Author: Lloyd Alaban (Lloyd Alaban)

Meet the man looking to oust Santa Clara County’s district attorney

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen has coasted to reelection in all of his races. But progressive public defender Sajid Khan—after months of speculation and criticizing Rosen’s approach to prosecution—will be Rosen’s first challenger. Khan, 38, announced Sunday he’s running for district attorney, marking Rosen’s first opponent since elected in 2010. “The time for transformation...

Dam project leaves Santa Clara County’s largest drinking water source dry

A new earthquake retrofit project will render Santa Clara County’s largest drinking water source out of service for the next decade. Amid a massive drought that’s forced local officials to impose 15% water use reductions, the Santa Clara Valley Water District held a ceremonial groundbreaking on its latest project Wednesday—a large outlet tunnel at Anderson Dam in...

Santa Clara County to receive Reid-Hillview Airport toxicity report

Santa Clara County has started the process to close Reid-Hillview Airport, but its future—and the supposed danger of lead exposure to surrounding residents—hangs on an upcoming health survey. The survey, conducted by the county, will be released to the Board of Supervisors on Aug. 17, according to county officials. It will examine whether residents in Reid-Hillview’s flight path—the Latino-heavy...

Another candidate joins Silicon Valley Senate race

Jaime Raul Zepeda doesn’t have the political experience like his opponents. He says he doesn’t want it. “If candidates are funded by the exact same special interests who have funded everyone else before you, it’s going to be the same conversation,” Zepeda, 38, told San José Spotlight. “I don’t want to start my campaign by...

Up in arms over San Jose gun rules, activists promise lawsuits

Gun rights groups, instructors and activists say they’re outraged over San Jose’s proposed gun control ordinances—and they’ve promised to take the city to court if the measures become law. “The whole proposal is completely disingenuous. It fails to provide any proven solutions. It is blatantly unconstitutional,” said San Jose resident Dave Truslow, a National Rifle Association...

San Jose approves interim city manager

Jennifer Maguire could soon become the third woman to lead America’s 10th largest city. The San Jose City Council on Tuesday approved Maguire’s salary after she was unanimously appointed acting city manager. She replaces Dave Sykes who is retiring this month after more than three decades at City Hall. “I am honored to support the...

San Jose Legends: John Sobrato’s generosity is everywhere

Editor’s Note: San Jose Legends is a new series that tells remarkable stories of the historic and legendary people who helped shape and transform our city. Silicon Valley philanthropist John Sobrato is aware that wealth has the ability to change people. For Sobrato, 82, the son of Italian immigrants who first settled in San Francisco,...