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South Bay residents revel in California’s reopening Jun 17, 2021
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South Bay residents revel in California’s reopening

It might be one of the most anticipated social and economic events in modern times: a return to normalcy. And many business owners and residents of the South Bay have been celebrating their new/old freedoms. Read More

Owner of San Jose taproom becomes latest craft-beer magnate to resign over sexual harassment allegationsJun 03, 2021
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Owner of San Jose taproom becomes latest craft-beer magnate to resign over sexual harassment allegations

The owner of a popular San Jose taproom has become the most recent high-profile figure in the craft brewery industry to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. Ryan Summers, the owner of Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe and Pizza Flora in downtown San Jose, formerly resigned on Sunday, and promised to remove himself from his ownership role. Read More

South Bay businesses are ready to open up. They just need workersJun 03, 2021
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South Bay businesses are ready to open up. They just need workers

As South Bay counties continue to ease COVID restrictions — and as the California economy is on the verge of a full reopening — the Bay Area, and the nation, faces a worker shortage crisis. With the number of available jobs far exceeding the number of available workers, several businesses are struggling to staff reopenings, potentially threatening the speed and vitality of the recovery.  Read More

San Jose opens vacant senior apartments to the unhousedMay 21, 2021
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San Jose opens vacant senior apartments to the unhoused

On Monday, a handful of unhoused residents in San Jose moved into a vacant senior housing complex. Santa Clara County officials said the Willow Glen apartments represent a stepping stone for homeless residents, who will eventually be placed into permanent housing at other locations as it becomes available.  Read More

San Jose's controversial Thomas Fallon statue appears destined for removalMay 10, 2021
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San Jose's controversial Thomas Fallon statue appears destined for removal

After more than 30 years of controversy, a statue commemorating the raising of the U.S. flag in 1846 — when California declared war on Mexico — seems destined to be removed. Read More

Prestigious Silicon Valley school faces $2M lawsuit after claiming student photo was ‘blackface’Mar 02, 2021
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Prestigious Silicon Valley school faces $2M lawsuit after claiming student photo was ‘blackface’

Two former students of Saint Francis High School and their parents are suing the prestigious, private, Catholic institution in Mountain View for $20 million dollars in what they claim was a case of mistaken racism that cost the teen boys and their families irreparable harm. Read More

Investigation reveals controversial San Jose church received $340K in PPP fundsFeb 19, 2021
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Investigation reveals controversial San Jose church received $340K in PPP funds

Calvary Chapel in San Jose owes more than $2 million dollars in fines for openly defying the ban on indoor gatherings imposed for months by Santa Clara County. Read More

San Jose offers tiny homes to homeless in exchange for cleaning Guadalupe River ParkFeb 17, 2021
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San Jose offers tiny homes to homeless in exchange for cleaning Guadalupe River Park

The City of San Jose is trying something new to battle the homeless crisis, and this latest solution could solve two problems at once. Read More

Days after allowing indoor worship services, Santa Clara County reinstates ban setting up big court ruling aheadFeb 12, 2021
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Days after allowing indoor worship services, Santa Clara County reinstates ban setting up big court ruling ahead

Churches across Santa Clara County were rejoicing this week when they were told they could resume indoor worship services under limited capacity and with new guidelines. But just a few days later, that hope was pulled out from under them when the county was told by a U.S. District Judge that it could reinstate the ban on indoor church gatherings. Read More

SJPD implements new LGBTQ policy, officers to receive special new training Feb 09, 2021
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SJPD implements new LGBTQ policy, officers to receive special new training

San Jose Police officers will now get specialized training that is aimed at improving the relationship with the members of the city’s LGBTQ Community.  Read More

Santa Clara celebrates long-time resident Esperanza Castellanos' 107th birthdayJan 14, 2021
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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

Wastewater testing for coronavirus prevalence to begin in Santa Clara County ahead of national CDC effortDec 30, 2020
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Wastewater testing for coronavirus prevalence to begin in Santa Clara County ahead of national CDC effort

A program to test wastewater at sewage treatment plants in order to better assess the presence of the coronavirus in a community is set to begin via a partnership between Stanford University, Santa Clara County, and San Jose’s Environmental Services Department. Read More

Temporary tombstones displayed in San Jose to honor the 196 homeless people who died in the county this yearDec 24, 2020
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Temporary tombstones displayed in San Jose to honor the 196 homeless people who died in the county this year

The Silicon Valley Interreligious Council continued its annual tradition of temporarily erecting tombstones to honor those who didn't have a place to call home in Santa Clara County. This year's event featured 196 tombstones representing the highest number of unhoused people who died in Santa Clara County in the past year. Read More

South Bay church leaders warn people not to attend huge annual religious eventDec 12, 2020
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South Bay church leaders warn people not to attend huge annual religious event

With the pandemic worsening across Santa Clara County, leaders of the Catholic Church came together Friday to issue a stern message to people who were planning to celebrate Our lady of Guadalupe: Don’t come! Read More

No ICU beds left at three South Bay hospitals as county sets new daily case recordDec 10, 2020
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No ICU beds left at three South Bay hospitals as county sets new daily case record

The holiday gathering-fueled coronavirus surge in the South Bay is getting more and more alarming by the day, but Wednesday’s announcement by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department sounds more like the area is headed toward catastrophe. Read More

San Jose church vows to fight on despite pastor held in contempt over indoor servicesDec 09, 2020
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San Jose church vows to fight on despite pastor held in contempt over indoor services

A Santa Clara County judge has held Calvary Chapel in San Jose and its pastor Mike McClure in contempt for holding large indoor worship services with up to 600 people, which is in direct violation of state safety guidelines. Read More

Santa Clara County Moved Back to Covid Tier 1 as Cases SurgeNov 17, 2020
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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

San Jose launches program to pay homeless people to clean up trashNov 13, 2020
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San Jose launches program to pay homeless people to clean up trash

The City of San Jose has partnered with Mastercard to actually pay homeless people to clean up their own trash at messy camps. Read More

With other counties forced to roll back reopenings, Santa Clara County is likely nextNov 12, 2020
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With other counties forced to roll back reopenings, Santa Clara County is likely next

Coronavirus cases are surging to record-breaking levels across the U.S. and California, and with several Bay Area counties already rolling back their reopenings, it appears Santa Clara County is on track to follow along. Read More

Spike in coronavirus cases among young adults in Santa Clara County has health officials sounding the alarmNov 10, 2020
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Spike in coronavirus cases among young adults in Santa Clara County has health officials sounding the alarm

Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody displayed a graph showing a dramatic spike representing 358 new Coronavirus cases reported on Sunday. That is the second-highest number of cases reported on one day in the county since the pandemic began in March. Read More

Potential closure of Cupertino schools provokes public outcry Nov 06, 2020
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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

Santa Clara County hits huge milestone with its most important tool in the fight against coronavirusNov 03, 2020
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Santa Clara County hits huge milestone with its most important tool in the fight against coronavirus

Santa Clara County announced that health professionals across the area have conducted more than 1 million coronavirus tests since the pandemic began. Read More

Milpitas City Council to sue to stop housing project which aims to place homeless people in an area hotelOct 24, 2020
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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

Top San Jose news: Exonerated man sues for wrongful conviction; firefighter hurt battling fire; moreJun 30, 2020
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Top San Jose news: Exonerated man sues for wrongful conviction; firefighter hurt battling fire; more

Here's the most recent top news in San Jose; see what headlines are trending among local readers, with links to full articles. Read More

Top San Jose news: Man shot in face near homeless camp; 4 officers placed on administrative leaveJun 29, 2020
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Top San Jose news: Man shot in face near homeless camp; 4 officers placed on administrative leave

Here's the most recent top news in San Jose; see what headlines are trending among local readers, with links to full articles. Read More