Author: Lloyd Alaban (Lloyd Alaban)

Is San Jose ready to go maskless?

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fully vaccinated people can ditch their masks when indoors and outdoors. But local guidelines aren’t as open yet. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday he will end the state’s mask mandate on June 15, nearly a year after he first required masks in all public...

UPDATE: San Jose approves policy to rehire laid-off workers

A local labor-led ordinance will capitalize on a new state right-to-work law for the hospitality industry. The council unanimously approved a so-called “Return Together” ordinance, which mandates San Jose employers in the hospitality industry to rehire hotel and event workers, janitors and airport workers, among others, when they reopen. Priority will be given based on...

San Jose firefighters allege gear gave them cancer

When firefighter Teresa Mauldin was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2013, she attributed it to the dangers of the job. But Mauldin and more than four dozen San Jose firefighters now attribute the danger to the equipment they used and wore every day. “I feel betrayed,” she said. A group of 49 current and former San Jose firefighters,...

Can San Jose have publicly-financed elections?

The promise to get money out of politics has propelled several San Jose politicos to office. Actually implementing corporate-free elections is tougher. Councilmembers and local activists are pushing for a way to level the playing field for contributions through publicly-financed elections. In that system, the local government provides each registered voter with a voucher to spend...