‘Sinful’ cities: Where do Bay Area cities rank?

When one thinks about cities full of sin, it probably comes as no surprise that Las Vegas immediately comes to mind. After all, one of the city’s long-time nicknames in “Sin City.” And with a moniker like that, a place is pretty much stating its purpose right up front.

But, where do some of the Bay Area’s cities rank when it comes to what many might call sinful experiences?

According to a study by personal finance site WalletHub, residents of the Bay Area, on the whole, live in a region when traditional sin-style activities like excessive drinking, smoking, visiting adult entertainment businesses and even going to tanning salons fall pretty low on the list of everyday things to do. WalletHub studied 182 U.S. cities, including the 150 most-populous cities in the country, and found that the Bay Area has a ways to go to catch up with some of the sinful stuff that is going on in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and St. Louis–the top three cities in terms of sin in WalletHub’s study.

San Francisco claimed the highest spot for Bay Area cities, coming in 17th place. Oakland is the next-highest regional city for sin, at No. 77, San Jose comes in 133rd place and Fremont ranks 170th, to make it the lowest-ranking California city on the list.

Source: WalletHub

The categories WalletHub used in its rankings included:

–Anger and hatred, which includes violent crimes per 1,000 residents, sex crimes per capita and deaths due to firearms per 100,000 residents.

–Jealousy, involving identity theft complaints and thefts per 1,000 residents.

–Excesses and vices. These include obese adults, DUI-related cases per capita, adult smokers and deaths by drug overdose.

–Greed, including casinos per capita and charitable donations as a share of income.

–Lust, which involves items such as adult entertainment establishments per capita and a city’s teen birth rate.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Adega’s Portuguese bakery opens Friday in downtown San Jose

Seven months after the frenzy for its Portuguese custard tarts began, San Jose’s highly acclaimed Adega restaurant will open a spin-off bakery in downtown San Jose.

This Friday, Nov. 22, the first pastéis de nata will come out of the Pastelaria Adega ovens at 30 E. Santa Clara St. — about three miles from the restaurant.

Seven days a week, the pastelaria will also bake specialty Portuguese breads and other treats and serve coffee from Delta Cafes, a Portuguese roasting company, according to co-owners Carlos and Fernanda Carreira.

But the “pastéis de nata will always be the focus and major attraction,” Carlos said. “Customers have been anxiously inquiring about the new space for a while. We expect to see quite a few of Adega patrons attending opening week.”

The bakery is the newest tenant in a building owned by Urban Community. “We worked with Adega to design and develop a facility that will enable them to continue to expand their overall footprint in San Jose,” developer Gary Dillabough, the company’s co-owner, said in a statement.

Adega’s side venture started with a simple pop-up held in late April on a Saturday morning. Customers who had been clamoring for an opportunity to purchase the custards featured on pastry chef Jessica Carreira and chef David Costa’s menu lined up along Alum Rock Avenue in San Jose’s Little Portugal neighborhood. The sale was a huge success, with dozens of pastéis de nata selling out in about an hour, and became a weekly event.

Jessica spent three years perfecting her recipe after first discovering these treats while working in Lisbon. “It’s a surprisingly simple recipe with few ingredients — including flour, eggs, sugar, lemon, cinnamon — but extremely difficult to execute,” Carlos Carreira said of his daughter’s specialty.

The pastelaria — which will be open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Chick-fil-A will no longer donate to anti-LGBTQ organizations


By Jordan Valinsky | CNN Business

Chick-fil-A is making major changes to its charitable foundation, ending donations to two organizations that have been criticized for being anti-LGBTQ.

The fast food chain announced Monday that beginning next year it will only donate to a certain group of charities. That list no longer includes the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Both organizations have taken controversial stands on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

In 2018, the Chick-fil-A foundation donated $1.65 million to the FCA and $115,000 to The Salvation Army, the company revealed Monday.

The FCA writes in its employee application that “neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act constitute an alternative lifestyle acceptable to God.” It also states on its website that “marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.”

The Salvation Army has said in the past that the Bible forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex, that gay Christians should embrace celibacy and that scripture does not support same-sex marriages, according to Snopes. However, the Salvation Army says its services are available to all people, and the organization strongly refutes accusations that it is anti-LGBTQ.

Neither organization immediately replied to CNN Business’ request for comment.

Going forward, Chick-fil-A said it will work exclusively with organizations that focus on education, homelessness and hunger. Those are Junior Achievement USA, Covenant House International and donating $25,000 local food banks.

“No organization will be excluded from future consideration — faith-based or non-faith-based,” said Tim Tassopoulos, president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, in a statement. But that leaves open the opportunity that it could donate to foundations in the future that might hold anti-LGBTQ views.

Chick-fil-A’s donations …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Photos: Ex-Raiders player chops price on Oakland Hills home

Former Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Langston Walker has cut the price of his Oakland Hills home to $1.85 million. That is $400,000 off the original listing price of $2.25 million.

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The four-bed, five-bath home spans 4,022 square feet and has easy access to the busy Broadway Terrace and Rockridge areas. The home features a media room, in-law unit, courtyard, and panoramic views of three bridges, among many other amenities.Related Articles

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Walker purchased the home in 2007 for $1.85 million, according to public records. Pamela Sweeney with Golden Gate Sothebys International Realty is the current listing agent.

An Oakland native, Walker went to Bishop O’Dowd High School, as well as Cal. He had two different stints with the Raiders from 2002-2006 and 2009-2010.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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