Author: Grace Hase (Grace Hase)

San Jose lawmakers protest San Jose Water Company rate hikes

San Jose councilmembers are fighting back against “unfair” water rate hikes, voting unanimously to send a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission protesting San Jose Water Company’s proposed rate increases and calling for an investigation into a potential merger with Connecticut Water. San Jose residents who conserved water in California’s long-standing drought may now...

San Jose official’s email sparks concern over Google displacement

As Google makes plans for its downtown San Jose mega-campus and city officials eye a new vision for Diridon Station, worries over gentrification continue to mount – and now a newly-obtained email from a top city official about displacement is raising eyebrows. San Jose’s Economic Development Director Kim Walesh last year led the city’s engagement process,...

Initiative to align San Jose mayoral election with the presidential election fails

Despite a push from community advocates to align San Jose’s mayoral election with the presidential election cycle, the votes to make the change just weren’t there on Tuesday. Mayor Sam Liccardo, Vice Mayor Chappie Jones and Councilmembers Lan Diep, Pam Foley, Johnny Khamis and Dev Davis voted against the measure, citing concerns that the presidential...

San Jose City Council to debate moving mayoral elections

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Vice Mayor Chappie Jones on Tuesday will implore their City Council colleagues to make no changes to the mayoral election cycle and instead explore alternative ideas to increase voter turnout. Liccardo previously told San José Spotlight that he wouldn’t support an initiative to align the mayoral election year with...

San Jose housing developers voice concern with Ellis Act

Ramon Navarro Johnson lost his rent-controlled apartment in 2015 when his landlord decided to charge market rate. “I was abruptly displaced from my home, could not find other affordable housing options (and) ended up homeless for a year and a half,” he said. Johnson now has stable housing, but said he still suffers the effects of his...

San Jose City Council to mull new affordable housing funding

In an effort to spur San Jose’s dwindling housing supply, lawmakers on Tuesday will consider investing $10 million to flip market-rate apartments into affordable ones and peg 30 percent of any new housing dollars for extremely low-income housing. Housing officials this week will ask the City Council to add those two new priorities to the city’s affordable housing investment plan....

VTA recommends saving Route 22 overnight bus

A VTA bus line dubbed ‘Hotel 22’ that provides shelter to countless Silicon Valley homeless residents is safe — at least for now. Transportation officials on Friday recommended saving Route 22, a bus line that travels from Palo Alto to East San Jose. Earlier this year, officials recommended eliminating the route from 1 a.m. to...

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