Author: Eli Wolfe (Eli Wolfe)

Prosecutor officially challenges Santa Clara County DA

Deputy district attorney Daniel Chung has officially announced his candidacy to lead the Santa Clara County DA’s Office. Chung confirmed on Tuesday he filed his papers to run for DA in the 2022 election. He told San José Spotlight the theme of his campaign is restoring justice and that it focuses on three pillars: integrity, competence...

San Jose leaders helpless to stop destruction of celebrated mural

A San Jose mural commemorating Hispanic heritage that deters graffiti is likely going to be painted over, despite community efforts to save it. The mural, which spans the side of a gym on 899 South First Street in San Jose, was created in April 2016. It depicts Dia de los Muertos figures, labor leader César Chavez...

Is San Jose’s transit agency prepared for another catastrophe?

Between wildfires, a mass shooting and an unprecedented pandemic, VTA and other Bay Area transit agencies face constant threats to long-term stability. Some transit advocates are concerned agencies aren’t prepared for the next catastrophe. “They’re not ready for when the big 8.0 (earthquake) hits the Hayward Fault and takes out BART,” Silicon Valley Transit Users founder...

San Jose State University president resigns

San Jose State University’s president is resigning in the wake of a massive sexual abuse scandal that has consumed the school for months. Mary A. Papazian announced Thursday that she will resign as president on Dec. 21. California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro will meet with campus stakeholders before naming an interim president. “The best...

San Jose Police Department struggles to staff up

Staffing the police department for the largest city in Northern California is proving to be a headache. The San Jose Police Department currently has 1,153 budgeted positions with 20 vacancies, according to spokesperson Christian Camarillo. But he said this doesn’t reflect the true number of sworn officers working because at any given time there are people out...

Reviving downtown San Jose remains an elusive goal

Downtown San Jose looks like a ghost town. Boosters claim an economic revival is within reach for the heart of Silicon Valley. But those who live and work in the city’s core are skeptical. John Seol, owner of a small cellphone repair shop just blocks from City Hall, told San José Spotlight he hears about...