Author: Carina Woudenberg (Carina Woudenberg)

San Jose celebrates return of nostalgic dancing pig

A spirited crowd gathered near the San Jose Diridon station Thursday in eager anticipation to see the Stephen’s Meat Products iconic neon pig dance again — after a more than 10-year hiatus. “I woke up with a smile on my face thinking the pig is going to dance again,” said Kim Walesh, San Jose deputy...

San Jose Job Corps transforms lives of at-risk youth

Jezrrel Linares dreamt of becoming a veterinarian, but the animal lover was bored by his classes at Silver Creek High School and knew he didn’t have the grades to support such an endeavor. With no motivation to continue, he started ditching school. His two older brothers went through the training program at San Jose Job Corps and...

Chuck Reed plans to continue statewide pension reform

Former Mayor Chuck Reed is leaving California, but he vows to continue to fight for statewide pension reform. Reed, 71, says he’ll continue working on reeling in the exploding costs of public pensions, the signature issue that won him national notoriety as San Jose’s 64th mayor. He’ll also take on cases for the Silicon Valley law firm where...

Evergreen college board extends development talks

The San José-Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to extend an exclusive negotiating agreement with a San Jose developer for an ambitious mixed-use project slated for roughly 13.5 acres of city property near Evergreen Valley College. Republic Urban Properties, LLC, is behind the massive development project called “Montgomery Place.” While some attributes remain...

‘Rundown shopping center’ revamp worries business owners

Cambrian Park Plaza — the 17-acre shopping center known for its iconic carousel display — is long overdue for renovation, but many longtime business owners are worried they’ll be squeezed out. Weingarten Realty is planning a significant redevelopment that calls for a six-story hotel, town square, park,115,000 square feet of entertainment and retail space, senior...

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