Author: Katie Lauer (Katie Lauer)

San Jose housing law divides business and labor communities

Is a 2010 law originally meant to increase affordable housing in Silicon Valley doing just the opposite? This question has split development advocates, labor leaders and some San Jose lawmakers. The law in question – the city’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) – currently requires all market-rate developments with 20 or more units to designate 15...

San Jose ahead of new push to disclose housing development fees

The high expense of building new housing isn’t a novel concept to Californians, but impact fees tied to that development account for a large portion of budgets. Across the state, studies show housing development fees in the Golden State were nearly three times the national average in 2015, which accounted for up to 18 percent of...

San Jose lawmaker demands apology after executive’s fiery speech

The embers are still smoldering after Scott Knies’ fiery speech at the San Jose Downtown Association’s meeting earlier this month. The executive director’s annual address on Oct. 13 highlighted division within the City Council, criticized the union-backed fair elections initiative and supported a strong mayor system. According to emails obtained by San José Spotlight, downtown Councilmember Raul...

San Jose: Senate candidates debate immigration, public safety and more

Five candidates vying to replace Sen. Jim Beall in Sacramento next year took the stage in San Jose this week at a neighborhood group’s forum to field questions on immigration, public safety and transportation. Hosted by the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association on Thursday night, the District 15 candidates included former Assemblywoman Nora Campos, Santa Clara...

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...

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