Author: Lorraine Gabbert (Lorraine Gabbert)

The Biz Beat: Peters’ Bakery in San Jose puts the icing on the cake

Editor’s Note: The Biz Beat is a monthly series highlighting local small businesses and restaurants in Silicon Valley. One San Jose bakery has been making to-die-for burnt almond cake for more than 85 years, bringing customers from hundreds of miles away for this signature dessert and other mouthwatering delights. Tony Peters founded Peters’ Bakery in...

Backbone of Silicon Valley: Anna Isabel Garcia

Editor’s Note: Backbone of Silicon Valley is a first-of-its-kind video storytelling project. Our reporters spent a year documenting the plight of six essential workers in Silicon Valley—the unsung heroes who clean your house, pack your groceries and prescriptions, cook your food, work in hospitals and deliver your meals. San José Spotlight teamed up with filmmakers...

Backbone of Silicon Valley: Raymond “RJ” Ramsey

Editor’s Note: Backbone of Silicon Valley is a first-of-its-kind video storytelling project. Our reporters spent a year documenting the plight of six essential workers in Silicon Valley—the unsung heroes who clean your house, pack your groceries and prescriptions, cook your food, work in hospitals and deliver your meals. San José Spotlight teamed up with filmmakers...

San Jose videographer tells stories to build bridges

Video storyteller Marlo Custodio’s childhood was at times terrifying. Yet through the angst of his upbringing, Custodio discovered his future. Custodio’s parents immigrated from the Phillipines to the United States. When Custodio was five, his father left. When he was in second grade, the family became homeless. His mother, who had suffered years of spousal...

After five years, San Jose’s Cambrian Village back on track

Although residents seem satisfied with the latest Cambrian Park Plaza design, questions remain about the project’s impact. The 1950s era Cambrian Park Plaza, located at Camden and Union avenues in San Jose, is being reimagined as Cambrian Village, an 18-acre urban village. It will include retail, restaurants, a hotel, 305 apartments, 48 single-family homes with 27...

Santa Clara County businesses brace for COVID once again

After almost two years of struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses may not be able to survive another hit caused by the omicron variant.  To help small businesses endure, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $20 million in federal pandemic relief grants on Tuesday. The details are still being worked out. Join...

Backbone of Silicon Valley: Yurina Guzman

Editor’s Note: Backbone of Silicon Valley is a first-of-its-kind video storytelling project. Our reporters spent a year documenting the plight of six essential workers in Silicon Valley—the unsung heroes who clean your house, pack your groceries and prescriptions, cook your food, work in hospitals and deliver your meals. San José Spotlight teamed up with filmmakers...

The Biz Beat: San Jose locals discover Ethiopian home cooking at Mudai

Editor’s Note: The Biz Beat is a new monthly series highlighting local small businesses and restaurants in Silicon Valley. Mudai Ethiopian Restaurant owner and chef Selam Tkabo has a passion for cooking and strives to “serve happiness” through traditional, homemade dishes. She recreates flavorful family recipes, rich in exotic African spices, she learned to make...