A new report says fictitious business accounts were filed for by San Jose City Councilman Xavier Campos and former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. under the names of their campaigns.
The documents are generally used by businesses to establish bank accounts, while political committees and campaigns must report their financial activity to different agencies.
San Jose Inside says these unusual campaign bank accounts could have gone undetected by agencies that monitor election spending.
Citing county records, San Jose Inside reports Campos submitted business filings for two campaigns, his 2004 School Board campaign and 2010 city council campaign.
The county record reportedly indicate Campos filed for the fictitious business account for his council run a full two weeks before he took formals steps to run for office.
Shirakawa reportedly made similar filings for his school board and Supervisor campaigns. Full Story
Improper discounts of up to $5.3 million were given to Google's top three executives for jet fuel bought for their private planes parked at Moffett Field.
While no intentional misconduct was found by NASA's Inspector General, the report says Google CEO Larry Page, cofounder Sergey Brin and chairman Eric Schimdt were allowed to buy the fuel at a discounted rate that was meant for U.S. government contractors. Full Story
Faculty leaders at San Jose State have formally apologized to a black student allegedly bullied by his four white roommates for weeks.
The SJSU Academic Senate said in its resolution that the reported hazing could have ben stopped or "significantly reduce had it been addressed promptly."
The four roommates of the black student have been charged with misdemeanors over the alleged abuse, and they have been suspended while criminal and campus discipline cases are underway. Full Story
A new report says Palo Alto's fire department is already through half of its annual overtime budget for the fiscal year.
The city report says the Palo Alto Fire Department has spent $718,000 on overtime so far this fiscal year.
That's 50 percent of its annual budget, and $147,000 more than it had spent by this time last year.
There are more firefighters on paid leave this year - eight as opposed to four last year - and more vacancies in firehouses that must be covered by overtime. Full Story