Author: Carina Woudenberg (Carina Woudenberg)

San Jose homeless families living in cars receive new shoes

It started with a single pair of shoes. A student in North Carolina cut holes in his sneakers in an attempt to extend their usefulness after he outgrew them. His school nurse took a picture of the battered footwear and sent it to her husband — sparking an idea. After receiving the text message, John...

Pat Dando sculpture in the works to honor lawmaker’s memory

Pat Dando, a former San Jose vice mayor remembered for her advocacy and tireless work ethic, will be honored with a bronze sculpture at the Almaden Library and Community Center next year. The idea for the sculpture took shape at Dando’s memorial service held after the beloved politician and community advocate died from lung cancer in July 2017...

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office requesting $8M for overtime

Citing much-needed jail reforms implemented over the past four years, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is asking county lawmakers for more than $8 million to cover growing overtime costs. The request, which will be considered at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, would allocate $8.1 million from the Special Programs Labor Reserve. With little discussion, a county supervisors’ committee last week accepted a report from...

A sneak peek: San Jose City Hall unveils its new six-figure website

San Jose City Hall is spending $350,000 for a new website, but city officials say the “Capital of Silicon Valley” was long overdue for a high-tech digital makeover. Despite being the hub of tech innovation, San Jose’s website hasn’t been upgraded in nearly six years. “I’m excited about our beta product,” said city spokeswoman Rosario Neaves in a...

Santa Clara County sees spike in whistleblower complaints, expands office

Improper hiring, employee or employer misconduct, corruption, favoritism and misuse of public resources. These are just some of the cases the Santa Clara County Whistleblower Program has taken on since it was established in 2010. But now the county’s watchdog office is expanding by adding new staff and updating the intake system for complaints, many of which are filed anonymously by county employees...

Hospital board approves sale of three bankrupt San Jose medical clinics

The El Camino Hospital Board of Directors unanimously approved the sale of five Verity Medical Foundation Clinics at its  meeting Wednesday night, according to a release issued by Silicon Valley Medical Development on Thursday. A $1.27 million bid by SVMD includes the electronic medical records, furniture and equipment at three San Jose clinics located at...

Verity Health announces layoffs at six San Jose clinics

The future for eight Bay Area medical clinics — six of which are based in San Jose — is uncertain following an announcement from Verity Health that 180 positions will be eliminated beginning next month. The SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West announced Friday it will fight back by airing concerns at the El Camino Hospital Board...

Embattled Alum Rock Union School District selects new trustee

After a lengthy meeting that ended around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Alum Rock Union School District board of trustees appointed former SOMOS Mayfair Board member Corina Herrera-Loera to fill a vacancy left by Karen Martinez. Martinez resigned from the board in December after being elected a trustee of the San Jose Evergreen Community College District....

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