Author: Loan-Anh Pham (Loan-Anh Pham)

San Jose Assemblymember Kansen Chu pushes for Census participation

San Jose Assemblymember Kansen Chu kicked off 2020 with a topic that counts: the census. A few dozen community members gathered Saturday afternoon for a town hall at Berryessa’s Summerdale Elementary School to hear details about the upcoming 2020 Census, which is set to begin in March, from census officials. The informational event included PowerPoint presentations...

Meet the young Silicon Valley activists who are changing the world

Climate activist Greta Thunberg stunned the nation and inspired a generation when she became the youngest person to be named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. She was mocked by President Donald Trump, whose campaign photoshopped his face on the cover of the prestigious magazine. The real cover featured the words: “The power of youth.”...

Tombstones at San Jose City Hall remember homeless deaths

Tombstones stood in row after row at San Jose City Hall on a chilly Saturday afternoon. Each tombstone, cut out of foam, had a name painted on its surface. The years under the names all ended in 2019. The 161 tombstones represent the number of homeless deaths that occurred in Santa Clara County within the...

Hundreds gather in downtown San Jose for warm Thanksgiving meal

More than a hundred volunteers and people in need packed the African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) in downtown San Jose Wednesday to enjoy an early Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie. The residents were warmly greeted by an army of nonprofit service providers and volunteers, including Mayor Sam Liccardo, as they...

VTA installs new safety railings in downtown San Jose

The next time you’re strolling through downtown San Jose while staring at your phone, look up. You might bump into a VTA railing that’s meant to save you from an oncoming train. VTA recently installed a series of railings on Second Street as part of a pilot program to improve safety and speed for VTA...

San Jose International Airport’s busiest travel season hits

Headed to Disneyland this Veteran’s Day weekend? Prepare to arrive 90 minutes early as the Silicon Valley airport’s busiest travel season kicks off. In recent years, the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport has seen a record-breaking spike in passenger traffic, a reflection of the city’s economic development boom. “We’re continuing to see rapid...

San Jose airport therapy animal program continues to spread ‘pawsitivity’

In the aftermath of 9/11, Silicon Valley’s airport became the first in the country to pioneer a therapy animal program to ease passengers’ fears and anxieties before boarding flights. Now, 18 years later, the program is still going strong, and the animals are bringing joy to airport-goers of all ages. Adam Albert, a volunteer since 2015, brought Johnny, his...