Author: Mauricio La Plante (Mauricio La Plante)

After two decades, San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle is retiring

For two decades, San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle navigated the law through a recession, violent protests at City Hall and a full-scale transition to Zoom meetings because of the coronavirus. Now he plans to retire. He was at the helm when pension reform emptied out the police department and resulted in countless union-led lawsuits. He was there...

San Jose lawmakers extend eviction moratorium, expand Wi-Fi hotspots

As the county’s shelter-in-place order extends into its third month and many industries remain closed, San Jose lawmakers extended an eviction moratorium Tuesday to help renters facing hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council voted unanimously to extend an eviction moratorium until Aug. 31 for tenants who cannot afford to pay rent because of income loss...

San Jose lawmakers to propose ban on rubber bullets in crowds

A San Jose lawmaker learned someone is always listening over Zoom — and he revealed not-yet-public plans to ban rubber bullets by city police to break up crowds. Councilmember Raul Peralez was overheard discussing a plan with Mayor Sam Liccardo to restrict rubber bullets in crowds after he left himself unmuted on Zoom during the City...

Public rallies to defund San Jose police

A San Jose schoolteacher asked city leaders at Tuesday’s City Council meeting if Police Chief Eddie Garcia thought it was OK for teachers to use rubber bullets on students throwing water bottles in class after the city’s top law enforcement leaders justified officers’ use-of-force at recent protests. Following a presentation on police use-of-force, the comment...

San Jose lawmaker proposes reallocating district funds for citywide use

Facing the perils of a looming $71.6 million deficit, a San Jose lawmaker is proposing to divert councilmembers’ unused district funds into the city’s budget. For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, each councilmember received $661,272 to pay for staff salaries, supplies, services and programs for residents in their districts. But the funds, which are replenished every year,...

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 stemming from San José Spotlight’s reporting on the lack of geographic and ethnic diversity on the San Jose Planning Commission, the City Council approved expanding the...

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 lawmaker faces heat after describing George Floyd protests as ‘race wars’

San Jose Councilmember Pam Foley came under fire this week for saying the protests around the country against George Floyd’s death highlight people’s frustration over “race wars.” She made the comment as lawmakers on Tuesday questioned Police Chief Eddie Garcia on San Jose’s curfew during the City Council meeting. “People are frustrated for a lot...