Author: Carina Woudenberg (Carina Woudenberg)

Meet Peter: The robot barista at San Jose’s airport

A new barista at the Mineta San Jose International Airport is impressing travelers with quick moves, unique charm and expert multitasking over long stretches  — in fact, this server never leaves its post at Cafe X. Meet Peter. Named for the company’s former director of hardware, Peter is a robot capable of serving a variety...

New figures show success in housing Santa Clara County’s homeless veterans

Amid a housing shortage and skyrocketing rents in Silicon Valley, homelessness continues to be a growing and seemingly intractable problem. However, for homeless veterans in Santa Clara County, this Veterans Day marks some major successes. According to newly-released data from nonprofit Destination: Home, 1,602 homeless veterans have been housed since the launch of the “All...

Angry, tearful parents plan to fight San Jose charter school’s closure

Parents, teachers and school officials at Cornerstone Academy Preparatory School — a kindergarten through eighth grade charter school in the Franklin-McKinley district — are surprised and disappointed by district board members’ recent decision to close the school. Roughly 150 parents filled the school’s cafeteria on Lucretia Avenue Tuesday night in search of answers and school officials...

East San Jose school district moves forward with employee housing

If San Jose voters approve a $60 million bond measure that’s heading for the March 2020 ballot, East Side Union High School District employees could be moving into district-owned housing as early as 2022. Given the current housing shortage and the district’s struggle to hold onto its teachers and staff, the district has been looking...

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