Author: Carly Wipf (Carly Wipf)

San Jose invests in wind energy from New Mexico

By the end of 2021, thousands of San Jose homes will be powered by renewable wind energy — generated by a fleet of turbines 1,000 miles away in New Mexico. Since its launch in 2019, SJCE, the city’s electricity supplier, has invested in renewable energy such as solar and battery storage, but the  new 15-year partnership marks...

What you need to know about COVID-19 this week in the South Bay

COVID-19 cases are surging dramatically in Santa Clara County and as the holiday season rapidly approaches, the county is ramping up testing and urging residents to avoid large gatherings outside their households. According to county officials, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients increased by more than 50 percent in one week. There were 110 hospitalizations...

San Jose talks campaign finance after dramatic and costly election

As San Jose winds down from a feisty and expensive election season, Councilmember Sergio Jimenez asked lawmakers to rethink campaign finance regulations to help restore public trust in local government. “We’ve seen an astonishing amount of money spent on negative, divisive and often — as we all recall —  misleading or outright false advertisements,” Jimenez...

San Jose starts talks on police misconduct under Measure G 

Now that voters overwhelmingly passed Measure G to expand the authority of the independent police auditor, city leaders are charging forward with plans to take police misconduct investigations out of the hands of the San Jose Police Department and ensure officers are fired or disciplined following abuses of power. The city’s Rules and Open Government...

Homicides, school burglaries spike during San Jose shelter in place

San Jose has seen a significant spike in crime during the pandemic. The frequency of homicides, school burglaries, commercial robberies, reports of domestic violence and auto theft has increased since the onslaught of COVID-19, according to the San Jose Police Department. Homicides Lieutenant Steve Donohue told the San Jose City Council Nov. 17 that out...

San Jose to study how Google project might benefit residents

The San Jose City Council met on Monday to discuss evolving plans for the massive Google and transit projects set to reinvent the face of downtown. Changes to the area surrounding Diridon Station have triggered community anxieties—and most recently roused the concern of the San Jose Sharks. The hockey team worried the long-term construction could...

How will David Cohen shake up the San Jose City Council?

As the newly-elected David Cohen gears up to represent San Jose’s District 4, political observers look to the past to see where local policymaking is headed. The council for years has been divided across business and labor lines, leading to a handful of 6-5 split decisions in favor of Mayor Sam Liccardo’s voting bloc, which...

Sharks warn San Jose downtown development may force them out 

The Sharks fear the impacts of a massive redevelopment of Diridon Station — which includes Google’s megacampus — could force them out of San Jose. The NHL team says its concerns have fallen on deaf ears for more than a year. Now, they’re pleading with the public to help save the SAP Center, home to...

San Jose takes steps to improve access to police videos

Following a season of protests against police use of force, city leaders unanimously passed a policy Nov. 10 to thrust officer body worn camera footage, helicopter video and security tapes into the public eye. Videos from the San Jose Police Department will appear on the SJPD or city website at the request of the police...

Low-income housing gets boost in San Jose plan to spend Measure E tax

Strained to alleviate both pandemic-induced evictions and homelessness, San Jose leaders struggled with how to spend $30 million in new tax dollars before unanimously settling on prioritizing low-income housing over rental assistance. The City Council approved a plan Nov. 10 to allocate money from Measure E, a property transfer tax increase that was approved by...

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