Author: Janice Bitters (Janice Bitters)

San Jose expected to preserve northern part of Coyote Valley

For more than five decades, San Jose has been divided on whether to preserve or develop Coyote Valley, the 7,400 acres of land between the Santa Cruz mountains and the Diablo range. This week, city leaders are expected to make major moves toward preservation. San Jose elected officials on Wednesday will vote on whether to...

Apple promises $2.5B to curb California’s housing crisis

Apple has said it will contribute $2.5 billion in value to creating affordable homes and helping vulnerable communities in Silicon Valley, joining a growing list of local tech titans trying to help tackle the state’s housing crisis. The announcement, made Monday morning, promises a slew of new programs, including setting aside land in San Jose...

Google announces $5.3M investment in San Jose affordable housing project

Google is investing $5.3 million to help along a 115-unit residential project that will cater to people with developmental disabilities in San Jose’s Japantown, the tech giant announced Tuesday. The loan to San Francisco-based developer, The Kelsey, will push forward the six-story, primarily affordable housing development planned to rise at 447 North First Street. The...

Pioneering downtown San Jose developer Kimball Small dies

Most San Joseans today may not know the name Kimball Small, but they most certainly know the pioneering developer-turned-tech-entrepreneur’s work in the city’s downtown core. Small, who developed the iconic, luxury Fairmont Hotel, the nearby retail pavillion and 50 West San Fernando (often called the KQED building), died peacefully Oct. 11. He was 84. “He...

Santa Clara County cities mull joining collaborative to meet housing goals

Santa Clara County cities don’t always see eye-to-eye, particularly when it comes to development. But the 15 municipalities in the county are now considering a fresh collaboration when it comes to housing. Representatives of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County voted earlier this month to create a new planning collaborative open to each city...

Bay Area companies and community groups push for $16B transportation investment

A group of 32 Bay Area organizations, from private tech companies to community groups, on Wednesday urged local lawmakers to take big, new strides to invest in transportation throughout the region. In a letter, signed by Alphabet-owned Waymo, San Francisco-based ridesharing and scooter companies Lyft and Lime alongside a slew of Bay Area bicycle coalitions,...

Santa Clara to talk traffic plan funding for massive Related development

Santa Clara officials on Tuesday night discussed details around a complex and long-anticipated project called Related Santa Clara — formerly known as CityPlace — and will bring back a potentially precedent-setting discussion on affordable housing in the city. City councilmembers are expected to approve shuffling around some money for a traffic improvement funding plan for...

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