Author: Eli Wolfe (Eli Wolfe)

County commission rejects plan to demolish old San Jose City Hall

A proposal to demolish San Jose’s former City Hall has encountered resistance from a county commission and local preservationists. The Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission voted unanimously last week against an application to demolish the old City Hall at 801 N. 1st St. The recommendation will be referred to the Board of Supervisors, which will make...

Investigation into Silicon Valley water director trudges along

Valley Water’s board of directors promised to investigate its chairman for possible misconduct, but three months later the public is mostly in the dark. Board members are meeting next Tuesday to receive an update on an investigation they approved in March. The target of the inquiry is board member Gary Kremen and whether he violated...

San Jose councilmembers want to cut parking requirements

San Jose officials are green lighting a plan to reduce parking in new developments, but some are concerned about how it’ll impact residents. San Jose councilmembers voted unanimously Tuesday to create a policy to eliminate the city’s minimum parking requirements for new developments. The policy would incentivize alternative modes of transportation, like biking and public transit. The...

San Jose officials memorialize former Mayor Norm Mineta

“Welcome home, Norm,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said as friends and family of Norm Mineta, former U.S. secretary of transportation and the city’s first Asian American mayor, gathered Wednesday at City Hall to celebrate and memorialize his life. Mineta died on May 3. Mineta is a local legend known for his advocacy during the September...

San Jose officials squash airport billboard proposal

San Jose officials have nixed a proposal to build a digital billboard near the airport, marking a victory for activists fighting the expansion of billboards around the city. Director of Aviation John Aitken said the site for a proposed billboard on I-880 near Mineta San Jose International Airport was “not a viable location.” In a letter sent...

Santa Clara County minor hit with gun restraining order

The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department has filed a gun violence restraining order against a 13-year-old—the second time in recent months a Santa Clara County law enforcement agency has used this tool on a minor. This type of restraining order is normally reserved for violent or suicidal adults. The department requested the order last week...

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