Author: Carina Woudenberg (Carina Woudenberg)

Silicon Valley nonprofit is the latest to delve into the political realm

A longstanding nonprofit focused on protecting immigrant rights is expanding its political reach with a new sister organization — giving it the ability to raise money for and endorse political candidates on the local and national level. Celebrating its 32 year-anniversary this week, Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) took root in San Jose...

San Jose State students demand more resources for homeless students

An impassioned crowd gathered around the Tommie Smith and John Carlos statues at San Jose State University on Wednesday morning to bring awareness to student homelessness, a week after a San José Spotlight report revealed the university housed just six students last year. “Today we are here to stand in solidarity,” said Elsa Salgado, president...

San Jose State activists amplify the call to house homeless students

Fired up by revelations revealed in a San José Spotlight report that San Jose State University housed only six homeless students in the last year, a group of student activists are calling attention to the growing trend of student homelessness and say they have plans to host a statewide conference later in the fall. “This definitely...

San Jose Unified School leaders vote to study sites for affordable teacher housing

At a funding rate just short of $12,000 per student per year, San Jose Unified School District officials say they struggle to pay teachers enough to stay in Silicon Valley, one of the nation’s costliest housing markets. Now, district leaders are exploring solutions that include building affordable teacher housing on district property — a concept...

Two years after flood, Japanese Friendship Garden awaits repairs

More than two years after catastrophic floods ravaged the Japanese Friendship Garden, the beloved garden has yet to be fully rebuilt. “We’ve been working as hard as we can and working through the process to do what needs to be done,” said Shannon Heimer, general manager for Happy Hollow and Kelley Park — which houses the...

San Jose community colleges oppose bill to provide safe parking for homeless students

Whether they are couch surfing, living in their car or out on the streets, nearly one in five community college students in California reported experiencing some form of homelessness over the course of a recent 12-month period. That data — published by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Hope Center for College, Community,...

State political watchdog fines Alum Rock school board member

The Fair Political Practices Commission has slapped a $7,000 fine on Alum Rock Union Elementary School District Board Member Dolores Marquez for alleged mishandling of surplus campaign funds and other charges dating back to 2014 and 2016. In a stipulation order drafted by the commission and unanimously approved by the commissioners last week, Marquez is...

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