Author: Janice Bitters (Janice Bitters)

Google launches $10M grant contest for Bay Area nonprofits

Google on Monday launched a $10 million contest for nonprofits around the Bay Area to win grants ranging between $100,000 and $1 million from its philanthropic arm, Google.org. The contest, called the “Bay Area Impact Challenge,” marks the third time in five years Google.org has held the challenge. This year’s awards, however, will go to more organizations and...

Only one Santa Clara lawmaker has blocked people on social media

Three months after a judge ruled it unconstitutional for President Donald Trump to block critics on Twitter, local politicians like San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo have scurried to unblock hundreds of accounts from their social media channels. But not in Santa Clara. That’s because none of the seven policymakers, including Mayor Lisa Gillmor, reported blocking...

Santa Clara may be split into three districts for future voting

Santa Clara residents will likely see a question on the March 3 ballot next year that asks whether the city should be split into three voting districts, a yearslong contentious topic in the South Bay city. The city’s Charter Review Committee, which is an advisory board, has worked on the most recent effort to shape Santa Clara’s...

Santa Clara aims to double biking infrastructure in new plan

Santa Clara has a newly-adopted $39.3 million bicycle plan this week that aims to double the number of miles in the city with bicycle lanes and infrastructure in the coming years. The plan, adopted by councilmembers Tuesday night, comes after about two years of planning and community meetings by the city and its consultant, Alta...

The end of the road for Santa Clara’s Freedom Bridge in sight

The future of Santa Clara’s Freedom Bridge has been uncertain for years, but now the end may be near for the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail near Intel Corp.’s campus. Tucked between Highway 101 and Mission College Boulevard, the bridge was always meant to be temporary, even when Intel...

Santa Clara officials vote on affordable housing, massage parlor rules

Santa Clara elected leaders Tuesday night faced a full agenda, voting on issues around affordable housing, 2020 voting centers and the future of massage parlors in the city. The meeting was a relatively tame one following last week’s council meeting, where officials ridiculed the San Francisco 49ers for alleged mismanagement of Levi’s Stadium and voted...

Santa Clara set to pick new food and drink operator for convention center

Santa Clara’s convention center has seen a year of change, and there’s more to come. City leaders in March opted to shake up management of the property following a critical report alleging mismanagement of the more than 300,000-square-foot convention center by the former Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce. Spectra Venue Management was awarded the management...

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