Author: Lloyd Alaban (Lloyd Alaban)

San Jose lawmaker calls to protect Latino neighborhood from redevelopment

San Jose’s historic Calle Willow business district is facing possible redevelopment and displacement of dozens of small businesses. Vocal residents have pushed back, and a city councilmember hopes to do the same. A potential zoning change on Willow Street near downtown San Jose would allow increased building height limits and encourage residential development in the business area,...

Controversial plan for billboards near San Jose airport faces vote

San Jose has said no to new billboards for more than 30 years. That could change Tuesday amid heated debate between residents, airport officials and the City Council. The airport is asking the city to allow construction of two billboards by media company Clear Channel. The billboards will measure about 1,000 square feet, and they’re...

What do San Jose commissioners actually accomplish?

San Jose City Council decisions are almost always final, but they don’t start that way: Most major decisions go through a commission of appointees before they head to the council’s 11-member dais. Before a law or policy is passed, it’s usually first taken up by the relevant commission. After presentations from city officials, public comment...

San Jose airport taxi drivers protest fee increases from dispatcher

The Mineta San Jose International Airport taxicab dispatch contractor is asking independent drivers to pay increased fees. Some drivers aren’t having it. Dozens of independent taxicab drivers are protesting rules from Safer, LLC, the airport’s taxi dispatch contractor. According to drivers, they began a strike on Nov. 16 and plan to stay off the job...

Silicon Valley lawmaker’s committee removal sparks outrage

An Asian American lawmaker from the South Bay has been booted from a key California committee, and LGBTQ and Asian American advocacy groups are crying foul. Speaker Anthony Rendon stripped Assemblymember Evan Low of his chairmanship and membership on the Business and Professions Committee this week without explanation. Rendon appointed Assemblymember Marc Berman of Palo...

San Jose lawmaker’s social media pages kept separate, she says

San Jose Councilmember Dev Davis drew the ire of campaign watchdogs and local residents regarding her Facebook page in September. But the District 6 rep has since wised up when it comes to social media. Davis was co-mingling her official Facebook page with her mayoral campaign page, San José Spotlight learned. Davis’ campaign team put “Councilwoman...

San Jose commission votes on affordable housing, police and climate reform

A San Jose commission responsible for tweaking city rules suggests studying a policy that allows nonprofits first dibs on buying housing properties, as well as creating commissions on police reform and climate change. The San Jose Charter Review Commission Thursday voted to recommend a series of police and climate change reforms. It recommended establishing a...

Santa Clara County group offers free legal services for undocumented residents

East San Jose’s Mexican Heritage Plaza has played host to cultural performances, rallies and a mass vaccination site. This week, a group of nonprofits will bring together its resources for another critical use in the Latino community: free legal and rental assistance for immigrants. The Rapid Response Network of Santa Clara County, a group of...

UPDATE: San Jose commission OKs three council district maps

San Jose will soon be divided in a new way following a city commission vote Wednesday for new council districts. The San Jose Redistricting Commission is recommending three maps to redraw the city’s political boundaries, pushing months of heated debate about which neighborhoods belong in which districts to the City Council. The 11-member commission chose...