Author: Kyle Martin (Kyle Martin)

San Jose teacher housing a hot topic at SJUSD meeting

As the housing crisis intensifies, the San José Unified School District is pushing a plan to build new “teacher housing” as a means to offer district employees below-market rate homes — but not everyone is on board. Residents, teachers and education advocates packed a SJUSD board meeting Thursday to debate the proposal to move existing...

Why does San Jose sweep homeless encampments?

Elizabeth Piña lost her blanket, a pillow, bikes, cookware and food — pretty much everything she owned — the last time authorities cleared her homeless encampment and tossed her stuff in the trash. It’s happened before. “Where do we go to place our belongings?” Piña, 56, asked. “Where do we have to live?” She said...

Santa Clara County pegs $25 million for first-time homebuyers

Owning a home in Silicon Valley might seem like an impossible goal for most working families. With average home prices in San Jose now exceeding $1 million, according to Zillow, elected leaders fear the dream of home ownership might be out of reach for nurses, teachers and public safety officers. But a new program, presented...

Dozens hit the streets for San Jose homeless count

The usually quiet San Jose roads were taken over at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning by 115 people scouring the city, looking for homeless residents to count as part of the two-day Santa Clara County Point-In-Time homeless census. At this hour roadways are generally steady moving without congestion, and most homeless people sleeping on the streets have...

Police Activities League restructuring to ‘get back to the glory days’

The San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services department on Monday launched the first of two public hearings on the city’s Police Activities League, which has long been a bridge between local communities and their police officers but recently struggled with serious mismanagement and financial problems. Since 1968, San Jose police officers and kids in...

New Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO focused on rebuilding

While many in Silicon Valley recall the scandal of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Nicole Taylor, the foundation’s new chief executive, is ready to turn a new leaf. Taylor replaces former Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO Emmett Carson, after he resigned following claims of misconduct by a top foundation executive, Mary Ellen Loijens. Loijens resigned...

“Stand up, fight back”: Women’s March takes over downtown San Jose

From City Hall to Arena Green, thousands took to the streets of San Jose over the weekend to shout their support for women — in their communities, in America and around the world.  They brought signs, drums, water, food and demands. The third-annual Women’s March San Jose, organized by nonprofit Women’s March Bay Area, began...

San Jose homeless crisis: This is where they sleep

Underneath your highways. On your sidewalks. In their cars. San Jose is home to more than 4,300 homeless residents. And when the lights go out in Silicon Valley,  this is where the unsheltered homeless population sleeps. Rosalie Carrillo sleeps on the dirt beside a sidewalk near Story Road. She got hit by a car and...

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