Author: Katie Lauer (Katie Lauer)

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...

Santa Clara County has highest wage theft in the state. But a new office can help with that.

Santa Clara County has the highest number of wage theft claims in California, but county leaders announced plans Monday to open a new enforcement office to fix that. Established in Sept. 2018, the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement leads the county’s data collection and research initiatives to advance labor standards, including combating wage theft. The office opened its...

Hundreds marched through downtown San Jose for climate strike

  Hundreds of climate protestors marched from Diridon Station to City Hall in a climate strike Friday afternoon, one of dozens of environmental protests planned around the Bay Area. “We need to save our world,” said Devon Johnson, 22. “Nothing’s really working, so we need to pull out all the stops. We need to be making this...