Author: Kyle Martin (Kyle Martin)

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 Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday halting the executions of 737 death row prisoners in the state, repealed California’s lethal injection protocols and shuttered the San Quentin State Prison execution chamber.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...

San Jose considers suicide prevention policy

San Jose could soon have a suicide prevention policy — nearly two years after one lawmaker’s quest to create one — and the same week a depressed woman killed her two young children and took her own life. This week San Jose lawmakers gave the green light to Councilmember Raul Peralez’s proposal to craft a...

San Jose denounces Trump’s plan to deport Vietnamese immigrants

San Jose is taking a stand against President Donald Trump’s push to deport thousands of Vietnamese immigrants. The City Council’s Rules and Open Government Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a resolution, proposed by Republican Councilmember Lan Diep, to denounce Trump’s plan to deport thousands of Vietnamese immigrants who entered the country before 1995, when the...

Secretary of State Alex Padilla talks 2020 elections with immigration leaders

As Democrats flood into the 2020 presidential election, many local elections officials and advocacy organizations are gearing up to ensure immigrant voters in the South Bay get informed and to the polls. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Wednesday stopped by the Services, Immigrant Rights and, and Education Network (SIREN) office to discuss immigrant advocacy, 2020 election preparations and...

Downtown San Jose needs to rebrand itself, study says

Downtown San Jose needs to rebrand itself to revitalize its struggling retail landscape and encourage a more welcoming and walkable environment, according to a new study presented to city lawmakers this week. A downtown retail study, presented to the city’s Community and Economic Development committee on Monday, details the history of downtown San Jose’s economic changes since the mid-1950’s,...

No more shredded tents: San Jose unveils new homeless sweeps policy

San Jose officials will now give homeless residents 15 minutes to pack up their belongings, avoid cutting their tents and provide ample notice in multiple languages before sweeping encampments, elected leaders decided this week. The San Jose City Council on Tuesday approved revised guidelines for homeless sweeps as part of a new agreement with the...

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