Author: Madelyn Reese (Madelyn Reese)

San Jose lawmaker proposes revolutionary social housing policy

Housing advocates say an ambitious bill brought to the table this week in the state Legislature seeking to establish “social housing” is the right approach to California’s crisis, but it faces plenty of obstacles, too. Assemblymember Alex Lee, whose district includes part of San Jose, on Tuesday introduced a bill asking the state to begin...

Half of Santa Clara County sheriff’s employees have declined COVID-19 vaccines

Nearly half the employees at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office have turned down a COVID-19 vaccine. According to a report presented Thursday, nearly 800 employees have refused or delayed getting vaccinated — out of 1,800 total employees. That includes both sworn and civilian staff. The reasons for turning down the vaccine include hesitancy, pregnancy...

New policy allows seniors to get COVID-19 vaccinations anywhere in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County’s public health officials now say anyone 65 and older can get their vaccine from anywhere in the county. The county’s new “no wrong door” policy, announced Thursday morning, makes it possible for seniors to get vaccinated regardless of who their normal medical provider is. “A Kaiser patient can go to the county,...

Kaiser cancels thousands of COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Silicon Valley amid low supply

Kaiser Permanente canceled more than 5,200 vaccination appointments in Santa Clara County due to a lack of supply, leaving some of the South Bay’s most vulnerable patients confused and frustrated. Janet Gillis, a Kaiser patient, had her vaccination scheduled for Feb. 1 — but it was abruptly canceled. She and her husband both received an...

Santa Clara County could issue $10,000 fine for ‘interference’ in public meetings

If you try to stop someone from speaking at the county’s Board of Supervisors meeting, you might be fined $10,000. Santa Clara County supervisors are considering a plan to levy a $10,000 fine against anyone who might threaten, intimidate or use violence to prevent someone from participating in a public decision-making process. The ordinance would...