Caltrain

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Photograph taken at the Santa Clara Train Station and is the oldest remaining station in California built in 1863.

Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose and continuing to Gilroy. It’s origins date back in 1863 with the San Jose Railroad Company. Caltrain was developed later in 1992 when the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board took control of it’s operations. Caltrain is in the process of modernizing it’s train system as currently it is operated by diesel train engines on standard rail tracks. The plan called CalMod is to electrify it’s tracks, operate faster trains, add service, and replace it’s cars by 2020.

Homecoming

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Beef Teriyaki Skewering

The Obon Festival is a time when Japanese-American people return to their communities and honor the deceased. According the Buddhist Church, the Obon Festival is called Kangi-e, the gathering of joy. Obon for many is considered a homecoming because it is a time when people return to their hometowns to see family and friends, dance, play games, and eat.

Silvery Towers Picket

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Union workers picket Silvery Towers in down-town San Jose over hiring scab workers on May 31, 2017. According to Al Gonzalez, a business representative for UA Local 393, Silvery Towers was sold to Guangzhou R&F Properties in China. Full Power Construction an affiliate of Guangzhou R&F then hired non-union workers from outside the area.
It was also learned that Guangzhou R&F Properties lured Chinese millionaires to invest at least $500,000 in their project in order to obtain a US green card due to the EB-5 Visa program. The EB-5 Visa program is an archaic investor program enabling entrepreneurs to apply for a green card if they invest or provide jobs for workers.
Full Power Construction hired inexperienced non-union plumbers, sheet-metal workers, and electricians as low as $15 up to $30 a hour who are often inadequate for the work.
Full Power Construction are not paying workers family sustaining wages especially for the costly Silicon Valley area. They are not hiring local workers, apprentices, women, and veterans in order to cut costs and increase their profit margins. In addition the EB-5 scheme doesn’t really benefit local workers or help decrease local housing costs but only to make more money for Guangzhou R&F Properties.

Will Calhoun

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Will Calhoun performed at the International Jazz Day at the San Jose Hammer Theatre sponsored by San Jose Jazz and San Jose State University on Sunday April 30, 2017. One of the highlights of his performance was him performing the Japanese folk tune “Doll of the Bride” during his tribute to Elvin Jones. Will Calhoun is a talented and charismatic drummer based in the Bronx, New York. He received the Buddy Rich Jazz Master Award and was recognized as the best drummer by Rolling Stone Magazine. Mr. Calhoun is not like a typical jazz drummer and incorporates rock, as well as, hip-hop and ambient sounds into his music which probably differentiates him from other contemporary drummers. In addition to rock band Living Colour, Will has toured and recorded with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, The Allman Brothers, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Wayne Shorter. And he recorded with Run-DMC and Public Enemy.
http://www.willcalhoun.com/