Author: Lloyd Alaban (Lloyd Alaban)

Increased San Jose child abuse calls raise counselor concerns

Schools in the San Jose area are receiving an increasing number of calls for child abuse and neglect, and some counselors say they’re facing reporting problems. Parents allegedly have been allowed to sit in on, or flat out refuse, interviews with child protective services pertaining to children who report the abuse. That’s causing concern for...

A look at San Jose policy changes headed to lawmakers

Nearly a year after it first convened, the 23-member body in charge of making changes to San Jose’s city charter is finished with its duty. Wednesday’s meeting of the Charter Review Commission unanimously rubber-stamped final recommendations for numerous changes to city laws—including shifting the timing of mayoral elections and adding more council districts. Commissioners voted 16-0,...

UPDATE: San Jose council delays potential Calle Willow rezoning

Small businesses owners in San Jose’s Calle Willow district are fearing displacement. A delayed rezoning vote on their neighborhood isn’t likely to help assuage their fears. The San Jose City Council voted Tuesday to delay a vote to remove Willow Street, known to residents as Calle Willow, from a city plan to increase building height...

UPDATE: San Jose council sends airport billboard plan back to commission

San Jose lawmakers stalled putting up electronic billboards along Highway 101. The San Jose City Council voted 9-1 Tuesday to send a proposal to construct two billboards by media company Clear Channel back to the Airport Commission. Councilmember Raul Peralez voted no. This follows several failed votes to approve the proposal. The proposal will be heard again...

San Jose planning commissioner is running for City Council

San Jose Planning Commissioner Rolando Bonilla isn’t a stranger to City Hall—he used to work on its 18th floor for years. This time around, Bonilla wants to have his own council office. Bonilla filed papers Monday to run for the District 5 City Council seat, which covers East San Jose. He’s served on the Planning...

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...

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