Author: Katie Lauer (Katie Lauer)

Study: Prop. 13 reform could add $1.2B in Santa Clara County revenue

A new report from University of Southern California researchers breaks down estimated local benefits of an upcoming ballot measure to reform Proposition 13, including $1.2 billion in Santa Clara County — assuming county assessors can handle the momentous task of implementing the changes. Overall, an estimated $12 billion could potentially be reclaimed by communities across...

South Bay leaders react to the defeat of ambitious housing bill

South Bay lawmakers and advocates are reacting with mixed feelings after one Bay Area Senator’s attempt to tackle the housing crisis was evicted from the Senate floor this week. Sen. Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 50 is officially dead, as the debate between regulating city housing requirements, maintaining local control and ensuring tenant protections proved to...

Santa Clara leaders set slew of priorities for 2020

Santa Clara lawmakers spent nearly six hours Thursday identifying priorities they consider essential for Santa Clara’s growth in 2020 — touching on everything from Levi’s Stadium, public transparency and community-sourced development. In the first of a two-day session, Councilmember Teresa O’Neill summed up the goal of the meeting: “I think if we can … try...

Santa Clara approves new affordable housing complex, higher city manager pay

During Santa Clara Councilmember Patricia Mahan’s final City Council meeting Tuesday, lawmakers unanimously approved a new 65-unit affordable housing project, but delayed discussing development near the upcoming BART extension until the end of the week. Mahan last week resigned her position due to medical issues, effective Feb. 1. The longtime lawmaker attended the first half...

San Jose: Senate candidates launch attacks over campaign funding

With March primary ballots hitting mailboxes in two weeks, the race for an open state Senate seat in District 15 is heating up, with candidates lambasting their opponents over campaign finances. Former Federal Elections Committee Chair Ann Ravel this week called for fellow candidate Nora Campos to return campaign funds she received from Big Oil. In a...

‘It’s just politics’: Ann Ravel wins backing from Dave Cortese colleagues

An unusual trend of Silicon Valley lawmakers endorsing political newcomers – instead of their own colleagues – has spread to statewide races. San José Spotlight first reported on the shift last year, highlighting how San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and many other councilmembers backed outsiders over their council colleagues. And in the crowded race for...

New report paints a bleak picture of displacement in San Jose

More than 1.5 million residents fled the Bay Area between 2010 and 2016 due in part to the rising cost-of-living, including San Joseans who are increasingly forced out. A coalition of local housing advocates, nonprofits and lawmakers recently released a report that they hope will shine a light on how displacement is a driving factor in the...

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