Author: Eli Wolfe (Eli Wolfe)

San Jose squashes proposal for prefab homeless housing

The week started with San Jose Councilmember Matt Mahan announcing an ambitious proposal for housing up to 5,000 homeless residents on public land by the end of next year. His colleagues killed the plan before the week was out. Mahan told San José Spotlight he’s disappointed by the outcome of Wednesday’s Rules and Open Government Committee meeting,...

State filings show Cindy Chavez is running for San Jose mayor

After months of speculation, it appears Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez is indeed preparing to run for mayor of San Jose in 2022. The California Secretary of State website shows a committee called “Chavez for Mayor 2022; Cindy.” It’s unclear when the committee was created. A phone number listed in the filing is linked...

With federal settlement, San Jose State promises to better protect students

San Jose State University is promising major changes to how it handles claims of sexual misconduct and discrimination following a federal settlement of a decades-long sex abuse scandal in its athletics department. The university will pay $1.6 million to female student-athletes sexually harassed by an athletic trainer named Scott Shaw, the U.S. Department of Justice announced...

Silicon Valley residential development booming, but not affordable

Rental rates are going up and affordable homes are scarce in Silicon Valley, a regional think tank says. Four out of 10 multi-family renter households spend more than 30% of their income on rent, according to a recent report from the Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies. This is considered a moderate to severe financial...

How do new state laws affect San Jose’s Opportunity Housing?

San Jose was considering a bold strategy to densify housing when a state law effectively abolished single-family zoning across California. Proponents claim the local vision is far from dead. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bills 9 and 10 into law last week that could dramatically increase housing density in residential neighborhoods by allowing the development of up...

State laws upend single-family zoning in Santa Clara County

With a pen stroke, Gov. Gavin Newsom has set the stage for potentially massive changes to how housing is built in Silicon Valley. Newsom signed into law Senate Bills 9 and 10 on Thursday. SB 9 allows for the development of up to four dwelling units on single-family lots throughout California, while SB 10 allows...

VTA chugging toward full light rail service in Santa Clara County

It’s taken months, but Santa Clara County’s public transit agency is almost fully back in action. Starting this weekend, VTA officials said the entire light rail system will be back on track. The agency announced an expansion of light rail service earlier this week to include the entire Blue Line, which runs from Baypointe to...

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