needs adults, education ends after high school or college. The College of Adaptive Arts (CAA) gives these adults education and social opportunities at all ages. The college, located on West Valley College’s (WVC) campus at 14000 Fruitvale Ave., is hosting its annual fundraiser on Sept. 18, 2-4 p.m. Money raised at the event will go directly to the Saratoga-based program. “More intellectually engaging opportunities need to be out there for adults of all ages and abilities, so that they can nourish their brains and become the best versions of themselves,” DeAnna Pursai, executive director of CAA, said. “We’re hoping to show that other colleges can have this type… Read More

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Best of the West: Utah holds the top spot but Brigham Young, Fresno State lurk

Welcome to a new weekly feature on the Hotline that focuses on the top major college teams across the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones. And if Hawaii ever gets its football program turned around, we’ll happily expand our scope. The Best of the West rankings will be published each Wednesday through the season. If the response warrants, we’ll do a basketball version, too. (All times Pacific. Point spreads taken from vegasinsider.com) 1. Utah (0-1)Result: lost at Florida 29-26Next up: vs. Southern Utah (10:30 a.m. on Pac-12 Network)Line: none (FCS opponent)Comment: Sure, the Utes wasted a great chance in Gainesville — actually, two great chances (inside the Gators’ 10 yard line).… Read More

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