Author: Carly Wipf (Carly Wipf)

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...

San Jose gears up for battle over density with Opportunity Housing

A plan to densify housing in San Jose is sowing division and animosity in the South Bay. Supporters hail it as a fix for the South Bay’s crippling housing shortage. Opponents call it a threat to suburban, single-family neighborhoods. The plan, called Opportunity Housing, would allow developers to build up to four homes on a...

Silicon Valley reacts to Joe Biden winning presidency

After winning Nevada and Pennsylvania four days after the election, Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump on Saturday and will become the 46th president of the United States with Kamala Harris, the first woman Vice President, by his side. With victories in those two states, the former Vice President under Barack Obama harnessed a total...

Voter turnout in San Jose’s East Side falls behind West Valley

Education trustee Teresa Castellanos spent weeks going door to door to speak with East Side voters before the Nov. 3 election. To her dismay, many of them told her no one has ever knocked on their door on the campaign trail. “That’s when I realized that there’s a whole electorate that’s not being targeted and not being...

David Cohen poised to unseat San Jose Councilmember Lan Diep

Incumbant Lan Diep is running a slow and steady race, inching closer to challenger David Cohen, who is still leading the race for City Council District 4. As of 5 p.m. Nov. 6, with 100% of precincts reporting, Diep closed the gap by 73 votes. There are now 530 votes between the candidates, with 73%...

LIVE BLOG: Polls close, early results posted in Santa Clara County

South Bay voters headed to the polls Tuesday after a long and often divisive campaign season that saw deep division between Silicon Valley’s two powerful political camps — business and labor — and widespread fallout from a racist campaign image from business lobby. READ MORE: Find a vote center or ballot drop box here. Like...