Author: Kristen Pizzo (Kristen Pizzo)

Latino leaders urge San Jose residents to take part in redistricting

Latinos are now the largest ethnic minority in California according to the 2020 Census, but political districts don’t reflect that fact. A legal advocacy group wants to change that at the state and county level. Mayra Valadez, a coordinator for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, gave a presentation at a virtual meeting Monday...

LGBTQ+ community’s historical distrust of police continues in San Jose

Silicon Valley Pride’s ban on uniformed police officers in this year’s parade is a flash point in decades of tensions between law enforcement and the local LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ community’s apprehensive relationship with police began long ago, most notably with the 1969 Stonewall Riots from which Pride originated. These riots were a response to...

Lack of census data hurts San Jose’s LGBTQ+ community

A Gallup poll found in 2015 that San Jose had one of the lowest LGBTQ+ populations of any large metropolitan area. Six years later, it’s tough to know if that’s changed—such basic information on the local LGBTQ+ population is missing because the U.S. census didn’t ask for it. In a major first, the 2020 census allowed U.S. residents to...

Second Harvest food bank finds new home in North San Jose

To keep up with growing demand, Silicon Valley’s largest food bank is moving to a new home in the Alviso area of North San Jose. The new location for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley will consist of three connected single-story buildings covering approximately 250,000 square feet. The space will consolidate the food bank’s three locations to reduce costs and...

In San Jose, homeless camp services vary by location

Dumpsters that allow homeless people to keep their camps clean make a world of a difference. But getting that and other utilities can be challenging depending on where an encampment is located. Last week, San José Spotlight reported on a South San Jose homeless encampment that lacks dumpsters, hand washing stations and port-a-potties, leaving unhoused residents without a...