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   S.J. mayor, ex-mayor make nice; `It's always good,' Gonzales says
It looks as though San Jose's feuding mayors have made up. A year ago, former Mayor Tom McEnery unleashed a bare-knuckle attack on Mayor Ron Gonzales and threatened to try to unseat him. In what McEnery called an act of political payback, Gonzales refused to make long-promised sidewalk repairs at downtown's San Pedro Square, much of which is controlled by the McEnery clan.

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Film star ends impasse
Like a hero from one of his Hindi films, Amitabh Bachchan swooped in and saved the day. This time, he helped break the impasse over the Festival of India, keeping the 9-year-old event in town.

State's reading assignment: `Grapes of Wrath'
It was banned in many communities and burned in the author's hometown of Salinas, but today California first lady Sharon Davis is putting John Steinbeck's 1939 novel ``The Grapes of Wrath'' on everyone's reading list.

Oracle deal spurs lawmakers
In the wake of the Oracle software controversy, lawmakers and a state watchdog agency are moving this week to crack down on contracting and lobbying practices.

Fremont council reaffirms revised plan for festival
Despite pleas from the Indo-American community to overturn a city decision, Fremont City Council members are standing firmly behind City Manager Jan Perkins' handling of the Festival of India controversy and her compromise offer to allow a scaled-back festival.

Contracts could be gouging taxpayers
The state's reliance on a no-bid contract program designed to save money has exploded in recent years and may, in fact, be costing taxpayers millions of dollars, according to contracting experts and state records obtained by the Mercury News.





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