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.

Jan 14, 2021
San Jose

Santa Clara celebrates long-time resident Esperanza Castellanos' 107th birthday

Esperanza “Hope” Castellanos of Santa Clara celebrated her 107th birthday this week with help from family, friends and city officials. Read More

Jan 13, 2021
San Jose

After months of delay, Holy Cannoli Bakery and Café opens in San Jose

San Jose’s Holy Cannoli opened its first café this week, where it's serving up its namesake Sicilian sweets, alongside to-go meals and coffee drinks. Read More

Jan 09, 2021
San Jose

Drive-through restaurant pop-up in San Jose donates a meal for every meal ordered

San Jose-area residents can get takeout from five local restaurants and support laid-off workers at the same time, thanks to a pop-up drive-through market taking place through Tuesday, Jan. 12. Read More

Jan 05, 2021
San Jose

6 great hiking spots around San Jose to get yourself active in 2021

If getting active and enjoying more nature time are on your list of New Year's resolutions for 2021, check out Hoodline's list of San Jose-area green spaces. Read More

Jan 04, 2021
San Jose

44 Kaiser San Jose employees infected, one dies in outbreak blamed on Christmas costume

One San Jose Kaiser Permanente employee is dead and 44 have tested positive for COVID in a post-Christmas outbreak possibly tied to an inflatable Christmas tree costume. Read More

Dec 30, 2020
San Jose

San Jose wine merchants recommend great Champagnes for New Year's Eve at home

Big parties or a night out are no-go's under COVID precautions, but there are other ways to welcome the new year with a bang. Hoodline chatted with Harrison Fong, proprietor of San Jose's Vintage Wine Merchants, about great sparkling wines to make your stay-at-home New Year's Eve something special. Read More

Dec 18, 2020
San Jose

Support Black-owned businesses this season by patronizing these South Bay spots

This has been a year of steady calls to support Black-owned businesses, and the holidays can be a great opportunity to vote with our wallets. Below is an incomplete list of Black-owned businesses to check out in the San Jose area this season. Read More

Dec 17, 2020
San Jose

Shop local for the holidays: Hoodline's gift-giving guide in support of small South Bay businesses

Hoodline's Shop Local guides showcase a variety of mom-and-pop shops around the Bay. Check out our starter list of small businesses to support in the San Jose area. They all deliver crowd-free shopping and good old-fashioned customer service – and many offer customized gifts, private shopping appointments and personal phone consulations. Read More

Dec 16, 2020

Shop local for the holidays: Hoodline's gift-giving guide in support of small East Bay businesses

Shopping local supports struggling small businesses, plus it delivers major pandemic benefits: Many neighborhood stores are offering private shopping by appointment, custom gift packs and almost-totally-isolated conditions that the big-box retailers just can’t match. Read More

Dec 15, 2020
San Jose

Drive-through holiday market in Los Gatos raises money for laid-off workers

Locals heading to the Fantasy of Lights in Los Gatos can first get custom hot chocolate, to-go meals and more at the Flights Winter Wonderland drive-through market – and support laid-off workers in need at the same time. Read More

Dec 12, 2020
San Jose

Four San Jose Earthquakes players named among 25 greatest MLS players of all time

Major League Soccer this week released a list of its 25 greatest players of all time, and four them have played for the San Jose Earthquakes, including current player Chris Wondolowski. Read More

Dec 11, 2020
San Jose

South Bay celebrates Hanukkah with drive-in, virtual events

North Peninsula Chabad and San Jose’s Congregation Sinai are both hosting drive-in Hanukkah celebration this year, and numerous other South Bay congregations and organizations are holding virtual Hanukkah events. Read More

Dec 11, 2020
San Jose

Halal Restaurant Week serves up socially-distanced goodies through Sunday

Since 2013, Fremont’s Halal Food Festival has drawn thousands each year to sample the Bay Area’s diverse halal food offerings. This year, organizers adapted to life under pandemic by launching Halal Restaurant Week instead, with giveaways and special offers at area eateries through Dec. 13. Read More

Dec 09, 2020
San Jose

Bringing back the drive-in: Bobbi's Coffee Shop offers pandemic-friendly car-hop service in Cupertino

Turns out there’s nothing like a pandemic for bringing back those ‘50s vibes. Drive-in movie theaters have seen a resurgence of interest in the age of social distancing, and now locals can enjoy drive-in dining thanks to Cupertino landmark Bobbi’s Coffee Shop. Read More

Dec 03, 2020
San Jose

San Jose business owners donate over $15k to help competitors hit with COVID violation fines

After a local businessman started a fund to cover the costs of San Jose businesses hit with fines for Covid violations over Thanksgiving weekend, support has flooded in from other business owners wanting to help. Read More

Dec 02, 2020
San Jose

San Jose's Adega restaurant opens sister location, Petiscos

Fans of San Jose’s Michelin-starred Adega restaurant can now sample its much-lauded Portuguese cuisine via small plates in a more casual setting, at their second spot that’s just opened in the city's downtown. Read More

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