Author: Mauricio La Plante (Mauricio La Plante)

San Jose approves sweeping changes to the planning commission

Major changes are coming to one of San Jose’s most powerful commissions after lawmakers earlier this month approved long-awaited reforms to make it more inclusive. After facing widespread criticism for the San Jose Planning Commission’s lack of geographic and ethnic diversity, the City Council approved expanding the 7-member panel to 11 commissioners. The plan alters...

Santa Clara County health officials criticized for rollout of latest shelter-in-place order

Santa Clara County and San Jose elected leaders this month criticized local public health officials over a lack of clarity and adequate notice in their plans to ease shelter-in-place restrictions due to COVID-19. The criticism, which follows relative strong support for local measures taken to stop the coronavirus spread by health officials, began at the...

San Jose lawmakers vote to end curfew Thursday morning

After a widespread community outcry, San Jose lawmakers approved ending the citywide curfew at 5 a.m. Thursday and requiring city administrators to seek City Council approval to reinstate it. Under a motion by Councilmember Raul Peralez, police would still enforce the curfew Tuesday and Wednesday, but would assess how San Jose fares without it Thursday night....

Assembly candidate arrested in San Jose for violating curfew

One of the most high-profile arrests on the first night of San Jose’s curfew was Assembly candidate Alex Lee. Lee said he ended the day with his hands zip-tied in a police wagon transporting several other protesters detained for being out past curfew Sunday night. He said he was talking to reporters outside a news...

Santa Clara County elections officials dismiss Trump’s voter fraud claims

After President Donald Trump hurled a firestorm of tweets denouncing vote-by-mail elections, Silicon Valley election leaders insist the voting method is accurate and dispute the president’s claims of voter fraud. “Voters in our county are used to voting by mail,” Shannon Bushey, the Santa Clara County registrar of voters, told San José Spotlight. “They know...

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