Author: Grace Stetson (Grace Stetson)

San Jose business owners hit hard by COVID-19 now have another worry — the end of an eviction moratorium

Businesses that barely survived 2020 have another tough blow ahead — the end of the county’s moratorium on evictions. The measure bars landlords from evicting commercial tenants who haven’t been paying their rent. It expires on March 31 and, when it does, businesses that haven’t paid rent are on the hook for paying all of...

New virtual platform connects Santa Clara County youth with mental health services

Mental health services are of the utmost importance during the COVID-19 pandemic and especially as the holiday season approaches with continued lockdowns, isolation and uncertainty, according to the Centers for Disease Control. To address this need among young people in Santa Clara County, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County on Dec. 15 launched a platform...

Cap on food delivery fees being considered in Santa Clara County

With a new shelter-in-place order in place until Jan. 4, Santa Clara County officials are hoping to help struggling restaurant owners by capping fees and commissions charged by food-delivery companies. Supervisors Joe Simitian and Cindy Chavez on Dec. 8 plan to ask county staff to look into drafting a proposal modeled after other Bay Area...

New loan program offers lifeline to small businesses in Santa Clara County

As California’s small businesses face continued COVID-19 restrictions, a new small-business loan program aims to help keep the doors open a while longer. The California Rebuilding Fund supports small businesses in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas. Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and $2.5 million or less in gross revenues in 2019...

Food banks prepare for record numbers this Thanksgiving in Silicon Valley

As 2020 comes to a close, many Americans are yearning to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones and uphold yearslong traditions. However, as COVID-19 continues to spurn closures across the country and in our own backyard, the holiday season — starting with Thanksgiving — will look different from years past. With COVID-19 shuttering businesses...

Silicon Valley Turkey Trot goes virtual for 16th annual race

Thanksgiving Day in Silicon Valley means more than family dinners, touch football and volunteering. For the past 15 years, families across the Bay Area have flocked to downtown San Jose to participate in the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. This year, the race is taking another page from 2020: it’s going virtual. Since its...

Dave Cortese leads in Senate District 15 race

Dave Cortese, the 30-year veteran of Santa Clara County politics, will soon bring those skills to Sacramento, representing California’s Senate District 15. As of 9 a.m. Nov. 4, Cortese has a solid lead over rival Ann Ravel, winning 53.8% of the vote. Ravel garnered 46.1% of the vote with 58% of the ballots counted. In...

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