SAN JOSE NAMED THIRD BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN THE US
Take a breath, San Joseans: U.S. News and World Report says you reside in the third-best place to live in the country. And, if you look at the numbers, things apparently got even better around here since San Jose was No. 10 last year.
It’s also refreshing to see that it’s “San Jose” that’s getting the recognition — not “Silicon Valley” — though the city’s connection to the tech boom is certainly helping to boost its profile. It might have done the opposite for San Francisco, which dropped seven spots to No. 16. The top two spots went to Austin, Texas, and Denver, Colo., which switched places from last year.
Sal Pizarro, San Jose Mercury News
SAN JOSE TOPS THE MILKIN INSTITUTES LIST of 2016’s BEST-PERFORMING CITIES
San Jose on Wednesday topped the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities index for the second year in a row.
The index placed San Jose in the top spot due to its tech-fueled economy and high job growth. With average annual wages of $111,000, versus $60,300 for the nation overall, the Milken Institute dubbed Silicon Valley the “global capital of technology, media and innovation.”
“At the core of the San Jose metro area’s success is its ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship — premier in the world,” wrote the authors of the report. “Look no further than its wage growth during the latest five-year period for which data are available: It was first in the nation, and that’s not even including exercised stock options.”
SAN JOSE HAS WON IT’S FIRST MICHELIN STAR
The 2017 Bay Area Michelin Guide picks have been revealed and San Jose has won its first star. Adega, a Portuguese restaurant at 1614 Alum Rock Ave., which is less than a year old, was awarded a Michelin star and becomes the first San Jose restaurant ever to win one.
The award is sure to elevate San Jose’s dining reputation and Portuguese cuisine — it is the first West Coast Portuguese restaurant to win a Michelin star and only the second in the United States.
Adega occupies the location of Sousa’s, a landmark in San Jose’s Little Portugal neighborhood for 33 years. (SVBJ)