Author: Bob Staedler (Bob Staedler)

Staedler: How San Jose is aligning zoning districts with General Plan

One of the largest misconceptions about the city of San Jose housing crisis is the statement that potential development of land is solely dedicated to single-family housing. A common tagline in stories usually states, “In San Jose, 94% of the city’s residential land is zoned for single-family homes only.” That is simply not an accurate...

Staedler: We must stand up against blighted properties

The H.G. Wade Warehouse caught fire in the Alviso district of San Jose on June 25. This made me think about another structure that is vulnerable to fire, the historic Church of Christ Scientist building. It’s located just north of St. James Park and looks like a background building in a dystopian movie. Calling it...

Staedler: Opportunity Housing should be decided on by a vote of the people

One of the most hotly-debated topics in San Jose is Opportunity Housing. It is widely hailed as a leading strategy for solving San Jose’s housing crisis. Let’s take a look at it. The city of San Jose’s planning website says “Opportunity Housing refers to enabling multi-unit housing on properties with a Residential Neighborhood General Plan...

The Podlight: Berryessa Flea Market plan moves forward

The Podlight is a podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. The Podlight features a weekly look at the top headlines and 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. On this...

The Podlight: San Jose school closures, airport struggles and Thomas Fallon statue

The Podlight is a podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. The Podlight features a weekly look at the top headlines and 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. On this...

Staedler: Affordable housing funding for all

As Silicon Valley makes a continuous effort to build affordable housing, a new roadblock seemingly came out of nowhere. California changed its allocation scoring system for deciding who gets California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC) funding allocation. It was supposed to create a more streamlined process, instead it reduced the amount the Bay Area receives....

The Podlight: How Derrick Seaver will rebuild embattled business group

The Podlight is a podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. The Podlight features a weekly look at the top headlines and 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. In this...

The Podlight: How Carl Guardino helped Bloom Energy skirt a natural gas ban

The Podlight is a podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. The Podlight features a weekly look at the top headlines and 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. In this...

Staedler: Let’s celebrate the iconic public art

San Jose lost an icon last week. Charles W. Davidson passed away at the age of 90. He was a mentor to me and I don’t have the writing skills to give him the reverence he deserves. San José Spotlight has done several stories on him and we recorded a Podlight podcast where I spoke...

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