Author: Carly Wipf (Carly Wipf)

Santa Clara County joins legal effort to oppose postal service changes

Following President Donald Trump’s denunciation of voting by mail, Santa Clara County led a nationwide coalition of 32 municipalities in joining a legal challenge opposing changes to the United States Postal Service. The coalition, which includes the nonprofit watchdog group Public Rights Project, filed two amicus briefs Sept. 4 in cases challenging changes that might...

Proposed Cambrian Park development is first test case for San Jose’s new affordable housing fee

The proposed Cambrian Park village, featuring a walkable Main Street connecting a central park to shops, restaurants and homes, could be one of the first developments to pay San Jose’s recently adopted commercial linkage fee designed to support future affordable housing projects. The project from Weingarten Realty plans to bring an additional 25 townhomes, 48...

San Jose won’t charge curfew violators

San Jose dropped the idea of prosecuting people who violated a curfew during the George Floyd protests. The decision was announced the same day San José Spotlight reported one of those violators was Mayor Sam Liccardo. The four-day, 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew enacted by City Manager Dave Sykes May 31 sought to quell...

What are lobbyists doing at San Jose City Hall? That’s a good question

For months, lobbyists from some of San Jose’s most powerful organizations have privately met with politicians and government officials — and nobody knows why. Week after week, two prominent business groups — the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) and the San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA) — have filled out weekly lobbying disclosures, which require them...

San Jose mayor violated city curfew during George Floyd protests

As people in downtown San Jose got arrested and detained for violating the city’s curfew amid widespread protests over the police killing of George Floyd in May, Mayor Sam Liccardo rode his bike multiple days after curfew without repercussions. That’s according to J.T. Stukes, a longtime activist who discovered the mayor’s activity on Strava, a...

San Jose leaders approve recommendations to address COVID-19 health disparities

San Jose leaders unanimously accepted 30 recommendations Sept. 1 from Santa Clara County’s Health and Equity Task Force to tackle growing health disparities in the time of COVID-19. The recommendations include translating emergency information, contact-tracing, extending rent relief, distributing food and adding additional COVID-19 testing sites. Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco said as of Aug. 31, more...

San Jose casinos can reopen outdoors, lawmakers decide

Casinos can now join the ranks of local businesses allowed to operate outdoors and have the potential to restore sorely-needed tax revenue to a struggling San Jose budget. San Jose’s two card rooms, Bay 101 and Casino M8trix, will now follow suit of other open California casinos by entertaining guests outside. The setup would give...

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