Author: Nadia Lopez (Nadia Lopez)

San Jose lawmakers protest San Jose Water Company rate hikes

San Jose councilmembers are fighting back against “unfair” water rate hikes, voting unanimously to send a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission protesting San Jose Water Company’s proposed rate increases and calling for an investigation into a potential merger with Connecticut Water. San Jose residents who conserved water in California’s long-standing drought may now...

Labor leaders condemn Sam Liccardo over stance on immigration

A band of top labor leaders Thursday signed onto a resolution condemning Mayor Sam Liccardo’s push to revise the county’s sanctuary city policy in the wake of the murder of a San Jose woman by an undocumented immigrant. In the resolution, the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council executive board, Latinos United for a New America, Human Agenda and...

Santa Clara County to explore changes to sanctuary city policy

Amid a brewing battle on immigration, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that it will explore changes to the county’s sanctuary city policy following immense backlash from the community. After an emotional meeting that included three hours of public testimony, county lawmakers voted 4-1 in favor of requesting county staff to come...

Santa Clara County paid $13,000 a day to house homeless after project delay

Downtown San Jose’s first long-term affordable housing development, Second Street Studios, is set to open this month, but unexpected delays forced Santa Clara County to pay up to $1.15 million in motel costs for the future residents. The first-of-its kind project — meant to address the growing homelessness crisis — will house 134 individuals, considered some...

Who earned the highest salary in San Jose last year?

Which San Jose public official earned the biggest bucks last year? It wasn’t Mayor Sam Liccardo. It wasn’t the city’s powerful department directors or its City Manager Dave Sykes. It was a police officer. Police officers are among the highest paid government officials in San Jose, earning almost $400,000 a year with at least 60 percent of...

New housing proposal revives debate over old City Hall site

Months after homeless advocates and the county came to a head over the fate of the old San Jose City Hall building, county officials are now considering using part of the site for temporary homeless housing. The move comes after a heated debate involving homeless activists and county officials. Advocates pushed to renovate the former City Hall annex...

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