Author: Carina Woudenberg (Carina Woudenberg)

The fight over Willow Glen Trestle goes back to court

A battle between San Jose city officials who want to see a long-delayed trail connection in Willow Glen come to life and a group devoted to preserving a historic train crossing made its way back into the courtroom this week. The bitter court battle has raged on for the past five years, with the most...

Assemblyman Rivas creates bill to help Santa Clara County farmworkers

Lack of affordable housing in the state’s urban areas is a well-documented phenomenon. However, Assemblyman Robert Rivas — who represents a central California district extending south from Morgan Hill — wants to see housing concerns addressed in the state’s rural pockets as well. “Housing is probably the most important issue of the moment,” Rivas said...

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...

San Jose: Audit highlights need for gang task force improvements

A recent city audit suggests that San Jose Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force — a city-wide coalition aimed at addressing gangs and gang-related crime — is failing to meet expectations and could use some improvements. Formed in 1991, the task force is run by the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and works with...

Meet the woman who’s fighting to save San Jose’s history

After leaving the job vacant for nearly a decade, San Jose City Hall has hired someone to protect the city’s historical assets or — at the very least — remind the city’s lawmakers that they’re there, especially as the city’s growth explodes amid an economic boom. Juliet Arroyo is the city’s new historic preservation officer....

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...

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