Author: Bob Staedler (Bob Staedler)

Staedler: Park space vital for dense urban development

As we continue to shelter-in-place and enter into phase 2 of reopening, it is important to continue thinking about the future of our towns and cities. The city of San Jose has huge plans on the books: Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan, Diridon Station Area Plan Update, Google Downtown West, Jay Paul CityView redevelopment plan,...

Staedler: The greatest trust exercise of our lives

As we live through the greatest trust exercise of our lives, our elected officials and city staff throughout the Bay Area need to extend that same level of trust and respect when it comes to community process during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not sheltering in place to provide politicians and city officials an opportunity...

The Podlight: Urban Catalyst’s Erik Hayden talks Opportunity Zones

The Podlight, a new podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy, is back. Late last year, we released eight episodes of The Podlight featuring in-depth conversations with San José Spotlight reporters about South Bay policy, politics and government, delving into critical issues such as housing, technology, business, homelessness, land use and development....

Staedler: SB 50 is defeated; leadership needed now more than ever

One of the needed paths to recovery from California’s housing tragedy hit another legislative brick wall. Senate Bill 50, authored by Sen. Scott Wiener, failed to get enough votes last week. In short, SB 50’s intent was to undo California’s decades long housing policies of single-family housing and suburban sprawl by inducing development near transit and job...

Staedler: Looking ahead to 2020

As we welcome in 2020, there is a lot to keep track of and look forward to. Local control of housing development will continue to make headlines. But how far will the California Legislature go to change housing development? The chances of achieving the staggering 3.5 million homes the governor wants to build by 2025...

The Podlight: Top stories of 2019

We’re thrilled to introduce The Podlight, a new podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. Over the past week, we released eight episodes of The Podlight featuring in-depth conversations with San José Spotlight reporters about South Bay policy, politics and government, delving into critical issues such as housing, technology, business, homelessness, land...

The Podlight: An exclusive sitdown with Scott Wiener

We’re thrilled to introduce The Podlight, a new podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. Over the next several days, we’ll release eight episodes of The Podlight featuring in-depth conversations with San José Spotlight reporters about South Bay policy, politics and government, delving into critical issues such as housing, technology, business, homelessness,...

The Podlight: The legendary Chuck Davidson

We’re thrilled to introduce The Podlight, a new podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. Over the next several days, we’ll release eight episodes of The Podlight featuring in-depth conversations with San José Spotlight reporters about South Bay policy, politics and government, delving into critical issues such as housing, technology, business, homelessness,...

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