Author: Janice Bitters (Janice Bitters)

Santa Clara officials discuss innovation and transportation collaboratives

Santa Clara city leaders on Tuesday deferred a conversation on forming a new “innovation zone” in the city to pilot new, emerging technology alongside neighboring San Jose. Lawmakers, however, approved a plan to collaborate with other cities, the county and VTA to study transit options along the busy corridor on Stevens Creek Boulevard. The “innovation...

Cupertino commissioner threatens lawsuit for Nextdoor posts

The Cupertino Planning Commission chair who in July came under fire for a past harassment lawsuit and more recent controversial posts on social media site NextDoor says a former resident’s postings on the site have defamed his character and he is considering legal action. Planning Commission Chair R “Ray” Wang’s attorney, Krista Baughman, a partner...

Amid growing income disparities, Silicon Valley nonprofit aims to redirect donors to their own backyards

Nearly one-third of Silicon Valley adults are considered “upper-income,” outpacing every other region in the country, according to Pew Research Center data. But local philanthropy is lagging, nonprofit leaders say. “Silicon Valley is home to more than 86,000 millionaires and billionaires – and many are incredibly generous – but not nearly enough of Silicon Valley...

Frustrated Santa Clara leaders to mull $500K in potential convention center over-charges

Frustrated Santa Clara leaders decided Tuesday to meet privately to sort out a recent audit that claims the former Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce owes the city nearly $580,000 for alleged over-billing while running the city’s convention center and the Convention-Visitor’s Bureau, or CVB. The report, by city-hired consultant TAP International, details about five years...

Scott Wiener talks major housing, property tax issues for 2020

Three years into his role serving in the California State Senate, Scott Wiener has made a major name for himself, creating excited fans and vocal critics of his highly controversial housing bills aimed at spurring more development across the Golden State. But sometimes, the towering 49-year-old senator admits, he misses being in the middle of...

Apple’s San Jose land promise is more complicated than it seems

When Apple announced its unprecedented $2.5 billion housing investment promise Monday, it came with — no surprise — fanfare and many of the same components other massive tech titans have promised: grants, loans and land. But Apple’s promise of making $300 million worth of land it owns in San Jose “available” for housing is not exactly like the...

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