Author: Katie Lauer (Katie Lauer)

San Jose Downtown Association meeting took an unexpected turn

A roomful of San Joseans gathered inside a church hall Friday to hear about the state of downtown amid a rapidly changing landscape from a longtime Silicon Valley leader. Instead, they got an earful about a labor-backed measure that Scott Knies, executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association, called “devious” and “duplicitous.” The initiative,...

Santa Clara County lawmakers mull the future of county fairgrounds

The Board of Supervisors is one step closer to figuring out the future of the underutilized Santa Clara County fairgrounds. The supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a recommendation for the county’s attorney to negotiate a 20-year plan with the Fairgrounds Management Corporation (FMC) to create a “grand space for public events and recreation.” Led by Supervisor Cindy...

UPDATE: Santa Clara County adopts resolution to overturn Citizens United

Money should not count as free speech, Santa Clara County lawmakers decided Tuesday. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to overturn Citizens United, a landmark 2010 Supreme Court decision which allowed unlimited election spending by corporations, labor unions and super PACs. Led by Supervisor Dave Cortese, in partnership with Santa Clara...

Santa Clara County grapples with technology and privacy concerns for inmates

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department is grappling with how to safeguard inmates’ private information when they begin to use tablets behind bars for the first time next year. According to a recent report from Sheriff Laurie Smith to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Justice Committee, officials are struggling to protect...

San Jose nonprofit for homeless youth is now homeless

When homeless and at-risk youth needed a place to shower, find a meal or get support in San Jose, they headed to StandUp For Kids for the past five years. But the program’s outreach center, The Village, will soon lose its home in downtown San Jose. Leaders of the nonprofit, currently housed at 25 E....

San Jose becomes first U.S. city to use Social Progress Index to address inequity

Amid conversations about displacement and inequality across San Jose neighborhoods, the city is hoping data is the answer to increased equity. Mayor Sam Liccardo on Wednesday launched the Social Progress Index in San Jose, becoming the first city in the nation to utilize the tool, which shows where needs are not being met, where resources are being used and...

Alex Padilla joins Santa Clara County leaders to tackle voter suppression

Voting has never been a universal right throughout America’s history, some officials say, and the present is no exception. Political and community leaders discussed Thursday what can be done to encourage participation despite current forms of voter suppression in Santa Clara County. Secretary of State Alex Padilla joined Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Dave Cortese, County...

Santa Clara County lawmakers to vote on banning e-cigarettes

A ban on vaping could reach all corners of unincorporated Santa Clara County in just six weeks. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a referral to consider options for banning the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in unincorporated parts of the county for people under age 21. County Counsel James Williams and administrators...

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