Author: Adam F. Hutton (Adam F. Hutton)

Higher state cannabis taxes in 2020 raise concerns in South Bay

Cannabis consumers in the South Bay — who already pay between 30% and 40% in taxes when their budtender rings them up — are about to feel a fresh pinch to their wallets when a statewide tax on farmers and retailers takes effect in 2020. Industry lobbyists, including Sean Kali-rai of the Silicon Valley Cannabis...

Supreme Court action on homelessness case unlikely to affect San Jose

It seems San Jose will be largely unaffected by a recent federal court ruling prohibiting cities from criminalizing homelessness when the municipality doesn’t have adequate shelter space available to meet the needs of its homeless population. At the end of its term in December, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to Martin...

VTA report recommended no changes to board member appointments

The public on Friday got its first look at a long-awaited report from a consultant detailing how to improve the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, but there were no suggestions to elect VTA board members — who are currently appointed by their cities — as some Silicon Valley transit activists had hoped. A Board of Directors elected...

Evergreen college district sued over development deal’s collapse

Four months after threatening litigation, a prominent San Jose developer has sued a major community college district after negotiations over a swath of land stalled and a high-profile development deal fell apart. “I think this case will raise important issues about the relationship between developers and public entities and how they go about getting property...

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