Author: Katie Lauer (Katie Lauer)

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...

UPDATE: Santa Clara County adopts resolution to overturn Citizens United

Money should not count as free speech, Santa Clara County lawmakers decided Tuesday. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to overturn Citizens United, a landmark 2010 Supreme Court decision which allowed unlimited election spending by corporations, labor unions and super PACs. Led by Supervisor Dave Cortese, in partnership with Santa Clara...

Santa Clara County grapples with technology and privacy concerns for inmates

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department is grappling with how to safeguard inmates’ private information when they begin to use tablets behind bars for the first time next year. According to a recent report from Sheriff Laurie Smith to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Justice Committee, officials are struggling to protect...

San Jose nonprofit for homeless youth is now homeless

When homeless and at-risk youth needed a place to shower, find a meal or get support in San Jose, they headed to StandUp For Kids for the past five years. But the program’s outreach center, The Village, will soon lose its home in downtown San Jose. Leaders of the nonprofit, currently housed at 25 E....

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