Author: Nadia Lopez (Nadia Lopez)

Alum Rock Union School District extends superintendent’s contract

It’s been a tumultuous year for the Alum Rock Union School District (ARUSD), following months of scandals stemming from a long history of mismanagement and financial troubles. But just last week, the school board voted to extend Superintendent Hilaria Bauer’s contract for an additional three years, hoping her leadership will bring transparency and better ethical practices to the...

San Jose leaders split on how to spend housing tax revenue

San Jose lawmakers on Tuesday are expected to approve drafting an affordable housing tax measure for the March 2020 ballot, but differ on how to divvy up the funds that the tax will generate — a frequent dilemma among a City Council that is often at odds with one another. In a memo to their...

East San Jose leaders discuss how housing crisis impacts Latino community

A panel discussion on the housing crisis brought dozens of Spanish-speaking residents out to the heart of East San Jose Thursday night to talk about solutions to a problem affecting more than half of the city’s Latino community. Prominent voices from the city and Santa Clara County, as well as local leaders from community organizations, spoke...

Poll: San Jose voters support property transfer tax

A new poll released Thursday found that at least 60 percent of San Jose voters would support a potential real property transfer tax, which would apply to the sale of properties valued at $2 million or more. The five day poll was funded by the city and conducted by FM3 Research, running from Nov. 5 to...

Audit: Team San Jose exceeds revenue and tourism goals

In the last year, Team San Jose — a nonprofit that manages the city’s tourism, arts and cultural centers — exceeded its targeted revenue goals by more than $19 million, qualifying for an additional $200,000 in funds from the city as a result. According to an annual audit, the nonprofit outperformed its goals across all...

San Jose lawmakers study sexual assault data amid spike in rapes

In a heavy-hearted conversation on sexual assault Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved the findings of two reports from the San Jose Police Department on the spike in rapes and child molestation across the city, where at least half of the reported victims are children under the age of 14. Councilmembers Johnny Khamis, Dev Davis,...

Some San Jose districts have bulk of low-income housing. One lawmaker hopes to change that.

While leaders across California continue to pump millions of dollars into increasing the state’s housing supply, scrambling to address a shortage of affordable housing that’s pushing residents into the streets, some local leaders are calling on their fellow colleagues to implement new ways to make it easier to build. Increasingly, San Jose has explored new strategies to get...

San Jose officials propose new property transfer tax for affordable housing

San Jose lawmakers next week could approve drafting an affordable housing tax ballot measure for the March 2020 ballot, another step to help raise revenue to tackle Silicon Valley’s growing housing and homeless crises. According to a new memo, the city manager’s office is recommending a real property transfer tax, which would apply to the...

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