Author: Katie Lauer (Katie Lauer)

Hefty rent spike at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds could push out longtime business

As the underutilized Santa Clara County Fairgrounds tries to balance its fate with a challenging financial budget, one longtime family business might have to get out because of a proposed rent hike. Santa Clara Paintball, which boasts 12 fields for paintball and outdoor activities, paid $9,630 a month for its 9 acres in 2019. But a new amended...

San Jose: World AIDS Day is a time of remembrance, hope

Dennis Pitt-Clute takes 31 pills a day to combat his AIDS diagnosis, but when the 70-year-old works at PACE Clinic, a primary care facility dedicated to serving those who HIV, he’s more concerned about whether clients take their medications and make their appointments. “Some people really have difficulty getting to PACE, and I don’t understand...

San Jose: Annual UnThanksgiving event highlights dark side of the holiday

Hours before the sun rose and turkeys went in the oven, a ceremonial fire illuminated traditional dancing and drum at the Mexican Heritage Plaza early Thursday morning. Organized by local Aztec dance group Calpulli Tonalehqueh, the 8th annual UnThanksgiving event in East San Jose was a way to honor the history of indigenous peoples in...

San Jose: Healthier Kids Foundation reaches major milestone

“Open wide like an alligator!” was just one way Dr. Shashi Khosla helped check preschoolers’ teeth at Kidango Meadowfair Center in East San Jose this week as part of free screenings offered by the Healthier Kids Foundation, which recently celebrated more than 305,000 screenings over the past six years. Of those dental screenings, 33 percent...

Santa Clara County leaders approve safe gun storage law

In the wake of a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival last summer, Santa Clara County leaders this week approved a new gun control law that requires firearm owners to safely lock their weapons when not in arm’s reach. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance requiring the safe storage of firearms within...

Santa Clara County announces inaugural children’s budget and child care funding

Nearly a quarter of Santa Clara County’s population is under the age of 18, but until recently, the county didn’t have a way to measure the full span of services it provides to support its youngest 450,000 residents. Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Cindy Chavez, who announced Monday the inaugural Children’s Budget, also proposed allocating $3...

Immigrants in Washington and San Jose await fate amid Supreme Court hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Supreme Court Justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments from lawyers on behalf of government and immigration advocates over the legality of President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program. Members of the public who wanted to witness the highly-anticipated hearing started forming a line outside the...

Transit leaders approve vital agreement for BART extension

A vital agreement between the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and Bay Area Rapid Transit has finally been authorized, just in time for the completion of Phase I of the Silicon Valley expansion project – the 10-mile BART extension to Milpitas and Berryessa. The VTA Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday to authorize VTA General Manager...

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