Author: Mauricio La Plante (Mauricio La Plante)

How redistricting could shift political power for San Jose neighborhoods

As COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have cast renewed focus on racial inequities plaguing San Jose for years, some say redistricting has the potential to improve or compromise representation for the city’s most disenfranchised residents. After the completion of the U.S. Census every decade, the City Council must appoint a redistricting committee to redraw the...

San Jose nonprofits say city hasn’t coughed up money for free meals

As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated hunger in San Jose, nonprofit food distributors say city leaders have stalled on reimbursing their costs to supply food to the South Bay’s most vulnerable residents. Nonprofit executives say demand for food has tripled since the pandemic shuttered businesses and slashed jobs in mid-March following Santa Clara County’s shelter-in-place order....

San Jose appoints five new planning commissioners, expanding diversity

After a lengthy effort to ensure geographic equity on San Jose’s planning commission, city leaders on Monday appointed five new members each from a different district. The commission advises San Jose lawmakers on land use decisions and under certain circumstance can approve some projects without the City Council’s review. Months of advocacy for more representation...