Author: Bob Staedler (Bob Staedler)

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...

Staedler: Insights from this year’s State of the Valley

Joint Venture Silicon Valley hosted its yearly State of the Valley conference virtually last week that discusses regional issues and the realities that our region has faced from the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges such as the regional economic drivers. The organization also released its 2021 Silicon Valley Index. One of the topics it discusses...

Staedler: The perils of form-based zoning, like in Alum Rock

The Alum Rock Urban Village form-based zone process has spurned controversy in the last month. As reported by San José Spotlight, the form-based zoning came to be in the early 2000s with the hope of attracting new investment. Planning officials said this type of zoning was going to be implemented citywide, but that obviously did...

Staedler: Do not lower expectations of elected leaders in 2021

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and congratulate Ramona and Josh along with the entire team on the second anniversary of San José Spotlight. Please check out the celebratory event this month and donate if you can. It’s been a doozy of a year and one that we will never forget. While...

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