Author: Carina Woudenberg (Carina Woudenberg)

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...

Community leaders plan to bring little free libraries to East San Jose

Little Free Libraries — those birdhouse-like structures used for sharing free books — are cropping up everywhere in San Jose. Everywhere, that is, except for East San Jose and Evergreen neighborhoods, some of the city’s most vulnerable communities. The newly-formed Evergreen Valley Rotary Club is looking to change that and its Community Service Chair Jeannette...

New South Bay Community Land Trust asks water district for land

A nonprofit group dedicated to securing land for affordable housing is asking the Santa Clara Valley Water District to donate some of its public land for low-income housing  — beginning with San Jose’s Mayfair district. The South Bay Community Land Trust, the region’s first land trust for affordable housing, launched in late April and its leaders...

San Jose: Hayes Mansion slated for new name, major renovation

JMA Ventures, LLC — new owners of the Hayes Mansion in south San Jose — has plans to begin a multi-million dollar makeover on the luxury hotel in December. Although plans haven’t been finalized, the renovation includes an upgrade of the hotel’s guest rooms and common areas, said Hayes Mansion General Manager Jeff Carpenter in...

San Jose’s new website won’t debut until late fall

A massive makeover of San Jose’s antiquated website planned for March has been delayed, in part, because of the webmaster fleeing for a neighboring city and San Jose’s difficulty finding a replacement in the heart of tech innovation. However, city staff say an even better design is expected to launch late this fall. “I would say what...

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