Author: Carly Wipf (Carly Wipf)

San Jose mayor focuses on COVID-19 recovery in State of the City speech

In a year-end State of the City address, Mayor Sam Liccardo painted a somber— yet resilient — picture of San Jose battling the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and civil unrest. His sixth such address, originally scheduled for Spring, was postponed until an in-person speech was possible. Because that time never came, Liccardo gave the speech via...

In 2020, San Jose leaders contended with protests, a pandemic, housing shortages — and their own flubs

In 2020, San Jose endured weeks of protest, a housing crisis, a historic election and a pandemic that led to the deaths of more than 650 area residents. Local lawmakers were forced to make tough decisions to keep the city running. Here are some of the year’s most contentious and impactful political moments. George Floyd’s death leads...

South Bay nonprofits say they were victims of SiliconSage Builders

A Sunnyvale-based building and construction company that is at the center of a federal fraud investigation is also the focus of two San Jose nonprofits that say they, too, were victims. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against SiliconSage Builders and its principal executive, Sanjeev Acharya, on Dec. 21. According to its website,...

San Jose Legends: Rod Diridon launched the city’s light rail but got into transit by accident

Editor’s Note: San Jose Legends is a new monthly series that tells the remarkable stories of the historic and legendary people who have helped shape and transform our city. Rod Diridon has a train station named after him and is widely renowned as the “father” of Silicon Valley’s modern transit system. But to hear him tell...

San Jose Assemblyman Ash Kalra wants to be the next Attorney General

San Jose Assemblyman Ash Kalra is jockeying to replace Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the state’s top law enforcement official. Becerra was tapped by President-elect Joe Biden to be the next U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, leaving California’s attorney general position vacant. If Becerra is confirmed, Gov. Gavin Newsom will appoint the state’s next attorney general— and Kalra thinks...

San Jose man tapped to serve as Biden’s assistant press secretary

A San Jose man is headed to the White House to help run President-elect Joe Biden’s communications. Biden selected Vedant Patel— former communications director to San Jose’s congressional representative Mike Honda — to be the new assistant White House press secretary. Patel was one of 16 new members of the White House communications and press...

How the Silicon Valley Organization’s new leader plans to rebuild

It’s been more than a week since Bob Linscheid was named the Silicon Valley Organization’s interim CEO and he’s not wasting any time repairing the business organization’s stained reputation. “I’ve been pretty much 100% SVO. In fact, my hours are insane. My wife wonders if I’m ever gonna come out of this room,” Linscheid told...

Food delivery fees capped at 15% throughout Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County and San Jose officials voted separately but unanimously Dec. 15 to cap food delivery fees to help businesses retain income during the pandemic. Delivery service fees charged by third-party delivery companies such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates and others will be capped at 15% of the value of an order. San...