By Sal Pizarro | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: May 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm | UPDATED: May 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm Virginia Wright’s students call her “Miss Wright,” but in sneakerhead circles, she’s known as SP Gina. And SP Gina’s not only got serious game, she now has Nike Air Jordans named after her. “I love Jordans,” Wright said Friday at a celebration at Santee Elementary School in San Jose. “People ask me how many I have. My standard response is ‘not enough.’ “ So how did a 5-foot-tall teacher, with black-framed glasses that take over her face rise to the level of footwear royalty? It was a match made at Shoe Palace, which pitched Nike’s Jordan brand with the idea of using their first exclusive collaboration to partner with one of the San Jose-based chain’s favorite customers. Wright’s regular haunt is the Shoe Palace at Oakridge Mall in South San Jose, where she would go with her walking … [Read more...] about San Jose teacher’s got serious game — and her own Air Jordans
By Lisa M. Krieger | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 25, 2019 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: May 25, 2019 at 7:46 am Drug abuse prevention, public safety, protecting the environment, economic development — these were some of the visionary promises that legalized cannabis would pay for. Now, 1 1/2 years after the start of legal sales, the lofty goals of Prop. 64 remain only partially fulfilled, deferring the dream of funding major new social programs. In order to collect the $1 billion a year in state tax revenue promised by backers of the initiative, plus millions of dollars more for cities and counties, California needs to sell at least $7 billion worth of weed. Last year, $2.5 billion was sold. Hampered by a slow start and strict rules required by the initiative, the state has put a regulatory structure in place. But much else is still on the drawing board. Only an estimated one-third of communities allow sales — and most deposit their new tax … [Read more...] about Where does California’s cannabis tax money go?
By Marianne Skoczek | PUBLISHED: May 25, 2019 at 6:31 am | UPDATED: May 25, 2019 at 6:34 am A Mountain View entrepreneur who developed a device to help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, captured the $20,000 first prize in the 19th annual Big Bang! Business Competition at UC Davis. The wearable device uses acoustic sensors, real-time data and artificial intelligence to predict and prevent COPD attacks. Maria Artunduaga, a physician-scientist and CEO of Respira Labs, says her device will revolutionize COPD management. “It flags lung function changes to patients, healthcare providers and caregivers,” she said. “Patients will be able to act earlier at home, preventing unnecessary ER and hospital visits while preserving lung function and saving lives.” Big Bang!, organized by the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the university’s Graduate School of Management, has … [Read more...] about Mountain View firm captures UC Davis’ ‘Big Bang!’ prize
By Peter Hegarty | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group May 25, 2019 at 12:10 am SAN LEANDRO — A cannabis testing laboratory has gotten approval to open within a cluster of buildings on Teagarden Street. The business, operated by Shasta Laboratory, will have five full-time employees and will test cannabis for arsenic, mercury and other harmful contaminants, a process that the state Bureau of Cannabis Control requires before dispensaries can sell their products. The city’s Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Shasta on May 2. The action clears the way for the business to apply for a state permit to open. “These types of laboratories provide a necessary safety service,” Andrew Mogensen, San Leandro’s planning manager, told the commission. “They take samples from manufacturing facilities, dispensaries, and they test them for safety. They provide quality control. They do this … [Read more...] about Cannabis testing lab wins approval in San Leandro
By Reuters | PUBLISHED: May 24, 2019 at 7:32 pm | UPDATED: May 24, 2019 at 7:32 pm Reuters The Trump administration must temporarily halt the use of some Defense Department funds for a border wall with Mexico, a judge ruled Friday, because the money was not specifically authorized by Congress for construction of the barrier. The order blocks the use of $1 billion from the Department of Defense in Arizona and Texas, out of $6.7 billion that the Trump administration said it planned to direct toward building the wall. “The position that when Congress declines the Executive’s request to appropriate funds, the Executive nonetheless may simply find a way to spend those funds ‘without Congress’ does not square with the fundamental separation of powers principles dating back to the earliest days of our Republic,” Haywood Gilliam Jr., a U.S. judge in California, wrote in the order. Separately, Gilliam denied a preliminary injunction against the border wall … [Read more...] about California judge blocks Trump border wall funding