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.

Nov 20, 2020
San Jose

Fentanyl deaths rising sharply in Santa Clara County, as in much of the Bay Area

Deaths from fentanyl overdoses have risen sharply in Santa Clara County this year, mirroring a troubling trend also seen elsewhere. Read More

Nov 19, 2020
San Francisco North Beach

Tacolicious closes its Santana Row and North Beach restaurants

The Tacolicious locations at San Jose’s Santana Row and in San Francisco’s North Beach are no more – some of the latest casualties of pandemic economics. Read More

Nov 17, 2020
San Jose

Santa Clara County Moved Back to Covid Tier 1 as Cases Surge

Following a surge in COVID cases, California has moved Santa Clara County to its most restrictive Tier 1, the "Purple tier, along with dozens of other counties in order to once again slow the spread of the coronavirus. Read More

Nov 12, 2020
San Jose

San Jose Sharks say Google, city developments could push them out of town

The San Jose Sharks on Thursday asked fans to step in to help the hockey team stay in San Jose. In an open letter, the Sharks said that two major developments planned in the city’s downtown “could force the Sharks out.” Read More

Nov 10, 2020
San Jose

In another blow to South Bay sports, U.S. Figure Skating Championships move from San Jose to Las Vegas

San Jose is losing another major sporting event it was slated to host, with U.S. Figure Skating announcing Monday it will move its January championships to Las Vegas. Read More

Nov 09, 2020
San Jose

San Jose’s first Black women-owned coffeeshop serves up a welcome message of community

“Self-care in a cup.” That’s how sisters Jeronica Macey and Be’Anka Ashaolu describe their brand-new endeavor, Nirvana Soul. Read More

Nov 06, 2020
San Jose

Potential closure of Cupertino schools provokes public outcry

Dozens of community members spoke about potential closures of some Cupertino public schools at a sometimes-contentious Nov. 5 school board meeting that adjourned after 1 a.m. Friday. Read More

Nov 04, 2020
San Jose

San Jose residents vote to expand police oversight, gambling

The city of San Jose will expand oversight of its police department and increase gaming at its casinos, while also raising taxes on casinos, after voters resoundingly approved Measures G and H. Read More

Nov 04, 2020
San Jose

San Jose Unified School District to Reopen Schools in January

With Santa Clara County recently downgraded to a lower pandemic risk tier, the San Jose Unified School District has announced a plan to start getting its 28,000+ students back to in-person classes starting in January. Read More

Oct 26, 2020
San Jose

Haunted car wash, Day of the Dead drive-through offer coronavirus-appropriate Halloween alternatives

In a year that has felt like one of more tricks than treats, one car wash has come up with a clever coronavirus-appropriate alternative, in light of health official warnings against trick-or-treating and parties this Halloween. Read More

Oct 24, 2020
San Jose

Milpitas City Council to sue to stop housing project which aims to place homeless people in an area hotel

Milpitas City Council is reportedly set to sue in order to stop a development in its Hillview neighborhood. The project aims to turn a former hotel into 132 apartment units for homeless people, plus supportive services. Read More

Oct 21, 2020
San Jose

Milpitas, County Clash Over Plan to House Homeless in Area Hotel

With homeless populations growing during COVID-19 and no end in sight, state and local leaders have been scrambling to find ways to get – and keep – vulnerable residents off the streets. Read More

Oct 22, 2020
San Jose

New San Jose restaurant District 7 Kitchen features Vietnamese fusion from Three Seasons chef John Le

Chef John Le – whose Three Seasons restaurants in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Walnut Creek were popular dot-com-era hot spots – has opened a new contemporary pan-Asian eatery in the heart of San Jose’s Vietnamese community. Read More