Author: Lloyd Alaban (Lloyd Alaban)

Silicon Valley’s essential workers form new group, fight for rights

A group of six essential workers and labor leaders stood in front of McDonnell Hall in San Jose Wednesday—the same church labor activist Cesar Chavez started his now-iconic labor organizing more than 50 years prior. The workers are looking to craft the future of the labor movement among essential workers for the next 50 years, starting with...

Santa Clara County DA Jeff Rosen could face first challenger

Santa Clara County Public Defender Sajid Khan has often criticized District Attorney Jeff Rosen — and now he is considering running against him. “Decision day is coming up relatively soon, and we will all know more in the coming weeks and months whether or not I decide to run for that seat,” Khan said. While Khan said he’s...

San Jose slow to respond to AAPI attacks, advocates say

Despite being home to an estimated 380,000 Asian residents, advocates say San Jose’s response to a rise in violence against AAPI has been alarmingly slow. For example, Oakland and San Francisco saw dozens of organizations step up in the wake of the violence to provide financial resources and help. San Jose has just three. Those...

‘Nasty as hell’: Affordable housing site in East San Jose has mildew, drugs, tenants say

While the lobby of Renascent Place, a 160-unit affordable housing complex in San Jose is white-glove clean, a few steps inside residents’ living quarters the smell of mildew becomes almost overpowering. “It’s nasty as hell,” said Jina Monarch, a resident at Renascent Place. She’s lived at the complex since it opened in February 2020. By her estimate,...

San Jose flea market vendors worry about its demise

The hustle and bustle at the iconic San Jose Flea Market ground to a virtual halt during the early days of the pandemic. But some are concerned that vendors might be shut down again—this time for good. If that happens, vendors-turned-activists Roberto Gonazalez, Kaled Escobedo Vega and Mariana Mejia say they’d be losing a lot...

Former Santa Clara County nonprofit leader accused of bullying staff

Katherine Harasz won praise from Silicon Valley’s biggest politicos for her work, but some current and former employees characterize her as a leader who created a hostile environment during her time as executive director of the Santa Clara County Housing Authority. Some of the complaints about Harasz’s leadership are outlined in a 140-page document filed...