Author: Madelyn Reese (Madelyn Reese)

San Jose’s micro-retail center could shape future public spaces

A downtown San Jose business incubator and shopping center could be a blueprint for local lawmakers to develop future successful public spaces. A recent Knight Foundation study found widely applicable lessons learned from Moment, a micro-retail space in San Pedro Square, including how to build community engagement around public spaces, reimagining old and neglected spaces...

San Jose trash rates expected to increase due to household waste, improper recycling

San Jose residents will likely pay more to get their garbage and recycling picked up from the curb next year. Thanks to increased single-family household waste and contaminated recyclables during the pandemic, the San Jose City Council accepted a report Monday that higher garbage rates are likely unavoidable, despite the financial strains residents are feeling....

Santa Clara County receives large COVID vaccine allocation, halts Johnson & Johnson administration

Santa Clara County public health officials announced Tuesday they are receiving tens of thousands of additional COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government. That allocation comes as the county halts administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to extremely rare cases of blood clotting. The recent allocation will allow Santa Clara County to...

Who will lead San Jose’s chamber of commerce?

Six months after losing its CEO amid a widespread scandal, Silicon Valley’s largest chamber of commerce is close to naming its new leader. Several front runners have emerged in the hunt for the Silicon Valley Organization’s new top boss, but the business group is keeping the process under wraps. After the resignation of CEO Matt...

Evictions in San Jose are down, but many tenants still don’t feel safe

The number of evictions in San Jose decreased in 2020 after pandemic-related protections were adopted, but many tenants lack the resources to protect themselves once eviction bans expire at the end of June. Landlord harassment, months of back rent and a struggling economy are just some of San Jose tenants’ concerns—especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “So many...

San Jose releases Google’s $200 million community benefits plan

Google is investing $200 million in San Jose as a part of its Downtown West development, dedicated to preventing resident displacement and creating more economic opportunity for locals critics say will be forced out by rising rents. San Jose and Google released their much-anticipated development agreement Tuesday, a nearly 500-page document outlining the legal obligations...

San Jose’s maintenance backlog growing despite major efforts

San Jose is scrambling to keep up with a massive backlog of paving roads, maintaining buildings and other capital improvements, but it’s not fast enough to keep rapidly-rising costs at bay nor to keep frustrated residents appeased. In 2007, the city’s infrastructure and maintenance backlog stood at about $900 million. Since then, the backlog has ballooned to...