Author: Kyle Martin (Kyle Martin)

San Jose lawmakers debate “bond secrecy” on ballot measures

With 2020 elections making headlines across the country, San Jose legislators recently debated disclosing the costs of bond measures as prompted by a controversial state bill. Assembly Bill 195, a bill approved in 2017 by former Gov. Jerry Brown, requires all ballot measures to have 75-word blurbs describing the amount of money to be raised annually, the tax...

Silicon Valley leaders push for participation in 2020 census

In a year, Silicon Valley officials will hit the streets to begin counting people for the 2020 U.S. Census, which happens every 10 years. Beginning on April 1, 2020, census officials, volunteers and a multitude of Silicon Valley-area organizations will begin counting the region’s residents. They gathered Tuesday morning at San Jose’s Mexican Heritage Plaza to begin...

Silicon Valley housing shortage worsens for lowest-income earners

Only 22 out of every 100 households in California’s lowest income bracket have access to available and affordable housing, according to the most recent annual report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. That means the state’s poorest people can’t find a place to live — something which the report points out is a pattern...

March for Our Lives draws hundreds to downtown San Jose

A few hundred residents flocked to Downtown San Jose Saturday to rally against gun violence and engage Silicon Valley lawmakers in discussion about gun reform. The focus of the event was galvanizing young voices in the fight against gun-related deaths. “I’m fed up with people saying ‘a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a...

Japantown businesses feel the pinch of new development

With a new luxury, market-rate housing development coming to Japantown, local business owners are feeling the pinch of losing parking spots that they say could threaten their livelihoods. In January, developers broke ground on Facet, the upcoming 518-unit apartment complex, and Sixth and Jackson, the adjoining 19,000-square-foot retail space. The mixed-use development will feature a two-building, seven story...

Hope Village residents move into motel, relocation on hold

With a deadline looming to move the Hope Village homeless encampment and county officials abandoning relocation plans, residents are temporarily being moved into motel rooms. “Given that they have to vacate the site, we have offered and most of them, except for one or two, have accepted moving into motels for about 30 days,” said Ky Le,...

Silicon Valley lawmakers applaud Newsom order halting death penalty

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday halting the executions of 737 death row prisoners in the state, repealed California’s lethal injection protocols and shuttered the San Quentin State Prison execution chamber. Of the 737 condemned inmates, who now have stays of execution, 25 of them had their trial in Santa Clara County. Silicon Valley lawmakers...

San Jose lags on posting public records because of turnover

San Jose has fallen behind on posting certain city records with officials taking weeks to publish some public meeting videos and minutes. The city’s public database for meeting minutes and videos has holes for several weeks. The city clerk, Toni Taber, said her department is struggling to keep up with posting meeting records, such as minutes, because of turnover in her department. “As far as minutes, we’re short...

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