Author: Nadia Lopez (Nadia Lopez)

National debate over universal health care spills into San Jose

Democrats — especially on the presidential debate stage — have been throwing around the term “Medicare for All” for quite some time, confusing the American electorate on the different policy proposals the umbrella phrase could be referring to. To set the record straight, a panel of elected leaders and policy experts Tuesday hosted a discussion...

San Jose approves Alum Rock housing project, airport expansion plan

The San Jose City Council this week unanimously approved investing nearly $9.4 million to construct an 87-unit mixed-use affordable housing complex located in the heart of San Jose’s East Side in Alum Rock. The project’s total costs, which amount to nearly $55.4 million, are in part funded by Measure A funds — a $950 million affordable housing bond...

Poll: Candidate Matt Mahan leads San Jose City Council District 10 race

A new poll obtained by San José Spotlight shows District 10 candidate Matt Mahan gaining steam in the open City Council race to replace Councilmember Johnny Khamis next year. The poll, funded by Innovation for All, an independent expenditure committee organized by civic leaders Carl Guardino, Jim Cunneen and Edesa Bitbadal, shows Mahan doubling support...

San Jose mayor kicks off Mike Bloomberg campaign in Bay Area

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo kicked off presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg’s campaign in the Bay Area at a Pleasanton home Saturday, officially marking “Day One” of a nationwide campaign just months before millions of Democratic voters march to the polls in the spring. Addressing an intimate gathering of affluent Bay Area voters, Liccardo expressed his...

San Jose City Council to approve plan for major airport growth

In an effort to meet the growing needs of Silicon Valley travelers, San Jose lawmakers on Tuesday will vote on adopting an ambitious plan for the Mineta San Jose International Airport, as aviation leaders prepare for an increase in new travelers over the next decade. Forecasting a surge of new growth in air travel, airport...

San Jose lawmakers support exempting nonprofits from Measure E

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who has been leading the effort on Measure E, a real property transfer tax on properties valued at $2 million or more, wants to ensure the measure doesn’t impact nonprofits. San Jose lawmakers during a council committee meeting Wednesday unanimously approved the mayor’s proposal, which calls for exempting 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations from the...

San Jose measure to shift mayoral elections won’t extend Liccardo’s term

A labor-backed initiative, which seeks to shift San Jose’s mayoral elections to presidential years to boost voter turnout, will no longer extend Mayor Sam Liccardo’s term for an extra two years to align local and national elections. Instead, South Bay labor groups who are leading the initiative they hope will attract a higher concentration of voters —...

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