Author: Mauricio La Plante (Mauricio La Plante)

San Jose lawmakers discuss combatting rise in rapes

After examining a report by the San Jose Police Department on a spike in rapes across the city, lawmakers serving on a public safety committee Thursday wanted to know why victims avoid law enforcement and other hurdles with solving cases. Mayor Sam Liccardo also devoted $750,000 to help police leaders increase resources to address the rise...

San Jose art studio squeezed out amid downtown growth

Moving was inevitable. That’s what Exhibition District executive director Erin Salazar kept in mind when securing a vacant building space for Local Color, a spot for budding artists to produce their work. After city officials in February approved the demolition of the building on 27 South First Street to make way for a mixed-use residential and...

Two years later: Is San Jose’s eviction law working?

As California lawmakers shelve legislation restricting evictions statewide, San Jose passed a similar “just cause” ordinance two years ago which requires landlords to cite a legitimate reason for terminating a lease. But is the law working here? Since the local law’s adoption in April 2017, San Jose City Hall has received more than 12,800 notices...

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