Author: Jana Kadah (Jana Kadah)

Signia hotel to bring workers, business back to downtown San Jose

Silicon Valley’s largest hotel is reopening under new branding this spring—a hopeful sign that San Jose’s tourism and hospitality industry are returning to normal. The Signia by Hilton San Jose—owned by Hilton Worldwide Holdings—is the new operator of the 805-room property formerly known as the Fairmont Hotel. The Fairmont abruptly closed in March 2021 after owner...

San Jose businesses share supply chain woes

The supply chain crisis is impacting Silicon Valley businesses, big and small. The San Jose Chamber of Commerce held a breakfast Thursday where business leaders discussed how inflation and COVID-19 have impacted their shops, and shared how over the last two years things have gotten more expensive—and unpredictable. Chamber President Derrick Seaver said it’s complex to pinpoint all...

San Jose libraries want funds to return to pre-pandemic service

San Jose’s budget process has begun, and libraries are hoping to get enough funding to return to pre-pandemic service levels. With an expected surplus this coming fiscal year and an easing of COVID restrictions, the San Jose Public Library Foundation sees it as an opportunity to return to normalcy—at least in terms of budget and operations....

San Jose council review: Homeless jobs, Coyote Valley corridor

How do we help the people of Ukraine or our homeless residents? What is the Coyote Valley Monterey Corridor going to look like? These are some of the questions the San Jose City Council tried to answer at its March 8 meeting. The City Council unanimously approved a $2.85 million contract with Goodwill of Silicon...

San Jose sees barriers to building affordable housing

In an effort to ease barriers to affordable housing construction, San Jose is exploring taking steps to incentivize developers. On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to accept recommendations based on interviews with seven developers and a detailed report highlighting three key barriers: construction costs, the permitting process and complying with development regulations such as...

Homeless, police and blight: San Jose mayor shares budget priorities

Despite a $27.7 million city surplus, San Jose’s mayor is calling for a “constrained budget” focused primarily on homelessness and affordable housing, public safety and battling blight. Mayor Sam Liccardo starts his March budget message with an optimistic tone: the city has been able to withstand two years of the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged certain communities and...

Why San Jose can’t fully audit its own police

San Jose is trying to improve policing by turning to private companies for analysis despite having its own independent auditor. Last week, the City Council heard three outsourced reports with more than 300 recommendations on how the San Jose Police Department needed to improve its tactical practices. The reports, which cost more than $230,000, had residents questioning...

San Jose flea market fees frustrate vendors

The parking and entry prices at the Berryessa Flea Market in San Jose are increasing—and vendors are furious. All parking and walk-in fees are set to increase today, although Wednesdays at the flea market will still be free. Friday through Sunday costs will rise. On Fridays it will cost $5 to park, but walk-ins will...

San Jose council review: COVID booster mandate, police reports

COVID-19 restrictions are easing. Millions in Google money is ready to be spent. The city is looking at how it can improve its police department and make parks more friendly for families. Here’s what went down at the March 1 San Jose City Council meeting. Booster mandate repealed In a 9-1 vote, the City Council repealed the...