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Mar 12, 2021
San Jose

Advocates upset over recent Palo Alto RV tow warnings, mayor not sure why

Since 2018, the city of Palo Alto has been enforcing stringent parking restrictions on people living in motorhomes and vans on El Camino Real, and this week the debate about the parking enforcement has resurfaced. Read More

Jan 28, 2021
San Jose

Santa Clara County asks state to prioritize vaccine for hardest-hit populations

Santa Clara County representatives push to allocate COVID-19 vaccines by census tract in a bid to address disparities that disproportionately impact communities of color. Read More

Jan 12, 2021
San Jose

Elected GOP figure in Santa Clara County called out for posting 'Citizens take arms' on Facebook

Phil Reynolds, an elected member of the Santa Clara County Republican Central Committee, is under pressure from Democratic leaders in Santa Clara to resign after posting "The war has begun!" on Facebook while the pro-Trump rioters were breaking into the Capitol Building in Washinton, D.C. last week. Read More

Dec 31, 2020
San Jose

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo: "The state of our city? Our city is suffering"

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo waited until the second to last day possible to deliver his city-required, annual State of the City address. The speech happened virtually and was originally supposed to occur in the spring but was put on hold because of the pandemic. Read More

Dec 15, 2020
San Jose

San Jose school board updates agreement with SJPD

San Jose Unified School District unanimously votes to update the memorandum of agreement with SJPD. Protesters have been pushing the district to end relations with the police since protests in the summer for defunding the police and police reform. Advocates want more money for mental health services. Read More

Dec 04, 2020
San Jose

San Jose community group pushes forward to rename downtown stretch Barack Obama Boulevard

San Jose seeks to honor Former President Barack Obama by renaming a number of streets as Barack Obama Boulevard. Not only did Santa Clara overwhelmingly choose President Obama in both of his presidential runs, but honors a man who inspired the next generation. Read More

Dec 01, 2020
San Jose

San Jose mayor breaks gathering guidelines on Thanksgiving, issues apology

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is the latest public figure to say sorry for essentially breaking his own rules. On Tuesday, Liccardo issued an apology for what he did on Thanksgiving which was in direct violation of state coronavirus guidelines. Read More

Nov 23, 2020
San Jose

Santa Clara County undersheriff indicted in corruption scandal involving gun permits

Santa Clara County Undersheriff Rick Sung has now been indicted in a long-running corruption scandal allegedly involving dirty campaign money in exchange for concealed-carry gun permits. Read More

Nov 19, 2020
San Jose

State tells Palo Alto to add 10,000 housing units, City Council continues to protest

The City of Palo Alto has decided to protest a sprawling plan for future Bay Area housing that was recently announced by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), which would require Palo Alto to build 10,000 new housing units in the next decade. Read More

Nov 11, 2020
San Jose

Silicon Valley Organization vows to stay intact, releases initial racist-ad investigation

The largest South Bay business group, Silicon Valley Organization (SVO), says it's not going anywhere and plans to continue to fight calls to dissolve after the group posted a racist and disturbing political ad leading up to the November 3rd election. Read More

Nov 10, 2020
San Jose

Political shuffle on Santa Clara City Council means tough road ahead for mayor

The 49ers may not be winning on the field this season but last week marked a huge victory for the team’s owner Jed York, who basically placed a massive bet that he could shift the power of the Santa Clara City Council, and won.  Read More

Nov 06, 2020
San Jose

From his mom’s house in San Jose to Sacramento: Alex Lee becomes youngest state lawmaker

Move over veteran California legislators, Alex Lee, who just became California’s youngest state assemblymember to be elected in 80 years, is promising to make some pretty big changes once he starts his term. 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 02, 2020
San Jose

San Jose church fined $350,000 for holding large services in violation of health orders

A San Jose Church that has been slapped with repeat violations of coronavirus health orders has now been issued a court order by Santa Clara County. Read More

Nov 02, 2020
San Jose

Expanding gambling to raise revenue — a San Jose ballot measure creates a moral dilemma

Measure H, also known as the Cardroom Tax, would increase the gross revenue tax for Bay 101 Casino and Casino Matrix from 15% to 16.5% while expanding the number of gaming tables. Read More

Oct 28, 2020
San Jose

Santa Clara County law enforcement vows to keep the vote safe from possible election crimes

Polling sites and drop boxes are popping up across the state ahead of Election Day, and Santa Clara County officials are taking steps to ensure safety from things like fraud and voter intimidation with vows from law enforcement. 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 20, 2020
San Jose

Santa Clara County steps up to help hard-hit businesses survive pandemic downturn

Thanks to a new round of Coronavirus aid, struggling businesses across the South Bay may soon get access to new support to stay afloat. Some business owners fear taking on more debt. Read More

Nov 05, 2019