Author: Annalise Freimarck (Annalise Freimarck)

Largest San Jose school district skips streaming meetings

The largest school district in San Jose does not broadcast its board meetings, potentially excluding voices from disadvantaged families who can’t attend in person. The San Jose Unified School District has not provided a live broadcast of its board meetings since May—despite the pandemic—when its board returned to in-person sessions. The only way residents can voice...

San Jose expands eviction help centers

East San Jose residents, who face disproportionately higher rates of poverty compared to other parts of the city, will soon have a center to help them battle evictions. San Jose’s housing department plans to open an eviction help center in East San Jose in the Franklin McKinley School District, which is close to lower-income families...

Polling begins in San Jose mayor race

A mysterious text poll is gauging potential mayoral candidates’ viability in the race for San Jose’s top political seat. San José Spotlight learned about the poll from residents who received it. The poll in part asks respondents which potential mayoral candidate they’ll support. The election is next year, with Mayor Sam Liccardo terming out of...

Lack of hybrid learning leaves some San Jose students behind

Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced school districts to move to remote learning, Polly Ferguson said her fifth grade grandson could not read or grasp basic math concepts. That changed after 15 months of one-on-one tutoring and online school. But as school districts phase out online learning in favor of returning to in-person instruction, Ferguson worries all...

San Jose cop’s push to kiss woman raises alarm

A San Jose police officer was reprimanded for trying to kiss a woman in 2020, but critics say the San Jose Police Department and its auditor are downplaying a clear-cut case of sexual harassment. According to the most recent Independent Police Auditor’s report, the officer “could have been innocently, albeit misguidedly, mistaken as to whether the...

Report: 1 in 4 San Jose police officers received a complaint

San Jose’s City Council mended fences earlier this week when it restarted a group to examine police reform. But findings in a report on police misconduct suggest the city has ways to go. The Independent Police Auditor’s report examined complaints of police misconduct in 2020 and contains key statistics that concern local activists, including those involved...