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"Water cops" approved by Santa Clara Valley Water District board

    A plan to allocate $500,000 to hire as many as 10 temporary employees to crack down on water wasters has been unanimously approved by the Santa Clara Valley Water District board.
    Water District spokesman Marty Grimes tells KLIV the employees would respond to complaints and report on instances of waste but would not be the ones to issue fines.
    In February the District asked for a 20 percent cut in water usage countywide because of the drought, but they have so far seen just a 12 percent reduction in use.  Full Story

Geico ad banner falls on Fremont House

    A Fremont couple got a surprise Friday when a Geico insurance banner being towed by a plane came loose and fell on their house.
    The Clarks say the 4,000 square foot banner landed on their gazebo, enveloping the building in the large picture of the Geico Gecko.
    No damage was done to the home or nearby electrical wires.
    The pilot of the plane says he was a trying a new rope that didn't hold the sign, and the sign incident is under FAA investigation.  Full Story

President Barack Obama to be in Silicon Valley for fundraising event

    President Barack Obama is in the Bay Area today where he's scheduled to attend several fundraisers.
    After a morning event in San Francisco, the president is scheduled to be at a fundraiser luncheon this afternoon in Los Altos Hills at the home of real estate broker George Marcus.
    Marcus has contributed more than a million-and-a-half-dollars to mostly Democratic Party political campaigns.
    The president is scheduled later today to fly to Los Angeles to attend another fundraiser.  Full Story

Apple posts mixed earnings

    Cupertino Based Apple is out with a mixed earnings report. 
    iPhone sales were up 12 percent but came up slightly below expectations for the quarter that ended in late June. 
    Apple says it sold 35.2 million phones. 
    Bloomberg predicted 35.9 million units. 
    iPad sales also dropped by 9 percent from a year ago. 
    Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's banking on the company's new partnership with IBM to boost the iPad. 
    Overall, profits rose by 12 percent for Apple to $7.75 billion. 
    Per share earnings of a $1.28 matched expectations.  Full Story 
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