Author: Bob Staedler (Bob Staedler)

The Podlight: The three Ps of housing policy

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: A look at San Jose’s new Section 8 discrimination policy

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,...

Introducing The Podlight: Who are the players in downtown San Jose?

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,...

Staedler: Coyote Valley for all, forever

There are moments that we take for granted in terms of their importance for our environment and the well-being of our future generations. The conservation and preservation of 937 acres of Coyote Valley will be seen by future generations as an immeasurable gift. This gift was wrapped and delivered by the city of San Jose,...

Staedler: A hard look at the San Jose Downtown Association

The deeply troubling comments of the San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA) Director Scott Knies shows the toxic nature of the national political scene has fully infected San Jose. It has never been clearer to me than when I witnessed Knies going off the rails at his yearly member meeting. It is generally a victory lap...

Staedler: The Downtown San Jose BART Station needs a second entrance

The Downtown/San Jose State BART Station’s impact on Downtown San Jose cannot be underestimated. The current plan for this station only has an entrance on the north of Santa Clara Street and Market Street side of downtown. Being short sighted in limiting the number of locations accessible to this station will be this projects Achilles...

Staedler: Retail downtown needs a strong foundation to build upon

One of the greatest challenges to face downtown San Jose is the lack of a stable retail base. The former and now dissolved San Jose Redevelopment Agency worked tirelessly on creating retail in downtown San Jose and beyond. We spent an ungodly amount of money to create retail before it was ready to take hold....

Staedler: Let’s keep it simple when it comes to ‘granny units’

One of the most commonly discussed housing items in the Bay Area involves Accessory Dwelling Units — or ADUs — also called ‘granny units.’ If you talk to someone who’s gone through the process, particularly in San Jose, they will tell you their tales of woe. San Jose has been making piecemeal process improvements on...

Staedler: Let’s be realistic about retail in housing development

The unrealistic hopes and dreams for small and vibrant retail uses in housing projects have become a huge deterrent in the development of tragically-needed new housing. I will continue to use a variation of the word “tragic” when describing our region’s housing situation because we left “crisis” status years ago. We need a massive number of...

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