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Laila Weir

With a master's in journalism from U.C. Berkeley and years of reporting and news writing experience, Laila brings tested skills to Hoodline. Laila is previously of the Marin Scope, East Bay Express, and Herald-Sun Daily.

Apr 15, 2021
San Jose

Santa Clara County surpasses 2,000 COVID-19 deaths

Around this time last year, Santa Clara County was approaching 2,000 COVID-19 cases and San Jose officials were predicting the county would see 2,000 deaths within 12 weeks. This week, the county has reached that unhappy milestone, albeit just over 12 months from the original prediction. Read More

Apr 14, 2021
San Jose

Golf and entertainment megavenue Topgolf comes to San Jose

Mega entertainment venue Topgolf, with multiple levels of tech-enhanced driving-range bays and extensive food and beverage choices, is opening a San Jose location on Friday, April 16. Read More

Apr 12, 2021
San Jose

San Jose considers keeping downtown strip closed to cars post-pandemic

Like other cities during the pandemic, San Jose closed a popular downtown dining strip to cars last summer so that restaurants could host outdoor dining. Now, the city is contemplating keeping the section, along San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets, permanently car-free. Read More

Apr 06, 2021
San Jose

‘Case quacked’: Mountain View police arrest alleged rubber-duck statue thieves

Their ducks may have come home to roost for three Santa Clara residents accused of stealing a neighborhood icon: a duck statue named Rubberta that normally resides in the front yard of a private home in Mountain View. Read More

Apr 06, 2021
San Jose

San Jose Earthquakes' stadium becomes PayPal Park, where contactless payments will reign supreme

The San Jose Earthquakes' soccer stadium will now be known as PayPal Park under a sponsorship deal that will also bring new contactless payments and a reserved section for underserved community members to the Major League Soccer team’s home. Read More

Apr 02, 2021
San Jose

New Willow Glen bakery serves up homemade pie with a side of good works

San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood has a new sweet spot: Homemade pie outfit The Giving Pies, which donates a portion of proceeds to help the community, has opened a brand-new shop. Read More

Apr 02, 2021
San Jose

New pop-up joint slow-cooks craft BBQ in Mountain View

There’s a new option for barbecue fans in the Mountain View area: B’s Craft BBQ, a pop-up eatery offering slow-cooked, small-batch grilled meats and fixings for pickup only. Read More

Mar 31, 2021
San Jose

Local favorite Brenda’s restaurant chain brings Cajun cuisine to San Jose

San Jose residents can now enjoy New Orleans-style fried chicken and more from Bay Area favorite Brenda’s – whose original San Francisco location claims the distinction of the West Coast’s most Yelped eatery – thanks to a new cloud kitchen. Read More

Mar 26, 2021
San Jose

Palo Alto pop-up serves classic pastries with Asian twist from former Tartine and Vina Enoteca bakers

Two veteran Bay Area bakers, who’ve done stints at San Francisco’s famed Tartine bakery and Palo Alto’s Vina Enoteca Italian eatery, are serving original pastries with an Asian twist at a Palo Alto coffee pop-up. Read More

Mar 24, 2021

Bay Area restaurant chain Rooster & Rice offers 'refuge' to Asian Americans, donates proceeds

Bay Area Thai chicken restaurant chain Rooster & Rice is donating a portion of its proceeds to an initiative aimed at addressing anti-Asian attacks, as well as inviting the Asian American community to treat its locations as safe spaces. Read More

Mar 24, 2021
San Jose

New downtown San Jose music venue to livestream performances on video wall outside

San Jose Jazz is debuting a new music venue in the city’s downtown that includes a digital video wall outside, where it will project performances for free public viewing. Read More

Mar 23, 2021
San Jose

Santa Clara VTA fined for COVID safety violations after bus driver’s death

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is facing $16,200 in fines for COVID-19 safety violations, five months after a bus driver died of the illness. Read More

Mar 18, 2021
San Jose

Mountain lion gets over six-foot fence to attack dog in Woodside

A mountain lion scaled a six-foot-high fence in Woodside Wednesday evening and attacked a dog, whose owner drove onto the lawn to scare off the big cat. Read More

Mar 16, 2021
San Jose

Historic 1920s movie house in San Jose may show films no longer, as new owners consider other uses

A historic 1920s movie theater in San Jose, which most recently screened Indian movies and whose long history spanned from silent pictures to adult films, likely will show movies no longer. Read More

Mar 11, 2021
San Jose

'Lots of smiles behind those masks': A look inside the return to campus for some San Jose students

At 8:10 a.m. Monday morning, third- through fifth-grade students were lined up outside San Jose’s Carlton Avenue School for the first time in very nearly a year. They stood attentively six feet apart, snugly fitted masks completing their back-to-school outfits for a “first day of school” that came seven months into the academic year. Read More

Mar 09, 2021
San Jose

San Jose’s Fairmont Hotel files for bankruptcy, evicts pro hockey team and other guests

Guests at downtown San Jose’s Fairmont Hotel, including the Vegas Golden Knights pro hockey team, found themselves out of a place to stay Friday when the hotel shut down suddenly in the midst of a bankruptcy filing. Read More

Mar 03, 2021
San Jose

After going out of business in 2020, Specialty’s Café and Bakery (and its beloved cookies) return to Mountain View

South Bay fans can again savor Specialty’s Café and Bakery’s legendary cookies (and more), after the company had shuttered all its locations and filed for bankruptcy early in the pandemic. Read More

Mar 02, 2021
San Jose

San Jose police arrest alleged gang members after string of violent robberies targeting gardeners

The San Jose Police Department says it has arrested 13 alleged gang members in connection with a wave of violent robberies particularly targeting gardeners and landscapers. Read More

Feb 26, 2021
San Jose

Spate of shootings draw attention to underground clubs, speakeasies in San Jose

A spate of shootings in San Jose has shined a spotlight on underground clubs and speakeasies allegedly taking place at area businesses, including one that recently sold an $18 million lottery ticket. Read More

Feb 23, 2021
San Jose

Black Muslim Food Week delivers special offers at Black-owned eateries, with a side of community organizing

This weekend, the Bay Area Halal Foodies group is celebrating Black History Month with an event spotlighting Black Muslim-owned restaurants in the area. Read More

Feb 11, 2021
San Jose

South Bay favorite Psycho Donuts comes back to Santa Clara, this time in Valley Fair mall

The South Bay's Psycho Donuts now has a kiosk in the Westfield Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, bringing back its presence in that town after its previous Santa Clara location closed down earlier in the pandemic. Read More

Feb 12, 2021
San Jose

Where to find Lunar New Year celebrations (virtual and otherwise) around the South Bay

Find out how to participate in a Lunar New Year craft, where to get a red envelope and more in Hoodline's roundup of South Bay Lunar New Year events welcoming the Year of the Ox. Read More

Feb 11, 2021
San Jose

Fremont teen mobilizes stuck-at-home students to bake over 10,000 desserts for people in need

A Fremont high school junior founded a nonprofit organization called Bake4Sake to make desserts for homeless shelters. It's now opened 10 chapters in eight states, mobilizing some 130 young volunteers around the country. Read More

Feb 09, 2021
New York

Environmentalists appeal the approval of a housing development on landfill along Newark wetlands

Two environmental groups have filed a legal appeal in the latest bid to stop a housing development around wetlands in Newark that area volunteers have been working to protect for decades. Read More

Feb 03, 2021
San Jose

Where to find a great to-go meal package this Super Bowl Sunday around San Jose

To help you move past the frozen pizza and turn your stay-at-home 2021 Super Bowl Sunday into an occasion, Hoodline has rounded up some fun takeout options and special package deals around San Jose. Read More