Author: Carina Woudenberg (Carina Woudenberg)

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 district property near Evergreen Valley College. Republic Urban Properties, LLC, is behind the massive development project called “Montgomery Place.” While some...

‘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...

San Jose’s watchdog commission won’t be dissolved

Following a San José Spotlight report that no one applied for four vacancies on the city’s watchdog commission, eight new applications flooded in — and the panel is no longer at risk of being dissolved. The five-member panel — known formally as the Board of Fair Campaign and Political Practices — investigates alleged election law...

SJSU President denies students’ requests for homeless support

Update: Student Homeless Alliance members say they are disappointed with SJSU President Mary Papazian’s response to their demands during their much-anticipated meeting with the administration Tuesday. “They pretty much rejected our ideas and said they’re looking into more long-term, sustainable solutions,”  SHA President Mayra Bernabe told San José Spotlight after the meeting. The administration reportedly stated that they were...

Peter Ortiz brings personal experience to education role

He went from a life of gangs and poverty to working at prominent companies like eBay and winning election to Silicon Valley’s most powerful education board. Santa Clara County Board of Education Member Peter Ortiz knows the struggles of many students in his district because he’s lived through them himself. Ortiz, 29, grew up off of...

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...