Author: Lloyd Alaban (Lloyd Alaban)

Newly-elected San Jose legislators pressed on COVID-19 vaccine rollout

California and Santa Clara County’s vaccine rollout — full of mixed messages and poor communication — have been widely criticized over the past few weeks. Conflicting numbers have led to confusion and a massive backlog for vaccine distribution, and have left residents looking for answers. Assemblyman Alex Lee (D-San Jose) and Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto...

Bill to allow legislative staffers to unionize gets support from San Jose lawmakers

Unions are having a transformative 2021: They’re waging war against Proposition 22 and breaking into the traditionally union-hostile tech industry. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and a majority of Silicon Valley’s legislators are hoping to carry some of that momentum into their chambers. On Jan. 25, Gonzalez reintroduced Assembly Bill 314, which would give legislative staffers...

Santa Clara County lifts stay-at-home order — here’s what can open

Santa Clara County joined California in lifting a stay-at-home order Monday, allowing businesses to reopen under previous purple-tier restrictions. Effective immediately, outdoor dining and personal care services can get back to business, and professional, collegiate, adult and youth sports can also resume. “Santa Clara County continues to experience very high rates of COVID-19 transmission,” said...

San Jose school district accused of hiring allegedly shady contractor

A labor watchdog organization is accusing the San Jose Unified School District of hiring contractors and subcontractors that allegedly skirted California labor laws. The labor watchdog Foundation for Fair Contracting wrote letters to district Superintendent Nancy Albarrán in December accusing Glendora-based California Commercial Pools Inc., a contracting firm, of failing to comply with the state’s skilled and...

San Jose chef starts meal program to help restaurants, hungry residents

When chef Rodney Baca and his wife Madelyn saw how the COVID-19 pandemic was ravaging their community and small business owners, the philanthropic duo decided to help fellow restaurateurs, restaurant workers and food suppliers. “The inspiration came from not allowing any more of us to go down if I could help it,” said chef Rodney...