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Bagrada bug makes its way into San Mateo County

    An insect pest that loves to eat garden crops has made its way up the Peninsula.
The hard-to-shake Bagrada bug's population peaks at this time of year.
    In the six years since the invasive African insect arrived in Los Angeles, it's made it's way up to Santa Clara County, and just last week made the jump into Redwood City and San Mateo County.
    Havoc has been wrought by the bug on both agricultural and backyard gardens, as the Bagarda will eat cold-weather crops like broccoli, arugula, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
    They've especially hit crops of arugula and Japanese mustard green in Gilroy and Hollister hard.
    Experts fear the tiny invaders could cause millions in crop damage.
    There's one positive point, though: the Bagrada will not go for lettuce or spinach.  Full Story

San Jose city council passes plan related to retaining officers and Measure B

    A pair of plans related to retaining San Jose police officers and Measure B pension reforms were approved yesterday by the city council.
    One proposal allows officers who have been on the force for at least 25 years to stay on as a part time patrol officers, up to the rank of sergeant, after they retire. 
    City councilmember Donald Rocha called the idea a band aid to the overall problem of police officers leaving San Jose.
    The other plan which was approved delays a part of Measure B which will require officers to pay 4 percent more money towards their pensions.  Full Story

Mountain View declares water shortage emergency

    A water shortage emergency has been declared in Mountain View asking everyone to cut their water use by 25 percent from a year ago.  
    Anyone caught wasting water won't be initially fined but repeat offenders could pay up to $500 a day in fines if they don't stop.
    The prolonged drought has prompted the city to also approve new water conservation measures.  Full Story

Reports says California motorists shelling out $44B a year due to rough roads

    A new report has been released that looks at how much California motorists must shell out due to deteriorating road conditions.
    Rocky Moretti with the non-profit group TRIP tells KLIV that the results are quite staggering: statewide, the rough roads, delays, and crashes are costing consumers $44 billion dollars a year.
    Moretti adds that drivers in the San Jose Metropolitan area lose roughly $1,700 a year driving on local roadways.  Full Story

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