Author: Lloyd Alaban (Lloyd Alaban)

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...

UPDATE: San Jose City Council approves new downtown landmark

San Jose’s new iconic landmark has cleared another hurdle but will now face environmental analysis. Councilmembers on Tuesday unanimously approved “The Breeze of Innovation,” a project that won an international competition launched in 2019 for a new landmark at Arena Green, located at the southern tip of Guadalupe River Park. The council’s unanimous vote will...

San Jose airport grapples with fewer passengers

While industries across Silicon Valley are slowly recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline industry is having a tougher time. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport saw a 53% drop in passengers in early April of this year compared to before the pandemic. Nearby San Francisco International Airport saw a 60% drop in passengers during the...

Neglected downtown San Jose to get greener

San Jose is looking to fill empty downtown lots with three new parks in an effort to revitalize a long-neglected part of the city. City officials proposed two new parks Tuesday, tentatively called Basset Park and North San Pedro Park. Both are approximately two blocks away from San Pedro Square centered around North San Pedro and...

San Jose lawmaker asks for $1M to reopen small businesses

Small businesses lost millions over the course of the pandemic. One local lawmaker wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again. San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez requested Wednesday that $1 million in federal funds go to support businesses as they reopen. Peralez, whose district includes downtown San Jose, spoke alongside members of the Greater Downtown...

San Jose business leader mulls ending political endorsements, new name

The Silicon Valley Organization’s newly-hired chief executive officer says the powerful business lobby should no longer endorse candidates. In the latest episode of The Podlight, CEO Derrick Seaver told host Bob Staedler that he’s looking to ending the organization’s tradition of political endorsements and changing SVO’s name back to a variation of its previous name,...

San Jose panel discussing ‘strong mayor’ wants more money

A San Jose panel tasked with deciding how much power the city’s mayor will wield is getting more than $100,000 to do its work. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved more funds for the Charter Review Commission, along with a bigger push for more community outreach. “I don’t know if we’ve made leaps and...