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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.

Jun 11, 2021
San Jose

Bay Area day trips: Summertime in Monterey County

Discover beaches, biking, wildlife viewing, scenic drives and seafood feasts in Monterey County with Hoodline's Bay Area Day Trips. Read More

Jun 11, 2021
San Jose

Pride events happening around San Jose, including Newark Pride tonight

Various South Bay spots are hosting in-person Pride events this month, as well as virtual ones. Hoodline has put together a partial listing of some of the big ones happening around the area. And stay tuned for Silicon Valley Pride, coming up at the end of August! Read More

Jun 11, 2021
San Jose

Coworker feared VTA shooter could "go postal"; Feds questioned him about hatred of VTA

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority had investigated or disciplined mass shooter Samuel Cassidy four times before he opened fire on coworkers in May. Read More

Jun 08, 2021
San Jose

San Jose mother arrested after 7-year-old son found dead

A mother from San Jose has been arrested on a charge of murder after her 7-year-old son was found dead in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced Tuesday. Read More

Jun 08, 2021
San Jose

Video: See the Bay Area in miniature, built from 1.5 million Legos at Legoland Discovery Center Bay Area

See video of a model of Bay Area landmarks, made from more than 1.5 million Legos at the new Legoland Discovery Center Bay Area in Milpitas. Read More

Jun 04, 2021
Oakland

Bay Area day trips: Summertime in Alameda County

From little-known treasures to popular hot spots, Hoodline is creating curated lists of some of our favorite day-trip destinations within reach of San Francisco, San Jose, and the rest of the Bay. This week, we're sharing a few worthwhile jaunts in Alameda County. Read More

Jun 01, 2021
San Jose

Peruvian restaurant La Costanera, hit by partying thieves during lockdown, is back at a new spot overlooking the water in Half Moon Bay

Michelin-recognized Peruvian restaurant La Costanera, which closed in March 2020 after a decade in Montara, is reopening in an all-new Half Moon Bay location this Thursday, June 3. Read More

May 26, 2021
San Jose

East Bay boba pioneer, San Jose Mexican eatery among 25 restaurants chosen nationally for historic preservation grants

Two Bay Area restaurants are among just 25 in the country to receive special grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help historic eateries survive the pandemic. The East Bay's oldest boba tea shop, Sweetheart Cafe & Tea in Oakland, and Mexican restaurant Casa Vicky in San Jose both won grants under the program. Read More

May 24, 2021
San Jose

Singapore's oldest cafe, Killiney Kopitiam, to open five new locations in South Bay, East Bay

Killiney Kopitiam, known as Singapore's oldest cafe, is opening five new Bay Area locations this year as part of a push to greatly expand its U.S. presence from a single storefront in Palo Alto. Read More

May 20, 2021
San Jose

What to do if you encounter coyotes while hiking around the Bay Area (and why you may be seeing them more)

It's hiking season, and in many areas around the Bay Area that can mean running into coyotes, especially if you're walking with dogs. Here's a rundown of what to do (and what not to do) if you encounter a coyote. Read More

May 19, 2021
San Jose

Stanford researchers help paralyzed man write using just his imagination – plus microchips in his brain

Writing with your mind? That's just what one paralyzed man has been doing with the help of some Stanford University researchers and microchips implanted in his brain. Read More

May 18, 2021
San Jose

Legoland Discovery Center to open at the Great Mall in Milpitas on May 25

Kids, kids-at-heart and parents, rejoice. After a year's delay, Legoland Discovery Center Bay Area is set to open at the Great Mall in Milpitas on May 25. Read More

May 14, 2021
San Jose

Hoodline's guide to the new shops and dining coming to San Jose's Santana Row

Handmade Chinese dumplings, gourmet ramen, high-end outdoor and activewear, and hot yoga are all due to open by the end of the year at San Jose's Santana Row, which already saw one major new opening this week – Nike Live. Read More

May 14, 2021
San Jose

Mountain View Indian restaurant cited numerous times for rats, cockroaches

Rats, cockroaches and maskless workers, oh my! Mountain View restaurant Biryaniz is struggling to clean up its act after a series of pest infestations and health citations that caused county inspectors to temporarily shut it down three times in three years. Read More

May 12, 2021
San Jose

Why digital wolves are racing around Palo Alto (and where to see them)

An artist is projecting an animation of running wolves from the back of a bicycle every evening this week in a roving art installation funded through Palo Alto's public art program. Read More

May 12, 2021
San Jose

Environmental organizations say planned Morgan Hill mansion will mar Santa Clara Valley ridgeline

Environmental groups and neighbors are objecting to the construction of a large residence on a hillside overlooking Morgan Hill, saying it violates rules guarding the area's ridgelines from development and protecting rare native plants. Read More

May 06, 2021
San Jose

Where to celebrate American Craft Beer Week in San Jose

With sunshine in the forecast for next week and Santa Clara County in the glorious Orange Tier (hey, everything's relative!), you may be about ready to celebrate. We're thinking about toasting rising vaccination rates and the warm weather with a cold craft beer from a local brewery in honor of American Craft Beer Week, May 10–16. Read More

May 06, 2021
San Jose

Microsoft buys large plot of San Jose land in proposed NorthTown development area

In a surprise move, Microsoft has bought some 21 acres of land on the proposed NorthTown mixed-use development site in north San Jose. Read More

Apr 30, 2021
San Jose

Pictures: Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose celebrates the birth of endangered lemur pups

San Jose's Happy Hollow Park & Zoo on Friday announced the birth of two critically endangered lemur pups. The adorable babies and their mama have an off-view den for quiet time out of the limelight, but visitors with a bit of luck may be able to spot them. Read More

Apr 29, 2021
San Jose

Baby whale caught in fishing line off South Bay coast, rescuers seek help

A baby whale tangled up in fishing line that was first spotted off the Southern California coast last week appears to be heading towards the Bay Area, and rescuers hope the public can help locate it. Read More

Apr 23, 2021
San Jose

New 99 Ranch store coming to San Jose’s Oakridge Mall with on-site dining

Fans of Asian cuisine rejoice! Taiwanese-American supermarket chain 99 Ranch Market is coming to the Westfield Oakridge Mall in San Jose, where word is it will serve up prepared foods for in-store dining and takeout alongside its popular selection of imported groceries and other products.  Read More

Apr 23, 2021
San Jose

Santa Clara VTA targeted in cyberattack

Riders of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority transit system are having to make do without real-time arrival information this week, as the agency has dealt with technology disruptions reportedly due to a cyberattack. Read More

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