Author: Katie Lauer (Katie Lauer)

Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: Santa Clara County announces changes to come for shelter-in-place order

Bay Area businesses, residents and elected officials are reacting by the hour to the spread of coronavirus with new announcements, closures and legal orders. The novel coronavirus has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Despite precautions taken by public and private entities, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease is spreading...

San Jose: More arrests mark second day of George Floyd protests

Nearly 24 hours after a peaceful march Friday turned into a tense riot with injuries, a handful of arrests and vandalism in downtown San Jose, a group of about 200 protesters took to the streets again Saturday. They began in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library around 7 p.m. About 90 minutes later,...

From tears to tests: Finding out if I have the coronavirus

Anxious tears accompanied my calls to clinics across Minneapolis on March 13. I sat alone in a friend’s apartment, where I spent the morning on hold trying to find a test for the coronavirus before going home to see my family. Did you recently travel overseas? No. Do you know anyone who’s tested positive? No....

Surviving the pandemic: How you can donate to help those in need

The need for assistance – financial and otherwise – is growing in Silicon Valley, more than two months after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down businesses, workplaces and livelihoods in Santa Clara County. With a multitude of different ways to help, finding the right organizations and funds to donate to can be overwhelming, even for those...

Santa Clara County commissioner resigns following Cesar Chavez remarks

A Santa Clara County commissioner has resigned under pressure, two weeks after she ruffled feathers by questioning Cesar Chavez’s ties to the city in a San José Spotlight article. April Halberstadt, a working historian and member of the Historical Heritage Commission, submitted her letter of resignation Wednesday, according to Megan Doyle, clerk of the Board of Supervisors. In a May...

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